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Packers vs Bears

Football. Is. Here.

After 7 agonizing months, we can officially look forward to Sundays full of the happiness and joy that only football can bring. Of course, that also means the beginning of the fantasy football season. That season starts TODAY when the Green Bay Packers take on the Chicago Bears. It’s only Week 1, so who do you sit and who do you start in order to get your season off on the right foot? Read on and make sure you start Week 1 with the right lineup decisions!

Green Bay Packers

Quarterback

You didn’t draft Aaron Rodgers to leave him on the bench Week 1. Even though he is facing the Bears, Rodgers should have more success against them this season than last. Last year’s Chicago defense was historically elite, but Rodgers still put up great numbers on his way to a comeback win last year in Week 1. Not only that, but Rodgers is finally healthy for the first time since last year. When the Packers score touchdowns, it’ll most likely be through the air due to the fact that the Bears boast one of the most fearsome Front 7’s in the league and should do a good job locking up Aaron Jones. That’ll leave it up to Rodgers to do what he does best and get in the end zone. In addition to that, Marquez Valdez-Scantling and Geronimo Allison have another year of experience under their belt and should be viable weapons for the Packers. Of course, Rodgers will be working in a new system for the first time in his career… but that’s probably a good thing.  Expect a statline similar to the one he put up in Week 1 last season as opposed to his Week 15 clunker vs the Bears. 
Conclusion: Start

Running Back

Aaron Jones has Star potential, but it’s better to look elsewhere this week.

Aaron Jones is a player I’d like to avoid this week. He excelled last season once given the workhorse load we’d all been clamoring for, but Week 1 brings a lot of questions. Chicago only gave up 12 PPG against RBs last season. Not only that, but Jamaal Williams may steal some work if Matt Lefleur is to be believed. Fade both RBs and look elsewhere this week.

Conclusion: Sit

Wide Receiver

The only Must-Start here is Davante Adams. He’s Rodgers’  #1 and if Rodgers throws a TD chances are at least one will be to Adams. He was the most consistent WR in the league last year and he’ll put up numbers regardless of the defense. But what about Marquez Valdez-Scantling and Allison? Questions surround both, but Allison does have flex consideration in PPR leagues due to his role in the slot. Valdez-Scanling has tantalizing potential, but I don’t think it’ll be realized this week. Keep him on your bench.

Start: Davante Adams, Geronimo Allison

Sit: Marquez Valdez-Scantling

Defense

The Green Bay Packers did their best to shore up on the defensive side of the ball this offseason, but it may take a while for the defense to improve noticeably. There are better streaming options Week 1.

Bears

Quarterback

Trubisky is a controversial fantasy player, but he shouldn’t be controversial this week. He’s a start against a defense that has traditionally been weak and didn’t make many improvements this offseason. He’s a low end QB1 with a safe floor thanks to his rushing ability.

Wide Receiver

The Bears have two viable starts at Wide Receiver this week. Allen Robinson had a pedestrian year in 2018, but he should rebound against the Packers Week 1 against a below average defense and should be considered a WR2. Anthony Miller has potential for a big play and should take a leap forward after a successful Rookie year. He’s a Flex play in all formats this week.

Running Back

Tomorrow, we’ll be talking about David Montgomery.

This is a bit of a hot take, but we’re starting BOTH David Montgomery and Tarik Cohen this week. 3CoSports is enamored with the Bears’ Rookie RB and he should have an explosive debut. Sure, Mike Davis is lurking enough to cause some concern, but this is why he could be a league winning play this week. We’ve heard the hype, but it won’t be hype after tonight. I expect Montgomery to have a breakout party and for Cohen to be his usual dependable self. In DFS formats, both are more viable options than either of the Packer RBs. Start both with confidence.

Conclusion: Start

Tight End

Trey Burton is becoming a massive disappointment. After he went to the Bears, a lot of people expected him to become a Top TE. He has failed to do so and even if he plays this week, you’re better off putting him on your bench. Adma Shaheen isn’t worth starting either. Look elsewhere this week.
Defense: This isn’t the week to own the Bears defense. If you do, then you’ll most likely play them anyways. The good news is that the Bears should get enough sacks to be a decent play, but this won’t be their best week. Consider the, a low upside but decent play this week.

Conclusion: Sit

Defense

The Bears are obviously a great defense, but I expect this to be a higher scoring game than most people. There are better streaming options this week than the Bears defense. Keep them on the bench this week.

Conclusion: Sit

So what do you think? Agree of disagree? Let us know in the comments below and make to follow @3cosports on Twitter!

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