I have retired (for now) from fantasy posts, but I think this year I will use the Friday thread for some fantasy discussion (sorry, Jeremy). If you are not a fantasy football enthusiast then feel free to steer the conversation in a different direction! At the end of the day, all this comes down to is some talk about skill players for both the Lions and their opponents.
Experts* are not super high on either team for their Week 1 bout. The Lions have Matthew Stafford (QB15), D’Andre Swift (RB37), Kerryon Johnson (RB40), and Marvin Jones (WR36) all as back-end options with T.J. Hockenson (TE18) and Adrian Peterson (RB56) not really in the picture. Kenny Golladay (WR7) is a must-start if he plays, but his injury should give some pause, even if he is able to go.
Meanwhile, the Bears are not much better, with just Allen Robinson (WR6) figuring to be a lock. Tarik Cohen (RB28) and Anthony Miller (WR41) could turn out to be useful, but I would not consider Mitch Trubisky (QB29) or Jimmy Graham (TE29) this week — or any, really. David Montgomery (RB66) seems on track to play, but like Golladay is a risky start given the uncertainties about his health and workload.
*All listed positional rankings are from FantasyPros Half PPR Rankings
Today’s Question of the Day is:
Which Lions-Bears players will boom and bust in fantasy this week?
My answer: Regardless of if Montgomery suits up, Cohen is likely due for a big day. Chicago does not have a ton of options out of the backfield, and even if he is not excellent between the tackles, Cohen should be plenty involved. It is unlikely Trubisky is going to sling the ball all game, so he could look for checkdowns and screens to keep the offense moving. It is not difficult to envision a solid RB2 final line from Cohen, especially if Montgomery is limited.
I had a whole paragraph on why Golladay could be due for a disappointing game with Stafford spreading the ball across the receiving corps, but he now becomes an obvious question mark given his health. Instead, I will cop out and go with the entire Lions backfield for my fade. Fantasy players typically joke about avoiding the Detroit running back room, but I do think eventually Swift will emerge a decent fantasy option. Still, he and the other two rushers should all be benched this week as we wait to see the coaching staff’s usage. Swift could need another week to get healthy, anyway.