I guess those of you who were brave enough to start Adrian Peterson last week were somewhat rewarded, although his 13 points in half PPR were not exactly week-winning. He does seem like the lead back for now, but experts are not high on him, ranking him RB40 this week (with D’Andre Swift RB41).
Just like last week, most FantasyPros rankers are not too high on the Lions skill players. Matthew Stafford (QB14), Marvin Jones (WR28), and T.J. Hockenson (TE12) are fringe starters, although Jones is probably a decent start if Kenny Golladay is out again or even limited, which seems like a safe bet right now.
The opposite might be said for the Packers’ top players, although the main three options are studs regardless of opponent. Aaron Rodgers (QB8) proved last week that he should not be benched, and Aaron Jones (RB9) and Davante Adams (WR1) are no-brainers. Receiver depth was a hot topic in Green Bay this offseason, and Allen Lazard (WR47) and Marquez Valdes-Scantling (WR55) are just seen as fliers.
Today’s Question of the Day is:
Which Lions-Packers players will boom and bust in fantasy this week?
My answer: I am pretty surprised that experts are so low on Valdes-Scantling. Rodgers gave him six targets last week, and even though he had a couple drops, that did not deter the quarterback from going his way. Overall, MVS hauled in four catches for 96 yards and a touchdown. With the current state of the Lions secondary, I would have no fear starting him this Sunday.
As much as I want to believe in Hockenson, I think he is going to be pretty inconsistent when it comes to fantasy this year. Aside from Travis Kelce and George Kittle, most tight ends are touchdown-dependent, and I am not sure Hockenson will see the volume to make him useful enough should he not find the end zone. I doubt Week 1 will be his only good game like it was last season, but I would pump the breaks a little here. Vikings tight ends combined for just 5.4 points last week against the Packers.