Tomorrow night the Atlanta Falcons take on the Green Bay Packers in their second game of the 2017 season.
There’s plenty of reasons to watch, including potential playoff implications and what should be a bonanza of fantasy football scoring.
Here’s a review of who to start and who to sit for Week 2.
QB Start Matt Ryan, Start Aaron Rodgers
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, there’s a good chance you’re going to see a shootout. Last year the Falcons posted 77 points on the Packers in two meetings and we’re expecting more of the same on Sunday night.
Ryan accounted for 288 yards and three touchdowns in their first matchup last year and another 392 yards and four touchdowns in the NFC Championship. Green Bay’s defense has added some young talent in the interim, but not enough to slow down Atlanta’s passing game. Start Ryan and don’t think twice.
On the other side, Rodgers is a must start pretty much every week no matter who he’s facing. The Falcons pass rush has upgraded since he last saw them, but Rodgers is as good as they come at escaping pressure and extending plays. If he’s on your team, he should be in your lineup.
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RB Start Devonta Freeman, Sit Ty Montgomery
It was a relatively slow start to the year for Freeman against the Bears. He only accounted for 39 total yards and averaged barely over three yards per rushing attempt. Expect that to change this week. Chicago’s linebacker corps is much tougher against the run than Green Bay’s , so it should be easier for Freeman to return to posting his usual numbers.
Montgomery also had a bad Week 1 performance, averaging only 2.8 yards per carry against Seattle. Atlanta also did a great job of shutting him down in the NFC title game https://www.packersgbstore.com/mason-cro...-c-20.html
, holding him to 19 yards from scrimmage. If you don’t have a better No. 2 running back on your roster than Montgomery, now is the time to hit the waiver wire.
WR Start Everybody
It should be tough to go wrong with wide receivers in this game no matter who’s on your squad. Julio Jones smoked the Packers for two touchdowns and 180 yards in their last meeting and Mohamed Sanu scored in both 2016 matchups, including the regular season game winner.
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Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb are one of the best 1 2 receiver combos in the NFL and should be starting every week even against tough defensive backs like those of the Falcons.
Davante Adams and Taylor Gabriel are also worth looks in deeper leagues.
TE Start Austin Hooper, Sit Martellus Bennett
We were a step late to board the Hooper hype train last week and he went off for two 128 yards and a touchdown on just two catches. Never again. It looks like Hooper’s explosiveness has increased dramatically in the off season. Hooper has big play potential over the middle against any defense, especially the Packers. Start him early and often.
Bennett is one of the better tight ends in the league but Atlanta’s defense has done a solid job against him matter what color uniform he’s wearing. In three career games against the Falcons Don Barclay Jersey
, he’s only totaled eight catches for 99 yards and no touchdowns. Consider sitting him in favor or someone with a better matchup.
D/ST Sit Falcons, Sit Packers
Don’t even think about it.