Green Bay Packers
Aaron Rodgers had his fantasy struggles in 2015 (relative to him), but with a returning Jordy Nelson and a rejuvenated Eddie Lacy, the stage is set for him to return to form. That remains the case for Week 1 against an unproven Jaguars defense. Though fantasy owners deserve to feel spurned by Lacy after a dreadful 2015, there is real RB1 potential in what could turn into a shootout. The Jaguars also allowed 15 rushing touchdowns in 2015, and if they haven’t shored up that weakness, this is Lacy’s chance to cash in. Randall Cobb should also be heavily involved in the mix once again, and with Nelson back, defenses can’t key on Cobb as much.
Nelson expects to be on a snap count, but even on a limited basis, the potential for him to find the end zone amid this offense remains. Nelson will be a WR1 most weeks, but he can be considered a high-upside flex for Week 1.
While Lacy could fizzle yet again, James Starks doesn’t deserve starting consideration until Lacy busts, despite Starks posting nearly 1,000 total yards in 2015. The tight end situation also remains murky, as Richard Rodgers and Jared Cook project to share snaps. If that’s the case, neither deserves consideration for Week 1.
In a game that could easily have the Jaguars pulling out all the stops to keep pace with the Packers’ offense, the triumvirate of Blake Bortles, Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns could give big returns for fantasy owners. Of the three, Bortles presents the shakiest floor, given his wide variance in weekly totals despite gaudy season totals in 2015.
Despite being amid a successful passing offense, Julius Thomas never asserted himself as the imposing force that he was with the Denver Broncos in 2015. He did, however, become a viable starting fantasy tight end due to the lack of other options around the league for fantasy owners. In a high-scoring game, Thomas deserves low-end TE1 consideration once again.
The murky backfield of T.J. Yeldon and Chris Ivory may not suit fantasy owners well in this pass-heavy offense for Week 1 and beyond. This early in the season, fantasy owners probably have better options handy.