The 2016 fantasy football season is upon us!
The Jaguars will host the Packers in Week 1 of the 2016 season, which bears the question, what fantasy implications can we project for this game? Let's dive in.
Jaguars vs. Packers fantasy implications, waiver wire adds, and starting studs
The Packers are one of the favorites to win the Super Bowl. With one of the best quarterbacks in the league in Aaron Rodgers, a returning Jordy Nelson, a skinny Eddie Lacy, and a healthy Randall Cobb, the Packers offense looks to be in full force.
Fantasy is no exception.
Expect big and fast fantasy numbers from the Packers. If you own any of these players, you're going to have a good day. Make sure they are in your starting lineup.
What about the Jaguars?
Good news, you should be starting most of the Jaguars players you own as well.
Why do you ask? Because this game is primed for a shootout.
As much as we'd like to see an improved Jaguars defense succeed early, this is not the game.
The Packers are high powered, high octane, and ready for redemption. They are going to run up the score early, which in turn will prompt an aerial attack from Blake Bortles to his stacked WR core in order to keep up.
Should I be starting T.J. Yeldon and/or Chris Ivory?
Realistically for Week 1, they are only worth a flex spot. Ivory has a minor injury that shouldn't be a factor, but with the score potentially being run up very quickly, the run game will take a back seat in order to keep up with Rodgers and the Pack.
The players you shouldn't start
The Jaguars defense. It's tempting, I know.
The city of Jacksonville wants nothing more than for the Jaguars defense to be top-five this year. But this is not the game to experiment with. The defense will need to initially learn from their mistakes and with all the new moving parts, it's going to time to communicate properly.
Expect big things from the Jaguars defense in the future, just not in Week 1.
Should I be adding anyone from the waiver wire?
While it's not advised to add/drop anyone prior to the start of the season, one group you need to pay attention to is the Baltimore Ravens running back core.
It was a bit of a shocker to find out the Ravens released Justin Forsett, who was primed to be the starting running back, with decent backups in Javorious "Buck" Allen, Terrence West, and a promising rookie in Kenneth Dixon.
With the surprising release of Forsett, it looked as if the Ravens were ready to invest in their future, until they re-signed Forsett for his normal contract!
Many fantasy players were spooked by the release of Forsett and dropped them from their team, so if he's available, definitely pick him up. He should still be in line to be the starting running back.
With the growing popularity of DFS, here is your daily fantasy football advice of the week:
Stacking a quarterback with a wide receiver from the same team is a very popular play in both GPP tournaments and cash games. When evaluation potential high scoring games, don't be afraid to double stack your roster (QB, WR, WR all from the same team).
The implications of a shootout bode well for everyone on the offense, so when the situation presents itself, feel confident in rostering multiple players from the same team.
Double Stack Play of the Week: Aaron Rodgers, Jordy Nelson, and Randall Cobb.