Start 'Em Sit 'Em Week 1 Thursday Night Football

Jason Schandl

The Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears will kick off the 2019 NFL season tonight.

While the game carries with it a ton of hype — it's the season opener and is between competitive division rivals — it's not necessarily a great matchup for fantasy football purposes.

You still have a few days to make most of your lineup decisions for Week 1, but your decisions on players from this game need to be made ahead of tonight's contest.

Sit Aaron Rodgers: If you have the depth, at least. The Bears allowed the NFL's second-fewest fantasy points per game (only 12.9) to opposing QBs in 2018, and they stack up as the league's top defense heading into 2019. Aaron Rodgers has a great season-long outlook, but there are seven QBs ahead of him in our Week 1 fantasy football rankings.

Start Tarik Cohen: David Montgomery is the Bears RB getting the hype this year, but the incumbent Tarik Cohen holds the top spot on Chicago's Week 1 depth chart. Especially valuable in PPR leagues, Cohen finished sixth at the position in both targets (91) and receptions (71) in 2018. Until we see how the pecking order shakes out, Cohen could prove to be the most valuable fantasy producer in the Chicago backfield.

Sit Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Geronimo Allison: Both of these two offered some intriguing value in fantasy drafts as the potential No. 2 receiving option in a Rodgers-led offense. That's still the case, but Week 1 is not the time to rely on either one. It's still not established which is going to get more volume, and whoever ends up as the No. 3 option is going to have a low weekly floor. This matchup, as terrible for the WRs as it is for Rodgers, also severely limits either one's potential for a high-efficiency performance. It's best to take a wait-and-see approach with any Packers' wideouts not named Davante Adams.

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