Packers-Seahawks set to start fantasy ride

Posted Online: Sept. 03, 2014, 6:55 pm
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DJ Jarvis,
Fantasy football season is upon us once again.

The return of cheering for players that aren't on your favorite team. Maybe even cheering for players on you favorite team's rival.

Like every year, some fantasy relevant stars are in new places. Washington receiver DeSean Jackson (formerly of the Eagles) can still be a game-changer in the NFC East. Emerging receiver Emmanuel Sanders landed in Denver from Pittsburgh and could see a bigger role in the absence of suspended Wes Welker.

Rookies such as Kelvin Benjamin (Panthers WR), Bishop Sankey (Titans RB) or Andre Williams (Giants RB) ready to shine.

The Packers and defending champion Seahawks will kick off the season tonight.

A year ago, Peyton Manning and the Broncos torched the then defending champions Ravens on opening night and that led to a Super Bowl berth for Manning & Co. Is the same in store for Rodgers and the Packers this year?

With that said, here are some players to keep an eye on in tonight's game.

The Quarterbacks: Last season, the Packers and Seahawks defenses were on the opposite side of the spectrum in terms of points given up to opposing quarterbacks. The Packers defense allowed the eighth-most points to opposing passers. Green Bay gave up just over 260-yards and two touchdowns to opposing passers last season. The Packers added Julius Peppers up front which could help their pass rush and limit time for Russell Wilson. The Seahawks' "Legion of Boom" gave up the fewest points. The Super Bowl winning secondary is still mostly intact from a year ago. However, the NFL has cracked down on defensive pass interference calls, which may hinder Seattle's physical play. Aaron Rodgers isn't your everyday passer and with his weapons, I don't expect him to get shut down.

Eddie Lacy, Packers RB: Lacy was a Top 10 running back a season ago, rushing for 1,178 yards and 11 scores, playing just two downs most of the time. The Packers worked on getting Lacy into better shape during the offseason and worked on his pass blocking and receiving abilities in hopes to make him a three-down back. Allowing Lacy to stay on the field will help his fantasy production, but will also allow the Packers to run more plays, resulting in more fantasy points for everyone in the offense.

Percy Harvin, Seahawks WR: Harvin has been one of the most explosive players in the NFL in his short career. That is when he's had the ability to stay healthy and stay on the field. Harvin played in just one game a year ago, catching one ball for 17 yards. In his last game played, the Super Bowl, he showed the ability that makes him so attractive to the Seahawks and fantasy owners, returning a kickoff for a touchdown. If Harvin gets a little space in this game, he could have a big night.

Dispatch/Argus fantasy writer DJ Jarvis is a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. For questions about fantasy football, DJ can be reached at or on Twitter @DeejJarvis


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