Fantasy Football 2011: New Orleans Saints and Green Bay Packers Game Reaction

Daniel WheelockContributor IIISeptember 9, 2011

GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 08: James Starks #44 of the Green Bay Packers runs between Junior Galette #93 and Jonathan Casillas #52 of the New Orleans Saints during the NFL opening season game at Lambeau Field on September 8, 2011 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Saints 42-34. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Whew, what a game! This is about as good as it gets for fantasy ballers except for the team defenses, although each team did have a return touchdown. There are a few things to gather from this game:

Darren Sproles appears to be a useful fantasy commodity, particularly in PPR leagues. He was targeted nine times in the passing game and caught seven of those balls for 75 yards. If your league awards players with points for return TDs, then Sproles is even better for you. This is probably as good as it gets for Sproles, however. The Saints had to pass all game to try to keep up with the Pack.

The Packers passing attack is the best in the league. Greg Jennings, Jermichael Finley and Jordy Nelson are must-starts and Donald Driver will be serviceable in PPR leagues. The lone disappointment last night was James Jones, who was only targeted once and had one yard receiving.

Ryan Grant appears to be on the short end of the Packers running back timeshare for now. Grant looked good, but only had nine carries for 40 yards and one catch for five yards. He's coming off a major injury so his workload may increase as the season goes along. Meanwhile, James Starks got 12 carries, scored a TD, saw most of the red zone work, and was used to milk the clock at the end of the game.

I think that now is a good time to sell high on Robert Meachem (five catches for 70 yards and a TD). He won't be on the field as much in the future when Lance Moore returns. There are only so many stats to go around and Marques Colston, Jimmy Graham, Darren Sproles and even Devery Henderson are going to get their touches.

Mark Ingram was the leading rusher (13 carries for 40 yards) for the Saints and saw most of the goal line carries. As he gains experience his role can only increase as the season goes on. The Saints will also try to have a more balanced attack in the future, but they were in catch-up mode for most of the game.

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