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Green Bay's Jordy Nelson celebrates after he scored

Green Bay's Jordy Nelson celebrates after he scored a touchdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first quarter of Super Bowl XLV. (Feb. 6, 2011) Photo Credit: AP

There will be a lot of panic for many fantasy owners after one game. Do not make any rash changes and there might be an opportunity for you to take advantage of your opponent.

Ryan Grant didn't look great and certainly didn't run like he did before the injury last year. He didn't play much in the second half and James Starks looked better. On his touchdown run, Grant would not have scored. The issue for Starks is pass protection. He blew a blitz pickup leading to a hit on Aaron Rodgers, while Grant excelled in that area.

Starks will get most of the touches going forward, but Grant's veteran status and good pass protection will leave him in the mix. Starks is the better option going forward.

Jordy Nelson picked up where he left off in the Super Bowl with six catches for 77 yards with a TD and Rodgers overthrew him on another potential big play. He should be owned in all leagues. The Packers have a lot of weapons so he could have some down weeks, but this is a passing offense.

Jermichael Finley had just three catches for 53 yards, but don't worry. He's a nightmare matchup for the defense and will post some big games.

Randall Cobb looked explosive and the rookie receiver is getting a lot of buzz. He scored a TD on two receptions and took a kickoff back 108 yards for a score. The problem is a lack of targets. Unless you're in a dynasty league, one that counts return yards, or a very deep league, he's not a must add. Cobb ran the wrong route on the TD and wasn't supposed to take the ball out of the end zone on the kickoff.

If you can buy low on Mark Ingram, do it now. The Saints did a poor job of using him and the offensive line got pushed around. While Pierre Thomas and Darren Sproles were involved heavily, Ingram will emerge. He will get the goal-line looks and play more when the Saints are ahead. The Saints trailed most of the game and that won't happen in a lot of games. Since the Saints were in passing mode, Sproles got more snaps. The Saints traded up to get Ingram for a reason. Don't read too much into last night.

Marques Colston broke his collarbone and is out four weeks. Lance Moore should benefit the most if he returns next week. Robert Meachem gets a boost, but is inconsistent. Devery Henderson caught six passes for 100 yards and a TD, but he scored a TD last year in Week 1 and didn't score the rest of the year. He has a few big games and is a dud for most. Don't add him. Adrian Arrington could be a sleeper in deeper leagues.

Darren Sproles caught seven passes for 75 yards and will be involved in the passing game. Jimmy Graham was quiet early on as he had to block more often and the Packers defended him well. He finished with four catches for 56 yards with a TD and will get a lot of red zone looks.

 

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