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What to do with Robert Tonyan in Week 1 fantasy football

He’s finally healthy, but probably not someone to start against the Vikings.

Green Bay Packers tight end Robert Tonyan before the NFC Championship Game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi’s Stadium.  Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Despite clamoring, complaining, and even downright begging, calls from the Green Bay Packers faithful to add in a competent number two wide receiver opposite Davante Adams, the calls fell on deaf ears. Instead, the Packers are choosing to roll with largely their 2019 group of pass-catchers.

One such holdover is tight end Robert Tonyan, a 2017 undrafted free agent, who has been with the Packers since the final four games of the 2017 season after initially latching on with the Detroit Lions.

Fantasy Football analysis: Green Bay Packers, TE, Robert Tonyan

Tonyan has all of the tools to be a viable pass-catching option for the Packers, and early reports out of camp are that Tonyan has even overtaken 2019 3rd round pick Jace Sternberger in Aaron Rodgers’s progression. Unfortunately for Tonyan, the Packers have a tough matchup Week 1, as the Packers travel to Minnesota to play the division rival Vikings.

The Vikings boast one of the athletic linebacking duos in the NFL in Anthony Barr and Eric Kendricks, and both - along with 5-time Pro Bowler and former All-Pro safety Harrison Smith - are likely going to be responsible for guarding Tonyan.

Minnesota has become a ground-and-pound football team that wants to keep the game low-scoring. Don’t expect a shootout here, and targets for Tonyan could be few and far between Week 1.

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