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Fantasy Football 2013: Giants at Bears Week 6 Preview

New York Giants (0-5) at Chicago Bears (3-2)

Thursday, October 10, 8:25 PM (ET)

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We’ve got a pretty good-looking matchup coming our way to kick off the NFL’s Week 6 on “Thursday Night Football.” The New York Giants will be heading to Soldier Field to take on the Chicago Bears this week, and it should make for a hard-nosed battle between two historic teams who both need a win. The Bears (3-2) are coming off their second loss in a row at home against the Saints. Meanwhile, the Giants (0-5) can’t really do anything right this season. They’ve got an ugly winless record after yet another defeat, this one at the hands of the Eagles.
As usual, there are bound to be plenty of fantasy considerations in this one, so let’s take a closer look at some of the key players out there and see what we should be expecting from our rosters.

Eli Manning, QB, New York Giants: Unless you’re in a league on the deeper side, you probably haven’t thought much about putting Manning into your lineup. That’s probably a good thing, as he had another sketchy outing in Week 5, posting three interceptions with his two touchdowns and 334 yards. That was the first multiple-score outing he’s had since Week 1. Manning likely won’t fare too much better against the Bears, so unless you’re really stuck for a bye-week replacement (Matt Ryan is off this week), try to stay away.

Fantasy Football 2013: Giants at Bears Week 6 Preview

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Jay Cutler, QB, Chicago Bears: Speaking of staying away, we really can’t recommend Cutler as much more than a deep-league start, either, even against a crummy Giants defense. Sure, he’s shown his usual flashes of brilliance this season, including a two-TD, 358-yard effort in Week 5 against the Saints. A lot of that came from playing comeback-ball, however, so don’t expect desperation throwing in this one. Cutler is okay as a fill-in we suppose, but not a whole lot more than that.

David Wilson, RB, New York Giants: Things started out great for the embattled Wilson in Week 5. He tallied his first touchdown of the season in the first quarter of the Eagles game, then promptly injured his neck and hit the sidelines. He wouldn’t end up returning.
The good news is that Wilson’s injury seems to be minor, so he’s got a good chance of hitting the field healthy on Thursday. It’ll still be a situation to watch, however, if you’re planning on putting him in. The TD gives us the confidence to suggest him as a flex play.

Matt Forte, RB, Chicago Bears: Forte doesn’t get as much fanfare as some of the fantasy running backs out there, but he’s quietly been doing his part this season. He had another pretty good outing in Week 5, posting 95 total yards. Unfortunately, Forte wasn’t able to get into the end zone this time, so his stats took a hit. We expect big numbers from Forte this week, especially if the Bears can get up on the Giants early. He’s a no-duh start, anyway.

Brandon Marshall, WR, Chicago Bears: Going by the lofty goals Marshall owners have set for him, he had a pretty quiet game against the Saints. He managed just 30 yards on four catches, but was able to score as the Bears attempted to narrow the deficit late in the game. Those were Marshall’s lowest reception and yardage totals of the season. Still, as a high-end fantasy WR, he’s not coming out of your lineup for any reason besides a bye week, so just cross your fingers for Thursday.

Victor Cruz, WR, New York Giants: Cruz had a pretty off-week himself against the Eagles. He was able to come away with five grabs for just 48 yards. It was almost as bad as his three-reception, 25-yard line in Week 3. That said, we’re still willing to just chalk this one up as an aberration. In the other three weeks, Cruz has been great. Like Marshall, he’s not coming out of your lineup either.

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