Fantasy Football 2014: Bears at Jets 9/22/14 Week 3 Preview
Chicago Bears (1-1) at New York Jets (1-1)
Monday, September 22, 2014 8:30 PM ET
Rounding out the Week 3 schedule on “Monday Night Football” this week is a pretty enticing matchup between the Bears and the Jets. Chicago (1-1) heads to MetLife Stadium for their second primetime game in a row after an improbable comeback against San Francisco in Week 2. Meanwhile, New York (1-1) had Green Bay on the ropes in Lambeau this past Sunday but let the lead--and the game--slip away.
As usual, there will be plenty of notable fantasy contributors out on the field for this one, so let’s take a closer look at some of the key players on both sides so that we can get an idea of what to expect.
Jay Cutler, QB, Chicago Bears: It took Cutler a little while to hit his stride against the Niners, but once he did he was unbelievable. He finished with a super-efficient 24-of-25 line for 176 and four scores. Most importantly, he didn’t turn the ball over.
If Cutler can stay disciplined like that on Monday, he’s in for a another big game. The New York secondary is a hot mess, and there should be plenty of opportunities for big plays.
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Geno Smith, QB, New York Jets: No one expected much out of Smith this season, but so far he’s playing pretty well. He threw a pick in Week 2, but also accounted for a pair of touchdowns (one on the ground) in the loss. His 50 percent completion percentage is a concern, so we’ll have to watch that.
No one is starting Smith in fantasy, save for 2-QB leagues or the injured and desperate. He should post a solid line against a flimsy Bears D though.
Matt Forte, RB, Chicago Bears: As one of the most consistently reliable fantasy running backs in the game, Forte is always a popular pickup. He had an off-game against San Fran, however, posting just 36 total yards.
The Jets run defense is pretty good, so Forte will probably make more of an impact in the passing game. If he can get some good matchups, he can break some big plays.
Chris Johnson, RB, New York Jets: Johnson had a nice game in Week 1, but followed it up with a dud against the Pack. He managed just 21 yards on 12 carries, which is a major letdown for those trusting him in fantasy.
Johnson should bounce back against the Bears, but there’s always the concern of Chris Ivory looming beside him. He’s a lower-end flex play, but a decent one at that level.
Brandon Marshall, WR, Chicago Bears: What can we say about Marshall that he hasn’t already said with his actions on the field? He was stellar in Week 2, hauling in five catches for 48 yards and three touchdowns, despite coming in with an ankle injury and no weekly practices under his belt.
Considering the Jets’ sloppy secondary, we expect another great game out of Marshall.
Eric Decker, WR, New York Jets: Decker was off to a good start against Green Bay, posting 63 yards and a score on four catches. His day ended prematurely, however, when he aggravated a hamstring injury that first reared its head in camp.
We’ll know more about Decker’s status for Monday as the week wears on, but suffice to say the Jets have absolutely no chance of winning this game without him. There’s simply no one else on the WR roster who deserves any attention and the Bears will exploit that with him gone.
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