Fantasy Football 2014: Cowboys at Bears 12/4/14 Week 14 Preview
Dallas Cowboys (8-4) at Chicago Bears (5-7)
Thursday, December 4, 2014 8:25 PM ET CBS
TV: NFL Network
Kicking off the NFL’s Week 14 schedule will be a pair of teams playing their second consecutive “Thursday Night Football” games. The Cowboys (8-4) will be heading to Chicago to take on the Bears (5-7). Both teams lost on Thanksgiving Day, and will be looking to avenge those results with a win here.
There will be tons of notable fantasy football players on the field for this game, so with that in mind let’s check out some of the key names on both sides so we can see what to be expecting from our rosters in Week 14.
Tony Romo, QB, Dallas Cowboys: Just when Romo had earned his way into fantasy owners’ good graces as a competent starter, he went and laid an egg against the Eagles in Week 13.
Romo--and the Cowboys as a whole--was just plain awful in the loss, logging 199 yards and two interceptions with his streak of 38 straight games with a TD pass broken.
If you were able to make it past last week with Romo in your lineup, there’s no reason not to give him another chance here. The matchup looks good at least.
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Jay Cutler, QB, Chicago Bears: Outside of deep leagues, Cutler is little more than a fantasy backup, so there aren’t too many owners who have to rely on him week in and week out. He was his usual self in a two-TD, two-pick outing, frustrating fans everywhere.
At least you know what you’re getting with Cutler, and he’ll frustrate the heck out of you most weeks. Still, he’s thrown for multiple touchdowns in three of the last five appearances.
DeMarco Murray, RB, Dallas Cowboys: Usually, Murray is money in the bank when it comes to fantasy points. He was good statistically against the Eagles, but by his lofty standards this season it still seemed like something of a disappointment. Murray posted a season-low 73 rush yards and 40 receiving yards, but also had a touchdown on the ground.
If you’re in the playoffs, chances are Murray is what got you there, so he’ll obviously remain a no-duh, must-start guy for the rest of the year.
Matt Forte, RB, Chicago Bears: Speaking of reliable fantasy running backs, we’ve got one on the other side in Forte. He posted an off-week against the Lions, though, putting up just six rush yards and 52 more through the air.
Usually, Forte is one of the most reliable guys out there, so this should end up being something of a hiccup. Look for him to be back to his old tricks here.
Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas Cowboys: Before the Thanksgiving debacle, Bryant had logged six touchdowns in his previous four games. That streak stopped against the Eagles, when he posted just 73 yards on four balls.
Bryant is Romo’s first target, and one bad outing by the QB isn’t going to change that. If you’ve got him, you’re rolling with him.
Brandon Marshall, WR, Chicago Bears: When you’re a Marshall owner, you’ve got to live with the fact that sometimes Alshon Jeffery is going to get the bigger game. That happened in Week 13, when Jeffery scored twice, leaving Marshall to live with 42 yards receiving.
This is part of a disturbing trend for him this year. He’s posted fewer than 50 yards receiving in 8 of 12 games thus far. That said, given his big-play ability, he’s got to be active.
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