Fantasy Football 2015: Bears at Chargers Week 9 Preview
Chicago Bears (2-5) at San Diego Chargers (2-6)
Monday, November 9, 2015; 8:30 PM ET
Wrapping up the Week 9 schedule on “Monday Night Football,” we’ve got an NFC-AFC matchup between the Bears and the Chargers. Chicago (2-5) is coming off a close loss to the Vikings, while San Diego (2-6) dropped a game to Baltimore in Week 8. Both teams are pretty desperate for a win here.
There will be lots of notable fantasy football contributors on the field for this one, so let’s check out a few key names on each side to see what we should be expecting.
Jay Cutler, QB, Chicago Bears: Cutler came out of the bye week to throw for just 211 yards and one touchdown against Minnesota, continuing what’s been a pretty sub-par year, even for him.
Cutler has thrown just two touchdowns and one pick in his last two games combined, and has an 8:4 TD:INT rating for the year. That said, you could do worse for a fill-in fantasy quarterback.
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Philip Rivers, QB, San Diego Chargers: The fact that the Chargers are awful hasn’t stopped Rivers from being effective in fantasy. He put up 301 yards and three more touchdowns in Week 8, bringing his total for the last two games to six.
Rivers has given owners top-level fantasy talent at a bargain basement price. He’s got 18 scores on the year so far and should bag a couple more in this game. He’s obviously a must-start.
Jeremy Langford, RB, Chicago Bears: Matt Forte owners, meet Jeremy Langford. He rushed 12 times for 46 yards in the Vikings game following Forte’s knee injury.
Assuming Forte is out, most of the work should fall to Langford. We’re not super-excited about him or anything, but he should serve as a competent fill-in if you find yourself in need.
Melvin Gordon, RB, San Diego Chargers: Gordon put up another stinker in Week 8, tallying just 54 yards on 18 carries. If there’s good news here, it’s that he did manage five receptions (for just seven yards).
This is a last-ditch week for Gordon. If you haven’t worn your patience thin with him already, he’s an easy cut decision if he can’t put up numbers against the Bears run defense.
Alshon Jeffery, WR, Chicago Bears: Jeffery owners who have been patient with him through his injuries this year were rewarded again in Week 8 with a 10-reception, 116-yard performance that yielded his second touchdown of the year.
Cutler and Jeffery have a nice chemistry together, and Jeffery is capable of putting up huge numbers anytime he’s on the field. He’s a must-start in just about every format of fantasy.
Stevie Johnson, WR, San Diego Chargers: The downside to the Chargers’ electric passing attack right now is their rash of injuries. Keenan Allen is out indefinitely, and Antonio Gates is battling an MCL issue.
That leaves Johnson, who should end up seeing an expanded role as one of the healthier options in the receiving corps. You can probably pick him up for next to nothing, so he’s a buy-low guy ahead of Monday’s game.
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