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Fantasy Football 2013: Bears at Eagles Week 16 Preview

Chicago Bears (8-6) at Philadelphia Eagles (8-6)

Sunday, December 22, 2013: 8:30 PM (ET)

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The Week 16 edition of “Sunday Night Football” will feature an absolutely crucial matchup between the Philadelphia Eagles and the visiting Chicago Bears. Both teams are embroiled in a tight divisional battle for their playoff lives, so it should be a hard-fought game. The Eagles (8-6) are coming off an embarrassing loss to the Vikings, while the Bears (8-6) were able to top the Browns in Week 15.
It’s championship week in many fantasy leagues, and there are plenty of key players on both sidelines who will have a heavy impact on rosters everywhere. Let’s take a look at some of the noteworthy names out there and see what we should be expecting.

Jay Cutler, QB, Chicago Bears: Cutler made his return to the field in Week 15 after a four-game absence, and the results were mixed. He tossed three touchdowns against the Browns, but also showed some signs of rust with his pair of interceptions (though they weren’t completely his fault). Cutler was also limping slightly at times during the game, so he’s likely still shaking off the effects of his ankle injury. Fantasy-wise, if you’re desperate for a QB, he’s not a bad call given the weapons he has at his disposal.

Fantasy Football 2013: Bears at Eagles Week 16 Preview

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Nick Foles, QB, Philadelphia Eagles: During Foles’ string of starts over the last half-dozen games, he’s had more good than bad, which is why he’s getting used in the majority of fantasy leagues. Even though the Eagles lost to the Vikes, he had a nice line, resulting in 428 yards, three touchdowns and a pick. He also notched 41 yards rushing. We don’t expect a huge line here, as Philly will probably feed McCoy for the majority of the game, but Foles should do okay.

Matt Forte, RB, Chicago Bears: Forte has been on quite a roll recently. In Week 15, he posted 127 yards on 24 carries, marking his fifth straight double-digit fantasy performance. He’s not necessarily getting into the end zone--he has two receiving touchdowns and no rushing touchdowns in his last six games--but he’s still getting a heavy workload. That trend should continue this weekend, so don’t worry at all about Forte.

LeSean McCoy, RB, Philadelphia Eagles: It’s a good thing McCoy can catch. The Eagles didn’t do much running against the Vikings, instead opting to focus on the pass. As a result, he got just eight carries for 38 yards. He saved his fantasy day with five receptions for 68 yards, however, so it wasn’t a total wash. The good news for McCoy is that the Bears are awful against the run, so he should have plenty of success and big numbers in this one.

Brandon Marshall, WR, Chicago Bears: In years past, Marshall has been the focal point of the Bears’ hot-and-cold passing game. Things are different now, however, as he’s got to share the stage with Alshon Jeffery and Martellus Bennett. Still, he’s putting up decent numbers and is a top-shelf fantasy option. Just last week he notched 95 yards and a TD, and that trend should continue now that Marshall’s best bud Cutler is back behind center. There’s room for everyone in this offense.

DeSean Jackson, WR, Philadelphia Eagles: Jackson has been on a tear recently, and that was fully evident against the Vikings. He dominated the receiving game in the loss, posting 10 receptions for 195 yards and a TD. That gives Jackson at least eight fantasy points in five of the last six weeks. His numbers may dip a bit if Philly concentrates on the run like they should, but he’s still a definite no-duh start.

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