Fantasy Football 2014: Bears at Lions 11/27/14 Week 13 Preview
Chicago Bears (5-6) at Detroit Lions (7-4)
Thursday, November 27, 2014 12:30 PM ET
Kicking off the Thanksgiving Day NFL festivities--and also kicking off Week 13--we’ve got a big NFC North divisional matchup on tap between the Bears and the Lions. Chicago (5-6) got a solid home win over the Buccaneers, while Detroit (7-4) got blown out by the Patriots in Week 12.
As you might expect, there will be plenty of notable fantasy players out there between both teams. Let’s check out some of the important names on both sides so we can see what to be expecting from our rosters as the fantasy regular season winds down.
Jay Cutler, QB, Chicago Bears: Cutler didn’t exactly dominate in the statistical categories last week, even against a vulnerable Bucs defense. He posted just 130 yards passing and one touchdown, losing a fumble along the way as well.
Cutler is one of those feast-or-famine guys on the lower end of the fantasy starter spectrum. We see a little more room for passing here, so his numbers should be a little better.
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Matthew Stafford, QB, Detroit Lions: The offense for the Lions was largely disappointing in the Patriots game, starting with Stafford. He posted 264 yards for no touchdowns and one interception in that game. He now has two picks and zero passing scores in his last two games.
Stafford has passed for more than two touchdowns exactly zero times this season, which is a definite red flag for owners. We’re not expecting much of anything here, either.
Matt Forte, RB, Chicago Bears: Forte pretty much put the Bears offense on his back last week and did all the work--which isn’t that uncommon a scenario. He logged 112 total yards and two touchdowns against the Bucs, which was his second straight double-digit fantasy performance.
Forte is obviously an automatic start in every fantasy format, though he may have to get his yardage through the receiving game here. He won’t find much room between the tackles.
Joique Bell, RB, Detroit Lions: Bell got a healthy 19 carries against New England, but couldn’t do much of anything with them. He put up just 48 yards, and added one catch for minus-2 more.
This is definitely a disappointment after Bell’s 115-yard effort against Arizona. With the way the Detroit offense is playing, we wouldn’t be too confident putting him much higher than a flex play here, even though he’ll probably have ample opportunities.
Brandon Marshall, WR, Chicago Bears: The Bears passing game was a shell of its usual self against the Bucs, and Marshall’s numbers suffered. He was the team’s second-leading receiver, but only came up with a paltry 32 yards on three grabs.
The poor statistical effort comes after Marshall had racked up 202 yards and three touchdowns on 15 grabs in the previous two games. If he’s going to get back on track, the whole Bears offense needs to wake up.
Calvin Johnson, WR, Detroit Lions: Johnson gave way to Golden Tate in targets and yardage against New England, but it wasn’t a great day for anyone. Megatron finished with four grabs off 10 targets for 58 yards, which was near identical to his numbers against the Cardinals.
That makes two straight sub-60-yard weeks for Johnson, who isn’t quite the slam-dunk he was last year. Still, if you’ve got him, you almost have to start him regardless.
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