Fantasy Football 2014: Saints at Bears 12/15/14 Week 15 Preview
New Orleans Saints (5-8) at Chicago Bears (5-8)
Monday, December 15, 2014; 8:30 PM ET
Rounding out the Week 15 schedule on “Monday Night Football” we’ve got an NFC matchup between the Saints and the Bears at Soldier Field. New Orleans (5-7) is coming off an utter beat-down at the hands of the Panthers, while Chicago (5-7) lost to the Cowboys last Thursday. Both teams share the same record, but the Saints have a lot more to lose in their division race.
There will be plenty of notable fantasy players out there on the field for this one, and with the playoffs heating up in leagues everywhere, it’s more important than ever to get production from your big names. Let’s check out the key guys on both sides as we preview this one and see what it’ll mean for your fantasy lineup.
Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints: Until the fourth-quarter garbage time against the Panthers, Brees was playing miserably. He would finish with 235 yards and a score, but had just 64 yards to his name through three quarters.
It was a far cry from his five-touchdown performance a week before, and further marked how erratic Brees has been this season. Still, if you’ve got him in fantasy you’ve got to roll with him. He should play better this week.
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Jay Cutler, QB, Chicago Bears: There’s plenty of dissention in Chicago these days when it comes to Cutler. He’s been less than impressive lately, but the good news for fantasy owners is that he posted 341 yards and two touchdowns (with a pick) against Dallas.
Cutler can’t be counted on to provide much of anything in fantasy aside from a couple of touchdowns on a good day. With the loss of Brandon Marshall last week, he falls further down the rankings.
Mark Ingram, RB, New Orleans Saints: Ingram has come into his own in fantasy recently, but he wasn’t able to do much against the Panthers. He finished that game with just 43 yards rushing and 13 more through the air. It was simply a miserable day for the whole Saints team.
Ingram should be able to find some room against a phoning-it-in Chicago defense on Monday, so if you’ve got him it makes sense to keep him in your lineup.
Matt Forte, RB, Chicago Bears: In general, Forte has been a reliable guy in fantasy this year, even though the Bears haven’t utilized him to the best of his abilities recently. He put up just 26 yards on the ground (and a score) in Week 14, but did manage 74 yards on eight catches.
Forte should remain locked into your fantasy lineup regardless of the circumstances. He’s had a couple of bad weeks here and there, but should be able to produce against the Saints.
Jimmy Graham, TE, New Orleans Saints: Graham put up another dud of a performance against the Panthers, hauling in three grabs for just 25 yards. It was his second stinker in a row after coming up empty against Pittsburgh.
Graham is likely still bothered by his shoulder injury, but most of his ineptitude can be attributed to the Saints just being bad. If you’ve got him, just keep those fingers crossed that he’ll come out of this funk.
Alshon Jeffery, WR, New Orleans Saints: Jeffery has been coasting in fantasy this year, with his most recent performance totaling six grabs for 95 yards and a TD. That gives him five scores in just the last four weeks.
With Brandon Marshall out for the season, Jeffery will get some more attention from defenses, but the extra targets should help even things out. He’s an automatic start regardless.
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