Fantasy Football 2015: Bears at Packers Week 12 Preview
Chicago Bears (4-6) at Green Bay Packers (7-3)
Thursday, November 26, 2015; 8:30 PM ET
Coming up on Thursday, we’ve got a huge NFC North matchup looming between the Bears and the Packers. Chicago (4-6) dropped a close one to the Broncos on Sunday, and Green Bay (7-3) pulled for the division lead by beating the Vikings in Week 11.
There will be plenty of noteworthy fantasy football players out on the field for this one, so let’s take a look at a few key names and see what we might be expecting from our lineups in Week 12.
Jay Cutler, QB, Chicago Bears: Cutler had a pretty bad line against the tough Broncos defense. He went 18-of-32 for 265 yards, no scores and two turnovers. He did rush for 29 yards on three attempts, though, so that’s…something.
Cutler had posted five touchdowns in his previous two games coming into this one, so it’s a step back for him. He’s still just a backup in fantasy, and really needs Alshon Jeffery back in the lineup.
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Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers: Rodgers’ numbers weren’t particularly spectacular in the Vikings game, but he played well enough to get the job done. He went 16-of-34 for 212 yards and a pair of touchdowns, and rushed three times for six yards.
Rodgers had six touchdowns in two games coming into this one, so this was a bit of a disappointment. Still, he’s a no-duh start in every fantasy format everywhere, and should do pretty well here.
Matt Forte, RB, Chicago Bears: Forte remained sidelined in the Broncos game, giving way to Jeremy Langford, who rushed for 25 yards and a TD on 13 attempts for a disappointing performance.
Forte owners will have to watch him in practice this week to see if he can get back out on the field. The thinking was that he was targeting Thursday to make a return; we’ll see if that holds true.
Eddie Lacy, RB, Green Bay Packers: No one (including us) was too high on Lacy coming into the Vikings game, so it was something of a surprise when he logged 22 rush attempts for 100 yards.
Lacy must be back in the coaches’ good graces in Green Bay, because he out-touched James Starks 23 to nine. It was a great bounce-back for him, as he’d posted just 16 rush attempts for 48 yards in his previous two outings. He’ll be in the flex conversation for the Bears game.
Alshon Jeffery, WR, Chicago Bears: The Bears don’t have a go-to receiver without Jeffery on the field. He sat out Week 11 with a groin injury, following a tweak in practice this past week.
Jeffery has missed out on five games this year, which has really given his fantasy numbers a hit. Hopefully, he’ll be able to get back out there Thursday and put up a good line.
Randall Cobb, WR, Green Bay Packers: Cobb had just two catches in the Vikings game, but he made them count. One was a 10-yard TD reception and the other a 14-yard gain. He also dropped at least one possible catch.
Since the bye, Cobb has more than 53 yards just once in four weeks. He’s no longer a can’t-miss fantasy prospect, but if you’ve got him, you have to start him in Week 11.
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