NFC North Week 10 Fantasy Preview

DETROIT LIONS at CHICAGO BEARS

 

Jay Cutler

Smokin’ Jay is ready to return after a 3 week layoff. Expectations still have to be tempered, but he’s traditionally done well against the Lions. A line of 2 TDs and 280-300 yards would be a nice return to action for Cutler.

 

Matthew Stafford

Stafford faces a tough challenge in the Bears’ secondary this week, but we still like him as a top-3 option. He has great weapons around him, is making better decisions, and still throwing the ball a ton. As always, start him with confidence.

 

Matt Forte

As a result of Cutler’s missed games and Forte’s consistency, the Bears’ running back is actually outscoring his QB in fantasy points for the season. He has scored 51 points in the last 2 weeks, and double digit points in every game this season. Another top-3 option at his position, 100 total yards and a TD seem like a reasonable baseline expectation.

 

Reggie Bush

One of the few RBs we like better than Forte this week is the man starting opposite from him, Reggie Bush. Earlier in the season Bush torched the Bears for over 170 yards and a TD, and could very well do the same thing this week. 130 total yards should be his minimum.

 

Brandon Marshall

Marshall had 7 catches in his first meeting with Detroit this season, with only 79 yards to show for it. He’ll be looking to rectify that this time around, and we have him as a surefire top-5 option this week. 90+ yards and a score should be in order.

 

Alshon Jeffery

Going against the defense giving up 3rd most points to opposing fantasy WRs, Alshon should be in line for a nice day. With Cutler back on the field, Jeffery should approach the 100-yard region again this week.

 

Calvin Johnson

7 yards short of the all time single game receiving record. You’re starting Megatron, that’s a given. But it’s easy to take his greatness for granted. If you stop for a minute and think about it, we very may well be watching the second greatest receiver of ALL TIME. Thank you, Calvin.

 

Kris Durham

If you’re exceedingly desperate, Durham is worth considering, and should see around 60 yards receiving.

 

Martellus Bennett

Bennett has been a safe, reliable, plug and play option at tight end all season, and will continue to be so this week. He might top out at 70 yards, but there won’t be many TEs who perform better than him this, or any week.

 

Joe Fauria

While Fauria’s main useage is still in the red zone, he is slowly working himself into other parts of the Lions’ gameplan. He like him more than most this week, and think he is a reasonable TE2.

 

 

Philadelphia Eagles at GREEN BAY PACKERS

 

Wow. While normally a hotbed of fantasy goodness, Green Bay’s situation this week seemingly comes from Bizarro Land. As we’ve noted in this column before, Rodgers has the ability to improve those around him, and his loss obviously has a huge detrimental effect on this squad.

 

Seneca Wallace

Wallace posted just 3 fantasy points after entering last week’s game, in spite of playing the majority of the game. He will be better prepared this week, and faces an Eagles defense giving up the 9th most points to opposing fantasy QBs, but there’s no need to be starting him in regular leagues this week, unless you’re exceedingly desperate. He’s a very low-end QB2.

 

Eddie Lacy

With Rodgers out, the Packers look to lean even more heavily on Lacy, who has already become a focal point of the offense. Lacy is a legitimate top-5 running back this week, and has a real chance to put up around 130 total yards and a touchdown. If you have him, start him, and start him with confidence.

 

Jordy Nelson / Other Packers WRs

 

The bad news? Seneca Wallace. The good news? The Eagles rank DEAD LAST in points allowed to opposing fantasy WRs. Nelson should continue to be the Green Bay QB’s favourite target, but James Jones and Jarrett Boykin are worth consideration as reasonable upside, incredibly low floor players, if that’s what you’re looking for.

 

Andrew Quarless

Another 30 yard outing seems likely. Avoid.

 

 

 

 

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