NFC North Week 13 Fantasy Preview

Thursday night had an NFC North grudge match, which ended up a massively lopsided victory for the Lions. The Packers’ best performer was their D/ST, in spite of giving up 40 points. They had no other fantasy performances of note. The Lions, on the other hand, had big games from Stafford, Johnson, Bush and even Joique Bell. Aaron Rodgers can’t return soon enough to save the Packers’, and fantasy football seasons.

 

CHICAGO BEARS at MINNESOTA VIKINGS

 

Josh McCown

The Vikings are giving up the second most points to opposing fantasy QBs, and McCown has performed more than admirably filling in for Jay Cutler this season. With Cutler presumably coming back next week and a contract to play for, expect a nice showing from McCown this week. We like him as a solid QB1 this week, and he’s a borderline top-10 option. Look for close to 300 yards and multiple scores.

 

Christian Ponder

If you’re thinking about starting Ponder, re-evaluate yourself.

 

Matt Forte

Forte left last week’s game with a knee injury, but it appears he’ll be okay to play on Sunday. He had a long score called back by penalty last week, and his fantasy day would have ended much differently had that counted. As always, Forte is a safe bet for 100 total yards and a score.

 

Adrian Peterson

Per ESPN, the Bears’ defense has given up 5.9 yards per carry over the last 5 weeks. Madness. Peterson should, if all goes to plan, have 150 total yards and 2 scores this week.

 

Brandon Marshall / Alshon Jeffrey

We’ve put Marshall and Jeffery together here, as we love them both this week. We like them for close to 100 yards and a score EACH, and they’re both top 10 options. The Vikings’ defense has been susceptible to giving up big plays all season, and that doesn’t look like it’ll end here.

 

Cordarrelle Patterson

It’s stunning that Patterson is currently the only Vikings WR worth writing about. He led the team in catches last week, although he gained just 54 yards on 8 grabs. His natural talent is ready to break out though, and we think this is the week he finally shows what he’s capable of in the passing game. BOLD PREDICTION ALERT – Patterson has a score of 50 yards or more this week.

 

Martellus Bennett

In their earlier meeting this season, Bennett scored twice against the Vikings. In spite of a down few weeks, he’s still the 8th highest scoring TE in fantasy, and is worth starting every week. He should be good for around 70 yards, and is 50-50 to score.

 

John Carlson

Since his week 10 breakout, Carlson’s involvement in the passing game has diminished. He is a low-end TE2, and shouldn’t put up more than around 30 yards. Avoid.

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