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NFC North Player Analysis
Doug Coutts, FantasySharks.com, Senior Staff Writer

Chicago Bears (vs New England Patriots)

QB Jay Cutler: The offense is falling apart at the seams and Cutler can no longer be counted on as a top fantasy option. It won't take a lot to right this ship but it does need 'right'ing.' ( 238 yds pass with 2 TDs and 1 Int; 16 yds rush )

QB Jimmy Clausen: ( 8 yds pass )

RB Matt Forte: He has been the one constant all season, another week of 100+ in total offense and a score is expected as the running game will be relied on while the passing game remains out of synch. ( 86 yds rush and 1 TD; 7 catches for 58 yds )

RB Ka'Deem Carey: ( 16 yds rush; 1 catch for 1 yd )

RB Senorise Perry: ( 1 yd rush )

WR Brandon Marshall: Last week's performance was 'unacceptable', look for Cutler to make things right and get Marshall the ball early and often this week. ( 6 catches for 68 yds and 1 TD )

WR Alshon Jeffery: New England will look to shut him down. expect Revis to hold down Jeffery's numbers. ( 4 yds rush; 8 catches for 86 yds and 1 TD )

WR Santonio Holmes: ( 1 catch for 13 yds )

WR Josh Morgan: ( 1 catch for 4 yds )

WR Chris Williams: ( )

TE Martellus Bennett: The struggles of the wide outs has created some opportunity for a spike in stats here. ( 5 catches for 55 yds )

TE Dante Rosario: ( 1 catch for 6 yds )

PK Robbie Gould: The Bears have not been generating that many FG opportunities, but the 'bend but don't break' defense of New England will change that this week. ( 2 XPs, 1 FG )

Def Chicago Bears: The Patriots rarely turn the ball over, but at least a handful of sacks can be expected. ( 2 sacks, 1 INT, 1 Fumble )



Detroit Lions (vs Atlanta Falcons)

QB Matthew Stafford: After a nice rebound week against the Saints, Stafford will keep that going in this week's early Sunday morning contest across the pond. ( 284 yds pass with 2 TDs and 1 Int; 5 yds rush )

RB Reggie Bush: He is nursing an ankle injury, expect a limited role in this Sunday's early morning game if he even suits up. It is a whopper of a matchup though as the Falcons are soft against the run.

RB Joique Bell: With Bush hobbling on a bad ankle, expect Bell to have a much bigger role than usual in this Sunday's early morning clash in London, especially against the very weak Falcons run defense. ( 76 yds rush and 1 TD; 4 catches for 40 yds )

RB Theo Riddick: ( 28 yds rush; 3 catches for 22 yds )

RB George Winn: ( 12 yds rush; 1 catch for 2 yds )

WR Calvin Johnson: He has made the trip to London for the early Sunday morning game, but we are not expecting him to play. Wait as long as you can, but even if suiting up, he will be limited. ( 3 catches for 45 yds )

WR Golden Tate: He is picking up the slack with Johnson on the shelf. Expect another big game as the Lions play early on Sunday AM. ( 1 yd rush; 10 catches for 106 yds and 1 TD )

WR Jeremy Ross: Limited numbers as he is splitting time with Fuller. ( 2 catches for 18 yds )

WR Corey Fuller: Not a lot to see here, Stafford looks in his direction only a couple of times at best. ( 2 catches for 17 yds )

WR Ryan Broyles: ( 1 catch for 7 yds )

TE Brandon Pettigrew: With Ebron out, he is getting a few more looks than normal. He is still a very low end fantasy producer but the Falcons have handled the tight end well.

TE Eric Ebron: Likely on the shelf, seek other options.

PK Matt Prater: After a shaky first week, he settled down last week and looks to be a middle of the road fantasy option. ( 3 XPs, 1 FG and 1 missed FG )

Def Detroit Lions: These guys can get after the passer, a handful of sacks to go along with some turnovers can be expected this week, and almost every week. ( 3 sacks, 1 INT )



Green Bay Packers (vs New Orleans Saints)

QB Aaron Rodgers: Another big week expected as the offense rolls against a soft Saints defense. ( 281 yds pass with 3 TDs; 13 yds rush )

QB Matt Flynn: ( 33 yds pass; 2 yds rush )

QB Scott Tolzien: ( 1 yd pass )

RB Eddie Lacy: Even sharing time with Starks, Lacy will be a top option this week. He is getting it done on the ground and is involved in the passing game as well. Welcome back Eddie Lacy. ( 98 yds rush and 1 TD; 4 catches for 26 yds )

RB James Starks: The Packers are giving him a series or two, but Lacy will be the top fantasy scorer out of the Green Bay backfield. ( 29 yds rush; 1 catch for 6 yds )

RB DuJuan Harris: ( 9 yds rush; 1 catch for 4 yds )

RB John Kuhn: ( 5 yds rush; 1 catch for 4 yds )

WR Jordy Nelson: A strong game expected for the Packers in the air, Nelson will once again get a big share of the stats. ( 8 catches for 107 yds and 1 TD )

WR Randall Cobb: He and Nelson are quite the duo, Rodgers will continue to use them equally. ( 4 yds rush; 9 catches for 96 yds and 1 TD )

WR Davante Adams: He is down on the food chain, not a lot of action expected with Nelson and Cobb doing most of the damage. ( 4 catches for 38 yds )

WR Jarrett Boykin: ( 2 catches for 21 yds )

WR Kevin Dorsey: ( 1 catch for 1 yd )

TE Andrew Quarless: One or two looks at best, seek other options. ( 1 catch for 11 yds )

TE Richard Rodgers: ( 1 catch for 4 yds )

TE Brandon Bostick: ( 1 catch for 5 yds )

PK Mason Crosby: He gets more work on extra points than field goals, but inside the dome he will be one of the top options in a high scoring affair. ( 3 XPs, 2 FGs )

Def Green Bay Packers: Up against the Saints in their home, nothing much to write home about from this fantasy unit. ( 2 sacks, 1 INT, 1 Fumble )



Minnesota Vikings (vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

QB Teddy Bridgewater: He is getting better by the week, but still not enough to warrant fantasy consideration. ( 221 yds pass with 1 TD and 1 Int; 14 yds rush )

QB Christian Ponder: ( 71 yds pass; 5 yds rush )

RB Jerick McKinnon: Entrenched as the starter, the Vikings will rely on him to carry the load while Bridgewater learns on the job. ( 96 yds rush and 1 TD; 3 catches for 36 yds )

RB Matt Asiata: McKinnon has taken over, minimal action here as the change of pace back. ( 16 yds rush; 1 catch for 11 yds )

RB Joe Banyard: ( 5 yds rush; 1 catch for 4 yds )

WR Greg Jennings: With the rookie at the helm, the ceiling here is very low. ( 6 catches for 70 yds )

WR Cordarrelle Patterson: The Vikings really should find creative ways to get him the ball more, but unfortunately -- they do not. ( 6 yds rush; 3 catches for 26 yds )

WR Jarius Wright: He gets a handful of looks, but the limited passing game keeps the numbers low. ( 1 yd rush; 4 catches for 46 yds )

WR Adam Thielen: ( 1 catch for 9 yds )

WR Charles Johnson: ( 1 catch for 3 yds )

TE Chase Ford: ( 3 catches for 33 yds )

TE Rhett Ellison: ( 1 catch for 12 yds )

TE MarQueis Gray: ( 1 yd rush; 1 catch for 1 yd )

PK Blair Walsh: He has been connecting from long distance, look for plenty of scoring opportunities again this week as he is one of the top fantasy options. ( 2 XPs, 2 FGs )

Def Minnesota Vikings: A potential sneaky good play this week against a struggling Tampa offense but beware, this could turn ugly too for the Vikings as they just aren't that talented enough of a unit. ( 4 sacks, 1 INT, 1 Fumble )



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