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

Chicago Bears (vs Detroit Lions)

QB Jay Cutler: He came back down to earth last week, but we expect that on turkey day he will be in top form. Expect an above average fantasy day from Cutler. ( 255 yds pass with 2 TDs and 1 Int; 11 yds rush )

QB Jimmy Clausen: ( 11 yds pass )

RB Matt Forte: His tremendous season will continue on turkey day. Even if the Lions can limit him on the ground, he will more than make up for it in the passing game. Enjoy the Thanksgiving games. ( 88 yds rush and 1 TD; 6 catches for 53 yds )

RB Ka'Deem Carey: ( 13 yds rush; 1 catch for 2 yds )

WR Brandon Marshall: He continues to be limited, but we expect that he will be rested and ready to go for a turkey day special in Detroit. ( 6 catches for 72 yds and 1 TD )

WR Alshon Jeffery: He will be looking to put last week's disappointing numbers behind him in a turkey day matchup. Look for him to rebound in a big way. ( 4 yds rush; 7 catches for 87 yds and 1 TD )

WR Marquess Wilson: ( 2 catches for 13 yds )

WR Josh Morgan: ( 1 catch for 5 yds )

TE Martellus Bennett: As the fourth option in Chicago's passing attack, his fantasy ceiling is limited. Despite some big weeks, a quiet day is expected here this week. ( 6 catches for 64 yds )

TE Dante Rosario: ( 1 catch for 6 yds )

PK Robbie Gould: He has not hit a three pointer in over a month, there are plenty of other better options out there. ( 2 XPs, 1 FG )

Def Chicago Bears: They have been getting after the quarterback, which will continue this week on turkey day. But the Lions can turn on the spigot in a hurry, especially at home. ( 2 sacks, 1 INT, 1 Fumble )



Detroit Lions (vs Chicago Bears)

QB Matthew Stafford: After a tough non-conference game, the Lions offense will enjoy the home cooking on turkey day. The return of Bush will open up the passing game. ( 322 yds pass with 2 TDs and 1 Int; 4 yds rush )

RB Joique Bell: The return of Bush will cut deeply into his production, but keep an eye on his status. If Bush doesn't play, then Bell will have a decent day. ** Update ** reports are that Bush will not play this week, Bell will see the work on the ground. ( 66 yds rush; 4 catches for 32 yds )

RB Reggie Bush: The Thanksgiving game has been his target for return, but check the injury report to make sure he is playing. If he does suit up, it is likely that he will be limited. ** Update ** Bush will not play this week.

RB Theo Riddick: Even without Bush, his numbers have been forgettable. Only if Reggie is announced as out for Thanksgiving should Riddick be considered as a fantasy option. ** Update ** Bush is out this week, Riddick will see an uptick in action, especially in the air. ( 23 yds rush; 6 catches for 46 yds and 1 TD )

RB George Winn: ( 2 yds rush; )

WR Calvin Johnson: The Patriots were able to limit his production, but Turkey day against the soft Bears secondary will be a different story. Expect him to be involved early and often in this one. ( 7 catches for 98 yds and 1 TD )

WR Golden Tate: After a disappointing week in New England, the Lions passing game will be back in full operation on turkey day. A big day on tap expected here. ( 2 yds rush; 8 catches for 105 yds )

WR Jeremy Ross: ( 2 catches for 21 yds )

WR Corey Fuller: ( 2 catches for 18 yds )

WR Ryan Broyles: ( 1 catch for 7 yds )

TE Brandon Pettigrew: ( 3 catches for 24 yds )

TE Eric Ebron: Healthy and seeing an increase in his involvement in the passing game. A low end option on turkey day. ( 2 catches for 23 yds )

TE Joseph Fauria: ( 1 catch for 15 yds )

PK Matt Prater: Despite missing several kicks the past few weeks, the Lions have been giving him plenty of opportunities to score. He will be a middle of the road option this week. ( 2 XPs, 2 FGs and 1 missed FG )

Def Detroit Lions: The lack of sacks and minimal turnovers are a concern for this unit but the Bears offer a tasty match up play. ( 2 sacks, 1 INT )



Green Bay Packers (vs New England Patriots)

QB Aaron Rodgers: The Patriots defense has been quietly shutting down opposing offenses, but the Packers are one of the best. Rodgers may be slowed down a bit, but we still expect a very strong fantasy performance from him. ( 290 yds pass with 3 TDs; 16 yds rush )

QB Matt Flynn: ( 25 yds pass; 1 yd rush )

QB Scott Tolzien: ( 1 yd pass )

RB Eddie Lacy: He has been a work horse all season which will continue this week against New England. If the Patriots bottle things up, Rodgers will find him in the passing game so a good day on tap for Lacy regardless of if by air or by land. ( 70 yds rush and 1 TD; 3 catches for 30 yds )

RB James Starks: ( 25 yds rush; 1 catch for 6 yds )

RB DuJuan Harris: ( 12 yds rush; 1 catch for 2 yds )

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

WR Jordy Nelson: The Patriots have a way of limiting the opposition's best weapon but this Packers offense is ultra talented. ( 7 catches for 94 yds and 1 TD )

WR Randall Cobb: With Nelson drawing the defensive attention, Cobb will be available to catch plenty of passes this week. ( 2 yds rush; 6 catches for 80 yds and 1 TD )

WR Davante Adams: Behind Nelson and Cobb, there will not be many scraps left for Adams. Seek other options. ( 3 catches for 25 yds )

WR Jarrett Boykin: ( 1 catch for 12 yds )

WR Jeff Janis: ( )

TE Andrew Quarless: Rodgers has not looked to his tight end enough for him to warrant any fantasy consideration. ( 3 catches for 33 yds )

TE Richard Rodgers: ( 1 catch for 14 yds )

TE Brandon Bostick: ( 1 catch for 4 yds )

PK Mason Crosby: We expect a slight bump in his usual production this week as the Patriots are a 'bend and don't break' defense. This will mean more three point opportunities for Crosby. ( 4 XPs, 2 FGs )

Def Green Bay Packers: This unit will get a couple of sacks, but the Patriots offense is tough to slow down. Not a big fantasy day expected here. ( 1 sack, 1 INT, 1 Fumble )



Minnesota Vikings (vs Carolina Panthers)

QB Teddy Bridgewater: Though he has been limiting his mistakes, the passing yards have been minimal. Without a big number of rushing yards, his fantasy impact is once again looking to be minimal. ( 210 yds pass with 1 TD and 1 Int; 14 yds rush )

QB Christian Ponder: ( 54 yds pass; 5 yds rush )

RB Jerick McKinnon: Even without Asiata in the lineup, McKinnon was not able to put up a big number last week. Seek other options if possible. ( 52 yds rush; 2 catches for 14 yds )

RB Matt Asiata: Check the injury report as he is still in the NFL's concussion protocol. Even if suiting up, the Vikings are not a good ground team so it is a situation worth avoiding. ( 27 yds rush; 2 catches for 18 yds )

RB Ben Tate: He may know a few more plays this week, but the Vikings running back situation is worth avoiding. Too many in the mix, with not enough overall production from the entire team. ( 17 yds rush; 1 catch for 6 yds )

RB Joe Banyard: ( )

WR Greg Jennings: There are not many players in the Vikings passing game that are worth fantasy consideration. Despite the touchdown last week, Jennings is not a great option. ( 5 catches for 53 yds )

WR Cordarrelle Patterson: He has been going through a steep decline in production, and the Vikings have stopped giving him rushing attempts. ( 4 yds rush; 2 catches for 23 yds )

WR Charles Johnson: He and Bridgewater are on the same page, a sneaky good fantasy play this week as Bridgewater looks in his direction at least ten times this week. ( 1 yd rush; 2 catches for 25 yds )

WR Jarius Wright: ( 1 yd rush; 3 catches for 31 yds )

WR Adam Thielen: ( 1 catch for 10 yds )

TE Kyle Rudolph: Minimal action as the Vikings are not throwing the ball well to anyone. ( 3 catches for 39 yds )

TE Chase Ford: ( 2 catches for 18 yds )

TE Rhett Ellison: ( 1 catch for 12 yds )

PK Blair Walsh: He is good for at least a couple three pointers per week as the struggles of the Vikings offense in the red zone means opportunities for the kicker. ( 2 XPs, 2 FGs )

Def Minnesota Vikings: The Panthers make their fair share of mistakes and have struggled mightily this season. This is more of a match up play but a solid one. ( 3 sacks, 1 INT, 1 Fumble )



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