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

Chicago Bears (vs Green Bay Packers)

QB Jay Cutler: ( 234 yds pass with 2 TDs and 1 Int; 12 yds rush )

QB Jimmy Clausen: ( 7 yds pass )

RB Matt Forte: ( 72 yds rush; 4 catches for 34 yds )

RB Jacquizz Rodgers: ( 13 yds rush; 1 catch for 9 yds )

RB Jeremy Langford: ( 10 yds rush; )

RB Ka'Deem Carey: ( 10 yds rush; 1 catch for 2 yds )

RB Daniel Thomas: ( 6 yds rush; 1 catch for 5 yds )

WR Alshon Jeffery: ( 1 yd rush; 4 catches for 57 yds and 1 TD )

WR Eddie Royal: ( 1 yd rush; 5 catches for 56 yds )

WR Marquess Wilson: ( 1 catch for 10 yds )

WR Marc Mariani: ( )

TE Martellus Bennett: ( 4 catches for 47 yds )

TE Dante Rosario: ( 1 catch for 5 yds )

PK Robbie Gould: ( 2 XPs, 1 FG )

Def Chicago Bears: ( 1 sack )



Detroit Lions (vs San Diego Chargers)

QB Matthew Stafford: The Lions will once again be a passing team, with Stafford looking to get a hot start to the 2015 campaign. With a healthy receiving core, expect a great week one start. ( 273 yds pass with 2 TDs and 1 Int; 6 yds rush )

RB Ameer Abdullah: Bell's injury status will provide some extra touches for the youngster. The Lions offense will primarily move through the air, minimizing the numbers out of the gate. ( 46 yds rush; 3 catches for 26 yds )

RB Joique Bell: Given his lack of playing time in the preseason, it would be best to seek other options until he is healthy. Abdullah will be taking away touches even when healthy. ( 26 yds rush; 1 catch for 11 yds )

RB Zach Zenner: ( 28 yds rush; 1 catch for 6 yds )

RB Theo Riddick: He has been getting an extended look in the preseason with Bell out, but expect Abdullah to carry the load once the real games begin. ( 2 yds rush; 2 catches for 19 yds )

RB George Winn: ( 2 yds rush )

WR Calvin Johnson: After battling injuries down the stretch last year, Johnson is healthy and ready to roll in week one of 2015. Expect a big week to open the season as he and Stafford will hook up early and often. ( 6 catches for 91 yds and 1 TD )

WR Golden Tate: After stepping in as the top option for the Lions toward the end of 2014, the return of Johnson will reduce Tate's workload. There are plenty of passing stats to go around, Tate will produce at an above average fantasy level in week one and beyond. ( 2 yds rush; 6 catches for 79 yds )

WR Corey Fuller: ( 1 catch for 18 yds )

WR Jeremy Ross: ( 1 catch for 15 yds )

WR Lance Moore: ( 1 catch for 9 yds )

TE Eric Ebron: He has emerged as the starter over Pettigrew, but with both active and in the mix, the fantasy stats for each will be minimal. ( 3 catches for 30 yds )

TE Brandon Pettigrew: Ebron will be getting more action, Pettigrew will be a non-factor in the Lions offense. ( 1 catch for 10 yds )

TE Joseph Fauria: ( 1 catch for 8 yds )

TE Tim Wright: ( 1 catch for 12 yds )

PK Matt Prater: The Lions offense will be putting up points while also create plenty of 3 point opportunities for Prater. ( 2 XPs, 2 FGs )

Def Detroit Lions: Free Agent losses have taken a bit of the roar out of this unit, but they can still get after the quarterback. Expect a handful of sacks as this unit is a middle of the road fantasy option to start the season. ( 4 sacks, 1 INT, 1 Fumble )



Green Bay Packers (vs Chicago Bears)

QB Aaron Rodgers: ( 294 yds pass with 2 TDs and 1 Int; 15 yds rush )

QB Scott Tolzien: ( 17 yds pass; 2 yds rush )

RB Eddie Lacy: ( 88 yds rush and 1 TD; 3 catches for 23 yds )

RB James Starks: ( 25 yds rush; 1 catch for 7 yds )

RB Rajion Neal: ( 5 yds rush; 1 catch for 1 yd )

WR Randall Cobb: ( 2 yds rush; 5 catches for 74 yds and 1 TD )

WR Davante Adams: ( 6 catches for 79 yds )

WR Jeff Janis: ( 2 catches for 25 yds )

WR Ty Montgomery: ( 2 catches for 22 yds )

WR Myles White: ( 1 catch for 2 yds )

TE Richard Rodgers: ( 2 catches for 25 yds )

TE Andrew Quarless: ( 2 catches for 18 yds )

TE Justin Perillo: ( )

PK Mason Crosby: ( 3 XPs, 2 FGs )

Def Green Bay Packers: ( 4 sacks, 1 INT, 1 Fumble )



Minnesota Vikings (vs San Francisco 49ers)

QB Teddy Bridgewater: His improvement continues in leaps and bounds. Though the Vikings will not count on him to win games, the high efficiency passing offense they have implemented combined with his rushing ability will make Bridgewater a sneaky good fantasy starter. ( 211 yds pass with 1 TD and 1 Int; 15 yds rush )

QB Shaun Hill: ( 30 yds pass )

RB Adrian Peterson: Looking to put 2014 in the rear view window, Peterson is hungry to re-establish himself as one of the top runners in the game. The Niners can stack the line, but AP will get his yards either by ground or by air. ( 85 yds rush and 1 TD; 3 catches for 22 yds )

RB Jerick McKinnon: ( 30 yds rush; 2 catches for 9 yds )

RB Matt Asiata: ( 14 yds rush; 1 catch for 6 yds )

RB DuJuan Harris: ( )

WR Charles Johnson: With Wallace on the other side, teams will have a hard time covering both. The maturity of Bridewater makes both wide receivers feasible fantasy options, with Johnson being a hot target at the goal line. ( 2 yds rush; 4 catches for 58 yds )

WR Mike Wallace: After a couple disappointing seasons in Miami, Wallace is out to prove his worth for the Vikings. Expect him to be the target of many passes as the Vikings high percentage passing attack gets him involved early and often. ( 1 yd rush; 4 catches for 50 yds )

WR Jarius Wright: ( 1 yd rush; 2 catches for 32 yds )

WR Cordarrelle Patterson: ( 6 yds rush; 2 catches for 25 yds )

WR Stefon Diggs: ( 1 catch for 9 yds )

WR Adam Thielen: ( 1 catch for 4 yds )

TE Kyle Rudolph: The Vikings are not heavy users of the tight end, though Rudolph is a capable option at the goal line. Expect a handful of passes thrown in his direction with a red zone look or two. ( 4 catches for 38 yds )

TE MyCole Pruitt: ( 1 catch for 7 yds )

TE Rhett Ellison: ( 1 catch for 13 yds )

TE Chase Ford: ( 2 catches for 22 yds )

PK Blair Walsh: A solid option who gets a slight bump up in the week one rankings as the 49ers defense can be tough to score on, creating extra three point opportunities. ( 2 XPs, 2 FGs )

Def Minnesota Vikings: This unit will have their hands full keeping Kaepernick contained, but history has shown that a little pressure on him will result in turnovers. The return of Peterson and improvement of Bridgewater also bodes well for this unit. ( 2 sacks, 1 INT )



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