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

Chicago Bears (vs New York Jets)

QB Jay Cutler: After a gutsy performance in last week's comeback win, the Monday night spotlight will be on. Expect Cutler to once again be on point putting up strong fantasy numbers. ( 236 yds pass with 1.69 TDs; 13 yds rush )

QB Jimmy Clausen: ( 8 yds pass )

RB Matt Forte: The 49ers were able to slow him down last week, as will the Jets on Monday night. Forte will make up for any shortfalls in the running game by having a strong game in the air. ( 81 yds rush; 4.76 catches for 39 yds )

RB Ka'Deem Carey: ( 11 yds rush; for 3 yds )

RB Senorise Perry: ( 2 yds rush; for 1 yd )

WR Brandon Marshall: Unless he is declared out, he is a must start after last week's tremendous game after being a game time decision. ( 8.24 catches for 91 yds )

WR Alshon Jeffery: He is hobbling around, and Cutler is mostly looking in Marshall's direction so only moderate fantasy numbers here. ( 3 yds rush; 5.63 catches for 77 yds )

WR Josh Morgan: ( 2.18 catches for 19 yds )

WR Santonio Holmes: Even with Marshall and Jeffery hurting, Holmes is a non-factor in this offense. ( 1.77 catches for 19 yds )

TE Martellus Bennett: Not only is he a consistent red zone target, but Cutler looks in his direction early and often in games. ( 5.44 catches for 54 yds )

TE Dante Rosario: ( for 5 yds )

PK Robbie Gould: He has been up and down as far as FG opportunities, but the Bears have no problem relying on him when needed. ( 2.45 XPs, 1.4 FGs )

Def Chicago Bears: After snagging a handful of interceptions last week, they will look to do the same as they are up against a young quarterback. A sneaky good start this week with plenty of sacks and turnovers to be had. (, 1.72 sacks, 1.21 INTs )



Detroit Lions (vs Green Bay Packers)

QB Matthew Stafford: This offense prefers to be at home and will excel against any opponent in the dome. A high scoring affair returns Stafford to the upper echelon of fantasy quarterbacks this week. ( 322 yds pass with 1.21 TDs; 5 yds rush )

RB Reggie Bush: His value lies in the passing game as Bell is getting the majority of the carries. The Lions offense will roar this week, taking Bush along the ride for a solid fantasy performance. ( 70 yds rush; 4.47 catches for 41 yds )

RB Joique Bell: The presence of Bush takes away some value, but Bell is also capable of catching the ball. Expect middle of the road numbers in this split situation. ( 38 yds rush; 3.38 catches for 35 yds )

RB Theo Riddick: ( 2 yds rush; for 2 yds )

WR Calvin Johnson: After a disappointing week, Stafford will make sure he is one of the top fantasy wide outs this week. ( 8.27 catches for 127 yds )

WR Golden Tate: Second fiddle to Johnson, 5-7 catches is the ceiling here. ( 2 yds rush; 5.49 catches for 66 yds )

WR Kevin Ogletree: ( 1.29 catches for 14 yds )

WR Ryan Broyles: ( 1.09 catches for 10 yds )

WR Jeremy Ross: ( 1 yd rush; for 4 yds )

TE Brandon Pettigrew: Send out the milk boxes, Pettigrew hasn't been seen yet this season. One more single catch performance this week will allow him to be safely dropped from fantasy rosters. ( 3.76 catches for 37 yds )

TE Eric Ebron: The rookie gets a couple of looks a game, not enough to be considered as a fantasy starter. ( 2.18 catches for 25 yds )

TE Joseph Fauria: Minimal action, if any. Seek other options. ( 1.07 catches for 18 yds )

PK Nate Freese: The Lions offense performs better at home, expect Freese to be just inside the top 10 fantasy kickers this week. ( 2.22 XPs, 1.24 FGs )

Def Detroit Lions: Not a lot to see this week, the Packers will move the ball and score on them, minimal fantasy points. (, 2.01 sacks )



Green Bay Packers (vs Detroit Lions)

QB Aaron Rodgers: Shootout in Detroit this week, Rodgers will have a big week. ( 241 yds pass with 1.15 TDs; 15 yds rush )

QB Matt Flynn: ( 37 yds pass; 4 yds rush )

QB Scott Tolzien: ( 1 yd pass )

RB Eddie Lacy: Another week where Lacy faces a difficult matchup, the Packers will have their best success moving the ball in the air. ( 72 yds rush; 2.52 catches for 19 yds )

RB James Starks: ( 31 yds rush; for 6 yds )

RB DuJuan Harris: ( 13 yds rush; for 5 yds )

WR Jordy Nelson: As Rodgers' top wide out, you can pencil him in for at least a hundred yards, if not more. ( 7 catches for 100 yds )

WR Randall Cobb: Nelson is getting most of the action, but looks for the tide to turn a bit more in Cobb's favor this week. ( 4 yds rush; 5.94 catches for 64 yds )

WR Jarrett Boykin: ( 3.12 catches for 37 yds )

WR Davante Adams: ( 1.4 catches for 11 yds )

WR Jeff Janis: ( for 1 yd )

TE Richard Rodgers: ( 3.45 catches for 41 yds )

TE Brandon Bostick: ( for 8 yds )

TE Andrew Quarless: The Packers do not use the tight end that much, certainly not enough to warrant serious fantasy consideration. ( 2.19 catches for 20 yds )

TE Ryan Taylor: ( for 1 yd )

PK Mason Crosby: He connected from long range last week, expect quite a few opportunities for him to score this week. ( 2.44 XPs, 1.7 FGs )

Def Green Bay Packers: Against the Lions in Detroit, this unit will not have much opportunity to put up fantasy points. (, 1.6 sacks )



Minnesota Vikings (vs New Orleans Saints)

QB Matt Cassel: After a dismal performance against the Patriots, the calls for Bridgewater to see the field are only going to become stronger and stronger. Seek other options as Cassel is not worth fantasy consideration right now. ( 199 yds pass and 1.08 Ints; 9 yds rush )

QB Teddy Bridgewater: ( 6 yds pass )

QB Christian Ponder: ( 13 yds pass; 1 yd rush )

RB Adrian Peterson: He has been ruled out.

RB Matt Asiata: Given the chance last week, he did not perform well. Best approach here is wait and see if he can perform as we expect McKinnon to cut deeply into his playing time. ( 60 yds rush; 2.59 catches for 18 yds )

RB Jerick McKinnon: With Peterson gone and Asiata not performing well, McKinnon will be given the chance to see the field more often. ( 11 yds rush; 1.11 catches for 6 yds )

WR Cordarrelle Patterson: The Vikings offense is in shambles. Until they can get it in order (ie. Bridgewater), Patterson's fantasy numbers will be limited. ( 4 yds rush; 3.68 catches for 41 yds )

WR Greg Jennings: The struggles of Cassel are bringing down all Vikings wide outs, not a lot of production here expected this week. ( 4.45 catches for 43 yds )

WR Jarius Wright: Minimal action, if any. ( 2.12 catches for 29 yds )

WR Rodney Smith: ( for 6 yds )

TE Kyle Rudolph: He'll get between 3-5 catches, if you can do better than that, then seek other options. ( 4.46 catches for 47 yds )

TE Rhett Ellison: ( 1.07 catches for 14 yds )

PK Blair Walsh: Extremely accurate from long distance, look for him to get the opportunity to score this week from long range. ( 2.37 XPs, 1.62 FGs )

Def Minnesota Vikings: The struggles of the offense hurt this unit's fantasy value. Expect the Saints to get their offense going, rendering the fantasy value here close to nil. (, 2.57 sacks )



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