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

Chicago Bears (vs Miami Dolphins)

QB Jay Cutler: After a huge week, we expect another as Cutler will continue to put up copious amounts of passing yards. A healthy Marshall to go along with Jeffery and Forte make the Bears passing game a formidable unit. ( 256 yds pass with 2 TDs and 1 Int; 15 yds rush )

QB Jimmy Clausen: ( 9 yds pass )

RB Matt Forte: He has been one of the top producers at the position and we do not expect a matchup against the Dolphins to slow him down. Any dip in rushing numbers will be offset by a spike in his involvement in the passing game. ( 76 yds rush; 6 catches for 49 yds )

RB Ka'Deem Carey: ( 19 yds rush; 1 catch for 2 yds )

RB Senorise Perry: ( 1 yd rush )

WR Brandon Marshall: Back at 100%, with Jeffery on the other side he will continue to be one of the top fantasy options. ( 7 catches for 76 yds and 1 TD )

WR Alshon Jeffery: Even with a healthy Marshall back, Cutler is throwing enough times to keep both of them happy and producing. ( 4 yds rush; 6 catches for 80 yds )

WR Santonio Holmes: ( 2 catches for 16 yds )

WR Josh Morgan: ( 1 catch for 5 yds )

WR Chris Williams: ( )

TE Martellus Bennett: He has only been getting some scraps lately, expect another middle of the road performance. ( 6 catches for 65 yds and 1 TD )

TE Dante Rosario: ( 1 catch for 5 yds )

PK Robbie Gould: The Bears offense is in high gear, many opportunities to score on a weekly basis. ( 3 XPs, 2 FGs )

Def Chicago Bears: Not exactly a turnover machine, they get after the quarterback so a handful of sacks are likely. ( 3 sacks, 1 INT, 1 Fumble )



Detroit Lions (vs New Orleans Saints)

QB Matthew Stafford: Fantasy owners hope for a good ole' fashioned shoot out but the loss of Johnson puts a major damper on the Lions offense, lower than usual numbers expected here this week. ( 250 yds pass with 2 TDs and 1 Int; 5 yds rush )

QB Dan Orlovsky: ( 1 yd pass )

RB Reggie Bush: Expected back in the lineup this week, but check for confirmation. Even if he does return, we're not expecting a big day out of him. ( 55 yds rush; 2 catches for 22 yds )

RB Joique Bell: With Bush expected back this week, Bell's numbers will once again be split. ( 35 yds rush and 1 TD; 4 catches for 37 yds )

RB Theo Riddick: ( 3 yds rush; 1 catch for 8 yds )

RB George Winn: ( 4 yds rush; 1 catch for 1 yd )

WR Calvin Johnson: The Lions are talking about shutting him down for a couple of weeks. Even if he is on the field, at less than 100% he will not put up his usual high performance numbers. We will monitor this one closely.

WR Golden Tate: With Johnson out of the lineup, the bulk of the passes will go in Tate's direction. ( 7 catches for 87 yds and 1 TD )

WR Jeremy Ross: Minimal numbers, even with Johnson out of the lineup. ( 1 yd rush; 3 catches for 38 yds )

WR Corey Fuller: ( 2 catches for 23 yds )

WR Ryan Broyles: ( 1 catch for 11 yds )

TE Brandon Pettigrew: The Lions have already phased him out of the passing game. ( 2 catches for 22 yds )

TE Eric Ebron: Just a couple catches as the rookie continues to adjust to the NFL.

PK Matt Prater: After a rusty debut, we expect that he will be back on target. Kicking in the dome in an offense that is missing it's goal line stud will continue to translate into FG opportunities. ( 3 XPs, 1 FG and 1 missed FG )

Def Detroit Lions: They will give up yards and points, but they get after the quarterback so a handful of sacks can be expected regardless of the opponent. ( 2 sacks, 1 INT )



Green Bay Packers (vs Carolina Panthers)

QB Aaron Rodgers: After last weeks comeback win, he has an extremely fantasy friendly matchup this week against the Panthers. Expect an effortless looking throttling. ( 279 yds pass with 3 TDs; 12 yds rush )

QB Matt Flynn: ( 40 yds pass; 3 yds rush )

RB Eddie Lacy: The running game is just not working and Starks is cutting into his carries. Green Bay will have to get it done in the air this week which is a part of the offense that Lacy is not involved in. ( 80 yds rush and 1 TD; 2 catches for 20 yds )

RB James Starks: He is slicing into Lacy's carries, but the Packers running backs in general are not a great source of fantasy scoring. ( 33 yds rush; 1 catch for 6 yds )

RB DuJuan Harris: ( 11 yds rush; 1 catch for 4 yds )

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

WR Jordy Nelson: Another big week is expected as the Panthers defense will provide little resistance. ( 8 catches for 105 yds and 1 TD )

WR Randall Cobb: He is drawing the attention of the defense, but look for Rodgers to make sure he is heavily involved this week. ( 4 yds rush; 8 catches for 85 yds and 1 TD )

WR Davante Adams: He is emerging as a threat, not quite ready to be trusted on a weekly basis, but on a week where the Packers are projected to pass a ton, he is worth considering. ( 5 catches for 55 yds )

WR Jarrett Boykin: ( 2 catches for 20 yds )

WR Kevin Dorsey: ( )

TE Andrew Quarless: Minimal numbers here as the Packers rarely use the tight end. ( 3 catches for 30 yds )

TE Richard Rodgers: ( 1 catch for 4 yds )

TE Brandon Bostick: ( 1 catch for 5 yds )

PK Mason Crosby: A high scoring week for the team means Crosby will have chances galore to score. ( 3 XPs, 1 FG )

Def Green Bay Packers: Not much expected here, the Panthers offense is tough to slow down. ( 2 sacks, 1 INT, 1 Fumble )



Minnesota Vikings (vs Buffalo Bills)

QB Teddy Bridgewater: Being a rookie starting quarterback is tough, with many bumps on the road and limited fantasy numbers but we're pulling for you Teddy. ( 206 yds pass with 1 TD and 1 Int; 15 yds rush )

QB Christian Ponder: ( 66 yds pass; 5 yds rush )

RB Jerick McKinnon: He has passed Asiata on the depth chart and is involve in both the ground and air attack. The Vikings offense is struggling, but he should be close to 100 yards in total offense. ( 55 yds rush; 3 catches for 35 yds )

RB Matt Asiata: McKinnon has taken over the starting role, minimal change of pace touches only here. ( 15 yds rush; 1 catch for 5 yds )

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

WR Greg Jennings: With the rookie at quarterback, minimal numbers here only. ( 3 catches for 40 yds )

WR Cordarrelle Patterson: Until the Vikings figure out how to get him the ball more often, it is best to seek other options. What a disappointment. ( 5 yds rush; 4 catches for 38 yds )

WR Jarius Wright: He is Bridgewater's go to guy, but even then that is only translating to a handful of catches. ( 1 yd rush; 6 catches for 60 yds )

WR Adam Thielen: ( 1 catch for 11 yds )

WR Charles Johnson: ( 1 catch for 3 yds )

TE Chase Ford: He has been consistent, getting a couple catches per game, but that's it. ( 3 catches for 37 yds )

TE Rhett Ellison: ( 1 catch for 13 yds )

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

PK Blair Walsh: The struggles of the offense have limited his scoring potential. ( 2 XPs, 2 FGs )

Def Minnesota Vikings: A possible sneaky middle of the road unit this week as they travel to Buffalo. Though they really haven't done much to give us all that much confidence. ( 2 sacks, 1 INT )



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