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

Chicago Bears (vs Detroit Lions)

QB Jimmy Clausen: The Bears are handing things over to Clausen this week, he will have a very hard time putting up any meaningful fantasy numbers against a hungry Lions defense. ( 261 yds pass with 2 TDs and 1 Int; 11 yds rush )

QB Jay Cutler: The Bears have mercifully moved Cutler to the bench. This season has been a complete disaster, they have to be rethinking the contract that they gave him, he has gotten progressively worse each week.

RB Matt Forte: He no longer can be considered the top option at the position, but he is still a fantasy starter as the Bears have little else to rely on for offensive output. Brutal matchup and now there has been a change at quarterback. ( 73 yds rush and 1 TD; 5 catches for 49 yds )

RB Ka'Deem Carey: ( 10 yds rush; 1 catch for 6 yds )

WR Alshon Jeffery: As the only viable option at wide out, he has at the mercy of Cutler being able to throw the ball on target. The Bears will be playing from behind in this one, so expect some more garbage time stats to save his fantasy week even with Clausen behind center. ( 1 yd rush; 7 catches for 79 yds and 1 TD )

WR Marquess Wilson: The quarterback is being chased around and when he's not, the accuracy just is not there. Though Wilson has the opportunity as the starter, the weak Bears passing game keeps his fantasy value down, especially now that Clausen is behind center. ( 1 yd rush; 6 catches for 61 yds )

WR Josh Morgan: ( 1 yd rush; 1 catch for 10 yds )

WR Chris Williams: ( 1 catch for 1 yd )

TE Martellus Bennett: After a down week, expect Clausen to get him involved early and often. There will be plenty of pass attempts, and under the Lions pressure, Bennett will be relied on more than ever as the dump off. ( 7 catches for 78 yds )

TE Dante Rosario: ( 1 catch for 6 yds )

PK Robbie Gould: The struggles of the Bears offense make him a stay away as a fantasy option. Simply not enough scoring opportunities to warrant fantasy consideration.

PK Jay Feely: ( 2 XPs, 1 FG )

Def Chicago Bears: Aside of a couple of sacks here and there, this unit does not have a lot going for it right now. The Lions offense will have its way this week putting up big yardage numbers and lots of points. ( 2 sacks, 1 Fumble )



Detroit Lions (vs Chicago Bears)

QB Matthew Stafford: The Bears are in disarray, look for the Lions offense to bounce back in a big way this week. Stafford is on tap for some big numbers. ( 318 yds pass with 2 TDs and 1 Int; 4 yds rush )

RB Joique Bell: He is not only the sole runner for the Lions, he is involved in the passing game as well. The presence of Bush has not dented his fantasy production. Expect another good day as the Lions put a big number on the Bears. ( 45 yds rush; 2 catches for 25 yds )

RB Reggie Bush: Bell is clearly the #1 back for the Lions. Bush is not getting much in the way of action in the passing game to warrant fantasy consideration. ( 20 yds rush; 2 catches for 16 yds )

RB Theo Riddick: He is well behind both Bell and Bush, seek other options. ( 3 yds rush; 2 catches for 21 yds )

RB George Winn: ( 1 yd rush; )

WR Calvin Johnson: The Vikings were able to keep him in check, something the Bears will not be able to do. Detroit is looking to claim a division title, look for the offense to pile it on this week. ( 7 catches for 106 yds and 1 TD )

WR Golden Tate: The Lions will win this one going away, expect a big game from all the big names on offense with Tate getting more than his fair share. ( 3 yds rush; 9 catches for 101 yds )

WR Jeremy Ross: ( 1 yd rush; 2 catches for 20 yds )

WR Corey Fuller: ( 1 catch for 15 yds )

WR Ryan Broyles: ( 1 catch for 5 yds )

TE Brandon Pettigrew: ( 2 catches for 20 yds )

TE Eric Ebron: Minimal action, if any, the Lions rarely throw to any of their tight ends. ( 3 catches for 24 yds )

PK Matt Prater: With the Lions poised to put up a big number on the Bears, Prater will get plenty of opportunities for both three and extra pointers. ( 2 XPs, 2 FGs )

Def Detroit Lions: The division title is within their sight, and a pathetic Bears offense standing in their way, this unit will have an explosive fantasy week. Expect the sacks and turnovers to be plentiful. ( 6 sacks, 3 INTs, 1 Fumble )



Green Bay Packers (vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

QB Aaron Rodgers: After an extremely disappointing game in Buffalo, this is a rebound game against the Bucs. Expect him to return to the top of the leaderboard even if historically, he has not played well in Tampa. ( 282 yds pass with 3 TDs and 1 Int; 19 yds rush )

QB Matt Flynn: ( 19 yds pass )

QB Scott Tolzien: ( 1 yd pass )

RB Eddie Lacy: He continues to be on a streak where he is solid but not spectacular, expect a bump up this week against a weak Tampa Bay defense. ( 80 yds rush and 1 TD; 3 catches for 30 yds )

RB James Starks: ( 30 yds rush; 1 catch for 12 yds )

RB DuJuan Harris: ( 6 yds rush; 1 catch for 2 yds )

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

WR Jordy Nelson: The Bills were able to keep him in check, Tampa does not have the personnel to do the same. A return to form where he gets near or above 100 yards again. ( 7 catches for 93 yds and 1 TD )

WR Randall Cobb: He is catching the ball but teams have been keeping him out of the end zone. Against Tampa this week, he will continue to be a hot receiver as the Packers offense looks to rebound. ( 4 yds rush; 6 catches for 81 yds and 1 TD )

WR Davante Adams: ( 3 catches for 34 yds )

WR Jarrett Boykin: ( 1 catch for 9 yds )

WR Jeff Janis: ( )

TE Andrew Quarless: Rodgers does not look in his direction enough to warrant fantasy consideration. ( 3 catches for 30 yds )

TE Richard Rodgers: ( 1 catch for 14 yds )

TE Brandon Bostick: ( 1 catch for 4 yds )

PK Mason Crosby: This is shaping up to be a week where Green Bay will score and Crosby will get his share. ( 3 XPs, 2 FGs )

Def Green Bay Packers: The Tampa Bay offense is not good, expect a spike in sacks and turnovers this week as this unit will be a sneaky good play. ( 2 sacks, 1 INT )



Minnesota Vikings (vs Miami Dolphins)

QB Teddy Bridgewater: After back to back weeks over 300 yards, Bridgewater can now be considered a fantasy starter. Though a tough matchup on paper, the Dolphins are fading fast and do not pose a big threat to the Vikings offense. ( 286 yds pass with 2 TDs and 1 Int; 15 yds rush )

QB Christian Ponder: ( 51 yds pass; 4 yds rush )

RB Matt Asiata: With McKinnon on the shelf for the rest of the season, the door is open for consistent fantasy numbers. Asiata gets it done both on the ground and in the air and makes a sneaky week 16 start. ( 65 yds rush and 1 TD; 4 catches for 38 yds )

RB Ben Tate: Asiata is getting the majority of work, only a few 'change of pace' carries this week. ( 22 yds rush; 1 catch for 10 yds )

RB Joe Banyard: ( 7 yds rush; 1 catch for 4 yds )

WR Charles Johnson: He is riding the spike in the Vikings passing game of late, count on another above average game from him against the Dolphins. ( 1 yd rush; 6 catches for 76 yds and 1 TD )

WR Greg Jennings: The resurgence of the passing game has not translated into higher numbers for Jennings, he is stuck in the 3-5 catch range every week. ( 4 catches for 48 yds )

WR Jarius Wright: No longer a secret, Wright's numbers have been dipping of late. ( 1 yd rush; 3 catches for 44 yds )

WR Cordarrelle Patterson: Simply not involved in the offense. ( 5 yds rush; 3 catches for 26 yds )

WR Adam Thielen: ( 1 catch for 7 yds )

TE Kyle Rudolph: Bridgewater is looking to him more and more, he has become a sneaky good fantasy play.

TE Chase Ford: ( 1 catch for 16 yds )

TE Rhett Ellison: ( 1 catch for 9 yds )

PK Blair Walsh: He is missing kicks at an alarming rate, seek other options as Walsh cannot be relied upon. ( 2 XPs, 1 FG and 1 missed FG )

Def Minnesota Vikings: After a week where they did not produce many points against the Lions, they are a middle of the road option against the Dolphins. ( 3 sacks, 1 INT, 1 Fumble )



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