Fantasy Football Sharks
Fantasy Football Fantasy Football Fantasy Football Fantasy Football Fantasy Football Fantasy Football Fantasy Football
Follow Us
Fantasy Football on facebook Friend Us
Fantasy Football updates on twitter Follow Us
Fantasy Football updates on Google+ +1

Fantasy Football Blog Talk Radio

Useful Links
USA Today
CBS Sports
Sporting News
Fantasy Football Links

Archived Features
Article Archives

Shark Showcase Leagues
Official Rules
Great White Shark
Whale Shark I
Whale Shark II
Deathmatch (Mixed)

Contact Us
Who are We?
Contact Us
Buttons and Banners

League Affiliations

Subscribe in My Yahoo!
Subscribe in Bloglines
Fantasy Football on facebook Friend Us
Fantasy Football updates on twitter Follow Us

Fantasy Sports Writers Association

Fantasy Football Memorabilia

NFC North Player Analysis
Doug Coutts,, Senior Staff Writer

Chicago Bears (vs Green Bay Packers)

QB Jay Cutler: He has really been stepping up his game in the last few weeks, putting up solid fantasy numbers in the process. Against the Packers this week, he will once again be relied upon to move the ball down the field through the air. ( 255 yds pass with 2 TDs and 1 Int; 14 yds rush )

QB Jimmy Clausen: ( 33 yds pass )

RB Matt Forte: All signs are pointing to him returning to the lineup this week. Langford had made a play for a piece of the playing time, and the Bears are up against a Packers defense that just shut down Peterson. Depending on other options, it may be worth waiting another week but if he's playing, we think you really have to play him as the Bears will find a way to get him involved. ( 54 yds rush; 4 catches for 33 yds )

RB Jeremy Langford: The shine seemed to wear off a little last week and with the return of Forte, the expectation here is that Langford will return to being the change of pace back giving Forte a rest here and there. Not a great matchup against a suddenly tough Packers run defense regardless of who is running. ( 25 yds rush; 1 catch for 20 yds )

WR Alshon Jeffery: His health is once again in question, even if he suits up this week, it would likely be in a limited role. We project him right now as if he is a 'full go' so factor that in. We will update our projections once more is known. ( 5 catches for 73 yds )

WR Eddie Royal: He has been out for a while now, check the IR to see if this will be the week that he returns.

WR Marquess Wilson: He has excelled in the absence of both starters, if Jeffery and Royal are both out again, then Wilson will be a solid play. ( 3 catches for 37 yds )

WR Josh Bellamy: He is getting playing time with Royal and Jefferey out of the lineup. He can be considered for a spot start if those two are again out of the lineup this week. ( 1 catch for 17 yds )

WR Cameron Meredith: ( 1 catch for 10 yds )

TE Martellus Bennett: He has cooled off considerably, look for continued low numbers from the Bears tight end especially with Miller taking away some of his touches.

TE Zach Miller: He is grabbing a couple of touches per game from Bennett, but the existence of both of them renders each of them low end fantasy options. ( 4 catches for 49 yds )

TE Khari Lee: ( 1 catch for 8 yds )

PK Robbie Gould: He continues to be a solid option, getting several three point attempts per game. The Packers defense will see to it that this trend continues. ( 2 XPs, 1 FG )

Def Chicago Bears: This unit has been improving, but the Packers offense will be quite a test for them. With Aaron Rodgers once again finding his stride, this is a unit worth avoiding this week. ( 2 sacks )

Detroit Lions (vs Philadelphia Eagles)

QB Matthew Stafford: Who needs turkey on Thanksgiving when you can feast on the Eagles? Philly gave up 45 points to Tampa Bay last week, this is just what the doctor ordered to get Stafford back on track and performing at a high level but be warned that even in what seem like positive matchups, Stafford can still lay down a stinker so we always proceed with caution. ( 250 yds pass with 1 TD and 1 Int; 8 yds rush )

QB Dan Orlovsky: ( 36 yds pass )

RB Joique Bell: The Lions running game may never resolve itself. As long as Abdullah is in the mix, Bell's fantasy value is middle of the road at best. ( 19 yds rush; 1 catch for 10 yds )

RB Ameer Abdullah: The rookie has not looked great, yet the Lions continue to give him the ball. Philly is an interesting matchup, but not when he is sharing things with Bell. ( 17 yds rush; 1 catch for 6 yds )

RB Theo Riddick: ( 6 yds rush; 3 catches for 26 yds )

RB George Winn: ( 1 yd rush; )

WR Calvin Johnson: He has been the one constant and consistent performers in the Lions offense. Look for a big Turkey day from him as the Detroit passing game feasts on the Eagles. ( 6 catches for 88 yds and 1 TD )

WR Golden Tate: His numbers are seeing a steady rise as Stafford seems to be getting better by the week. The Lions will want to put on a show at home on the big day, so look for a spike in Tate's usual numbers. ( 2 yds rush; 6 catches for 73 yds )

WR Lance Moore: ( 2 catches for 22 yds )

WR Corey Fuller: ( 1 catch for 10 yds )

WR T.J. Jones: ( 1 catch for 2 yds )

TE Eric Ebron: He had been getting 3-4 catches a week until disappearing in the last game. He can't be trusted as anything more than a low end fantasy threat. ( 2 catches for 24 yds )

TE Tim Wright: ( 1 catch for 8 yds )

TE Brandon Pettigrew: ( 1 catch for 4 yds )

PK Matt Prater: Turkey day looks to be a high scoring affair. Expect the Lions to generate a handful of three point tries against the birds this week. ( 2 XPs, 1 FG )

Def Detroit Lions: This unit is much improved, having come off a game where they slowed down the high flying Oakland offense. Keep an eye on the quarterback situation for the Eagles, if Sanchez gets the start, then the fantasy potential for this unit goes up. ( 2 sacks )

Green Bay Packers (vs Chicago Bears)

QB Aaron Rodgers: A second week in a row with a stiff divisional test, but all signs are pointing to another strong performance. The Bears will slow him down here and there, but by and large, Rodgers will be able to move the ball and get Green Bay into the end zone. ( 256 yds pass with 2 TDs; 19 yds rush )

QB Scott Tolzien: ( 1 yd pass )

RB Eddie Lacy: After several weeks of looking listless, he ran with a purpose last week and was the stud back that the Packers want him to be. The coaching staff continues to preach a sharing of the wealth with Starks, but right now Lacy is hot and is in line for a good game on turkey day. ( 52 yds rush; 2 catches for 16 yds )

RB James Starks: Lacy is coming on strong, which means a reduced role this week for Starks. Tough to trust him as a starter in a situation where he is sharing the load. ( 32 yds rush; 2 catches for 19 yds )

RB John Kuhn: ( 3 yds rush; 1 catch for 2 yds )

RB Aaron Ripkowski: ( 1 catch for 1 yd )

WR Randall Cobb: Gone are the days of the explosive fantasy performance from Cobb, as defenses are able to keep him under wraps. He will get a handful of catches, is still looked at in the red zone and is one of the league's dynamic players, so he stays in the starting lineup. ( 2 yds rush; 5 catches for 68 yds and 1 TD )

WR James Jones: Just when it was looking like he was running out of steam, he comes alive in a key divisional matchup. The Packers will once again need him in another tough Norris Division battle, look for him to keep last week's momentum going. ( 4 catches for 61 yds and 1 TD )

WR Davante Adams: The resurgence of James Jones last week cut deeply into his production. Expect Rodgers to continue to spread the ball around to many receivers this week. ( 3 catches for 32 yds )

TE Richard Rodgers: You could do a lot worse than Rodgers. You don't always know when he'll score but he's in the right offense. ( 3 catches for 23 yds )

TE Justin Perillo: ( 1 catch for 7 yds )

PK Mason Crosby: Last week's five field goal effort will be tough to reproduce, especially since the three point opportunities have been few and far between this season. He remains a risky start given the inconsistency this season. ( 3 XPs, 2 FGs )

Def Green Bay Packers: They really clamped down on Peterson last week, look for them to keep the Bears running game in check on this day. Now that the offense is starting to score again, this unit is worth considering given that opponents will be forced to pass the ball to catch up, creating turnover and sack opportunities. ( 2 sacks, 1 INT )

Minnesota Vikings (vs Atlanta Falcons)

QB Teddy Bridgewater: The Packers put a halt to the Vikings running game last week, forcing Bridgewater to take to the air more than usual. Atlanta's run defense will not force the same game plan, so expect Bridgewater to return to his usual low passing numbers this week. ( 167 yds pass with 1 TD and 1 Int; 16 yds rush )

QB Shaun Hill: ( 23 yds pass )

RB Adrian Peterson: The Packers made it a point of slowing him down last week. The Falcons will not be able to do the same on the edges, expect Peterson to return to his usual spot as one of the top fantasy running backs. ( 92 yds rush and 1 TD; 2 catches for 14 yds )

RB Jerick McKinnon: ( 21 yds rush; 1 catch for 7 yds )

RB Matt Asiata: ( 11 yds rush; 1 catch for 9 yds )

RB Zach Line: ( 1 catch for 4 yds )

WR Stefon Diggs: Bridgewater looks in his direction early and often, but this week the passing attempts will be way down. Expect a day in which he is neither great, nor terrible, but somewhere in the middle of those two extremes. ( 2 yds rush; 4 catches for 60 yds )

WR Mike Wallace: Minimal action, if any. ( 2 catches for 30 yds )

WR Jarius Wright: The disappearance of Wallace has given Wright a few opportunities. The emphasis will be on the word 'few', so act accordingly. ( 1 yd rush; 2 catches for 26 yds )

WR Charles Johnson: ( 1 catch for 15 yds )

WR Cordarrelle Patterson: ( 1 yd rush; 1 catch for 8 yds )

WR Adam Thielen: ( 1 catch for 5 yds )

TE Kyle Rudolph: The Falcons are a good matchup for Rudolph, but we do not expect that he will repeat last week's 100 yard performance. ( 3 catches for 34 yds )

TE MyCole Pruitt: ( 1 catch for 7 yds )

TE Rhett Ellison: ( 1 catch for 10 yds )

PK Blair Walsh: The Vikings will be able to put points up on the board against the Falcons. Expect Walsh to rebound and once against be a decent middle of the road option. ( 2 XPs, 2 FGs )

Def Minnesota Vikings: A spirited effort against the Packers went well for most of the game, but Green Bay was able to wear them down and but points on the board. The Falcons offense can move the ball, but are prone to mistakes so expect a couple of sacks and turnovers for this group. ( 2 sacks, 1 INT )

NFC East NFC West NFC North NFC South
AFC East AFC West AFC North AFC South