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

Chicago Bears (vs Buffalo Bills)

QB Jay Cutler: A soft match up and a dynamic due of Marshall and Jeffery translate into plenty of fantasy points to open up the season ( 249 yds pass with 2 TDs and 1 Int; 15 yds rush )

QB Jimmy Clausen: ( 26 yds pass; 1 yd rush )

RB Matt Forte: The Bears balanced attack will translate into plenty of running room for Forte. Cutler will also have him involved in the passing game, fortifying him as one of the top fantasy producers. ( 80 yds rush and 1 TD; 4 catches for 30 yds )

RB Shaun Draughn: ( 11 yds rush )

RB Ka'Deem Carey: ( 2 yds rush )

WR Brandon Marshall: The Bills will not be able to cover both he and Alshon Jeffery, look for a strong week to open up the season. ( 6 catches for 88 yds and 2 TDs )

WR Alshon Jeffery: With Brandon Marshall on the opposite side of the field, Jeffery will have room to roam in the Buffalo secondary. ( 4 yds rush; 5 catches for 81 yds and 1 TD )

WR Josh Morgan: ( 2 catches for 16 yds )

WR Santonio Holmes: ( 1 catch for 14 yds )

TE Martellus Bennett: He had his peaks and valleys in 2013, with so many mouths to feed in Chicago (Marshall, Jeffery, Forte), not a big ceiling on Bennett's numbers. ( 3 catches for 38 yds )

PK Robbie Gould: In a strong offense where he is trusted by the coach, Gould is one of the better fantasy options. ( 3 XPs, 1 FG )

Def Chicago Bears: All defenses playing against the Bills deserve a look as a fantasy starter. ( 1 TD, 3 sacks, 1 INT )



Detroit Lions (vs New York Giants)

QB Matthew Stafford: The Giants defense will pose a test, but Stafford will be up to the task. A dynamic duo at running back helps out the passing game. ( 285 yds pass with 2 TDs and 1 Int; 6 yds rush )

RB Reggie Bush: A split back situation is in the cards this year as it will likely be Joique Bell getting the call, especially at the goal line. Bush's value will be in the passing game, a bonus for those PPR leagues. ( 45 yds rush; 6 catches for 55 yds and 1 TD )

RB Joique Bell: He is the primary reason for the reduced role for Reggie Bush. Bell will see the action on the ground, especially goal line scoring chances. ( 59 yds rush and 1 TD; 1 catch for 13 yds )

RB Theo Riddick: ( 2 yds rush )

WR Calvin Johnson: Double and even triple coverage will not slow him down. ( 5 catches for 91 yds and 2 TDs )

WR Golden Tate: A slow start for the new Lion, any Lion wide out not named Calvin is a risky start. ( 1 yd rush; 4 catches for 45 yds )

WR Kevin Ogletree: He had a few good games last year, he and Golden Tate will not make much of a fantasy impact. ( 1 catch for 12 yds )

WR Ryan Broyles: ( 1 catch for 11 yds )

WR Jeremy Ross: ( 1 yd rush )

TE Brandon Pettigrew: ( 2 catches for 20 yds )

TE Eric Ebron: It is probably too early to predict much for the rookie, but the throws will be coming his way very soon this season. ( 3 catches for 30 yds )

TE Joseph Fauria: [Outlook goes here] ( 1 catch for 10 yds )

PK Nate Freese: Tough to rely on a rookie at his position, but the starting kicker for the Lions has good fantasy potential. ( 2 XPs )

Def Detroit Lions: The Giants offense has looked terrible in the preseason, sneaky good start this week as one of the top fantasy defenses. ( 3 sacks, 1 INT, 1 Fumble )



Green Bay Packers (vs Seattle Seahawks)

QB Aaron Rodgers: A tough match up against the Seattle defense, an opening week victory will depend on the success of the passing game so Rodgers will end up with plenty of fantasy points. ( 222 yds pass with 2 TDs and 1 Int; 16 yds rush )

QB Matt Flynn: ( 46 yds pass; 2 yds rush )

QB Scott Tolzien: ( 1 yd pass )

RB Eddie Lacy: The running will be very tough this week, but with little competition at the position, Lacy will get the bulk of the work for Green Bay. ( 78 yds rush and 1 TD; 2 catches for 18 yds )

RB James Starks: He is locked in as the #2, only to get significant carries if Eddie Lacy goes down. ( 27 yds rush; 1 catch for 5 yds )

RB DuJuan Harris: ( 12 yds rush )

WR Jordy Nelson: ( 5 catches for 69 yds and 1 TD )

WR Randall Cobb: ( 2 yds rush; 4 catches for 57 yds and 1 TD )

WR Jarrett Boykin: ( 3 catches for 36 yds )

WR Davante Adams: ( 1 catch for 19 yds )

TE Andrew Quarless: Expect very little here as he will be called upon to block more times than he will be to catch the ball. ( 2 catches for 24 yds )

TE Richard Rodgers: Reports are indicating that he is the starter, but with so many other choices at the position, minimal fantasy impact if any expected here. ( 1 catch for 16 yds )

PK Mason Crosby: A model of consistency, the Seattle defense will provide his fantasy numbers a boost this week as we expect more FG opportunities than usual. ( 2 XPs, 1 FG )

Def Green Bay Packers: The Seahawks rarely turn the ball over, so not a lot of fantasy potential here this week. ( 3 sacks, 1 INT, 1 Fumble )



Minnesota Vikings (vs Saint Louis Rams)

QB Matt Cassel: On track to be the starter, he will have to minimize mistakes to hold onto the starting job. The Vikings are not likely to open up the passing game, so minimal fantasy numbers expected here. ( 90 yds pass and 1 Int; 5 yds rush )

QB Teddy Bridgewater: ( 103 yds pass with 1 TD and 1 Int; 8 yds rush )

QB Christian Ponder: ( 12 yds pass; 1 yd rush )

RB Adrian Peterson: One of the best at his position, even battling through an eight man front he will excel this week. ( 107 yds rush and 1 TD; 3 catches for 20 yds )

RB Matt Asiata: Minimal action as Adrian Peterson's backup. ( 24 yds rush; 1 catch for 8 yds )

RB Jerick McKinnon: ( 15 yds rush )

WR Greg Jennings: The question marks at quarterback will limit the fantasy numbers of all Viking wide outs so keep expectations low this week. ( 5 catches for 53 yds )

WR Cordarrelle Patterson: Both quarterbacks have looked his way early and often in the preseason, worth a look as a starter in deep leagues. ( 4 yds rush; 5 catches for 71 yds )

WR Jarius Wright: ( 1 yd rush; 2 catches for 26 yds )

TE Kyle Rudolph: He's had a strong preseason, do not be afraid to start him if you were not able to secure any of the top fantasy tight ends. ( 4 catches for 46 yds and 1 TD )

TE Rhett Ellison: ( 1 catch for 6 yds )

PK Blair Walsh: He can connect from long range, look for him to start the season as one of the top fantasy kickers in week one. ( 2 XPs, 1 FG )

Def Minnesota Vikings: ( 3 sacks, 1 INT )



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