I'll put it as bluntly as possible, the New York Giants are terrible. On paper, this looks like it should be a lopsided Chicago Bears victory, but on a short week anything can happen.
Matt Forte RB - I would expect Matt Forte's caries to see a boost this week. Last Sunday against the Saints, the Bears got away from the run game a little, this week I expect Marc Trestman to involve Forte early and often.
Brandon Marshall WR - Oh no, Brandon Marshall is frustrated... and who cares. He's a prideful player that wants to help his team win. The Bears just lost two in a row, so he's a little pissy. That's OK. Marshall found the end zone last week, and he's the Bears number one receiver.
Jay Cutler QB - In a standard Yahoo scoring league, Jay Cutler is the 8th highest fantasy scoring quarterback. And since I'll assume most people drafted him with the notion that he be your backup, I'd play the match-up game with him this week. Keep in mind that the Giants have given up the 3rd most fantasy points to QBs this year.
Martellus Bennett TE - Do players play with more edge when facing their former team? I don't know if that matters, but if you feel it does, Martellus Bennett will be lining up across from the team that let him move on to the Bears. The Giants have given up the 5th most points to TEs, but Bennett has been nursing a shoulder the last few weeks. I'd keep him in the start 'em category because I feel a TD coming on.
*EDIT - Bennett is officially listed as a game time decision, so if you have a surer option, you may want to go that route.
Alshon Jeffery WR - Alshon Jeffery has almost arrived. Once people stop calling him Jefferies, his arrival will be official. If teams are going to continue doubling Marshall, Jeffery will continue making them pay for the one on one coverage. Teams may be forced into playing more 2 deep, because of the dynamic starting wide outs that the Bears have. Yes I did just type that.
Chicago Bears Defense - I thought the Bears defense played fairly well last week. They held the high scoring Saints offense to two TDs, the problem is they didn't register a single takeaway. Luckily for the Bears, the Giants have allowed the most points to fantasy defenses this year. The Bears D should get some swagger back this week.
Robbie Gould K - Yay! Kickers need love too!
(insert chirping crickets here)
* See edit above.
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