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Tennessee Titans
Soldier Field | Sunday, November 09 | 1:00 p.m. EST (CBS)
Pick: Titans 20, Bears 10
Chicago Bears
Pos.PlayerProjection
QBKerry Collins
175 pass yards, 1 INT
Collins continues to manage the game effectively for the Titans but he offers nothing of substance for fantasy owners. He hasn't topped 200 yards passing in a game this season and has thrown only one TD in his last five games. The Bears are strong against the run but that still doesn't give Collins meaningful fantasy value. He shouldn't be started in any league this week.
RBChris Johnson
4 rec, 35 rec yards, 75 rush yards
Johnson continues to push toward the Rookie of the Year award. He rushed for 89 yards and a TD and caught a season-high six passes in last week's win over the Packers. Chicago boasts a stellar run defense (81.8 yards a game) but the Titans can run the ball on any defense and Johnson's speed is tough to contain. So don't even think about benching him. Start him and enjoy another quality week of production.
RBLenDale White
1 rec, 5 rec yards, 30 rush yards, 1 rush TD
White was kept out of the end zone last week after scoring five TDs in his previous two games. This isn't an ideal matchup for him as the Bears do well against power RBs. But this offense is so good at running the ball that White is always a threat to find the end zone at least once a game. He's not very safe but in a TD-heavy league he's worth a look this week.
WRJustin Gage
3 rec, 35 yards
Gage has gone from being a promising sleeper pick to offering nothing of value lately. He's dropping passes at an alarming rate and although this matchup is very favorable (the Bears give up 247.8 passing yards a game), Gage has done nothing to indicate he'll take advantage of it. He's too risky to start so ignore the temptation and keep him benched.
WRJustin McCareins
3 rec, 35 yards
McCareins offers little fantasy value. He's caught five passes in his last two games and this offense does not feature heavy passing to the receivers. Don't gamble on the matchup and find a safer WR option this week. There should be about 80 of them ahead of McCareins.
TEBo Scaife
5 rec, 55 yards
Scaife quietly remains a solid TE option in PPR leagues. The lack of dynamic passing potential limits his overall upside, but he's money for 4-5 receptions most weeks. That should be the case again on Sunday. The Bears struggle in terms of pass defense and Scaife is very good at finding holes in the intermediate zones. A TD isn't very likely but 5-6 receptions and 50-plus yards is pretty close to being a lock.
KRob Bironas
2 PATs, 2 FGs
Bironas is arguably the best kicker in the game today. He drilled four FGs last week, including the game winner in overtime, to beat the Packers. He's made 17 of 19 FGs and since this offense lacks a passing element, he's a good bet for 2-3 FGs nearly every week. He'll deliver nicely again on Sunday so start him as you normally do.
Defense
4 sacks, 2 INT, 1 Fumble, 1 TD
The Titans have taken on all comers so far and not backed down. This week, they get to face Rex Grossman. Something tells me the Titans won't stop smiling the entire week. Grossman is a terrible QB prone to major mistakes. That will play right into the hands of the aggressive Titans' defense. This game could get ugly. Real ugly. Unless you are starting the Titans' defense. Then you'll be partying harder than Prince ever did in 1999.
Pos.PlayerProjection
QBRex Grossman
175 pass yards, 1 pass TD, 2 INT
Grossman makes his first start of the year this week with Kyle Orton out for at least a month with an ankle injury. Grossman's presence lowers the value of the Chicago passing game significantly. He was awful last week in relief of Orton, completing only nine of 19 passes for 58 yards and a TD against Detroit. If he looked that bad against the hapless Lions, it's scary to think how bad he will look against an actual defense. Don't even think about starting him.
RBMatt Forte
4 rec, 35 rec yards, 55 rush yards
Forte ran all over the Lions last week, rushing for gaining 126 yards and a touchdown. It will be much tougher going against a Tennessee run defense that gives up 91.6 yards a game. Grossman removes the threat of the pass so the Titans will load up to stop Forte. His receiving skills give him flex value in PPR leagues but lower your expectations for him considerably since it's going to be a real struggle for him this week.
WRRashied Davis
3 rec, 35 yards
Davis caught Grossman's only TD last week and continues to be a productive WR in PPR formats. His value takes a hit with Grossman in, however, and it could sink even further if Brandon Lloyd is able to finally return from his knee injury. It's best to steer clear of all of the Chicago receivers this week given Grossman's shortcomings as a quarterback.
WRDevin Hester
3 rec, 30 yards
Hester's run of production has slowed of late. He has only six receptions in his last six games for just 64 yards. As I've been stating, Grossman's entrance into the starting lineup hurts the Chicago passing game significantly so Hester's upside has taken a major hit. He's far too risky to start in any league this week against this defense.
WRBrandon Lloyd
2 rec, 20 yards
Lloyd remains sidelined with a knee injury but he is getting closer to returning. Having him back will help but having Grossman at QB does not. Even if Lloyd returns this week, it's best to play it safe and keep him benched.
TEGreg Olsen
2 rec, 20 yards
Olsen was looking like one of this year's biggest second-half TE surprises. Then Kyle Orton got hurt and everything went up in smoke. The Titans have struggled to defend TEs this season but without Orton at QB, Olsen is far too risky to gamble with. I love his talent, but it's not wise to start him this week with Grossman at QB.
TEDesmond Clark
4 rec, 30 yards, 1 TD
Maybe the only player who benefits a bit from Grossman starting is Clark. He was a top target of Grossman's in the past and could be a safety valve for him again this week against a Tennessee pass defense that will give up production to TEs. It's very risky starting anyone connected to the Chicago passing game this week but if there's one player with some mild upside, it's Clark.
KRobbie Gould
1 PAT, 1 FG
Gould has had a fine season but this isn't a good week to go with him. The Bears will struggle to move the ball with Grossman at QB. Gould will be lucky to get 1-2 FG opportunities and touchdowns will be very hard to come by. Find another kicker this week.
Defense
1 sack, 1 INT
The Bears always seem to find a way to be productive but this will be a tough test. Kerry Collins hasn't made many mistakes in the pocket and the Chris Johnson-LenDale White combination has been nearly impossible to stop. This is a very good defense but I think the Titans' offense will hold the upper hand so lower your expectations this week for the Bears.
 
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