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Chicago Bears
Metrodome | Sunday, November 30 | 8:15 p.m. EST (NBC)
Pick: Vikings 23, Bears 20
Minnesota Vikings
Pos.PlayerProjection
QBKyle Orton
235 pass yards, 1 pass TD, 2 INT
Orton continued to struggle last week in his return from an ankle injury but since the Bears were playing the Rams it didn't matter. Orton mustered just 139 yards passing and a TD but with Matt Forte running wild, Orton didn't need to do much. He'll have to do more this week against the Vikings and whether he's physically able is the key. He threw for 283 yards and two TDs in Week 7 against the Vikings but that was when he was healthy and playing at a high level. He's neither right now so despite the favorable matchup, Orton is just a reach play this week. If you have someone healthier and playing better, go in that direction.
RBMatt Forte
5 rec, 40 rec yards, 65 rush yards, 1 rush TD
Forte continues to make a strong push for the Rookie of the Year award. He destroyed the Rams last week, rushing for 132 yards and two TDs. The Vikings are stout against the run (70.4 yards allowed per game), so look for Forte to do most of his damage in the passing game. He's been a standout RB2 all season long and there's no reason to sit him now.
WRDevin Hester
3 rec, 45 yards
Hester took full advantage of the woeful Rams last week, catching five passes for 57 yards. He only caught two passes in the first meeting with the Vikings and with Orton struggling his upside is limited this week. He's very possible of making a big play on this secondary but the risk may be greater than the reward this week. Look elsewhere if you can.
WRRashied Davis
2 rec, 15 yards
Davis continues to fade from fantasy view. He caught only one pass against the Rams and his role in the offense is dwindling with Brandon Lloyd getting healthier. It doesn't help that his QB is hurt either. There's no reason to start Davis in any league this week.
WRBrandon Lloyd
2 rec, 20 yards
Lloyd is getting healthier but he isn't very involved in the passing game. He caught only one pass last week against the Rams and remains mired in the No. 3 WR role behind Hester and Davis. It's looking like he won't regain the standing he had in the offense earlier in the season so he's safe to drop in all leagues.
TEGreg Olsen
5 rec, 65 yards, 1 TD
Olsen killed his fantasy owners with a 0-reception performance against the woeful Rams last week. Despite the frustration his owners must be feeling after that disaster, this is another good week to roll with Olsen. The Vikings struggle against TEs and Olsen caught six passes for 74 yards and a TD against them in Week 7. The Bears' passing game isn't clicking like it was then but the matchup is so good for Olsen he's very viable if you don't have a clearly superior option to start ahead of him.
TEDesmond Clark
4 rec, 35 yards
Clark had a fine game last week against the Rams, catching five passes for 40 yards and stealing all of Greg Olsen's thunder. He left the game with a knee injury but is expected to make his 63rd consecutive start this week -- the longet active streak in the league among TEs. The matchup is a good one so if you're in a large league and need to dig real deep for a TE this week, Clark isn't a bad reach.
KRobbie Gould
2 PATs, 2 FGs
After back-to-back stinkers, Gould delivered for his fantasy owners last week, scoring nine points and connecting on both of his FG attempts against the Rams. He's a good kicker at the mercy of his offense right now but the matchup is favorable so he's looking good this week. Expect at least 2 FGs from Gould on Sunday night.
Defense
3 sacks, 2 INT
The Bears were all over the Rams last week as expected, recording four sacks and four takeaways. They get the equally generous Gus Frerotte this week. Frerotte has thrown more INTs (12) than TDs (11) this season and looked horrible last week. Look for the Bears to pile up the sacks and takeaways, making them a fine fantasy start this week.
Pos.PlayerProjection
QBGus Frerotte
200 pass yards, 1 pass TD, 2 INT
Frerotte had a sweet matchup last week against the Jags but was nothing short of dreadful. He passed for only 120 yards with 0 TDs and 1 INT. His passing yardage has declined each of the past four games. He lit up the Bears in Week 7 (298 yards and 2 TDs), but he isn't playing anywhere near as well now as he was then. The matchup is a great one but you simply can't start Frerotte right now. It's Thanksgiving Week and he's going to be very generous to the Bears.
RBAdrian Peterson
1 rec, 15 rec yards, 85 rush yards, 1 rush TD
Peterson had a solid game last week, rushing for 80 yards and a TD in the win over the Jags. On the down side, Chester Taylor is getting more and more involved and head coach Brad Childress said that is going to continue. We saw last season how Peterson's late-season value took a major hit with Taylor getting serious action so that is something to watch. The Bears are terrific against the run (80.7 yards a game), but Peterson is too good to worry about. He'll get his. The only question is -- how much will Chester Taylor get?
RBChester Taylor
3 rec, 20 rec yards, 20 rush yards
Taylor's role continues to grow in the offense. He had 11 touches last week and scored on an 18-yard run. He's becoming viable as a flex play although this isn't the best week to use him. The Bears will shut him down as a runner and that will leave 2-4 receptions for him to get. He's too risky to start this week but the matchups are good going forward so he's someone to watch the rest of the way.
WRBernard Berrian
5 rec, 55 yards
Berrian is being killed by Frerotte's poor play of late. Berrian caught only one pass last week against the Jaguars (though he did drop a possible TD) and has only six receptions in his last four games. He caught six passes for 81 yards against his former team in Week 7 but Frerotte isn't close to playing at that level these days. The upside is definitely there, but Berrian is just a so-so WR3 right now.
WRSidney Rice
3 rec, 40 yards
Rice didn't do much last week against the Jaguars, catching three passes for 27 yards. Frerotte's poor play has robbed every Viking receiver of their upside so despite the nice matchup, Rice is no better than a WR4 in larger leagues this week. It's best to keep him benched.
WRBobby Wade
2 rec, 15 yards
The Vikings' leading receiver this season didn't do a whole lot last week, catching only one pass. The No. 3 WR in this offense doesn't have any fantasy value so Wade shouldn't be started in any league.
TEVisanthe Shiancoe
4 rec, 40 yards
Shiancoe had a decent game last week, catching three passes for 60 yards in the win over Jacksonville. He's caught eight passes in his last three games but has only topped 45 receiving yards twice in his last seven. He's nothing more than a reach in larger PPR leagues this week.
KRyan Longwell
2 PATs, 3 FGs
Longwell had a huge game last week, making all three of his FG attempts, including one from 54 yards out. He's made five FGs in his last two games and is looking good this week as the Vikings should be able to move the ball effectively with Peterson on the ground. He's a solid fantasy option for Sunday night.
Defense
3 sacks, 2 INT
The Vikings had a big game last week, recording four sacks and five takeaways in the win over Jacksonville. They will stop the run and with Kyle Orton hobbling and struggling, they should be able to make some plays against the pass. They're always a threat at home and will come through with a strong performance in a huge divisional game.
 
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