Fantasy Player Projections
Soldier Field | Sunday, October 04 | 1:00 p.m. EST (FOX)
Bears 20, Lions 10
Pos. Player Projection
QB Matthew Stafford
180 pass yards, 1 pass TD, 15 rush yards, 2 INTThe rookie has surprised fantasy pundits with an uncommonly steady start. But he'll have his hands full all day long with one of the league's stingiest defensive units.
RB Kevin Smith
3 rec, 15 rec yards, 80 rush yardsSmith was injured in the third quarter against the Redskins and could cede time to second-stringer Maurice Morris in Week 4. Monitor the situation.
WR Calvin Johnson
5 rec, 95 yards, 1 TDDetroit's undisputed No. 1 wideout is a must-start every week.
WR Bryant Johnson
4 rec, 40 yardsJohnson has caught eight balls for 118 yards and a touchdown this season. But due to his inconsistency, you'd be wise to play him only when the matchup is favorable. That means you should probably sit him against the Bears.
WR Dennis Northcutt
1 rec, 10 yardsA deep sleeper entering the season. In a deep sleep during it. Do not start.
TE Will Heller
2 rec, 30 yardsHeller's modest contributions come too few and far between to have any fantasy utility.
K Jason Hanson
1 PAT, 1 FGHanson remains a low-end No. 1 kicker thanks to Detroit's slowly improving offense.
1 sack, 0 INT, 1 FumbleThey surrender far too many points, through the air in particular. But they do generate a decent volume of points through turnovers and special teams.
Pos. Player Projection
QB Jay Cutler
250 pass yards, 1 pass TDCutler is an advisable start in most circumstances. Against the Lions, he's a no-brainer.
RB Matt Forte
5 rec, 55 rec yards, 65 rush yards, 1 rush TDA leg injury is hampering Forte, but he's expected to be ready for Sunday's game against the Lions. Owners are licking their chops for a breakout game after the sophomore's sluggish start.
WR Devin Hester
5 rec, 90 yards, 1 TDHester's fantasy stock is rising. Start him against the Lions and see if he can boost it even further.
WR Earl Bennett
4 rec, 45 yardsBennett is still a work in progress in Chicago. Start him against Detroit. Just remember he's not an advisable start against most teams.
WR Johnny Knox
2 rec, 20 yardsThe Abilene Christian product is a burner and could become Cutler's home-run hitter. He's not there yet, but stash him away.
TE Greg Olsen
4 rec, 40 yardsOlsen has underachieved a tad from a fantasy standpoint. Don't give up on him yet, but it wouldn't hurt to think about your options in case Cutler never warms up to him
K Robbie Gould
2 PATs, 2 FGsHe's not the best fantasy option. But like most roto players, his value is boosted against an opponent as lowly as Detroit.
4 sacks, 2 INT, 1 FumbleEven without Brian Urlacher, this is still an aggressive, point-scoring unit capable of giving your team a huge boost.