Warner's slight case of the picksies got much worse last week against the Panthers. The two-time MVP threw for a career high 5 INTs and lost a fumble in the erratic Cards' awful 34-21 home loss to Carolina. The Cardinals have bounced back well from losses this year. And despite all the picks, Warner went for 244 and 2 TDs. He has 11 TDs and 11 INTs, he hasn't thrown for less than 230 yards in a game and should still be considered a low-end No. 1 QB option.
Hightower found the end zone against the Panthers on a 1-yard run, his sixth TD of the season. He had 8 catches for 57 yards and 8 carries for 39 yards. Beanie Wells was the Cards' leading rusher the last two weeks, gaining 47 yards on 8 carries (14 for 67 and a TD against the Giants) Hightower is a No. 3 fantasy RB because of the threat emerging with Wells.
Expect Wells to keep getting carries against the Bears 16th-ranked rush defense. He's been the leading rusher the last two weeks and will continue to get carries. He's a No. 3 running back because he's still the backup, but the sky is the limit with him if he plays his way into the job.
Old Fitzie had another 5-plus reception game, catching 6 balls for 66 yards. He's third in the league in receptions with 47. He has less than 5 catches in a game only once. He's only been over the century mark one time, but ranks third in the league with 5 TDs. He is one of the most physically gifted players in the league and, without a doubt, an every-week must-start.
Boldin has been playing through injuries all year. He reaggravated a high-ankle sprain during his lackluster 3-catch, 23-yard game against the Panthers. He's only gotten into the end zone once, and until he busts out, he's a No. 3 fantasy option. Monitor that ankle, as he may sit out against the Bears.
Breaston had a decent game against the Panthers, catching 6 balls for 57 yards. He may well be the best No. 3 WR in the league and should come close to getting 1,000 yards on the season. He only has 1 TD though. He's a No. 3 option this week and could stand to benefit if Boldin keeps hobbling.
Neil ‘The Schpiel' is only 8-for-9 on the season, attempting only 3 FGs in the last 4 games. The Cards keep scoring TDs, so Rackers has been having trouble racking up the rackage. Lower-end No. 1 fantasy kicker.
Arizona is 18th YPG and 14th in PPG. After getting undressed 34-21 by the Panthers who came into the game as the 25th-ranked scoring offense in the league, the Cards' D is having an identity crisis. They are too erratic to be an advisable start against the Bears, who have a similarly unreliable offense.
Cutler has the same erratic numbers as his Cards' counterpart: 11 TDs and 11 INTs on the year. He had a lousy statistical week in the Bears' win against the Browns, going 17-for-30 for 225 yards with 0 TD and 1 INT. He's still considered a low-end No. 1 option against Arizona's 20th-ranked pass defense, but his 11 INTs on the year are troubling to say the least.
Forte, fantasy's big 2009 bust, finally had a good game. He had 26 carries for 90 yards with a pair of TDs and caught 2 passes for 31 yards. He's been over 100 yards only once and into the end zone a total of 3 times now. After his good game, he's a No. 2 fantasy option against the Arizona defense that got torched so badly last week by DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart.
After catching 7 balls for 87 yards in Chicago's big win over the Browns, Hester has 21 catches for 265 yards the last three weeks. Consider him a lower-end No. 2 fantasy option, a good bye-week guy against the Cards 13th-ranked pass defense.
Knox caught 3 balls for 44 yards against the Browns. The rookie wideout has been a consistent target of Cutler's all year and has 3 TDs to show for it, but his 24 catches for 310 yards on the year are pedestrian at best. He's a low-end No. 3 fantasy WR option.
Olsen caught 3 balls for 40 yards against the Browns. He had 3-game TD streak ended in Week 7. He doesn't have the reception and yardage numbers that the elite TEs do, but is a decent option as a bye-week replacement and is a favorite target of Cutler's in the red zone.
After getting absolutely exposed by Carson Palmer and the Bengals, the Bears' D rebounded against the brutal Browns. They picked off 2 balls and recovered 3 fumbles with a sack and a touchdown. It's tough to recommend them too highly without knowing which Arizona team is going to show up. They rank 19th in PPG, 12th in YPG ... and they're a No. 2 fantasy option.