Fantasy Player Projections

Detroit Lions
Soldier Field | Sunday, September 12 | 1:00 p.m. EST (FOX)
Pick: Bears 30, Lions 27
Chicago Bears
QBMatthew Stafford
245 pass yards, 2 pass TD, 10 rush yards, 1 INT
He's looked good this preseason, and the combination of two weak defenses this week could result in a shootout. Stafford shouldn't be considered a starter at this point, but if he shows that hes improved on last season, hes got a ton of potential.
RBJahvid Best
3 rec, 20 rec yards, 60 rush yards, 1 rush TD
The rookie was impressive in the preseason, and looks to have secured the starting RB role. The Bears were awful against the run last year, so Best should see some lanes. The Lions will also get him involved in the passing game.
RBKevin Smith
1 rec, 5 rec yards, 15 rush yards
May see some goaline carries, but his role is clearly diminished with the emergence of Jahvid Best.
WRCalvin Johnson
4 rec, 100 yards
Johnson is ridiculously talented and seems to have developed good chemistry with Matthew Stafford. He should find the endzone in Week 1.
WRNate Burleson
3 rec, 60 yards
Burleson is a good red zone target, and with the Bears defense double teaming Calvin Johnson, he should find himself in one-on-one coverage.
WRBryant Johnson
2 rec, 30 yards
Now their No. 3 reciever, Johnson will probably not do a whole lot this year.
TETony Scheffler
2 rec, 30 yards
Scheffler showed some ability when he was with the Broncos, so this will be his first test on his new team. Consider him a sleeper, not a starting option, at this point.
KJason Hanson
3 PATs, 2 FGs
If this game turns into a shootout, Hanson will get a bunch of opportunities.
2 sacks, 1 INT, 1 Fumble
Cutler is no stranger to the interception, but the Lions have a horrendous secondary. Not a good option in any week.
QBJay Cutler
260 pass yards, 3 pass TD, 10 rush yards, 1 INT
Cutler had turnover issues last season, but he did not throw an interception in two games against Detroit and tossed six touchdown passes in the contest. Mike Martz should look to take advantage of Cutler's track record and a weak Lions secondary.
RBMatt Forte
5 rec, 50 rec yards, 1 rec TD, 50 rush yards, 1 rush TD
Forte had just two 100-yard rushing games last season, but they both came against Detroit. Forte has scored three touchdowns in four career games against the Lions.
RBChester Taylor
2 rec, 15 rec yards, 30 rush yards
Taylor will back up Matt Forte in Week 1, and while he will see some action, he is unlikely to produce enough to warrant a Week 1 start.
WRJohnny Knox
3 rec, 70 yards, 1 TD
Knox enters the season atop the depth chart at wide receiver. He scored five touchdowns last season despite catching just 45 passes and should be able to find the end zone in Week 1.
WRDevin Hester
4 rec, 45 yards
Hester has averaged just 25.8 yards per game against the Lions in his career; but as a starting receiver in a Mike Martz offense against a weak pass defense, he still has Week 1 value.
WRDevin Aromashodu
3 rec, 45 yards, 1 TD
Aromoshadu scored twice last season in Week 17 against these same Lions and is a sneaky play against a team that finished last in pass defense a year
TEGreg Olsen
3 rec, 35 yards
Olsen is one of the Bears' best pass catchers, but tight ends have been known to get lost in Mike Martz's offenses in the past, Olsen is a risky Week 1 option.
KRobbie Gould
3 PATs, 3 FGs
Gould reached double digits in both games against the Lions last season. The Bears should be able to move the ball against the Lions and provide Gould ample scoring opportunities again.
2 sacks, 1 INT, 1 Fumble
The Bears allowed more than 20 points in both games against the Lions last season; so they are a risky Week 1 option against what should be an improved Lions offense.
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