Fantasy Player Projections

 
Chicago Bears
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Pick: Cowboys 31, Bears 17
Dallas Cowboys
Pos.PlayerProjection
QBJay Cutler
290 pass yards, 1 pass TD, 5 rush yards, 2 INT
Mike Martz may have been just what Cutler needed -- Cutler completed 65 percent of his passes for 372 yards and two touchdowns in the opener. The Cowboys did a good job against Donovan McNabb in Week 1, but expect the Bears to continue throwing the ball a lot.
RBMatt Forte
8 rec, 80 rec yards, 35 rush yards
Forte ran for just 50 yards in the opener, but he made a huge impact in the passing game, catching seven balls for 151 yards and two touchdowns. Forte received 17 carries to Chester Taylor's six, so expect him to be the primary option in the Bears' backfield.
RBChester Taylor
3 rec, 30 rec yards, 20 rush yards
Similar to Matt Forte, Taylor's biggest impact in Week 1 came in the passing game. Taylor racked up 44 receiving yards compared to just 29 rushing yards. Expect him to be used in a similar manner.
WRDevin Hester
3 rec, 40 yards
Though he is listed as a starter, Hester is still more of a big-play threat than a consistent fantasy option. He is a risky play.
WRJohnny Knox
6 rec, 70 yards, 1 TD
Knox averaged 17.3 yards per reception in the opener, but he will face a couple tough corners in Week 2. Still, as the top option in the Bears' improved passing game, he warrants a start.
WRDevin Aromashodu
3 rec, 40 yards, 1 TD
Aromashadu led Bears wide receivers with five catches and 71 yards in Week 1. Jay Cutler likes throwing to him and he should be able to take advantage of the Cowboys' lack of depth at cornerback.
TEGreg Olsen
3 rec, 30 yards
Tight ends remain an iffy option in the Mike Martz offense because the running backs are very involved in the passing game.
KRobbie Gould
2 PATs, 1 FG
Gould hit two field goals in Week 1 and he could see a few opportunities again if the Bears offense can continue moving the ball and limit the the Cowboys' possessions.
Defense
3 sacks, 2 INT
The Dallas offense struggled during the preseason and in Week 1, but they will be motivated to have a strong showing in their home opener. The Bears forced three turnovers in Week 1, but don't expect them to match that in Week 2.
Pos.PlayerProjection
QBTony Romo
260 pass yards, 3 pass TD, 5 rush yards, 2 INT
Romo threw 47 passes in Week 1, so the Cowboys certainly don't appear afraid to throw the ball. Romo should be able to find the end zone a couple times after throwing just one TD pass in the opener.
RBMarion Barber
2 rec, 10 rec yards, 50 rush yards, 1 rush TD
Barber and Felix Jones each received eight carries in Week 1. Expect a similar split in Week 2.
RBFelix Jones
2 rec, 10 rec yards, 55 rush yards
The Cowboys divided the Week 1 carries among all three of their running backs, making it hard to count on Jones for big production in Week 2. He will remain the Cowboys' starting running back, but he will have to share the load.
WRMiles Austin
5 rec, 110 yards, 1 TD
It's pretty obvious who Tony Romo's favorite receiver is. Austin caught 10 passes for 146 yards and a touchdown in Week 1. He remains a top fantasy option.
WRRoy Williams
3 rec, 35 yards, 1 TD
Williams caught just three passes in Week 1, compared to Miles Austin's 10 and Dez Bryant's eight. It looks like Williams is already the third receiving option on the Dallas squad.
WRDez Bryant
3 rec, 45 yards, 1 TD
The Cowboys got Bryant involved in the short passing game in Week 1; and though he caught eight passes, he racked up just 56 yards. Don't be surprised to see him get a few more looks down the field in Week 2.
TEJason Witten
5 rec, 50 yards
Witten was quiet in Week 1, but there is not any reason to take him out of your lineup in Week 2.
KDavid Buehler
4 PATs, 1 FG
Buehler's opportunities were limited in Week 1, but he should be able to rack up more points in Week 2 at home.
Defense
5 sacks, 2 INT, 2 Fumbles
The Cowboys did not force a turnover in Week 1, and they will have to deal with an improved Bears offense in Week 2. Fantasy production could be limited again.
 
 
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