Fantasy Player Projections

 
Chicago Bears
Bank of America Stadium | Sunday, October 10 | 1:00 p.m. EST (FOX)
Pick: Panthers 20, Bears 16
Carolina Panthers
Pos.PlayerProjection
QBJay Cutler
165 pass yards, 1 pass TD, 5 rush yards, 1 INT
Cutler was knocked out with a mild concussion after taking nine sacks in the first half against the Giants. If he can play, he'll be facing some of the pressure-heavy schems he faced last week, though the Panthers are not the Giants. If Cutler can't go, Todd Collins or Caleb Hanie provide little value.
RBMatt Forte
3 rec, 40 rec yards, 50 rush yards
The Giants had been giving up rushing yards in spades before meeting the Bears last week. Forte isn't a back that can do a lot on his own, and at this point the Bears' O-line is in shambles. He still has some value in PPR leagues.
WRDevin Hester
3 rec, 50 yards
Hester recorded fewer than 20 yards receiving for the third game this season, solidifying his status as a feast-or-famine fantasy receiver. The Panthers defense is mediocre, so he could produce, but try to find a better starting option elsewhere.
WRJohnny Knox
3 rec, 35 yards, 1 TD
Knox is technically No. 1 on the depth chart, but averages just three receptions per game. Still, his 20-plus yards-per-catch average keeps him valuable in a lot of leagues. If Jay Cutler cannot play, be sure to downgrade Knox, however.
TEGreg Olsen
4 rec, 40 yards
Olsen's value is trending upward, catching five passes last week on a team-high eight targets. He appears to be a trusted target, and should continue to be the primary receiver near the goal line. His value dips if Jay Cutler isn't the quarterback, however.
KRobbie Gould
1 PAT, 3 FGs
Mike Martz' offense has provided Gould with eight field-goal attempts this season, and so far he hasn't missed. Gould is definitely a worthwhile fantasy option with the help of fun-and-gun system.
Defense
3 sacks, 2 INT, 1 Fumble
The Bears did a good job slowing down the run for the first three weeks, but they did not face a single strong rushing attack. The Giants gashed them for 191 yards last week, which could be a bad sign against a run-first Carolina offense.
Pos.PlayerProjection
QBJimmy Clausen
130 pass yards, 0 pass TD, 2 INT
Last week was a step forward for Clausen. He threw one touchdown to zero interceptions and completed better than 50 percent of his passes. He is still far from a viable fantasy option, however.
RBDeAngelo Williams
2 rec, 15 rec yards, 85 rush yards, 1 rush TD
Williams continues to be the more valuable half in the timeshare with Jonathan Stewart. Neither is a great weekly option as long as the passing game provides no support, however. At least he is facing a Bears defense that was ripped apart last week by Ahmad Bradshaw and the Giants.
RBJonathan Stewart
1 rec, 5 rec yards, 70 rush yards, 1 rush TD
Stewart saw a lesser load than DeAngelo Williams again, but did score on a 55-yard catch and run. Still, he doesn't see enough touches to warrant weekly fantasy consideration unless long touchdown receptions somehow become the norm.
WRSteve Smith
3 rec, 50 yards
Smith is questionable this week with an ankle sprain, making him one to avoid this week especially considering Jimmy Clausen's struggles at quarterback. Hopefully the injury will not linger further into the season.
WRBrandon LaFell
3 rec, 45 yards
LaFell's fantasy value jumps up a notch if Steve Smith is unable to play this week. Still, he should not be considered a worthwhile option until the passing game proves that it is functional.
TEDante Rosario
2 rec, 15 yards
Rosario is averaging just over two catches a game and has yet to find the end zone. There should be much better tight ends available for free off waivers.
KJohn Kasay
2 PATs, 2 FGs
Kasay has just three field goal attempts this season, all of which came in team's first game of the season. His value is minimal until the offense can pick up.
Defense
3 sacks, 1 INT
The Panthers' defense has not been that bad considering the offense is a walking three-and-out. Unfortunately, without offensive support, the Panthers cannot be considered a viable fantasy option.
 
 
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