Fantasy Player Projections

 
Chicago Bears
Land Shark Stadium | Thursday, November 18 | 8:20 p.m. EST (NFL)
Pick: Bears 23, Dolphins 16
Miami Dolphins
Pos.PlayerProjection
QBJay Cutler
200 pass yards, 2 pass TD, 2 INT
Cutler was solid last week once he got going after a rough start. With his offensive line playing better in recent weeks, there is still a little hope for his fantasy prospects over the season's final stretch. The schedule gets tougher, however.
RBMatt Forte
4 rec, 50 rec yards, 1 rec TD, 40 rush yards
Two games stand out as stark outliers: Week 1's 201 total-yard and Week 8's 188 total-yard outbursts. Otherwise, Forte hasn't topped 78 total yards in any game this season. He also hasn't scored since Week 6, making him a risky weekly starter.
RBChester Taylor
2 rec, 10 rec yards, 25 rush yards
As the team's goal-line back, Taylor's biggest fantasy contribution is to leech scoring opportunities away from Matt Forte. Otherwise, Taylor's seven carries a game provide little value to owners.
WRJohnny Knox
4 rec, 65 yards
Knox is clearly the top receiving option in Chicago, though his numbers are hardly eye-popping. Still, he receives a healthy number of targets on a weekly basis, and could become a solid option if he ever starts finding the end zone with consistency.
WRDevin Hester
2 rec, 25 yards
Last week was just Hester's second game this season with over 30 yards receiving, which should tell you what you need to know about his fantasy prospects. Hester should not be started in any format until he produces on a weekly basis.
TEGreg Olsen
2 rec, 30 yards, 1 TD
Olsen has emerged as the Bears' only consistent receiving option in the red zone. He has now scored in two straight games, so he is worth consideration if you need to replace a struggling starter.
KRobbie Gould
2 PATs, 3 FGs
Despite being supported by an unreliable offense, Gould has been a relatively reliable kicking option this season, having gone 14-for-18 on field goal attempts with four made over 40 yards.
Defense
3 sacks, 2 INT, 1 Fumble
Chicago has gradually emerged as one of the league's best defenses, giving up just 302 yards per game and leading the league with 24 takeaways. Miami appears to be down to Tyler Thigpen at quarterback, so Chicago could dominate.
Pos.PlayerProjection
QBTyler Thigpen
175 pass yards, 1 pass TD, 30 rush yards, 2 INT
With Chad Pennington lost for the season with a shoulder injury and Chad Henne questionable due to his knee, Thigpen will likely get the nod Sunday. He looked good when called to duty against Tennessee but is a risky play on a short week of practice against Chicago.
RBRonnie Brown
2 rec, 10 rec yards, 30 rush yards
Brown had just 11 yards on 12 carries last week. Meanwhile, Ricky Williams rushed 11 times for 64 yards. The week before those roles were reversed. It has become near impossible to predict which back will be more effective on a weekly basis.
RBRicky Williams
35 rush yards
Williams outperformed Ronnie Brown last week, coming off a Week 9 performance in which he rushed twice for just 1 yard. Good luck trying to predict who will be the better back this week. Both are worth avoiding against Chicago.
WRBrandon Marshall
6 rec, 55 yards
Marshall has seen his production decline since Week 7, and now will likely have to deal with a new starter at quarterback. It's hard to imagine he won't see a lot of targets still, but Marshall's upside is somewhat limited.
WRDavone Bess
4 rec, 35 yards
Sunday was Bess' lowest yardage output since Week 2. All targets in the Dolphins' passing game will take a hit as long as Tyler Thigpen is projected as the starter.
WRBrian Hartline
3 rec, 45 yards
Hartline's fantasy prospects were on the upswing with performances of 85 and 98 yards receiving in consecutive weeks. It's unfortunate then that Miami will likely be forced to go through another change at quarterback.
TEAnthony Fasano
3 rec, 25 yards, 1 TD
Tyler Thigpen looked Fasano's way often after taking over following Chad Henne's knee injury. Whether that's a sign of things to come remains to be seen. Shaky starting quarterbacks do often lock onto tight ends as safety valves, however.
KDan Carpenter
1 PAT, 3 FGs
Carpenter has been remarkably consistent this season, making 22-of-25 field goal attempts, including 10-of-13 beyond 40 yards. He is safe to keep in your starting lineup.
Defense
4 sacks, 2 INT
The Dolphins are near the bottom of the league with just 11 takeaways. Otherwise, they have done a good job of holding opponents yardage-wise. Playing against an unreliable Bears' offense, there is potential for a big day.
 
 
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