Fantasy Player Projections

 
Bears
Lambeau Field
Thursday , Sep. 13 | 08:20 PM EST (NFL)
Packers
Pos.PlayerProjection
QBJay Cutler

Jay Cutler

308 pass yards, 3 pass TDs, INT

It's fair to argue Cutler's image can only be repaired with a win over the Bears' arch rival. Cutler has been humiliated in each of his last three meetings with Green Bay, throwing five interceptions and just two touchdowns. But this is a different Bears offense, and we believe fantasy owners will see a different Jay Cutler this week.

RBMatt Forte

Matt Forte

84 rush yards, 3 rec, 45 rec yards, rec TD

In his lone meeting against Green Bay last year Forte was far deadlier as a pass receiver. This week he'll do the bulk of his damage on the ground, exploiting a run defense that was worn down by San Francisco late last week.

RBMichael Bush

Michael Bush

33 rush yards, 2 rec, 19 rec yards

No cheap touchdowns this week. Bush's role in the Bears offense will vary based on the game situation; Matt Forte will not need much help this week in the running game.

WRBrandon Marshall

Brandon Marshall

8 rec, 113 yards, 2 rec TDs

Can the Packers defend Marshall? No. Tramon Williams will do his best, but Marshall is an elite receiver and the Packers' pass defense lacks an elite cover corner. Advantage: Bears.

WRAlshon Jeffery

Alshon Jeffery

3 rec, 46 yards

Jeffery's progress will be slow in his rookie season, but as was the case last week he'll see enough targets to warrant fantasy consideration. He'll see fewer matchups as rewarding as this one.

WREarl Bennett

Earl Bennett

3 rec, 38 yards

Bennett could see a handful of targets on Thursday, considering the matchup, but most weeks he'll be irrelevant. His role in the Bears offense is too small to make him a viable backup for fantasy owners.

TEKellen Davis

Kellen Davis

2 rec, 18 yards

Tight ends will give Green Bay fits all year, as the team's best cover linebacker is missing in action (Desmond Bishop). Too bad the Bears do not have a tight end to take advantage.

KRobbie Gould

Robbie Gould

3 PATs, 2 FGs

Gould reached the double-digit points mark last week for the first time in a half season. The team's new-look passing game deserves part of the credit, and there is no reason to think Gould's opportunities will shrink this week against the Packers' woeful defense.

DEFENSE

INT, 3 Sacks

The Bears will bring plenty of pressure in an attempt to take advantage of Green Bay's suspect offensive line. It worked for the 49ers last week; it will work for the Bears this week.

Pos.PlayerProjection
QBAaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers

256 pass yards, 2 pass TDs, INT, 21 rush yards

Rodgers will be forced to make plays on the move this week against a Bears defense that will show zero respect for the Packers ground attack. As was the case against San Francisco, Rodgers will make plays and sustain drives, but he'll be forced into bad situations and rare mistakes.

RBCedric Benson

Cedric Benson

44 rush yards

Benson might love the idea of spoiling the Bears' visit to Lambeau, but it's just not going to go down that way. The Packers have experienced trouble with their blocking up front, and Benson looked stiff running the ball last week. He may be a few weeks away from becoming comfortable in this offense -- assuming he ever reaches that point.

WRJordy Nelson

Jordy Nelson

3 rec, 55 yards, rec TD

Nelson reeled in two scores in the Week 16 win over Chicago last year and looks to be the team's top weapon this week with Greg Jennings' status up in the air.

WRGreg Jennings

Greg Jennings

3 rec, 49 yards

The Packers' leading receiver missed practice this week with a groin injury that will limit his impact for fantasy owners, if he suits up Thursday night. Jennings has killed the Bears in recent years (115.3-yard average over the last three games), but this is not a good week to rely on him.

WRRandall Cobb

Randall Cobb

3 rec, 37 yards

Cobb is Aaron Rodgers' new favorite toy. The Packers tried him in several new spots last week and will continue to move their second-year weapon around to find favorable matchups.

WRJames Jones

James Jones

3 rec, 34 yards

Jones was the unsung star from Green Bay's first game, averaging 20.3 yards on his four receptions. He will be spotty this season, but Jones is not immune from having a big game now and then.

TEJermichael Finley

Jermichael Finley

6 rec, 74 yards, rec TD

Finley led all tight ends in Week 1 targets (11), although he dropped a few balls, bringing back bad memories from the 2011 season. Aaron Rodgers hasn't lost faith; fantasy owners shouldn't lose faith, either. Finley has a chance to crack a Chicago defense that gave up 82 yards to rookie Coby Fleener.

KMason Crosby

Mason Crosby

3 PATs, FG

Crosby has averaged 6.0 points in his 11 meetings with the Bears -- not the point total fantasy owners would like to see. While Crosby is largely viewed as a top 10 kicker, he may not be one this week.

DEFENSE

INT, 2 Sacks, TD

Green Bay will have its hands full trying to contain Brandon Marshall, and the Packers linebackers are vulnerable to Matt Forte in the middle of the field. It will be another long evening for the Green Bay defense.

 
 
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