Fantasy Football Week 7 Preview: Lions at Bears

Contributed by: Jason Stolberg
Last Updated: Oct 19, 2012 6:14 PM

Detroit Lions @ Chicago Bears

Detroit:  The Detroit Lions come off a gritty come-from-behind victory over the Eagles in Week 6, and now go back on road to visit division rival Chicago on Monday Night Football.  Matthew Stafford turned in a respectable stat line of 318 total yards and 2 TDs with 1 INT; unfortunately, he plays against the #1 defense in the league this week, that will be motivated to crush Stafford and not ever let him recover.  Don’t expect a repeat of the 300 total yards and 2 scores against the Bears; in fact, if he ends up with about 250 and 1 and doesn’t turn the ball over too much, I’d consider that lucky.

The only Lions player I’d really want to start here is Calvin Johnson, as Megatron is pretty much matchup proof.  TE Brandon Pettigrew may be a middle of the road play, as is Nate Burleson.  Don’t bother much with Mikel Leshoure, he’s bound to get pounded by the Bears’ fierce run defense.

Good Start:  WR Calvin Johnson

Middle of the Road:  QB Matthew Stafford, WR Nate Burleson, TE Brandon Pettigrew

Bad Start:  RB Mikel Leshoure, WR Titus Young


Chicago:  The Bears come out of their bye week hungry and ready to devour the Lions on the national stage, signaling their arrival as one of the top teams in the NFC.  Jay Cutler will lead the charge for the Bears’ passing attack, and he has done much better in that regard.  In week 5 against the Jaguars, Cutler tossed a pair of TDs to go along with over 310 total yards, and you can expect more of the same against a defense that ranks square in the middle of the league in pass defense (16th).

Of course, the only wide receiver worth mentioning for the Bears is Brandon Marshall, who’s kind of like the poor man’s Megatron.  Let’s call him Starscream.

Matt Forte also made his return to fantasy goodness against the Jaguars, getting well to the tune of almost 130 total yards.  Of course, Michael Bush is still a threat to vulture those goal line scores, but with Forte getting more and more in the groove each week, you certainly cannot put him on the bench.

Good Start:  QB Jay Cutler, RB Matt Forte, WR Brandon Marshall

Middle of the Road:  RB Michael Bush

Bad Start:  WR Devin Hester, TE Kellen Davis


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