Bears vs. Redskins: Projecting Stats for Top Fantasy Stars

Jesse Reed@@JesseReed78Correspondent IOctober 20, 2013

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 13:  Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins looks for an open receiver against the Dallas Cowboys in the fourth quarter on October 13, 2013 in Arlington, Texas. The Cowboys beat the Redskins 31-16.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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There are a few elite playmakers who will make fantasy football owners happy on Sunday when the Chicago Bears take on the Washington Redskins in our nation's capital.

Chicago enters the game in a tie for first place with the Detroit Lions in the NFC North with a record of 4-2. The Bears fended off the winless New York Giants at home last weekend to stop a two-game losing streak. 

Washington's only victory this year came against the Oakland Raiders in Week 4—the game that Terrelle Pryor missed due to a concussion. This team hasn't been able to stop opposing offenses at all this year, which bodes well for Chicago's offensive weapons. 

Here's a look at the top fantasy stars set to play on Sunday in Washington.


Brandon Marshall, WR, Chicago Bears

Oct 10, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the New York Giants in the second quarter at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Brandon Marshall is on a roll right now, having caught three touchdown passes in his last two games. 

He really broke out last weekend, catching nine passes for 87 yards and two scores against New York, and he has another beautiful fantasy matchup this weekend against Washington. 

The Redskins have allowed 10 touchdowns through the air this year and give up an average of 272 passing yards per game. This team also gives up the sixth-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers, allowing 25.8 points per game. 

Projected stats: Eight catches for 100 yards and one touchdown. 


Robert Griffin III, QB, Washington Redskins

Oct 13, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) sits on the bench during the game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. The Dallas Cowboys beat the Washington Redskins 31-16. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-US
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One of the league's top garbage-time quarterbacks, Griffin III has put up decent yardage this season, but he hasn't scored many touchdowns. Totaling just six touchdowns on the season, his fantasy stock is at an all-time low. 

Going up against Chicago this week doesn't bode well for RGIII either.

The Bears haven't been kind to opposing quarterbacks this year, allowing 14 fantasy points per average while racking up nine interceptions and eight sacks. 

Projected stats: 280 total yards with one touchdown.


Matt Forte, RB, Chicago Bears

Only two teams in the league give up more fantasy points to opposing running backs than does Washington, which allows 21.2 points per game.

The Redskins have allowed 123.4 yards per game and six total rushing touchdowns this year, and running backs who can catch have a great chance of putting up big totals.

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 10: Matt Forte #22 of the Chicago Bears breaks away from Terrell Thomas #24 of the New York Giants at Soldier Field on October 10, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Giants 27-21. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images
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Forte has been doing well on the yardage front the past two weeks, but he hasn't scored a touchdown since the end of September. That should change this Sunday against Washington, however, as Forte should have a huge game on the road.

Projected stats: 150 total yards with two touchdowns.  


Alfred Morris, RB, Washington Redskins

Thanks to a horrendous defense, Alfred Morris hasn't had the chances to impact this team this year that he did in his breakout rookie campaign. 

Teams have been going up early, forcing Washington into a pass-first mentality on offense. As a result, Morris hasn't carried the ball more than 16 times in a game this year. 

It's a shame because he's making the most of his limited opportunities on the ground, averaging 5.2 yards per carry and scoring three touchdowns. 

The second-year back's greatest weakness is that he's not adept at catching the ball. Not only does this hurt his fantasy value, but it keeps him out of the game when Washington runs its hurry-up, spread offense.

Projected stats: 80 total yards and zero touchdowns. 


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