By Derek of The Sportmeisters
Week 10 is here, and the Thursday games have begun. This week we see the Chicago Bears take on the San Francisco 49ers. Here is a short list of players who you should have in your lineup for this game.
Enough talk—let’s get down to business!
QB – Jay Cutler – Chicago Bears – Projection: 295 Yards, 2 TD, 1 INT
Cutler had a great game in the loss last week to Arizona, throwing for 369 yards and three touchdowns with one interception. Today, he faces the 24th-ranked pass defense in the NFL, and I expect him to air it out yet again. Start 'Em.
QB – Alex Smith – San Francisco 49ers – Projection: 240 Yards, 2 TD, 1 INT
Smith has been rather good since taking over for Shaun Hill in Week Seven. He has thrown for 690 yards with six touchdowns and five interceptions. Today he will face a Chicago D that has allowed 10 touchdowns through the air in the last three weeks. They are ranked 12th in the NFL vs. the pass, but Smith could surprise a lot of people this week. Sleeper Start 'Em.
RB – Matt Forte – Chicago Bears – Projection: 60 Yards Rushing, 1 TD, 5 Receptions, 40 Yards
The Bears have not been able to run the ball this year, but it is just too hard to sit Forte—especially with his ability to catch and run with the ball. He has just 441 yards rushing with three touchdowns and has 30 receptions for 259 yards.
He faces the fourth-ranked run defense in the NFL, but they have also allowed eight RTs. He may not get a lot of yardage on the ground, but he should find the end zone and make up the yardage as a receiver. Start 'Em.
RB – Frank Gore – San Francisco 49ers – Projection: 90 Yards Rushing, 1 TD, 4 Receptions, 25 Yards
Gore has been extremely good when healthy this year. He has 447 yards rushing in just six games and has five touchdowns to go with 22 receptions for 190 yards and another touchdown. He faces the Bears' 14th-ranked run D, which has allowed seven rushing touchdowns. Start 'Em.
WR – Devin Hester – Chicago Bears – Projection: 7 Receptions, 80 Yards, 1 TD
Hester has been the most consistent Chicago receiver this year with 41 receptions for 548 yards and three touchdowns. He has 21 receptions for 276 yards and a touchdown in the last three games, and I expect that trend to continue today. Start 'Em.
WR – Michael Crabtree – San Francisco 49ers – Projection: 5 Receptions, 50 Yards, 1 TD
The 49ers have made an effort to get this explosive rookie the ball ever since his first game in Week Seven. He has 14 receptions for 167 yards in those three games, and I expect Smith to try to get him the ball even more in this game. I wouldn’t be surprised if he scores his first career touchdown against the Bears' 12th-ranked pass defense that has allowed 16 passing touchdowns. Sleeper Start 'Em.
TE – Greg Olsen – Chicago Bears – Projection: 5 Receptions, 55 Yards, 1 TD
Olsen finally broke out last week, catching all three of Cutler’s touchdown passes. He now has 27 receptions for 286 yards and six touchdowns on the year, and I expect Cutler to look for him early and often this week against the 49ers' 24th-ranked pass D. Start 'Em.
TE – Vernon Davis – San Francisco 49ers – Projection: 7 Receptions, 75 Yards, 1 TD
Davis has been on a roll lately and is the best fantasy tight end at the moment with 42 receptions for 477 yards and seven touchdowns. He faces the Bears' 12th-ranked pass defense and will be a frequent target for QB Alex Smith. Start 'Em.
There you have it, sports fans: my Start 'Em/Sit 'Em and Projections for today’s game. Any questions or concerns, please email me at Derek@Sportmeisters.com and look for the rest of my Start 'Em/Sit 'Em and Projections later this week, as well as our Sunday Morning Start 'Em/Sit 'Em Chat.