(Game is being played at TFC Bank Stadium, home of the Minnesota Golden Gophers)
Rankings based on top 16 QBs, 32 RBs, 48 WRs and 16 TEs
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Chicago Bears (Bears Schedule)
Opponent Defensive Ranks
Minnesota Pass Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 10th - TDs Allowed T-13th
Minnesota Rush Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 8th – TDs Allowed T-8th
Chicago Offensive Cast
Jay Cutler (QB Week 15 Ranking: No. 14)
2010 Season: 213/344 – for 2,697 yards & 17 TDs
Cutler had an awesome game against this Vikings team back in Week 10, throwing for 237 yards and three TDs; but that was at home. Cutler has always been more of a hometown QB, but the Vikings seem to be in a bit of disarray lately, especially with their stadium being “Mother Natured” out of operation. Don’t expect the world, but if you’re sitting there with Cutler, Orton, Sanchez and Fitzpatrick to think about, take your chances with Cutler.
Matt Forte (RB Week 15 Ranking: No. 16)
2010 Season: 186 carries for 773 yards & 5 TDs || 38 receptions for 425 yards & 3 TDs
Besides the Blizzard Bowl last week against the Patriots, Forte has been a steady force for Mike Martz and the Bears over the last month. If he can garner a good 20 touches in this game, expect around 100 total yards with a possible TD against a Vikings squad that fell apart trying to handle Bradshaw and Jacobs last Monday night.
Chester Taylor (RB Week 15 Ranking: Not ranked)
2010 Season: 94 carries for 247 yards & 3 TDs || 20 receptions for 139 yards & 0 TDs
Taylor isn’t worth a whole hell of a lot in the fantasy world, but he might be used for about 10-15 touches in this one to give Forte a break from the weather.
Johnny Knox (WR Week 15 Ranking: No. 34)
2010 Season: 45 receptions for 790 yards & 2 TDs
Knox is one of the biggest burners in the league and shouldn’t have a problem getting behind the Vikings defenders at least a couple of times this weekend. If the Bears open up the playbook a bit, Knox could have a decent game. If not, you’ll want to look elsewhere for your fantasy production.
Earl Bennett (WR Week 15 Ranking: No. 43)
2010 Season: 42 receptions for 510 yards & 3 TDs
Bennett is really no more than a desperation play, but he does have the best rapport with Cutler at this point. If you need to use him, don’t throw him in there as anything more than a flex this week.
Devin Hester (WR Week 15 Ranking: Not ranked)
2010 Season: 34 receptions for 388 yards & 2 TDs
He’s still one of the most electric players in the league, but his special teams usage takes away from his offensive capabilities, so don’t bother playing him unless your league adds points for return yardage.
Greg Olsen (TE Week 15 Ranking: No. 14)
2010 Season: 31 receptions for 342 yards & 5 TDs
It’s tough to be a tight end in a Martz-run system, but Olsen has made the best of it as he has the most receiving TDs on the year for the Bears and is consistently looked to by Cutler in the endzone once they get around the goal-line. You could DEFINITELY do worse than an Olsen here.
Minnesota Vikings (Vikings Schedule)
Opponent Defensive Ranks
Chicago Pass Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 18th - TDs Allowed 2nd
Chicago Rush Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 2nd – TDs Allowed T-17th
Minnesota Offensive Cast
Brett Favre (QB Week 15 Ranking: Not ranked)
2010 Season: 212/351 – for 2,446 yards & 10 TDs
WOW!!! So Favre was just upgraded to "questionable" after being deemed "out" earlier in the week. It seems the extra day of rest has done wonders for his injured shoulder, but I’m conflicted as to whether or not he’ll actually play in this one.
He’ll test out the pain when he throws before game-time, but even if he feels okay, it’s still not a guarantee he’ll start. My guess is that Favre will push extra hard to get in there as I’m sure he wants one last crack at the Bears, especially on the national stage of Monday Night Football.
Joe Webb (QB Week 15 Ranking: Not ranked)
2010 Season: 2/5 – for 8 yards & 0 TDs
Webb wasn’t likely to have much of a game this week anyway as his skills are more suited towards favorable playing conditions, but now it’s questionable as to whether he’ll even get a shot at all. Those who picked him up last week looking to play a “WR-eligible” player at the QB position might have just gotten royally screwed.
Tarvaris Jackson (QB Week 15 Ranking: Not ranked)
2010 Season: 34/58 – for 341 yards & 3 TDs
Tarvaris was put on injured reserve last week, thus ending his 2010 season.
Adrian Peterson (RB Week 15 Ranking: No. 7)
2010 Season: 247 carries for 1,149 yards & 11 TDs || 33 receptions for 332 yards & 1 TD
Purple Jesus was stifled by the Giants in Week 14, but I doubt that will happen two weeks in a row. Even though the Bears have been stellar in defending the run this season, AP loves seeing Chicago on the schedule as he’s averaged 112 yards and 1.6 TDs in his seven career games against them. Frozen field or not, expect a hefty amount of carries from AP.
Toby Gerhart (RB Week 15 Ranking: Not ranked)
2010 Season: 61 carries for 227 yards & 1 TD || 17 receptions for 143 yards & 0 TDs
He’s a nice backup RB in real life, but not worth much to those of us living in a fantasy world.
Sidney Rice (WR Week 15 Ranking: No. 18)
2010 Season: 14 receptions for 241 yards & 2 TDs
Whether it will be Brett Favre, Joe Webb, Rhett Bomar or the Easter Bunny, Rice is looking like the stud he was last year and should get plenty of targets to do something this cold Monday night. Last year Rice did just fine against the Bears D, and this year they may even depend on him a little more.
Percy Harvin (WR Week 15 Ranking: No. 32)
2010 Season: 51 receptions for 627 yards & 4 TDs || 13 carries for 106 yards & 1 TD
If Harvin plays this week, which he will, he could be a nice sleeper against Chicago this weekend. He’s scored in two of his three career games against the Bears (including in the one earlier this year) and is always a threat to break the long one.
Bernard Berrian (WR Week 15 Ranking: Not ranked)
2010 Season: 24 receptions for 220 yards & 0 TDs
Berrian is really bad. Don’t even think about it.
Greg Camarillo (WR Week 15 Ranking: Not ranked)
Camarillo has basically taken Berrian’s place as the third receiver in this offense… not that it will make a bit of a difference this Monday night.
Visanthe Shiancoe (TE Week 15 Ranking: Not ranked)
2010 Season: 36 receptions for 444 yards & 2 TDs
The Bears are one of the best in the game at defending tight ends, so look elsewhere for production.