We already got two Week 15 Fantasy Versus in the books, but the Monday Night Football game between the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears is the final stop before Week 16 hits us.
Still debating which player makes the best flex play, or which wide receiver will rack up the most yards for your team in the fantasy football playoffs? Check out all the major matchups to help you make that crucial final decision for Monday night’s game.
Jay Cutler (Chicago Bears) vs. All Minnesota Vikings Quarterbacks
Cutler played pretty well the last time he faced the Vikings, and he’s been fairly stable during the Bears’ six game winning streak. Plus, Tarvaris Jackson is on injured reserve, Joe Webb has never started a game and Brett Favre is old and beaten up. If Favre starts he has a chance at producing, but we’re still buying Cutler as the better fantasy performer tonight.
Brett Favre (Vikings) vs. Joe Webb (Vikings)
Webb is probable and Favre is questionable, but if Favre is a go, you know Webb will be sitting. Webb actually brings some versatility to the table, both in real life and in fantasy football. However, Favre on an injured report as questionable has always meant in the past that he’ll play. That and the fact that the injury label switch came on Monday suggests he’s feeling better and that he’s going to play.
Who would you start tonight?
Adrian Peterson (Vikings) vs. Matt Forte (Bears)
Forte is explosive and versatile, but so is Peterson. Peterson is nicked up and listed as questionable, but this is the fantasy playoffs. You can’t sit AP, especially when you know what he’s done to the Bears in the past.
Toby Gerhart (Vikings) vs. Chester Taylor (Bears)
Gerhart hasn’t been involved as much as we thought he’d be, and with the possibility of the Vikings being down early, you can’t hang your hat on Peterson’s top backup. Taylor isn’t much better, but he gets the nod by a hair between the two.
Sidney Rice (Vikings) vs. Johnny Knox (Bears)
Even with Webb, Rice’s big play ability and red zone presence is too tempting to sit in favor of a bunch of average Bears receivers. Knox could make some big plays but Rice has the edge here, especially if Favre plays tonight. Rice beats Knox and all Bears receivers, and also takes the cake when compared to any of his receiver teammates. As for Knox, we’ll take him over all other Bears receivers, as well as Percy Harvin or Bernard Berrian.
Percy Harvin (Vikings) vs. Earl Bennett vs. Devin Hester (Bears)
We think Harvin’s success may hinge on whether or not Favre plays, but we still like him more than Hester. Harvin scored a touchdown on a big play last time he faced the Bears, and he’s fully expected to play after practicing on Friday. Bennett can get fairly involved but he’s not very explosive. We’ll take Hester over Bennett, as he found his way into the end zone last time the two teams squared off.
Joe Webb (Vikings) vs. All Receivers
If Webb gets the start, he could be a very interesting play with his QB/WR eligibility in many fantasy leagues. If he’s the starter and you can play him as a Flex or WR3, why not throw all the marbles on this young, athletic kid. After all, if you’re even considering using him, it’s probably because you need more points than the normal WR2 or WR3 can get you.
Visanthe Shiancoe (Vikings) vs. Greg Olsen (Bears)
Shiancoe hasn’t done much of anything notable for some time, and neither has Olsen, but at least Olsen has a pretty good history against the Vikings defense. It’s possible that neither will do much tonight, but Olsen has the better matchup.
Ryan Longwell (Vikings) vs. Robbie Gould (Bears)
Longwell is more likely to kick a few more field goals, but Gould is probably likely to be more active. Go with Gould.
Minnesota Vikings vs. Chicago Bears
Cutler could have a crazy interception game at any time, and his offensive line hasn’t always been the best. However, the same can be said about a rookie quarterback (Webb) or Favre, who is coming off of an injury and has 18 picks on the season. The Bears have the better matchup and easily the better defense on paper.