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Monday Night Football Preview: Bears at Chargers

Monday November 9, 2015
Chicago Bears @ San Diego Chargers

Well this is the worst Monday Night Football game of the year. Who’s going to win? Who cares? However, this could be a high-scoring game, which could have a substantial impact on your fantasy week. Both teams are devastated by injury. The Bears are missing a number of their key offensive weapons and it seems everyone on the Chargers got hurt last week. Still, there are an abundance of sleepers in this game that could have a significant fantasy impact, especially in DFS leagues.

Chicago Bears: Key Players

QB Jay Cutler
Cutler has been decent this season. He hasn’t been great, but he also hasn’t been awful either. With only four interceptions on the season, he has been limiting the mistakes that got him benched for Jimmy Clausen last season. However, he’s also only thrown eight touchdowns and has maxed out at two TDs in a single week.
Verdict: Sit Cutler. He hasn’t been awful in real life, as a matter of fact, he’s been pretty decent. Nonetheless, he has not been good for fantasy owners.

RB Jeremy Langford
Langford is expected to step right into the feature-back role vacated by Matt Forte. Forte will miss some time with an MCL injury. Langford will likely see at least 20 touches and has a great matchup against the Chargers. Only the Falcons are allowing more fantasy points to opposing RBs and the difference is just half of a point per game.
Verdict: Start Langford. He’s a talented kid with a great matchup. Don’t be shocked if he explodes into fantasy relevance this week.

WR Alshon Jeffery
The Chargers have been very tough on wide receivers this season. With that said, Jeffery is a special talent and the San Diego defense is beat up. Still, the Chargers have allowed the fifth-fewest points to opposing WRs this season.
Verdict: Start Jeffery. He has 23 receptions for 341 and two TDs in three games this season. His worst game was five receptions for 78 yards and he wasn’t healthy.

TE Martellus Bennett
Bennett hasn’t been as great as anticipated this season but is still a solid option. He has 37 receptions on the year. Although, his 324 yards and two TDs are disappointing. He’s been a borderline TE1 in 12-team leagues.
Verdict: Start Bennett. It’s possible you have a better option but not overly likely.

San Diego Chargers: Key Players

QB Philip Rivers
Rivers has been a monster this season. He is currently fantasy football’s QB3. He has thrown for over 300 yards in five straight games, which includes a 500-yard game. He’s topped 300 yards in six of eight games and on top of his 500-yard game, also has a 400-yard game. Only once this season has he failed to throw double-digit TDs. His stat line on the season is 2,753 yards, 18 touchdowns and seven interceptions.
Verdict: Start Rivers. He’s been incredible this season, there is no reason to believe the Bears will slow him down.

RB Danny Woodhead
With Branden Oliver on injured reserve, Woodhead will handle nearly all the pass-catching downs. He is a better option than first-round pick Melvin Gordon. Gordon has been mediocre this season and has dealt with ball-security issues.
Verdict: Start Woodhead. He’s been an excellent PPR option this season. Get him in your lineup this week against a bad Bears defense.

WR Stevie Johnson
With Keenan Allen on injured reserve with a kidney injury, my money is on Johnson to step up as the WR1 in San Diego. Of course it could change week to week with Malcom Floyd and Dontrelle Inman in the mix as well. Still, Johnson is the best option at wideout.
Verdict: Start Johnson. He’s not great, but a solid flex option this week.

TE Antonio Gates
With Ladarius Green doubtful with an ankle injury, Gates will be forced into an every-snap role much like last season. Even at 35 years old, he’s still one of the best in the business.
Verdict: While Johnson is the top wideout, Gates is head over heels the best pass-catching options. He’s a future Hall of Famer and Rivers’ favorite target. He’s a must-start.

Final Score
Chicago: 27
San Diego: 34

Best Play
Bears: Jeremy Langford
Chargers: Philip Rivers

Marquess Wilson

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