Opponent: Houston Texans
Location: Soldier Field
It is always difficult to trust Jay Cutler given his history of throwing interceptions and while his combination with Brandon Marshall has been highly successful this year this is one week where Cutler is in that group of quarterbacks just outside of starter status.
Matt Forte is one of the elite fantasy running backs in fantasy but the Texans have been very tough against the run game in 2012 which lowers expectation on Forte somewhat. However, he is still a low end RB1 and as such should be in your starting lineup – the main reason for this being his extensive use in the passing game. Michael Bush should only be used as a handcuff as he is barely making a dent in the overall running scheme.
When Brandon Marshall was traded by the Dolphins to the Bears, we all expected that the Cutler to Marshall connection would prevail as they had in Denver. I think we can tick that one off as being correct as while Cutler has had his struggles this season Marshall has become a top 5 fantasy WR and a must start every week. Problem in Chicago is that there is literally no-one else who can be relied upon. Rookie Alshon Jeffery is due to miss one more game due to a broken hand which leaves Earl Bennett and Devin Hester who have both done little to nothing this year and shouldn’t be owned in most leagues let alone anywhere near your starting roster.
Occasionally we see Kellen Davis in the end zone but predicting when that will happen is like trying to predict when the world will end. Leave him on waivers.