Don't sleep on the Chicago Bears (4-3) offense this week -- they might just surprise you! Squaring off against the Philadelphia Eagle (3-4) on Monday night, the Bears have almost their entire offense on the fantasy wire -- with the notable exceptions of Matt Forte and, to a lesser degree, Jay Cutler and Johnny Knox (in whom fans continue to place an inexplicable amount of faith).
Owned in only 13% of Yahoo! leagues, receiver Roy Williams finally had a breakout game in Week 7, catching 4 passes for 59 yards and a touchdown. For owners struggling with bye weeks and late injuries, Williams could be a very big buy-low candidate. One must imagine -- what with the short off-season and Williams's unfamiliarity with Cutler -- that his second half can only be better than his first half.
The fantasy projection system from numberFire certainly agrees, projecting Williams -- who, more than likely, is un-owned in your league -- will put up somewhere near 6 point against the Eagles secondary:
That's not great, but it's certainly better than he's done most of the year.
The numberFire system likewise projects WR and KR Devin Hester to hit around 6 points. Hester, owned in 45% of Yahoo! leagues, can go crazy in any given game, but tends to hover around useless (in fantasy terms) most of the year. In Week 6 against the Minnesota Vikings, Hester had 5 catches for 91 yards and touchdown reception -- as well as 98 kickoff return for a touchdown. For fantasy owners in PPC leagues, Hester went from his usual 3 to 5 points games to a 25+ point nuke.
If you want greater consistency, don't look Dane Sanzenbacher's way. The undrafted rookie free agent has been a touchdown fiend this year, scoring 3 touchdowns already this year, and has also been one of Cutler's few consistent targets in 2011, BUT: he should see his role reduced this week and the following weeks as WR Earl Bennett returns from the injury that's kept him out since Week 3.
Meanwhile, K Robbie Gould (owned in 44% of Yahoo! leagues) has quietly put together another strong season, missing only one kick all year. The bye week has really lowered his ownership, so now is the time to grab one of the league's best kickers. The Bears offense seems to rely on big plays, so Gould has fewer opportunities than some kickers, but he's still a legit asset and could easily be good enough to start on most teams -- and not just on a bye week.
Need a tight end? Owners in deep leagues might want to consider Kellen Davis, for whom numberFire projects nearly 4 points. Davis is first and foremost a blocking tight end, but the Bears porous offensive line has oft-necessitated Jay Cutler to check the ball down quickly to Forte or Davis. Davis is a big dude and can extend his runs by crushing little defensive backs, so he could legitimately become a red zone threat at some point.
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