Chicago Bears @ Dallas Cowboys
Chicago: The Bears didn’t need their best effort to beat the St. Louis Rams, as it sure seemed like they couldn’t get a whole lot going anyhow against a very beatable Rams defense.
Now they get a Cowboys defense that is considerably tougher, especially at home.
Jay Cutler hasn’t looked very start-able since Week 1, and there’s no reason to start looking at him now this early in the season.
Without Matt Forte for one more week, Michael Bush once again gets all the carries to himself.
Unfortunately, he’s not likely to do much with it, as the Cowboys have the speed on the outside and the strength in the middle to shut him down.
Don’t expect big numbers, but Bush is a goal-line specialist, so he may be able to sneak one in if the Bears get close enough.
Brandon Marshall certainly hasn’t looked great since Week 1, but he’s still Cutler’s favorite target and the Cowboys still don’t have a premier corner that can stick with him all game long. Marshall should be able to beat whatever the Cowboys throw at him, and if the Bears fall behind in this one, he’ll become even more valuable.
Good Start: WR Brandon Marshall
Middle of the Road: RB Michael Bush
Bad Start: QB Jay Cutler, WR Alshon Jeffery, TE Kellen Davis
Cowboys: This game just reeks of defensive struggle, as both the Bears and Cowboys feature pretty good defensive talent. The Cowboys play much better at home, and do have the offensive ability to beat the Bears defense.
Tony Romo has been ok, but not stellar at all in fantasy circles. Fantasy owners have been spoiled by a player who ends up in the top 10 for quarterbacks each season, but so far he’s looked far more pedestrian.
The Bears will be a tough test, and if you have Romo, you’re likely starting him.
DeMarco Murray certainly hasn’t looked very special of late, but then again, neither has the Cowboys' blocking. Murray gets another tough run defense, his third in a row. Probably can’t expect too much yardage out of Murray, but he could very well get a TD to prop up his fantasy day.
It looks like Miles Austin is starting to come into his own this season; while he doesn’t look as explosive as he was a couple of years ago, he’s turning into a fine go to possession style receiver.
Dez Bryant still has a tendency to disappear against tougher defenses, so be aware of this while giving him the start. He is playing at home though, so you have to like his chances of at least making it into the end zone.
Jason Witten has looked like a shell of his former self, and this week he likely will be asked to block more and run shorter routes against the stout Bears' defense.
Good Start: QB Tony Romo, WR Miles Austin
Middle of the Road: RB DeMarco Murray, WR Dez Bryant
Bad Start: WR Kevin Ogletree, TE Jason Witten