Bears-Packers hatred is good for fantasy

September 12, 2012|By Dan Richman | For RedEye

The consensus among Vegas oddsmakers this week has the over-under in Thursday's Bears-Packers game at 51.5. Why is this relevant to fantasy football? Because we should be in for a shootout, and if you have Bears or Packers, you should play them. Let's look at how key players on both sides have fared against each other recently.

Jay Cutler

In the one game he played against the Cheeseheads in 2011, Cutler threw for 300-plus yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. In two games in 2010, he threw for one score and three interceptions. Expect Cutler to shine now that he has bigger receivers and a lot of confidence.

Aaron Rodgers

The Packers leader owned the Bears last year, throwing for 580 yards, eight scores and only one pick in two games. In 2010, Rodgers threw for two scores in two games and had a rushing TD. Rodgers wants to prove something after last week's loss to San Francisco, so don't be surprised if he throws for four scores.

Matt Forte

Mr. Versatility has been solid against the Packers. Last year he played in the first matchup and didn't do much on the ground, but he managed seven grabs for 80 yards. I am not loving Forte on Thursday, however, as Michael Bush is the man in the red zone.

Jordy Nelson

The Packers wideout shined in the second 2011 matchup, scoring twice to go with 115 yards receiving. He should be huge Thursday, especially if Greg Jennings is sidelined.

Brandon Marshall

The Bears' new big gun has played the Packers only once, in 2007 with Denver; he had three catches for 74 yards. What's more important is Cutler's favorite target should have a big game.

Let the fireworks begin.

Dan Richman has played fantasy football for more than 15 years and hosted a show on WSCR (670-AM) for years under the moniker "Super Fan Dan." @danrichmanffl

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