It was an exciting Sunday in the National Football League but thankfully we still have one game left on the week four schedule as the Chicago Bears and the Dallas Cowboys meet tonight in Dallas to close out the week on Monday Night Football.
Monday night games are always important in fantasy football unless of course you’re matchup has already ended but most of us will have our matchups go down to tonight’s game, so for those of you who need advice on who to play or want to know what to expect from this week four showdown, this is for you.
First let’s start with the quarterbacks.
Jay Cutler – Yes Cutler has been less then spectacular over the past couple of weeks but regardless of his recent struggles he has the ability to make an impact for your fantasy team every time he steps on the field, of course he also has the ability to let you down as well. Everybody is talking like this will be a difficult matchup for Cutler and there is some truth to the fact that the Dallas defense is much improved, yet we still see Cutler having a solid night tonight with over 250 yards passing and two touchdowns. So if you need him to score some points, he may just come through for you.
Tony Romo – Romo has been pretty average thus far this season with 23 points, 12 points and five points respectively in the first three games. He struggled against the Seattle pass defense and faces a Bears team tonight that is surrendering the fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. We are projecting him for just over 200 yards passing, a touchdown pass and two interceptions, so basically you can expect around 8-10 fantasy points from Romo tonight.
Next we will move on to the running backs:
Michael Bush – With Matt Forte being a game-time decision tonight against the Cowboys, fantasy owners should look to keep Bears running back Michael Bush in your lineup. Fantasy owners should not expect a big performance from him but around 60-70 total yards is a reasonable expectation plus about a 50-50 chance of getting a cheap rushing touchdown.
Matt Forte – Forte is officially listed as a game-time decision against the Cowboys but as we still know very little about him since its his first game back from injury if he plays it would be best to stay away from him tonight, his impact will probably be limited but if you have him and no other options are available at the very least a few receptions and possibly about five fantasy points should be expected.
Demarco Murray – This is not a great matchup for Murray as the Bears surrender the third fewest fantasy points to running backs but Cedric Benson found some running room two weeks and event though it will be tough to come by, we are expecting about 80 total yards from Murray and a touchdown.
Now onto the wide receivers and tight ends –
Brandon Marshall – Marshall has been a bit of a disappointment the last couple of weeks after a breakout performance in week one against the Colts and his job will not get any easier tonight as the Cowboys have allowed the fewest fantasy points to wide receivers so far this season. Yet, Marshall is an elite receiver is can still produce even with a tough matchup. The gut feeling on him is that he will haul in somewhere around 6-7 passes for 75 yards and a touchdown.
Alshon Jeffery – Cutler has been trying very hard to get the ball down field to both Marshall and the rookie out of South Carolina, however he has had little success. Tonight, Jeffrey will likely be covered by Morris Claiborne, the first round selection out of LSU so I would not expect much from him tonight, 40 yards receiving and a few catches at the most.
Dez Bryant – The Bears are also one of the best teams at slowing down opposing fantasy receivers and are surrendering the ninth fewest points, yet Bryant has elite talent and we think Romo will find him five or fix times for about 60 yards and a touchdown.
Miles Austin – Austin has been very productive this season getting at least 60 yards in every single game, eclipsing 100 yards once and scoring a touchdown in two of the first three games. The Bears defense will play well tonight but Austin should exceed 70 yards once again and has a decent chance of finding the end zone.
Jason Witten – Witten has not yet looked like himself this season and has only 76 yards receiving through the first three games but has a decent matchup against the Bears cover-two defense and should get around four receptions for 40 yards.
Overall, tonight will not be the greatest opportunity for your fantasy players to put up big points but great players can excel even in the toughest of matchups, so do not shy away from a game like Marshall or Cutler just because the matchup looks difficult. If you have any other questions about the game tonight or your fantasy team in general, as always hit us up on twitter @ThePPRExperts or @FantasyPPRcpete.