The Bears are back in Chicago for their Week 10 matchup against the Lions. After what turned into a tremendous defensive performance against the Buffalo Bills a week ago, Chicago may have to flip the switch if Detroit’s Matthew Stafford finds a rhythm in the passing game.
Good news for the Bears, but bad for the Lions, is the respective injury reports heading into this week. Allen Robinson told the media he is fully healthy and expects to play against Detroit, while Khalil Mack was also a full participant in practice. As for the Lions, both Darius Slay and T.J. Lang missed practice on Thursday. Should they be unable to play, it’ll be a favorable situation for the return of the Bears’ star players.
While his season hasn’t been pretty and he’s seen his fair share of criticism from fans and the media, Mitchell Trubisky should have plenty of opportunity against the Detroit Lions this week.
Trubisky is averaging 21.6 fantasy points per game this season and is the No. 10 fantasy quarterback. Last week, the Lions gave up 10 sacks to the Minnesota Vikings. Should that trend continue, it’ll be more time with the ball in Trubisky’s hands. Don’t forget the Bears’ signal caller gets his favorite target — Allen Robinson — back in this matchup.
274 passing yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT
56 rushing yards
Tarik Cohen has been more valuable than Jordan Howard this season in fantasy leagues, but he flopped last week against the Bills like the rest of the Bears’ offense. This week, he — alongside Howard — is facing a porous Lions’ rushing defense that has allowed 176.6 yards per game and 8 total touchdowns to the running back position this season. Yes, Detroit added Damon Harrison, but he can’t possibly solve every problem on this Detroit defensive line.
This week, I think Cohen gets heavily involved again in the Bears’ offense in order to exploit the Lions on defense. He’ll once again be a PPR league start in a favorable matchup in Week 10.
36 rushing yards
Five receptions, 66 yards, 1 TD
Howard salvaged his own fantasy performance against the Buffalo Bills by adding two touchdowns to his meager 47 yards rushing. The Bears’ running backs face a favorable defense this week in the Detroit Lions who have given up 5.6 yards per carry, 176.6 yards per game and 8 total touchdowns to opposing running backs this season.
Howard won’t wow any fantasy owners with his yards this week. He just doesn’t see enough touches while sharing time with Tarik Cohen, but I think he’s a solid start this week against one of the worst rushing defenses in the NFL.
74 rushing yards, 1 TD
Robinson said this week in practice that he’ll be 100 percent for the Bears’ Week 10 matchup against the Lions. On the other side, cornerback Darius Slay has missed time this week due to injury. This is going to be a key matchup for this game and Slay’s status at game time will ultimately affect Robinson’s performance on Sunday.
In his return to the lineup, Robinson faces a defense that allows 8.5 yards per pass attempt to opposing offenses. Despite the matchup, I would fade Robinson due to his missed time and the target share that’s spread to multiple players on the offense. Any offensive member of this Bears’ team has a chance to break out and I don’t think it’s Robinson this week.
Four catches, 53 yards
The Bears’ tight end has seemingly been living in the end zone this season, securing scoring grabs in five of the last seven games. However, since his performance against the Patriots, Burton has seen only seven targets in the last two weeks. He’ll be entirely touchdown dependant in this week’s matchup against the Lions, but I think he reaches pay dirt again.
Three catches, 43 yards, 1 TD
Last week the Minnesota Vikings lived in the Lions’ backfield, tacking down Stafford 10 times in a 24-9 win. To add to their performance, they returned a fumble for a touchdown. With a healthy Khalil Mack and a possibly injured Lang, I expect a similar performance from the Bears this weekend. This game will allow the Bears to silence the doubters and assert themselves as a force in the NFC North.
This season the Lions are averaging over 100 yards per game thanks to the emergence of Kerryon Johnson, who averages 5.7 yards per carry. The Bears will be able to counter, coasting the third best rush defense in the NFL. It’ll be on Stafford to lead his team past this ferocious defense.
356 yards allowed, 23 points allowed, two takeaways