The Bears host the Giants on Thursday in what should be a great game. And it should be a track meet, as the Bears are beaten up on defense and the Giants defense has been nonexistent. Which means both teams could have fantasy game changers.
Jay Cutler, Bears quarterback
It's Year 5 for Cutler in a Bears uniform, and from a fantasy perspective he is a dud. Cutler lit it up with the Broncos, especially in 2008, but has been a fantasy disappointment with the Bears. This year is a slightly different story, as Cutler is very effective in coach Marc Trestman's offense. The stats don't lie: 10 touchdowns, averaging over 270 yards in the air and a completion percentage of over 65 percent. I like Cutler to come up big against a weak Giants defense to the tune of more than 300 yards and two scores.
Eli Manning, N.Y. Giants quarterback
It's not a Super Bowl-type season for Manning. The Giants are horrible and Manning hasn't been much better, especially from a fantasy perspective. On the positive side, Manning is averaging almost 300 yards passing and is completing 53 percent of his passes. The negatives are the picks—12 to be exact. Manning may rebound Thursday against a hurting Bears D, but don't count on it.
Brandon Marshall, Bears wide receiver
Marshall is without a doubt the Bears' No. 1 guy on offense. Marshall is having a really good year, averaging 75 with 31 total catches (great in a points-per-reception league) and three touchdowns. The concern for Marshall on Thursday may be his own teammate, Alshon Jeffery, who's coming into his own. I do like Marshall in thie game as he likes the big stage.
Victor Cruz, N.Y. Giants wide receiver
Cruz is having a great year, especially in fantasy. He's averaging 15 yards per reception and 96 yards receiving per game to go with four TDs and 31 catches. If the Giants have a chance against the Bears, Cruz needs to have a huge game.
RedEye special contributor Dan Richman hosted a fantasy football show on 670-AM for years. @danrichmanffl
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