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Fantasy: Make the bad Bears defense work for you

By Dan Richman

For RedEye

11:36 AM CST, December 1, 2013

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When you get to this stage of the fantasy football season, knowing statistics is of the utmost importance. That said, now is the time when you need to focus on matchups based on stats. So here are few tips to follow the rest of the way.

Play your running backs against the Bears

You don't need to be a Harvard scholar to know the Bears are really bad at stopping the run. The statistics show the Bears have the worst run defense in all of football. Just look at the great games by Brandon Jacobs (looking like an All-Pro), Ray Rice (aka the Ray Rice of the last year), Reggie Bush (playing like the Bush at USC) as well as Benny Cunningham and Zac Stacy last week for St. Louis. If you have Adrian Peterson, Demarco Murray, Lesean McCoy or Eddie Lacy, you are doing jumping jacks with excitement going up against the Bears.

Arizona is really good at stopping the run

The upstart Cardinals are more regarded as a strong offensive team than defensive squad, featuring new coach and offensive guru Bruce Arians and All-Pro receiver Larry Fitzgerald. However, the defense is ferocious and they are great run stoppers. The Cardinals are ranked second in stopping the run and have allowed only four rushing scores. If you have Chris Johnson of Tennessee or Frank Gore of San Francisco, you may want to think twice about inserting them in your lineup against Arizona.

Facing Dallas is a dream for receivers and tight ends

The Cowboys secondary is really weak and wide receivers and tight ends have come up big against the team from big D. Remember the Lions' Calvin Johnson's 300-plus yards performance Denver's Julius Thomas going for 150 yards and two touchdowns against the Cowboys. If you have a matchup and you are not sure who to play at receiver or tight end and you one of your choices is playing someone against the Cowboys, do it.

RedEye special contributor Dan Richman hosted a fantasy football show on 670-AM for years. @danrichmanffl

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