Monday Night Preview
Monday Night Preview:
Minnesota Vikings @ Chicago Bears
Vegas Lines: MIN -3, O/U 43.5
Yuck. Captain Kirk Cousins has had his Good Kirk/Bad Kirk moments per usual this year. Unfortunately tonight he faces one of the toughest matchups in the league. The Bears defense as a whole has been spectacular this year, including allowing the 3rd fewest fantasy points to QBs this season. Don’t expect a marquee performance from him this week. For the Bears the Nick Foles Experiment has not exactly been inspiring. He’s averaging 250 yards a game and offers nothing with his legs. Mitch Trubisky may be called into duty sooner rather than later. Both signal callers were pretty easily left outside of our top 20 QBs.
If you are a Dalvin Cook owner there’s not much I can say to you except congratulations. You’re in great hands and should be in position to make a playoff run. He’s already hit 1,000 total yards with 13 total touchdowns while only playing in 7 games. Truly incredible. Despite playing against a top defense he is our #1 ranked RB this week and in position to be the overall fantasy MVP. Keep Alexander Mattison as a highly valuable handcuff but not much of a flex option for this week because of Chicago’s play throughout the season. The Bears are in an ugly backfield situation with David Montgomery ruled out after last week’s concussion. Ryan Nall and RB/WR Cordarrelle Patterson will he asked to replace him, as well as possibly some snaps to practice squader Artavis Pierce. Treat Nall and Patterson (depending how your league designates him) as RB4s with some upside. The Vikings have been middle of the road against RBs this year so don’t be as scared of the matchup as you are of how unknown their workloads will be.
The Vikings dangerous duo of Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson have has taken turns being dominate. Unfortunately they haven’t been able to go off very often at the same time. The Bears secondary has been strong, giving up the 3rd fewest fantasy points to WRs. They have each been slightly downgraded because of this, ranking Thielen as WR14 and Jets Jeff WR19. There’s no one to speak of behind them. The Bears have gotten some nice production out of their receiver room despite all the QB struggles. Allen Robinson is battling some injuries, but if he is active he is our WR #8 tonight. He’s been a WR1 for the season and the Vikings secondary has been awful (3rd most WR points allowed). Darnell Mooney has flashed as a big play speedster, making him an interesting WR4. Anthony Miller is also a good player but does not get the consistent targets week to week. If something happened to ARob or Mooney he could creep into the WR3 conversation, but for now he is more WR5. Also we already talked above about Patterson but given his rushing floor this game he is a decent WR3 with upside.
Jimmy Graham has bounced back in a big way in 2020. Although he doesn’t look especially explosive anymore he has basically been Chicago #2 passing option. Despite his pathetic 8.6 yards per catch his 35 receptions and 5 scores demand your attention. He is our #12 ranked TE this week. The Minnesota TE room has been somewhat underused this year. Last week Irv Smith caught 2 short touchdowns and then picked up an injury, turning former fantasy relevant Kyle Rudolph back into the spotlight. Rudolph and Smith are the 4th and 5th leading receivers on the team though, opening up some solid targets tonight. This might be the only game he has an opportunity like this, but feel comfortable firing Rudolph up as a TE2.