* = Possible captain
Minnesota Vikings vs Chicago Bears (o/u 43.5 points; Vikings – 3.0 point favorite)
Kirk Cousins* – Cousins gets the Chicago defense on Monday night football. He has thrown for at least 1TD in all but one of his games this season. He has also finished outside QB2 range just twice on the season. On the other hand, the bears defense is no joke They have yet to allow an opposing QB to score more than 20FP in a game. Cousins is a desperation play but if they stuff the box and don’t let Dalvin Cook do his thing, he might be forced to throw the ball. He should still be in the QB2 range this week.
Nick Foles* – Since taking over the starting job from Mitchell Trubisky, Foles has been a consistent QB2. He has never finished a week being top 15 QB but on the other hand, he has also never finished outside QB #25 on the week. This week’s Minnesota’s matchup is a little more friendly since the Vikings have allowed the 5th most fantasy points to opposing QBs. Also, their starting RB (David Montgomery) is injured which could mean Foles will have to air the ball more often.
Dalvin Cook* – Cook has been lights out the last couple weeks. He has finished as the RB#1 on both these weeks. If both these weeks were combined, he has 52 rush attempts, 478 combined yards and 6 TDs. These are absurd numbers and while he may not be able to sustain that, he still has guaranteed volume in this offence. He is locked and loaded RB1 on any given week regardless of the opponent.
Cordarelle Patterson – Patterson might be in line for a bigger role considering David Montgomery has already been declared out for this game. He will share the RB duties with Robert Nall but might see more receiving work out of the backfield. He is a desperation play at RB but does have a high upside tonight.
Allen Robinson* – Robinson is banged up and listed as questionable but if he plays, he should be locked in as a WR1. Robinson leads the Bears in targets and reception and has shown that he has the capability to finish as a high end WR1 on any given week due to the sheer volume. He averages about 9.6 targets per game and has only seen under 7 targets once so far on the season. On the other hand, Minnesota offers the 2nd most FP to opposing WRs. They have allowed close to 300 yards on average and a total of 19 TDs so far in their 8 games.
Adam Thielen – Thielen has cooled off a little in the last 3 games but is still one of the elite receivers in NFL today. This may be directly co-related to the emergence of Dalvin Cook but as mentioned above, if Chicago decides to stuff the box and not allow Dalvin to run on them, Vikings might be forced to throw making Thielen an interesting option. A Thielen/Cousins stack is also a good idea for some of your line-ups.
Justin Jefferson – Jefferson has also cooled off a little after coming off a monster game against Atlanta in week 6 where he had 11 targets, 9 receptions, 166 yards and 2 TDs to finish the week as the WR#1. Since then, he has yet to get more than 5 targets in the last couple games. He is also a desperation play against the Chicago Defense.
Jimmy Graham – Graham has quietly put together a great season so far. He is the #8 TE on the season in half PPR. He has also seen at least 6 targets in each of his last 4 games. Last week he had 6 targets, 6 receptions for 55 yards and 1 TD finishing as the TE#3 on the week. With these target numbers, he is as safe as you can get in the TE wasteland. We have also seen how favorable Minnesota is in allowing receiving work and Graham should be a safe play this week.