by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
We have all learned that Thursday night games have the potential to be sloppy, making roster decisions a little bit more difficult. Let’s take a look at tonight’s Giants-Bears game and try to determine who we should be trusting and who we shouldn’t be:
Must Start Options:
- Matt Forte – Running Back – Chicago Bears
- Victor Cruz – Wide Receiver – New York Giants
- Brandon Marshall – Wide Receiver – Chicago Bears
Jay Cutler – Chicago Bears
He’s had some interception issues this season (like 3 INT in Week 4 against the Lions), but he’s thrown 2+ TD in a game four times and draws a Giants defense that is in shambles. The secondary is banged up, the defensive line isn’t generating a pass rush and they have allowed 269.2 passing yards per game and 12 TD. He’s not an elite option, so he’s not must use, but Cutler seems to be a very good play as a low-end QB1 this week.
Eli Manning – New York Giants
We all know about the problems Manning has had, as they are extremely well documented. That said, the Giants are going to continue to put the ball in his hands because what choice do they have? The Bears have just 8 sacks this season and have given up 278.4 passing yards per game. If the offensive line can keep him upright, Manning should have a chance to make plays. I’d rank him below Cutler, but he’s not unusable.
Michael Bush – Chicago Bears
Sure, there’s a chance that he gets a goal line carry but it’s far from a guarantee. For the season he’s rushed the ball just 18 times for 36 yards and a touchdown. He’s a Forte handcuff and nothing more.
Brandon Jcobs – New York Giants
Is anyone really going to trust him? He brings little upside and the Giants are likely going to run just enough to try and keep the Bears honest and nothing more. There’s no value outside of a risky FLEX play, because we don’t know how many touches he’s going to get.
Da’Rel Scott – New York Giants
Recently cut and brought back when David Wilson got injured, he will share carries with Jacobs. That said, is anyone really about to trust him?
Hakeem Nicks – New York Gianta
He showed up in Week 5, turning 12 targets in 9 receptions and 142 yards. Of course, he still hasn’t found the end zone and has been inconsistent (21 receptions on 38 targets overall). The upside is there, especially since the Giants should move the ball, so consider him a borderline WR2 and a valid WR3.
Ruben Randle – New York Giants
The Giants third receiver has the potential to make plays, but he’s a hit or miss option. He has two games over 90 yards this season, but three of 40 or fewer. There’s just too much downside to roll the dice this early in the week. If he fails to produce you are putting yourself deep behind the eight ball.
Alshon Jeffery – Chicago Bears
As defenses have focused on stopping Brandon Marshall, Jeffery has exploded for 15 receptions, 325 yards and 2 TD the past two weeks. He’s not in must use territory, yet, but he’s a valid WR2 depending on your other options.
Brandon Myers – New York Giants
The Giants barely throw him the ball as it is and he’s questionable with an ankle injury. There’s just too much risk to trust him as anything but a TE2.
Martellus Bennett – Chicago Bears
He’s going to be a game time decision with a knee issue, making this a tough call. If healthy he’d be a good play, but it’s hard to know exactly what we are going to get. Monitor the news today, but owners may be better off taking the cautious approach early in the week.