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Thursday Night Football preview: What to expect fantasy-wise from Cowboys vs Bears

Both offenses face tough defenses, who’s worth starting in this game?

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The Cowboys offense

The Bears secondary is the real deal. Although Dak Prescott remains a QB1, this will not be a ceiling game for him. He’s the QB10 with some ground-game upside. Detroit fill-in David Blough showed well against the Bears last week and squeaked in a rushing score.

Ezekiel Elliott is my overall RB2. Tony Pollard has been unable to practice this week (ankle). He’s unlikely to play.

Amari Cooper is an every-week WR1 but we should similarly lower expectations for a true ceiling-game outcome. Speedster receivers have not done much against Chicago, making Michael Gallup a bench-recommended WR. Slot WRs haven’t fared much better. Randall Cobb is unlikely to produce.

Tight ends have had a surprising amount of success against this team though, making Jason Witten a reasonable streamer at the position. Likewise, running backs have had their way against the Bears’ defensive front.

The Bears offense

Like Dwight and Mose, of course Mitchell Trubisky seesaws. This year has been up and down for the errant signal caller. Dallas’ front-seven is vulnerable to mobile QBs, but Trubisky’s been reticent to run as much as he did last year. Banking on a ceiling game against the Cowboys’ secondary is a bad move. “MVP Mitch” is just a QB3. However, if he gets his wheels spinning, a QB2 finish is within his range of outcomes.

Dallas’s run defense is mid-tier and David Montgomery’s snap count has seemingly stabilized in the low 60th percentile range. He’s a reasonable flex play with back-end RB2 upside. Tarik Cohen is 2nd-flex-viable in PPR leagues.

Allen Robinson II’s mammoth target volume (22 targets over the last two weeks) keeps him in play as a workload-based WR2. Without a tight end replacing Trey Burton’s 2018 production, 2nd-year WR Anthony Miller has filled the void as of late. He’s a viable flex option with moderate upside in PPR. Javon Wims is not a recommended start.


Which wide receiver will have the better game?

This poll is closed

  • 57%
    Amari Cooper
    (11 votes)
  • 42%
    Allen Robinson
    (8 votes)
19 votes total Vote Now