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Fantasy football projections, Week 13: Bears vs. Vikings featuring Josh McCown, Matt Forte and Adrian Peterson

We break down the Week 13 matchup between the Chicago Bears and the Minnesota Vikings.

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The Week 13 matchup between the Chicago Bears and the Minnesota Vikings features two defenses that aren't exactly elite these days. We've got all the fantasy projections for you courtesy of numberFire.

Chicago Bears

Fantasy owners really don't know who's worth more under center for the Bears these days. It's either Josh McCown or Jay Cutler depending on who you ask. This week it appears to be McCown, as Cutler still hasn't returned to practice since spraining his ankle. McCown wasn't at his best against the St. Louis Rams last week but he did manage to pad fantasy stats, posting 352 passing yards in the game.

If McCown is able to get the Bears a win against Minnesota, wide receiver Brandon Marshall will be entrusted with helping him get there. Marshall caught one of McCown's two touchdown passes last week. Running back Matt Forte (knee) may not play in Week 13 -- though he is probable -- and if he does there's a good chance he'll be limited. That along with a porous Vikings secondary almost guarantees Marshall a solid fantasy day this Sunday.

Minnesota Vikings

Coach Leslie Frazier is sticking with Christian Ponder against the Bears this week after the young gunslinger managed to play to a tie with the division rival Green Bay Packers in Week 12. Despite the coach's blessing, Ponder isn't exactly a fantasy star. He's only thrown more than a single touchdown in a game once this season. Add that to the fact that he hasn't thrown for more than 236 yards in a game all year and you'll quickly realize looking elsewhere is better.

All the Vikings really have in terms of fantasy-relevant talent right now is their lone star, running back Adrian Peterson. Peterson has been slowed this year but not by injuries. He's been slowed down by opposing defenses who know the Vikings don't have a passing game whether the starting quarterback is Ponder, Matt Cassel or Josh Freeman. Fantasy owners have to start Peterson in Week 13, but there's little else to look to on the Vikings aside from that.

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