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Fantasy football start/sit advice, Week 4: Packers vs. Bears

The Bears have gotten off to a fine start, while the Packers have struggled. Who will come out on top in the intra-division matchup?

Jonathan Daniel

Both the Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers have beaten the New York Jets so far on the season. That also happens to be the only thing those teams have in common. The Bears have gone 1-1 in their other two games, winning a game they probably should have lost and losing a game they probably should have won. The Packers, meanwhile, have lost both their other two games, including a disappointing Week 3 division loss to the Detroit Lions.

Sunday in Chicago, the two teams play their first of two games against one another this season at 1 p.m. ET. As usual with these two teams, there are plenty of fantasy names worthy of consideration:


Start in every league: Aaron Rodgers, Eddie Lacy, Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, Mason Crosby

Start if you're desperate: James Starks

Bench: Davante Adams, Jarrett Boykin, Andrew Quarless, Defense/special teams

Out of three games this season, Rodgers has been disappointing in two. That's on the scary side, but still, it's Aaron Rodgers. He's earned some leeway. ... Also on the scary side is Lacy, who has totaled 10 fantasy points in three games. In his defense, those struggles have come against the stout run defenses of Seattle, the Jets and Detroit. The Bears should be a friendlier opponent. If he struggles Sunday, though, we'll have a lot more to talk about. ... Nelson and Cobb are fantasy must-starts, though Nelson is a safer play, and Cobb is more touchdown-dependent. ... Crosby has only had one really productive game as a kicker this season, but in a game that should be higher-scoring, he'll be a fine play.

Odds are against Starks being anything special this week, but his looks have increased as the season has gone on, and if Lacy fumbles again, the game might be for Starks.

Adams has fully surpassed Boykin in the offense, but neither one is worth starting in fantasy yet. ... Quarless has a touchdown in Week 3, but otherwise has 77 total yards on the season. He's a stay-away. ... This game should be high-scoring, so the Packers' defense shouldn't be anything special.


Start in every league: Jay Cutler, Matt Forte, Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery, Martellus Bennett, Robbie Gould

Start if you're desperate: ...

Bench: Defense/special teams

Monday night was Cutler's worst game on the season, and he still managed 16 fantasy points. With the weapons he has, he is a must-start as long as he can stay healthy. ... It's been a moderately slow start for Forte, but it's nowhere near scary enough to warrant moving off of him. ... Both Marshall and Jeffery have had one good and one bad game in the last two. Keep an eye on the injury reports heading into Sunday -- particularly on Marshall -- but you have to start Marshall if he's healthy. ... Bennett has been the league's second-best tight end through three weeks, and the first-place guy, Julius Thomas, is off this week. ... Gould should be a fine option in a high-scoring game.

The Bears' defense has put up double-digit fantasy points two weeks in a row, but this seems like a good time to avoid them.