The Detroit Lions, at 0-5, are pretty solidly in the realm of "not good" this year. The Chicago Bears, though, could have fooled us. They started 0-3, but did so against three of the league's best teams (Green Bay, Arizona and Seattle) before winning their last two. Now that the team is getting healthy, the Bears have a chance (starting Sunday against Detroit) to get to the right side of things going forward.
While the Bears have gotten their quarterback back the last couple weeks, there are still injury concerns around the team's pass-catchers. Wide receivers Alshon Jeffery (hamstring), Eddie Royal (ankle) and tight end Martellus Bennett (quad) are all dealing with problems. As of Saturday, Jeffery and Royal look to have at least a decent chance of suiting up Sunday, while Bennett is more questionable. On the Detroit side, tight end Eric Ebron will be out with a knee injury. Running backs Joique Bell, Theo Riddick and wide receiver Golden Tate are all also on the injury report. Riddick is the only one of the three who seems likely to miss the game.
The Lions will host the Bears Sunday, with game time scheduled for 1 p.m. ET. Let's take a look at the fantasy names to consider:
Start 'em: It feels weird, I know, but Jay Cutler is a QB1 this week. He's played well and draws a subpar defense. Use him. ... Matt Forte is still a monster; he's averaging 13.6 fantasy points a game. ... Robbie Gould has been one of the league's most productive kickers this year.
Start 'em?: The return of Alshon Jeffery to action should be cause for celebration, but the fact that he's missed so much time and still isn't 100 percent makes him more of a question. ... If Martellus Bennett does play Sunday, you probably still need to use him. But pay attention to Sunday's actives.
Sit 'em: With Jeffery back, Eddie Royal and Marquess Wilson are back to afterthought status. ... If Bennett misses Sunday, Zach Miller and/or Khari Lee will fill in at tight end, and no thank you. ... The Bears' defense has been better than expected of late, but let's take one more week before we start considering them in fantasy.
Start 'em: Having Calvin Johnson in fantasy has been frustrating, but it's still Calvin Johnson. You're using him.
Start 'em?: If the Bears' offense struggles, the Lions' defense is just good enough to take advantage. There are no sure things here, but it could be a sneaky play.
Sit 'em: Y'all saw that Matthew Stafford got benched (for cause) for Dan Orlovsky last week, right? Stay far away. ... Between Theo Riddick's injuries, Ameer Abdullah's fumbles and Joique Bell's bad play, there isn't a Detroit running back worth a fantasy look right now. ... Golden Tate hasn't had any big games this year so far. ... With Eric Ebron out, Tim Wright will be Detroit's primary tight end, but that's not worth a fantasy look. ... Matt Prater hasn't kicked for much of any fantasy production so far.
Start in every league: Jay Cutler, Matt Forte, Robbie Gould, Calvin Johnson
Start if you're desperate: Alshon Jeffery, Martellus Bennett, Detroit defense
Bench: Eddie Royal, Marquess Wilson, Zach Miller, Khari Lee, Chicago defense, Matthew Stafford, Theo Riddick, Ameer Abdullah, Joique Bell, Golden Tate, Tim Wright, Matt Prater