A few weeks ago, the Minnesota Vikings were 7-2 and starting to look like real contenders in the NFC. Three losses in four games later, they're holding firm to an NFC Wild Card berth, but really need to show they can win some games again down the stretch. They get the chance Sunday against a Chicago Bears team that has seen its season ruined by some recent late-game collapses.
The Bears have both wide receiver Alshon Jeffery and tight end Zach Miller on the injury report. Both are expected to play Sunday, but check active reports Sunday morning to be sure. For the Vikings, all the team's fantasy-relevant performers should be good to go in the game (wide receiver Charles Johnson will be out, but c'mon).
The Bears head to Minnesota for Sunday's game, scheduled for 1 p.m. ET. Let's take a look at the fantasy names to consider:
Start ‘em: It's true that Matt Forte really hasn't dominated the carries since his return like he did before, but he's been clearly the best Bears performer; he should get the majority of the carries, making him a strong fantasy option. ... Check to make sure Alshon Jeffery isn't a surprise inactive Sunday, but if he plays, there's no reason not to have him in your lineup. ... Zach Miller has averaged 9.2 fantasy points a game in his last six, and that includes a zero when Martellus Bennett was active.
Start ‘em?: From Week 4 to Week 10, Jay Cutler put up 17-plus fantasy points every game and looked like a high-floor QB2 with QB1 potential. In four games since, he's averaged only 11.3, topped out at 18, and looks like a shadow of that earlier performer. Considering the weapons he has, he still has upside, but it's risky. ... Jeremy Langford has at least five fantasy points in six straight games and seven of eight. With Forte around, his upside is limited, but his floor is decent.
Sit ‘em: The numbers have mostly been on Robbie Gould's side this year, but some recent atrocious misses have me shying away. ... The Bears' defense struggles more against the run than against the pass, and the Vikings' are not the team for that specific weakness.
Start ‘em: A week after falling to one fantasy point, Adrian Peterson bounced back to 11 in Week 14. He's still fine.
Start ‘em?: In three of the last four games, Kyle Rudolph has at least five fantasy points. That's good enough for middling tight ends. ... Blair Walsh has been good most of the year, but he does have exactly one fantasy point in two of his last four games.
Sit ‘em: It's sad when I see the 15 points for Teddy Bridgewater from a week ago as a bright spot. It's been a bad season for the second-year quarterback. ... Stefon Diggs' numbers have gone in the tank, and Mike Wallace's big Week 14 doesn't remotely look repeatable. ... The Vikings' defense has been low-upside, and the Bears' offense is good enough to make Minnesota one to avoid.
Start in every league: Matt Forte, Alshon Jeffery, Zach Miller, Adrian Peterson
Start if you're desperate: Jay Cutler, Jeremy Langford, Kyle Rudolph, Blair Walsh
Bench: Robbie Gould, Chicago defense, Teddy Bridgewater, Stefon Diggs, Mike Wallace, Minnesota defense