Bears fantasy report: Week One

Posted Sept. 09, 2011 @ 2:29 p.m.
Posted By William Del Pilar

Here's a look at the Bears' top fantasy football options for Sunday's game against the Falcons.

In a 21-14 loss to the Falcons in Week Six of the 2009 season, QB Jay Cutler had a solid game, completing 27-of-43 passes for 300 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. However, he squandered two opportunities for two more touchdowns. He's worth the start.

RB Matt Forté is a must-start every week, and especially so this week. Backup Marion Barber is not expected to play because of a calf strain, leaving Kahlil Bell as Forté's backup. Forté will see almost every touch at the position, including goal-line plays.

WR Roy Williams kept his No. 1 wideout status, but look for his backup Johnny Knox to cut into his playing time. Williams is no more than a No. 3 fantasy wideout. Knox had 3-34-1 receiving against the Falcons in ’09.

WR Earl Bennett won the slot receiver position and has chemistry with Cutler. In a Mike Martz offense, the slot receiver is as good as any other team's No. 2 wideout.

There is no value with the Bears' tight ends, as Martz does not utilize them — even going so far as to trade TE Greg Olsen (5-57-1 vs. the Falcons in ’09) this offseason.