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Bears fantasy report: Week 12

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Posted Nov. 23, 2011 @ 6:33 p.m. ET
By William Del Pilar

Here are some of the Bears' fantasy football options this week:      

Dealt a big blow with the loss of QB Jay Cutler, who is out with a broken right thumb and will miss between 6-8 weeks. Caleb Hanie will start after the team lost out to the Chiefs in claiming Kyle Orton. Orton wanted his release from the Broncos in the hopes the Bears would claim him.

RB Matt Forté has had two subpar weeks and has a two-game average of 24 utilizations for 75 yards and 0.5 TDs. Not the elite numbers we've seen and backup Marion Barber continues his TD vulture ways with another one this past week. He's hurting Forte's overall numbers, but Forté will bounce back.

Barber has five TDs in the last seven games and went 7-25-1 last week. In Fantasyland, his role is being a TD vulture as his stat line of 7.4 rush attempts for 24.9 yards and 0.7 TDs per game is not good with touches or yards. He can make an injury fill-in in any league because of his ability to score.

WR Johnny Knox had his first TD of the season and a season-high 97 yards, going 3-97-1 on five targets. Hanie worked with Knox in the preseason when both were on the second-team offense. There's a rapport here but keep Knox on the bench until you see results first.

WR Earl Bennett went 3-75-0 and had a TD overturned last week. He has a three-game average of 4.7 catches for 83.7 yards and 0.3 TDs. With Cutler going down, Bennett's value lessens but don't waive him: see how he does with Hanie at QB, because a slot WR is always a QB's good friend, especially in a Mike Martz offense.

WR Roy Williams continues to grow with his role in the offense and if you remove the Week 10 blowout: between Weeks Six through 11, he was averaging 3.8 catches for 54.3 yards and 0.25 TDs on 5.8 targets. If not for Cutler's injury, Williams would be gaining fantasy relevance.


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