Week 10: In Praise of Da Bears

By M3Swagger

You may not know this, but Saturday Night Live was once funny. And, back in that day 20-plus years ago, while Mike Ditka was the NFL’s best, most-revered and most-feared coach, the show aired a skit that caricaturized his devotees, called the Super Fans.

The discussion group dressed as Ditka and bestowed super-human qualities upon him, such as the ability to win the Indy 500 while driving the team bus. Group members regularly suffered sausage-diet-induced heart attacks and once, while Michael Jordan spoke of a charity, their thoughts were: “Ditka … sausage … Ditka.”

This year’s Bears squad evokes memories of the great 1986 team. It has been great on the field and in a Fantasy Ditka’s cyber domain. The defense is a point-scoring machine and Rob Gould is a reliable kicker. While others discuss the world’s problems, current fans are likely thinking: “Forte … Cutler … sausage … Marshall.”

Da Bears’ Week 10 meeting with the Texans will be a challenge on the field, but a cornucopia of fantasy scoring three weeks ahead of Thanksgiving. This week, be thankful if you own any Bears and also if you own Texans such as Andre Johnson, Arian Foster and Shayne Graham.

The Bears-Texans matchup is the best of the weekend. But you probably already knew that.

However, what you may not have known is …

Steelers’ slot receiver Emmanual Sanders has stepped up in importance due to an Antonio Brown injury and because they are playing the Chiefs.

Taiwan Jones of the Raiders could be the breakout player of the week. With Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson injured, fullback Marcel Reece was scooped up early by fantasy players. However, Jones fits the McFadden mold better. If you feel lucky and need to take a running back risk, he’s worth considering.

The Aint No Saints are looking for a Darren Sproles fill-in while his hand mends, and likely candidates are Mark Ingram and Pierre Thomas, but Chris Ivory is an interesting choice as well.

Two quarterbacks you have heard of – Drew Brees and Matt Ryan – could go wild as their teams face off. Another you may have forgotten, named Ben Roethlisberger, is emerging as the Steelers’ main offensive weapon.

The Dolphins’ Reggie Bush, Brian Hartline and Ryan Tannehill have the collective good fortune of facing the Titans’ defense. One word of caution, few pro teams put together back-to-back stinkers. This may not be the fantasy points-a-palooza that one may have initially judged.

You may not know that Danny Amendola is back with the Rams. Or, you just may not care because the Rams play at the 49ers. But he will return nonetheless.

Had you known about the Bucs’ Doug Martin and were wise enough to draft him and stick with him after a subtle start or, better yet, trade for him in his quiet weeks, then you are to be congratulated. His streak of huge point games will likely continue against the Chargers this week and until the Bucs are being blown out and the running game is abandoned (at the Falcons in two weeks).

You also may have taken a chance on Adrian Peterson and are now reaping the points and benefits of that bravery. His knee and off-season turmoil turned some away, but he has stayed the course and is in prime form. As long as the Vikings are competitive, he is relevant. A close matchup with the Lions this week will only increase his value.


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