Thursday Night Starts & Sits

CHICAGO BEARS at MIAMI DOLPHINS

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Jay Cutler, QB, Chicago Bears: Cutler is recommended as a QB2 or QB1 for owners in deeper leagues. Miami is giving up just 17.0 fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks (12th fewest in NFL), so there are better options out there.

Matt Forte, RB, Chicago Bears: Forte has been very inconsistent this season, but the Dolphins are allowing 17.5 fantasy points per week to opposing running backs. That isn’t great news, which is why we only recommend Forte as a flex option for Week 11.

Ronnie Brown, RB, Miami Dolphins: Consider Brown a decent flex option in Week 11. The Bears rank second in the NFL in run defense, so a big game from the Miami running back is most likely out of the question. If you have a better option (like Reggie Bush), we advise you to sit Brown.

Brandon Marshall, WR, Miami Dolphins: Yes, it’s been a rough year for Marshall owners. However, with Tyler Thigpen taking over at quarterback, look for some bubble screens to head Marshall’s way Thursday night in an effort to loosen up the defense.

Johnny Knox, WR, Chicago Bears: Consider Knox a WR3 heading into Week 11. There isn’t a ton of upside, but this guy is averaging a respectable 7.1 fantasy points per week.

Chicago Bears, D/ST: This unit ranks fourth in the NFL in total defense (301.9 yds/gm), second in rushing defense (82.3 yds/gm) and second in fantasy points among D/STs. As if that wasn’t enough to get you excited, the Bears will be taking on third-string quarterback Tyler Thigpen Thursday night.

Dan Carpenter, K, Miami Dolphins: The 24-year old has converted 17 field goals over the last five games. Anything else he can do for you?

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Tyler Thigpen, QB, Miami Dolphins: The former Kansas City Chief has some upside down the road, but Thursday night’s matchup isn’t worth the risk. The Bears are giving up just 12.9 fantasy points per week to opposing quarterbacks (second fewest in NFL).

Chester Taylor, RB, Chicago Bears: Taylor is averaging just 7.2 rushing attempts per game. That’s not enough to warrant a starting spot on the road at Miami.

Ricky Williams, RB, Miami Dolphins: Williams has carried the ball just 22 times over the past three games and has only scored one rushing touchdown in 2010. Throw in the fact that the Bears have the second-best run defense in the league and you aren’t left with much upside.

Devin Hester, WR, Chicago Bears: Hester currently ranks 70th in scoring among fantasy wide receivers.

Devin Aromashodu, WR, Chicago Bears: With just eight receptions and two starts under his belt through nine games, there’s a reason the NFP didn’t list Aromashodu as a sleeper entering 2010.

Davone Bess, WR, Miami Dolphins: A new quarterback and a matchup with a defense that has only given up six passing touchdowns on the year (best in NFL) spells trouble for Bess.

Greg Olsen, TE, Chicago Bears: Olsen’s only caught nine passes over his last five games and faces a Miami defense Thursday night that is giving up an average of just 5.9 fantasy points per week to opposing tight ends (eighth fewest in NFL).

Anthony Fasano, TE, Miami Dolphins: Prior to Week 10, Fasano had caught just 20 passes over his first eight games. There are plenty of better options on the board for Week 11.

Miami Dolphins, D/ST: This unit is averaging only 10.3 fantasy points per week and ranks just 21st in scoring among fantasy defenses. Until the Fish show that they can produce on a consistent basis, owners are advised to go with another option.

Robbie Gould, K, Chicago Bears: Gould isn’t a terrible option for Week 11, but there are plenty of better kickers out there with more favorable matchups.

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