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Bears At Giants: Fantasy Football Focus

(Sports Network) – Jay Cutler’s solid play and the Bears’ air-it-out philosophy have made the once- maligned quarterback a desirable fantasy player once again, one who should be started with confidence. The trick is figuring out which Chicago receiver to use on an offense that spreads it around quite well. Johnnie Knox has been the most consistent of the Bears wideouts but has no touchdowns, while Devin Hester only gets a thumbs-up in leagues that count return yardage. Greg Olsen is a pretty solid choice at tight end, and Matt Forte’s receiving skills compensate for his lack of production on the ground. While Eli Manning’s interceptions are a bit worrisome, he’ll be throwing a lot on Sunday with the Bears likely to neutralize the running game, and seems to be in a good spot. Ahmad Bradshaw’s still worth using as the Giants’ clear-cut primary ball-carrier, though optimism should be tempered in a matchup with a tough defense. New York’s top three receivers — Steve Smith, Hakeem Nicks and Manningham — have all done enough to warrant starting consideration. Chicago has the better fantasy defense of the two for this week, given the Giants’ recent propensity for turnovers.