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Matthew Stafford– The Lions quarterback has looked downright terrible at times over the past few weeks, and his overall season has been a disappointment.  For Stafford owners, they should not give up on him this week against a poor Chicago Bears defense that ranks in the bottom five of all major passing categories.  The Bears do not have anyone in their secondary that can cover Calvin Johnson, unlike the last few weeks where the Lions opponents have taken away Stafford’s security blanket.  I expect Stafford to do something he is yet to accomplish in 2014–throw for three touchdowns in one game.  Stafford is a must start this Thanksgiving.

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Matt Forte- This seems like a no brainer but I have seen other “experts” write about benching Forte against a tough Lions defense this week.  That would be a dumb move by Forte owners.  Yes the matchup is not ideal, but Forte is not only the Bears leading rusher, but also their leading receiver as well–hauling in a team leading 72 receptions.  If the ground attack does not work for the Bears against their division rival, look for Chicago to try and get Forte involved through the screen game.  The Lions have a ferocious pass rush which will make Jay Cutler look to check the ball down to Forte instead of waiting for the Bears receivers to run down the field in the deep passing game.  While I don’t expect the Bears to win the game, Matt Forte as usual is a must start, despite the matchup.

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Eric Ebron- To say the rookie first round draft choice of the Lions has been a disappointment so far in 2014 would be an understatement.  I have hyped Ebron up on more than one occasion this season, and he has yet to deliver.  So why do I dare do so again? I’m not really sure, let’s call it a weird feeling.  Someone with Ebron’s talent has to make an impact in at least one game this season, so why not predict it will happen on Thanksgiving.  Ebron received a career high seven targets last week against the Patriots, but only managed to catch two passes for 23 yards.  The targets are encouraging, and his matchup against the Bears this week is even better.  The Bears give up the most fantasy points to opposing tight ends, and have allowed over 700 yards and 10 touchdowns to that position in 2014.  The Bears do not have anyone on their defense capable of covering Ebron one on one and I expect Matthew Stafford to know that through film study on the short week.  When Ebron and the Lions faced another defense that gives up boatloads of fantasy points to tight ends (NY Jets) earlier in the season, he caught his first and only touchdown.  Look for the rookie tight end to catch his second on Thanksgiving Day, making him a solid play this week.

 

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