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Sit or Start: Your Fantasy Guide to Bears vs. Panthers

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Just like the Bears, we're moving on from the Meadowlands Massacre and focusing on Sunday's game at Carolina. There is a silver lining for Bears' fantasy owners, right? RIGHT?

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    Matt Forte: Yes, Forte is listed as a running back on your team's roster, but the Bears have used him as a reliable receiving option, which can still pad your fantasy team's point total. In fact, he leads the Bears in receptions with 16 catches. With Todd Collins starting at QB, look for the Bears to continue to use Forte as an option for short, dump-off passes and to pile on the yards-after-catch.

    Defense: You can't blame last Sunday's debacle against the Giants on the defense. In fact, they played well. They still have one of the top running defenses in the league. With Carolina's top receiver, Steve Smith, out for Sunday, the Panthers are going to push the run more. Not only that, but Julius Peppers will be motivated for his first trip back to Carolina since leaving the team. The Bears D should be scary-good on Sunday.

    Johnny Knox: The Panthers secondary is not good, opening up the field for deep threats like Knox. Collins can't hurl the ball the way Cutler can, but Knox is good for yards-after-catch.

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    Jay Cutler: This one is fairly obvious. Cutler will not play on Sunday because of the concussion he sustained against the Giants. Long-term, you should start shopping for a quarterback. There is no telling how Cutler will bounce back, and even if he is back to his old self, he'll still be sack-prone.