By Christopher Harris


Week 17

Chicago Bears


Green Bay Packers


Analysis: In Week 17, the Bears will: talk a good game, and then eventually sit just about every meaningful player they've got. By the time this game kicks off (4:15 p.m. ET), the Bears will know whether Atlanta has lost to Carolina and New Orleans has lost to Tampa Bay. If the Falcons and Saints both lose, the Bears can play for the No. 1 seed, and will no doubt go hell-bent-for-leather. But that's not likely. Instead, they probably will kick this game off locked in as the NFC's No. 2 seed. There's a reason Vegas has the Packers as double-digit favorites in this game. In Week 17, the Packers will: be as motivated as any team in the NFL. If they win, they're in the playoffs as the NFC's No. 6 seed. If they lose, they're probably out (unless the Giants and Buccaneers both lose).

Fantasy Up: That means Aaron Rodgers and Greg Jennings are as solid as can be, even against what's been a strong Bears defense. That's also why the Packers defense should be as safe as it gets, too. Unfortunately, though, there just aren't other Green Bay players you've been able to rely on from week to week. I guess James Jones is close. His hands can still be maddening (he dropped another pass that might've been a big play, last week against the Giants), but he got a three-yard touchdown, which bodes well for his usage all over the field, since he's also a very nice deep threat. He's scored in back-to-back weeks, and can be used in deeper leagues, or maybe even as a No. 3 wideout in standard leagues.

Fantasy Down: Lovie Smith has sworn up and down this week that he's approaching this like a regular Packers game. He may feel like he has to say that, but if that's how he really approaches it once his team is locked in as the two-seed, he's a dummy. I'm quite sure Smith is telling the truth about Jay Cutler starting the game. I just don't think there's a chance in the world Cutler finishes it. He's the most-sacked quarterback in the league (a whopping 46; the next-closest player has 37), and if he gets hurt, Todd Collins is your playoff signal-caller. Um, no. Cutler shouldn't be an option in most leagues this week, and you're probably better off leaving Johnny Knox alone, too, though he's so fast, it's always possible he scores a long one before he sits. … As for Matt Forte, I can buy him as a flex, but no more than that. He needs only 22 rushing yards to get to 1,000, so you can be sure his coaches will let him get at least that far, but we're going to see a good amount of Chester Taylor and Kahlil Bell here, too. … All of a sudden, John Kuhn is back to looking unstoppable. Remember back in September, when he was a big part of the Green Bay offense post-Ryan Grant, getting lots of close-in carries and looking surprisingly nimble for such a big guy? Well, Kuhn disappeared for the better part of two months, but the past two weeks has been back looking tough and sure-handed in the receiving game, and oh-by-the-way also happened to get into the end zone three times versus the Giants. He's the TD-maker in this Packers offense now, for sure, and while Brandon Jackson is likelier to touch it more, I prefer Kuhn on Sunday.

Christopher Harris is a fantasy analyst for He is a six-time Fantasy Sports Writers Association award winner. You can ask him questions at and follow him at

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