The Bears and Panthers bully-off in Week 6 of the 2020 NFL season. We break down the way to watch the sport, odds for the matchup, key injuries, and notable fantasy football start/sit considerations.
The Chicago Bears and therefore the Carolina Panthers, two teams that have exceeded expectations so far, will meet Sunday with each team looking to create on recent victories. The Bears came away with an unsightly 20-19 conquer the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in QB Nick Foles’ second start of the season. end Jimmy Graham scored for the fourth time in five weeks, and back David Montgomery made his fantasy owners proud with almost 19 PPR points.
The Carolina Panthers went on the road to beat the Atlanta Falcons last week, 23-16, to push their record up to 3-2 after an 0-2 start. Teddy Bridgewater was flawless against Atlanta’s barely-there pass defense, helping Robby Anderson (8-112-0) and D.J. Moore (4-93-1) register useful numbers. And back Mike Davis continued to fill in admirably for the injured Christian McCaffrey. He racked up 149 total yards and a touchdown.
Date: Sunday, Oct. 18
Time: 1:00 p.m. ET
Notable Statistical rankings (Football Outsiders)
Bears: #23 Overall — #26 offense, #5 defense, #25 special teams
Panthers: #14 Overall — #9 offense, #23 defense, #22 special teams
DraftKings Sportsbook odds
Bears: +2.5, +125
Panthers: -2.5, -141
OUT: S Deon Bush (hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: G Alex Bars (shoulder), S Sherrick McManis (hamstring), DT Brent Urban (knee)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Eli Apple (hamstring), CB Donte Jackson (toe), DT Zach Kerr (toe), WR Curtis Samuel (knee)
Fantasy football start/sit advice
David Montgomery, RB, $5,800
This second-year back has not been a joy to observe by any stretch of the imagination recently. Montgomery is averaging fewer than 3 yards per game over the past three weeks and has scored just twice in five games. But a few of things seem to get on his side for Week 6. First, the Panthers’ run defense is horrible. Second, Montgomery has seen 14 targets in Foles’ two starts after seeing nine targets within the three prior weeks. He has turned those looks into 10 catches for 60 yards.
Jimmy Graham, TE, $5,000
Most fantasy owners are just guessing who will help them the foremost at end . Graham has been a serviceable option for many of the season due to his touchdown prowess, but the Panthers have allowed only one score to the position this season. Darren Waller’s 6-45-0 performance in Week 1 stands because the best fantasy showing from any TE versus Carolina.
Mike Davis, RB, 7,000
At now , you’d need to be positively stacked at back to stay Davis on your bench. He has averaged 117 yards from scrimmage and seven .3 receptions over the past three games, scoring in each. McCaffrey’s return is looming, but it doesn’t appear as if he’ll make it in the week , so Davis should be treated like an RB1 in PPR formats.
D.J. Moore, WR, $5,700
Moore took a brief pass 57 yards to the house on Sunday in Atlanta. that basically saved his day from a fantasy perspective, and it’s the type of play we haven’t seen enough from him thus far . His 13 targets in Week 2 look more and more like an outlier; fantasy owners will need to accept Moore making the simplest of his 4-7 targets hebdomadally and hope that he can break a few off for giant gains. which may be difficult in the week because the Bears have allowed the third-fewest DraftKings points per game to WRs.