October 14, 2022, 12:46 pm
Commanders 12, Bears 7, U 38
Pregame: The Thursday Night Football game between the Commanders and the Bears has the lowest over/under through the first six weeks of this season. The Commanders have not scored more than 17 points since Week 2, while the Bears have only scored over 19 points twice this season. Both teams have fairly strong defenses and even with the crazy-low 38 point over/under, this game could very easily hit the under and be the most boring game of the season. With that being said, there are a handful of fantasy-relevant players. The passing game of the Commanders has produced multiple weekly top-12 performances from their wideouts thanks to the play of the current QB9 Carson Wentz, while the Bears have had very strong performances by both of their running backs.
Postgame: The Thursday Night Football game between the Commanders and the Bears did not disappoint for fans that were hoping for an incredibly boring, low-scoring game. There have been three total touchdowns scored in the last 10 quarters of TNF, including back-to-back games that each could not crack 21 points and had the winning team score just 12 points. Outside of the final couple minutes, when the Bears put together a potential game-winning drive, there was not much excitement in this contest. Somehow the Commanders pulled out the victory and only managed 214 total yards of offense, while the Bears had 392. Next week’s Thursday nighter should have more fireworks and players that fantasy GMs can cheer for when the Cardinals match up with the Saints, as opposed to this game which saw little of both.
Pregame: Surprisingly, Wentz is the QB9 through five weeks, producing three games with at least 22.9 fantasy points. The problem is, he has been below 9.3 fantasy points in the other two contests and it’s tough to see a world where Wentz lights up this defense with this game projecting to be such a low-scoring affair. The Bears have also allowed the ninth-fewest passing yards per game, which poses a threat to a strong performance by Wentz. The Commanders have a team-implied point total of less than three touchdowns, so fantasy GMs should likely try to find a different streaming option in standard leagues, although Wentz remains relevant in superflex formats.
Postgame: This game against the Bears just solidified the lack of trust fantasy GMs should instill in Wentz. He was somehow unable to surpass the 100-yard passing mark and produced an incredibly poor 4.2 fantasy points. Wentz is likely only worth looking at when the bye weeks start to hit fantasy GMs, but only when they are matched up against one of the league’s worst defenses.
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