Week 9 Fantasy Preview: Bears @ Saints

  • Chicago Bears (2-6) @ New Orleans Saints (4-4) Best Lines Available

    Bears (+350) @ Saints (-375): O/U 41
    Bears +9.5 (-110), Saints -8.5 (-110)

    Writer’s Record:
    Bet: 15-19 -4.78u
    Lean: 10-9 +0.79u

    Woudn’t you know it, but the Bears really sunk me in these previews, even while I wound up winning units last week in football. It’s a process, people. Either way, we have a pretty interesting matchup here with two teams on different paths, and as a Bears fan I know I just need to pour the whiskey before this one even starts. The Saints are solid on both sides of the ball and the Bears are not. Bagent was bad last week, but it didn’t surprise anyone and here it’s not going to surprise anyone if he’s bad again. Of course, he still beat me on the passing yards prop and somehow remembered that Cole Kmet existed. Roschon Johnson came up a few yards short, and there we are down over three units in one go. Funny how that works. We have some catching up to do, but I feel like I’m generally on what the Bears are going to look like in these games. It’ll be a trainwreck here and I won’t be able to look away.

    Main Storylines to Watch

    Bears Sorrow: It truly knows no bounds, and the Bears are very likely staring down another lost season that started with some high hopes. The Bears didn’t just fall short, they have absolutely outdone themselves in setting themselves on fire this season. I have nothing left to do but applaud. At any rate, I’m trying to look for things to stay positive about and they’re few and far between. I guess I just want to see Justin Fields back on the field and doing good things in fantasy again. Can I at least have that?

    Healthy Derek Carr, but No Goalline Derek Carr: Derek Carr has had some really good years in the NFL and the Saints have given him some pretty decent weapons, but they’ve most recently started to use Taysom Hill more at the goalline. The Saints had some well-documented red zone issues to start the season, so it makes sense they tried something new. He’s had three touchdowns in the last two weeks, and they should have plenty of scoring opportunities close to the end zone with the Bears turnover-happy and just plain bad. I expect a lot of three-and-outs for the Bears and some big catching plays for studs like Chris Olave.

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