This week came with both good and bad news for the Chicago Bears D/ST, as they look to bounce back from a shaky performance against the Lions in Week 13. Akiem Hicks, who has been out on IR with an elbow injury since Week 5, resumed practicing this week and is expected back for a Week 15 showdown with the Green Bay Packers. Unfortunately, that will be too little too late to help this defensive unit take on Ezekiel Elliot and the Dallas Cowboys in Week 14.
In addition to missing Hicks, the Bears are likely to be without inside linebacker Danny Trevathan once again, as he continues to recover from an elbow injury sustained in early November.
Along with the aforementioned linebacker woes, the Bears may be without starting cornerback Prince Amukamara, who popped up on the injury report after the Thanksgiving Day game with a hamstring injury. Amukamara is listed as doubtful after missing practice all week. His likely absence would leave the Bears’ secondary shorthanded as they try to blanket a talented group of Dallas wide receivers, consisting of Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, and Randall Cobb.
Fantasy Football Analysis: Bears D/ST
Despite these injuries, the Bears are currently the 10th ranked fantasy football defense on the season, with 28 recorded sacks and eight interceptions. The Cowboys offensive line is banged up, with both Zach Martin and Tyron Smith fighting through injuries, which may lead to opportunity for the likes of Khalil Mack to make some plays. The Cowboys have also been somewhat sloppy with the ball as of late, so turnovers are not out of the question. While this isn’t a home-run match-up, it’s unlikely that there are better options out there. If you’re looking to stream a waiver wire option, the Green Bay Packers or the Houston Texans both have low ownership and plus match-ups this week. Otherwise, stick with the Bears, who have managed top 10 status to this point.
Start the Bears, but temper expectations.