Bears offense could receive a big Christmas gift

It might be the epitome of “glass half full”, but Bears coach Lovie Smith is hoping RB Matt Forte can play Sunday against the Seahawks. But it doesn’t stop there, with talk that QB Jay Cutler might be ready to go for Chicago’s Christmas Day game against the Packers.

This could be posturing — after all, what Bears fan wouldn’t love to put a stop to their eternal rivals’ pursuit of an undefeated season — but it could be of note to fantasy owners looking to stash a player or two for a potential championship week showdown. With Cutler and Forte on the shelf for the past couple of weeks, there has been little of value on Chicago’s roster. If somehow one or both players return, they not only have value, but can increase the viability of guys like Johnny Knox and Earl Bennett. Of course, it would come at the expense of Marion Barber, who has run well (his gaffes against Denver, aside).

That said, if Forte is able to make it back for Sunday’s game, it’s probably best to leave him on the bench (provided you didn’t drop him initially) against a tough Seahawks defense. Wait to see what he can provide after missing a couple of games. If you can make it to your league’s championship, that matchup against Green Bay is pretty inviting.

— Marcas Grant

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