This week we give thanks to easy matchups, excellent sleepers and strong plays off the waiver wire. Dave Richard previews over nearly 180 players for Week 12 in this week's Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet.
Bennett (ribs) was ruled out for Thursday's game at Green Bay.
Bennett turned in limited practices both Tuesday and Wednesday, likely in order to test out his injured ribs, but the Bears will opt for caution and rest the tight end on a short week. In his stead, Zach Miller should have an ample workload, which could expand further if Alshon Jeffery (groin/shoulder) and Matt Forte (knee) are eventually ruled out.
Carey suffered a concussion during Sunday's game against the Broncos, ESPN.com reports.
Carey rushed nine times for a team-high 32 yards before leaving with the head injury suffered on a vicious helmet-to-helmet hit by Broncos safety T.J. Ward. Carey was backing up Jeremy Langford on Sunday, as Matt Forte was out with a knee injury, but Forte may be able to return in Week 12 against the Packers, leaving Carey with limited fantasy upside even if he completes the league's concussion protocol quickly.
Forte (knee) is listed as questionable for Thursday's game in Green Bay.
Forte is expected to be a part of the Bears' offense Thursday for the first time since Week 8, but head coach John Fox hasn't indicated how he'll be used. With Jeremy Langford faring well in his absence, Forte may have a situational role versus anything sustainable, making him a difficult fantasy option to trust in his return.
Jeffery (groin/shoulder) is listed as questionable for Thursday's contest at Green Bay.
On Tuesday, Jeffery indicated his hope that he'll return from a one-game absence, but the Bears didn't tip their hand this week, as he turned in limited practices each day. Expect the team's training staff to test out his injuries in a pregame workout, at which point a decision will come down with the release of their inactive list.
Safety Sherrod Martin signed a one-year contract with the Bears on Tuesday, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Martin, who was cut by the Bears in training camp, re-signed with the team after Antrel Rolle suffered a foot injury in Sunday's win over the Raiders. If Rolle is unavailable for Week 5, Martin or backup Harold Jones-Quartey could see the start at strong safety.
Reynolds will enter the starting lineup Sunday against the Lions, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Shea McClellin is set to miss his first game of the season due to a knee injury, paving the way for Reynolds to pick up his first extended snaps of the season. While his placement at middle linebacker should lend itself to plenty of tackle opportunities, Reynolds will need to make good on that production over multiple games before those in IDP leagues look to him for help.
Rolle (knee) is not expected to play in Thursday's game against the Packers, ESPN.com reports.
Rolle missed Sunday's game against the Broncos after injuring his knee during Saturday's walkthrough. Chris Prosinski figures to start for a second straight week, following a six-tackle, one-sack showing Sunday afternoon. He's a better IDP option than rookie free safety Adrian Amos, who has just 39 tackles this season despite starting every game.
Royal (knee) was ruled out for Thursday's contest at Green Bay.
Royal will miss his fourth consecutive game due to a knee injury, which he suffered in Week 8. With Martellus Bennett (rib) also sidelined, and Alshon Jeffery (groin/shoulder) and Matt Forte (knee) questionable Thursday, the Bears may again trot out Marquess Wilson (groin) as the No. 1 wide receiver.
Ebron (quadriceps/hand) is listed as probable for Thursday's game versus the Eagles, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.
With back-to-back full practices under his belt, Ebron will attempt to bounce back from Sunday's catch-less outing against a Philadelphia defense that has held tight ends in check this season, yielding 8.9 YPC and only two touchdowns to date.
Johnson (ankle) is listed as questionable for Thursday's game against the Eagles, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.
Despite the designation, Johnson is expected to suit up for the Lions' traditional appearance on Thanksgiving. He has an exploitable matchup on tap versus a Detroit secondary that has been torched all season, including 13.1 YPC and seven touchdowns allowed over the last three contests.
Slay (hip) is active for Sunday's game against the Bears.
Slay was able to compete fully in Friday's practice, so he shouldn't be held to a limited snap count while working as the Lions' top cornerback Sunday. Through five games, Slay has collected 21 tackles and an interception.