This is a game that features several fantasy studs and it just happens to be a division matchup which means we have a nice sample size of head-to-head data for most of the players on the field other than Brandon Marshall.
Aaron Rodgers - As expected, Rodgers has been good with his fantasy stats against the Bears, but it has historically been one of his tougher matchups.... that is, until last year. In two games against the Bears last season, Rodgers had 23 and 33 points and he finished with 8 TDs and just 1 INT.
Jordy Nelson - We fully expect Nelson to get additional attention from Rodgers with Greg Jennings out, but the Bears are also likely to be pay closer attention to Nelson as well. Over his last four matchups against the Bears, Nelson has been very disappointing in three of his game (failing to post double digits even in PPR leagues), but in his last game against the Bears, he broke out with 23.5 points in standard leagues and 29.5 points in PPR leagues.
Jermichael Finley - Finley has enjoyed a level of success against the Bears over his last four matchups and one of the reasons is because he has always matched up well with who the Bears have had on him. Despite finishing with 3 catches for 20 yards in his latest game against the Bears, he did find the endzone. Before then, he had posted PPR scores of 33.5, 20.5 and 12 against Chicago.
Jay Cutler - Cutler is a tough call in terms of "sit/start" in Thursday's matchup because we have to balance out his past performances versus his future expectations. We all know that Mike Martz is gone and that Brandon Marshall is now Cutler's top target, but can we discount the fact that Cutler has had just 6 TDS to 11 INTs for his career against the Packers? Despite his new weapon, Cutler is not an automatic start this week.
Brandon Marshall - Marshall has only one game against the Green Bay Packers (2010), but in that game, he had 10 catches for 127 yards. Marshall is the clear-cut favorite of Cutler so his targets will never be a problem. The Packers pass rush isn't what it was a couple of years ago so Marshall should have time to get open for at least a couple of big plays. Strong start rating for him.
Matt Forte - If you are in a standard scoring league, Matt Forte could disappoint you this week if his history against the Packers is any indication. In standard leagues, Forte has hit double digits just three times in seven games against Green Bay and he has only one rushing TD during that time. However, for PPR leagues, he's a potential gold mine with 15 catches for 140 yards over his last two scraps against Dom Capers' defense.