Fantasy football forecast: Jordan Howard faces the NFL's 30th-ranked run defense

The weekly Bears fantasy football forecast

The Bears can be expected to remove the cobwebs from their running game this week, and it's a golden opportunity for the fantasy player.

Coach Matt Nagy said last week when the Bears mic'd him up that he would get Jordan Howard "going," and the Detroit Lions are exactly what they need to do it.

The Lions did trade for Snacks Harrison to block off the running lanes but it's going to take a few more weeks before this takes hold -- maybe not until the end of the year.

Detroit is 30th against the run and gave up 138 yards to the 49ers' Matt Breida, 105 yards to Seattle's Chris Carson and a season-high 89 yards to Dalvin Cook. They allow 5.1 yards a carry, second worst in the league.

Small, quick backs have nicked up Detroit, as well. So also consider Tarik Cohen in fantasy.

There's no reason for anyone not to run on Detroit when the Lions are fourth against the pass, anyway.

Still, the Bears will need to pass at times and a receiving threat who is coming on and may be worth a look is rookie Anthony Miller. He made 10 catches over the last three games and has three touchdowns on the year.

Allen Robinson remains a question with a groin injury and could be a game-time decision again. Even if he's OK, he'll be operating at less than 100 percent.

Look for Miller to step up.

The Bears' running game has come a long way since the days of John Fox. They no longer line up in the I formation and power the ball all day. They're running out of the spread and the entire offense is a horizontal approach.

Howard is just starting to find where the running lanes are in the attack and will be a good selection for this week.

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You had to put that idiot Fox's picture at the end and ruin this

Gene Chamberlain
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