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Fantasy Football Start 'Em Or Sit 'Em: Bears At Vikings

The weather forecast for the game on Monday night between the Chicago Bears and the Minnesota Vikings is supposed to be extremely nasty. The snow is supposed to start late on Monday morning, and continue on all day. . .and after all those volunteers and paid folks spent all that time removing the snow from TCF Bank Stadium, Mother Nature is probably going to dump somewhere between four and six more inches of the white stuff onto the Minneapolis area.

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Throw in winds at about 10 to 15 miles per hour dropping wind chills down into the low single digits, and you have real, "smash mouth" football weather. As such, it makes it pretty easy to make recommendations for any player that might be on your fantasy football roster that you were thinking about starting in your fantasy football playoffs this weekend.

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Do you have Adrian Peterson? Okay, good. . .start him.

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Do you have Matt Forte? Feel free to start him, too.

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Do you have either the Chicago or Minnesota defense? You can pretty safely start them.

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Anybody else? Don't even bother. I mean, it's tough to recommend any members of the Minnesota passing game with young Joe Webb starting at quarterback, but at this point, nobody has any idea how players like Sidney Rice, Visanthe Shiancoe, or the returning Percy Harvin will be affected by having the rookie behind center. As far as the Bears, we saw last week against the Patriots that they don't necessarily play too terribly well in the elements. . .not a great sign for a team that's looking at hosting a playoff game at Soldier Field if they can take care of business the next couple of weeks.

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So, running backs and defense? Good. Anybody else? Bad.

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Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.