Bears Are A Fantasy Nightmare

While fantasy leagues will not necessarily dictate how a team will do in a give season, players are ranked on potential. With that in mind, the Bears are from an offensive juggernaut in the eyes of the experts.

According to rankings, the Bears have just one player worthy of being among the top 50 prospects. RB Cedric Benson chimes in at 42nd overall and the 23rd rated running back.

Comparatively speaking Green Bay, Minnesota and Detroit all have at least two players in the top 50, with the Packers leading the charge with three.

Aside from Benson, the only other Bear worthy of being ranked at his position is WR Muhsin Muhammad, who is also 23rd.

In total, 69 receivers were ranked, 40 running backs, 25 tight ends and quarters and 20 kickers.

The Chicago defense is rated 11th overall, while the other defenses in the NFC North went unranked.

The Packers have three players rated in top five at their perspective position: QB Brett Favre, WR Javon Walker and K Ryan Longwell. Walker (30) and Favre (49) are both in the top 50 overall. Although RB Ahman Green is the tenth rated running back, he's the 13th overall prospect in the league. Donald Driver is the 19th rated receiver and Bubba Franks is slated as the 12th best tight end.

Detroit has seven players ranked among the best at their position, with RB Kevin Jones the highest regarded. He's the sixth rated running back and ninth overall prospect. Roy Williams is 14th among receivers and 39th overall. K Jason Hanson, QB Joey Harrington and TE Marcus Pollard are all 15th at their position. Receivers Charles Rogers and Mike Williams are 39th and 42nd respectively.

Minnesota spent an off-season addressing their defense, which has left a once powerful offense weakened. The Vikings have five players ranked at their position. QB Daunte Culpepper heads the list as the second quarterback and 16th overall prospect. Michael Bennett is 28th among running backs and 47th overall. TE Jermaine Wiggins is the ninth rated tight end. Receivers Nate Burleson and Troy Williamson are 17th and 50th respectively.

Obviously offensive futility the unit displayed a year ago had an impact on the evaluation. QB Rex Grossman has improved talent around him, but has never stayed healthy enough to show what he can do behind center. Thomas Jones would have been among the rated running backs, yet splitting carries with Benson hurt his value. The passing game will go through Muhammad first, which impacts Justin Gage and Bernard Berrian. TE Desmond Clark appears to be on the decline. Doug Brien is the tenth most accurate kicker in NFL history, but there is concern about how many field goal attempts he'll get with the offense.

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