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Week 2 Fantasy Preview: Big Day Ahead for Finley

Finley should be in for another big day against Chicago.
Finley should be in for another big day against Chicago.

There's one current Packer who brings his A-game against the Chicago Bears more than any other over the past three years. While he was much maligned in week one, his track record against the Monsters of the Midway leaves him as the only logical choice for a fantasy spotlight this week. That man is tight end Jermichael Finley.

Finley got off to a slow start in his first two years, before he truly became a focal point of the Packers' offense. In each of his first three games against Chicago, he had one catch. Those receptions went for four, 35, and six yards in order. But late in 2009, Finley began to emerge, putting up five receptions for 70 yards in a week 13 win. Then, in 2010, he exploded.

In his one game against the Bears during the Super Bowl season of 2010, Finley caught nine passes for 115 yards for what is still his second-highest single game yardage to date. He missed the second game in 2010 with his injured knee but picked up in 2011 where he left off. He collected seven catches for 85 yards and three touchdowns in the first game, and scored a fourth touchdown in week 16 to go with his three catches and 20 yards.

So in total, Finley has averaged six catches for 72.5 yards and a touchdown in each of his last four games against Chicago. He has consistently beaten the Bears defense down the middle, and I am expecting him to silence his doubters with at least six catches for 90 yards and a touchdown on Thursday.

Previous Packers vs. Bears Coverage:

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