Team Preview: Chicago Bears
Continuing our series on Team Previews of all 32 Teams, we move to 2020's 2nd-place team from the NFC North, the Chicago Bears.
The Bears scored the 10th fewest points in 2020 while throwing for the 11th fewest passing yards. They were 25th in rushing yards on their way to an 8-8 record. Vegas had their Win Total at 7.5 games.
Justin Fields: The 11th pick in this year's draft is exactly what Chicago needed. This team has been starving for a franchise QB and they just got one. With athleticism that rivals that of Lamar Jackson, Fields has the ability to uplift the entire offense. He will bring more balance and creativity to an offense that passed on a whopping 63% of their plays. I think it will take a month or so before we see him starting, so his overall finish won't be Top 12, but on a per-game basis once implemented, I think he will be a borderline QB1.
David Montgomery: It's hard to believe it, but David finished as the RB4 in 2020. The under-the-radar RB was effective both on the ground and in the air. He also benefited from having the 7th most opportunities per game at 21. It will be difficult to maintain that kind of usage when you factor in the return of Tarik Cohen, and the addition of Damien Williams. Furthermore, once Fields steps into the lineup, you have to expect the check-down passes to decrease as well as some vultured touchdowns. I see him as a mid-RB2 in 2021.
Allen Robinson: Always the victim of bad QB play, ARob just always seems to get it done. This year should be no different. The WR9 from last season should maintain his place as a back-end WR1 for 2021.
Darnell Mooney: The father of LA cornerback Jaylen Ramsey (according to his Wikipedia) was a nice surprise in 2020. He showed great route running and big-play ability. While he's not likely to be a consistent option for fantasy managers, he can fill in as a nice flex play during bye weeks. I see him as a big-play WR5 for 2021.
Cole Kmet: With Jimmy Graham under contract for one more season, it's hard to get excited about Kmet. He only averaged 2.8 targets per game in 2020, and while that should go up some, it won't be enough to boost him to anything more than a mid-range TE2.