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Why I Am Avoiding Drafting Chicago Bears in Fantasy Football


In 2013, the Chicago Bears offense scored 445 points, the second most in the league.  Jay Cutler was surrounded by Matt Forte, Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery and Martellus Bennett.  That offense was so good, that Cutler missed five games and Josh McCown threw 13 touchdowns, one interception, appearing in eight games.

In the past two years, the Bears have averaged just 327 points.

Marshall, Forte & Bennett are no longer on the roster.

Cutler is now 33 years old, the Bears do not have an established running back (Jeremy Langford, Ka'Deem Carey , Jacquizz Rodgers) on their depth chart, Jeffery is banged up, their #2 receiver, Kevin White, missed his rookie season due to injury and their tight end, Zach Miller, has 79 career receptions and 9 touchdowns in four years.

Oh, and they just lost their starting center, Hroniss Grasu, for the season.

Alshon Jeffery's ADP is currently 21 according to Fantasy Football Calculator, and while the targets will be there, Jeffery played in just 9 games last year and is currently battling a hamstring injury.  Jeffery is a super talent, and if healthy has a very high floor.  However, John Fox and new offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains are known for their run heavy, conservative offenses.

Give me Brandin Cooks or Amari Cooper instead

If you decide to go with a no RB draft strategy, you might be forced to selected Jeremy Langford at the end of the 5th round around pick 60.  Langford had a nice four game stretch back in November, scoring TDs in four straight games, but caught just 22 of his 42 targets in his rookie year.  The Bears already have three RBs on the roster yet decided to draft Jordan Howard out of Indiana in the 5th round.  Many hands make light work and I would expect the Bears backfield to torture fantasy owners in 2016.

Give me Giovani Bernard or Ryan Mathews instead

Kevin White is an interesting player for fantasy owners to consider, but the Bears were 25th in pass attempts in 2015.  If Jeffery stays healthy for 16 games, White could struggle to see 90 targets.  He is projected to post 56 catches for 790 yards and five touchdowns.  In the 7th round, at pick 82, there are less risky WRs still available.

Give me DeSean Jackson or Michael Crabtree instead

Jay Cutler is going undrafted in leagues that do no start 2 QBs and Zach Miller is nothing more than a bye week filler.

If Jeffery falls into the 3rd round, by all means draft him and if Jeremy Langford's ADP continues to drop into the 6th or 7th round, select him.  But at their current ADPs, the Bears offense is just to much of a question mark.
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