2018 Fantasy Football Chicago Bears Preview

by Keith Lott
2018 Fantasy Football Chicago Bears Preview - Soldier Field

We are continuing the 2018 fantasy football team previews with the Chicago Bears.

To the joy of Chicago Bears fans and fantasy football players all over the world, John Fox is no longer the Head Coach of the Chicago Bears.

Enter Matt Nagy, previously the Kansas City Chiefs Offensive Coordinator.

Creative play-calling will help transform the Bears offense into one that fantasy owners will enjoy rostering.

2018 Fantasy Football Chicago Bears Preview

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It took just four weeks for rookie Mitchell Trubisky to take over for Mike Glennon in 2017. It wasn't pretty, completing just 59.4% of his passes, but he had limited weapons.

With an improved roster and an offensive minded HC, Trubisky is expected to have a much-improved sophomore season.

Along with Nagy, Chicago added former Oregon Football Head Coach, Mark Helfrich, as their offensive coordinator. Like I said in the intro, creative play-calling is going to transform this Bears offense.

Trubisky is still a year or two out from being a top 15 fantasy QB but could be a nice streaming option during bye weeks.

Running Backs

Jordan Howard is not lining up in the backfield to catch passes. Last year his 276 carries were 5th in the NFL. That was an increase of 24 carries from his rookie year.

Howard rushed for nine touchdowns in 2017.

His yards per carry were down, but he saw 8+ defenders in the box on 43% of his carries, according to Next Gen Stats, up from 26% in 2016.

Tarik Cohen is their x-factor out of the backfield. He saw 71 targets vs 87 carries, totaling 723 yards from scrimmage and is always a threat in the return game.

The only other players who averaged at least 8.0 all-purpose yards per touch were Alvin Kamara and Chris Thompson.

Cohen is an ideal player for Nagy and Helfrich and they will find every way possible to get him the ball in space.

Wide Receivers

In the past two years, losing Alshon Jeffery and Cameron Meredith in free agency has depleted the Bears WR depth chart.

Allen Robinson is a welcomed addition as the teams clear WR1. He gained 1,400 yards and caught 14 touchdowns back in 2015, and followed that up with 883 yards and 8 TDs, before suffering a season-ending ACL injury.

With the Bears, Robinson should see 110+ targets which could lead to 1,000+ yards and 7+ touchdowns.

Kevin White has been one of the most frustrating WR draft prospects in recent memory. Drafted 7th overall in 2015, White has 21 catches on 39 career targets. He has appeared in just 5 games.

Taylor Gabriel comes over from the Atlanta Falcons on a two-year deal. He can do a lot of damage with limited touches, as seen in 2016 when he gained 579 yards and caught six touchdown passes on just 49 targets. Always a threat that defenses have to account for.

Chicago drafted Anthony Miller in the 2nd round, giving Trubisky yet another weapon.

Tight Ends

Another piece for Trubisky to take advantage of, Trey Burton signed a four-year deal this offseason.

Now out of the shadow of Zach Ertz in Philly, Burton could shine in 2018.

This offense should put plenty of focus on the TE - i.e. Ertz, Travis Kelce - as we have seen with offenses designed around Andy Reid's concepts.

Final verdict

The Bears will feature four players drafted this summer, but we could see one of their other WRs be a top waiver wire add at some point this season. The front office did a nice job adding additional pieces to the roster, and the new coaching staff is going to make Chicago an exciting team to watch on Sundays.

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