2022 Fantasy Football Chicago Bears Preview

by Dylan Clemons

Welcome back everyone,  this time for the 2022 Fantasy Football Chicago Bears Preview.

The Bears had a not-so-great offseason in the eyes of many. The Bears went through a regime change as they fired Head Coach Matt Nagy and General Manager Ryan Pace and hired first-time GM Ryan Poles and first-time Head Coach Matt Eberflus. That was the good because it was definitely needed, after some of the stories we have heard about Matt Nagy.

The bad in my eyes was the fact that they didn't do much to help Justin Fields in terms of getting him many weapons on the offensive side of the football. They lost Allen Robinson in free agency to the Rams and replaced him with the likes of Byron Pringle, Equanimeous St. Brown, and rookie Velus Jones.

One thing they did do well was signing center Lucas Patrick from the Packers to lead their poor offensive line from last season.

I believe it's safe to say that the Bears are going through a full rebuild, and the new GM is ok with that.

2022 Fantasy Football Chicago Bears Preview

Quarterbacks

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Justin Fields is obviously the lead man in the quarterback room heading into this season. Everything we have heard coming out of minicamp is that he has become the leader of this football team, which is great to hear about a second-year player. Fields definitely has some room to grow after an up-and-down rookie season.

We saw Fields finish as a top-10 quarterback in the last four games that he finished. That was the good, the bad was that he scored under 10 fantasy points in four games that he played all the way through. That will just kill your fantasy team's week when that happens. During the span of the four games where Fields was a top 10 quarterback, he averaged 63 rushing yards per game as well. He finished with 420 rushing yards on the season which was 5th best in the league and he only started in 10 games.

The rushing floor is there for Fields to finish as a top 12 quarterback this season. The problem is, what is the ceiling for Fields in the passing game? I have a feeling the Bears are going to want to establish the run to help the young quarterback. So the volume may not be there early in games, however, the Bears should be losing most games late, so there should be some garbage time points.

I do think it's in the realm of possibility for Fields to finish as a top 12 quarterback because of that rushing floor. I'm just not sure how consistent we will be considering the offense isn't going to be very good, and the lack of weapons. If you draft Fields I would suggest drafting a safer option as well to pair with him like Kirk Cousins.

Running Backs

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David Montgomery has been very solid throughout his career with the Bears. He has scored at least seven touchdowns in all three years of his career. His efficiency numbers went down last year, averaging only 3.8 yards per carry in just 13 games. The offensive line was bad last season, so that's not on just him. He finished as RB21 in just 13 games which was pretty solid, and about where you drafted him last season. Coming into this season according to fantasydata.com he is going off the board as the 19th running back.


Last season according to too playerprofiler.com David Montgomery had an 80% opportunity share which was fourth in the NFL. He also had a 74.8% snap share which was second for running backs only to Najee Harris of the Pittsburgh Steelers. I believe those numbers are going to go down with offensive coordinator Luke Getsy coming over from the Packers. The Packers like to use multiple running backs and I could see that happening with the Bears this season.

Khalil Herbert was solid when David Montgomery was on the shelf with an injury. Herbert started four games, weeks five through eight, and was RB16 averaging 12.3 half PPR points per game. With Luke Getsy bringing over a zone run scheme, I think that fits Herbert better than Montgomery. Herbert is more of a one-cut-and-go guy, and Monty likes to dance a little bit more. We could see this being like a 65-35 split between these two backs.

I don't hate where Montgomery is going off the board, but I feel his ceiling is capped a bit in this offense not being good. I would rather have Ezekiel Elliot and Travis Etienne and they are both going after Monty.

Wide Receivers

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If you want to talk about an island of misfit toys, let's talk about the Bears wide receiver corps. Darnell Mooney is the alpha receiver out of this group which is a lot to put on the former fifth-round draft pick. He saw a whopping 140 targets last season which was the 11th most in the NFL last year catching 81 balls for 1,055 yards and four touchdowns.

Mooney isn't your prototypical number one receiver but he is a big play waiting to happen. He and Justin Fields' skill sets really align. According to Playerprofiler.com Mooney had the 9th ost unrealized air yards, 13th most air yards, and 15th most deep targets. If you remember, Field's best asset coming out of college was his deep ball accuracy. Fields was second in the NFL in Deep targets, so it really is a match made in heaven.

According to fantasydata.com Mooney is going off the board as WR24 and I believe is about right. He does have top 15 wide receiver upside if all things click between Mooney and Fields.

Nobody else really intrigues me in this wide receiver corps and everyone seems to agree with me, as everyone besides Mooney is going undrafted. Out of all these receivers, that I think could make a small fantasy impact this season is Byron Pringle. He will most likely be the slot receiver in this offense and could see close to 75 targets. Just depends on how efficient he is with those targets, but he still isn't someone I'm thinking about rostering.

Tight Ends

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I am just going to start this tight end section by saying that if I don't get one of the three top tight ends, I am waiting as long as I can for the tight end position. When I do that, the player that I am targeting is Cole Kmet. Kmet saw 93 targets which was the eighth most at the position last season, and also had the 12th most receiving yards at the position as well.

The thing that really hurt Kmet's fantasy production last season was the fact that Kmet did not catch a touchdown last season. Jimmy Graham was the tight end that was taking the touchdowns away from him, and he is no longer on the roster. With Allen Robinson gone from Chicago, there is no reason why Kmet won't be the second option in the passing game behind Darnell Mooney. Kmet should see over 100 targets this season, and if he scores around five touchdowns this season, he will be a top-eight tight end this season, and he is going in the double-digit rounds in your draft. Kmet could be the steal at the position this season.


Final Verdict

All in all this Chicago Bears football team will not be very good this season. However, they still have some valuable fantasy assets heading into this season. Justin Fields is a matchup-dependent high-end QB2 heading into this season, with top-12 Qb upside. David Montgomery should be a solid RB2 fo another season, and Herbert is a great Handcuff to have if anything happens to Monty. Darnell Mooney and Cole Kmet are the two pass catchers you want out of this offense, just do not reach on them. I want to walk away with Cole Kmet in all my drafts this season.

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