The Chicago Bears offense will be very relevant this year in Fantasy Football. The Bears have found their Franchise QB in Mitch Trubisky, and have given him a huge amount of help already. Within the two days of the “tampering” NFL Free Agency period, the Bears have already landed WR Allen Robinson, TE Trey Burton, and WR Taylor Gabriel. All on long term deals.
Oh, and why will the Bears offense be fantasy relevant? Simple answer:
Projected 2018 Bears Impact Fantasy Players:
QB- Mitch Trubisky. RB- Jordan Howard, Tarik Cohen. WR- Allen Robinson, Taylor Gabriel, Cameron Meredith, Kevin White (if he stays healthy…). TE- Trey Burton, Adam Shaheen.
The Bears have a lot of playmakers. The team would be wise to improve some parts of their offensive line, but there is plenty of time to do that in the remainder of Free Agency, as well as during the NFL Draft. Pairing the new additions with the already prominent RBs, and Trubisky, gives the Bears a foundation on offense that is exciting for the foreseeable future. Below is a breakdown on what each new addition brings to the Bears Offense, and projected fantasy stats for the 2018 season:
The New Additions
The Bears have added former Jaguars standout WR Allen Robinson, who was a 2015 pro bowler. Robinson, a 2014 second round pick, had shown tremendous potential, but it was cut a bit short when he suffered a torn ACL that kept him out the entire 2017 season. Robinson is on track to return for the 2018 season, and if so, he should have massive production as Trubisky’s new number one option.
Robinson’s Career Stats: 384 targets, 202 receptions, 2848 yards, 22 TDs (43 games played)
2018 Fantasy Projections: 128 targets, 78 receptions, 1327 yards, 13 TDs. (288 pts PPR, 210 pts standard)
Trey Burton was one of the most under-utilized players in the NFL last season (in regards to talent level). But this was justified; it’s quite hard to see the field much as a Tight End when you play on the same team as Zach Ertz. Well, Burton is now going to be with the Bears, and he will emerge as a go-to target for Mitch Trubisky. His role in the offense will be huge, and Burton will emerge as a dangerous receiving target. Pairing him with the incumbent Adam Shaheem will give the Bears quality and depth at TE for years to come.
Burton’s Career Stats: 95 targets, 63 receptions, 629 yards, 6 TDs (61 games played with 5 starts)
2018 Fantasy Projections: 91 targets, 62 receptions, 798 yards, 7 TDs. (183 pts PPR, 121 pts standard)
In his career, Gabriel has been a boom or bust fantasy player for the most part. He should be a similar type of player with the Bears, but depending on his match ups he really may be worth starting. Gabriel can create a huge play out of nowhere, and will likely have decent production as Trubisky’s WR2.
Gabriel’s Career Stats: 221 targets, 132 receptions, 1819 yards, 8 TDs (58 games played with 13 starts)
2018 Fantasy Projections: 85 targets, 51 receptions, 698 yards, 7 TDs. (162 pts PPR, 111 pts standard)
With Trubisky, Howard, Cohen, Robinson, Gabriel, and Burton, the Bears have lots of fantasy relevance. If Trubisky can make major progress going into his first-full season as a starter, he really could have a dominant fantasy year. Trubisky has the targets and help to be successful. Only time will tell us how he and the Bears utilize their abundance of weapons.
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