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If you have been listening to our podcasts you will notice that we here at Triple Coverage do not think to highly of the Chicago Bears offence (or their team in general), with myself saying they are in the running for the first overall pick and Callum going so far as to say Jay Cutler is the worst quarterback in the league. I do not know if Jay Cutler is the WORST starting QB in the league, there are some questionable starters after all, but he certainly is not one of the best fantasy options in football, and, after all, that’s what this site is all about.
The “Monsters of the Midway” have issues everywhere on offence and who knows what you are going to get out of them on any given week. Having any Bears player on your roster will be a roller coaster as they may perform one week and then horribly under perform the next. It all starts on offence though with Jay Cutler. Cutler is the epitome of what this Bears offence is. Mediocre at best. Cutler has all the talent in the world and has been given some of the leagues best weapons (Brandon Marshall, Matt Forte) in the past only to never achieve any prolonged success. This could be the Bears most interesting roster yet as Forte has now moved on putting the offensive load strictly on the slouched shoulders of Cutler. I have a hard time recommending Cutler as a viable fantasy player due to both his, and the offence’s, inconsistencies.
Like I said though this is not all Cutler’s problem, but if he struggles so do the teams best fantasy options since Cutler is the one responsible for throwing them the ball. We are of course talking about Alshon Jeffery and second-year player/rookie Kevin White, who was injured for all of last season. Lets get this out of the way right now. Jeffery is a very good wide receiver, when he plays. He battled injuries last season that hampered his production. He is very much worth picking up in your draft and is the Bears only sure-fire fantasy option. But with the Bears offence looking stagnant do not be shocked if his production remains similar to last years underwhelming campaign.
Now on to the Bears most intriguing fantasy player, Kevin White. White was uber productive during his time at West Virginia and was expected to give the Bears that second receiving option they have wanted ever since
Dane Sanzenbacher Brandon Marshall left. White missed all of last season with an injury and is looking to show that he was worth the 7th pick in the draft two years ago. The issue is White is basically a sleeper option. No one really knows what he can do during an NFL game. You should pick him because he is talented, but treat him like a rookie and be ready to let him go if he does not work out.
When it comes to the running back position no one knows what the Bears are going to do. They currently have three backs on the roster, all of whom could get carries during the season. We should start with current starter Jeremy Langford. Langford filled in for Forte when he was injured last year and the rookie from Michigan State was hardly what you would call dominant. He carried the ball 148 times for 537 yards (3.6 yards per carry) and six touchdowns. These are not usually the numbers of a feature back, and when you factor in the Bears subpar offensive live we could see a very down year from Bears running backs. Again, someone will pick Langford but he should not be relied upon on a weekly basis.
The back up backs who could become starters at some point are Ka’Deem Carey, a third-year back out of Arizona who has not had many chances to show what he can do in the NFL because of his backup role. The other back is rookie Jordan Howard out of Indiana. Howard was a 5th-round pick and has yet to establish a role on this team. He still has time to find that role but for now he will struggle to get reps behind Langford and Carey. Neither of these two are worth picking up right now but pay attention to the waiver wire just in case Langford stumbles.
The Bears tight end is Zach Miller. Miller is sure handed and a decent tight end in the NFL. He would make for a great fill in when your starter is on bye or injured. With Jeffery and White hopefully getting most of the passing targets Miller will have to settle in as a possession receiver who needs touchdowns to generate any real fantasy points.
WR Alshon Jeffery; WR Kevin White; RB Jeremy Langford