Fantasy Football Team Preview: Chicago Bears

Jeffery had two games of more than 200 receiving yards last season.

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Team Outlook

The Bears showed some serious offensive life under first-year head coach Marc Trestman, ranking second in the NFL with 445 points, and eighth with 381.8 yards per game … All of the major contributors are back, so we can probably expect more of the same.

Bye week: 9

Quarterback – Jay Cutler

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If Cutler hadn’€™t missed nearly six games in 2013, he’d have been somewhere around the 15th-ranked fantasy QB. That’s about where you should rank him heading into this season as well … Trestman’s presence seemed to agree with Cutler, who completed his highest percentage of passes (63.1) since 2007.

Running Back – Matt Forte

Forte was third in standard scoring thanks to 1,933 yards from scrimmage and 12 touchdowns … Forte was even more spectacular in PPR formats, as he ranked third among backs with 74 receptions … He’s in the argument for fantasy’s top back, but will probably be third or fourth on most standard draftboards.

Wide Receiver – Brandon Marshall

Marshall was fifth in fantasy scoring last season, thanks to 100 receptions (fifth among WRs) for 1,295 yards (11th) and 12 scores (T-3rd) … Marshall isn’t exactly a deep threat, but with his volume and red-zone prowess, who’s complaining? … He’s a top-five wideout again.

Wide Receiver – Alshon Jeffery

Jeffery broke out to rank seventh among wide receivers in fantasy scoring last season, grabbing 89 passes for 1,421 yards and seven touchdowns … He’s not quite elite yet – at least not in the Megatron/Dez realm – but he can be viewed as a low-end WR1 in just about any format.

Tight End – Martellus Bennett

Bennett set career highs in both receptions (65) and yards (759) last season, while adding five touchdowns … Had enjoyed a breakout of sorts with the Giants in 2012, going 55-626-5 … Bennett is in the top-12 TE discussion, but some below him in the rankings carry more upside … If you want solid rather than sexy from your low-end TE1, Bennett works.

Rookie – Ka’Deem Carey (RB)

Carey was drafted in the fourth round out of Arizona, where he ran for 1,885 yards and 19 touchdowns in 2013 … He’s listed at 5’9", 207 pounds, and probably only has value as a handcuff to Forte.

Placekicker – Robbie Gould

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Gould ranked 14th among kickers in fantasy scoring last year … He was very accurate, making 26 of 29 field goals, but ranked 19th in attempts due to his team’s newfound touchdown-scoring ability – he ranked fifth with 46 extra-point attempts … Probably good enough to be your kicker in a 12-team league.

Team Defense (DST) – The Bears’ DST was eighth in fantasy scoring, mainly thanks to six defensive TDs and a punt return TD … They were also tied for eighth with 19 interceptions … Unfortunately, the Bears were tied for last with 31 sacks, and recovered just nine fumbles … Don’t count on their opportunism carrying over from year to year.


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