Chicago is up next in our Team Talk series, this one also written by Adam Filadelfo. Follow him on Twitter: @Frostt24.
Always a potential to be a breakout offense, Da Bears seem to fall just a
bit short. If this is the year they put it all together, you are going to want
to own some of these players to help bring you a fantasy football
Jay Cutler - Let me start off by saying Cutler has the tools to be an
elite level quarterback. Now let me say that he isn't an elite level
quarterback. Maybe it's his approach to the game or maybe it's his
attitude, but something is holding him back. He has a great arm and
sometimes looks like he's turned the corner, but just when it seems like
he's put it all together he goes and throws an ill-advised pass that
gets picked off. Maybe he thinks his big arm is all he needs. There were
just too many games (last year especially) that Cutler either failed to
show up or threw more interceptions than touchdowns. At this point,
he's probably best suited as a backup fantasy quarterback.
Matt Forte - Forte is more valuable in PPR formats simply
because he is an important part of the passing game. But what hurts him
most is his lack of scoring touchdowns. No matter what format you may play in,
nothing is more valuable than touchdowns. That may be the only
department Forte is at a disadvantage, and he certainly has room for improvement there. He's currently going in the
second round of drafts and in a new system with new head coach Marc
Trestman he could see a boost in touchdowns scored.
Brandon Marshall - One word comes to mind when describing Marshall.
Beast. Not only is he a weapon downfield, he's a strong red zone threat
as well. Brandon is a physically gifted athlete with the ability to
make outstanding plays but may need another wide receiver opposite him
to reach his full potential.
Alshon Jeffery - He showed signs of breaking out last season but never
quite took that next step. Some are predicting this could be the year
but I'm tempering my expectations. Marshall is clearly Cutler's favorite
target and it sometimes seems Cutler only sees Marshall on the field.
That could hurt the value of Jeffery even more. Until he shows he can do
more than just flash signs of ability, I'd stay away. Unfulfilled promise makes him worthy of a late round flier in your drafts.
Martellus Bennett - Bennett could have a really good year in
Chicago. He's a legitimate red zone option in a season where tight end
seems at a premium. He also gives Cutler another option at the goal
line. He's an every week starter at his position that could very well
help a Bears offense that had to settle for far too many field goals
last season. Keep in mind that Marc Trestman is known for being an
offensive minded coach so that could help boost Bennett's value.
Michael Bush - He won't see much work as long as Matt Forte is healthy.
That being said, there's a good chance Forte doesn't stay healthy for
the entire season. If the Bears need him, Bush can produce. Even with
Forte in there, Bush has been more of the goal line back and could be
valuable by means of scoring touchdowns. Only problem with that is it's
almost impossible to predict touchdowns. I think right now, Bush is
worth drafting as the clear cut handcuff for Forte owners. He probably
won't hold much value for any other fantasy owner.
Devin Hester - Let's get this out of the way right now: The Devin Hester
as a receiver experiment has failed. However, in fantasy leagues where
owners are rewarded for return yards, Hester could still hold some value. Hester is one of the most electrifying return specialists to
play in the NFL in quite some time. Any time he has the ball in his
hands, there's a good chance he can take it to the house. In most leagues if you want to
get the benefit of Hester's return ability, you're going to want to draft the Bears defense and special teams.
D/ST - Make no mistake about it, the Bears defense will be one of the
first defenses off the board come draft day. Only problem with defenses
is an elite defense one year isn't necessarily that the following year.
What made the Chicago defense so great to own in 2012 was their penchant
for getting turnovers. You can't count on that happening again, but the potential remains. Regardless of that though, you should be confident using the Bears defense in most matchups.
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