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Sunday, May 25, 2014

Team Talk: Chicago Bears

By Adam Filadelfo (@Frostt24)

Heading over to the NFC North, let's take a look at the fantasy relevant players coming from the Chicago Bears in 2014. Last season saw some reason for optimism when it came to fantasy relevance in Chi Town. It is highly likely that this season can be a repeat of last season and fantasy owners will want a piece of the Bears offense again.

Jay Cutler
- Cutler played in only 11 games in 2013 and the Bears offense didn't miss a beat. If Cutler can stay healthy throughout the entire 2014 season, there is a good chance he can be a top fantasy quarterback once again. There are no excuses since he has plenty of weapons around him. It's up to Cutler to take that next step to be an elite fantasy signal caller. 2013 saw Cutler finish with 2,619 yards with 19 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in limited play. Again, if he can stay on the field for all 16 games this season, Cutler can have a big season but that remains to be seen. The talent is there though. He's just not a dependable every week quarterback at this point.

Matt Forte
- Coming off of a season that saw Forte rush for over 1,300 yards and add another 592 receiving, Forte is obviously still a top pick heading into all fantasy drafts. He's dependable and rarely lets his owners down. Forte finished his 2013 season with 265 fantasy points averaging out to over 16 fantasy points per game.

Brandon Marshall- What else can be said about Brandon Marshall? Coming off of another 100 catch season, Marshall will be a top receiver off the boards in fantasy drafts once again in 2014. Marshall concluded 2013 with 201 fantasy points and that was without his quarterback Jay Cutler. Much like Matt Forte, Marshall rarely let down fantasy owners.

Alshon Jeffery- Not too many fantasy owners saw Alshon Jeffery's monster 2013 season coming. One thing is for sure. Every fantasy owner will take notice of him in their drafts this season. Alshon Jeffery finished his 2013 with 89 receptions for 1,421 yards and seven touchdowns. He scored just a few fantasy points less than his counterpart Brandon Marshall. Be sure to grab Jeffery early if you want him on your roster.

Marquess Wilson- Wilson could very well be a sleeper pick heading into 2014 fantasy football drafts. His 2013 numbers wouldn't recommend drafting him but the way Brandon Marshall is talking him up this offseason might make fantasy owners take notice. Marshall talked up Jeffery before last season and fantasy owners know how that ended. Granted, Wilson had only two catches in three games played in 2013, but with more opportunities and Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery mentoring him, Wilson could very well make fantasy owners take notice of him before 2014 is over.

Martellus Bennett- Martellus Bennett is coming off of a career year by his standards. He was heavily targeted in a pass happy offense and finished with 65 catches for 759 yards. With the Bears offense still in tact from last season, there's reason to be confident having Martellus Bennett as your fantasy tight end again in 2014.