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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Team Talk: Chicago Bears

By Adam Filadelfo (@FNTSYArchitect)

Looking at the NFC North, the Chicago Bears were yet again a disappointment in the NFL but when it comes to fantasy football, Da Bears have a whole lot to offer. With a new head coach in town and a lot of familiar faces, fantasy owners can expect the Bears to produce some fantasy relevant players heading into the new season. It's time to take a look and see what the Bears can offer.

Jay Cutler- Quarterback- At this point in time, fantasy owners should expect the same result out of Jay Cutler. If you draft him to be your every week quarterback, get ready for some tough times. What you see is that you get with Cutler. In 15 games played last season, Cutler averaged 22.3 fantasy points per game and threw 28 touchdowns to go along with 18 interceptions. He also passed for just over 3,800 yards which is a disappointment considering the weapons he had at his disposal. He did post ten games of 20 or more fantasy points but overall, his numbers were a let down for fantasy owners who thought he may turn the corner in 2014.

Matt Forte- Running Back- What else can be said about Matt Forte that fantasy owners don't already know? He's the model of consistency every time he's on the field. He not only makes plays with his legs, but also his hands. Forte is PPR gold and fantasy owners shouldn't expect that to change heading into 2015. Last season, Forte averaged over 15 fantasy points per game and rushed for over 1,000 yards while adding another 800 plus yards through the air. He saw 130 targets tossed his way while hauling in 102 of those balls for four more touchdowns bringing his touchdown total to ten for the year. He also posted ten games of double digit fantasy points. The running back position doesn't get much more reliable than Matt Forte.

Alshon Jeffery- Wide Receiver- With the departure of Brandon Marshall, fantasy owners can expect even bigger numbers from the now number one receiver in 2015. Last season, Jeffery averaged 11 fantasy points per game and scored double digit fantasy points in ten games. He saw 145 targets while catching just 85 of them but did manage to rack up over 1,000 yards receiving while scoring ten times. Fantasy owners should look for bigger and better from Jeffery this season.

Marquess Wilson- Wide Receiver- Some fantasy owners were expecting big things from Wilson in 2014 but those lofty expectations were cut short due to an injury sustained in the preseason. The good news is in the seven games Wilson did play last year, he saw 32 targets (4.5 per game) and now projects to be a bigger part of the offense with Brandon Marshall gone. Marquess Wilson could be a late round sleeper heading into fantasy drafts this season.

Kevin White- Wide Receiver- Drafted to replace the departed Brandon Marshall, Kevin White was taken seventh overall by the Bears and should make an immediate impact both with the Bears and fantasy owners. White stands at 6'3 and weighs 215 lbs which should help him versus defensive backs. In the two years he played at West Virginia, White finished with 144 catches for almost 2,000 yards and 15 touchdowns. Even if White doesn't make the kind of impact most fantasy owners think he will this year, he's the perfect keeper or dynasty candidate.

Martellus Bennett- Tight End- At a position that is very slim, Martellus Bennett seems to produce almost every year. Last year, Bennett averaged eight fantasy points per game and scored double digit fantasy points in six games. He also saw 128 targets and caught 90 balls for over 900 yards and six scores. Fantasy owners can once again count on the "Black Unicorn" in 2015.t)

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