Bears Futures (Super Bowl +10000, NFC Champion +5500, Division +950)
2021 Record: 6-11
Key Additions / Departures
|Signings / Resignings||Notable Draft Picks||Departures|
|WR||Byron Pringle||CB||Kyler Gordon||Edge||Khalil Mack|
|DT||Justin Jones||S||Jaquan Brisker||G||James Daniels|
|G||Lucas Patrick||WR||Velus Jones Jr.||WR||Allen Robinson|
|TE||Ryan Griffin||OT||Braxton Jones||WR||Jakeem Grant|
Offensive Depth Charts (with Phantasia Sports ADP Rankings – PPR)
|QB||Justin Fields / Andy Dalton||Justin Fields (146.6)|
|RB||David Montgomery||David Montgomery (30.1) / Khalil Herbert (197)|
|WR1||Allen Robinson||Darnell Mooney (72.4)|
|WR2||Darnell Mooney||Byron Pringle (193)|
|WR3||Damiere Byrd||Velus Jones Jr. (206)|
|WR4||Marquise Goodwin||N’Keal Harry (312)|
|TE||Cole Kmet||Cole Kmet (133.4)|
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Last year couldn’t have gone worse for Chicago under Matt Nagy. Trying to remain optimistic on the 2022 season, the Bears hiring of Matt Eberflus is possibly a step in the right direction. It is also worth noting that this will be Justin Fields‘ first year as the Bears full-time starting quarterback. His true ceiling has yet to be captured but the future is potentially promising. In his limited time in 2021, Fields had the 10th-best turnover worthy throw rate but was 31st in interception rate. Most of Fields’ interceptions in 2021 were due to bad luck and not necessarily bad play. Cole Kmet will provide a safe option for Fields at the tight end position. Jaquan Brisker is a promising young talent on the defensive side of the ball and provides huge play making capabilities.
This roster top to bottom is one of the worst in the league to put it lightly. Camp rumors are that Khalil Herbert will be splitting time with David Montgomery, so we will have another running back by committee to potentially keep an eye on. 2022 isn’t the year to believe in either of them because this offensive line might be the worst in football. As much as I want to see Justin Fields succeed, he should fear for his life with the lack of talent protecting him. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say I would almost guarantee that Justin Fields goes over his rushing prop this season solely because he’s going to have to be mobile just to make it to the end of the season in one piece. This bad wide receiver room isn’t going to help. There will be an opportunity for Darnell Mooney to take a giant leap this season but I truly don’t believe that he is an NFL caliber top option at the position. The lack of time for Fields to throw isn’t going to help matters. The loss of Khalil Mack and Akiem Hicks will significantly impact the best part of this defense last season. I’m expecting the Bears to have one of the worst point differentials in the NFL.
2022 is going to be a painful year for the Bears. I’m expecting the new coaching staff to suffer from a lot of growing pains due to the situation they walked into. Both Robert Quinn and Roquan Smith, two huge contributors on the 2021 defense, aren’t happy and want out of Chicago. The team is looking to potentially move on from the historic Soldier Field after purchasing the old raceway in Arlington Heights earlier this year. The McCaskeys are rumored to potentially look at selling the team in the next couple of years. This is an organization that is a complete mess from top to bottom. This team is in a complete rebuild going into the 2022 season, from players to possible ownership. There will be a lot of off the field distractions facing this team. I expect minimal results in 2022.
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UNDERDOG FANTASY TOP BEST BALL STACKS
|Cole Kmet||ADP 123.4 – Round 11|
|Justin Fields||ADP 129.8 – Round 11|
|David Montgomery / Khalil Herbert||*Note: We are lower on these two per article.|