2018’s Best Chicago Bears Fantasy Football Player: Tarik Cohen, Running Back
2018’s Biggest Chicago Bears Fantasy Football Disappointment: Allen Robinson, Wide Receiver
2019 Chicago Bears Fantasy Football Draft Wishlist: Wide Receiver, Running Back
The Chicago Bears fantasy football prowess could hardly be described as a powerhouse in 2018, with only Tarik Cohen as a set-and-forget starter, and with Trey Burton ending as a TE1 on volume alone. The only issue with putting together a wishlist for them is that they’re… just sort of young. Mitchell Trubisky needs some seasoning, Allen Robinson needs to prove that he is worth the money, and newcomer Mike Davis needs to shed the popular opinion that he is, in fact, Mike Davis.
The offensive line was mostly good, with Pro Football Focus rating them as the #2 pass blocking offensive line, and the #11 overall last year. There’s no real weakness there. Jordan Howard was a supreme fantasy football disappointment but still ended up as RB20 when all was said and done. Howard is now an Eagle, and the Bears replaced him with Mike Davis. There’s one huge weakness.
Also, wide receiver is a mess, as former potential savior Kevin White moved on to Arizona, and current potential savior Allen Robinson barely turned in 100 fantasy points in standard scoring last season. The Bears hope that Anthony Miller can take a step forward, but he won’t peak as a true #1 wide receiver.
That makes two wishes for fantasy football drafters who wish to look towards the Chicago Bears: a wide receiver, and a running back.
Chcago Bears Fantasy Football Wishlist: Wide Receiver
At this point, I’m willing to call Allen Robinson’s 2015 season a flash in the pan. He can certainly continue his career as a strong #2 wide receiver, but entering year six, he has as many lost seasons under his belt as he has seasons where he averages over 60 yards per game. It would behoove the Bears to find another receiver to put as the #1 to Robinson’s #2 outside, with Miller in the slot. The only problem? The Bears have one pick in the top-100, and that isn’t exactly “top wide receiver territory.”
Unfortunately, this is a punt (sorry for the football reference). The biggest need for fantasy football for the 2019 Bears literally won’t be an option for them. If they still have faith in Allen Robinson as their #1, and they don’t believe they need another receiver over the top, then they still have some options. They might get lucky in the Riley Ridley sweepstakes, or they could take a swing at Hakeem Butler. While a true #1 WR would be the most impactful player for fantasy football in 2018, that isn’t in the cards. Snagging a new running back, however, is definitely something they need to do for fantasy football owners.
Chicago Bears Fantasy Football Wishlist: Running Back
Jordan Howard was such a messy mismatch for the Nagy system last season that the Bears essentially telegraphed that he would be getting the ball in his gut when he was on the field. He turned that awful mismatch into over 1,000 yards and nine touchdowns. Now, imagine if he wasn’t an awful mismatch when he was on the field. The best match here, for a guy who can run but doesn’t necessarily telegraph the run, is David Montgomery. Not shocking that one of the best RBs in the draft is the best option for the Chicago Bears fantasy football needs. Unfortunately, he likely won’t be the pick for the Bears. In all likelihood, the Bears will get a complimentary, short yardage back that will likely not contribute in a massive fashion in 2019. He will only help the Bears, not any fantasy football owners in 2019. NOTE: Please do not misconstrue this as faith in Mike Davis.
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