Bears 2018 chicago bears Fantasy Preview

When it came to the Bears and fantasy in 2017, there was Jordan Howard and … well that was about it. That's not totally true, but it's almost totally true. The Bears offense ranked 30th in total yards last season while fielding the NFL's least productive passing game. It was the running game that kept Chicago even partially relevant. Howard accounted for more than 1,200 yards and nine touchdowns to finish as a top 10 fantasy back. However, he did have help. Tarik Cohen didn't take long to make an impact in the offense. The “Human Joystick” was second on the roster in scrimmage yards in addition to being a dangerous return man. The season began with Mike Glennon starting at quarterback before rookie Mitch Trubisky took over the job in Week 5. The combination of an inexperienced quarterback and a pass-catching corps lacking in talent after the departure of Alshon Jeffery led to an aerial attack that didn't have much bite. Kendall Wright ended 2017 as the team leader in receptions (59) and receiving yards (614). There was some good that came from a spot of tragedy for the Bears last season. A gruesome knee injury ended Zach Miller's season but allowed Adam Shaheen to see more opportunities in his rookie season.

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FACT: Jordan Howard has been a top 10 fantasy running back in each of his first two professional seasons despite catching a combined 52 passes for 423 yards. Kareem Hunt (53/455) topped that in his rookie season.
Offseason Moves

The Bears took steps to upgrade their offense around second-year quarterback Mitch Trubisky by adding receiver Allen Robinson and tight end Trey Burton in place of Kendall Wright (Vikings) and Zach Miller (injury). They added depth to a thin receiving corps by drafting Memphis receiver Anthony Miller in the third round. But the biggest move was on the sideline where Chicago made a change by firing John Fox and hiring former Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy.

Sleepers & Busts

There are heightened expectations for Tarik Cohen after flashing during his rookie season – especially as a pass-catcher in Nagy's offense. Likewise, with the additions made to the offense and a new head coach, there are hopes that Trubisky is ready to make a Jared Goff-like leap to the next level. If you believe in redemption stories and have a dream in your heart, Kevin White could get one last shot to succeed in Chicago.

Fantasy Depth Chart
POSFIRSTSECONDTHIRDOTHER
QB Mitch Trubisky Chase Daniel Tyler Bray
RB Jordan Howard Tarik Cohen Benny Cunningham
WR Allen Robinson Taylor Gabriel Anthony Miller Bennie Fowler
TE Trey Burton Adam Shaheen Dion Sims
K Cody Parkey