Coach: Matt Nagy
OC: Mark Helfrich
QB: Mitchell Trubisky, Chase Daniel, Tyler Bray
RBs: Tarik Cohen, Mike Davis, David Montgomery, Taquan Mizzell, Ryan Nall, Kerith Whyte
WRs: Allen Robinson, Taylor Gabriel, Anthony Miller, Cordarrelle Patterson, Riley Ridley, Emanuel Hall, Javon Wims, Tanner Gentry, Marvin Hall, Jordan Lambert Williams, Jesper Horsted, Thomas Ives
TEs: Trey Burton, Adam Shaheen , Ben Braunecker, Dax Raymond, Ellis Richardson, Ian Bunting
2019 Draft (offense only):
Round 3, Pick 73 – RB – David Montgomery – Iowa State
Round 4, Pick 126 – WR – Riley Ridley – Georgia
Round 7, Pick 222 – RB – Kerrith Whyte – Florida
2019 Undrafted Free Agents (fantasy offense only):
WR – Emanuel Hall – Missouri
WR – Jesper Horsted – Princeton
WR – Thomas Ives – Colgate
TE – Dax Raymond – Utah State
TE – Ellis Richardson – Georgia Southern
TE – Ian Bunting – California
Key Offseason Additions (fantasy offense):
RB – Mike Davis
WR – Cordarrelle Patterson
Training Camp Preview: Rookies 7/22, Veterans 7/25
Head coach Matt Nagy and offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich are entering their second season with the Bears. This offense ranked 21st in total offense last year, 21st in passing and 11th in rushing. They were tied for 7th in points per game at 26.8.
Mitchell Trubisky missed two games last season, but made significant improvements in his second year. Now entering year three and his second year in Nagy’s offense, we should be excited about what he can do for our fantasy teams in 2019. He finished as QB15 last year, throwing for 3,223 yards and 24TDs, while adding 421 yards and 3TDs with his legs. His current ADP is around QB17 and can be had in the double digit rounds, making him one of my favorite late round targets. Chase Daniel is primary backup, with Tyler Bray the number 3.
The Bears traded away Jordan Howard and added Mike Davis in free agency, and then drafted David Montgomery out of Iowa State in the third round. Tarik Cohen remains as the primary pass-catching back, but it appears the Bears want to get more targets out of Montgomery and Davis to keep defenses guessing. We’ll need to monitor the camp battle between these two. Montgomery currently goes around the RB29 range, while Davis is in the RB50 range. Cohen’s ADP is around RB24 and is probably the safest of the group right now. We’re not sure how the Bears will use all three backs, so this will be one of the best camp situations to keep an eye on. For backups, they have Taquan Mizzell, Ryan Nall and 7th round draft pick Kerrith Whyte.
Allen Robinson leads the way at receiver. He was boom/bust last year, finising as the WR41 in PPR leagues. He’s definitely a better best ball receiver for me, but year two in the Nagy offense and a full season of Trubisky should help Robinson finish as a WR3 at least. He had a tremendous playoff game against the Eagles, catching 10 passes for 143 yards and 1TD. He’s the clear number one and has a current ADP around the WR25 range. After him, the Bears will start Taylor Gabriel and Anthony Miller. Gabriel will be a boom/bust big play guy, while Anthony Miller should take a step forward in his second season and become the clear number 2. Miller is my favorite to lead the Bears in touchdowns this year (again). His current ADP is around WR49. The Bears signed Cordarrelle Patterson and drafted Riley Ridley out of Georgia in the 4th round. These two should get on the field as the fourth and fifth receivers this year. After them, guys trying to make the team include; Emanuel Hall, Javon Wims, Tanner Gentry, Marvin Hall, Jordan Lambert-Williams, Jesper Horsted and Thomas Ives.
Trey Burton is the starting tight end, finishing as the TE8 in PPR last year. He played a full 16 games, catching 54 passes for 569 yards and 6 TDs on 76 targets. His production dipped when Trubisky was out for two games, but was able to pick things back up for the final three games of the season. Burton’s ADP is around the TE12 range and presents some value for us here. Seems like a fine idea to target Burton and pair him with another TE2 with upside. After Burton, Adam Shaheen is healthy and will be the primary backup. He could eat into some of Burton’s production, so monitor him in camp. Ben Braunecker will compete with Dax Raymond, Ellis Richardson and Ian Bunting for the number three spot.
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