Chicago Bears 2016 Preview
2015 Season Review (6-10)
2015 Pass Attempts 523 – Rank: 25th
2015 Rush Attempts 468 – Rank: 6th
2015 Total Offensive Plays 1,025 – Rank: 18th
2015 Yards Per Play Rank: 5.4 – 21st
Da Bears, Da Bears, Da Bears… Last year was disappointing for the Bears, only finishing 6-10, however, that was largely due to some injuries there were dealing with all season. On paper, Jay Cutler had one of his better years from an efficiency standpoint. That efficiency did not lead to a ton of fantasy points from Cutler, but, he was serviceable all season long. Like most teams in the NFL, the key to the season usually hinges on the performance of their signal caller, and this is no different for the Bears this year.
Matt Forte is gone, signing with the Jets in the Off Season. Despite the loss of Forte, these guys actually still have some offensive guys that I would consider rostering every week on DFS. Naturally, we’ll start with the guy replacing Forte in the backfield. Jeremy Langford will probably be a steal early in the season in DFS with a low salary and high expected workload. I think Langford is a great play in all formats and is also a great PPR guy as well, as he has some of the same skillsets that made Forte so valuable. If the Bears don’t change their offensive schemes from when they had Forte, Langford is a must, because he should get a lot of touches.
Cutler should be faded most weeks, almost 100% fade in cash games, unless he is facing a weak defense. He will throw plenty of interceptions and he will drive you crazy as a fantasy owner. He’s just not consistent enough for my taste. Alshon Jeffery is a legit WR1 on a weekly basis. He will usually be a strong play in all formats if he is healthy. Kevin White, Marquise Wilson, and Eddie Royal are also solid secondary WRs that I would consider if their salaries were very low in prime matchups. TE Zach Miller should also get a lot of targets this season with Martellus Bennett moving to New England. Miller’s salary should be very low during the beginning of the season, and he is worth keeping an eye on. My advice is to roster Langford and Miller early in the year, as they should be very cheap and valuable plays.
The Bears invested a ton of money in the Offense to try and rebuild their once vaunted Defense. New Defensive Coordinator Vic Fangio will have fun with all the new toys he’ll have at his disposal. That all being said, Vegas has the Bear set to just 6.5 wins this year. You know me by now, I try to be optimistic when looking at every team. I try to think of the best case scenarios and figure out what the W/L would be if that were to take place. With that said, I’ll take the over on the Bears 6.5 wins. I think Cutler showed some real signs of improvement, and I feel like Alshon Jeffery will take that next step this year towards becoming a Pro Bowl caliber receiver week in and week out.
|QB||Jay Cutler||Brian Hoyer|
|RB||Jeremy Langford||KaDeem Carey||Jordan Howard|
|WR||Alshon Jeffery||Kevin White||Eddie Royal||Josh Bellamy||Cameron Meredith||Deonte Thompson||Marquess Wilson|
|TE||Zachary Miller||Logan Paulsen||Greg Scruggs||Khari Lee|
The Core by xBenJamminx
I’ve never been a Jay Cutler fan, his upside is limited and his floor is low. He was in the top 20 in all QB ranks, but it isn’t saying much when he’s in the same range as Alex Smith. He’s not going to get you 4,000 yards and 30+ TDs but he can manage the game enough to get a stud like Alshon Jeffery going, even though he had a rough preseason with drops. He was hurt for much of 2015 but when he’s in there, he’s proven to be one of the better WRs in the league and received 10 targets per game when he was healthy. They’re going to feed him along with rookie Kevin White who is the big WR coming out of WVU. There’s a lot of talk about him becoming a big playmaker in the league but that’s assuming Cutler can put together a competent season. Having Eddie Royal back will certainly help the passing game because he and Zach Miller will be able to suck up some PPR middle of the field targets to take the pressure off the big WRs. Zach is a big body TE who can run, with Bennett gone, he should show progression in this offense. It’s hard to guess what’s going to happen with Jeremy Langford because he’s still relatively unknown but the starting spot is his with Matt Forte gone. He didn’t go over 100 rushing yards in any game last season but did have a game against the rams where he had 7 catcher and 109 receiving yards, but besides that he only had one other game over 30 yards receiving.
Cash Thoughts: Having one of the easier schedules in the league is always good. That’s the only reason I would be considering Jay Cutler anywhere near my cash lines, but unless his price is super valued, he may not make it close. It would have to be a QB/WR1 stack. I can see potentially using Alshon Jeffery or Jeremy Langford as standalone options depending on the matchup. I can’t really see much else of the offense being cash except maybe a healthy Eddie Royal soaking up PPR targets at the right price.
GPP Thoughts: Anything goes here. This is a GPP offense in my opinion, capable of a few players going off any day. The QB/WR1/WR2 stack will probably be popular this year with people wanting to get a piece of the big two WRs here, Alshon Jeffery and Kevin White. If I think they may end up being down in a game I’ll use the QB/RB/WR1or2 combo although they don’t throw it to Jeremy Langford enough. You could insert Zach Miller in to any stack here because he’ll probably me more instrumental in this offense than people think. QB/WR1/TE, QB/WR2/TE, QB/RB/TE if you really want to get wild.