Last year Bears players were rarely sought after commodities on the Fantasy Football market. With only Jordan Howard and the Defense/ST finishing in the top 10 for their position groups, people would be justifiably wary to pull the trigger on putting Bears players in their starting lineups this season. With new coach Matt Nagy at the helm and a fresh crop of free agents these sentiments are starting to change, but just how quickly should you buy into starting a Bears player on your fantasy roster?

Mitchell Trubisky QB:

Finishing the year as the #28 scoring QB last year doesn’t inspire a ton of confidence in Trubisky’s ability to light up the fantasy scoreboard this year. However, there’s enough intrigue surrounding him this year that he should get a look in your starting lineup…eventually. For as much optimism as there is with the Bears offense this season there’s also a healthy amount of caution, and for good reason. If everything goes according to plan and Trubisky sees a Goff-like jump in his play (Goff finished as the #12 QB last year) then he could very well be worthy of a starting spot, but it will inevitably take a few weeks to be sure.

Projected fantasy starter by week 4 vs Buccaneers (if all goes well)

 

Jordan Howard RB:

Jordan Howard finished last year as the #10 running back in standard scoring and #15 in PPR. These aren’t mind blowing numbers but they’re definitely worthy of a starting spot on your roster. Howard has put together back to back 1,000 yard seasons while consistently facing stacked boxes, so in a year where he’s expected to get more room to run he should remain firmly entrenched as a plug and play option regardless of the opponent.

Projected fantasy starter by week 1 vs Packers

 

Tarik Cohen RB:

Cohen absolutely exploded out of the gate last season, putting up double digit points for the first 3 weeks of the season before John Fox decided to stop giving him touches. His production went up and down throughout the season and he finished the year as the #29 running back in PPR leagues. This year he shouldn’t have an issue getting his share touches with Nagy calling the plays. The new coach has been doing his absolute best to hide his true intentions for the electric ball carrier, but all signs point to him having a big year. Now this isn’t any kind of guarantee that he’ll light it up week 1, so you might want to wait a week before putting him in the starting lineup.

Projected fantasy starter by week 2 vs Seahawks

 

Allen Robinson WR:

Allen Robinson is a bit of a mystery for the start of 2018 as we really haven’t seen him play since 2016 when he finished as the #27 receiver following a 2015 campaign where he finished as the #3 scoring receiver. With a $14 million dollar contract and an ADP hovering somewhere in the low 40’s Allen Robinson is a big investment for a team owner to keep him on the bench. While we have no way to know for sure how many balls he’ll get week 1, he’s widely being regarded as a solid starting option.

Projected fantasy starter by week 1 vs Packers

 

Anthony Miller WR:

Following an extremely productive college career where he racked up over 3,000 receiving yards on about 250 catches Anthony Miller figures to be a potential late round steal for those willing to roll the dice on a rookie. By all accounts he and Trubisky have developed some good chemistry during the offseason and he seems to have earned his QB’s trust so far. The coaching staff is also very high on the Memphis product and they figure to get him the ball early and often. The only thing to worry about with Miller is how he transitions to the NFL, so it may take a few weeks for him to really hit his stride and become a reliable contributor.

Projected fantasy starter by week 7 vs Jets

 

Taylor Gabriel and Kevin White WRs:

While both Taylor Gabriel and Kevin White both figure to contribute to this offense, neither of them are considered to be centerpieces at this point. After a few weeks this assessment could certainly change, but right now neither of them look to be draftable players and will almost definitely be around on the waiver wire.

Not projected to be fantasy starters

 

Trey Burton TE:

Trey Burton looks like he’ll be one of the biggest steals in the draft for those who have the confidence to take him. Throughout all of training camp the Bears have been consistently feeding the ball to the tight ends with Burton getting the majority of those targets. Against the Broncos he pulled down 4 catches for 45 yards in limited time on the field. Nagy has always had an affinity for the tight ends, and according to Matthew Berry “the Chiefs led the NFL in TE receiving yards and were second in both targets and receptions.” Out of all the players on this list Burton might be the biggest risk as he’s never put up big numbers before, but this could also have the biggest payoff as Berry predicted that Burton will end up as a top-3 TE by the end of the season.

Projected fantasy starter by week 1 vs Packers.

 

Bears Defense/ST

The Bears defense finished as the #7 unit in 2017, and that was before they got Roquan Smith, Khalil Mack, and an offense that could keep them off the field in any capacity. Expect the defense to do even better this season and perform as a reliable streaming option if not a full time starting unit.

Projected fantasy starter on a streaming basis

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