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Oftentimes, except for the elite of the elite QBs, a QB is only as good as his supporting cast. In recent years, we’ve seen how important surrounding a young QB with talent is, especially at WR and TE. Teams want to make things easy on their QB so his development can occur as linearly as possible, while also isolating the variable to see if their QB is the guy. Weapons have also arguably become more important than OLinemen, mainly due to the Ja’Marr Chase vs Penei Sewell debate from 2021. So which teams are set up best in this department in 2022? And how do the Chicago Bears stack up against the rest of the league?

Tier 1: Elite Elite Elite

  1. Las Vegas Raiders
    RB1: Josh Jacobs
    RB2: Kenyan Drake
    WR1: Davante Adams
    WR2: Hunter Renfrow
    WR3: Mack Hollins
    WR4: Keelan Cole
    TE1: Darren Waller
    FLEX: Jakob Johnson/Foster Moreau
  2. Cincinnati Bengals
    RB1: Joe Mixon
    RB2: Samaje Perine
    WR1: Ja’Marr Chase
    WR2: Tee Higgins
    WR3: Tyler Boyd
    WR4: Mike Thomas
    TE1: Hayden Hurst
    FLEX: Drew Sample
  3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    RB1: Leonard Fournette
    RB2: Giovani Bernard
    WR1: Mike Evans
    WR2: Chris Godwin
    WR3: Russel Gage Jr
    WR4: Julio Jones
    TE1: Cameron Brate
    FLEX: Kyle Rudolph/Rob Gronkowski midway through the season/Scotty Miller/Tyler Johnson

    Nobody can deny the talent these 3 teams have. The Bengals have the best WR trio in the league, while the Buccaneers have the best WR quartet in the league, and the Raiders may have the 3 best weapons in the league in Adams, Waller, and Renfrow. Each team also has a solid to very good RB. The Buccaneers strength is in their depth, the Raiders and Bengals more in their star power. None are lacking at any position.

    Tier 2: Elite Elite

     

  4. Buffalo Bills
    RB1: Devin Singletary
    RB2: James Cook
    WR1: Stefon Diggs
    WR2: Gabriel Davis
    WR3: Jamison Crowder
    WR4: Isaiah McKenzie
    TE1: Dawson Knox
    FLEX: OJ Howard
  5. Philadelphia Eagles
    RB1: Miles Sanders
    RB2: Kenneth Gainwell
    WR1: AJ Brown
    WR2: Devonta Smith
    WR3: Quez Watkins
    WR4: Zach Pascal
    TE1: Dallas Goedert
    FLEX: Boston Scott
  6. Los Angeles Rams
    RB1: Cam Akers
    RB2: Darrell Henderson Jr
    WR1: Cooper Kupp
    WR2: Allen Robinson
    WR3: Van Jefferson
    WR4: Tutu Atwell
    TE1: Tyler Higbee
    FLEX: Kendall Blanton/Odell Beckham Jr
  7. Miami Dolphins
    RB1: Chase Edmonds
    RB2: Raheem Mostert
    WR1: Tyreek Hill
    WR2: Jaylen Waddle
    WR3: Cedrick Wilso Jr
    WR4: Trent Sherfield
    TE1: Mike Gesicki
    FLEX: Sony Michel/Alec Ingold
  8. Los Angeles Chargers
    RB1: Austin Ekeler
    RB2: Isaiah Spiller
    WR1: Keenan Allen
    WR2: Mike Williams
    WR3: Joshua Palmer
    WR4: Jalen Guyton
    TE1: Gerald Everett
    FLEX: Donald Parham Jr
  9. New Orleans Saints
    RB1: Alvin Kamara
    RB2: Mark Ingram
    WR1: Michael Thomas
    WR2: Chris Olave
    WR3: Jarvis Landry
    WR4: Deonte Harty
    TE1: Adam Trautman
    FLEX: Taysom Hill
  10. Minnesota Vikings
    RB1: Dalvin Cook
    RB2: Alexander Mattison
    WR1: Justin Jefferson
    WR2: Adam Thielen
    WR3: KJ Osborn
    WR4: Ihmir Smith-Marsette
    TE1: Irv Smith Jr
    FLEX: CJ Ham/Kene Nwangwu
  11. Seattle Seahawks
    RB1: Rashaad Penny
    RB2: Kenneth Walker III
    WR1: DK Metcalf
    WR2: Tyler Lockett
    WR3: Freddie Swaine
    WR4: Dee Eskridge
    TE1: Noah Fant
    FLEX: Will Dissly
  12. Arizona Cardinals
    RB1: James Conner
    RB2: Darrel Williams
    WR1: DeAndre Hopkins
    WR2: Marquise Brown
    WR3: AJ Green
    WR4: Rondale Moore
    TE1: Zach Ertz
    FLEX: Trey McBride

    These teams have great arsenals, just not as good as the top 3 teams. The Bills offense has been absolutely elite the past 2 seasons. The Eagles had a decent group, then added AJ Brown. The Rams group is stellar, and could be even more dangerous down the stretch if they bring back Odell Beckham. The Dolphins trade for Hill isolates the Tua variable. The Chargers give Herbert a solid group around him including fantasy darling Austin Ekeler. If Michael Thomas is healthy, the Saints bolster a group that excels in many different categories. Cook-Jefferson-Smith Jr is a very dynamic RB-WR-TE trio for Minnesota. The Seahawks still have two great deep threats in Metcalf and Lockett. When Hopkins is off his suspension, we can see an Oklahoma Sooners-like offense from the Cardinals.

    Tier 3: Elite

     

  13. Denver Broncos
    RB1: Javonte Williams
    RB2: Melvin Gordon
    WR1: Courtland Sutton
    WR2: Jerry Jeudy
    WR3: KJ Hamler
    WR4: Tim Patrick
    TE1: Albert Okwuegbunam
    FLEX: Greg Dulcich
  14. Kansas City Chiefs
    RB1: Clyde Edwards-Helaire
    RB2: Jerick McKinnon
    WR1: Juju Smith-Schuster
    WR2: Marquez Valdes-Scantling
    WR3: Mecole Hardman
    WR4: Skyy Moore
    TE1: Travis Kelce
    FLEX: Ronald Jones/Blake Bell
  15. Cleveland Browns
    RB1: Nick Chubb
    RB2: Kareem Hunt
    WR1: Amari Cooper
    WR2: Donovan Peoples-Jones
    WR3: David Bell
    WR4: Anthony Schwartz
    TE1: David Njoku
    FLEX: Harrison Bryant
  16. Pittsburgh Steelers
    RB1: Najee Harris
    RB2: Benny Snell Jr
    WR1: Diontae Johnson
    WR2: Chase Claypool
    WR3: George Pickens
    WR4: Miles Boykin
    TE1: Pat Freiermuth
    FLEX: Anthony McFarland
  17. Dallas Cowboys
    RB1: Ezekiel Elliot
    RB2: Tony Pollard
    WR1: CeeDee Lamb
    WR2: Michael Gallup
    WR3: James Washington
    WR4: Jalen Tolbert
    TE1: Dalton Schultz
    FLEX: Jake Ferguson
  18. San Francisco 49ers
    RB1: Elijah Mitchell
    RB2: Jeff Wilson Jr
    WR1: Deebo Samuel
    WR2: Brandon Aiyuk
    WR3: Jauan Jennings
    WR4: Ray-Ray McCloud
    TE1: George Kittle
    FLEX: Tyrion Davis-Price

    These teams have multiple very good options, but you don’t always have multiple elite options available. Javonte Williams is the best RB Russel Wilson has played with since Marshawn Lynch retired the first time. The Chiefs have gone from an undersized group of speedy receivers to bigger jumpball guys, but Travis Kelce is still there. The Browns have the best RB duo in the NFL. The Steelers also have a dynamic RB-WR-TE trio in Harris, Johnson, and Freiermuth. The Cowboys lost Cooper, but they’ll be just fine with Pollard taking on a larger role. Deebo Samuel showed just how versatile he was last season and got paid.

    Tier 4: Good

     

  19. Carolina Panthers
    RB1: Christian McCaffrey
    RB2: Chuba Hubbard
    WR1: DJ Moore
    WR2: Robbie Anderson
    WR3: Terrace Marshall Jr
    WR4: Rashard Higgins
    TE1: Ian Thomas
    FLEX: Tommy Tremble
  20. Washington Commanders
    RB1: Antonio Gibson
    RB2: JD McKissic
    WR1: Terry McLaurin
    WR2: Jahan Dotson
    WR3: Curtis Samuel
    WR4: Dyami Brown
    TE1: Logan Thomas
    FLEX: Brian Robinson
  21. Detroit Lions
    RB1: D’Andre Swift
    RB2: Jamaal Williams
    WR1: Amon-Ra St. Brown
    WR2: DJ Chark
    WR3: Jameson Williams
    WR4: Josh Reynolds
    TE1: TJ Hockenson
    FLEX: Kalif Raymond
  22. New York Jets
    RB1: Breece Hall
    RB2: Michael Carter
    WR1: Elijah Moore
    WR2: Garrett Wilson
    WR3: Corey Davis
    WR4: Braxton Berrios
    TE1: CJ Uzomah
    FLEX: Tyler Conklin

    These groups are fine, but not as special as those above. McCaffrey and Moore are both elite, but there are issues with injuries. McLaurin has been the only really consistent elite player for Washington. Detroit has a very intriguing group, but one that has multiple guys coming off injury. The Jets group is similar to Detroit in intrigue, and both lack experience.

    Tier 5: Some good starters, but lacking depth

     

  23. Indianapolis Colts
    RB1: Johnathan Taylor
    RB2: Nyhiem Hines
    WR1: Michael Pittman Jr
    WR2: Alec Pierce
    WR3: Parris Campbell
    WR4: Ashton Dulin
    TE1: Mo-Alie Cox
    FLEX: Jelani Woods
  24. Tennessee Titans
    RB1: Derrick Henry
    RB2: Hassan Haskins
    WR1: Robert Woods
    WR2: Treylon Burks
    WR3: Nick Westbrook-Ikhine
    WR4: Dez Fitzpatrick
    TE1: Austin Hooper
    FLEX: Geoff Swaim
  25. New England Patriots
    RB1: Damien Harris
    RB2: Rhamondre Stevenson
    WR1: Kendrick Bourne
    WR2: Jakobi Meyers
    WR3: DeVante Parker
    WR4: Nelson Agholor
    TE1: Hunter Henry
    FLEX: Jonnu Smith
  26. Chicago Bears
    RB1: David Montgomery
    RB2: Khalil Herbert
    WR1: Darnell Mooney
    WR2: Byron Pringle
    WR3: Equanimeous St. Brown
    WR4: N’Keal Harry
    TE1: Cole Kmet
    FLEX: Velus Jones Jr
  27. Baltimore Ravens
    RB1: JK Dobbins
    RB2: Gus Edwards
    WR1: Rashod Bateman
    WR2: Devin Duvernay
    WR3: James Proche III
    WR4: Tylan Wallace
    TE1: Mark Andrews
    FLEX: Nick Boyle
  28. Atlanta Falcons
    RB1: Cordarralle Patterson
    RB2: Damien Williams
    WR1: Drake London
    WR2: Olamide Zaccheus
    WR3: Bryan Edwards
    WR4: Auden Tate
    TE1: Kyle Pitts
    FLEX: Anthony Firkser
  29. Green Bay Packers
    RB1: Aaron Jones
    RB2: AJ Dillon
    WR1: Allen Lazard
    WR2: Christian Watson
    WR3: Sammy Watkins
    WR4: Amari Rodgers
    TE1: Robert Tonyan
    FLEX: Randall Cobb/Romeo Doubs
  30. New York Giants
    RB1: Saquon Barkley
    RB2: Matt Breida
    WR1: Kenny Golladay
    WR2: Kadarius Toney
    WR3: Sterling Shephard
    WR4: Wan’Dale Robinson
    TE1: Daniel Bellinger
    FLEX: Darius Slayton/Jordan Akins

    The title gives this tier away. The Colts have Taylor and Pittman, but little behind them. The Titans have Henry, Woods, and Burks, but little behind them, plus relying on Woods coming off injury and Burks as a rookie. The Patriots have a lot of average players, but nobody really elite. The Bears have Montgomery, Mooney, and Kmet but not much else. The Ravens have Dobbins, Bateman, and Andrews, but not much else. The Falcons have a stud in Pitts, a potential stud in London, and Patterson coming off a career year. Too bad Calvin Ridley is suspended. The Packers have a good RB duo but are severely lacking at WR and TE. The Giants have a bunch of talented players, but all have issues with drops, inconsistency, and injury.

    Tier 6: Bottom of the Barrel

  31. Jacksonville Jaguars
    RB1: James Robinson
    RB2: Travis Etienne
    WR1: Christian Kirk
    WR2: Marvin Jones
    WR3: Zay Jones
    WR4: Laviska Shenault
    TE1: Evan Engram
    FLEX: Jamal Agnew
  32. Houston Texans
    RB1: Dameon Pierce
    RB2: Marlon Mack
    WR1: Brandin Cooks
    WR2: Nico Collins
    WR3: Chris Moore
    WR4: John Metchie
    TE1: Pharaoh Brown
    FLEX: Brevin Jordan

    These two teams don’t have much. The Jaguars have an intriguing RB duo, but have no WR1 and nobody elite. The Texans have Brandin Cooks and nobody else.

The Bears land at 26, in maybe a second-last tier. They have some weapons and if things break right could have a solid offense and be in the hunt, but their ceiling is a wild card team (in a weak division they may get lucky) but they are not nearly a Super Bowl contender. The possibility exists they could end up bottom tier at the end of the season. For now, they have a borderline top 20 receiver in Mooney, a top 15 RB in Montgomery, a promising TE in Kmet, a good backup RB in Herbert, and decent WRs behind Mooney who are likely one role up of where you actually want them (i.e. you want Mooney as your 2, Pringle as your 3, but here they’re 1 and 2). Still, if Justin Fields performs about as well as Mitchell Trubisky did in year 2, with a worse supporting cast, the Bears can keep their top players and those he really developed chemistry with, then go all-in on weapons in the draft and free agency with all their resources.

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