Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Fantasy Football Projections 2021: Chicago Bears

Our 2021 Fantasy Football Projections will be viewable by both position and team.

Below you will find our 2021 fantasy football projections for the Chicago Bears.

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Justin Fields434.3264.93061.818.6712.3865.4343.43.76229.29
Andy Dalton164.7102.811207.254.2814.446.10.7274.17

Justin Fields: The Bears social media account got mocked for their "QB1" tweet in March. Of course, that was before they traded up to draft Fields in the first round and I'd expect the former Buckeye to be installed as the starter sooner than later. Even so, coach Matt Nagy still insists that it'll be Dalton, not Fields, as the opening week starter.

While Chicago's passing attack will never be confused for Kansas City's, we've seen how productive dual-threat rookie quarterbacks can be in fantasy football. Once he takes over the starting gig, the former Buckeye will be in the weekly streaming mix, at minimum.

Andy Dalton: Dalton enters the season as the "QB1," but that will likely be short-lived. Outside of two-QB leagues, Dalton is completely off the fantasy radar.


David Montgomery233.6992.86.4236.8301.12.1198.91
Tarik Cohen44.3190.50.7833.1240.51.271.53
Damien Williams66.52861.519.3152.6168.51
Khalil Herbert12.955.50.264.635.50.214.16

David Montgomery: Over the final six weeks of the season, Montgomery was absolutely dominant (although that was aided by a soft schedule). Even so, the second-year back scored no less than 19.1 fantasy points and finished no worse than fantasy's weekly RB9 during that stretch. Montgomery exceeded 100 scrimmage yards and scored a touchdown (or two) in all six of those games and only Derrick Henry had more fantasy points during that span.

Tarik Cohen: Cohen missed all but three games in 2020, but The Human Joystick has been one of the league's better receiving backs. In his first three NFL seasons (2017-19), Cohen had a total of 203 receptions, 2,561 scrimmage yards and 14 touchdowns. A QB transition from Andy Dalton to Justin Fields could lead to fewer targets for Cohen, however, as Fields could be more inclined to use his elite athleticism than check it down to Cohen when a play breaks down. In addition, Cohen appears to be "weeks away" (as opposed to "days away") from returning.

Damien Williams: It's possible that it's Williams, not Tarik Cohen, that's the biggest threat to Montgomery's workload.


Allen Robinson85.51118.
Darnell Mooney61.6769.54.34.2210.13136.43
Marquise Goodwin23355.
Damiere Byrd14.7188.21.100032.77
Javon Wims5.573.20.500013.07
Dazz Newsome3.762.70.30009.92

Allen Robinson: Preventing Robinson from reaching free agency, the Bears used their franchise tag on Robinson. While disappointing for fantasy managers that had hoped for an upgraded situation for the 27-year-old receiver, Robinson has a total of 200 receptions and a minimum of 1,147 yards over his past two seasons in Chicago with less-than-stellar quarterback play.

Darnell Mooney: A fifth-round pick out of Tulane, Mooney had a highly productive rookie campaign (61/631/4). Earlier this offseason, coach Matt Nagy talked up Mooney by saying that he "has a rare element of speed, combined with route-running, hands and passion. And commitment." With the Bears trading Anthony Miller to the Texans, it only further boosts Mooney's outlook for 2021.


Cole Kmet47.8535.33.600099.03
Jimmy Graham27.6296.92.300057.29
J.P. Holtz4.652.30.20008.73

Cole Kmet: Down the stretch, Kmet leapfrogged Jimmy Graham on the depth chart based on snaps played. In addition, the rookie out of Notre Dame averaged 6.0 targets per game over his five final regular-season games. There is some potential for Kmet to have a breakout sophomore campaign.

Jimmy Graham: The days of Graham being an elite tight end are long gone and we may have passed the days of Graham as a viable streaming option given that Kmet should carry his expanding end-of-season role into his sophomore campaign.

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