Fantasy Football: Previewing the Chicago Bears

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Dec 28, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) hands the ball off to Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte (22) in the first quarter at TCF Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Coming off of a season where they were tied for the second-most points in the entire league, fantasy football owners everywhere were targeting Chicago Bears players entering last season. Under head coach and offensive guru Marc Trestman, the Bears’ offense appeared to be one of the most intriguing and explosive offensive units in the entire NFL. Their fantasy upside was seemingly limitless.

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Unfortunately, Trestman’s ability as an offensive coach was not enough to keep his team together, and the entire team fell apart from the seams throughout the year. The Bears finished with an incredibly disappointing 5-11 record, and their seemingly dangerous offense was only able to scrape together 19.9 points per game on the season (the tenth lowest total in the NFL).

Despite having obvious raw talent throughout the unit, and a coach who was considered to be an offensive genius, Bears’ players did not help many fantasy owners last season.

After the debacle that was the 2014 season, the Bears cleaned house. A majority of the same players are back, but they will be playing in completely different schemes on both sides of the ball. New Bears head coach John Fox brought along offensive coordinator Adam Gase from the Denver Broncos, and Gase will now be counted on to run the offense.

Considering his only time being an NFL offensive coordinator came while running the “Peyton Manning offense”, it is difficult to predict what exactly what an Adam Gase offense will look like in Chicago. That being said, with Trestman dropping his QB back to throw far too often last season, I would not be surprised to see Fox and Gase look to establish the running game more this season.

While the offense may have been more explosive under Trestman, I expect to see a much more consistent attack from the Bears under Fox and Gase.

When it comes down to it, the Bears have some interesting players who can certainly make a mark on the 2015 fantasy football season. It will be interesting to see if Gase can put these talented Bears’ offensive players in a position to succeed.

Without further ado, here is the Bears’ 2015 fantasy football preview.

Note: All ADP (Average Draft Position) data is from The fine people at Fantasy Pros average out the ADP date from four major fantasy football sites to give us the most accurate idea possible of where these players are going in early fantasy drafts.

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