The NFL season is finally here and fantasy teams are already drafted. Let’s take a look at the Atlanta Falcons defense and the five Chicago Bears to play.
Atlanta Falcons Defense
The Atlanta Falcons defense in 2016 was a middle of the road team, allowing 25.4 points per game, 104.5 yards per carry on the ground, and 266.7 passing yards per game. The Falcons allowed 31 passing touchdowns which was fifth worst in the NFL, as well as 15 rushing touchdowns tied for 12th. Most
of their games were shootouts, high scoring games that included alot of offense. This match-up calls for a handful of Chicago Bears to start week one on fantasy teams.
Jordan Howard – RB1
The Chicago Bears have one player that is a must start every week of the season, starting running back Jordan Howard. He impressed everybody with his rookie season performance, and looks to improve on his game in his sophomore season. With another training camp, learning the offense and becoming the starting running back to start the season should spell success for Howard.
Zach Miller – TE2
Miller is listed as the second tight end on the roster behind Dion Sims, but his big play ability is what makes him a better play than Sims. Miller’s problem is staying on the field, trimming down his snap count may protect him from injuries while still giving him the opportunity to make plays.
Kevin White -WR2/Flex
Kevin White is the number one receiver on the depth chart with the injury to Cam Meredith. This is his opportunity to show the Bears they didn’t waste the 7th overall pick in the first round on him. He should receive the bulk of the targets, unless he just can’t separate from his defensive coverage.
Kendall Wright -WR2/Flex
Kendall Wright is the second starting receiver, and might have more upside than Kevin White. He has proven to be a reliable target and have the big play ability. If Wright can develop a chemistry with Mike Glennon he should have a solid game one against the Falcons.
Tarik Cohen -Flex
Tarik Cohen is the backup running back, and is a riskier play compared to the first four Chicago Bears. Unless you are in a deeper league with 12 or more players, chances are Cohen wasn’t drafted. If he is on your team he is worth a look at playing in the flex spot, he impressed with his elusiveness and speed in the pre-season. The Bears will use him as a change of pace back in the run game, and passing situations.