Chicago Bears you can and cannot trust in the fantasy playoffs
By Braden Fogal
Chicago Bears to avoid in fantasy
Anthony Miller, Darnell Mooney and company
Not that you were likely starting any other Bears wide receiver outside of Robinson. This is for the deeper leagues out there praying for a deep shot to Miller, Mooney or Cordarrelle Patterson. You’re not going to get that from Trubisky or Foles in this offense. If you do then good luck predicting it in the fantasy playoffs.
Toss any of the tight ends on this list. Sure, Kmet and Mooney have shown enough upside in their rookie seasons to warrant hope for next season, but hopefully, that’s on a more reliable offense with a better offensive play-caller and a change at the quarterback position.
Trubisky is right around 250 YPG with the majority of those throws going to Robinson. Jimmy Graham was mentioned on the previous slide and he’s better left on waivers, despite how shallow the tight end position has been all year.
Seek elsewhere in deeper formats if you can. If you’re looking at any of these guys in a regular redraft league then you’re likely not in the playoffs.
Nobody is going to defend you for starting Mitch Trubisky in fantasy. He might have seemed like a streamable option against the Lions in Week 13, but unless you’re playing in a league with two QB’s or Super Flex league then what are you doing?
Trubisky’s excuse used to be that he was at least getting you fantasy points with rushing yards. Since returning against the Packers he has just six carries for 17 yards in two games. Even with good matchups ahead, try not to chase his three-touchdown performance against Green Bay. It will lead you straight into starting him against a more susceptible Lions defense where he posted just 267 yards and one score.
At this point, Trubisky is playing a backup role in his career. Don’t join his misfortunes by starting him in your fantasy lineups.
Bears Defense/Special Teams
This is the most difficult one to accept but it’s time to face the music. The Bears defense has been putrid over the past two weeks allowing 35 points to Green Bay and 34 points to Detroit. Two offenses that the defense should be used to playing by now. Being without Akiem Hicks against the Packers didn’t help, but it was no excuse for the number of missed tackles in the secondary.
Coming off a game where Matthew Stafford threw for over 400 yards shouldn’t instill confidence into this defense moving forward. Sure, the Bears have big money names on defense, but look at their fantasy performances. They’ve shown up against the Giants, Panthers and Rams…that’s it. There have been 10 other weeks in the season where fantasy owners have been left disappointed.
Seek out defenses like Seattle or the New York Giants in free agency this week. It’s a tough reality pill to swallow. The Bears had one of the top defenses in fantasy a couple of years ago, but the position is so reliant on forcing turnovers and holding opposing offenses to low point totals. The Bears are doing neither of those things at this point in the season. Owners can bench them to see how they play against the Texans in Week 14 but have a backup option just in case.