Chicago Bears: Andy Dalton 2021 fantasy football stat projections
Andy Dalton will not be putting up huge numbers for the Chicago Bears
I have made some slight adjustments to my original projections, but that does not help Andy Dalton much in regards to his fantasy value.
When it comes to fantasy points, completion percentage does not matter all that much. Hypothetically, you could have a quarterback with a poor completion percentage still put up solid fantasy football stats. It would be dependent on volume and efficiency elsewhere of course. In this case, Dalton will be just fine with his completion percentage as he completes 95 of 150 attempts. That is an average of 23 completions per game and just under 38 attempts per game.
The Chicago Bears averaged nearly the same amount of attempts per game in 2020. As far as his counting stats go, Dalton will throw for 968 passing yards — roughly 242 yards per game — and throw seven passing touchdowns. I have him gaining 46 rushing yards and throwing three interceptions. As you can see, he does not do enough in the first four games to impress and loses the starting job to Justin Fields.
If we look at his per-week averages, he’d throw for 242 yards, 1.75 touchdowns and 0.75 interceptions. If we go off of some of your more standard fantasy football scoring (4pt passing touchdowns, 1pt per 25 yards passing and -1pt per interception), then Andy Dalton should average roughly 16 to 17 fantasy points per week for the first four weeks. Not awful, but also not helping you guarantee a win those weeks either.
Needless to say, Andy Dalton’s fantasy value this year should be essentially nonexistent.