Chicago Bears: Cole Kmet is a potential TE fantasy football breakout

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Cole Kmet: The Chicago Bears have competent quarterbacks for 2021

The 2020 split at the quarterback position for the Chicago Bears was nine games started for Mitch Trubisky (now a Buffalo Bill) and seven games started for Nick Foles. Trubisky netted 16 touchdowns and Foles finished with 10. Each quarterback also threw eight interceptions. As far as QBR (quarterback rating) goes for the year, Mitch ranked 21st among all quarterbacks and Foles ranked 32nd.

How did the average to below-average QB play affect Cole Kmet? According to the ESPN Fantasy App, 23% of balls thrown in Kmet’s direction were off-target. This was the sixth-highest amongst TEs in 2020. Cole Kmet also had a 6.3 aDOT (average depth of target), which was fairly low for fantasy purposes as added yards are a good source of points.

I am extremely high on rookie quarterback Justin Fields. Not to go on a rant, but the guy is an absolute playmaker with both his legs and big-throw abilities. Fields’ competitive nature and work ethic stood out to me evaluating this class early on.

When it is Fields’ job, I have high expectations for this offense. In the event though that this is Andy Dalton’s team to begin with, his play will have to be extremely competent and up to par with the rookie ready to tie the laces and hit the field. In either scenario, this should be an offense that is able to pick out the targets and move the ball better than what happened in 2020.