Chicago Bears 2021 fantasy football review; 2022 outlook

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Chicago Bears, Cole Kmet
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Cole Kmet, TE – Chicago Bears fantasy football outlook

Finally, we will take a look at Cole Kmet’s performance in 2021 and predict his outlook for 2022.

  • Week 9 @ PIT: 6 catches on 8 targets for 87 yards. 14.7 fpts. TE 5 overall.
  • Week 12 @ DET: 8 catches on 11 targets for 65 yards. 14.5 fpts. TE7 overall.
  • Week 15 vs. MIN: 6 catches on 9 targets for 71 yards. 13.1 fpts. TE9 overall.

The TE position is very inconsistent for fantasy. This is very evident as only three players this year averaged 14-plus fantasy points. The good signs from this year for Kmet were the heavier targeted games and the accumulation of receiving yards.

The season prior, we saw later games of some decent targets but he was going nowhere for yards. Seeing some flashes of Kmet stretching the field up the middle for Justin Fields was solid. The missing piece is the touchdowns, which he scored none of in 2021. Kmet did have 14 red zone targets, so if he becomes a player that can score his stock will rise.

I labeled Cole Kmet as a potential breakout player in 2021. Although he did not necessarily break out, I believe seeing these multiple games as a top-10 TE for fantasy, as well as his connection to Fields, my take may have just been a year too early.

In 2022, I believe he will continue to have a decent target share and will have more games of 60-plus receiving yards with the hopeful addition of touchdowns. I may be bold here but I would project Kmet to be somewhere between TE 10-13 for 2022.