Justin Fields is showing that he is a major fantasy football riser

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Justin Fields has shown a vast improvement for the Chicago Bears as of late

Then a major change came for fantasy Weeks 5-8:

  • Week 5: 17.02 fantasy points – QB13
  • Week 6: 19.40 fantasy points – QB8
  • Week 7: 24.36 fantasy points – QB5
  • Week 8: 26.04 fantasy points – QB5

During the span of Weeks 5 through 8, Justin Fields has been the QB2 overall in fantasy football — averaging 21.71 fantasy points. In the article from a few months back that I referenced, I detailed the power of the “Konami code QB” and was quoted saying “There is also a real chance he outperforms his QB17 ADP if his upside does indeed become more consistent than not. Draft for upside for your fantasy benches. Talent plus athleticism beats situation from time to time”. So, what changed for Justin Fields during Weeks 5-8?

  • TD-INT ratio major improvement to 5-2 (vs. 2-4)
  • 2/4 of these games with a completion percentage above 71% and another one at 61/9% (vs. 50% or lower)
  • 3/4 of these games with 60+ rushing yards, and 50% of them being with 82+ rushing yards

What is even more impressive, and not talked about enough, is that his best two fantasy weeks have come in Weeks 7 vs. New England and 8 vs. Dallas — which many viewed as “tough matchups”. Dallas ranks 26th in fantasy points per game (PPG) allowed to QBs, which is a very tough fantasy matchup on paper but Fields had his best fantasy performance of the year. How should we value Justin Fields moving forward for fantasy football?