Shockingly, Week 8 does not have any bye weeks. That means all 32 starting quarterbacks will be available. Now, that does not mean every quarterback is the team's starting quarterback. We are heading into Week 8 and there are enough quarterbacks dealing with injuries, or mid-tier quarterbacks going up against stacked defenses, that backups could end up being better starters for at least this week. That is what we are seeing right now with Chicago Bears quarterback, Tyson Bagent.
If you are playing in a super-flex or 2QB league, Bagent's value is even greater. However, maybe you drafted Aaron Rodgers and Ryan Tannehill. Maybe you have Deshaun Watson. Rodgers looks to be out for the regular season and Tannehill and Watshon are missing this week due to injuries. A few other names to throw out there who have been struggling more often than not include Russell Wilson against the Chiefs or Baker Mayfield playing on Thursday Night Football against the Bills. Mac Jones, Bryce Young, and Desmond Ridder are all quarterbacks who have not performed well most weeks.
Chicago Bears QB, Tyson Bagent could be a solid spot start in fantasy football in Week 8
Hopefully, you are getting the same sense as I am about this week in fantasy. Or, many weeks with some of these guys if I am being honest. The Chicago Bears on the other hand are going up against the Los Angeles Chargers and that makes Tyson Bagent a sneak spot start this week in fantasy football.
I own Justin Fields in multiple fantasy leagues. Where I could, only in 2QB and/or Super-Flex leagues, I grabbed Tyson Bagent in free agency and sat him on my bench. Well, I am probably playing him in at least one league this week. My other options are Russell Wilson or Baker Mayfield. Even if things don't go my way, my reasoning for choosing Bagent as a starter this week is sound.
Last week, Tyson Bagent only threw four passes beyond the 10-yeard line. He only completed two of the four. He threw for less than 170 yards and his total yardage was less than 200. He did have a touchdown and didn't turn the ball over, but he barely broke double-digit fantasy points in my league. That said, Wilson didn't go over 15 and Mayfield was hardly over that.
This week, the opponent of the Chicago Bears is different. Last week, the game plan focused on the running game and quick, short throws. The Raiders have a poor rushing defense, but not as bad passing defense. The Chargers on the other hand are giving up the most fantasy points and passing yards each week. They are allowing an average of 310 passing yards per game.
I don't expect Tyson Bagent to eclipse the 300 mark, but I could easily see that number close to 250 yards and it's possible he sneaks in two passing touchdowns. If he can avoid turnovers, he could put up some solid fantasy points this week. That said, be careful who you play him over as he is still a Division II rookie quarterback making his second start in the NFL. Not to mention, the Chicago Bears are a big banged-up and going up against two amazing bookend EDGE rushers Joey Bosa and Khalil Mack. This isn't a lock by any means. I'm still likely playing him though!