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NFL Preview – Chicago Bears

NFL Fantasy Football Preview

DFS managers, be prepared for some One Day Fantasy Football. In the next few weeks, we are going to do a preview of every football team in preparation for the NFL 2015 season. With a rich history and a lot of hall of famers having worn the dark navy and orange jersey, it’s hard to believe the Chicago Bears won the Super Bowl once in their lifetime.

Chicago hired John Fox has the new head coach this year. He will take charge of his 3rd NFL team. He led both the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos to a Super Bowl appearance. Can he do the same for the Bears?

Cash Draft Offensive analysis

QB Jay Cutler is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re going to get. Since 2011, his numbers started to drop every year. Then he threw for 3812 yards a career high 28 touchdowns, last season. He broke the single season record for most pass completion (370) in franchise history.  Despite that, his 5-10 record and 30 turnovers failed to impress the Bears fans. At 32 years-old, it’s doubtful that he will bring any more Fantasy Value than he did before.

As Cutler lacks consistency, RB Matt Forte is all about it. The two time pro-bowler ran for 1038 yards and 6 touchdowns last year. He has reached over 1000 in the past 3 years. Forte is also versatile with his ability to receive the football. He broke the NFL record for most reception in a single season with 102 catches this past season. Number 22 is a sure thing when it comes to Fantasy Football.

WR Alshon Jeffery keeps developing his skills every year to be a bona fide receiver in the league. He completed 85 reception for 1133 yards and 10 touchdown last year. With 3 season under his belt, he has yet to reach his full potential.

WR Kevin White will be out for at least the first 6 games of the season. He will undergo shin surgery. The 7th overall pick in last year’s draft played 2 season of major college football with the West Virgina Mountaineers, in the big 12 conference. He had an amazing season in 2014, with 109 receptions for 1447 yards and 10 touchdowns. With the lack of experience and development in the college football program, White will need more time to be relevant in the DFS world.

During Whites absence, newcomer WR Eddie Royal will take his place in the 2nd slot. The 5-foot-10 receiver comes to Chicago with back-to-back good seasons in San Diego. Last season, he caught the ball 62 times for 778 yards and 7 touchdowns. He has collected more touchdown in the past 2 years, with 15, than he did the 5 years before, with 10. Royal reunites with his 2009 Denver Broncos wide receiver coach, Adam Gase, who has now taken the mantle of offensive coordinator for the Bears. His game dropped considerably after Gase stopped coaching him.

TE Martellus Bennett had his best season in 2014, collecting career-highs with 90 receptions, 916 receiving yards and 6 touchdowns. His receptions total also led the league. Despite is success on the field, he sometimes talks more than he should and that can lead him into trouble. The pro bowler is expected to produce at high-caliber for another great season with the Bears.

Cash Draft Defensive analysis

The Chicago Bears came second-to-worse in points allowed with 27.6, last year. They have made two big acquisition to help fix the problem. First is S Antrel Rolle. He’s going to stabilize the secondary line with his vision and experience. The 32 years-old was 2nd in the NFL with 6 interception, in 2013 and collected 3 in total last year. The other change comes in the form of defensive coordinator. He has been in charge of the defense for 4 other NFL teams in a 20 year period. He will be switching the defense to a 3-4 scheme. This will move 5-time pro bowler, LB Jared Allen, from defensive end, where he played all his career, to outside linebacker. It could revitalize his play after a poor 2014 season. The Chicago Bears are still far from being a good selection for One Day Cash Draft leagues.

Fantasy Football Outlook

Coach John Fox comes in with a ton of experience in the NFL. But this team will need more from QB Jay Cutler if they will succeed this season. RB Matt Forte, WR Alshon Jeffery and TE Martellus Bennett are all good players for him to throw the football at.

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