Jay Cutler (QB-Chi) is not a starting quarterback in 10- and 12-team, 1-QB fantasy football leagues.

The Bears made some strides last season on offense. Jay Cutler cut down on the bad plays, they got multiple backs involved, and they developed depth at receiver with their best wide out hurt a lot of the season. All of those things should project well going forward. Unfortunately for the Bears, their great offensive coordinator is now the head coach in Miami. Adam Gase is known to be a quarterback whisperer. That could be problematic for Cutler, which in turn, could be problematic for the rest of the offense.

Matt Forte has been one of the best running backs in the NFL since he came into the league. He hit the magic age of 30 and is now a Jet. In an effort to minimize that blow, the Bears drafted running backs in the last three drafts (Ka'Deem Carey, Jeremy Langford, and Jordan Howard). There's speculation that this could be a true three-man backfield. I don't see it that way. I see Langford being the guy and Carey getting the short-yardage and clean-up work. John Fox hates playing rookies, so Howard is going to have to be significantly better than the others to get any run. Draft Langford; let the others marinate on the waiver wire.

The Core

Jay Cutler (QB) - 3700 yards, 25 TDs, 14 Ints.

Cutler cut down his interceptions last season, but he was also down a little in touchdown production. With Gase gone, I expect both numbers to increase. Cutler isn't a draftable QB in 10- to 12-team 1-QB leagues. He hasn't had 4000 yards in any of the past 3 seasons, and the most touchdowns he's thrown is 28. Those numbers make it hard to start Cutler on a weekly basis. Cutler has a ton of arm talent and will have games that make you want to flirt with him, but he is purely a matchup play.

Jeremy Langford (RB) - 900 yards, 6 TDs, 50 catches, 400 yards, 3 TDs.

Many feel this backfield is up for grabs, but it's essentially Langford's job to lose. Langford had games in 2015 that made him look like a fantasy star in waiting. He also had some games that made you wonder if they would be the winner of the Lamar Miller sweepstakes (that was Houston). Langford, in his second season, should get better. He had 537 yards with 6 rushing TDs, and 22 receptions for 279 yards and 1 receiving TD. He struggled at times catching the ball, and, at other times, made very acrobatic catches. His ADP is 65, which makes him the 24th RB. That's about where he should be going. If you believe he is the workhorse, make sure and take him in the 4th. If he falls to you in the 6th or later, he's a potential steal.

If healthy, Alshon Jeffery (WR-Chi) is a fantasy football stud.

Alshon Jeffery (WR) - 85 catches, 1100 yards, 9 TDs.

Jeffery had a disappointing 2015 (54/807/4). When he played and was healthy, he was very good. He started the season with a soft tissue injury and never really got over it. Jeffery is a physical freak and, if healthy, should have another awesome fantasy season. His two seasons prior, he was great (85/1133/10 and 89/1421/7). Jeffery is the 10th WR off the board. That's a good place for him if he stays healthy. If you are risk averse, don't take Jeffery; he is a health concern.

Zach Miller (TE) - 70 catches, 750 yards, 5 TDs.

Miller didn't start the season as the starting tight end in Chicago, but he ended that way. Miller was so good to end the 2015 season (5+ catches in his last 3 games) the Bears felt they could trade Martellus Bennett to New England. Miller should improve on his career year since he is now the unquestioned starting TE. Miller is in the streamer class and should be good when the matchup dictates.


Kevin White (WR).

White had a foot injury and didn't play a snap in 2015. If White was in the 2016 NFL Draft, he would have easily been the #1 receiver selected. White is being drafted as the 34th WR which isn't great sleeper value, but it is value. I have him somewhere in the 70/900/6 range. He is the #2 WR in Chicago right now, but that could change very quickly. Take White if you have a solid core and need a Hail Mary pick.


RB Handcuffs.

We have beat down the backfield in Chicago already, so I'll make it quick. Who is the handcuff to Langford? Howard is being drafted as if he is, but he is a rookie, and Fox isn't keen on letting rookies play much. Carey has had 2 years to show what he can do, and the Bears keep drafting running backs. This is a perfect team to ignore the handcuff. I would draft another team's handcuff before thinking about drafting one of these guys. Unless you have a very deep bench, don't worry about Langford's handcuff.

The Bears could surprise people with their offensive production, but if they are a top-flight offense, I would be one of the guys surprised. Jeffery is a guy everyone should want on their team, other than that, it's a lot of preference plays.


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