The Chicago Bears ended last season hoping to upgrade their quarterback room, and they have acquired a new signal caller ahead of the 2020 season. Chicago traded a fourth round pick to the Jacksonville Jaguars for quarterback Nick Foles, who only played in four games last season because of a broken clavicle. Foles is expected to start over Mitchell Trubisky, but is he enough to make Chicago a contender again? We’ll take a look at the Bears’ fantasy football options for the 2020 season.
Foles hasn’t played in more than eight regular season games since 2015, when he notched 13 appearances with the then-St. Louis Rams. He was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2012 and spent three seasons with the team before leaving joining the Rams. But he returned in 2017 to step in for the injured Carson Wentz and lead Philadelphia to its first Super Bowl victory.
Foles is one of the most difficult players to project production for ahead of 2020. He signed a massive four-year, $88 million deal with Jacksonville after the 2018 season, but the Jaguars have chosen Gardner Minshew over him after one season. What does a complete season look like for the 31-year-old?
Foles’ most complete season came in 2013, when he threw for for a career-high 2,891 yards and 27 touchdowns with just two interceptions in 13 appearances. He ranked just outside the top 10 as a fantasy football quarterback with those numbers, but this NFL is different. Last year’s Allen Robinson is better than any wideout Foles had in Philly, and Anthony Miller could be on the verge of a breakout year. Mitchell Trubisky fell outside the top 20 last season, but Foles should be able to hover around the top 15 with a healthy year.
Allen Robinson, Anthony Miller
Robinson experienced a resurgence in 2019 and surpassed 1,000 receiving yards for the first time since 2015. He tallied a career-high 98 receptions for 1,147 yards and seven scores. The 26-year-old still has a lot left in the tank and should continue to thrive with Foles under center. Robinson was just outside the top 10 in fantasy point production and should be able to finish around there with a more consistent quarterback throwing him the ball.
Miller notched 53 receptions for 656 yards in year two and didn’t begin to pick up steam until the back half of the season. Although he hovered around the 50 mark for fantasy production among wideouts last season, he could make a big jump in 2020 and become the Bears’ WR2. He could climb as high as the top 30.
Graham left the Green Bay Packers hoping to secure a bigger role with the Bears, but Chicago has a surplus of tight ends. When news of Graham signing with Chicago broke, the Bears had 10 tight ends on the roster. Among them is Trey Burton, who signed a sizable deal in 2018.
Graham failed to cracked the top 20 for fantasy tight ends in 2019 after totaling 38 receptions for 447 yards and three touchdowns. Foles’ experience playing with a top-notch tight end like Zach Ertz could help Graham have a bounce back year. He might not be elite again, but should have top 15 upside.
David Montgomery, Tarik Cohen
Montgomery stepped right in and became a feature back as a rookie despite being a third round pick who had to battle it out with Cohen, who was a top 20 fantasy running back last season. Montgomery’s frame allowed him to be more of a work horse, as he piled up 889 yards and six touchdowns on 242 carries. He fell just outside the top 20 for fantasy running back production and should stay around there if he doesn’t get more involved in the passing game.
Cohen was never meant to have a ton of rushing yards, but his versatility gives him value. However, he tallied 669 total yards from scrimmage in 2019 after accounting for 1,169 yards of offense and eight total touchdowns in 2018. He’s become an afterthought, and while he should be better in 2020, he might barely crack the top 40 at his position.