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Justin Fields out for Week 17, Andy Dalton to start

We break down the news that Andy Dalton will start in Week 17

Minnesota Vikings v Chicago Bears
Justin Fields of the Chicago Bears rolls out as he looks for a receiver against the Minnesota Vikings at Soldier Field on December 20, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois. The Vikings defeated the Bears 17-9.
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Friday update: Fields was able to get in limited practices this week with his ankle injury, but he will be held out, per Brad Biggs. Andy Dalton will get the start against the Giants. Expect plenty of David Montgomery this week.

Thursday update: Fields was again limited on Thursday with his ankle injury. We probably need to see a full practice out of him or Matt Nagy will likely lean toward Andy Dalton to get the start.

The Chicago Bears got a late win in Week 16 over the Seattle Seahawks and will hope to carry that momentum into Week 17 when they face the New York Giants at Soldier Field. Nick Foles was the hero in the Week 16 win but the Bears will want rookie Justin Fields back under center if possible for Week 17. The quarterback is dealing with an ankle injury and was limited at Wednesday’s practice.

Fantasy football implications

Fields has been the starter when healthy, so he’s going to suit up over Foles if he’s good to go. Andy Dalton logged a full practice, so he’s available ahead of Foles if Matt Nagy wants to go that route. The Bears have been abysmal offensively, so it’s hard to see fantasy managers going with any of these quarterbacks in championship weekend for most fantasy leagues. Fields might have some streaming value in deeper leagues but that’s about it.