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Chicago Bears offseason wish list for fantasy

By George Kritikos
Feb 9, 2018

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Dec 3, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears running back Tarik Cohen (right) celebrates his 61 yard touchdown punt return with running back Jordan Howard (left) during the first half against the San Francisco 49ers at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Bears have undergone an upheaval after another lackluster season. The team finished 5-11, fourth in the division, and were 29th in offensive scoring at 16.5 points per game. As a result, John Fox was fired and former Kansas City offensive Matt Nagy has taken his place, which could bode well for Mitchell Trubisky, the team’s young quarterback.

The offense will evolve with the second-year signal-caller. The former Tar Heel finished 25th among qualified starters in adjusted completion percentage and 26th in passer rating. Nagy, in his old job, helped Alex Smith reach the second-highest and highest mark in those categories, respectively.

Considering Trubisky lost his top two receivers (Cameron Meredith and Kevin White) due to injury before he ever even took the quarterback job, the Bears have learned the importance of talented depth in the development of their franchise signal-caller. Fortunately, running back remains a bright spot with Jordan Howard and second-year Tarik Cohen, and tight end seems to have an answer in yet another second-year player, Adam Shaheen.

Three additions we want to see for fantasy

Paul Richardson, WR: Although many are seeing potential first-round selection Calvin Ridley as the Bears’ answer to wide receiver, the team has other needs and free agency looks like a better place to start to rebuild the group. Richardson provides a deep threat, who finished top 20 in both catch rate (40 percent) and target rate (25 percent), a sorely needed trait given Trubisky finished among the worst in deep-ball attempt rate (9.1 percent) and accuracy (36.7 percent).

Veteran quarterback: The Bears are likely to cut Mike Glennon and this is the year to look for a veteran backup in free agency. Options like Ryan Fitzpatrick, Josh McCown, Derek Anderson, Matt Moore, or Chad Henne could all be capable of providing guidance to Trubisky but also capable of stepping in and performing adequately if needed.

Day two wide receiver: This isn’t a simple fix with one addition, the Bears need to upgrade the slot position given Kendall Wright’s free agency along with an outside option opposite Meredith and depth to develop. Keke Coutee from Texas Tech could be a slot option (second with 2.80 yards per route run in the slot) while polished options like Colorado State’s Michael Gallup and Memphis’ Anthony Miller represent players who finished top 10 in both targets and yards per route run in 2017.

PFF Fantasy’s offseason wish list calendar
AFC NFC
East East
Buffalo Bills Feb. 8 Dallas Cowboys Feb. 12
Miami Dolphins Feb. 17 New York Giants Feb. 20
New England Patriots Feb. 19 Philadelphia Eagles Feb. 21
New York Jets Feb. 20 Washington Redskins Feb. 25
North North
Baltimore Ravens Feb. 8 Chicago Bears Feb. 9
Cincinnati Bengals Feb. 10 Detroit Lions Feb. 13
Cleveland Browns Feb. 11 Green Bay Packers Feb. 13
Pittsburgh Steelers Feb. 22 Minnesota Vikings Feb. 18
South South
Houston Texans Feb. 14 Atlanta Falcons Feb. 7
Indianapolis Colts Feb. 14 Carolina Panthers Feb. 9
Jacksonville Jaguars Feb. 15 New Orleans Saints Feb. 19
Tennessee Titans Feb. 24 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Feb. 23
West West
Denver Broncos Feb. 12 Arizona Cardinals Feb. 7
Kansas City Chiefs Feb. 15 Los Angeles Rams Feb. 16
Los Angeles Chargers Feb. 16 San Francisco 49ers Feb. 22
Oakland Raiders Feb. 21 Seattle Seahawks Feb. 23

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