Comments: 2013 Team Outlook: Chicago Bears
Chicago has been working to fill the gaps and protect Jay Cutler so that his offense can be as productive as possible. The number of sacks and injuries thereafter that have plagued Cutler were not acceptable and should now be well on their way to being fixed. Phil Emery has been methodically making solid moves to provide his QB with protection in the offensive line. Emery has also been busy with other initiatives - mainly some offensive signings and defensive additions. I really like the addition of Martellus Bennett at tight end as this should provide Cutler with another solid target. The defense is also looking up despite the retirement of Brian Urlacher. Chicago had a late season three game slide last year, but all in all they were solid. If they can keep it together this season and Emery's magic works, Chicago could find themselves deep in the playoffs.
Update: After the pre-season opener, you should have WR Marquess Wilson on your radar in deep leagues.
Update 8/23/13: Is Alshon Jeffery losing value?
Chicago has appeared to struggle through the pre-season as the team works to perfect Marc Trestman's offense. It appears that Alshon Jeffery is now down the list as Cutler's receiving options are deep. With Brandon Marshall, Matt Forte, Martellus Bennett and Earl Bennett (when he returns from injury) as his top four targets, Cutler does not have many options to throw to Jeffery. We will see how the season prgresses, but Jeffery might get moved down your draft list at this stage.
Update 9/12/13 - The focus this week for Chicago will be stopping Adrian Peterson. AP was able to tear it up last week and if the Chicago run defense cannot keep him under wraps this week they will suffer the consequences. Martellus Bennett was productive in Week 1 and should be on most fantasy rosters at this point if he was not before the season opener. Bennett was viewed as a sleeper or underrated player in some circles, but has lived up to his solid-safe pick line. The team keeps trying to play up Jay Cutler's need to spread the ball around, but Cutler and Brandon Marshall single-handedly thrashed the Minnesota defense in two games last season. I think Cutler will try to spraed the ball around this week, but we could see Marshall and Cutler put on another show. This match-up will be tough.Players listed in this article:
- QB Jay Cutler, CHI
- QB Josh McCown, CHI
- RB Michael Bush, CHI
- RB Matt Forte, CHI
- WR Earl Bennett, CHI
- WR Devin Hester, CHI
- WR Alshon Jeffery, CHI
- WR Brandon Marshall, CHI
- WR Dale Moss, CHI
- WR Marquess Wilson, CHI
- TE Martellus Bennett, CHI
- TE Steve Maneri, ---
- PK Robbie Gould, CHI
- Chicago Defense
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