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With the NFL season quickly approaching, dedicated fans prepare to follow their favorite teams in pursuit of the Lombardi Trophy. It’s a trophy that is coveted by every coach, player, and die-hard fan with a passion for their team. Something that brings pride and bragging rights to your side when talking about anything football. But for many fans (not Bears fans, of course), a Lombardi trophy isn’t anywhere on their radar at the beginning of the season. However, they may have another trophy on their mind. That’s right, you guessed it. Your fantasy football season is right around the league.

 

Sure, countless hours of mock drafts and position rankings will help improve your drafting skills. You can always draft an incredible team on paper, but that doesn’t necessarily ensure that your team will shine and make some noise during the season. It’s the players drafted in in the middle or late rounds that can really make your team a true title contender.

 

The Chicago Bears offense is expected to make a positive leap in their second year under Matt Nagy’s system. With a young and promising core, it seems there’s no roof on the potential this squad can reach. Bears’ quarterback Mitchell Trubisky will be tasked with leading this group to new heights and closing the gap between a first-round playoff exit, and lifting the Lombardi Trophy. Today, I will be highlighting three offensive Bears that you should keep your eye on during your fantasy draft. It won’t be uncommon to see these players available in the middle to late stages of your draft, giving them great value for their draft position.

 

Allen Robinson

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The 2019 season will be our first true season seeing what Robinson can do in this offense. In 2018, he was coming off a torn ACL, as well as learning an entirely new playbook under Head Coach and play caller Matt Nagy. In PPR leagues, Allen Robinson is currently sitting at an ADP (average draft position) of #71, which is 30th among wide receivers (FantasyPros.com). Given his production last year, this would be a decent spot for him to be selected in a 2019 fantasy draft. He finished averaging 11.8 PPG which would probably place him as a lower tier-2 or flex position WR. With that being said, Robinson will undoubtedly be the number one receiver for the Bears in 2019, and a for sure bet to see his fantasy numbers grow as the offense’s production grows. It’s hard to imagine there being 29 receivers in the NFL that will perform better than Robinson in 2019, making him a player you should consider drafting in your fantasy football draft.

 

David Montgomery

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In the fantasy football world, David Montgomery is quickly becoming known as “David Mopportunity.” He is exactly the type of player that Matt Nagy was looking to obtain this offseason. A 3-down back that can do it all. Run, catch, make plays after the catch, make people miss, run people over, everything. He has already begun drawing comparisons to Kareem Hunt, who you guessed it, spent his first NFL season under Matt Nagy. Montgomery is expected to assume Jordan Howard’s role in the offense with an even added pass catching bonus. Unknown to many, Jordan Howard quietly racked up 250 rushing attempts, giving him the 6th most in the league and only eight carries behind 3rd place (David Johnson). Considering Montgomery’s pass-catching ability and that he will see a similar workload to Howard, he is in a great position to make a splash in the fantasy world in his first season. With the expected carries alone, he holds great value sitting at an ADP of 51, which is 21st among running backs. Montgomery is a player that can make an immediate impact to any fantasy team, and if the Bears improve, could be the reason you fight for the trophy in your league.

 

Mitchell Trubisky

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It seems that no matter what Trubisky does on the field, he never yields the respect that he deserves. This can be said for both in fantasy football and the real games. According to ProFootballFocus, even under a new play caller and system, Trubisky made the largest improvement between the 2017 and 2018 seasons by scoring 7.8 more PPG. While missing two full games, he finished as the 15th highest scoring quarterback in fantasy football. He is currently sitting at an ADP of 144 that places him as the 18th quarterback coming off the board. In 2018, Trubisky showed flashes of fantasy greatness by finishing a top-4 quarterback in four different weeks. We’re not here to say that Trubisky will finish as the top scoring QB in the 2019 season, but for his current ADP he shows incredible value and potential. Between his expected improvement, surrounding weapons, and running ability, it’s almost a no-brainer that he will perform beyond his fantasy expectations. Of the three players listed in this article, it seems that Trubisky will be the player that could be available in the closing rounds of your draft but could ultimately be the reason you’re a fantasy football champion.