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Tarik Cohen
Bears running back Tarik Cohen is a little man but he has a huge heart. The former North Carolina A&T running back is hoping to have a huge season in 2020.

By Craig Forrestal

The Bears are the Bears. They get your hopes for no reason. A dominating defense and a young QB (Mitch Trubisky) that looks like he might end up being decent were filling Bears fans hearts with hope just a few short days ago it seems like but come to present day and that once-promising QB is now fighting for his job with journeyman Nick Foles. Foles entered the league in 2012 and has played for a handful of teams but is best remembered for his playoff magic in Philadephia en route to a Lombardi Trophy. The QB battle will be one to watch throughout camp but that is just the beginning of offensive questions for the Monsters of the Midway. But at least the defense has Khalil Mack, right?

Schedule

  • Week 1: @ Lions
  • Week 2: Giants
  • Week 3: @ Falcons
  • Week 4: Colts
  • Week 5: Buccaneers
  • Week 6: @ Panthers
  • Week 7: @ Rams
  • Week 8: Saints
  • Week 9: @ Titans
  • Week 10: Vikings
  • Week 11: Bye
  • Week 12: @ Packers
  • Week 13: Lions
  • Week 14: Texans
  • Week 15: @ Vikings
  • Week 16: @ Jaguars
  • Week 17: Packers

Players To Know

  • Mitch Trubisky-QB: I am not going to do the whole you could have had Mahomes thing because Mahomes was never an option for Chicago that year. And the same can be said for the Deshaun Watson scenario as well. But the Bears went all-in on a QB of the future but unfortunately a handful of years later they are back to searching for that franchise QB. Trubisky will become this generation’s Chase Daniel and collect nice paydays en route to a long career as a backup and this year he learns how to play that role. I have zero fantasy expectations for Trubisky this season.
  • Nick Foles-QB: Foles was traded from Jacksonville to Chicago and he reworked his contract in the process. The BEars brought Foles to battle Trubisky for the job but I think Foles has this thing locked up. He reunites with John DeFilippo his QB coach in Philadelphia from his Super Bowl season. Also, Foles played for Andy Reid and the Matt Nagy playbook features a heavy element of Andy Reid which should be a familiar and good thing for Foles. The offense will move the ball better with Trubisky but don’t go running around preaching Super Bowl just yet. The offense has major issues and Foles is merely a band-aid at best when it comes to masking the rest of the issues. Foles should land himself on the streaming options list a few times this season but I wouldn’t expect more than that. 3975 passing yards and 22 TDs.
  • Tarik Cohen-RB: Tarik Cohen spent a lot of time running routes out of the slot last season and it makes you wonder if that is a trend we will continue to see in 2020? Cohen is a deadly-weapon in the passing game and open field which is why having him on the field is a must for a Bears offense searching for playmakers. The issue is Cohen doesn’t see many carries. His carries went from 99 in 2018 to 64 in 2019; mainly because of the addition of David Montgomery. Cohen has posted back-to-back 70 catch seasons and saw over 100 targets last year. How he is used in 2020 remains to be seen. If Foles is the dude, Cohen could bounce back into the RB2 conversation this season. 275 rushing yards and 1 TD. 75 catches for 600 yards and 5 TDs.
  • David Montgomery-RB: Let’s just get to it the Bears offensive line was terrible last season and as a result, Montgomery was not effective either. However, Montgomery still produced a volume-based 889 yards and his workload has been rumored to increase this season. A player that comes to mind is Melvin Gordon. When Gordon was with the Chargers there was a season where his offensive line got considerably better in one offseason springing him to fantasy relevance. And the line has to be better than last year, right? While I am not saying Montgomery is Gordon but what I am saying is he is a nice RB3 option on your roster. He will be the undenied workhorse and while his passing game appeal is lackluster you’re looking at a guy that could hit 1000 yards and 8 TDs this season. Consider Montgomery a sleeper at the RB position.
  • Allen Robinson-WR: Nick Foles is the most talented QB that Allen Robinson has ever played with. Let that sink in. With Mitch Trubisky last season he saw 154 targets and 98 receptions and that could increase if Nick Foles leads the offense from Week 1. Given the lack of target competition, Anthony Miller and Cohen are the only other threats, Robinson could find himself in the WR1 conversation and possibly end up as the Top Fantasy WR in 2020. He is that good and there is that little around him. 100 catches for 1200 yards and 10 TDs.
  • Anthony Miller-WR: Nick Foles love slot WRs. However, Anthony Miller hasn’t been on a consistent level with his production and has some injuries early on in his career. In 2018 he had 7 TDs but on 33 catches. Then in 2019, he logged 52 catches but only 2 TDs. The issue is when Miller is on the field and healthy he plays nearly 70% of snaps. And because of Foles’ love for the slot consider Miller a sleeper breakout candidate. 60 for 750 and 5 TDs.
  • Jimmy Graham-TE: Jimmy Graham is still getting paid like he is the 2013 version of himself. And good for him. Anytime someone can get paid I am all for it. So Jimmy, if they’re going to keep showing you the bag take it. However, he is not the 2013 version of himself and has heard rumblings over the last couple of seasons as to what remains in his tank. I don’t believe he can regain his old form. However, out of necessity he still takes snaps. 30 catches for 300 and 3 TDs.
  • Cole Kmet-TE: Kmet grew up in the Chicago suburbs and then attended Notre Dame and being drafted by the Bears living out the ideal Chicago football career. But now comes the tough part, he must fight for snaps with Jimmy Graham. While Graham is a shell of his former self, Kmet is going to have to learn the ropes of the NFL and it might be a quick and smooth transition. Nevertheless, he should still be on the field this season. 30 catches for 325 yards and 4 TDs.

Defense

Football is a weird game. Last year people were jumping all over the Bears Defense/Special Teams in about ROund 9 and then they barely squeaked out a Top 20 finish. But I don’t expect that to repeat. The Bears LBs and secondary are too talented to have a lackluster fantasy season again. And they have some appealing matchups in the early portion of the season. The Bears should make a return to the Top 5 overall.

Potential Breakout Player

  • Tarik Cohen-RB
  • Anthony Miller-WR

Rookie To Know

  • Cole Kmet
  • Darnell Mooney-WR (If injuries attack the WR unit)
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