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Why important Chicago Bears are considered fantasy football flops

A side effect of the Bears having a running quarterback was that fantasy football owners suddenly started paying attention to the team.

The Bears have been a dead zone in fantasy football since shortly before the end of the Jay Cutler era. They were a top 10 offensive team under Marc Trestman, and of course, fantasy football is all about offense.

Justin Fields couldn't win games, but he could cover a lot of ground and when he couldn't throw touchdowns, he could run for them. The Bears became a friend of fantasy football again.

The signings of Caleb Williams, Keenan Allen, Rome Odunze, D'Andre Swift and Gerald Everett have Bears fans excited, but anyone who thinks this means a great fantasy football year for the players on the roster may be disappointed, according to SI.com fantasy football expert Michael Fabiano.

Tight End Cole Kmet is coming off his best season and Allen had a career-high in catches last year (108), while making his most TD catches since 2020 (8) and most yards since 2017 (1,243).

Nevertheless, Fabiano counts both players among his potential fantasy failures for this year.

Both decisions are logical and have nothing to do with Allen's failure to show up at the Bears' OTAs.

“They signed Keenan Allen, drafted Rome Odunze and signed D'Andre Swift and fellow tight end Gerald Everett,” Fabiano wrote of Kmet. “When you also factor in incumbent target leader DJ Moore, it's hard to imagine Kmet having enough upside to make a major impact.”

After his career year and his new contract, Kmet is ranked 142nd among NFL tight ends by Fabiano.

The same logic led Allen to rank 66th overall after setting a career high in pass catches and second-most targets (150).

“That's a lot of mouths to feed, and it's unlikely Allen will be targeted more than 150 times,” Fabiano wrote. “If you draft him, it'll be as the No. 3 receiver.”

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Fabiano isn't saying Allen is a third receiver for the Bears, but fantasy owners should consider him their third receiver.

There is one word that speaks against the Bears' offensive players being considered among the best at their position: balance.

Shane Waldron's offense was at least balanced in Seattle. The same cannot be said for Luke Getsy's offense.

Moore is the Bears' highest-rated fantasy player, ranked 39th, according to Fabiano. D'Andre Swift is 53rd, but only 19th among running backs.

And Williams?

He is number 123 in Fabiano's fantasy football chart, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. He's only two behind Aaron Rodgers and six behind Matthew Stafford. In fact, Fabriano has Williams among the Top QBs to break through in 2024.

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