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Offensive Fantasy Studs on the Chicago Bears

The Chicago Bears had a dismal season offense in 2014 ranking in at 15th on the offense charts in standard fantasy scoring. However, this season should be a little different as the Windy City will have a couple new faces making the calls on their sideline this season in new head coach John Fox and offensive coordinator Adam Gase. The duo looks to move the Bears back to their offensive production in 2013 when they finished second in league scoring with essentially the same players that are still on the roster today.

Chicago’s top stud, Jay Cutler, can be found commanding the huddle as the Bears’ quarterback. That’s a literal statement as it was reported during the 2014 season that Cutler quarreled with former Bears’ coaches by showing them the ultimate disrespect of calling whatever plays he wanted to. The antics still lead to a decent year for him though. Cutler finished the 2014 season throwing for 3,812 yards with 28 touchdowns and 18 interceptions. While he won’t have the lee-way to do what he wants under Fox, Cutler should still have a productive year with the young receiving corps and strong backfield the Bears have.

Cutler’s top target this season will be none other than fourth-year standout Alshon Jeffery. While Jeffery won’t have Brandon Marshall to distract defensive backs this year, it can be argued Marshall didn’t do much distracting last year either because he was in and out of the lineup so often with injuries. In fact, Jeffery took over Marshall’s responsibilities and excelled in the second half scoring 13 or more standard fantasy points in five of his last seven games. Jeffery ultimately finished the season with 1,133 yards and 10 touchdowns on 85 receptions from 145 targets. Expect for Jeffrey’s value and targets to increase this season with the loss of Marshall making him Cutler’s go-to-guy.

The next Bears stud, Matt Forte, is coming off a disappointing year after averaging the fewest yards per carry he has had since 2009. With that said, Forte still had a strong year by the average running backs standard when he ran for a total of 1,038 yards and nine touchdowns during a year where he broke the record for most receptions by a running back at 42. There is no reason to let last year’s dip in production be worrisome though. Fox, being a defensive-minded coach, will want to establish a strong run game which will the up the value that the aging Forte offers so long as he is able to stay healthy.

A Bears offensive studs list wouldn’t be complete without their league leading tight end, Martellus Bennett, who caught more passes than any other tight end in the league for 743 yards and five touchdowns. If there is any fear that his numbers may dwindle with the new incoming coaches, think again. It should be remembered that new offensive coordinator Adam Gase is one of the factors that created Denver Broncos sensational talent Julius Thomas.

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