When you look at the WR depth on teams in the NFL, “Da Bears'” WR room has gone from one of the worst, to one of the deepest WR in the league. But how does this deep WR room impact your fantasy roster? With a dynamic play caller and many offensive threats, these are some options at WR for your upcoming fantasy year:
Coming off an ACL tear and learning a new offense, 2018 just wasn’t the Allen Robinson everyone was expecting. But he was still the no. 1 WR on the Bears and still lined up against the no. 1 corner most of the time. I would expect a huge boost in Robinson’s numbers this year as he is more familiar with Nagy’s offense and his quarterback Trubisky (who is also in year two of a complex offense). Even though Robinson is three years removed from his 1400 yd and 14 touchdown season I still see him able to put up WR1 Numbers this year.
2019 predictions: 1200 yds, 10 TD, 80 Rec
Miller is the future at the WR position for the Bears. After this year he will likely be the number 1 WR (for any keep/dynasty leagues) as Bears will be in a salary cap situation soon enough. Miller and Trubisky started to show chemistry last year but Miller’s injuries hindered that growth. With a full offseason and a healthy Robinson, I would expect Miller’s production to grow. He will be a constant mismatch in the slot especially with Trey Burton and Tarik Cohen having the attention of LBs and Safeties. Miller should be an ideal WR 2 or Flex option for the 2019 season.
2019 prediction: 800 yds, 10 TD, 50 Rec
Patterson was a very sneaky signing for the Bears this offseason. Patterson will not only be an upgrade on the special teams unit but will also be a dynamic offensive weapon. He will be a deep threat for the Bears but will also be featured in the backfield with his amazing speed. With Nagy’s offensive mind I would expect him to put up decent numbers this year but he will not be a regular in your fantasy line up. At best Patterson will be a streaming flex option.
2019 prediction: 450 yds Rec, 200 yds Rush, 3 TD, 20 Rec, 3 kick/punt returns
Gabriel is a great speed option for the Bears and had a some great games in 2018. Gabriel also may have shown the most chemistry (amongst WRs) with Mitch last year. However, with the depth of this WR group, Gabriel may be the odd man out after 2019. Gabriel’s speed will allow him to be in rotation on the outside with Patterson, Cohen, Wims and Ridley. I would expect Gabriel to take a step back in yards this year and will likely be an occasional streaming option. I would keep and eye on Gabriel to be a trade option for the Bears for an WR needy team during training camp/season.
2019 projections: 400 yds Rec, 3 TD, 30 Rec
Javon Wims & Riley Ridley
I have looped Wims and Ridley at the same ranking because these two WRs will have a similar outlook for the season. If you are looking for some entertainment during the preseason, these two WRs will be making DB’s look like fools. Wims was a touchdown machine last pre-season and Ridley is an elite route runner. They will be a part of the next wave of Bears WRs. Neither of these two should be in your fantasy line up but if you have a dynasty option and need a WR to keep for the future Wims is more of a Redzone target and Ridley should be a great PPR option. Both WR have a bright future but they do not play much special teams which will limit the amount of games they will dress for. If Gabriel does get traded at some point then their production will go up but until then it is hard to know what their usage will be.
One thing you have to remember before you draft any Bears WR this year is the other option Bears have. Tarik Cohen, David Montgomery and Mike Davis at RB as well as Trey Burton and Adam Shaheen at TE will all be receiving options for Mitch this year. Outside of Robinson and Miller I would not consider drafting any Bears WR.