Some kids watch cartoons. Others play tee ball or Mario Kart.
Surprise, surprise. I started playing fantasy football when I was eight years old.
The year was 2000. My 12-year-old brother knew how much of a sports nut I was, so he signed me up for my first fantasy league with him. I was also a huge Bears fan, and didn’t really understand that for as long as fantasy football has existed, Bears’ skill position players in fantasy football are on the same level of the practicality scale as bringing a case of Dasani water to Niagra Falls.
So yes. As you’ll see, I crumbled under pressure. But if I was going to down in my first ever fantasy football league… well gosh darn it, I wasn’t about to go down with the bat lying on my shoulder.
Would you like to know how to win zero games in an entire fantasy football season?
Welp. Look no further than trading away Daunte Culpepper and Randy Moss for Cade McNown and Marcus Robinson.
Cade McNown and Marcus Robinson.
It’s a hell of a long way from being Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall, that’s for sure.
Why is this relevant you ask? Well, for starters, I haven’t won a fantasy league since. But in regards to things people actually care about, today marks an important day as it relates to current Chicago Bears and fantasy football.
Quite simply, they actually matter.
Here are four key Bears and their past, current and future outlook as it relates to fantasy football.
Midway Jay is emerging as a viable option in twelve team formats. This is due in large part to Michael Vick’s brittle hamstring, bye weeks, Tom Brady only being able to throw to midgets or undrafted rookies and Eli Manning’s obvious colorblindness. Nevertheless, Cutler has put up big numbers this season.
Some believe Marc Trestman deserves credit, others laud the new and improved supporting cast. But Cutler just seems smarter this year. Outside of the Detroit game, he simply hasn’t made the questionable decisions we’re all accustomed to him making. And for fantasy purposes, playing the NFC East this year will do nothing but propel Cutler up the fantasy signal caller ranks.
In a 2013 fantasy season where running backs are about as reliable as a Carlos Marmol ninth inning, Forte has represented more of a Mariano Rivera. As consistent as they come, Forte has notched double digit fantasy points in all six of him games. He’s especially valuable in PPR leagues, and has even rectified his greatest weakness at a back: he hasn’t been terrible on the goal line.
Still, hopefully history doesn’t repeat itself. Forte hasn’t been able to finish two of his last three seasons due to injury, which is a killer for fantasy owners come playoff time.
WR Brandon Marshall
All seems well after Marshall’s two score game against the Giants. Then again, Marcus Robinson probably could have scored two touchdowns against these Giants *sheds tear*.
As consistent as Marshall has been and as great as Alshon Jeffery’s emergence on the opposite side is, it really doesn’t help Marshall fantasy wise. The guy caught 116 balls last season, with no other receiver on the team even close. He’s on pace for 106 now, but with Jeffery’s emergence, expect to see more evenly distributed games (like the Steelers) than the ones we say against the Saints or Giants. Quite simply, as good of a fantasy option as he was last year, don’t be surprised if he’s not a top three receiver like last year.
Stock: Slowly Declining
WR Alshon Jeffery
As Marshall’s stock slowly declines, Jeffery’s rapidly ascends. While the 10-catch, 217-yard game against the Saints was a fluke (he had about 50 of his yards between two catches at the end of the second and fourth quarter) his emergence as a threat opposite Brandon Marshall is not.
Jeffery is probably in the 20-25 range as it relates to receivers going forward. And that may not sound great, but we, Bears fans, are a spoiled bunch. Remember the days when Marty Booker could hardly manage to crack the top 30 when he was the Bears’ top wide out?
Stock: Rapidly Rising
Welcome to fantasy relevancy, Bears fans.