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Chicago Bears Fantasy Football Week 15: A Roundup of Player Overviews

The Bears travel to Cleveland to take on the Browns. Fantasy Football websites have overviews of the stars of the show.

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The Chicago Bears got their signature win on Sunday, beating the Detroit Lions 28-13 at home in front of a stadium unfortunately loaded with fans of the division leader. Too bad for them, though, as the Bears put four quarters of damn good football together and Matt Eberflus notched the best win of his head coaching career. The only player who really cemented himself as a dominant Fantasy Football player in that one was DJ Moore, and there will be plenty to say about him, but firstly, quarterback Justin Fields looked all the part of a leader of the offense throwing for 19-33 for 223 yards, adding another 58 yards rushing for 2 total touchdowns.

What’s even better is that he didn’t have a fumble in this game, which has been a big problem for the third-year pro as he’s lost 4 of them this year in just 9 games played. His rushing ability is always too good to pass up in fantasy, and his TD-INT ratio of 13-6 so far this year has been great, but the fumbles have been something he needs to clean up, and it’s good to see him get through a game without a turnover. His 88.3 quarterback rating in the Lions game is near his career average, and consistent with his prior game with 87.3 against the Vikings, so the consistency the Bears have talked about is there. His rushing ability, coupled with recent consistency, makes him a must-start in fantasy.

At running back, the Bears settled in after some recent questions about load share. D’Onta Foreman led the team with 39 (55%) of the snaps against the Lions, and he turned in 11 carries for 50 yards for a solid (spectacular?) 4.5 yards per carry. He appears fully back from his ankle injury and has moved from a healthy scratch earlier this year to the Bears’ leading rusher down the stretch. He also caught 2 passes for 22 yards, but was held out of the endzone after averaging a touchdown (rushing or receiving) per game between weeks 7-11. The big back also had less carries than Justin Fields, so the ceiling is low but the volume is there. Foreman is a good flex play as the weather gets colder.

Khalil Herbert and Roschon Johnson split the rest of the snaps at running back, but neither got anything going on the ground and Fields’ rushing volume appears to keep the reserve backs well in check moving forward. The rookie Johnson actually topped Herbert in snaps, which should be interesting to watch moving forward, but much like tight ends in fantasy it’s been his blocking that has earned his action, which won’t play into fantasy.

What else can be said about DJ Moore other than Pro Bowl? He tacked on another 68 receiving yards against the Lions after already eclipsing 1000 yards on the season through the air, and he also ran a wildcat trick play in for a rushing touchdown in scripted offense time, which means the Bears are looking to get him involved in every way possible. He’s the only Bears’ receiver not touchdown-dependent in Fantasy Football, as he ranks 17th in the entire league in target share and he’s a constant deep threat. The man also HATES getting tackled, so nearly every reception gets YAC, and it regularly takes 3 defensive players to bring #2 down. He’s the best WR2 in fantasy.

Much will be made in the next few weeks about how the Bears can get another receiver. If they draft a quarterback, can they also draft a solid receiver in the second round? If they keep Justin Fields, can they trade back and still nab Marvin Harrison Jr? Suffice it to say they need another receiver, so it’s no surprise that it’s a risk to play any other Bears’ receivers in fantasy. Darnell Mooney turned 90% of the snaps into 2 receptions for 44 yards, and this despite 7 targets. He’ll be fun in keeper leagues where you can watch where he goes next year and see if better offensive strategy can net better results, but as your Fantasy Football league moves into the postseason you’ll need to find better options at the flex. Tyler Scott is working his way back into the coaches’ favor with 37% of the snaps against the Lions, but a single target following zero against the Vikings keeps him firmly on the waiver wire.

The tight end situation took an interesting turn as either Robert Tonyan or Marcedes Lewis, or both were out there for a quarter of the snaps against the Lions. Part of that could be the need to put big bodies between Aidan Hutchinson and Fields, but looking ahead this Sunday the Bears have to play a similar strategy to keep Myles Garrett from blowing the pocket up. Against the Lions, Lewis had a catch on a broken play, and Tonyan could be good for a touchdown moving forward as the Bears continue to run big sets.

Still, the clear leader in this room is the St. Viator/Notre Dame product Cole Kmet as he saw 85% of the snaps, 6 targets for 5 receptions and 66 receiving yards. He could have had a touchdown if he ran under a goofy ball from Fields, and that’s the only thing knocking his projections this coming week. There’s no reason not to start Kmet in fantasy.

Let's look at what three major Fantasy Football websites have to say about the Bears players:

Justin Fields:

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ESPN:

Fields completed 19-of-33 passes for 223 yards and a touchdown in Week 14’s win over the Lions. He has played very well in two of his last three games and has a nice matchup against the Browns in Week 15. Fields is dangerous through both the air and on the ground, making him a low-end QB1 in all formats this week.

RotoWire:

Fields leaned on DJ Moore and Cole Kmet in the passing game while also leading Chicago in rushing. Surprisingly, Fields’ rushing score was only his second of the season, though he has at least 46 yards on the ground in his last four games. As a passer, Fields has not surpassed 223 yards and one touchdown in any of his last four games. He’ll have a tough matchup at the Browns to open the fantasy playoffs before getting a pair of home games against the Cardinals and Falcons.

FantasyPros:

Since his Week 11 return, Fields has been the QB11 in fantasy points per game, with QB8 and QB4 performances in two of his last three games. Since Week 4, in his five full games played, he ranks sixth in yards per attempt, third in passer rating, third in adjusted completion rate, 10th in highly accurate throw rate, and third in fantasy points per dropback.

D'Onta Foreman:

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ESPN:

Foreman had 11 carries for 50 yards plus two catches for another 22 yards, finishing Week 14 with 9.2 fantasy points. He’s had a couple of big games this season and there’s a decent matchup against the Browns on tap, but Foreman is still only a low-end flex play in Week 15.

RotoWire:

Foreman returned from a one-game absence to lead the Chicago backfield with 13 total touches, as compared to three for Khalil Herbert and only one for Roschon Johnson. However, his volume was still limited by designed rushes for Justin Fields, who totaled 12 carries in the game. Foreman looks to have reliable volume moving forward, but his time of seeing 15 to 20 carries in a contest is also likely over, meaning he’ll need to find the end zone or rip off several long runs to deliver big performances.

FantasyPros:

Among 59 qualifying backs, Foreman ranks 30th in missed tackles forced per attempt and 33rd in yards after contact per attempt. He faces an exploitable Browns run defense this week that, since Week 9, has allowed the fifth-highest missed tackles per attempt, the fourth-highest explosive run rate, and the sixth-highest yards after contact per attempt. Over their last six games, the Browns have also surrendered the seventh-highest rushing touchdown rate. Foreman is a shaky flex with upside. Week 15 Positional Value: RB3 with RB2 upside

Roschon Johnson:

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ESPN:

Johnson got just one carry for six yards in Week 14 against the Lions as the Bears are relying on QB Justin Fields to handle a lot of the rushing duties. D’Onta Foreman had 11 carries (50 yards) last week, leaving Johnson as an afterthought in the Bears’ running attack. He’s not currently worth using in fantasy.

RotoWire:

Before the Bears’ Week 13 bye, Johnson led the Bears backfield with 74 percent of the snaps and 15 touches against Minnesota. It appears that his usage was game-plan specific against a Vikings defense that blitzed at a league-high rate. With D’Onta Foreman back from injury, Johnson saw his only touch in the latter stages of the game, when the outcome was determined. Based on his usage against Detroit, Johnson is looking like a risky fantasy option.

FantasyPros:

Johnson continues to receive modest volume in the Chicago backfield of late, finishing with less than 30 total offensive yards in three of his last five games for the Bears. The rookie running back offers plenty of upside, but will need to receive increased volume to offer any sort of reliable value to fantasy managers ahead of a tough Week 15 contest against the Cleveland Browns.

DJ Moore:

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ESPN:

Moore did a little bit of everything against the Lions in Week 14, catching six passes for 68 yards and a touchdown while also carrying the ball three times for 20 yards and another score. He’s racked up 22-plus fantasy points in three straight games and is a legit WR1 as the favorite target of QB Justin Fields.

RotoWire:

In the midst of the Bears’ 28-13 win against the Lions this past Sunday, Moore twisted his ankle but played through the pain en route to six catches (on 10 targets) for 68 yards and one touchdown and three carries for 20 yards and another score. The injury kept him out of drills Wednesday, but he proceeded to log a limited session Thursday before returning to all activity to wrap up Week 15 prep. This last point is a good enough sign that Moore will be available Sunday, but his status won’t be confirmed until approximately 90 minutes before a 1:00 p.m. ET kickoff.

FantasyPros:

Moore has surpassed nearly every expectation this season that Fantasy GMs had this offseason as the WR8 in fantasy points per game. Moore is 16th in targets, 12th in deep targets, 11th in receptions, and seventh in receiving yards. Since Week 9, the Browns have utilized single-high at the eighth-highest rate (59.6%). Against single-high, Moore has had a 26.6% target share, a 40.8% air-yard share, 2.87 YPRR, and a 37.8% first-read share. Moore will be peppered with targets once again this week. He’s seen at least nine in every game since Week 10. He does have a tough matchup this week, though. Since Week 9, Cleveland has allowed the third-fewest PPR points per target to perimeter wide receivers. Moore was a DNP on Wednesday, but he progressed to a limited session on Thursday and got in a full practice on Friday. Moore should suit up and play his usual role. Week 15 Positional Value: WR1/2

Darnell Mooney:

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ESPN:

Mooney caught just 2-of-7 targets for 44 yards in Week 14 and hasn’t found the end zone since Week 1 against the Packers. He’s scored between 2.6-6.4 fantasy points over his last four games and is too inconsistent to be relied upon in fantasy lineups.

RotoWire.com:

Mooney caught two passes for 44 yards in the Bears’ 28-13 win over the Lions on Sunday. Mooney posted over 24 yards for the first time in four games. He also has failed to find the end zone since Week 1. Fantasy managers who use Mooney in lineups need to hope he hauls in a long pass, or his upside is limited.

FantasyPros:

Mooney has had a disappointing season as the WR79 in fantasy. He has surpassed 50 receiving yards only once in his last eight games. Since Week 9, the Browns have utilized single-high at the eighth-highest rate (59.6%). Against single-high, Mooney has a 13.1% target share, 1.33 YPRR, and a 17.3% first-read share while leading the team with four end-zone targets. Mooney draws the best matchup on the board in the slot. Since Week 9, the Browns have allowed the fifth-most PPR points per target and second-most receiving touchdowns to slot receivers. Week 15 Positional Value: Deep league flex

Cole Kmet:

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ESPN:

Kmet caught five passes for 66 yards against the Lions in Week 14 and has scored 11-plus fantasy points in two straight weeks. He hasn’t scored a touchdown since Week 9, when he had two of them against the Saints. All in all, Kmet is a low-end TE1 option against the Browns in Week 15.

RotoWire.com:

Kmet caught five passes on seven targets for 66 yards in the Bears’ 28-13 win over the Lions on Sunday. Kmet took advantage of a coverage bust by the Lions on a 41-yard catch and run. Otherwise, he gave Justin Fields a solid possession receiver and complement to top receiver DJ Moore. Kmet has found the end zone in only one of his last seven games, though he’s posted at least 43 yards in four of his last five games. He’ll remain a weekly floor play capable of going on a touchdown streak at any time.

FantasyPros:

Kmet is the TE7 in fantasy points per game, ranking seventh in red zone targets, sixth in raw target volume, fifth in receptions, and 10th in receiving yards. Since Week 9, the Browns have utilized single-high at the eighth-highest rate (59.6%). Among 60 qualifying tight ends against single-high, Kmet ranks 13th in target share (16.6%), 14th in YPRR and first-read share, and sixth in fantasy points per route run. Against single-high, he has run about 49% of his routes from the slot. Since Week 9, the Browns have allowed the fifth-most PPR points per target and second-most receiving touchdowns to slot receivers. If Mooney doesn’t produce from the slot this week, Kmet will. Week 15 Positional Value: TE1

Cairo Santos:

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ESPN: N/A

RotoWire:

Santos converted all three of his field-goal attempts in the Bears’ 28-13 win over the Lions on Sunday. After making one or fewer field goals in six of his first nine games, Santos has at least three field goals in his last four games. If looking to stream a trending kicker, Santos is as hot as they come right now.

Fantasy Pros:

Santos continues a strong stretch for the Bears of late, recording at least 10 points in four consecutive games. The kicker will look to continue his impressive stretch in a tough Week 15 matchup against the Cleveland Browns.

What do you think? Did the so-called fantasy experts get it right with these outlooks? In my humble opinion, spending an early draft pick in fantasy on DJ Moore, despite the question marks coming into this season after the trade, has paid off and then some. If you have Moore and your team made the playoffs in your Fantasy Football league, he is likely a major reason why and could help you win the whole thing. Look for another 20+ point performance in PPR format from the superstar receiver.

The Bears take on the Browns on Sunday, December 17, 2023 at Noon Central Time.