Windy City Wide Receivers – Fantasy Football
By: Matt Bradley @mattjbrad910
Chicago’s wide outs in 2018 were a disappointment at the very least. Allen Robinson, Anthony Miller and Taylor Gabriel all come into their second year in Matt Nagy’s offense. The team was good enough to go to the playoffs last year, but not because of their passing game. Last season all three receivers flashed their potential, but no one stood out from the crowd. Will the same be true for 2019?
We are all still chasing Robinson’s 1400 yards receiving and 14 touchdowns from his Jacksonville days in 2015. Robinson hasn’t come anywhere close to those marks in the past three years and has burned fantasy owners. 2019 might be more of the same. Robinson’s role within the offense is to offer a big body receiver that can win 50/50 balls. For being as targeted as he was in 2018, his production was below standard due to having a young quarterback learning a new offense. The Bears have shown that they love spreading the ball around, which is why Robinson should be looked at as a WR3 for fantasy football teams. Robinson offers a safe floor who can produce with the right weekly match up. He can explode any given week, but don’t expect 2015 Robinson in this offense.
2019 Projection: 75 receptions, 915 receiving yards, 6 touchdowns
Miller had an efficient rookie season last year leading the team in receiving touchdowns while battling a shoulder injury. He did so with only 3.6 targets per game, playing through injury, and missing on many big play opportunities due to Mitchell Trubisky’s inaccuracy. With a second off-season of Coach Nagy’s quarterback friendly offense, Trubisky and Miller can continue their rapport and hit on more big plays in the passing game. The Bears invested a second round pick last season in Miller and didn’t bring in any new competition to compete with his slot duties. A healthy Miller can be a late round sleeper in your fantasy football drafts. With his ADP of 11.08, Miller can be selected at a good value and become a difference maker on your fantasy football team.
2019 Projection: 60 receptions, 775 receiving yards, 8 touchdowns
Gabriel is given a similar role to Tyreek Hill in Andy Reid’s system as he receives touches in the back field as well as getting targets in the deep passing game. However, he is not given the same amount of opportunities that Hill gets in Kansas City. Last season Gabriel set his career best in receptions and yards, but to fantasy owners demise, he only scored twice. Gabriel comes into 2019 with a role in Nagy’s offense, but being the third fiddle on a team that wants to play defense and run the football, means he’s a waiver wire add if something were to happen to Robinson or Miller.
2019 Projection: 45 receptions, 475 receiving yards, 3 touchdowns
All three wide receiver’s value are tied to Trubisky’s development, but for now, this team will once again rely on the running game and defense to win games. Trubisky and the Bears’ offense doesn’t zone in on any one receiver. Therefore, the ball will be spread out which limits all of their opportunities in the passing game. Robinson is a safe floor WR3 on your team. Miller is a late round target that can return his value and more. Lastly, Gabriel rounds out the trio as a waive wire flier who will show flashes during the season, but might be forgotten in some games.
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