Philadelphia Eagles @ Chicago Bears, 8:30 PM
Location: Soldier Field – Chicago, IL
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QB Carson Wentz
Carson Wentz was impressive in his NFL debut in Week 1 – he threw for 278 yards and two TDs without an INT. It was a favorable matchup against the Browns, much like Week 2 is against the Bears.
The Bears are 30th in allowing fantasy points to QBs but the unknowns of Wentz keep him down our QB list again for this week. For the most part, the Eagles kept things pretty simple for Wentz in Week 1 even though they said the entire playbook was open for him. However, he only really stretched the field a couple of times, one being a nice TD pass to Nelson Agholor. Wentz will be without TE Zach Ertz who has a displaced rib so that will hurt in the short, safe passing game. Wentz is more of a lower-end QB2 option again but with a very favorable matchup. In fact, Wentz’s first four games are all favorable before things get tougher in the middle of the season.
RB Ryan Mathews
Ryan Mathews carried the ball 22 times in Week 1. He produced 77 yards and a late TD after the Browns went for it on fourth down, which really made for a pretty productive day for owners.
It’s pretty clear Mathews will be expected to carry a bulk of the workload this year which is good news for owners. He just needs to stay healthy. This week, Mathews gets the Bears on Monday night. Chicago is 19th in allowing fantasy points to running backs so it’s a somewhat of a favorable matchup. The Eagles want to run the ball to take pressure off their rookie QB so Mathews could be in line for another 20-carry workload day. No other Eagles back got more than five carries in Week 1. That may change a little in order to assure Mathews does stay healthy.
RB Darren Sproles
Darren Sproles got seven touches in Week 1, rushing five times for 12 yards and catching two passes for 24. He also had a nice punt return. Kenjon Barner actually seemed more like the team’s RB2 which could end up being the case much of the season. Wendell Smallwood will also be more involved. Sproles is likely to have a bigger role in the passing game, but the Eagles led for the entire game which kept Sproles receptions down. He has potential in deep PPR leagues, but with Barner a similar kind of back, the Eagles may be very careful how they use Sproles this season.
WR Jordan Matthews
Jordan Matthews put together a very nice game in Week 1. He caught seven balls for 114 yards and a TD. He was targeted 14 times but did have a few drops, something that has plagued him in his short career.
Matthews gets a big bump up or rankings this week to 13th, making him a borderline WR1 option against the Bears on Monday night. Chicago is 13th in allowing fantasy points to WRs so it’s not a great matchup but the Texans managed to do some damage in the air in Week 1 and Matthews is the team’s top target and should also be involved in the offense. He’s shaping up to be a very nice Week 2 option.
TE Brent Celek
Brent Celek caught just one pass for 11 yards in Week 1. With Zach Ertz likely out with a displaced rib, Celek is poised for a bigger workload in the passing game. However, keep in mind the team has Trey Burton who they also like as a pass-catcher so Celek may remain in a blocking role as well. Celek is too far down our list to safely start in typical leagues, but Ertz could be out a while so keep Celek and Burton in mind as options going forward.
QB Jay Cutler
Jay Cutler played pretty much how we expected him to last week. He had a decent game, going over 200 passing yards with one touchdown and one interception. It’s not a poor performance, but it’s not exactly a game that you’re excited about, either.
Cutler will try his luck this week against the Eagles, a team that played well against the pass in Week 1 against Cleveland. Philly allowed under 200 passing yards and no scores through the air.
We expect Cutler to put similar numbers to Week 1, which makes him a QB2 option in Week 2.
RB Jeremy Langford
If there was any doubt about Jeremy Langford’s role in Chicago, there shouldn’t be after Week 1. No other running back saw a larger share of their team’s backfield touches (95 percent) than the Chicago rusher.
Dating back to last year when Langford filled in as the starter, he’s averaged 20.8 touches in four games with five touchdowns. As long as he’s putting out that production, he’ll be a solid RB1 or RB2 play.
Langford will face the Eagles, a team that allowed 5.6 yards per carry to the Browns in Week 1. Given his production, and the positive matchup, we like Langford as a strong RB2 play.
RB KaDeem Carey
Jeremy Langford will get the majority of touches in Chicago’s backfield, which doesn’t make KaDeem Carey an option worth looking at.
WR Alshon Jeffery
Alshon Jeffery led the Bears in receptions (4, tied) and yards (105) last week, although a lot of his yardage total came on a 54-yard catch. He had six targets as Jay Cutler looked to spread the ball out evenly in Week 1.
Jeffery will face an Eagles defense that played well last week against Cleveland, but did allow some big plays through the air. Considering Jeffery’s playmaking ability, it’s a good bet that he’ll make at least one long catch this week.
Jeffery should be viewed as a WR1 option this week.
WR Kevin White
Kevin White led the Bears in targets (seven) last week, but didn’t do a whole lot with the looks. Last year’s first-round draft pick finished with just three receptions for 34 yards and no touchdowns.
White will get a good matchup this week against the Eagles, but he’ll need to do more in this offense before we start to rank him much higher. He’s still a promising player, though, so he should be viewed as a WR4.
WR Eddie Royal
Eddie Royal had a surprising six targets in Week 1, and came away with the only receiving touchdown on the team. With guys like Alshon Jeffery and Kevin White on the team, we didn’t expect Royal to have much of a role, but it appears he’ll at least be involved somewhat this season.
For now, we’ll write up Royal’s production as an anomaly, and he’s not quite on the fantasy radar. He could end up being a decent flex play as a PPR receiver, but he’ll need to do a little more.
TE Zach Miller
Zach Miller had a solid four targets and came away with three receptions, but only managed 14 yards. It’s a disappointing stat line from someone who looked like a great player in 2015, but we expect his numbers to increase in the future.
He’s still someone we like as a low-end TE1 this week against the Eagles. Miller may not lead the team in targets, but he’ll get enough looks where he should be fantasy relevant. He’s also a big body in the end zone, and could be a touchdown threat.
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