CHI VS LAR Game Preview: Start/Sit advice for all fantasy relevant players
Chicago Bears VS. Los Angeles Rams Game Preview
Each week we will be looking at some of the games being played and going position by position discussing if you should start or sit that player.
Each player will be rated as one of the following:
Must Start: These are your elite players that you start weekly despite the matchup.
Should Start: These players have good matchups and opportunities and should be in your starting lineups.
Could Start: These are your fringe starters, the ones that could be in your starting lineup but also could be sat if you have better options.
Should Sit: These players have bad matchups or may not have the opportunities in a given matchup that they usually get, and you should try to sit them on your bench.
Must Sit: These players should not be in your lineup at all; there are better options out there
Nick Foles (CHI): Nick Foles has been leading the Bears to victories, but he is not putting up numbers for fantasy owners. This game could be a lower scoring contest and there should be better streaming options at quarterback.
Jared Goff (LAR): Goff has had some good games this year and has been a streaming option in good matchups. However, this is not a good matchup for Goff. The Bears are allowing the least points to fantasy quarterbacks so far this season at just 12.5 fantasy points per game. This is not a matchup you want to target for your streaming quarterback options.
David Montgomery (CHI): Since the Cohen injury Montgomery has been the only show in town for the Bears. He is seeing a majority of the rushing attempts and has been used in the passing game. Due to this volume, he is a safe floor play every week in fantasy. What holds him back is the Bears offensive line cannot run block very well and Montgomery is not creating yards himself. Even into a tough matchup against the Rams run defense Montgomery is a guy that should be in lineups but he does not provide much upside.
Darrell Henderson (LAR): When given the majority of the workload Henderson has looked explosive and everything a team would want as a lead running back. The issue with Henderson is we do not know if he will continue to be the lead back every week. McVay has been rotating backs based on a hot hand approach, so if Henderson starts slow or is not given opportunities early to become the hot hand he could end up with very few touches. He seems to be the best back in LA but with the coaching, you cannot safely start him any week at the moment.
Cam Akers (LAR): After looking good returning from injury two weeks ago, Akers seemed poised to take more touches in the backfield. However last week he only saw 1 snap. I doubt we see Akers used that little again but for the moment he is behind Henderson in terms of being given the chance to become the hot hand and he is going into a tough matchup against the Bears run defense. This backfield is one to avoid if possible.
Malcolm Brown (LAR): Brown is always in the mix for touches in this backfield but he presents very little upside even if he is the one to be given the majority of the touches in a given week.
Allen Robinson (CHI): Allen Robinson continues to be a target monster, he has seen no less than 9 targets in any game this season. This target volume means you are getting a nice high floor. Despite this being a tough matchup with Robinson most likely facing Jalen Ramsey he is someone who could be in all lineups due to his volume alone but his ceiling this week is limited due to the matchup.
Anthony Miller/Darnell Mooney/Cordarrelle Patterson (CHI): The rest of the Bears’ receiving corp outside of Robinson cannot be trusted on any given week. They are not seeing enough targets and the passing upside of the team is low. In what looks to be a low scoring game here this is not the week to try and gamble on one of these receivers. The Rams are giving up the least fantasy points to Wide Receivers on the season so far at only 16.3 points per game.
Robert Woods (LAR): Woods has been used in the passing game frequently but has not been putting up the reception and yardage numbers so far this year. Last week he saw 10 targets but was only able to bring in four of them. He has yet to go over 100 yards since week one. Woods has been saving his fantasy weeks with touchdowns scoring one in each of the last 4 games. Now he should be drawing covering from Kyle Fuller who has been playing extremely well to start the year. Due to his volume Woods can be played in lineups given his high floor. With the touch matchup, he may need another touchdown to have any ceiling this week and touchdowns are unreliable in fantasy.
Cooper Kupp (LAR): With Woods drawing coverage from Fuller on the outside this could be a high volume game for Kupp. Kupp and Goff have not been connecting as we have seen in the past. Kupp is still seeing the targets but has not been converting them to catches. This is a tough matchup against the Bears pass defense that is only giving up 17.4 fantasy points per game to the wide receiver position but Kupp should see targets and provide a safe floor for fantasy owners who play him, his ceiling is limited in the tough matchup.
Josh Reynolds (LAR): He caught a touchdown last week but is still not used consistently in the offense. In a potentially low scoring game and against a great pass defense Reynolds is not a great option for fantasy owners this week.
Jimmy Graham (CHI): Graham is seeing the targets from Nick Foles this season. He has not seen less than 5 targets since week 3. He is not a sexy play at tight end and you are still hoping for a touchdown to get big points out of him, but with the tight end landscape as it is Graham should be started in most leagues.
Tyler Higbee/Gerald Everett (LAR): Higbee and Everett are both being used in the Rams offense which is limiting the upside of both of them. Neither has seen more than 5 targets in a game this season (Higbee saw 5 in week 2), so you are relying on a touchdown for them to return value. With tight end being the way it is you may need to start one of these guys but they are nothing more than touchdown-dependent TE2.