Justin Fields Fantasy Football Preview: Why You Should Draft the Bears QB
Getty Images. Pictured: Justin Fields.
We asked Sean Koerner and Chris Raybon about which players they like to take a jump in their third NFL season in 2023-24. They both came back with the same answer.
Suffice to say they're both high on Bears quarterback Justin Fields' fantasy stock this season.
Check out Koerner and Raybon's fantasy preview for the player who could be a league winner in 2023, just as he was in 2022.
Justin Fields Fantasy Football Preview
In terms of median projections, I still have Burrow and Herbert ranked slightly ahead of Justin Fields. However, Fields has a wider range of outcomes and has a better chance of finishing as the QB1 overall. I believe that makes him warrant being taken as the fifth QB off the board.
Last season, Fields finished as the QB5 in points per game, despite having one of the worst supporting casts in the league. He should be even better in Year 3, especially after the Bears added D.J. Moore to the WR room. We have seen big free-agent signings (like Moore) catapult Josh Allen (Stefon Diggs) and Jalen Hurts (with Brown) into elite fantasy options in their third season.
Fields could be next on that list.
The addition of D.J. Moore puts Fields in a position to make a leap similar to that of Josh Allen and Jalen Hurts upon getting a true go-to guy. In Allen’s first season with Stefon Diggs, his completion rate rose 10.4% (58.8% to 69.2%) and his yards per attempt (YPA) rose 1.2 yards (6.7 to 7.9) while Hurts saw jumps of 5.2% in completion rate (61.3% to 66.5%) and 0.7 in YPA (7.3 to 8.0) in his first year with A.J. Brown.
Fields already showed growth as a passer from Year 1 to Year 2 – his QBR went from 26.4 to 54.0, his YPA from 6.9 to 7.1, and his TD rate from 2.6% to 5.3% – and could absolutely explode with a much-improved supporting cast in Year 3.
Couple that with his ability as a runner – he led the league with 7.1 yards per carry last season, rushing for 383 more yards than Hurts in the same number of games – and we could be talking about Fields in the same breath as Allen, Hurts and Lamar Jackson at this time next year.