Allen Robinson in WR1 Fantasy Football Conversation after Bears’ Justin Fields Named Starting QB
Pictures by Getty Images. Pictured: Allen Robinson, Justin Fields.
The Chicago Bears have named rookie first-round pick Justin Fields the starting quarterback for their Week 3 tilt against the Cleveland Browns.
Fields filled in for Andy Dalton in Week 2 after the latter went down with a knee injury in the second quarter.
The No. 11 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft threw for 60 yards with an interception and ran the ball 10 times for 31 yards.
Fields struggled at times — underthrowing receivers and holding onto the ball for too long in the pocket — but he also showed plenty of the innate talent that made him one of the most anticipated rookie quarterbacks in franchise history.
The former Ohio State quarterback did his best work on the ground, where he’d extend plays by rolling out or tucking it and running for first downs.
He also had a sure touchdown pass dropped by Allen Robinson in the fourth quarter.
For The Action Network’s fantasy football expert Samantha Previte, the news is positive for Bears skill position players — namely, Allen Robinson, who Previte says is now a high-end WR2 with WR1 upside.
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Previte rates Fields as a low-end QB1 for Weeks 4 and 5, when the Bears take on the Lions and Raiders.
“I anticipate he’ll be ranked in the top 12 in those weeks,” Previte said.
She rates wide receiver Darnell Mooney as a potential flex play with upside going forward and thinks running back David Montgomery will be buoyed by Fields’ presence, too.
Montgomery received three more receiving targets and four more rushes in Week 2 relative to Week 1.
Cole Kmet could also be a solid fill-in at tight end depending on the matchup — especially with how inconsistent TEs have been in fantasy so far this season, Previte said.