Kickoff: Sunday, October 18th at 1:00 PM ET
Location: Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC
Betting Odds: Chi -3.5, 45 total via Oddsshark
Network: FOX, NFL Network
Nick Foles (Sit)
Nick Foles has probably been better than Mitch Trubisky behind center in his short stint, but I’m honestly not 100% sure. Either way, the Chicago offense continues to struggle. True, the Tampa Bay and Indianapolis defenses both look strong. Still, Foles has made plenty of mistakes (and some he’s gotten away with) and I am not moved with confidence about how this game will turn out either. Maybe I’m wrong and Foles looks good. I just imagine there are probably 20 better options available, and I say this as an avid Bears fan. Sit Foles this week.
David Montgomery (Start, Flex)
After Tarik Cohen went down to a knee injury, I expected David Montgomery to finally have his time in the spotlight. Well, he has still failed to impress. David Montgomery was sold as a talent comparable to Josh Jacobs during the 2019 draft, but that was clearly wrong. He does a good job staying on his feet and he is a solid runner when the blocking is there. However, he doesn’t have much speed or shiftiness, and the offensive line has been struggling to create lanes. And while he has seen 14 combined targets over the past two weeks, he’s produced a pedestrian 60 total yards on those looks. Montgomery still has the gig here, so that’s worth a flex spot at least. Also, the Panthers have given up a healthy amount of yards to opponents. Just realize that Montgomery is touchdown-dependent.
Wide Receivers/Tight Ends
Allen Robinson (Start, WR1), Anthony Miller (Sit), Darnell Mooney (Sit), Jimmy Graham (Sit)
Allen Robinson has been the lone bright spot in the Chicago offense thus far–much like last year. He is averaging more than 11 targets per week, and he is showing the same ability as last year. This means he will continue to be a useful asset, regardless of who is throwing to him. It can’t get much worse than Mitch Trubisky and Nick Foles, right? Robinson should be considered a WR1 moving forward as he continues to show why the Bears should just hurry up and re-sign him.
Anthony Miller once seemed like a great breakout candidate for the 2020 season. Before that, I thought he was a great breakout candidate for the 2019 season. Blame injury, the QB play, or whatever you want, but it isn’t working out. I still think Miller has the talent, and maybe it would be showing on a better offense–like if Aaron Rodgers or Deshaun Watson was throwing to him. Miller is nowhere near where he needs to be, though, so he is a firm sit. Darnell Mooney has looked great this year but there just isn’t enough volume for him either. I love the talent for dynasty leagues but stay away in redraft formats. Jimmy Graham is a streamer option at tight end if you are thin, but he will likely be touchdown-dependent.
Teddy Bridgewater (Sit)
Teddy Bridgewater has looked solid as the Panthers starter, and it helps that he is surrounded by a platoon of excellent weapons. Still, I mostly want to use him in the right matchups. The Bears do not look like the right matchup. The Bears came to life last week–for the first time all season–in a huge win over the Buccaneers. If Chicago can make Tom Brady uncomfortable, I’m imagining they can do the same to Bridgewater. Bridgewater isn’t the worst option (I’d start him over Foles easily), but he’s still not someone I want to use this week.
Mike Davis (Start, RB2)
Mike Davis has been a revelation this year. There were whispers about him deserving a starting workload for a while, but it never materialized. Well, it looks like someone should have given him that chance. Davis has been killing it, and now he has the chance to show the Bears–one of the teams that moved on–what they’re missing. Davis should be considered an RB2 at the least based on his workload, and he has a huge upside, especially in PPR.
Wide Receivers/Tight Ends
Robby Anderson (Start, WR2), DJ Moore (Start, Flex with upside), Curtis Samuel (Sit)
I mentioned Mike Davis, but really the story of the Panthers’ offense has been Robby Anderson. Anderson has been having a career year, proving to be more than the deep threat the Jets consistently cast him as. He has looked the part as well, and I would dare say he should be considered the Panthers’ top receiver. Anderson is a no-brainer in your line-up each week, and this should continue until further notice. DJ Moore started more slowly–failing to score in his first four weeks. He has also failed to hit five receptions in four separate games as well as failing to reach 75 yards three times. Still, the total yardage has been there and I think things will work out. Moore is getting the targets, but it’s going to be a bumpier ride. Will Moore eat against Chicago? I’m not so certain. Based on what I’ve seen, Anderson will get his, and Moore–well–I’ll be nervously waiting. Still, I’m starting both.
-Mike Miklius (@SIRL0INofBEEF)