Offseason Moves and Draft Needs: NFC North
This is the sixth article in an eight-part series detailing the biggest offseason moves and where teams still need to fill holes via the NFL Draft. This iteration will focus on the NFC North with a slant toward the impact on dynasty leagues.
The biggest fantasy move for the Bears thus far was the trading of Jordan Howard to Philadelphia after signing Mike Davis. Davis’ dynasty stock has spiked in a big way, as he looks like Chicago’s primary ball carrier at the moment, but that is very subject to change. The Bears also signed Corderrelle Patterson in free agency. Don’t be surprised if Patterson gets consistent carries in his new home. At the end of January, Chicago extended Bobbie Massie to solidify their right tackle spot. Mitch Trubisky’s supporting cast is in pretty good shape leading into the draft.
Many fantasy owners are jumping on Tarik Cohen now that Howard is gone, and taking a liking to Davis as well. That makes sense, but Cohen really isn’t built to receive a huge boost in touches and while Davis could surprise, chances are that he isn’t a long-term starting solution. The receiving corps looks to be pretty well in place, but don’t be surprised if Adam Sheehan and Anthony Miller take a big step forward. With all respect to Allen Robinson, it shouldn’t surprise you if Miller leads the Bears in receiving in 2019. This might be a great time to put a trade offer in for Miller.
What To Expect
The Bears don’t have a first-round selection after the Khalil Mack trade and should look to add secondary help with their early picks. But that also doesn’t mean that Chicago’s lead ball carrier won’t be a rookie next season. The Bears probably won’t go after pass catchers with their first selections, but an interior offensive line addition should be in the cards at some point to keep their line as a strength.
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