Assuming Miller is 100 percent by training camp (he has been held out of OTAs after offseason shoulder surgery), he should be a more reliable target than Taylor Gabriel, who has some boom-or-bust to him, especially if a defense has taken away the WR screen game. Miller has more upside and the Bears know he’ll have a much better grasp of the playbook this season.
Even if Miller doesn’t outsnap Gabriel consistently, it’s worth noting he averaged 2.5 yards more per catch last season (12.8 to 10.3).
As a rookie, Anthony Miller dealt with a shoulder injury for most of the season, but still caught seven touchdowns in 15 games. He had surgery in January and once cleared to return, should see plenty of volume in 2019, as he's shown better route running and more physicality than his fellow sophomore WR Taylor Gabriel. John Paulson has Miller ranked as WR57, 10 spots above Gabriel, and he was just drafted in the ninth round in a 4for4 analyst mock.
CHI WR Taylor Gabriel - 2019 Fantasy Football Outlook
Taylor Gabriel had a healthy 96 targets last year, which places him 36th among wideouts. He had a career year in his first season with Chicago, hauling in 67 passes for 688 yards. He was also used on the ground a few times, rushing nine times for 61 yards.
While Gabriel did set career highs in 2018, it’s not like he set a high bar in previous seasons. Also, his 688 yards should be taken with a grain of salt as 31% of his production came in two games. His lone two touchdowns on the season also came in one of those games.
2019 Bottom Line
Gabriel’s numbers were decent in 2018 in part because the receivers above him on the depth chart missed time due to injury. The Bears added a few more weapons this offseason in Cordarrelle Patterson and rookie Riley Ridley. So even if those injuries happen again, there are other options instead of Gabriel. Gabriel doesn’t hold much fantasy value in 2019.