The Chicago Bears have some appealing offensive skill players for fantasy football in 2018. It's a stark contrast to last season when the wide receiver corps was like the island of misfit pass-catchers.
General Manager Ryan Pace gave the offense a facelift in one aggressive offseason, starting with WR Allen Robinson, who was recently ranked No. 29 on NFL Fantasy Football's list of Top 50 players for the upcoming season. He's not the only Bear worth selecting early in fantasy drafts, however.
Running back Jordan Howard one-upped Robinson on the top-50 list, coming in at No. 28.
Howard should be the first Bear selected in fantasy leagues this summer. He's a sure-fire starter in any format and has a chance to emerge as a top-five option if he can prove to coach Matt Nagy that he's capable of catching passes out of the backfield. Look no further than what Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt was able to do as a fantasy option in the same system last year.
Howard is coming off back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons, including 1,313 yards in 2016, a total that trailed only Cowboys starter Ezekiel Elliott for the rushing title. Whether his touches are impacted by Tarik Cohen's expected increase in playing time is something fantasy owners have to consider, but Howard is one of the safest picks at the position heading into 2018.