Fantasy Football

Allen Robinson listed among likely fantasy busts for 2018

Allen Robinson listed among likely fantasy busts for 2018

The Chicago Bears are paying Allen Robinson $42 million over the next three seasons to be the kind of alpha playmaker he was in 2015 with the Jaguars when he scored 14 touchdowns and looked uncoverable.

The signing isn't without risk. Robinson is coming off of a torn ACL suffered in last year's season opener and expectations for his early-season production should be kept in check. The point remains, however, that Robinson will be targeted and will be expected to turn those targets into production consistent with a No. 1 receiver.

According to a recent list of likely fantasy football busts for 2018, don't bet on Robinson making the most of his opportunities. 

Robinson will be catching passes from second-year quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, who led the league's worst passing attack last season (175.7 yards per game). Trubisky has better weapons around him, has an offensive head coach in Matt Nagy and has a year of experience under his belt. However, he is far from a proven gunslinger.

Let's not forget the Bears have a strong backfield comprised of Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen. Chicago is going to lean on the running game.

FantasyPros has Robinson's average draft position (ADP) at 20.8 among wide receivers in points-per-reception (PPR) leagues. This is too high for a guy with a lot of question marks and who has only topped 75 receptions for 1,000 yards once in his career.There certainly are reasons to be cautious and maybe even a little nervous with Robinson in your fantasy league, but none of them should be because he has only one season of 1,000 yards.

Last year was a wash (one game played) and the season before, Robinson was on the other end of Blake Bortles' erratic and inaccurate throws. It's amazing that A-Rob was able to do so much damage in 2015 with Bortles under center.

If you're drafting Robinson with visions of him winning you a fantasy championship, you're likely to be disappointed. That said, barring another catastrophic injury, he should produce numbers like that of a No. 2 fantasy receiver with the upside to be a No. 1.

Where are Bears skill players being selected in fantasy football drafts?

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Where are Bears skill players being selected in fantasy football drafts?

For fantasy football players planning their annual summer draft strategy, reviewing a player's average draft position (the average draft slot where a player is being selected in fantasy drafts across the country) is a great place to start.

It's also a great place to look to gauge the national opinion of the Bears' skill players on offense. For example, Todd Gurley, the Rams' feature running back, currently sits atop fantasy draft boards with an ADP of No. 1 overall. Le'Veon Bell is second, and Dallas' third-year runner, Ezekiel Elliott, is third. Essentially, they're considered three of the best -- if not THE best -- running backs in the NFL by fans.

So where do guys like Jordan Howard, Allen Robinson and Mitch Trubisky rank? Let's take a look.

Note: Average draft positions are from Fantasy Pros.

Jordan Howard:  ADP = 25 (RB15)

Players ahead of Howard include Bengals second-year back Joe Mixon, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski and Packers receiver Davante Adams. Call it a hunch, but Howard will outproduce this ADP.

Allen Robinson: ADP = 42 (WR17)

Robinson trails players like Josh Gordon, Doug Baldwin and Stefon Diggs on draft boards. This seems fair with Robinson coming off a torn ACL.

Mitch Trubisky: ADP = 168 (QB26)

Trubisky has a chance to be one of this year's fantasy football league-winners if he quickly takes to Matt Nagy's offense. He's being criminally underrated in fantasy circles.

Tarik Cohen: ADP = 77 (RB32)

Unless Cohen becomes the Bears' feature back, which is a long shot, this ADP and overall ranking seem about right. The only way he makes a jump up fantasy rankings is if the Bears use him like the Saints used Alvin Kamara, with similar results.

Trey Burton: ADP = 94 (TE9)

Burton is one of the Bears' favorites among fantasy GMs. He's expected to become Chicago's Travis Kelce this season. If he does, he'll be a fantasy star.

Anthony Miller: ADP = 206 (WR65)

Fantasy players like Miller the most of all receivers opposite Robinson this season. He's got a chance to prove them right with his blend of inside and outside receiver traits.

Taylor Gabriel: ADP 357 (WR110)

Yikes. Gabriel is essentially undraftable in fantasy leagues this season, according to this ADP. No one is suggesting Gabriel will be the next coming of Tyreek Hill, but this seems awfully low.

Kevin White: ADP 328 (WR105)

White has a slightly higher upside in the opinion of fantasy owners than Gabriel, but he's still nothing more than free agency fodder at this point in summer drafts.

Jordan Howard ranked as Top 50 player for Fantasy Football

Jordan Howard ranked as Top 50 player for Fantasy Football

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.