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Allen Robinson is a must-start in your Fantasy Football championship

Allen Robinson is a must-start in your Fantasy Football championship

The 2019 fantasy football season will come to a close in Week 16 as most leagues across the country will crown their champion in what's traditionally considered fantasy Super Bowl week. 

If your league is insane enough to hold its championship in Week 17? Find a new one.

The fantasy football grind is very real. After four months of managing lineups, waiver wire moves, trades and more, it's all come down to this. One week of action, which kicks off Saturday and will run through Monday night's Packers-Vikings game to decide whether you or one of your league-mates will own bragging rights for the year.

One bad decision, one bad substitution, one bad start/sit can sink a year's worth of hard work. Don't make that mistake, and if you have Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson on your roster, he better be in your lineup.

The Bears welcome the Chiefs to Chicago in Week 16's Sunday Night Football, and while Kansas City's defense has fared well against opposing receivers this season (No. 8 overall, according to CBS Sports), Robinson is still a must-start. 

The Bears are likely to be trailing for most of this game. And they're likely to be trailing by more than just one score. As a result, Matt Nagy is going to dial up a lot of pass plays for Mitch Trubisky. The more Trubisky throws, the better the odds Robinson will have a big game.

Robinson leads all Bears receivers with 130 targets this season, per Pro Football Focus. The next closest Chicago skill player is running back Tarik Cohen (78). And even though wide receiver Anthony Miller has been getting more looks in recent weeks, his emergence hasn't taken away from Robinson's target share.

A-Rob has 11 or more targets in three of the last four games and is fresh off a season-high 15 targets against the Packers in Week 15. He flipped those looks into seven catches and 125 yards.

Robinson will have a chip on his shoulder Sunday night, too. Despite eclipsing 1,000 yards on an offense that's been one of the least productive in the NFL this season, A-Rob wasn't picked as an NFC Pro-Bowler. Not even as an alternate. He's saying all the right things about not being upset over the snub, but he's a competitor. And what better way to prove the voters wrong than by showing out on national television.

The Bears have nothing but pride left to play for this year. Robinson, however, may have a little more to play for than that. He's trying to cash in on a new contract with the Bears before next season, the final campaign of the three-year, $42 million deal he signed in 2018. Based on the current wide receiver market, Robinson is underpaid. His contract ranks 10th among receivers and will fall outside the top-10 after this offseason if he doesn't get a new deal.

If he ends the year stacking two big games together, general manager Ryan Pace will have no choice but to open the checkbook.

That extra motivation is great news for fantasy players in a championship week where every catch, every yard and every touchdown could be the difference between winning and losing.

If you have to bank on a guy coming through in the clutch this week, bet on A-Rob.

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Fantasy Football: Allen Robinson should be in your starting lineup vs. Giants

Fantasy Football: Allen Robinson should be in your starting lineup vs. Giants

Chicago Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson is in a bit of a slump over the last few weeks. He has just 107 yards over the last three games (combined) and hasn't scored a touchdown in four straight weeks.

But that shouldn't deter you from starting him in fantasy football on Sunday against the Giants. A get-right game is coming for the Bears' top offensive weapon, and CBS Sports fantasy expert Jamey Eisenberg has A-Rob as a 'start 'em' at wide receiver for Week 12.

Robinson struggled as expected in Week 11 against Jalen Ramsey and the Rams, finishing with four catches for 15 yards on six targets. He hasn't scored a touchdown in four games in a row, and he's been at five PPR points or less in two of his past three games. But he should break out of his funk this week against the Giants. In their past five games, the Giants have allowed seven receivers to either score or gain at least 95 receiving yards. Robinson could be a top 10 Fantasy receiver against the Giants at home.

The Giants' secondary has been atrocious all season long and there's no cornerback in their secondary who can contain Robinson over the duration of an entire game. Sure, Robinson is dependent on sound play from Mitch Trubisky and the offensive line in order to have an opportunity to produce, but Chicago should have its fair share of opportunities to make plays downfield in the passing game regardless of the up-and-down play from the other moving parts.

Robinson has been the Bears' best offensive player all season. And if Trubisky is going to have any chance at salvaging his once-promising third year in Chicago, he'll have to target A-Rob early and often for the remainder of 2019. 

It'll start Sunday at Soldier Field against the Giants. Make sure Robinson is in your fantasy lineup.

Fantasy Football: Sit Allen Robinson in Week 11 vs. Jalen Ramsey

Fantasy Football: Sit Allen Robinson in Week 11 vs. Jalen Ramsey

Wide receiver Allen Robinson has been the only somewhat reliable skill player on the Bears for fantasy football owners in 2019. But his status as a weekly starter in fantasy leagues could come to an end in Week 11 with Chicago facing Jalen Ramsey and the Los Angeles Rams on NBC's Sunday Night Football.

Robinson has 53 catches for 618 yards and three touchdowns through nine games this season, numbers that put him on pace for 94 catches, 1,098 yards and five scores. Are they elite stats? No. But considering how poorly the offense -- and quarterback -- has played this season, the fact that A-Rob will be pushing 1,100 yards is quite remarkable. 

Sunday night's matchup may be his most challenging of the season, however. Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey is expected to shadow Robinson throughout the game and the Bears would be wise to have Mitch Trubisky look elsewhere for completions.

As a result, Robinson is considered a WR3 at best this week.

Robinson had a solid outing in Week 10 against Detroit, but this could be a tough matchup against Jalen Ramsey and the Rams," CBS Sports Jamey Eisenberg wrote in Week 11's fantasy receiver outlook. "Robinson has now gone three games in a row without a touchdown, and he's averaging just 8.7 PPR points over that span. In three games with Ramsey, No. 1 receivers against the Rams (Jones, Boyd and JuJu Smith-Schuster) are averaging 11.3 PPR points per game, but I expect Robinson to fall short of that in what could be a rough game for Mitchell Trubisky on the road. I would only use Robinson as a No. 3 PPR receiver this week.

It's sound advice for the fantasy player who's grown accustomed to doubting Trubisky's ability to deliver consistent weekly performances that would allow A-Rob to thrive as the WR1 he really is.

For now, stash Robinson on your bench. But don't worry, he won't be there for long. Chicago's Week 12 game against the Giants may end up being his biggest of the season. Stay tuned.

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