The Chicago Bears should benefit massively from their offensive line overhaul and scheme change this offseason, injecting some intriguing fantasy value into this unit.
(The following analysis is based on FantasyPros aggregate average draft position drawn from major websites. The first number in parenthesis is ADP overall in a non-PPR redraft format; the second is ADP by position. I am not saying these players will be terrible or amazing, just that I see them significantly outperforming or underperforming their fantasy value at the current ADP.)
Overrated: Bears Team Defense (102, 4), Brandon Marshall (19, 5)
My typical philosophy on team defense is to wait until very close to the draft’s conclusion before grabbing two that are low-cost, high-upside. I typically don’t wind up with Chicago’s generally popular unit for this reason, and I believe losing Lovie Smith puts serious questions into the Bears’ ability to continue mounting absurd takeaway and defensive score totals. The man has been a wizard at this since commanding the St. Louis Rams defense near the turn of the century. Marshall and Megatron were leaps and bounds ahead of the league in target totals in 2012, and I’m assuming the pass offense gets more diversified under Marc Trestman.
Underrated: Jay Cutler (135, 17), Martellus Bennett (121, 13)
Marshall is in the elite receiver tier just below Megatron, but I think spreading it out a little more will be a boon for Cutler’s fantasy value. My assumption is also that Chicago will be keener on passing the ball and throwing quick-hitters to Marshall, Alshon Jeffery, Matt Forte and Bennett, who is dangerous with the ball and down the seam for his size.