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Rapid Reaction: Nick Foles Traded to Bears (2020 Fantasy Football)

Mar 18, 2020

Nick Foles will compete with Mitch Trubisky for the No. 1 job in Chicago.

The Chicago Bears have acquired some much-needed quarterback competition for Mitch Trubisky, acquiring Nick Foles from the Jacksonville Jaguars. What does this mean for the fantasy football value of Foles and the rest of the Bears’ skill players? Our analysts are on the case:

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Q1. What is the fantasy football impact of Nick Foles being acquired by the Bears?

It’s tough to say what the impact will be with Foles, as he’s not a lock to take the starting job from Mitch Trubisky. It’s likely that we see them battle for the starting job, but I assure you that Ryan Pace wants Trubisky to win the job. If Foles were to win the job, we’ve seen him in a similar situation with the Eagles and Doug Pederson’s offense. While those were much better times than he had in Jacksonville, he was nothing more than a streaming quarterback with no mobility, so his floor is extremely low each week. He’s not worth drafting outside of 2QB leagues. Even then, it’s questionable considering he doesn’t have the starting job locked down.
-Mike Tagliere (@MikeTagliereNFL)

Although I always prefer to have a strong opinion on a transaction, the Nick Foles to Chicago news just doesn’t do anything for me. We are talking about someone with a 50/50 job to even start in a mediocre offense. Even if Foles were to win the job, we’d still be talking about a high-end QB3 and someone you would only draft in a SuperFlex league. There is limited fantasy appeal to Foles.
-Bobby Sylvester (@bobbyfantasypro)

It really depends on what Foles’ role is going to be. Is he there as a backup to Mitchell Trubisky? Or will he start? Best guess is Trubisky starts the season as the starter but on a short leash. Either way, playoff runs aside, Foles is not suddenly going to become a QB1 even if he starts for the Bears. Foles wasn’t a QB1 when he started for Philadelphia, so he certainly won’t be one with the Bears. In other words, regardless, Foles isn’t worth much consideration in fantasy after the trade.Gardner Minshew is now the undisputed starter in Jacksonville. Although he had his ups and downs last year, Minshew’s rushing ability and willingness to take chances should leave him as a streaming option during the season and a solid QB2. As for Allen Robinson and Anthony Miller, the move means little, but it should either light a fire under Mitchell Trubisky or perhaps represent an upgrade if Foles plays well enough to win the job. So, perhaps it’s a small upgrade, but generally negligible.
-Dan Harris (@danharris80)

Q2. Who else is impacted by Foles’ acquisition from a fantasy perspective?

While this doesn’t do much for Foles/Trubisky with fantasy appeal, it’s not a bad thing for Allen Robinson and Anthony Miller. Why? Well, it holds Trubisky accountable, which is something Chase Daniel was incapable of doing. We’ve watched Foles support fantasy relevant receivers before, so adding another arm to the mix gives them a slight bump, though nothing worth writing home about.
-Mike Tagliere (@MikeTagliereNFL)

Although Foles doesn’t have the ceiling a running QB like Mitch Trubisky has, he is quite clearly a more competent passer when healthy. This should provide a boost to both Allen Robinson and Anthony Miller but it’s Jimmy Graham who gets the largest jump. He went from my TE18 to TE15 with the news of Foles signing, as no quarterback in the past decade has targeted tight ends at a higher rate. Even still, with there being no guarantee that Foles will win the job, there is a chance Graham climbs into my top 12 by preseason if the depth chart becomes clear.
-Bobby Sylvester (@bobbyfantasypro)

Gardner Minshew is now the undisputed starter in Jacksonville. Although he had his ups and downs last year, Minshew’s rushing ability and willingness to take chances should leave him as a streaming option during the season and a solid QB2. As for Allen Robinson and Anthony Miller, the move means little, but it should either light a fire under Mitchell Trubisky or perhaps represent an upgrade if Foles plays well enough to win the job. So, perhaps it’s a small upgrade, but generally negligible.
-Dan Harris (@danharris80)

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