According to an ESPN article by Courtney Cronin that cites multiple current Chicago Bears players, Bears QB Justin Fields has impressed during the team's offseason program and has grown significantly as a leader entering his second NFL season. (ESPN)
Fields, who was the 11th overall selection in the 2021 NFL Draft, has received rave reviews from his teammates this offseason. Fields will be entering the season as the Bears’ unquestioned starting QB for the first time in his career after beginning his rookie season backing up veteran QB Andy Dalton. Based on his teammate's comments, it appears Fields has fully embraced a leadership role on the team and has been praised for his work ethic and command of the offense. Fields made nine starts as a rookie and was mostly ineffective, but he showed flashes of his potential throughout the season, especially in his final two starts. Fields’ fantasy upside is largely tied to his athleticism and rushing upside and he’s a popular sleeper to sneak into QB1 territory in his second year as a pro. The Bears didn’t do him any favors this offseason in regards to upgrading the skill position players around him and the team isn’t expected to contend in 2022. With that being the case, Fields will likely be playing from behind frequently which in turn will increase his passing volume and scrambling opportunities, a positive for fantasy. Fields is currently ranked as the QB16 according to FantasyPros ECR.