- Clark: Bears need to start Justin Fields now
News: 3 hours agoFields appears in line to make his first NFL start Sunday in Cleveland with No. 1 quarterback Andy Dalton considered week-to-week with a knee injury, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
Spin: The rookie first-round pick came on in relief of an injured Dalton in the Bears' 20-17 win over the Bengals this past weekend, taking 41 snaps in total and completing six of 13 pass attempts for 60 yards and an interception while rushing 10 times for 31 yards and fumbling once. Though he didn't have an especially productive showing in extended action after he scored on a run in the season-opening loss to the Rams, Fields could quickly emerge as a startable fantasy option thanks to his game-breaking rushing ability. For what it's worth, head coach Matt Nagy said Monday that Dalton -- when healthy -- remains the Bears' starting quarterback, but that could change if Fields delivers an impressive outing in place of the veteran.
ESPN Fantasy Projection: Fields was selected by Chicago with the 11th overall pick of April's draft. The Ohio State product checks in at 6-foot-3, 227 pounds with outstanding accuracy, a good arm and high-end rushing ability. The latter sets him apart (81-383-5 rushing line in 2020), but Fields has also shown to be an aggressive and effective passer. His 10.3 average depth of throw and 91 total QBR are both tops in this year's rookie class over the past three seasons and he protected the ball well (1.5% INT rate). It's possible Andy Dalton will get a few starts to open 2021, but the history of first-round QBs suggests Fields will be under center very quickly. His elite rushing ability, powered by 4.45 wheels, could quickly launch him into fantasy relevance, so he'll be a fine late-round pick.