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News: 1 hour agoCoach Matt Nagy announced Wednesday that Fields will start Sunday's game against the Browns, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Spin: Andy Dalton (knee) is considered week-to-week and now can be ruled out for at least one game. The rookie thus gets his first NFL start, though Nagy did caution that he plans to reinstate Dalton as the starting QB once he's healthy. Of course, Fields' performance can also affect the plan, especially if Dalton ends up missing multiple games.
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.