November 22, 2022, 2:27 pm
Final Score: Bears 24 @ Falcons 27 (Push, O49.5)
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In a game of who will make less mistakes to win, it was the Falcons that made one less mistake and took home the victory. For the Bears, Justin Fields was once again fantasy relevant, scoring 24 fantasy points as the QB7 on the week, though it wasn’t the kind of performance we have begun to expect from the second-year quarterback. He will remain in our lineups as a QB1. David Montgomery put his extra work to good use, scoring 21 PPR fantasy points and was the RB6 on the week in PPR formats. He was utilized all over the field as a runner and receiver, amassing 20 touches and will be on the RB1 borderline as long as Khalil Herbert remains out. Darnell Mooney scored his touchdown in the first quarter but didn’t have much after that, only catching four passes for 29 yards with his touchdown. He’ll remain in the infinite sadness that is a WR3. No other receiver is of consequence for the Bears and tight end Cole Kmet could be falling out of favor as he could only muster three catches for 35 yards but will continue to be viable as tight end is extremely scarce at the moment.
The Falcons were able to achieve their goal to run the ball as much as they could as they pass as little as they can. Marcus Mariota completed 13-of-20 passes for 131 and a passing touchdown but was able to run the ball 13 times for 25 yards and a rushing score. If you streamed him you were a bit disappointed as he failed to return QB1 status finishing as the QB13 on the week. Cordarrelle Patterson ran 10 times for 52 and a lost fumble but it was his kickoff return touchdown that stole the show. Tyler Allgeier out gained him again on fewer carries and that split backfield could be more of a headache as we move forward. Pass-catchers Drake London and Kyle Pitts also reman frustrating as London caught just one pass for two yards but it was for a touchdown as Pitts caught just three passes for 43 yards. They will be hard to trust going forward as well.
QB Justin Fields: While the final line may not be the massive fantasy point total we’ve come to expect from Fields, he remained the teams focal point, rushing the ball which is what we like to see from our quarterbacks as he ran 18 times for 85 yards and a score. If this is the floor for Fields going forward, sign us up.
RB David Montgomery: Montgomery was able to handle a RB1-type workload with Khalil Herbert out, rushing for 67 yards on 17 carries and a touchdown with three catches for 54 yards as he was also the leading receiver. Moving forward with this type of volume, he needs to be in our lineups as a borderline RB1.
QB Marcus Mariota: Mariota operating as a game-manager was just enough to win and score 17 fantasy points for us. If you were forced into trying him as a streamer you were probably content for this week and he will remain a high-upside streamer or middle-of-the road QB2 for superflex.
WR Chase Claypool: We were hoping for Claypool to be acclimated to the offense by now and this performance may just be the final straw for Claypool who caught just two passes for 11 yards. If you were holding him as a stash, he can be safely dropped as he is not viable for fantasy in this offense.
TE Cole Kmet: Kmet followed up his three game touchdown streak with a three for 35 dud disappointing those who just now chose to buy in and start him. His target share is still elite but with the volume at which the Bears throw, he will just be a touchdown-dependent, low-end TE1.
WR Drake London: London was second on the team in targets but it was just three targets as he caught just the one pass for two yards and the score. If you were still looking for a reason to drop London this may be it, at least in 10 PPR leagues as the volume just isn’t there and it doesn’t look like it will show up anytime soon.
TE Kyle Pitts: Pitts once again was at the mercy of this limited offense, catching just three passes for 43 scoreless yards. Dropping Pitts is still out of the question as he is still a tight end with a pulse, but starting him with confidence is also out of the question.
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Final Score: Panthers 3 @ Ravens 13 (Panthers covered +13, U41.5)
Key Postgame Storylines