The Chicago Bears made arguably the biggest splash of the 2021 NFL Draft, trading up all the way from No. 20 to pick Ohio State QB Justin Fields at No. 11. It wasn't cheap, as Chicago sent a 2021 fifth-round pick, a 2022 first-round pick and a 2022 fourth rounder to the New York Giants for the signal-caller.
After giving up that much capital, you have to think Fields will get the starting job over Bears' free-agent addition Andy Dalton. If he's the Week 1 starter, Fields has the talent to return low-end QB1 value immediately.
Justin Fields Fantasy Outlook
While projecting a rookie to return starting value at QB is obviously a bit of a gamble, it's not as insane as one might think. Last year, one rookie QB (Justin Herbert) returned top-12 value. Herbert finished as QB9 last year.
And while Herbert was unusually productive for a rookie, he wasn't a total anomaly from a fantasy perspective. In 2019, then-rookie QB Kyler Murray finished as fantasy QB8.
And Fields has a real shot to make it three years in a row with a rookie signal-caller finishing as a top-10 fantasy QB.
Justin Fields NFL Draft
The biggest thing he has going for him is his rushing ability. Rushing QBs are something of a cheat code in fantasy football, and Fields is arguably the most dynamic dual threat in the class.
Justin Fields 40-Yard Dash
He ran a 4.44 40-yard dash at his pro day. That's fast for any position, but it's pretty much unheard of for a 6-foot-3, 227-pound quarterback.
And while he didn't land in the best situation imaginable, it's far from terrible. He'll be throwing to Allen Robinson, Darnell Mooney, Anthony Miller and Cole Kmet in Chicago, with David Montgomery pounding the rock on the ground. If a few of those youngsters make a leap in 2021, that group could be pretty dynamic.
Plus, Matt Nagy made Mitchell Trubisky fantasy's QB11 back in 2018 by emphasizing his rushing ability. Now we'll get to see what he can do with a considerably more talented prospect in Fields.
He'll be a buzzy name when fantasy drafts roll around, as he'll almost certainly be one of the first 15 QBs picked. But the Ohio State signal-caller absolutely has the talent to finish as a top-eight fantasy QB in 2021.
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