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Running Back, Chicago Bears

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Draft: 2016 Round 5 (11)
College: Indiana
DOB: 1994-11-02 Age: 22
RB Rank Tier ADP-12
#5 2 2.02

Season Stats
FF Today Default Scoring: Review Scoring
  RushingReceiving Fantasy
Season Team G Att Yard Avg TDTarget Rec Yard Avg TD FPts FPts/G
2016 CHI 15 252 1,313 5.2 6 50 29 298 10.3 1 203.1 13.5
2017 (Projected) CHI   266 1,225 4.6 7   41 306 7.5 2 207.1  

2017 Outlook
Depth Chart
I'm going to make a crazy assumption that Jordan Howard won a few fantasy titles last season. The 5th round rookie from Indiana came out of nowhere to pile up 252 carries for 1,313 yards 6 touchdowns, in essentially only 13 games, as he didn't play Week 1 and saw only 12 carries combined in Week 2 and 3. From Week 4 on, Howard was one of fantasy's most consistent running back plays, putting up double digit points in all but two of his final thirteen games. More impressive is that fact Howard did all of this on a team that went 3-13, and rarely ever had 4th quarter leads to protect.

A deeper look shows Howard racked up these amazing numbers on a fairly limited set of carries. He only reached 20 carries in four games, as he averaged a silly 5.2 yards-per-carry, great numbers for a runner that doesn't possess elite speed or quickness. What Howard does have is a relentless, one-cut running style that jibes with the strong run blocking of the Chicago line. He fits through tight spaces, finishes runs with gusto, and has the power and vision to make his own yards when necessary. So can Howard repeat the magic and be worthy of an early round selection in 2017? In early drafts he's being picked in the top-10 at his position, a place I think is fair. Barring injury (which he did have quite a few of his senior year in college), he should push for 250 carries once again. 250 carries is nearly a shoe-in for top-10 status, as only Frank Gore and Lamar Miller had 250 or more carries last season and didn't finish in that area. Howard's touchdown upside is going to be limited on a poor, conservative offense, but has a little room to grow from last year's total of six.

What I don't see improving greatly are his yards per carry average and reception totals. With totally unproven quarterback options and receivers who scare no one right now, 8 and 9-man fronts should be the norm against Howard. Also consider the fact he led all running backs with 8 dropped passes, and had only a 58% completion rate on passes thrown his way. Compare that to a similar player in Melvin Gordon who had a 72% rate, and you'll see why Chicago went out and added Benny Cunningham in free agency and the Darren Sproles-like Tarik Cohen in the draft. Cohen was a dynamo at North Carolina A&T and offers the Bears a skillset that is unique to their roster.

Howard's volume and skill-set are going to be enough to make him a RB1, but you are going to have to pay a significantly higher price this season to get that production. He's going to be a solid, reliable player, but asking him to meet or surpass his 2016 totals might be a stretch.

Fan. Tm. Player
RB1RB1 Jordan Howard
RB2RB2 Ka'Deem Carey
RB3RB3 Jeremy Langford
RB4FB1 Paul Lasike
RB5RB4 Benny Cunningham
RB6RB5 Tarik Cohen
RB7RB6 Michael Burton
Bears Depth Chart
News From The Past 90 Days
Bears' rookie RB Tarik Cohen impresses
Should carve out change-of-pace role
By: Mike Krueger | Sun Aug 20, 8:30 am

Chicgao Bears
With starter Jordan Howard dealing with an eye issue, the Chicago Bears turned to rookie running back Tarik Cohen to start their second preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals on Saturday night. The Bears rookie running back carried the ball 11 times on the night for 77 yards. He showed fantastic quickness and burst in his cuts and undoubtedly has the speed to reach the corner with consistency. (

FFToday's Take: Cohen is undersized, making it doubtful the Bears would ever use him in a workhorse role if Jordan Howard went down with an injury but he does fit a "change-of-pace" role in the Bears offense and should see the field a fair amount in his rookie season.

Mike Glennon to remain starter all season?
Mitchell Trubisky not expected to push veteran
By: Doug Orth | Mon Jul 17, 6:50 pm

Chicgao Bears
For those just tuning back in after last year's 3-13 finish - this is not an open quarterback competition. It's not veteran Mike Glennon versus second-overall pick Mitchell Trubisky with coach John Fox dangling the car keys between them. It's Glennon's job on Day 1, and the team plans for the depth chart to remain stacked that way. All season, in fact. Until further notice, Glennon's grip on the job remains strong because he is the only one of the two trained in an NFL offense. (Chicago Tribune)

FFToday's Take: It's the right approach given how raw Trubisky is, but it remains to be seen if the Bears will have the conviction to stick to it like so few teams before them have. At the very least, Glennon should give this offense - specifically Cameron Meredith and Jordan Howard - a decent shot to match or exceed its production from last season. Glennon is a low-end QB2 for fantasy purposes.

2016 Gamelog Stats
FF Today Default Scoring: Review Scoring
  RushingReceiving Fantasy
Week Opp Result Att Yard Avg TDTarget Rec Yard Avg TD FPts
2 PHI L 14-29 3 22 7.3 0 2 2 9 4.5 0 3.1
3 at DAL L 17-31 9 45 5.0 0 6 4 47 11.8 0 9.2
4 DET W 17-14 23 111 4.8 0 4 3 21 7.0 0 13.2
5 at IND L 23-29 16 118 7.4 0 3 3 45 15.0 1 22.3
6 JAC L 16-17 15 34 2.3 1 4 2 6 3.0 0 10.0
7 at GB L 10-26 7 22 3.1 0 1 0 0 - 0 2.2
8 MIN W 20-10 26 153 5.9 1 4 4 49 12.3 0 26.2
10 at TB L 10-36 15 100 6.7 0 0 0 0 - 0 10.0
11 at NYG L 16-22 17 77 4.5 0 8 1 22 22.0 0 9.9
12 TEN L 21-27 18 84 4.7 0 5 3 43 14.3 0 12.7
13 SF W 26-6 32 117 3.7 3 1 0 0 - 0 29.7
14 at DET L 17-20 13 86 6.6 0 5 2 24 12.0 0 11.0
15 GB L 27-30 17 90 5.3 1 4 4 23 5.8 0 17.3
16 WAS L 21-41 18 119 6.6 0 3 1 9 9.0 0 12.8
17 at MIN L 10-38 23 135 5.9 0 0 0 0 - 0 13.5

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