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Running Back, Chicago Bears

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Draft: 2016 Round 5 (11)
College: Indiana
DOB: 1994-11-02 Age: 23
RB Rank Tier ADP-12
#6 2 2.03

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 CHI 13 235 1,030 4.4 7 27 18 94 5.2 0 154.4 11.9
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 Tarik Cohen
RB3RB3 Benny Cunningham
RB4FB1 Michael Burton
RB5RB4 Ka'Deem Carey
Bears Depth Chart
News From The Past 90 Days
Injury Jordan Howard expected to play
Shoulder injury
By: Mike Krueger | Sun Sep 17, 7:00 am

Chicgao Bears
Bears' RB Jordan Howard, listed as questionable for today due to shoulder injury, is expected to play vs Bucs, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Howard was limited in practice this week but it sounds like he is good to go for Week 2. The Bears are thin with playmakers meaning Howard and Tarik Cohen should be heavily involved in the gameplan.



2017 Gamelog Stats
FF Today Default Scoring: Review Scoring
  RushingReceiving Fantasy
Week Opp Result Att Yard Avg TDTarget Rec Yard Avg TD FPts
1 ATL L 17-23 13 52 4.0 1 5 3 14 4.7 0 12.6
2 at TB L 7-29 9 7 0.8 0 1 0 0 - 0 0.7
3 PIT W 23-17 23 138 6.0 2 5 5 26 5.2 0 28.4
4 at GB L 14-35 18 53 2.9 1 4 2 10 5.0 0 12.3
5 MIN L 17-20 19 76 4.0 0 0 0 0 - 0 7.6
6 at BAL W 27-24 36 167 4.6 0 1 1 9 9.0 0 17.6
7 CAR W 17-3 21 65 3.1 0 0 0 0 - 0 6.5
8 at NO L 12-20 23 102 4.4 0 5 3 19 6.3 0 12.1
10 GB L 16-23 15 54 3.6 0 0 0 0 - 0 5.4
11 DET L 24-27 15 125 8.3 1 0 0 0 - 0 18.5
12 at PHI L 3-31 7 6 0.9 0 2 2 13 6.5 0 1.9
13 SF L 14-15 13 38 2.9 0 2 1 -5 -5.0 0 3.3
14 at CIN W 33-7 23 147 6.4 2 2 1 8 8.0 0 27.5

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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