Taylor Gabriel among trio of Bears worth a look in fantasy leagues this week

Top Bears fantasy picks for Sunday's game with the Rams

An 11-1 NFL team might seem like a nightmare situation for a fantasy football owner with players on the league power's opponent for that week.

The Rams have possibly the best defensive player in the league in defensive tackle Aaron Donald. But make no mistake, this is hardly a defensive juggernaut the Bears are going against Sunday night at Soldier Field.

So there should be great fantasy football opportunities for some Bears, especially if Mitchell Trubisky returns at quarterback this week.

The real pressure is on the Bears defensively, with the Rams now resembling an outdoor version of the franchise's old Greatest Show on Turf in their days in St. Louis.

3. Jordan Howard

Not Tarik Cohen. It's the physical, hard runners who have fared the best against the Rams defense. Think Chris Carson and Seattle.

The Rams gave up 273 rushing yards to the Seattle Seahawks. Carson had 116 in one game with the Rams and Mike Davis 68 in the same game. That's about two months' work for the Bears offense on the ground these days. The Rams gave up 190 yards rushing to Seattle the first time. The Packers' Aaron Jones even ran for 86 against the Rams.

Howard had a strong first half last week, averaging over 5 yards a carry. So Bears coach Matt Nagy may have regained some confidence in this weapon. The key will be whether the guards can handle Donald enough to allow the running game to start up, because he can be very disruptive there besides with his pass rush.

2. Taylor Gabriel

Gabriel had a quiet game against the Giants, with only three catches for 17 yards, and he also lost a key fourth-quarter fumble. But with Mitchell Trubisky's return more likely than any point since his shoulder injury, it means more opportunities for receivers who can take advantage crossing the middle as targets. Allen Robinson Jr. asserted himself last week, and the Rams will note this with their coverage. The receiver who seems more likely to be able to burn the Rams is lightning-quick, smaller Gabriel.

1. Mitchell Trubisky

Remember that 273 yards Seattle rushed for against the Rams? Rashaad Penny had 108 of them and Davis 58. Quarterback Russell Wilson gained 92 yards. The Rams, it seems, have difficulty defending against mobile, running quarterbacks who can escape their strong rush. So the Bears have to hope Trubisky's shoulder can weather a game against a physical defensive front not as merely a passer, but also a runner. His scrambling can extend drives and keep the Rams offense off the field. Maybe three TD passes and one or two rushing will be needed from Trubisky to win this one. Wilson had gone over 21 rushing yards only once this season until he gained 92 with a combination of read-option and scrambling against the Rams.

This one is right up Trubisky's alley, provided he's able to shoulder the load. And provided he even plays.


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