This figured to be a favorable matchup for the Chicago Bears on Monday night. Still, Washington had shown some fight through the first couple games of the season. As fantasy football enthusiasts, we can only hope for offensive production, even if the game on the field is less than ideal. The Bears can end up being playoff contenders in a fierce division, but who had the idea to give Washington a home game on Monday night when we already have to endure Booger McFarlane?
The Bears scored their first touchdown on a pick six. For one night at least, this defense was starting to look like the Bears defense from 2018 that had an insanely favorable turnover ratio. The defense spent the evening, or at least the first half, giving Mitch Trubisky the short fields that he had grown accustomed to last season. So how did the fantasy stats shake out? And were the Redskins able to salvage anything Monday night?
If you drafted Mitch Trubisky as your QB2, this was the type of game that you were looking to start him in. You probably didn’t unless you own him in a 2-QB or superflex league. As modest as 231 passing yards and 2 rushing yards seems, the three touchdown passes that he threw were good enough for a QB12 finish for the week. I’d also like to note that 31 passing attempts seems to be a step in the right direction if he is going to provide any fantasy value this season. Next week is a stay-away for Mitch from a starting/streaming standpoint because the Vikings are visiting Chicago.
What a first half! Taylor Gabriel caught 6 of his 7 targets for 75 yards and 3 touchdowns. Gabriel finished the week as the overall WR5 in PPR scoring. Unfortunately for Gabriel, there were some other standout performances from Sunday that he fell short of. Gabriel’s presence has basically forced Anthony Miller out of the offense. If you are impatiently waiting to add Gabriel off of the waiver wire, be aware that he was forced out of this game early and went into concussion protocol. I’m not a doctor, but this doesn’t seem good for the likelihood of his availability in week 4 on short rest.
Allen Robinson caught 6 out of his 7 targets for 60 yards. He’s yet to match the week 1 volume again and I don’t think that next week is the week that he explodes back onto the scene. I still like Robinson’s rest of season outlook if you do have shares.
Fantasy football twitter was in an uproar when Montgomery failed to see a snap for a while on the first drive, but he did make his way onto the field before the drive was over. Montgomery finished as the RB28 for the week in PPR scoring. It was beginning to look like the week was going to be a complete dud for him, but then he ripped off a 25 yard run in the 4th quarter while Chicago was milking the clock. Montgomery caught more passes than anyone in the Bear’s backfield and also handled 13 of the 24 carries. The buy low window still seems to be open.
Case Keenum is a little more lively in garbage time this year than we thought he would be, but he looked completely overmatched in the first half against the Bears’ front seven. His facial expressions told the entire story. Keenum was able to get things going a little bit in the second half with a couple of touchdown passes and he ended up with over 300 passing yards. With all of the turnovers, Keenum was still only able to muster up a QB24 performance.
Scary Terry! The cool kids tell me this is an adult swim reference. Now it seems the folks at ESPN have also caught on. Scary Terry (last time, I promise) was second on the team in targets behind Paul Richardson with 8 targets. Paul had 9 targets. They both had late touchdown catches and each had at least 70 yards. The big difference is, McLaurin is owned in 70% of ESPN leagues and Paul Richardson is only owned in 12%.
He’s just out here getting a paycheck while he can. No, seriously. He’s so useless they didn’t even use him in a late goal line situation. He also wasn’t able to grab a 4th quarter first down on 3rd and 1. The Skins need Derrius Guice back.
This has nothing to do with his production. That karate kid move was awesome. I hope that he fails on a hurdle attempt every week going forward.
Chris Thompson held 33% of the share of carries on Monday night. He averaged 4.1 YPC to Adrian Peterson’s 3.1. Thompson also caught 4 passes for 79 yards. This was good enough for a RB19 PPR finish in week 3.