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Justin Fields | Bears QB

Date of Birth:  03/05/1999
Age:  23
Height  6'3"
Weight:   227
College:  Ohio State
Drafted:  2021 | Round 1 | Pick 11
Depth Chart:  2nd string

Justin Fields | Bears QB


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Justin Fields | Bears QB

Justin Fields is being placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

Fields was set to start the season finale after missing time with an ankle injury, but that's now highly unlikely to happen, so Andy Dalton should be under center as Chicago hopes to finish the year with a victory. It's an unfortunate ending to Fields' season, and the rookie went 2-8 as the starter with 1,870 passing yards, seven touchdowns, and ten interception (plus 72 carries for 420 yards and two scores on the ground). The upside of the former Ohio State star will be a selling point for potential head coach candidates if Matt Nagy is indeed fired, but Fields—who showed flashes to be encouraged about—has work to do this offseason to be viewed as a definite franchise quarterback by next season.

Justin Fields | Bears QB

Justin Fields will start in Week 18.

After missing the past two games with an ankle injury, Fields will start the final game of the season for the Bears this Sunday at Minnesota. This is expected to be Fields' final game under Matt Nagy before a new coaching staff is brought in this offseason.

Justin Fields | Bears QB

Justin Fields (ankle) will not start in Week 16.

Fields is going to be a game-time decision, but at less than 100%, the Bears are opting for Nick Foles over the rookie. While we didn't have Fields as a highly recommended play this week against an improved Seattle defense, anyone planning to start him will have to look elsewhere.

Justin Fields | Bears QB

Justin Fields (ribs) will start in Week 14.

Fields missed two games due to his rib injury, but it's good to hear that he's cleared to come back. The first-round rookie gets a tough matchup against the Packers on Sunday Night Football for his return.

Justin Fields | Bears QB

Justin Fields (ribs) is officially doubtful for Sunday.

Andy Dalton will start his second consecutive game in Week 13, and Fields will certainly be ruled out on Sunday morning. The Bears aren't going to rush Fields back while he's dealing with this rib injury.

Justin Fields | Bears QB

Justin Fields (ribs) is officially out for Week 12.

This was expected, as Andy Dalton will start for the Bears on Thanksgiving. Redraft owners probably don't need to hold Fields, but we'll see if a possible coaching change leads to more upside for the offense down the stretch—and Chicago notably gets a couple of shootout opportunities versus Arizona and Green Bay after this week.

Justin Fields | Bears QB

Justin Fields (ribs) is officially questionable to return for the Bears.

Fields went to the locker room to get checked out, and hopefully he's able to get OK'd and return today against the Ravens. Andy Dalton just threw a long touchdown to Darnell Mooney with Fields out.

Justin Fields | Bears QB

Justin Fields leaves game with apparent leg injury.

[UPDATE: Fields has returned after a couple plays.] Fields appeared to hyperextend his leg pretty badly, and he went over to the bench and then into the medical tent to get checked out. Hopefully this isn't too serious, but Andy Dalton is now in the game versus Las Vegas for Chicago.

Justin Fields | Bears QB

The Bears have named Justin Fields their starting quarterback.

Matt Nagy just made the announcement, and Fields was able to show enough in a win versus Detroit for the team to permanently go away from an injured Andy Dalton (knee). Hopefully the full transition to the rookie will lead to a more creative game plan in future weeks, as Fields only rushed for nine yards against the Lions, and playing from ahead meant a low-volume passing attack (11 completions). This week will be a bigger challenge against the improved pass rush of the Raiders, and it will be telling if Fields plays well. For now, we'd hold off on calling him a QB1 or even a top-15 option, but he's worth an add in all redraft leagues because of the potential.

Justin Fields | Bears QB

Justin Fields | Bears QB

Matt Nagy says there is no scenario where Justin Fields would be the Week 1 starter over Andy Dalton.

Talking to Chris Collinsworth, Nagy was adamant: "Andy Dalton is our stater. Justin is our No. 2 and we are going to stick with this plan. You just got to trust the plan." Chicago has stated since signing Dalton that he would be their starter, but the recent comments are the strongest yet with Fields now on the roster after being taken with the No. 11 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. Plans can of course change, though the Bears seem to be wanting to take the developmental route with Fields, and Dalton will essentially be a one-year stopgap similar to Alex Smith in Kansas City a few years ago. We think this strategy is likely the best for Fields' long-term outlook, but the rushing upside would make him a definite option to pick up off the waiver wire in redraft leagues if he ever sees the field as a rookie.

Justin Fields | Bears QB

The Bears have selected Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields with the No. 11 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.

The Bears are giving up their 2022 first, a fifth-round pick, and a fourth-round pick to move up for their future franchise quarterback. Fields—who completed 68.4% of his passes for 5,701 yards and a 67:9 touchdown-interception ratio in 34 career games at Ohio State and Georgia—is perhaps the most polarizing prospect in the class. After trading up with the Giants from No. 20 to No. 11, Chicago will be getting a strong, fast, athletic, and accurate quarterback, but there are definite concerns in regards to field vision and processing, which is reason for him “falling” some to be drafted as the QB4. Fortunately, the Bears are a good team to set him up for success with an offensive-minded head coach in Matt Nagy, and fantasy owners in particular won’t be worried about some of the flaws if Fields is used heavily as a runner. Considering how much support he seems to have in the fantasy community, the price it will take to get Fields in rookie drafts might not be worth it with several top-tier prospects at quarterback, running back, and wide receiver (not to mention tight end Kyle Pitts) to choose from. The full scouting report for Fields can be viewed in the link below.