The Worksheet, a comprehensive fantasy football preview by Rich Hribar, breaks down everything you need to know about the Week 17 matchup between the Bears and Falcons.

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3.0 Spread-3.0
17.75 Implied Total20.75
19.26Points All./Gm23.021
63.512Opp. Plays/Gm61.17
5.117Off. Yards/Play5.023
4.97Def. Yards/Play5.216
44.85%26Opp. Rush %36.79%4
55.15%7Opp. Pass %63.21%29

Trust = spike production for that player


Justin Fields: Fields was limited through the air on Sunday against Arizona, but his dual-threat ability was able to anchor his fantasy day.

Fields was 15-of-27 (55.6%) for 170 yards with a touchdown and an interception through the air against the Cardinals. His 8.8 passing points were good for QB24 on the week.

But Fields rushed nine times for 97 yards and a touchdown, boosting his fantasy line to QB4 (24.5 points).

It has been a roller-coaster for Fields since returning from injury in Week 11.

Over that span, Fields has been QB8, QB22, QB3, QB27, and QB4.

He still has limitations as a passer.

He has completed 60.0% of his passes (25th) for 5.9 yards per pass attempt (29th) over that span with four touchdowns and three interceptions.

He has 47.8 passing points over those five starts, but he also has nearly matched that with 46.8 rushing points for fantasy.

That rushing ability always puts him in play as an upside option for fantasy.

We will have to follow the status of D.J. Moore and Cole Kmet this week to see what kind of passing upside we have. If both are missing or limited, then the passing ceiling for Fields is limited, and will need that rushing component of his game to carry him.

Atlanta has also been a stingy passing defense for fantasy.

They have allowed 6.5 yards per pass attempt (seventh) and 12.6 passing points per game (12th).

But Atlanta has struggled with mobile quarterbacks.

They have allowed 4.3 rushing points per game to quarterbacks, 28th in the league.

The Falcons have allowed five rushing touchdowns to quarterbacks this season (tied for 22nd) and are 26th in rushing yards allowed to the position.

Josh Dobbs (66 yards), Trevor Lawrence (42), Kyler Murray (33), Baker Mayfield (32), and Gardner Minshew (31) have all rushed for 30 or more yards against the Falcons.

Taylor Heinicke: Heinicke has now been QB23 (12.4 points), QB14 (14.7 points), QB19 (9.6 points), and QB23 (14.2 points) over his four starts this season.

The Falcons are just looking for Heinicke to operate as a caretaker and not turn the ball over as opposed to offering upside for fantasy, which limits him as an option for 2QB gamers.

The Bears have been a solid defense, but they will give up touchdown production to passers.

Chicago is allowing just 6.1 yards per pass attempt over their past 10 games (fourth in the league). They are tied for the league lead with 15 interceptions over that span.

But they also have surrendered a 4.3% touchdown rate over that span, 23rd in the league.

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