150-Max Entry Lineup
– CAPTAIN: Mitchell Trubisky ($14,700)
– Todd Gurley ($11,400)
– Jared Goff ($10,000)
– Anthony Miller ($6,200)
– Taylor Gabriel ($5,600)
– Gerald Everett ($2,000)
I really like the idea of putting Jared Goff with a few of his weapons, but the Rams defense is a great spot to target as well in some areas. Specifically, targeting wide receivers on the Bears could be beneficial. I mentioned the team's struggles against the position, which is a part of what led me to this build.
While not only do the Bears receivers find themselves in a good spot, they also get one of my favorite spots – being a home team in a primetime game. Mitchell Trubisky's matchup is solid in its own right, considering the Rams have allowed 3,262 yards and 26 touchdowns to opposing quarterbacks.
Trubisky should have no issue moving the ball against the Rams defense, but his added appeal comes in the ability to take off and run. As the Bears young quarterback knocks off any rust early in the game, he'll likely use his legs or short passes to wideouts and running backs to help make life easier.
I spoke before about my thoughts on Anthony Miller and his upside with Trubisky back, but Taylor Gabriel provides a huge level of big-play potential in his own right. He may be the biggest beneficiary of short passes early, but also has the chance to break the game open in the span of one play if he gets behind the Rams defense.
Obviously, one name who needs to be mentioned is Rams tight end Gerald Everett. He's certainly not the sexiest name on this slate, but at $2,000, it allows you to get a situation where your entire lineup opens up when using him. There's obvious risk (which is why he's in the 150-max), but this is a player who has shown flashes of upside. He caught three touchdowns over the past three games, but was essentially nonexistent last game.
Everett's workload and snap count will always remain roughly the same, and in Week 13 he saw 24 snaps (per Football Outsiders). I don't expect a ton of plays from him, but he's shown that he doesn't necessarily need that in order to produce. Even going back to the game before that when he caught two touchdowns, Everett played just 23 snaps.
To wrap up the appeal of Everett, you can consider that the Bears have allowed 451 yards and five touchdowns to opposing tight ends this year. They've been less than mediocre, and if Chicago gets a pass-rush on Goff, we could see some quick passes to Everett and other Rams players.
Although the single entry/cash lineup is more balanced, there are one or two players worth taking a chance on while building it.