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Chargers Week 8 Fantasy Preview: Wideouts are risky vs. Chicago

NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 20: Keenan Allen #13 of the Los Angeles Chargers signals first down after catching a pass during a game against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium on October 20, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 20: Keenan Allen #13 of the Los Angeles Chargers signals first down after catching a pass during a game against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium on October 20, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – OCTOBER 20: Hunter Henry #86 of the Los Angeles Chargers plays against the Tennessee Titans during the second half at Nissan Stadium on October 20, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – OCTOBER 20: Hunter Henry #86 of the Los Angeles Chargers plays against the Tennessee Titans during the second half at Nissan Stadium on October 20, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

Chargers fantasy preview: Hunter Henry and Bears players

Tight ends

There’s a lot to love about the potential fantasy day for Henry, despite the fearsome Bears’ secondary. If Allen really can’t go, he becomes Rivers’ defacto downfield target. The Bears don’t give up points to anyone, including tight ends, but the current state of the Chargers’ wideout group makes me love Henry more this game.

The potential drawback is that Henry may get covered by the Bears’ top personnel all game. While this is a possibility, it just feels like there’s just going to be two healthy options in terms of receivers that Rivers knows can go downfield and grab a ball– Williams and Henry. Ekeler will be used in the receiving game, but he’s not known for grabbing the deep ball, as opposed to catching a five to 10- yard pass and making things happen.

Bears players vs. Chargers

While the Chargers have had their fair share of offensive struggles over the past month, the Bears have also had their own. Allen Robinson appears to be the fantasy option that’s the most trustworthy, in terms of consistency at least. David Montgomery could be a nice start in a league if your team has him, but he could also be a dud and is highly dependent on what the Bears’ scheme is that day. Last week, Tarik Cohen got the most carries.

Unless you’re in a 40-team league, don’t start Trubisky ever. The Bears are really wide receiver and running back by committee at the moment, which makes it hard to find starters. Outside of Robinson and Montgomery, there doesn’t seem like there’s anyone reliable on the unit. Don’t expect this to be the game Trubisky realizes he has Trey Burton on the team this year.

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All in all, a 10 a.m. PT start in Chicago is likelier to produce a slower-paced, uglier type of game than anything that resembles a big offensive game. The best fantasy pieces might end up being the defenses of Los Angeles and Chicago.

Ekeler feels like the only startable running back, but Gordon is probably a flex in bigger leagues where nothing better is available.

Don’t start Rivers unless you really, really have to. The Bears simply stifle the passing game dramatically. With wide receivers, players might only be left with Williams if Allen doesn’t go. Past that, there’s no one capable of a big day in the wideout group.

Henry is probably your best bet in the receiving game by far. As far as Bears’ options, Robinson and Montgomery are the guys to go with. If a rapture hits Earth an hour before the game and takes out all other quarterback options, Trubisky may be start worthy then.

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