Bears quarterback, Mitchell Trubisky, dislocated his left shoulder and suffered a minor labral tear last Sunday against the Vikings. Trubisky was scrambling for a first down until he was stripped from behind, causing him to fall awkwardly on his shoulder. Backup quarterback, Chase Daniel, filled in nicely for Trubisky, leading the Bears to a 16-6 victory.
Fortunately, the second year quarterback will reportedly not need to undergo surgery and is expected to return to action sooner rather than later (2-4 weeks – Dr. Morse).
In regards to fantasy owners struggling with a non-viable option at quarterback, Daniel isn’t considered to be that macro solution. His average talent level, meager amounts of previous production, and limited surrounding offensive talent suggest it. However, there could be interim value with Daniel when the Bears kick week 5 off against the Oakland Raiders (in London).
The Raiders rank in the bottom third of passing defense, tallying up just one interception and five sacks throughout the past four weeks. Contextually speaking, the league leader in interceptions is the New England Patriots with 10 and the leading sack leader is the Carolina Panthers at 18.
Allen Robison should still register in the low WR2- high WR3 category. His production was up from the previous two weeks when Daniel replaced Trubisky, nonetheless; it is still in the best interest of F.F. owners to look elsewhere. Whether it be with Trubisky or Daniel, the Bears passing attack will never be the staple of the team.
One person who could benefit most from the absence of Trubisky is Tarik Cohen. Coming from the tutelage of Andy Reid, Chase Daniel likes to target his check downs. With Cohen primarily playing during passing downs, expect Daniel to look his way in order to find his rhythm.
The take away point from this story is that the absence of Trubisky doesn’t have as great of fantasy implication as the absence of another quarterback. The second year quarterback has failed to amass 600 yards over 4 games and hasn’t tallied over 235 passing yards in a contest this year.