The Chicago Bears‘ running game was once again mostly about quarterback Justin Fields, as he gained 104 of their 183 rushing yards in last week’s loss to the Detroit Lions.
So, is there a running back to start in Chicago among their big three of Khalil Herbert, D’Onta Foreman, and Roschon Johnson?
We’ll let you know which one is worth starting in your fantasy football lineup.
Should You Start Khalil Herbert, D’Onta Foreman, or Roschon Johnson This Week?
In the Pro Football Network Start/Sit Optimizer, our Consensus Rankings say that Herbert is the player to start. His projected 7.7 points include 45 rushing yards, one reception, and five receiving yards. His projected stat line outperforms the consensus projection of Johnson (5.4 points) and Foreman (5.3 points).
My ranking for these three Bears running backs aligns with the consensus. Herbert should go back to looking like his old self in the backfield, and if he does, that will produce better numbers for fantasy football managers than the numbers from Foreman or Johnson.
Fantasy Outlook for Herbert This Week
In horse racing, handicappers sometimes look at a quality thoroughbred making his second start off a long layoff as a reason to pick him (or her) to win.
The same handicapping philosophy could apply to Herbert this week.
After missing five games with an injury, Herbert returned to the lineup last week and was unimpressive against the Detroit Lions, rushing for only 35 yards and 2.2 yards per carry.
But, assuming he’s healthy, Herbert was too good of a running back before his injury — 179 rush yards combined in two games before the injury — to simply abandon him after one game back. Yes, the Minnesota Vikings do have one of the best rush defenses — seventh in rush defense, allowing 94.0 rush YPG — but I’m more concerned with Herbert than the opponent.
If he’s healthy, and there’s no reason to suspect otherwise, he should get the start in fantasy lineups over Foreman or Johnson.
Fantasy Outlook for Foreman This Week
Health is the biggest factor working against Foreman right now. He left last week’s game with an ankle injury and did not practice Thursday because of the injury. While there is an extra day to get healthy enough to play Monday night, this is an issue at the moment.
The shame of it all is that Foreman had back-to-back games with at least 80 rushing yards before last week’s game versus the Detroit Lions, so we were just seeing some production from the running back position that didn’t involve Herbert.
But the injury situation makes it tough to support starting Foreman over these other two running backs this week.
The PFN Start/Sit Optimizer projects Foreman to finish with 36 rushing yards, one reception, and six receiving yards.
Fantasy Outlook for Johnson This Week
Should Foreman not be able to play Monday, Johnson’s situation would suddenly look a lot different. He would essentially be going from the odd man out in a trio of running backs to the backup to a player only one game back from his injury.
Johnson continues to get time on the field, playing in 25 offensive snaps last week, although Foreman’s injury in the game probably afforded him a few more plays on the field. He is still averaging 4.5 yards a carry on the season but still has yet to receive double-digit carries in any game this season.
The PFN Start/Sit Optimizer projects Johnson to finish with 28 rushing yards and two receiving yards.
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