Coming off their bye week, the Chicago Bears will have some decisions to make at the running back position, and in turn, so will fantasy football managers. Should you start Khalil Herbert, D’Onta Foreman, or Roschon Johnson in your lineup for Week 14? We’ll give you the fantasy outlook for each player.
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 7.6 points include 45 rushing yards, one reception, and five receiving yards. His projected stat line outperforms the consensus projection of Johnson (6.8 points) and Foreman (4.8 points).
However, when you isolate my ranking for these three Bears running backs, I see Johnson outperforming both Herbert and Foreman this week. Johnson’s performance last week was all-around solid, and he saw his greatest amount of time on the field this season. I’m looking for that trend to continue this week.
Fantasy Outlook for Herbert This Week
In his first two games back after missing five straight with an ankle injury, Herbert has a combined total of 59 rushing yards on 22 carries; 2.7 yards per carry is not going to get it done for fantasy football managers.
Of greater concern with Herbert is the lack of time on the field and touches. In the Week 12 loss to the Minnesota Vikings, Herbert was only on the field for 15 offensive snaps, and he carried the ball just six times (for 24 yards).
For a guy playing in his second game off an injury, either he’s a lot less healthy than the Bears are letting on, or they have made a decision to give their rookie running back Johnson a chance to show what he’s got.
I lean toward the latter, and if that is indeed the case, there is no reason to revert to the previous running back pecking order, given how well Johnson performed in Week 12.
Fantasy Outlook for Foreman This Week
Health continues to be the biggest concern for Foreman. After injuring his ankle in Week 11 against the Detroit Lions, Foreman did not play last week against the Vikings. He did practice last weekend during the bye week, so with an extra week of rest, it’s possible he could return for Week 14.
But in a crowded Chicago backfield, and with Johnson emerging as the potential back of the future, will there be enough carries for Foreman, even if he does play?
His health status is worth watching the rest of this week, but even if he plays, his ability to get enough touches could be challenging this week.
The PFN Start/Sit Optimizer projects Foreman to finish with 33 rushing yards and one receiving yard.
Fantasy Outlook for Johnson This Week
The Bears gave Johnson a chance to be the man in the backfield for the Bears in Week 12, and he showed he is more than capable of handling that role. He was on the field for 74% of the Bears’ offensive snaps — a season-high — and finished with 10 carries — also a season-high — for 35 yards.
He proved to be a trustworthy pass catcher out of the backfield as well, catching the ball all five times he was targeted for 40 yards. For the season, Johnson has been targeted 28 times and has 24 receptions.
I’m looking for more of what we saw in Week 12 from Johnson this week.
The PFN Start/Sit Optimizer projects Johnson to finish with 36 rushing yards and one reception for seven yards.
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