Friday update: Andy Dalton will get the start this week against the Cardinals, while Justin Fields is listed as doubtful with a ribs injury. Fields is getting closer to returning, but will miss at least another week.
Thursday update: Fields was limited for a second straight day in Week 13.
The Chicago Bears got some good news Wednesday with Justin Fields logging a limited practice session. The rookie quarterback has taken over as the team’s starter but missed the Thanksgiving game due to his rib injury. Andy Dalton is still taking the first-team reps this week, so it remains to be seen whether Fields will be active for Sunday’s game.
The following Bears also did not practice Wednesday:— Kevin Fishbain (@kfishbain) December 1, 2021
Mario Edwards Jr. (ribs)
Akiem Hicks (ankle)
Sam Kamara (concussion)
Allen Robinson (hamstring)
Roquan Smith (hamstring)
Damien Williams (calf)
Fantasy football implications
No manager should be starting Dalton in fantasy football leagues unless there are some extenuating circumstances. Fields does merit some consideration due to his running ability but probably isn’t consistent enough to toss in lineups yet. The rookie might have more value in keeper and dynasty formats, so it could be worth holding onto him even if he isn’t in the starting lineup. Bears skill players are likely not going to see a major difference in projections and stats regardless of who the quarterback is, so this is really only worthwhile news for Bears fans.