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Justin Fields

Chicago Bears
Quarterback #1
Chicago Bears
Quarterback #1
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Justin Fields News

Dings hand Sunday

Fields underwent a precautionary X-ray on his right throwing hand after Sunday's 26-6 loss at Cleveland, Jeff Dickerson of reports. It was returned negative, and Fields called himself "fine."

Analysis: Fields had a less than desirable first NFL start in place of Andy Dalton (knee), completing six of 20 passes for 68 yards. On top of the dismal passing performance, Fields was sacked nine times and had three carries for 12 yards. There's a chance Dalton is sidelined beyond Week 3, and if he is Fields again would line up under center next Sunday against the Lions, assuming the assessment of his hand injury is correct and he's able to suit up.

Sep 26, 2021 2:04 PM EST

Downplays hand issue

Fields, who underwent an X-ray on his right (throwing) hand after Sunday's 26-6 loss to the Browns, indicated afterward that he's fine, Jeff Dickerson of reports.

Analysis: According to Fields, the X-Ray was precautionary, so the rookie QB's status for next Sunday's game against the Lions does not appear to be in any danger. Assuming that's the case, Fields will be a candidate to make his second straight straight start at QB for the Bears, with Andy Dalton's (knee) Week 4 status cloudy at this stage.

Sep 26, 2021 2:04 PM EST

Disastrous outing

Fields completed six of 20 passes for 68 yards while rushing three times for 12 yards in the Bears' 26-6 loss to the Browns on Sunday.

Analysis: Fields was under constant pressure as the Chicago offensive line was dominated by the Browns' pass rush, resulting in nine sacks, and the Bears were unable to sustain drives. With Andy Dalton (knee) possibly out next week, it's possible that Fields could get another start in a much easier home matchup against the Lions in Week 4, and if he plays in that game, a better assessment of his season-long fantasy value may be put into better perspective at that time.

Sep 26, 2021 1:26 PM EST

Replacing Dalton for Week 3

Coach Matt Nagy announced Wednesday that Fields will start Sunday's game against the Browns, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Analysis: Andy Dalton (knee) is considered week-to-week and now can be ruled out for at least one game. The rookie thus gets his first NFL start, though Nagy did caution that he plans to reinstate Dalton as the starting QB once he's healthy. Of course, Fields' performance can also affect the plan, especially if Dalton ends up missing multiple games.

Sep 22, 2021 9:58 AM EST

Trending toward Week 3 start

Fields appears in line to make his first NFL start Sunday in Cleveland with No. 1 quarterback Andy Dalton considered week-to-week with a knee injury, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: The rookie first-round pick came on in relief of an injured Dalton in the Bears' 20-17 win over the Bengals this past weekend, taking 41 snaps in total and completing six of 13 pass attempts for 60 yards and an interception while rushing 10 times for 31 yards and fumbling once. Though he didn't have an especially productive showing in extended action after he scored on a run in the season-opening loss to the Rams, Fields could quickly emerge as a startable fantasy option thanks to his game-breaking rushing ability. For what it's worth, head coach Matt Nagy said Monday that Dalton -- when healthy -- remains the Bears' starting quarterback, but that could change if Fields delivers an impressive outing in place of the veteran.

Sep 21, 2021 11:38 AM EST

Plays entire second half

Fields completed six of 13 passes for 60 yards with an interception while adding 10 rushes for 31 yards in the Bears' 20-17 win over the Bengals on Sunday.

Analysis: After Andy Dalton left with a first-half knee injury, Fields finished the game, but he fumbled a ball that he fortunately recovered and later threw an interception that gave the Bengals a chance to make a late comeback. Should Dalton miss time, Fields will have fantasy upside because of his running ability, though it may take him time to develop as a passer.

Sep 19, 2021 1:19 PM EST

Could see larger role Week 2

Fields is expected to play more snaps than he did Week 1 in Sunday's game against the Bengals, though he'll still back up starting quarterback Andy Dalton in the contest, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: The rookie first-round selection was on the field for five plays in his NFL debut last week against the Rams, completing both of his pass attempts for 10 yards and rushing once for a three-yard touchdown. The Bears have been pleased with Fields' progression through training camp, the preseason and Week 1 and 2 practices, and even though he's expected to be rewarded with an increased package of plays Sunday, Dalton is still likely to dominate the reps under center if he's able to keep the Bears competitive. Fields should take over starting duties at some point later this season and could emerge as a high-end fantasy asset due to his rushing ability, but he's not a startable option in most leagues at this juncture.

Sep 19, 2021 9:26 AM EST

Scores in debut

Fields completed two of two passes for 10 yards while adding a three-yard rushing touchdown in the Bears' 34-14 loss to the Rams on Sunday.

Analysis: Fields only played on five snaps, but his opportunities came in the red zone. One of his two completions ended up a couple yards short of the goal line, and he later rolled out right on his way to an easy rushing score, resulting in one of the two times the Bears found the end zone against a tough Rams defense. It's unclear as to what his role will be in the short term, but his rushing ability provides him excellent fantasy upside whenever he gets into the starting lineup.

Sep 13, 2021 6:15 AM EST

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