Justin Fields: A Top-Shelf BACKUP QB for 2021?

Bears HC Matt Nagy seems to be telling everyone who will listen lately that Andy Dalton is his starter and will remain so into September.

So does that mean we should forget about a rookie-year fantasy breakout for Chicago's top NFL Draft pick -- a guy the Bears jumped up 9 spots to secure?

We'll see. But here are some reasons -- in a FREE preview of Fields' player profile -- that you might want to keep him in your fantasy plans.

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What You Need to Know:

Draft Sharks Bottom Line:

Fields enjoyed a terrific 2 seasons as Ohio State’s starter. Chicago jumped up from #20 to #11 to secure Fields. Sure, Matt Nagy was on the Kansas City staff that sat Patrick Mahomes for a year behind Alex Smith. And the same could happen here. But Nagy might be coaching for his job. More importantly, Fields is simply a bigger talent. History says a highly drafted QB is likely to start at some point in his rookie season -- and usually sooner than later. We’re betting Fields starts more games than Dalton this year. The more games he starts, the more opportunity to turn his combo of rushing and passing ability into a high fantasy ceiling. Fields carries immediate upside well into the position’s top 12.