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Andy Dalton
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#42 Quarterback

74 Projected Points

ADP: Not Available
Bye: 10
Experience: 10 Yr(s)
Age: 33
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 215
40 Time: 4.82

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Week 1
Dalton had a tough night in the season opener at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles against the Rams. Dalton was busy dinking and dunking all night against the very talented Rams defense. A promising opening drive stalled out on a tipped pass for an INT in the end zone. Dalton also was hit later in the first quarter and fumbled on a fourth down attempt. Dalton was in on 93% of the snaps in this one, but Justin Fields is waiting in the wings. Dalton finished the game 27 for 38 for 206 yards and two turnovers. He was unable to get into the end zone in this one.
Matt Nagy hasn’t named a starter for the Week 2 game against the Bengals, but it looks like Dalton will have the reins again. We have him at QB32 this week against Cincinnati. The confidence level is low that Dalton will be able to hold onto this job much longer with Justin Fields continuing to have packages installed for him and eventually taking over the full-time starting gig. We have Dalton ranked at QB34 rest of the way.

Basic Stats Preseason Player Analysis

What You Need to Know:

  • Dalton landed only a backup deal after Cincinnati let him go following the 2019 season.
  • After 9 starts in relief of Dak Prescott, Dalton got a $10 million, 1-year deal from Chicago, which called him “QB1” in a March tweet. That, of course, came a month before the Bears moved up 9 spots to draft Justin Fields.
  • In 2020, Dalton posted the 2nd-best adjusted completion rate of his career and 2nd-best completion rate.
  • He also registered a career low in yards per pass attempt, due at least in part to a career-low average depth of target.
  • Dalton has been a better deep passer than Mitchell Trubisky, but he fared worse than Nick Foles in passer rating, adjusted completion rate and passing grade on deep throws last season, according to Pro Football Focus.
  • Dalton did rank 24th in overall PFF passing grade in 2020, vs. 28th for Foles and 36th for Trubisky. He also beat Trubisky in that category each of the previous 2 seasons -- including the 13th-best grade at the position in 2018.

Draft Sharks Bottom Line:

We could see Dalton as an upgrade over Nick Foles and Mitchell Trubisky. But after signing him, the Bears jumped 9 spots up the board to draft a far more talented QB. We’ll see how soon Justin Fields proves ready to take over the offense, but we’re betting it’s sooner rather than later. That would make Dalton 1 of the league’s top backups for the 2nd straight year.

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Bears QB Andy Dalton (knee) is inactive for today’s game vs. the Lions. QB Justin Fields will make his 2nd career start. The 1st was a disaster, but he’s in a much better spot at home for Detroit today. Still, Fields is only an option in 2-QB leagues and DFS tournaments.

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The Bears on Saturday downgraded QB Andy Dalton to doubtful for Sunday’s game against the Lions. NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero — among others — reports that Chicago is expected to start Justin Fields for the 2nd straight game. Things can’t go much worse than they did in the rookie’s 1st start at Cleveland, but we’re still wary of using Fields in season-long fantasy football lineups

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Bears QB Andy Dalton (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Lions after a limited week of practice. HC Matt Nagy has yet to name a starter after saying earlier in the week that Dalton, Justin Fields and Nick Foles were all in consideration. We'll let you know as soon as we hear who's getting the call for Chicago.

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Bears QB Andy Dalton (knee) returned to a limited practice on Wednesday. HC Matt Nagy seems intent on going back to Dalton when he's medically cleared -- which will be a lot easier to do after QB Justin Fields' ugly Week 3. We'll get another update on Dalton tomorrow.

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Bears QB Andy Dalton could miss "an additional week or two" beyond this week with the bone bruise to his left knee, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. QB Justin Fields will make his 1st career start vs. the Browns today and might also be under center the next 2 weeks vs. Lions and Raiders.

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