After spending a good amount of time as a free agent, Santonio Holmes finally signed with the Chicago Bears prior to the 2014 season. The veteran wide receiver is a nice addition to the team, even if they already have quite bit of talent on the roster. In fact, people in high stakes fantasy football are unsure just how much of an impact he can have with the franchise.
Last season, Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery evolved into perhaps the best wide receiver duo in the NFL. They were able to have success in high stakes fantasy football even without a healthy Jay Cutler for the entire year. While Holmes will have to play behind those 2 players, he might be able to find some opportunities in the system that Marc Trestman runs.
The last 2 years have not been kind for Holmes, as he only has 728 yards receiving to show for 2012 and 2013. Playing for Chicago should give him new opportunities, especially with a focus on offense. Not only that, but he will get plenty of single coverage while on the field since he is not going to be looked at as a huge threat like other players on the team.
At the end of the day, fans of the Chicago Bears are going to like the signing more than people in high stakes fantasy football. He might be worthy of a late round pick up, but it is going to be hard for him to be productive on a consistent basis. What he adds to Chicago is a veteran receiver who can act as an insurance policy in case anything bad happens to their stars. The Bears want to be a playoffs and Super Bowl contender this year, so this is a move that adds needed depth.
Written By: Jeremy Smits