WR Taylor Gabriel - Chicago Bears
|5-8, 176||Born: 2-17-1991||College: Abilene Christian||Drafted: ---|
Week 14: vs Los Angeles Rams
FBG says: Neutral matchup. The Bears offense will be looking forward to the probable return of Mitchell Trubisky in this one as while Chase Daniel was not terrible in his two games as a starter, he lacked the playmaking ability that Trubisky has shown this season. Trubisky has shown impressive growth as a quarterback this season with four games of over 300 passing yards and over two times as many touchdowns to interceptions--leaps and bounds ahead of what he displayed in 2017. With the exception of Tarik Cohen who Daniel used as a safety valve, the Bears receivers should see an increase in their ceilings if Trubisky can return since Chase Daniel rarely pushed the ball downfield. Allen Robinson figures to lead the way in targets while the rookie Anthony Miller and speedster Taylor Gabriel also have the potential for making big plays--especially Miller given he is leading this Bears receiving group in touchdowns on the season and had scored in back to back games leading up to Trubisky's injury. Trey Burton, however, has fallen off the map in this offense and will very much need Trubisky to focus heavily on him to revive what has been quite a slide in Burton's productivity. The Rams passing defense has had a rough time for most of this season due to injuries and poor play from their defensive backs along with the pass-heavy approach opposing offenses are often forced to employ. Slot cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman has been the best they have in coverage recently and should make it tough on Anthony Miller this week. Their top cornerback Aqib Talib returned to the field last week though, and even on a restricted snap count he helped to hold Kenny Golladay to just three receptions, and if he can see more snaps this week would be a major improvement to this defense. Look for Talib to lock down on Allen Robinson and limit his upside here. This could be the matchup for Trey Burton to bounce back in though, as the Rams have been one of the friendliest defenses in the league to tight ends--allowing the fourth-most receiving yards per game and tenth-most fantasy points per game (PPR) to the position. They have given up big games to elite tight ends such as Travis Kelce and George Kittle, but also shown vulnerability to lower-tier players in recent weeks such as Ben Watson, Nick Vannett, and Levine Toilolo--all of whom either racked up over 60 receiving yards or a touchdown when facing the Rams. In the trenches, Aaron Donald always has the upper hand in his matchups. But this week looks to be a complete mismatch as Donald should line up against backup right guard Bryan Witzmann, who has played very poorly in relief of Kyle Long.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36
Taylor Gabriel's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 13 vs NYG (7 / 3 / 17 / 0 rec)
This was largely a game that Taylor Gabriel wanted to forget. Gabriel was largely a non-factor and when he was a factor it was due to a late fumble in the fourth quarter that ultimately allowed the Giants to kick a field goal to make the game a 10 point game with just 2 minutes left. Gabriel was targeted 7 times in this game but wasn't able to get on the same page with Daniel in this game.
2018 Week 12 vs DET (8 / 7 / 49 / 0 rec)
Taylor Gabriel continues to play a possession receiver role with Allen Robinson's return and Anthony Miller's continued development. This week was no different as the Bears used Gabriel using him primarily on quick out routes to get the ball out of Chase Daniel's hands quickly. The Bears also tried to get him in space on two plays throwing to Gabriel behind the backfield and while he was unable to do much it is still a great sign that the Bears are making a concerted effort to get Gabriel the ball even with a healthy receiving group back.
2018 Week 11 vs MIN (9 / 7 / 52 / 0 rec, 2 / 17 / 0 rush)
Taylor Gabriel was a big part of the Bears game plan in this game as they spread Gabriel out on horizontal type crossing routes in order to get him in space. The Bears did take two shots to Gabriel however as they tried to get the speedster vertical but had no success doing it as one of the passes was intercepted as Trubisky threw the ball in triple coverage and the other ended up being incomplete. Gabriel seemingly will continue to play the underneath possession type receiving role which he has excelled at, but the Bears will continue to take their one or two deep shots to him per game to keep the defense honest.
2018 Week 9 vs BUF (5 / 3 / 45 / 0 rec)
Like Cohen, the Bears just did not need Taylor Gabriel in this game to make any spectacular plays as they kept the game close to the vest. For a small receiver, Gabriel does a tremendous job with his catch radius as he knows how to position himself on a deep over the middle pass in which Gabriel was able to come back to a ball that was thrown behind him and adjust his body for 22 yards.
2018 Week 8 vs NYJ (6 / 4 / 52 / 0 rec)
Gabriel was close to breaking a big one in the first quarter on a five-yard out route that Gabriel made the first defender miss on a juke only to be tripped up by Marcus Maye on a shoelace tackle in which if not for that Gabriel would have scored an 87-yard touchdown. Gabriel continues to be dynamic each time he touches the ball and the Bears are going to continue to take their deep shots down the field with him, but this week the Bears were unable to connect on the deep ball to Gabriel as it was a poorly thrown ball by Trubisky on an overthrow.
2018 Week 7 vs NE (4 / 3 / 26 / 0 rec, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
The Patriots game planned to take Taylor Gabriel away from the Bears this week as they often had a safety over the top and to prevent the long play from Gabriel. This is to be expected as teams continue a focus on the speedy wide receiver. Gabriel had just three catches in this game and was infrequently targeted as he was often double covered with a defender underneath and over the top.
2018 Week 6 vs MIA (5 / 5 / 110 / 0 rec, 1 / 9 / 0 rush)
Taylor Gabriel continues to be the perfect receiver for this offense. Each week seemingly he has continued to grow within this offense and it was exemplified this week with nine targets including a spectacular catch deep on the outside in which the defender was draped all over him and Gabriel was still able to come down with the ball on a deep throw. Gabriel was able to add another long reception for 54 yards in which he simply outran the cornerback and had several yards separation. What was particularly good to see regarding Gabriel was his usage lining up at various different receiving positions to create mismatches with his elite speed.
2018 Week 4 vs TB (7 / 7 / 104 / 2 rec, 1 / 10 / 0 rush)
After a very modest start to the season, Gabriel broke out in a big way this week against Tampa. He hauled in 2 separate 3-yard touchdown catches and had big catches of 30 and 33 yards. Gabriel caught all 7 of his targets this week and played a bigger role in the offense than he has in any other game this season. His 33-yard reception was a pass deep down the right sideline. The play prior he had run the same route and his corner was called for defensive holding. The Bears must have seen something they liked as they went back to the same play for the big gain. They ran a similar play for his 33-yard catch and again targeted Tampa deep down the left side. His first touchdown catch came on a shovel pass that he took off the end for an easy touchdown. The Bears lined up in a bunch formation and looked like they were going to try and power the ball up the middle. Gabriel ran across the formation and took the forward pitch from Trubisky for an easy touchdown. His second touchdown was a quick out that Trubisky threw a dart right to his chest. Gabriel's first step created enough separation for Trubisky to fit the ball in and then it was an easy 3-yard sprint into the end zone.
2018 Week 3 vs ARI (10 / 6 / 34 / 0 rec)
In an effort to get Trubisky going and to feel more comfortable, the coaching staff called several quick hitting plays and highlighted the ability of Gabriel. He led the team with 10 targets but only hauled in 6 of them. Trubisky never found a groove after these easy completions and Gabriel could not turn them into bigger plays. HE averaged just under 6 yards per catch and only had one reception go for 10+ yards. Arizona's defense was not overbearing by any means, but Trubisky could not make anything happen through the air. Gabriel is a boom or bust candidate for the Bears and they will have to try and utilize his speed better if they want him to fall on the boom side of that spectrum.
2018 Week 2 vs SEA (7 / 4 / 30 / 0 rec, 3 / 17 / 0 rush)
Much like Cohen, the Seahawks had a plan in this game to leave Allen Robinson one on one for a majority of the game and to ensure that they were not beaten by the big play. Gabriel came close to a big play in the second possession of the game as he overthrew Gabriel on a deep pass that would have resulted in a big gain and a possible touchdown.
2018 Week 1 vs GB (5 / 5 / 25 / 0 rec)
The Bears tried to utilize Gabriel's speed in this game, and had success on the first drive as he was wide open on a deep out getting separation from the defensive back on him as Kevin King had to respect Taylor Gabriel's speed on a streak route leaving Gabriel wide open when he cut the route off and turned toward the sideline. Outside of this reception, Gabriel did not do much as he had four receptions for negative six yards as the team tried to get him involved in bubble screens and get him out in space, however, this was largely unsuccessful.
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