With Robinson ever had that type of season again? Who knows, but he is unquestionably a talented wide out who is certainly capable of putting up solid numbers.
So, how good of an option will Robinson be in Fantasy Football this coming season?
Let’s start by examining what Robinson did in 2018.
The 25-year-old played in 13 games, dealing with some hip and rib injuries. During that time, he hauled in 55 receptions for 754 yards and four touchdowns, leading the Bears in receiving yards.
Obviously, when Robinson is healthy, he is one of Mitchell Trubisky’s top targets in the passing game, but that is the main question. Can Robinson stay on the field?
Robinson entered the NFL with the Jaguars back in 2014, and in his rookie campaign, he played in just 10 games due to a stress fracture in his foot. Then, after playing two full 16-game seasons, Robinson tore his ACL in Week 1 of the 2017 campaign.
Chicago picked him up last offseason, and while he was productive, he still had difficulty remaining healthy.
This is one of those cases where Robinson is an incredibly high-risk, high-reward type of player, as you just can’t trust him to play week in and week out.
That’s why it’s hard to recommend drafting him as anything more than a No. 3 or 4 receiver in any fantasy leagues even though he is capable of putting up No. 2 (and possibly even No. 1) numbers.
Think about it: in his second NFL season, he caught 80 passes for 1,400 yards and a league-leading 14 touchdowns. It looked like he was about to become of of the league’s best wide outs, but instead, he disappointed the following season, and then, injuries began to hit.
Keep this in mind, too: while the Bears’ receiving corps don’t have a standout No. 1 receiver, they are pretty deep, featuring Taylor Gabriel, Anthony Miller, free-agent signing Cordarrelle Patterson and incoming rookie Riley Ridley to go along with Robinson. Plus, Chicago also has a solid tight end in Trey Burton.
Taking that into consideration, Trubisky will probably spread the ball around quite a bit in 2019, which may put a cap on Robinson’s opportunities overall.
To be fair, Robinson has certainly accomplished more than any of the Bears’ other receivers, as none of them have come close to posting the kinds of stats he did back in 2015. But 2015 is a long time ago, and Robinson himself hasn’t even approached those types of numbers ever since.
Again, it’s hard to ever advise using a fantasy draft pick on a guy who has historically had a lot of trouble staying healthy. Robinson has averaged just 11.2 games per season since entering the league, so it’s definitely hard to trust him.
Like I said: Robinson is a classic high-risk, high-reward option who could finish with 80 catches, 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns. However, he could also miss half the season.
If you are going to draft him, make sure you don’t have him as your clear No. 2 receiver, because that is just asking for trouble.