Taylor Gabriel
Taylor Gabriel
27-Year-Old Wide ReceiverWR
Chicago Bears
2018 Fantasy Outlook
While revamping their receiving corps in the offseason, Chicago added Gabriel, whose biggest asset to an offense is an ability to take the top off opposing defenses. During his four years in the league, he's had two very productive campaigns, and his career year came with the Falcons in 2016, when he caught 35 passes for 579 yards and six touchdowns. Since that season came with the Falcons boasting a historically-great offense, it'll be difficult for him to exceed those numbers, as there's little chance the Bears offense can be nearly as prolific as that Atlanta squad was. Considering he's gathered 48-51 targets per season over the last three years, it's tough to predict that he'll see much more volume than that, but his big-play ability makes him a player to target for roster depth and especially in best-ball leagues. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $26 million contract with the Bears in March of 2018.
Seven touches in Week 2
WRChicago Bears
September 18, 2018
Gabriel caught four passes for 30 yards while adding another 17 yards on three rushing attempts in Monday's win over the Seahawks.
ANALYSIS
For a player who was largely thought to be a deep threat going into the season, it's becoming clear that the coaching staff simply wants to get the ball in his hands on short passes and runs to let him try to make plays with his speed. However, on his 12 touches this season, he's averaging just six yards, and although fantasy owners can't complain about the usage, the fact he's not being put in position to catch deep passes takes away much of his fantasy appeal. If this type of usage continues, he'll have more value in PPR leagues than in standard scoring.
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Snap Counts
  • 2018 Offensive Snaps:
    123
  • 2018 Special Teams Snaps:
    0
 
Off Snaps:
ST Snaps:
2016
349
41
2017
540
1
2018
123
0
Chicago Bears Team Injury Report
Questionable
Doubtful
Out
Questionable
Doubtful
Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2016
2015
2014
Released by the Browns in the preseason, Gabriel got an opportunity in Atlanta and ran with it. Despite not seeing regular work until Week 8, Gabriel scored seven TDs, including one on the ground. Gabriel saw only 50 targets, but managed eight catches of 20-plus yards and three of 40-plus en route to 11.6 YPT (2nd among the league's 91 50-target WR). At 5-8, 167, Gabriel might be the smallest receiver in the league, but he's fast, quick and explosive. He ran a wind-aided 4.27 40 at his college Pro Day, but he was 4.53 against the wind, so he's probably in the 4.4 range. With former offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan gone, it's unclear whether Gabriel will pad his stats with carries, but there's little doubt he will have a significant role from Week 1. Julio Jones is still the top dog, but Gabriel could be Matt Ryan's No. 2 target.
Gabriel failed to record a touchdown in a struggling Browns offense in 2015, when he recorded 28 receptions for 241 yards in 13 games. A minor foot injury could impact his availability throughout the offseason, so he may have limited reps to prove himself worthy of a roster spot, particularly after the team picked five receivers in the 2016 Draft. Andrew Hawkins and first-rounder Corey Coleman are expected to lead the receiving corps, but the remaining spots are a toss-up at this point, and Gabriel's versatility could also allow him to make an impact in Cleveland's return game.
Gabriel secured one of the final roster spots in Cleveland as an undrafted free agent, and ended up appearing in 16 games for the Browns, hauling in 36 passes (71 targets) for 621 yards and a touchdown. With Josh Gordon (suspension) being limited to five games, opportunity emerged for Gabriel, who was able to provide modest fantasy productivity — including a five-catch, 87 yard performance in Week 9 against Tampa Bay. The Browns brought in Dwayne Bowe and Brian Hartline in the offseason via free agency, so the 5-8 Gabriel may have a difficult time replicating those numbers with increased competition. He’ll likely be delegated primarily to the kick return game in 2015, but if the right combination of injuries above him on the depth chart occurs, Gabriel could still see a portion of offensive snaps.
Gabriel earned one of the final roster spots at wide receiver in Cleveland, and after seeing work with the first-team offense during the preseason, the undrafted rookie has potential to see a few targets per game during regular season play. At 5-foot-8 and 165 pounds, Gabriel is greatly undersized, but has potential to see an expanded role if the injury bug ends up biting the Cleveland receiving staff at any point. The absence of star wideout Josh Gordon also helps his chances of eventually seeing meaningful looks.
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Plays 85.7 percent of snaps
WRChicago Bears
September 10, 2018
Gabriel played 60 of 70 offensive snaps (85.7 percent) in Sunday's 24-23 loss to Green Bay, catching each of his five targets for a total of 25 yards.
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Returns early from foot injury
WRChicago Bears
August 25, 2018
Gabriel (foot) caught his only target for a 10-yard reception during Saturday's preseason game against the Chiefs.
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Hopeful to return Week 1
WRChicago Bears
Foot
August 20, 2018
Head coach Matt Nagy reported that he's very confident that Gabriel (foot) will be ready for Week 1, Larry Mayer of the Bears' official site reports.
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Unlikely to go Saturday
WRChicago Bears
Foot
August 18, 2018
Gabriel (foot) isn't expected to play Saturday at Denver, Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune reports.
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Unavailable for Thursday's game
WRChicago Bears
Foot
August 9, 2018
Gabriel (foot) will not dress for Thursday's preseason game against the Bengals, Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune reports.
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