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Chalk Talk: Who will be Bears' top fantasy player?

Wondering about a player, a past game or another issue involving the Bears? Senior writer Larry Mayer answers a variety of questions from fans on

Who do you think will be the best fantasy player on the Bears?
Jayce W.
Fruita, Colorado

I am by no means a fantasy football expert, but I think receiver Darnell Mooney will be the Bears' most successful point-producer this year in terms of yards and touchdowns. Mooney's 142 career receptions are the most by a Bears player in his first two NFL seasons and he topped 1,000 yards last year in an offense that ranked 30th in the league in passing. He also possesses a hunger to improve and has developed an excellent rapport with second-year quarterback Justin Fields; the two have worked together constantly since the end of last season, including a stint in Atlanta in March when Mooney stayed at Fields' home.

Which offense/defense matchup has been the most fun to watch in training camp?
Micaiah I.
Colorado Springs, Colorado

The one-on-one pass-rushing drills pitting rookie left tackle Braxton Jones and veteran pass rusher Robert Quinn have been the most intriguing. Jones is a promising young fifth-round pick, while Quinn is a seasoned veteran who set the Bears franchise record with 18.5 sacks last season. Asked about his matchups with Jones in training camp, Quinn said: "It's been a little battle … I'm always trying to work my craft and hopefully it's helped him become better as a player, too. We're just trying to push each other to become the best football players we can be." Quinn revealed that Jones' athleticism has stood out, adding: "You can't really coach that. So to be able to have that as an ability as a young rookie, it can only go up from here. Take his coaching points and use his God-gifted talented and somehow mix them together. I think there's a lot of upside to that."

It's been reported that newly-acquired receiver N'Keal Harry sustained a high-ankle sprain during practice. Depending on the recovery time involved, will Harry be placed on the PUP list?
Napoleon B.
Orland Hills, Illinois

Only players who have not participated in training camp practices are eligible to be placed on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list, so that won't be an option for receiver N'Keal Harry, who was practicing. Coach Matt Eberflus confirmed Tuesday that Harry suffered an ankle injury but did not provide a timetable for his return. Interestingly, receiver Darnell Mooney hinted to reporters Wednesday that Harry may not be sidelined as long as some may think. But we'll have to wait and see.

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