Deep League Waiver Worthy: Does The Bears’ David Fales Belong On Radars?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Earlier this week the Bears promoted former sixth round draft pick David Fales from their practice squad, making him the backup behind Jay Cutler. Given Cutler’s injury history and the fact that it’s a lost season the move should not fly under-the-radar (especially for those in two-quarterback formats). There’s a chance Fales gets a look, at some point, so what could he provide?

The junior college transfer had two highly impressive seasons at San Jose State:

Season
Completion %
Yards
TD
INT
201272.5%4,193339
201364.1%4,1893313

The system was considered beneficial to quarterbacks, so we need to keep the numbers in perspective a bit. There were a few obvious concerns, as highlted by NFL.com in their pre-draft profile, which obviously helped cause him to fall despite the impressive numbers:

  • Lacks ideal height and has relatively small hands
  • Arm strength is just functional — struggles to drill velocity throws on a line and is not a natural deep thrower
  • Average foot athlete and escapability

Those were the three biggest things, and it makes you wonder exactly what type of impact is possible. However Walter Football compared him to Jeff Garcia prior to the draft, even with the flaws, a comparison that certainly fits:

“There are a lot of similarities with these quarterbacks, plus both went to San Jose State. First, there is the lack of arm strength, though both have proven themselves as good fits for a West Coast offense. Fales isn’t as mobile as Garcia was, but Fales has more passing ability than the former 49er. Garcia (6-1, 205) and Fales are about the same size. Garcia went undrafted, while Fales could be a late-rounder or go undrafted as well.”

With that type of potential, if he does get an opportunity Fales could prove valuable for those in two-quarterback formats. In those formats, as well as dynasty leagues, he’s worth the flier to see if he gets his shot.

Sources – NFL.com, ESPN, Walter Football

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