2008 was Cutler's last year in Denver and Eddie Royal's rookie year. Both saw their most productive seasons. Royal's rookie campaign saw him catching 91 passes for 980 yards and five touchdowns. Cutler also made the Pro Bowl for the first and only time of his career, throwing for a career-high 4,526 yards. (Source: Jeff Dickerson, ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: Eddie Royal currently projects as the 90th ranked WR in standard scoring, and 87th in PPR. Neither ranking is worthy of using a draft pick on Royal. He will not see the targets he needs to be productive as he will be 5th on the pecking order behind Matt Forte, Alshon Jeffery, Martellus Bennett, and rookie Kevin White. Only an injury or becoming Cutler's built in security blanket will add value to Royal's fantasy status. He will be a top pick off of the waiver wire.
Free agent wide receiver Eddie Royal signed a three-year, $15 million contract with the Bears Wednesday. The seven-year pro spent the last three years in San Diego after starting his career with Denver. Royal caught 62 passes for 778 yards and seven touchdowns in 2014. (Source: Chicagobears.com)
Fantasy Impact: Royal is a great add for the Bears as they needed a reliable slot receiver. With Alshon Jeffery and Marques Wilson lining up outside, Royal can find great success in a Wes Welker-like role in offensive coordinator Adam Gase's system. Royal's best receiving season was in 2008 with Jay Cutler as his quarterback in Denver. Royal had 91 catches for 980 yards that season.
San Diego WR Eddie Royal had a solid game Sunday at Kansas City but dropped a crucial touchdown pass from Philip Rivers in the 4th quarter. The touchdown would of cut the Kansas City lead to five giving the Chargers momentum with plenty of time left in the game. A few plays later Royal left the game after slamming the back of his head on the ground in the end zone trying to haul in a pass.
Fantasy Impact: Royal was targeted eight times Sunday catching four passes for 95 yards. He almost scored on a 44 yard catch and run but couldn't get inside the pylon and was ruled out at the one yard line. Royal had a solid statistical game but it could of been a lot better with at least one of those touchdowns.
WR Eddie Royal had a big game catching 10 balls from 12 targets for 94 yards and one touchdown helping San Diego overcome a huge deficit in San Francisco Saturday evening
Fantasy Impact: If a fantasy owner took a huge chance on starting Royal was rewarded nicely. However, with the inconsistent play of the wideout over the season, it would have been hard to start Royal in the first place.
Chargers WR Eddie Royal had a quiet day Sunday against the Broncos tough secondary. Even with top wide receiver Keenan Allen missing some of the game, Royal couldn't get anything going only catching three passes for 27 yards.
Fantasy Impact: Royal had a nice punt return in the game but for fantasy purposes he can't be trusted.
Chargers WR Eddie Royal only caught two passes for 30 yards in the Chargers loss Sunday night.
Fantasy Impact: It was a quiet night for Royal as the Pats secondary shut down the Chargers WRs. Next up he faces another tough matchup against Denver. He should not be in fantasy owners starting lineups unless really needed.
San Diego Chargers WR Eddie Royal scored the game winning touchdown vs. the Ravens Sunday Week 13.
Fantasy Impact: Royal caught a 1 yard touchdown pass from Philip Rivers with 38 seconds left to give the Chargers the lead. Royal had a productive day catching 9 passes for 81 yards with the touchdown Sunday.
WR Eddie Royal is active and will play against the Baltimore in an early tilt in Week 13. (Source: NFL.com)
Fantasy Impact: Royal has had a few great fantasy weeks so far this year, but has been relatively quiet as of late (so has most of the receiving corps). Royal has been battling a toe injury but fully practiced all week long.
WR Eddie Royal had 1 catch from 5 targets for 20 yards and no touchdowns
Fantasy Impact: Royal had some big weeks early in the season, but has had limited production the last few weeks. QB Philip Rivers has so many choices from week to week, it is hard to pinpoint the player who is going to get the most targets and production each week. Fantasy owners might need to start looking elsewhere for a flex option instead of using Royal.
WR Eddie Royal had a relatively quiet day Sunday in Oakland catching only 2 balls for 49 yards. However one of the catches went for a 29 yard touchdown.
Fantasy Impact: Royal has made the most of his opportunities this year so far, scoring touchdowns in 3 out of the last 4 weeks. Upcoming in Week 7 is a tougher match-up at home against the Kansas City Chiefs.
WR Eddie Royal had another outstanding day Sunday against Jacksonville catching 5 of 7 targets for 105 yards and two touchdowns.
Fantasy Impact: Royal is fast becoming one of QB Philip Rivers' favorite targets. In two weeks Royal has 4 touchdown receptions. With several weapons in his arsenal, it will be interesting to see if Rivers will continue to rely on Royal in the coming weeks.