TE - FA
Week 13 Outlook
The Bears have released TE Ben Braunecker.
The Bears added tight ends Jimmy Graham, Cole Kmet, Demetrius Harris this off-season, making Braunecker the odd man out. He hauled in six receptions on 11 targets for 59 yards and one touchdown across 11 games for the Bears in 2019. The 26-year-year will look to latch onto another team during training camp.
Ben Braunecker caught two of four targets for nine yards in the Bears’ 19-14 win over the Giants on Sunday.
Braunecker has been more involved in the offense since Trey Burton hit the IR, though he hasn't offered much fantasy value aside from his Week 11 touchdown. He's not worth a pickup.
Ben Braunecker brought in his lone target for an 18-yard TD in the Bears’ 20-13 win over the Lions on Sunday.
Chalk it up to a one-off, as Braunecker entered the game sporting a 2/24 receiving line on the season. He scored his first receiving touchdown in his fourth year in the NFL, so don't expect this to be a regular occurrence. Chicago’s only fantasy-relevant receiving option is Allen Robinson at this point.
Ben Braunecker made his first career catch on Monday night against the Vikings. Braunecker had one reception on one target for eight yards.
It was good to see Braunecker make his first career catch and it was actually in the red zone. However, Zach Miller is still the starting TE for Chicago and Braunecker appears to be third in the depth chart right now.
Ben Braunecker was promoted to the active roster from the practice squad after missing the majority of the preseason with an ankle injury.
Braunecker is currently the third string tight end for Chicago behind Zach Miller and Logan Paulsen. Miller did sit out of practice today with a rib injury, but how serious his injury is remains to be seen. Braunecker is best left on the waiver wire for now unless Miller misses a significant amount of time.