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Chicago Bears beat writer Chris Emma is reporting wide receiver Kevin White (leg) did not practice at Tuesday's OTA session. Head coach John Fox told the media that White's injury is "nothing new." (Source: Chris Emma on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: White, who participated in Monday's OTA session and received praise from presumed starting quarterback Mike Glennon, was once again sidelined Tuesday with his lingering leg ailment. White, 24, is entering his third NFL season but only appeared in a total of four games in his first two years in the league. If healthy, White is expected to open the upcoming campaign as one of Chicago's top two wide receivers, but the keyword here is "if." From a fantasy football perspective, the former first round pick is worth a late-round flier in fantasy drafts, but I wouldn't target him too high. His injury history is just too risky.

Category: Injury Updates


Chicago Bears head coach John Fox told the media rookie running back Tarik Cohen's versatility makes him uniquely suited for a third-down role on offense" this season. "Well, he's a joker back," Fox said via ESPN. "I think third down, it's just another matchup, this game's about matchups. We weren't nearly as successful as we needed to be on third down a year ago, so people call it a joker back. It's got a lot of different names, but you see similar roles around the league that we really haven't had." (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Cohen, often referred to as the "human joystick," could be employed as Chicago's third down back in 2017. The Sproles-esqe rusher will likely be a matchup nightmare for opposing defenses at the pro level, especially as a receiver out of the backfield. Although Jordan Howard, Jeremy Langford and Benny Cunningham are currently slated ahead of him on the Bears' depth chart, Cohen should still garner fantasy value this season. Target him in the latter portion of fantasy drafts as a deep sleeper flex option.

Category: Rumors


CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora "wouldn't be shocked" if Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky made his NFL debut in Week 5 of the 2017 regular season. (Source: CBS Sports)

Fantasy Impact: Trubisky starting by Week 5? That is a bold, but not a surprising prediction made by La Canfora, a longtime NFL Insider. Despite deeming Mike Glennon the Bears' quarterback of the future and forwarding him a three-year, $45 million contract which contains $18.5 million in guaranteed money, Chicago traded up to the second overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft to select Trubisky. If Glennon struggles, and most expect that he will, Trubisky will likely be thrust under center sooner rather than later, whether or not he is NFL ready. Trubisky only made 13 collegiate starts at North Carolina.

Category: Rumors


Eddie Royal cut by Bears

Thu, May 11th 4:18pm EDT
By Anthony Cervino

The Chicago Bears have released wide receiver Eddie Royal on Thursday. (Source: Bears on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: After two seasons in Chicago, the Bears have cut ties with Royal on Thursday. The 30-year-old wideout has battled injuries during his tenure with the club playing in only nine games in each of the past two seasons. Expect Royal to catch on with a new club in time for training camp.

Category: Transactions


Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Pace named newly signed quarterback Mike Glennon the team's starter for 2017. “Mike Glennon is our starting quarterback and we’re fired up about that," Pace said Friday. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Glennon, who signed a three-year, $45 million deal with Chicago that includes $18.5 million in guaranteed money, will start for the club in 2017. The former Buccaneers field general posted a 5-13 career win-loss record in 18 games as a starter in Tampa Bay, but Bears brass believes he's shown enough to turn Chicago's franchise around and be their future. Glennon has thrown for 30 touchdowns and 15 interceptions in his career.

Category: Rumors


NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting the Philadelphia Eagles and wide receiver Alshon Jeffery agreed to terms on a one-year, $14 million deal. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Eagles pursued Jeffery around last year's trade deadline to no avail. However, they landed him Thursday on a one-year deal. Phialdephia had a need at wide receiver and they brought in the best availible in this year's free agent class. He is in the middling WR1 conversation for the 2017 fantasy football season.

Category: Transactions


The Chicago Bears are releasing quarterback Jay Cutler. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Cutler is now a free agent. The Bears informed the signal caller of his release Thursday. Expect the Jets and Browns to both pursue Cutler, with New York as the favorite to land him.

Category: Transactions


NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting Chicago Bears quarterback Brian Hoyer will sign with the San Francisco 49ers. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Hoyer will reunite with Kyle Shanahan in San Francisco. Hoyer played for Shanahan during their tenure in Cleveland. Barring a trade for Kirk Cousins, Hoyer will likely start for the rebuilding 49ers in 2017.

Category: Transactions


Chicago Bears tight end Zach Miller (foot) told the media he'll be "healthy and ready" for organized team activities in the spring. (Source: CSN Bears Talk on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Miller suffered a season-ending foot injury in Week 11 of the 2016 regular season. In 10 games, he caught 47 passes for 486 yards and four touchdowns and is poised to enter 2017 as Chicago's starting tight end. Per reports, he'll be a full-go for spring workouts.

Category: Injury Updates


Cameron Meredith caught four of six targets for 61 yards on Sunday against the Vikings. Meredith also threw a two-yard touchdown pass to Matt Barkley.

Fantasy Impact: Meredith really came on at the end of the season, totaling 300 yards receiving over his final three games. Meredith is under contract with the Bears for another season and, depending on whether Alshon Jeffery remains with the team, could move into WR3 consideration.

Category: Game Recaps


Jordan Howard gained 135 yards on 23 carries on Sunday against the Vikings. He ended the season with 1,313 rushing yards, 298 receiving yards, and seven touchdowns.

Fantasy Impact: Despite starting way down on the depth chart, Howard took over the starting role and became one of the most reliable running backs in fantasy, even breaking Matt Forte's rookie rushing record with the Bears. Howard has cemented himself as an RB1, and will likely be a first or second round pick in 2017.

Category: Game Recaps


Matt Barkley completed 10 of 14 passes for 125 yards and two interceptions on Sunday against the Vikings. He also caught a two-yard touchdown pass from Cameron Meredith.

Fantasy Impact: Barkley struggled since taking over as the starting quarterback, with a dreadful 8:14 TD:INT ratio. Barkley is an unrestricted free agent, and it's doubtful he's done enough to show the Bears or any other team that he's capable of being a starting quarterback in the NFL.

Category: Game Recaps


Connor Barth connected on 3 of 3 extra point attempts against the Redskins but had his lone field goal attempt blocked.

Fantasy Impact: It hasn't been a fairytale season for Barth, who has missed or had blocked five of his 22 field goal attempts, in addition to missing an extra point against the Giants. Any fantasy owners relying on him are also subjecting their fortunes to the whims of Chicago's offense, which isn't advisable. Anyone entertaining the idea of starting Barth in Week 17 should have a look at their league's waiver wire for other options.

Category: Game Recaps


Daniel Brown caught 2 of 4 targets on Saturday for 19 yards through the air.

Fantasy Impact: Brown has been the Bears' most productive tight end in the absence of Zach Miller, but he hasn't come close to fully replacing Miller's production. With rookie running back Jordan Howard coming into his own and the passing game relying on the likes of Matt Barkley, Cameron Meredith, and the evil doppelgänger of Alshon Jeffrey, this won't be a pass-first team anytime soon. Brown is best avoided for fantasy purposes for the time being.

Category: Game Recaps


Deonte Thompson caught 3 of 4 targets against the Washington Redskins and came up with 34 yards and a touchdown.

Fantasy Impact: Thompson was tied for third in targets Sunday with Daniel Brown but managed to out-produce the older tight end. While quarterback Matt Barkley has impressed relative to expectations, this remains a run-first offense and Barkley's talents aren't transcendent, so any Bears' third wide receiver is only likely to find fantasy value with the occasional touchdown grab, as Thompson did this weekend. Owners who must look to the Bears' passing game for fantasy players should stick with Cameron Meredith or Alshon Jeffrey.

Category: Game Recaps


Jeremy Langford carried the ball just seven times for 19 yards on Saturday and boosted his fantasy production with a one-yard touchdown run. Langford also caught 1 of 2 targets for four receiving yards.

Fantasy Impact: Langford has taken a clear backseat to rookie Jordan Howard, who handled two-thirds of the team's rushing attempts and churned out 119 yards on his own. Howard was also targeted more in the passing game, another sign that Langford is strictly a relief tailback for the Bears and not a role player, like the Vikings' Matt Asiata or the Detroit Lions' Theo Riddick. That said, Langford is important as Howard's handcuff and, as such, is still worth rostering for Howard's dynasty owners.

Category: Game Recaps


Josh Bellamy found the end zone in Week 15 and scored his first TD of the season. Bellamy saw three targets which resulted in one reception for 10 yards that was also a TD catch. L

Fantasy Impact: Bellamy did score yesterday, but I'm not trusting my fantasy season to someone who only saw three targets. Owners should looks elsewhere for more reliable fantasy options.

Category: Game Recaps


Marquess Wilson placed on IR

Sun, Dec 18th 5:10am EST
By Jonathan Stone

Marquess Wilson has been placed on injured reserve in order to activate Alshon Jeffrey. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Wilson was not having a great season, but his injury has landed him on IR with the Bears looking to activate Alshon Jeffrey. Wilson's fantasy season is now over and done with.

Category: Injury Updates


Logan Paulsen only sees one target for the third week in a row.

Fantasy Impact: Paulsen, nor any Bears TE, appears to have any value as Paulsen does not see enough targets to have any value. Paulsen has no fantasy value.

Category: Game Recaps


Ka'Deem Carey was barely involved in the Bears offense on Sunday. Carey only rushed once for six yards and caught one pass for 12 yards.

Fantasy Impact: Carey is still playing behind Howard and Langford which means that he holds very little fantasy value, if any at all.

Category: Game Recaps


Ben Braunecker made his first career catch on Monday night against the Vikings. Braunecker had one reception on one target for eight yards.

Fantasy Impact: 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.

Category: Game Recaps


Joqiue Bell was not a factor in Chicago's loss to Jacksonville since he did not even take the field.

Fantasy Impact: Bell sits behind the impressive Jordan Howard and the more-involved Ka'Deem Carey so he will not be fantasy relevant unless something happens in the depth chart. His role will be minimized even more with the return of Langford. Bell is not worth hanging onto except in deep, deep leagues.

Category: Game Recaps


Paul Lasike gained 1 yard on 1 carry during Chicago's loss to Jacksonville.

Fantasy Impact: Lasike had another quite game and is not fantasy relevant. However, Chicago experimenting with a fullback in their offense is intriguing and Lasike will be the main beneficiary.

Category: Game Recaps


TE Marcel Jensen was signed to the Bears' practice squad in a series of moves made by the Bears the other day. (Source: Chicago Bears on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Jensen won't have any fantasy relevance as there are many tight ends before him, but this move is probably the result of Busta Anderson being injured.

Category: Transactions


Busta Anderson was placed on the practice squad injured list with an undisclosed injury. (Source: Chicago Bears on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Anderson has not made his regular season debut yet so there is no fantasy impact here. This was a result of many moves made by the Bears.

Category: Injury Updates


Per Adam Schefter, Bears have informed kicker Robbie Gould he will be released. (Source: Adam Schefter via Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Gould had a phenomenal career with the Bears, so this move is shocking. Gould will likely be claimed off of waivers by another team, so he will still likely have fantasy value, just do not know where at this time.


A converted TE Greg Scruggs made the switch to the position from DE this off-season. Now, he's made the 53-man roster. (Source: Chicago Bears)

Fantasy Impact: Along with Zach Miller and Khari Lee, the Bears have three versatile TE's. This is an area that could look different come tomorrow or the end of the week. However, Scruggs did enough as a blocker and special teamer to stick around.

Category: Transactions


Rob Housler cut by the Bears

Sat, Sep 3rd 11:22pm EDT
By Jake Perper

The Bears let go of both Tony Moeaki and Rob Housler, two veteran TE's in final cuts this weekend. (Source: Chicago Bears)

Fantasy Impact: Housler latched on with the Bears late last season, but much like Moeaki the two are pass catchers first. The Bears want to have physical tight ends behind Zach Miller.

Category: Transactions


Veteran WR Marc Mariani was released by the Bears on Saturday. (Source: Chicago Bears)

Fantasy Impact: Believed to be a lock for the final roster, he was cut along with this year's seventh round pick Daniel Braverman. The Bears now only have one true slot wide receiver in Eddie Royal. Mariani will have a tough time finding a landing spot.


The Chicago Bears announced that third-year QB David Fales was waived on Saturday as the 53-man roster was reached. (Source: ChicagoBears.com)

Fantasy Impact: A 2014 sixth rounder from San Jose State, Fales showed well over the last two preseasons, but he didn't do well in limited action. However, he'll likely land on someone's practice squad.

Category: Transactions


Former Western Michigan standout Daniel Braverman was released by the Chicago Bears Saturday. (Source: ProFootballTalk via Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Braverman, undersized at 5'10", was nevertheless impressive in fall camp and quickly became a fan favorite. However, he failed to make an impact in the preseason games and was released by Chicago, leaving Eddie Royal as the teams' lone slot receiver. As the Bears figure to lean on the run this season, this move doesn't significantly increase Royals' fantasy stock. Given Royals' struggles to stay healthy, Braverman is a strong candidate for the Bears' practice squad.

Category: Transactions


Jacquizz Rodgers, who was thought of by many as a primary backup to Jeremy Langford in Chicago, was released as the team worked down to their 53–man roster. (Source: Brad Biggs via Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Rodgers was a minor contributor in the Bears' 2015 offense but, with the addition of Jordan Howard in this years' draft, was clearly seen as expendable by Chicago's front office. Given Langford's inefficient play last season, Howard and fellow backup Ka'Deem Carey become worthwhile fantasy flyers.

Category: Transactions


Signed as and UDFA out of Louisville in 2014, RB Senorise Perry has been a core special teamer for the Bears when healthy. He had 17 tackles and two forced fumbles on the third phase as a rookie two years ago, but a foot injury landed him on IR in 2015 and now he's facing an uphill battle to earn a roster spot.

Fantasy Impact: Perry has nice speed at 6'0", 187 lbs. He won't wow you at all, but much like former longtime Bears backup Adrian Peterson, he gets the job done. However, behind Jeremy Langford and rookie Jordan Howard his chances of making the team aren't looking good. He'll have to beat out veteran Jacquizz Rodgers if he wants to be around this season.


The New England Patriots have agreed to trade for Martellus Bennett of the Chicago Bears. The Patriots will likely swap mid to late round picks in exchange for Bennett. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: The addition of Martellus Bennett will give the Patriots the opportunity to have double TE sets with Rob Gronkowski. He will not see the amount of targets he did with the Bears but could be fantasy relevant in the Patriots offense. Especially if anything happened to Gronkowski.

Category: Transactions


Matt Forte announced on Twitter that he will not be coming back to Chicago next year. He said he was informed by Ryan Pace that they will not be attempting to re-sign him. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Matt Forte is now 30 years-old, but one of the most reliable backs. This instantly makes Jeremy Langford a top-10 RB going into 2016. Forte's value will be dependent on the team that signs him. He will still likely be a First or Second Round fantasy pick going into 2016.

Category: Rumors


The Bears made a small roster move on Monday by waiving backup quarterback Jimmy Clausen and promoting David Fales. The move was prompted by another team having interest in Fales. Rumors are pointing that the team may have been the Ravens after losing Joe Flacco to a season-ending knee injury. The connection being that Fales is familiar with OC Marc Trestman's offense. (Source: Chicago Tribune)

Fantasy Impact: Unless you are in the habit of handcuffing your quarterbacks, this has zero fantasy impact. It does show that the Bears' front office likes what they have seen from Fales.

Category: Transactions


Antone Smith was wrongly predicted to be the second back for Chicago on Monday. Instead, that role went to Ka'Deem Carey. Smith saw limited playing time and was only given one carry. He proved himself with that carry by gaining 11 yards.

Fantasy Impact: Antone Smith is not going to see enough opportunities in the Bears' backfield to warrant any fantasy consideration. He has no value in any fantasy formats.

Category: Game Recaps


Daniel Thomas did not see any action against the Colts in the Bears second preseason game. It does not look like he will be making the final roster.

Fantasy Impact: Daniel Thomas had some success when he was in Miami, but has dropped off significantly. He did not get to play in the Bears preseason game on Saturday and will most likely only see action in their preseason finale. Do not expect to see Thomas on the team once the season starts. He has no fantasy value.

Category: Game Recaps


On Thursday, the Chicago Bears signed tight end Dante Rosario to a one-year contract. (Source: ChicagoBears.com)

Fantasy Impact: While their is not a lot of fantasy football meat left on the bone after Martellus Bennett, Dante should continue to contribute as a solid fill in tight end and special teams player for the 2015 Chicago Bears.

Category: Transactions


Per Adam Schefter via twitter, the Chicago Bears have agreed to trade Brandon Marshall to the New York Jets, pending a physical, per league source. No word on what Chicago receives. The trade cannot be made official until free agency opens on March 10 at 4pm ET. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Marshall had a down year in 2014 due to injuries. He will be the number one option in New York. As for Chicago, as of now, Alshon Jeffery is the new number one receiver and his fantasy value should see a bump.


Josh Morgan had one catch for 13 yards on Sunday. He finished the season with 10 catches on 19 targets. He accumulated 70 yards and one touchdown.

Fantasy Impact: With the Bears looking to hire a new general manager and head coach in the offseason, Morgan will likely not be brought back. He did not show enough production to warrant another opportunity under a new regime. Josh Morgan will start next season with very little to no fantasy value.


Jay Feely finally had some field goal attempts last Sunday. He made three of four attempts; not anything spectacular enough for him to secure a job for another team. Robbie Gould will be back for the Bears next year and Feely will be the odd man out.

Fantasy Impact: Jay Feely will not have any fantasy value to start the season next year. He did not prove enough for another team to take a flyer on him. Feely will likely be sitting patiently waiting for a phone call from a team who loses a kicker next season due to injury.


Chris Williams was waived by the Bears on Wednesday to make room for kicker Jay Feely. Feely was brought in as an insurance policy if Robbie Gould cannot play Thursday against the Cowboys. (Source: Chicago Tribune)

Fantasy Impact: Chris Williams has not practiced or played in two weeks with a hamstring injury. He had no fantasy value, and this move had to be made by Chicago incase Robbie Gould's quad injury keeps him out of the Thursday night game.


Chicago Bears have waived wide receiver Santonio Holmes. (Source: ESPN Chicago)

Fantasy Impact: Holmes can be dropped in all leagues.


Bears release Lynch

Fri, Aug 29th 4:15pm EDT
By Anthony Fashoda

Chicago Bears release RB Jordan Lynch (Source: ESPN Chicago)

Fantasy Impact: Lynch has no fantasy appeal in any leagues, do not draft him.


Bears release Palmer

Sun, Aug 24th 11:01pm EDT
By Dale Redman

The Bears have released Jordan Palmer, giving Jimmy Clausen the No. 2 QB job. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Palmer will now look to latch on to a new team at some point this season. With the veteran QB's knowledge and experience with the Bear's playbook, Palmer could be brought back later in the season if an injury were to occur to Jay Cutler or Clausen.


The Bears on Saturday signed receiver Santonio Holmes to a one-year contract and terminated the contract of receiver Eric Weems. (Source: ChicagoBears.com)

Fantasy Impact: Coughing up the football during a kickoff return in a preseason rumble with the Jaguars sealed the fate of Mr. Weems. The Bears sign Santonio Holmes to compete for that important 3rd wide receiver role while letting Eric Weems relax in the free agency pool. The signing of Holmes makes a late round flyer on the Bears #3 WR interesting, if not plausible.


The Bears running game was not looked good all preseason long. No RB, besides Draughn, has averaged more than 3.4 YPC. The former Raven has 4 carries for 35 yards through 2 games. Albeit a small sample size, Draughn has looked the best in pass protection and receiving as well. It appears the No. 2 job is his to lose. (Source: Chicagofootball.com)

Fantasy Impact: Draughn is only useful for handcuffing purposes, but he is not a even strong one at that. If Matt Forte were to go down with an injury, there is no guarantee Draughn will have the job all to himself. Most likely the spot would become a dreaded RBBC. So if you take Forte, cross your fingers and hope he stays healthy since the backup situation looks like it will be murky all year long.


CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora "wouldn't be shocked" if Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky made his NFL debut in Week 5 of the 2017 regular season. (Source: CBS Sports)

Fantasy Impact: Trubisky starting by Week 5? That is a bold, but not a surprising prediction made by La Canfora, a longtime NFL Insider. Despite deeming Mike Glennon the Bears' quarterback of the future and forwarding him a three-year, $45 million contract which contains $18.5 million in guaranteed money, Chicago traded up to the second overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft to select Trubisky. If Glennon struggles, and most expect that he will, Trubisky will likely be thrust under center sooner rather than later, whether or not he is NFL ready. Trubisky only made 13 collegiate starts at North Carolina.

Category: Rumors


Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Pace named newly signed quarterback Mike Glennon the team's starter for 2017. “Mike Glennon is our starting quarterback and we’re fired up about that," Pace said Friday. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Glennon, who signed a three-year, $45 million deal with Chicago that includes $18.5 million in guaranteed money, will start for the club in 2017. The former Buccaneers field general posted a 5-13 career win-loss record in 18 games as a starter in Tampa Bay, but Bears brass believes he's shown enough to turn Chicago's franchise around and be their future. Glennon has thrown for 30 touchdowns and 15 interceptions in his career.

Category: Rumors


The Chicago Bears are releasing quarterback Jay Cutler. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Cutler is now a free agent. The Bears informed the signal caller of his release Thursday. Expect the Jets and Browns to both pursue Cutler, with New York as the favorite to land him.

Category: Transactions


NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting Chicago Bears quarterback Brian Hoyer will sign with the San Francisco 49ers. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Hoyer will reunite with Kyle Shanahan in San Francisco. Hoyer played for Shanahan during their tenure in Cleveland. Barring a trade for Kirk Cousins, Hoyer will likely start for the rebuilding 49ers in 2017.

Category: Transactions


Matt Barkley completed 10 of 14 passes for 125 yards and two interceptions on Sunday against the Vikings. He also caught a two-yard touchdown pass from Cameron Meredith.

Fantasy Impact: Barkley struggled since taking over as the starting quarterback, with a dreadful 8:14 TD:INT ratio. Barkley is an unrestricted free agent, and it's doubtful he's done enough to show the Bears or any other team that he's capable of being a starting quarterback in the NFL.

Category: Game Recaps


The Chicago Bears announced that third-year QB David Fales was waived on Saturday as the 53-man roster was reached. (Source: ChicagoBears.com)

Fantasy Impact: A 2014 sixth rounder from San Jose State, Fales showed well over the last two preseasons, but he didn't do well in limited action. However, he'll likely land on someone's practice squad.

Category: Transactions


The Bears made a small roster move on Monday by waiving backup quarterback Jimmy Clausen and promoting David Fales. The move was prompted by another team having interest in Fales. Rumors are pointing that the team may have been the Ravens after losing Joe Flacco to a season-ending knee injury. The connection being that Fales is familiar with OC Marc Trestman's offense. (Source: Chicago Tribune)

Fantasy Impact: Unless you are in the habit of handcuffing your quarterbacks, this has zero fantasy impact. It does show that the Bears' front office likes what they have seen from Fales.

Category: Transactions


Bears release Palmer

Sun, Aug 24th 11:01pm EDT
By Dale Redman

The Bears have released Jordan Palmer, giving Jimmy Clausen the No. 2 QB job. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Palmer will now look to latch on to a new team at some point this season. With the veteran QB's knowledge and experience with the Bear's playbook, Palmer could be brought back later in the season if an injury were to occur to Jay Cutler or Clausen.


Chicago Bears head coach John Fox told the media rookie running back Tarik Cohen's versatility makes him uniquely suited for a third-down role on offense" this season. "Well, he's a joker back," Fox said via ESPN. "I think third down, it's just another matchup, this game's about matchups. We weren't nearly as successful as we needed to be on third down a year ago, so people call it a joker back. It's got a lot of different names, but you see similar roles around the league that we really haven't had." (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Cohen, often referred to as the "human joystick," could be employed as Chicago's third down back in 2017. The Sproles-esqe rusher will likely be a matchup nightmare for opposing defenses at the pro level, especially as a receiver out of the backfield. Although Jordan Howard, Jeremy Langford and Benny Cunningham are currently slated ahead of him on the Bears' depth chart, Cohen should still garner fantasy value this season. Target him in the latter portion of fantasy drafts as a deep sleeper flex option.

Category: Rumors


Jordan Howard gained 135 yards on 23 carries on Sunday against the Vikings. He ended the season with 1,313 rushing yards, 298 receiving yards, and seven touchdowns.

Fantasy Impact: Despite starting way down on the depth chart, Howard took over the starting role and became one of the most reliable running backs in fantasy, even breaking Matt Forte's rookie rushing record with the Bears. Howard has cemented himself as an RB1, and will likely be a first or second round pick in 2017.

Category: Game Recaps


Jeremy Langford carried the ball just seven times for 19 yards on Saturday and boosted his fantasy production with a one-yard touchdown run. Langford also caught 1 of 2 targets for four receiving yards.

Fantasy Impact: Langford has taken a clear backseat to rookie Jordan Howard, who handled two-thirds of the team's rushing attempts and churned out 119 yards on his own. Howard was also targeted more in the passing game, another sign that Langford is strictly a relief tailback for the Bears and not a role player, like the Vikings' Matt Asiata or the Detroit Lions' Theo Riddick. That said, Langford is important as Howard's handcuff and, as such, is still worth rostering for Howard's dynasty owners.

Category: Game Recaps


Ka'Deem Carey was barely involved in the Bears offense on Sunday. Carey only rushed once for six yards and caught one pass for 12 yards.

Fantasy Impact: Carey is still playing behind Howard and Langford which means that he holds very little fantasy value, if any at all.

Category: Game Recaps


Joqiue Bell was not a factor in Chicago's loss to Jacksonville since he did not even take the field.

Fantasy Impact: Bell sits behind the impressive Jordan Howard and the more-involved Ka'Deem Carey so he will not be fantasy relevant unless something happens in the depth chart. His role will be minimized even more with the return of Langford. Bell is not worth hanging onto except in deep, deep leagues.

Category: Game Recaps


Paul Lasike gained 1 yard on 1 carry during Chicago's loss to Jacksonville.

Fantasy Impact: Lasike had another quite game and is not fantasy relevant. However, Chicago experimenting with a fullback in their offense is intriguing and Lasike will be the main beneficiary.

Category: Game Recaps


Jacquizz Rodgers, who was thought of by many as a primary backup to Jeremy Langford in Chicago, was released as the team worked down to their 53–man roster. (Source: Brad Biggs via Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Rodgers was a minor contributor in the Bears' 2015 offense but, with the addition of Jordan Howard in this years' draft, was clearly seen as expendable by Chicago's front office. Given Langford's inefficient play last season, Howard and fellow backup Ka'Deem Carey become worthwhile fantasy flyers.

Category: Transactions


Signed as and UDFA out of Louisville in 2014, RB Senorise Perry has been a core special teamer for the Bears when healthy. He had 17 tackles and two forced fumbles on the third phase as a rookie two years ago, but a foot injury landed him on IR in 2015 and now he's facing an uphill battle to earn a roster spot.

Fantasy Impact: Perry has nice speed at 6'0", 187 lbs. He won't wow you at all, but much like former longtime Bears backup Adrian Peterson, he gets the job done. However, behind Jeremy Langford and rookie Jordan Howard his chances of making the team aren't looking good. He'll have to beat out veteran Jacquizz Rodgers if he wants to be around this season.


Matt Forte announced on Twitter that he will not be coming back to Chicago next year. He said he was informed by Ryan Pace that they will not be attempting to re-sign him. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Matt Forte is now 30 years-old, but one of the most reliable backs. This instantly makes Jeremy Langford a top-10 RB going into 2016. Forte's value will be dependent on the team that signs him. He will still likely be a First or Second Round fantasy pick going into 2016.

Category: Rumors


Antone Smith was wrongly predicted to be the second back for Chicago on Monday. Instead, that role went to Ka'Deem Carey. Smith saw limited playing time and was only given one carry. He proved himself with that carry by gaining 11 yards.

Fantasy Impact: Antone Smith is not going to see enough opportunities in the Bears' backfield to warrant any fantasy consideration. He has no value in any fantasy formats.

Category: Game Recaps


Daniel Thomas did not see any action against the Colts in the Bears second preseason game. It does not look like he will be making the final roster.

Fantasy Impact: Daniel Thomas had some success when he was in Miami, but has dropped off significantly. He did not get to play in the Bears preseason game on Saturday and will most likely only see action in their preseason finale. Do not expect to see Thomas on the team once the season starts. He has no fantasy value.

Category: Game Recaps


Bears release Lynch

Fri, Aug 29th 4:15pm EDT
By Anthony Fashoda

Chicago Bears release RB Jordan Lynch (Source: ESPN Chicago)

Fantasy Impact: Lynch has no fantasy appeal in any leagues, do not draft him.


The Bears running game was not looked good all preseason long. No RB, besides Draughn, has averaged more than 3.4 YPC. The former Raven has 4 carries for 35 yards through 2 games. Albeit a small sample size, Draughn has looked the best in pass protection and receiving as well. It appears the No. 2 job is his to lose. (Source: Chicagofootball.com)

Fantasy Impact: Draughn is only useful for handcuffing purposes, but he is not a even strong one at that. If Matt Forte were to go down with an injury, there is no guarantee Draughn will have the job all to himself. Most likely the spot would become a dreaded RBBC. So if you take Forte, cross your fingers and hope he stays healthy since the backup situation looks like it will be murky all year long.


Chicago Bears beat writer Chris Emma is reporting wide receiver Kevin White (leg) did not practice at Tuesday's OTA session. Head coach John Fox told the media that White's injury is "nothing new." (Source: Chris Emma on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: White, who participated in Monday's OTA session and received praise from presumed starting quarterback Mike Glennon, was once again sidelined Tuesday with his lingering leg ailment. White, 24, is entering his third NFL season but only appeared in a total of four games in his first two years in the league. If healthy, White is expected to open the upcoming campaign as one of Chicago's top two wide receivers, but the keyword here is "if." From a fantasy football perspective, the former first round pick is worth a late-round flier in fantasy drafts, but I wouldn't target him too high. His injury history is just too risky.

Category: Injury Updates


Eddie Royal cut by Bears

Thu, May 11th 4:18pm EDT
By Anthony Cervino

The Chicago Bears have released wide receiver Eddie Royal on Thursday. (Source: Bears on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: After two seasons in Chicago, the Bears have cut ties with Royal on Thursday. The 30-year-old wideout has battled injuries during his tenure with the club playing in only nine games in each of the past two seasons. Expect Royal to catch on with a new club in time for training camp.

Category: Transactions


NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting the Philadelphia Eagles and wide receiver Alshon Jeffery agreed to terms on a one-year, $14 million deal. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Eagles pursued Jeffery around last year's trade deadline to no avail. However, they landed him Thursday on a one-year deal. Phialdephia had a need at wide receiver and they brought in the best availible in this year's free agent class. He is in the middling WR1 conversation for the 2017 fantasy football season.

Category: Transactions


Cameron Meredith caught four of six targets for 61 yards on Sunday against the Vikings. Meredith also threw a two-yard touchdown pass to Matt Barkley.

Fantasy Impact: Meredith really came on at the end of the season, totaling 300 yards receiving over his final three games. Meredith is under contract with the Bears for another season and, depending on whether Alshon Jeffery remains with the team, could move into WR3 consideration.

Category: Game Recaps


Deonte Thompson caught 3 of 4 targets against the Washington Redskins and came up with 34 yards and a touchdown.

Fantasy Impact: Thompson was tied for third in targets Sunday with Daniel Brown but managed to out-produce the older tight end. While quarterback Matt Barkley has impressed relative to expectations, this remains a run-first offense and Barkley's talents aren't transcendent, so any Bears' third wide receiver is only likely to find fantasy value with the occasional touchdown grab, as Thompson did this weekend. Owners who must look to the Bears' passing game for fantasy players should stick with Cameron Meredith or Alshon Jeffrey.

Category: Game Recaps


Josh Bellamy found the end zone in Week 15 and scored his first TD of the season. Bellamy saw three targets which resulted in one reception for 10 yards that was also a TD catch. L

Fantasy Impact: Bellamy did score yesterday, but I'm not trusting my fantasy season to someone who only saw three targets. Owners should looks elsewhere for more reliable fantasy options.

Category: Game Recaps


Marquess Wilson placed on IR

Sun, Dec 18th 5:10am EST
By Jonathan Stone

Marquess Wilson has been placed on injured reserve in order to activate Alshon Jeffrey. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Wilson was not having a great season, but his injury has landed him on IR with the Bears looking to activate Alshon Jeffrey. Wilson's fantasy season is now over and done with.

Category: Injury Updates


Veteran WR Marc Mariani was released by the Bears on Saturday. (Source: Chicago Bears)

Fantasy Impact: Believed to be a lock for the final roster, he was cut along with this year's seventh round pick Daniel Braverman. The Bears now only have one true slot wide receiver in Eddie Royal. Mariani will have a tough time finding a landing spot.


Former Western Michigan standout Daniel Braverman was released by the Chicago Bears Saturday. (Source: ProFootballTalk via Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Braverman, undersized at 5'10", was nevertheless impressive in fall camp and quickly became a fan favorite. However, he failed to make an impact in the preseason games and was released by Chicago, leaving Eddie Royal as the teams' lone slot receiver. As the Bears figure to lean on the run this season, this move doesn't significantly increase Royals' fantasy stock. Given Royals' struggles to stay healthy, Braverman is a strong candidate for the Bears' practice squad.

Category: Transactions


Per Adam Schefter via twitter, the Chicago Bears have agreed to trade Brandon Marshall to the New York Jets, pending a physical, per league source. No word on what Chicago receives. The trade cannot be made official until free agency opens on March 10 at 4pm ET. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Marshall had a down year in 2014 due to injuries. He will be the number one option in New York. As for Chicago, as of now, Alshon Jeffery is the new number one receiver and his fantasy value should see a bump.


Josh Morgan had one catch for 13 yards on Sunday. He finished the season with 10 catches on 19 targets. He accumulated 70 yards and one touchdown.

Fantasy Impact: With the Bears looking to hire a new general manager and head coach in the offseason, Morgan will likely not be brought back. He did not show enough production to warrant another opportunity under a new regime. Josh Morgan will start next season with very little to no fantasy value.


Chris Williams was waived by the Bears on Wednesday to make room for kicker Jay Feely. Feely was brought in as an insurance policy if Robbie Gould cannot play Thursday against the Cowboys. (Source: Chicago Tribune)

Fantasy Impact: Chris Williams has not practiced or played in two weeks with a hamstring injury. He had no fantasy value, and this move had to be made by Chicago incase Robbie Gould's quad injury keeps him out of the Thursday night game.


Chicago Bears have waived wide receiver Santonio Holmes. (Source: ESPN Chicago)

Fantasy Impact: Holmes can be dropped in all leagues.


The Bears on Saturday signed receiver Santonio Holmes to a one-year contract and terminated the contract of receiver Eric Weems. (Source: ChicagoBears.com)

Fantasy Impact: Coughing up the football during a kickoff return in a preseason rumble with the Jaguars sealed the fate of Mr. Weems. The Bears sign Santonio Holmes to compete for that important 3rd wide receiver role while letting Eric Weems relax in the free agency pool. The signing of Holmes makes a late round flyer on the Bears #3 WR interesting, if not plausible.


Chicago Bears tight end Zach Miller (foot) told the media he'll be "healthy and ready" for organized team activities in the spring. (Source: CSN Bears Talk on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Miller suffered a season-ending foot injury in Week 11 of the 2016 regular season. In 10 games, he caught 47 passes for 486 yards and four touchdowns and is poised to enter 2017 as Chicago's starting tight end. Per reports, he'll be a full-go for spring workouts.

Category: Injury Updates


Daniel Brown caught 2 of 4 targets on Saturday for 19 yards through the air.

Fantasy Impact: Brown has been the Bears' most productive tight end in the absence of Zach Miller, but he hasn't come close to fully replacing Miller's production. With rookie running back Jordan Howard coming into his own and the passing game relying on the likes of Matt Barkley, Cameron Meredith, and the evil doppelgänger of Alshon Jeffrey, this won't be a pass-first team anytime soon. Brown is best avoided for fantasy purposes for the time being.

Category: Game Recaps


Logan Paulsen only sees one target for the third week in a row.

Fantasy Impact: Paulsen, nor any Bears TE, appears to have any value as Paulsen does not see enough targets to have any value. Paulsen has no fantasy value.

Category: Game Recaps


Ben Braunecker made his first career catch on Monday night against the Vikings. Braunecker had one reception on one target for eight yards.

Fantasy Impact: 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.

Category: Game Recaps


TE Marcel Jensen was signed to the Bears' practice squad in a series of moves made by the Bears the other day. (Source: Chicago Bears on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Jensen won't have any fantasy relevance as there are many tight ends before him, but this move is probably the result of Busta Anderson being injured.

Category: Transactions


Busta Anderson was placed on the practice squad injured list with an undisclosed injury. (Source: Chicago Bears on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Anderson has not made his regular season debut yet so there is no fantasy impact here. This was a result of many moves made by the Bears.

Category: Injury Updates


A converted TE Greg Scruggs made the switch to the position from DE this off-season. Now, he's made the 53-man roster. (Source: Chicago Bears)

Fantasy Impact: Along with Zach Miller and Khari Lee, the Bears have three versatile TE's. This is an area that could look different come tomorrow or the end of the week. However, Scruggs did enough as a blocker and special teamer to stick around.

Category: Transactions


Rob Housler cut by the Bears

Sat, Sep 3rd 11:22pm EDT
By Jake Perper

The Bears let go of both Tony Moeaki and Rob Housler, two veteran TE's in final cuts this weekend. (Source: Chicago Bears)

Fantasy Impact: Housler latched on with the Bears late last season, but much like Moeaki the two are pass catchers first. The Bears want to have physical tight ends behind Zach Miller.

Category: Transactions


The New England Patriots have agreed to trade for Martellus Bennett of the Chicago Bears. The Patriots will likely swap mid to late round picks in exchange for Bennett. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: The addition of Martellus Bennett will give the Patriots the opportunity to have double TE sets with Rob Gronkowski. He will not see the amount of targets he did with the Bears but could be fantasy relevant in the Patriots offense. Especially if anything happened to Gronkowski.

Category: Transactions


On Thursday, the Chicago Bears signed tight end Dante Rosario to a one-year contract. (Source: ChicagoBears.com)

Fantasy Impact: While their is not a lot of fantasy football meat left on the bone after Martellus Bennett, Dante should continue to contribute as a solid fill in tight end and special teams player for the 2015 Chicago Bears.

Category: Transactions


Connor Barth connected on 3 of 3 extra point attempts against the Redskins but had his lone field goal attempt blocked.

Fantasy Impact: It hasn't been a fairytale season for Barth, who has missed or had blocked five of his 22 field goal attempts, in addition to missing an extra point against the Giants. Any fantasy owners relying on him are also subjecting their fortunes to the whims of Chicago's offense, which isn't advisable. Anyone entertaining the idea of starting Barth in Week 17 should have a look at their league's waiver wire for other options.

Category: Game Recaps


Per Adam Schefter, Bears have informed kicker Robbie Gould he will be released. (Source: Adam Schefter via Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Gould had a phenomenal career with the Bears, so this move is shocking. Gould will likely be claimed off of waivers by another team, so he will still likely have fantasy value, just do not know where at this time.


Jay Feely finally had some field goal attempts last Sunday. He made three of four attempts; not anything spectacular enough for him to secure a job for another team. Robbie Gould will be back for the Bears next year and Feely will be the odd man out.

Fantasy Impact: Jay Feely will not have any fantasy value to start the season next year. He did not prove enough for another team to take a flyer on him. Feely will likely be sitting patiently waiting for a phone call from a team who loses a kicker next season due to injury.


The Chicago Bears defense gave up 41 points and 478 yards to the Washington Redskins this weekend. To make matters worse, they failed to record a sack or force a turnover.

Fantasy Impact: This unit was, unfortunately, put into numerous bad situations by quarterback Matt Barkley' five interceptions, but it's problematic that they were unable to disrupt the Redskins' passing game in retort. It's unlikely the Bears will go off in Week 17 but it's not unreasonable to think that they could put together a decent fantasy outing against the Vikings, a team that has been inconsistent at best on offense this year.

Category: Game Recaps


Will Sutton waived by Bears

Thu, May 11th 5:57pm EDT
By Vincent Davis

MIN

DL Will Sutton was waived by the Bears on Thursday. (Source: Chicago Bears on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Bears finally let go of the DL they drafted in the 3rd round of 2014. In 3 seasons with the Bears, Sutton tallied 39 tackles and zero sacks. Sutton's lack of production has often been attributed to him playing in the wrong defensive system. I would expect Sutton to be picked up relatively quickly by a team that implements a 4-3 system which is more natural to Sutton.

Category: Transactions


Linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski finished Sunday's game with five tackles, all of which were solo.

Fantasy Impact: Kwiatkoski has been stepping up of recent weeks, it's good to seem he can be relied upon when needed.

Category: Game Recaps


Safety Demontre Hurst finished Sunday's game with five tackles, all of which were solo, and a sack.

Fantasy Impact: Hurst had a productive Sunday, we'll see if he can continue on from this performance.

Category: Game Recaps


Cre'Von LeBlanc finished Sunday's game with seven tackles, all solo, and a pass defense.

Fantasy Impact: LeBlanc has stepped up the last two weeks for the Bears DST. He is trying to prove he has a spot on this defense for future years.

Category: Game Recaps


Linebacker Leonard Floyd was held in check on Sunday, not finishing with one tackle.

Fantasy Impact: Floyd has been dominant the last few weeks, so not seeing his name on the stat sheet is a surprise. However, Bears might have found a core player to build around on defense.

Category: Game Recaps


Cornerback Bryce Callahan finished Sunday's game with four tackles, all of which were solo, plus a pass defense.

Fantasy Impact: Callahan seemed to be all over the field on Sunday. If it wasn't teammate Cre'Von LeBlanc involved on a play, it seemed like Callahan was.

Category: Game Recaps


Lineman Akiem Hicks added another sack in Sunday's game. He also finished with six tackles, four of which were solo, and a pass defense.

Fantasy Impact: Hicks has been playing well recently. With linebacker Leonard Floyd demanding so much attention, Hicks has been able to see a lot of action forced his way, allowing him to be a big factor on stopping plays.

Category: Game Recaps


Harold Jones-Quartey had another big game on Sunday, finishing with six total tackles, all of which were solo.

Fantasy Impact: Jones-Quartey has been playing very well in the second half of the season. He is young and could have a future with the Bears defense.

Category: Game Recaps


Lineman Eddie Goldman finished Sunday's game with two tackles, both solo, and a sack on the quarterback.

Fantasy Impact: Goldman has been limited all year with an injury, so it was nice to see him contribute a sack in Sunday's victory.

Category: Game Recaps


According Bears reporter Jeff Dickerson, Danny Trevathan has been placed on injured reserve after suffering a ruptured right patellar tendon in Sunday's Loss. (Source: Jeff Dickerson via Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Big loss for Bears on defense as Trevathan was one of the last healthy stars on that side of the ball.

Category: Injury Updates


Jerrell Freeman has been the most consistent performer on the Bears defense. He is constantly at the top of the tackles list and is hardly ever exposed. Unfortunately, his teammates are not as consistently good as the Bears lost in a bad way to Tampa Bay.

Fantasy Impact: Jerrell Freeman is a solid IDP option and if he is not owned I suggest grabbing him. He already has 81 combined tackles and 61 are solo. He is on pace for 108 solo tackles this season and a great asset to own in IDP leagues that reward heavy point totals for tackles.

Category: Game Recaps


Kyle Long has not practiced at all this week after suffering a tricep injury. (Source: Chicago Bears Injury Report)

Fantasy Impact: Kyle Long not practicing spells trouble for a returning Jay Cutler as well as the mess in Chicago's backfield. Expectations should have already been tempered with their matchup against Minnesota, but now owners should really limit their expectations.

Category: Injury Updates


Sam Acho only finished with one solo tackle and two assists. He also had a pass deflection. That said, he had two QB hits and created some pressure. His pass deflection could have been an easy touchdown if he hauled in the ball for an interception. Acho has been up and down throughout the year, but he looked better than his stat sheet.

Fantasy Impact: Sam Acho is not worth an add in IDP leagues. At this point he doesn't even deserve to be on the watch list. His play is inconsistent and so is his playing time. With the return of Pernell McPhee his snaps will likely decrease as well.

Category: Game Recaps


Coming off the PUP list, Pernell McPhee was given 19 snaps in his first game back. He did not make the stat sheet and looked rusty, but his knee looked to hold up.

Fantasy Impact: McPhee should be added to your watch list. He is not worth and add in IDP leagues until he starts seeing more opportunity. Once he is a full go, McPhee is worth an add in deep IDP leagues. Like Willie Young, he plays more of a defensive end role as a linebacker, which means less consistency.

Category: Game Recaps


Willie Young was coming off two monster performances. His stat sheet did not show a big game against the Packers, but he was constantly providing pressure on Aaron Rodgers. In fact, he caused the initial pressure that led to the Leonard Floyd strip-sack fumble for a touchdown. On paper, Young only finished with a solo tackle and a pass deflection.

Fantasy Impact: Young is only worth owning in deeper IDP leagues. He has a LB designation, but in this defense plays more like a defensive end. He can have big games, but also disappear on the stat sheet like he did in this one. If you need a bye week fill in, Young could be the guy to help for a week or two. Other than that, look for more consistency in your linebackers.

Category: Game Recaps


Josh Sitton missed practice on Wednesday while recovering from an ankle injury. (Source: Chicago Bears Injury Report)

Fantasy Impact: Josh Sitton missing practice on a short week is definitely not a good sign and should make things a little more difficult for Brian Hoyer and Jordan Howard if he doesn't start. Green Bay's strength is in their defense right now and they will definitely show up to play with Aaron Rodgers struggling.

Category: Injury Updates


Tracy Porter was limited in Wednesday's practice while he is recovering from a knee injury. (Source: Chicago Bears Injury Report)

Fantasy Impact: Porter slipped and fell on the go-ahead touchdown during Chicago's loss last week and limited practice on a short week is not good news for the Bears' defense.

Category: Injury Updates


Deiondre' Hall did not practice today since he is recovering from an ankle injury. (Source: Chicago Bears Injury Report)

Fantasy Impact: Deiondre' Hall not practicing on a short week is definitely not a good sign for the Chicago defense. It is especially not a good sign when they are going up against a struggling, but potentially explosive Green Bay offense.

Category: Injury Updates


The Bears lost another close game that they should have won. The defense played well for most of the game, but let up a huge play in the fourth quarter to fall behind 16-17. Adrian Amos had a quiet day on the stat sheet. He finished with three solo tackles and a pass deflection.

Fantasy Impact: Amos is only usable in deeper IDP leagues. His tackle numbers have taken a dip from last season, but he has still played good football most the year. Without the tackle numbers he is nothing more than a bye week filler in most leagues.

Category: Game Recaps


The Bears defense could not stop the passing attack of Andrew Luck and T.Y. Hilton on Sunday, even though they got to the quarterback five times. One of the guys who sacked Luck was rookie Jonathan Bullard. This was Bullard's first career sack and he also recorded three solo tackles.

Fantasy Impact: Bullard had a great game, but he is not consistent enough for IDP leagues. Keep an eye on him as the rookie could earn more playing time and could develop into a decent pass rusher in Vic Fangio's system.

Category: Game Recaps


With Eddie Goldman (ankle) sidelined for a few weeks, Mitch Unrein did little to help his team stop the Cowboys' ground game. Unrein finished the night with zero solo tackles and four assisted tackles.

Fantasy Impact: Mitch Unrein is a good guy to have for depth, but he is not a standout player in the NFL. This is also why he has zero fantasy value. Even if you are in a full IDP league with 32-teams, there are still better options than Mitch Unrein to have on your roster.

Category: Game Recaps


Jacoby Glenn was picked on often, but then again everyone in the secondary struggled on Sunday. Glenn finished with five tackles, two assists and a pass deflection. He also forced a fumble on a long completion to Terrance Williams that led to the Bears first touchdown of the night.

Fantasy Impact: Glenn has been asked to do more early this season than the coaching staff had hoped. He will be targeted against often which could give him decent tackle numbers, but he is not worth owning in fantasy at this point.

Category: Game Recaps


LB Christian Jones had yet to see the field much through two games, but on Sunday night he played a heavy dose of snaps.

Fantasy Impact: Sam Acho and Willie Young were the main OLB's with Leonard Floyd doing very little with his time on the field. Jones came in and made three tackles (two solo). We will see where he fits in here soon.

Category: Game Recaps


With Danny Trevathan (thumb) out, Nick Kwiatkoski got the start on Sunday night, but it was Jonathan Anderson who played a lot down the stretch.

Fantasy Impact: Anderson finished with three tackles (two solo) against Dallas and performed better this week than last. He is still young and as a depth piece behind Trevathan and Jerrell Freeman.

Category: Game Recaps


According to Mike Garafolo of NFL.com, Lamarr Houston has a torn ACL and is done for the season. (Source: Mike Garafolo via Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Houston was supposed to be one of the better players on the Bears defense this year. This is a big blow to a defense that has already been struggling.

Category: Injury Updates


The Chicago Tribune's Rich Campbell appeared on 670 The Score's "Mully and Hanley" on Wednesday morning and said that believes rookie Cody Whitehair will draw the start at center over veteran Ted Larsen. (Source: Rich Campbell)

Fantasy Impact: Whitehair is listed with the second-team depth chart behind Larsen. Larsen took the bulk of the snaps at center once Hroniss Grasu went down. Whitehair has seen time there in camp and in the preseason opener. It should be interesting to see how this plays out. I'd put Whitehair out there between Josh Sitton and Kyle Long, that is a heck of an interior.

Category: Rumors


Despite making three starts late last season, the Bears let go of John Timu on Saturday. (Source: Chicago Bears)

Fantasy Impact: Timu is a second-year ILB out of Washington. He went undrafted last season and did his best to hang around on the Bears' roster. He took poor angles in the preseason which cost him his roster spot. Timu still upside as a downhill hitter and should land on someone's practice squad.

Category: Transactions


The Bears attempted to upgrade their cornerback unit with K'Waun Williams on Tuesday. But after being claimed, he failed his physical on Wednesday. The player who was cut to make room for him, Kevin Peterson, tells me that he is back with the team. (Source: Bears Backer)

Fantasy Impact: With the Bears' top three cornerbacks Tracy Porter, Kyle Fuller and Bryce Callahan all injured that leaves Jacoby Glenn, Demontre Hurst, Deiondre' Hall, De'Vante Bausby, Taveze Calhoun, Sherrick McManis and Peterson as the only healthy corners right now. Don't rule out Peterson's chances yet even as an undrafted rookie.

Category: Transactions


Third-years Bears CB Kyle Fuller already didn't make the trip to New England due to a knee injury. On Thursday, WGN Radio's Adam Hoge reported that Fuller is not expected to play the rest of the preseason. with the hope that he'll be back for Week 1 in Houston. (Source: Adam Hoge on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Fuller hasn't been consistent through two seasons, but the Bears are awfully thin at the CB position behind veteran Tracy Porter. Porter himself is always a question mark to make it through a full season. For now, the Bears will have to manage with fourth round rookie Deiondre' Hall, nickelbacks Bryce Callahan and Demontre Hurst and youngsters De'Vante Bausby and Jacoby Glenn. Luckily it's the preseason, but Fuller's knee could be worse than we know right now. This isn't a good situation for him or this secondary.

Category: Injury Updates


The Bears had their first of three joint practices with the New England Patriots in Foxborough on Monday. Second-year man De'Vante Bausby is going to see a lot of time this week with the first team with Kyle Fuller (knee) failing to make the trip. (Source: Chicago Sun-Times)

Fantasy Impact: On Monday, Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo completed a TD pass to seventh round pick WR Devin Lucien. Bausby was picked on three times on that drive according to Sun-Times beat reporter Patrick Finley. Bausby is a depth piece at this point. He needs good tape to stick around.


Former Denver Broncos and Detroit Lions OL Manny Ramirez announced his retirement from the NFL on Wednesday following a 10-year career in the league. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Manny Ramirez played 10 seasons in the NFL for the Broncos and Lions. Ramirez started at center in Super Bowl 48 with the Broncos, who would go on to lose the game to the Seahawks.

Category: Transactions


The Chicago Bears have released veteran safety Antrel Rolle on Sunday in the wake of selecting safeties Deon Bush and DeAndre Houston-Carson in the later rounds of the NFL Draft. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Chicago Bears released Antrel Rolle on Sunday after one season with the team. The Bears are clearly attempting to go with a younger player to fill the void since they selected two safeties in the draft this past weekend. Newcomers DeAndre Houston-Carson and Deon Bush will likely compete for Rolle's spot on the depth chart.

Category: Transactions


The Chicago Bears have released Jermon Bushrod in the wake of a failed physical on Tuesday. (Source: Jeff Dickerson of ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: The long-time Chicago Bears' tackle will attempt to sign on with another team this offseason. With Bushrod's release, the Bears will be in the market for an offensive lineman this offseason.

Category: Transactions


Linebacker Shea McClellin (concussion) did not practice on Wednesday. (Source: ESPN Chicago)

Fantasy Impact: McClellin has been a great IDP starter the second half of the season. It will be unfortunate if he is not able to suit up on Sunday. If he plays, he is a LB2/LB3 in IDP leagues.


With the sudden release of veteran DT Jeremiah Ratliff last week, the Chicago Bears quickly added Ziggy Hood as a possible replacement in a corresponding move. He'll make his season debut on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Hood was placed on IR last month by Jacksonville due a foot injury. He was released recently and now he's set to take on a big role next to rookie NT Eddie Goldman and second-year DE Will Sutton. Former Packers DL Bruce Gaston and journeyman Mitch Unrein will see snaps as well. This is a big opportunity for the 28-year-old Hood, who was a 2009 first round pick. If he wants to stick around in this league then this audition is important. Pay attention to the new No. 90 in Chicago on Sunday.


The Bears cut defensive lineman Jeremiah (Jay) Ratliff on Thursday; a day after the defensive lineman was involved in multiple heated exchanges at Halas Hall. This move was somewhat of a surprise as the coaching staff highly regarded Ratliff as a player. They even named him as one of the center pieces of the defense in the offseason. Apparently Bears officials judged that Ratliff was not in a condition to work on Wednesday. When he was asked to leave, a heated argument ensued. He then came back to the facility twice more and had another altercation with GM, Ryan Pace. The Lake Forest police department were called onto the scene as a precaution after the incident seemed to die down. Pace and the Bears released Ratliff the following day. They replaced him by signing Ziggy Hood. (Source: Chicago Tribune)

Fantasy Impact: This is shocking. Ratliff had a great season in 2014. He was poised to have a good year this year and even have some fantasy value. However, his three game suspension eliminated any fantasy draft value Ratliff may have had in IDP leagues. His fantasy value dropped even more as rookie Eddie Goldman has shown he can anchor the defensive line. This move has no immediate impact in fantasy. It will be interesting if Ratliff finds a team quickly though. If he lands on the right team, he may add fantasy value to the DE playing next to him.

Category: Transactions


Sherrick McManis finished with his best performance as far as the stat sheet says. That said, he should not be happy that the Bears' secondary allowed over 400 passing yards to a struggling Lions team. McManis finished with seven tackles and one assist.

Fantasy Impact: McManis has shown flashes this season, but not as far as fantasy is concerned. He does not hold any IDP value. In fact, none of the Bears' secondary should be owned in IDP leagues. Too many more consistent DB options exist.

Category: Game Recaps


The Chicago Bears announced on Saturday that DL Ego Ferguson was placed on season-ending IR with a lingering knee injury. In a corresponding move, the team signed second-year DT Bruce Gaston off of Green Bay's practice squad. (Source: Chicago Bears on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Last year's second-round selection out of LSU, Ferguson made three tackles in the Bears' newly installed 3-4 defense. He was doubtful to play this week with the knee issue that has bothered him all season. The hope is he can come back healthy next year as we've seen knee problems really hurt 300-pound linemen often. Gaston had a tackle in two games for the rival Packers. He'll be active on Sunday in Detroit.

Category: Injury Updates


After posting two sacks last week in Seattle, Bears' defensive lineman Jarvis Jenkins picked up where he left off as he added a sack along with four tackles and a QB hit.

Fantasy Impact: Jenkins is playing on a one-year, prove-it deal and if he can keep up this solid play he'll be well on his way to earning a new deal with the Bears. He's one of the top lineman so far this season for Vic Fangio's unit.

Category: Game Recaps


The Bears continue their fire sale and waive fourth-round pick, Brock Vereen. (Source: Rich Campbell on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Vereen lost his starting job before Week 1 to rookie Adrian Amos. He has appeared in three games and has no statistics to show for it. Vereen has no fantasy value no matter what team he plays on.

Category: Transactions


Jon Bostic traded to Patriots

Tue, Sep 29th 4:36am EDT
By John Aubin

IND

Jon Bostic (ankle) was dealt to the Patriots on Monday, Field Yates of ESPN reports. Bostic missed the first three games of the season due to a high-ankle sprain, but with the Bears going win less in those outings, the organization decided to jettison both Bostic and Jared Allen (to Carolina). (Source: Field Yates on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Jon Bostic is a former second rounder in 2013 who has never lived up to expectations for the Bears. Bostic will give added depth to the Patriots linebacker corp but with Dont'a Hightower and Jerod Mayo ahead of him, do not expect Bostic to get on the field for the defense too often. If an injury was to occur, Bostic could get playing time and become fantasy relevant in IDP leagues.


Alan Ball and the Bears secondary had their best day of the year despite allowing a touchdown to Jimmy Graham. The defense was on the field often since the Bears' offense could not sustain drives, but the secondary looked decent. Ball played a part in that as he recorded five solo tackles, four assists, and a pass deflection in the end zone that stopped a possible touchdown.

Fantasy Impact: Alan Ball is not a guy worth owning in IDP leagues. He would not be starting for many other teams in the NFL. He has shown progress over the last two weeks, but too many better options exist.

Category: Game Recaps


Jared Allen was traded to the Carolina Panthers. He will be with team for Week 4. (Source: Chicago Tribune)

Fantasy Impact: Allen was out of place for the Bears and their 3-4 scheme. He should fit in better in Carolina, where they run a 4-3 system. He should move back to defensive end. His fantasy value should go up after the change.


Kyle Fuller was having a horribly awful game on Sunday. The coaching staff elected to bench him no matter what John Fox tells the media. Terrance Mitchell was the next man up and played just okay. He had a nice pass deflection near the end zone and also recorded a tackle.

Fantasy Impact: I would not be surprised if Kyle Fuller is starting for the Bears again next week. However, if he does not start playing better, Terrance Mitchell might have a chance to start. This does not mean you should run out and grab Mitchell. No one in this Bears secondary deserves a fantasy roster spot.

Category: Game Recaps


Per sources, third-year OLB David Bass has been waived by the Bears. Also, the Bears decided to part ways with QB Zac Dysert, DT Terry Williams, LB's Matthew Wells and Jonathan Anderson, WR's Ify Umodu and A.J. Cruz, TE Gannon Sinclair and OL Michael Ola, according to the Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs. (Source: Bears Backer)

Fantasy Impact: The release of Bass has to be the biggest surprise thus far for the Bears outside of Mason Foster on Friday night. Back in July, Bass said he believed playing at his new position, OLB, gave him a "better chance of making the team and be out there come game time" in an exclusive interview with Bears Backer. With plenty of upside, Bass should latch on somewhere else.


The Bears have informed fifth-year LB Mason Foster that he will be waived along with five other players including TE's Dante Rosario and Bear Pascoe, WR Rashad Lawrence, CB Qumain Black and LB Kyle Woestmann. (Source: Chicago Tribune)

Fantasy Impact: Even though Foster had four tackles, including two tackles for a loss and a sack in Thursday's night preseason finale it wasn't enough to keep Foster on the roster. The Bears will go younger behind starters Christian Jones and Shea McClellin. John Timu and Jonathan Anderson could be in line for spots while Jon Bostic could hang around as well. Expect Foster, a run stopping specialist to latch on somewhere.


According to Rich Campbell, the Bears have released Tim Jennings. Jennings counts for $6.75M against the Bears' 2015 cap; $1.5M more than if he made the team. (Source: Rich Campbell on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: It seemed like the writing was on the wall for Jennings when Tracy Porter started opposite Kyle Fuller in the third preseason game. Jennings constantly found himself letting up plays against the second string. Jennings will land with another team, but his fantasy value has greatly diminished.

Category: Transactions


Ryan Mundy skips practice

Thu, Aug 27th 1:43pm EDT
By Anthony Fashoda

Safety Ryan Mundy has been out practice for a few days and skipped practice on Thursday due to a hip injury with the third preseason game close. (Source: Jeff Dickerson via Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Mundy's absence due to injury is starting to cause concern for the Bears pass defense especially with the start of the season only two weeks away.


Bears cut DE Ray McDonald

Wed, May 27th 5:16pm EDT
By Jeff Krisko

Ray McDonald is involved in his third domestic violence or sexual assault case in the last year, and the Bears have cut him as a result.

Fantasy Impact: McDonald has much more important things to deal with than football. Given the atmosphere in the NFL surrounding domestic violence and his incredibly terrible off-field decisions, it's likely McDonald has played his last NFL down.

Category: Transactions


The 49ers have shown interest in the veteran linebacker, according to sources. Lance Briggs will bring much needed depth and a veteran presence to the defense. (Source: CSN Bay Area)

Fantasy Impact: If Briggs is brought on to San Francisco, he will be behind Bowman and Wilhoite. As of right now, he is off the IDP radar.


The Chicago Bears have placed linebacker D.J. Williams on Injured Reserve with a neck injury. (Source: Chicago Bears via Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Williams can be dropped in all leagues.


Linebacker Darryl Sharpton has been ruled out for Thursday night's game against the Dallas Cowboys. (Source: Chicago Bears via Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Sharpton didn't possess much fantasy value to begin with, so look for other options for rest of the year.


Chris Conte nabs another pick

Mon, Nov 24th 10:44am EST
By Austin Van Ryn

TB

Chris Conte had a pass defended, an interception and 4 solo tackles on Sunday versus the Buccaneers.

Fantasy Impact: Chris Conte is auditioning for a role on a new team next year. He would be worthy of starting if Josh McCown was airmailing passes to him all season. Since that's not possible, continue to look at other options.


Second year LB Khaseem Greene looks to be in line to start at weakside LB this Sunday versus Miami. Starter Lance Briggs has been ruled out and top reserve LB Jon Bostic is questionable. (Source: CSNChicago)

Fantasy Impact: Greene started in Week 6 against Atlanta and impressed by leading the team with 11 tackles. Last season when Briggs was out, Greene started 4 games as a rookie but struggled. Putting in some extra work this offseason seems to have improved Greene's tackling ability. If Greene starts in Week 7, he should have a high number tackles again making him an interesting LB3 play. Just remember, as soon as Briggs is healthy he will reclaim his starting job back.


The Bears are planning on placing starting CB Charles Tillman (triceps) on season-ending injured reserve according to sources. (Source: Adam Caplan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This is bad news for the Bears defense as his 36 interceptions with the team is the 3rd-most in Bears history. It will be hard for the Bears' secondary to lose a player of Tillman's caliber as well as the veteran leadership he brings. Until the Bears show that they can stop a team, they are not fantasy relevant.


Veteran safety Craig Steltz released by Chicago Bears (Source: ESPN Chicago)

Fantasy Impact: Steltz didn't have much fantasy value and he didn't provide much to the Bears' defense.


John Mullin of CSN is reporting that Ryan Mundy and Danny McCray are practicing as the Bears first-team safeties. (Source: John Mullin via Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Adrian Wilson is a five-time Pro-Bowl safety who has to prove he can stay healthy at his age. He had a solid performance in the first preseason game against the Eagles, however he is still practicing with the second string. If your league is drafting IDP and your draft is before the final depth charts, look at sure things like Eric Weddle, Eric Berry, or T.J. Ward. As of now Wilson has little to no draft value in IDP leagues.


Will Sutton waived by Bears

Thu, May 11th 5:57pm EDT
By Vincent Davis

MIN

DL Will Sutton was waived by the Bears on Thursday. (Source: Chicago Bears on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Bears finally let go of the DL they drafted in the 3rd round of 2014. In 3 seasons with the Bears, Sutton tallied 39 tackles and zero sacks. Sutton's lack of production has often been attributed to him playing in the wrong defensive system. I would expect Sutton to be picked up relatively quickly by a team that implements a 4-3 system which is more natural to Sutton.

Category: Transactions


Lineman Akiem Hicks added another sack in Sunday's game. He also finished with six tackles, four of which were solo, and a pass defense.

Fantasy Impact: Hicks has been playing well recently. With linebacker Leonard Floyd demanding so much attention, Hicks has been able to see a lot of action forced his way, allowing him to be a big factor on stopping plays.

Category: Game Recaps


Lineman Eddie Goldman finished Sunday's game with two tackles, both solo, and a sack on the quarterback.

Fantasy Impact: Goldman has been limited all year with an injury, so it was nice to see him contribute a sack in Sunday's victory.

Category: Game Recaps


The Bears defense could not stop the passing attack of Andrew Luck and T.Y. Hilton on Sunday, even though they got to the quarterback five times. One of the guys who sacked Luck was rookie Jonathan Bullard. This was Bullard's first career sack and he also recorded three solo tackles.

Fantasy Impact: Bullard had a great game, but he is not consistent enough for IDP leagues. Keep an eye on him as the rookie could earn more playing time and could develop into a decent pass rusher in Vic Fangio's system.

Category: Game Recaps


With Eddie Goldman (ankle) sidelined for a few weeks, Mitch Unrein did little to help his team stop the Cowboys' ground game. Unrein finished the night with zero solo tackles and four assisted tackles.

Fantasy Impact: Mitch Unrein is a good guy to have for depth, but he is not a standout player in the NFL. This is also why he has zero fantasy value. Even if you are in a full IDP league with 32-teams, there are still better options than Mitch Unrein to have on your roster.

Category: Game Recaps


With the sudden release of veteran DT Jeremiah Ratliff last week, the Chicago Bears quickly added Ziggy Hood as a possible replacement in a corresponding move. He'll make his season debut on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Hood was placed on IR last month by Jacksonville due a foot injury. He was released recently and now he's set to take on a big role next to rookie NT Eddie Goldman and second-year DE Will Sutton. Former Packers DL Bruce Gaston and journeyman Mitch Unrein will see snaps as well. This is a big opportunity for the 28-year-old Hood, who was a 2009 first round pick. If he wants to stick around in this league then this audition is important. Pay attention to the new No. 90 in Chicago on Sunday.


The Bears cut defensive lineman Jeremiah (Jay) Ratliff on Thursday; a day after the defensive lineman was involved in multiple heated exchanges at Halas Hall. This move was somewhat of a surprise as the coaching staff highly regarded Ratliff as a player. They even named him as one of the center pieces of the defense in the offseason. Apparently Bears officials judged that Ratliff was not in a condition to work on Wednesday. When he was asked to leave, a heated argument ensued. He then came back to the facility twice more and had another altercation with GM, Ryan Pace. The Lake Forest police department were called onto the scene as a precaution after the incident seemed to die down. Pace and the Bears released Ratliff the following day. They replaced him by signing Ziggy Hood. (Source: Chicago Tribune)

Fantasy Impact: This is shocking. Ratliff had a great season in 2014. He was poised to have a good year this year and even have some fantasy value. However, his three game suspension eliminated any fantasy draft value Ratliff may have had in IDP leagues. His fantasy value dropped even more as rookie Eddie Goldman has shown he can anchor the defensive line. This move has no immediate impact in fantasy. It will be interesting if Ratliff finds a team quickly though. If he lands on the right team, he may add fantasy value to the DE playing next to him.

Category: Transactions


The Chicago Bears announced on Saturday that DL Ego Ferguson was placed on season-ending IR with a lingering knee injury. In a corresponding move, the team signed second-year DT Bruce Gaston off of Green Bay's practice squad. (Source: Chicago Bears on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Last year's second-round selection out of LSU, Ferguson made three tackles in the Bears' newly installed 3-4 defense. He was doubtful to play this week with the knee issue that has bothered him all season. The hope is he can come back healthy next year as we've seen knee problems really hurt 300-pound linemen often. Gaston had a tackle in two games for the rival Packers. He'll be active on Sunday in Detroit.

Category: Injury Updates


After posting two sacks last week in Seattle, Bears' defensive lineman Jarvis Jenkins picked up where he left off as he added a sack along with four tackles and a QB hit.

Fantasy Impact: Jenkins is playing on a one-year, prove-it deal and if he can keep up this solid play he'll be well on his way to earning a new deal with the Bears. He's one of the top lineman so far this season for Vic Fangio's unit.

Category: Game Recaps


Jared Allen was traded to the Carolina Panthers. He will be with team for Week 4. (Source: Chicago Tribune)

Fantasy Impact: Allen was out of place for the Bears and their 3-4 scheme. He should fit in better in Carolina, where they run a 4-3 system. He should move back to defensive end. His fantasy value should go up after the change.


Bears cut DE Ray McDonald

Wed, May 27th 5:16pm EDT
By Jeff Krisko

Ray McDonald is involved in his third domestic violence or sexual assault case in the last year, and the Bears have cut him as a result.

Fantasy Impact: McDonald has much more important things to deal with than football. Given the atmosphere in the NFL surrounding domestic violence and his incredibly terrible off-field decisions, it's likely McDonald has played his last NFL down.

Category: Transactions


Linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski finished Sunday's game with five tackles, all of which were solo.

Fantasy Impact: Kwiatkoski has been stepping up of recent weeks, it's good to seem he can be relied upon when needed.

Category: Game Recaps


Linebacker Leonard Floyd was held in check on Sunday, not finishing with one tackle.

Fantasy Impact: Floyd has been dominant the last few weeks, so not seeing his name on the stat sheet is a surprise. However, Bears might have found a core player to build around on defense.

Category: Game Recaps


According Bears reporter Jeff Dickerson, Danny Trevathan has been placed on injured reserve after suffering a ruptured right patellar tendon in Sunday's Loss. (Source: Jeff Dickerson via Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Big loss for Bears on defense as Trevathan was one of the last healthy stars on that side of the ball.

Category: Injury Updates


Jerrell Freeman has been the most consistent performer on the Bears defense. He is constantly at the top of the tackles list and is hardly ever exposed. Unfortunately, his teammates are not as consistently good as the Bears lost in a bad way to Tampa Bay.

Fantasy Impact: Jerrell Freeman is a solid IDP option and if he is not owned I suggest grabbing him. He already has 81 combined tackles and 61 are solo. He is on pace for 108 solo tackles this season and a great asset to own in IDP leagues that reward heavy point totals for tackles.

Category: Game Recaps


Sam Acho only finished with one solo tackle and two assists. He also had a pass deflection. That said, he had two QB hits and created some pressure. His pass deflection could have been an easy touchdown if he hauled in the ball for an interception. Acho has been up and down throughout the year, but he looked better than his stat sheet.

Fantasy Impact: Sam Acho is not worth an add in IDP leagues. At this point he doesn't even deserve to be on the watch list. His play is inconsistent and so is his playing time. With the return of Pernell McPhee his snaps will likely decrease as well.

Category: Game Recaps


Coming off the PUP list, Pernell McPhee was given 19 snaps in his first game back. He did not make the stat sheet and looked rusty, but his knee looked to hold up.

Fantasy Impact: McPhee should be added to your watch list. He is not worth and add in IDP leagues until he starts seeing more opportunity. Once he is a full go, McPhee is worth an add in deep IDP leagues. Like Willie Young, he plays more of a defensive end role as a linebacker, which means less consistency.

Category: Game Recaps


Willie Young was coming off two monster performances. His stat sheet did not show a big game against the Packers, but he was constantly providing pressure on Aaron Rodgers. In fact, he caused the initial pressure that led to the Leonard Floyd strip-sack fumble for a touchdown. On paper, Young only finished with a solo tackle and a pass deflection.

Fantasy Impact: Young is only worth owning in deeper IDP leagues. He has a LB designation, but in this defense plays more like a defensive end. He can have big games, but also disappear on the stat sheet like he did in this one. If you need a bye week fill in, Young could be the guy to help for a week or two. Other than that, look for more consistency in your linebackers.

Category: Game Recaps


LB Christian Jones had yet to see the field much through two games, but on Sunday night he played a heavy dose of snaps.

Fantasy Impact: Sam Acho and Willie Young were the main OLB's with Leonard Floyd doing very little with his time on the field. Jones came in and made three tackles (two solo). We will see where he fits in here soon.

Category: Game Recaps


With Danny Trevathan (thumb) out, Nick Kwiatkoski got the start on Sunday night, but it was Jonathan Anderson who played a lot down the stretch.

Fantasy Impact: Anderson finished with three tackles (two solo) against Dallas and performed better this week than last. He is still young and as a depth piece behind Trevathan and Jerrell Freeman.

Category: Game Recaps


According to Mike Garafolo of NFL.com, Lamarr Houston has a torn ACL and is done for the season. (Source: Mike Garafolo via Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Houston was supposed to be one of the better players on the Bears defense this year. This is a big blow to a defense that has already been struggling.

Category: Injury Updates


Despite making three starts late last season, the Bears let go of John Timu on Saturday. (Source: Chicago Bears)

Fantasy Impact: Timu is a second-year ILB out of Washington. He went undrafted last season and did his best to hang around on the Bears' roster. He took poor angles in the preseason which cost him his roster spot. Timu still upside as a downhill hitter and should land on someone's practice squad.

Category: Transactions


Linebacker Shea McClellin (concussion) did not practice on Wednesday. (Source: ESPN Chicago)

Fantasy Impact: McClellin has been a great IDP starter the second half of the season. It will be unfortunate if he is not able to suit up on Sunday. If he plays, he is a LB2/LB3 in IDP leagues.


Jon Bostic traded to Patriots

Tue, Sep 29th 4:36am EDT
By John Aubin

IND

Jon Bostic (ankle) was dealt to the Patriots on Monday, Field Yates of ESPN reports. Bostic missed the first three games of the season due to a high-ankle sprain, but with the Bears going win less in those outings, the organization decided to jettison both Bostic and Jared Allen (to Carolina). (Source: Field Yates on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Jon Bostic is a former second rounder in 2013 who has never lived up to expectations for the Bears. Bostic will give added depth to the Patriots linebacker corp but with Dont'a Hightower and Jerod Mayo ahead of him, do not expect Bostic to get on the field for the defense too often. If an injury was to occur, Bostic could get playing time and become fantasy relevant in IDP leagues.


Per sources, third-year OLB David Bass has been waived by the Bears. Also, the Bears decided to part ways with QB Zac Dysert, DT Terry Williams, LB's Matthew Wells and Jonathan Anderson, WR's Ify Umodu and A.J. Cruz, TE Gannon Sinclair and OL Michael Ola, according to the Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs. (Source: Bears Backer)

Fantasy Impact: The release of Bass has to be the biggest surprise thus far for the Bears outside of Mason Foster on Friday night. Back in July, Bass said he believed playing at his new position, OLB, gave him a "better chance of making the team and be out there come game time" in an exclusive interview with Bears Backer. With plenty of upside, Bass should latch on somewhere else.


The Bears have informed fifth-year LB Mason Foster that he will be waived along with five other players including TE's Dante Rosario and Bear Pascoe, WR Rashad Lawrence, CB Qumain Black and LB Kyle Woestmann. (Source: Chicago Tribune)

Fantasy Impact: Even though Foster had four tackles, including two tackles for a loss and a sack in Thursday's night preseason finale it wasn't enough to keep Foster on the roster. The Bears will go younger behind starters Christian Jones and Shea McClellin. John Timu and Jonathan Anderson could be in line for spots while Jon Bostic could hang around as well. Expect Foster, a run stopping specialist to latch on somewhere.


The 49ers have shown interest in the veteran linebacker, according to sources. Lance Briggs will bring much needed depth and a veteran presence to the defense. (Source: CSN Bay Area)

Fantasy Impact: If Briggs is brought on to San Francisco, he will be behind Bowman and Wilhoite. As of right now, he is off the IDP radar.


The Chicago Bears have placed linebacker D.J. Williams on Injured Reserve with a neck injury. (Source: Chicago Bears via Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Williams can be dropped in all leagues.


Linebacker Darryl Sharpton has been ruled out for Thursday night's game against the Dallas Cowboys. (Source: Chicago Bears via Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Sharpton didn't possess much fantasy value to begin with, so look for other options for rest of the year.


Second year LB Khaseem Greene looks to be in line to start at weakside LB this Sunday versus Miami. Starter Lance Briggs has been ruled out and top reserve LB Jon Bostic is questionable. (Source: CSNChicago)

Fantasy Impact: Greene started in Week 6 against Atlanta and impressed by leading the team with 11 tackles. Last season when Briggs was out, Greene started 4 games as a rookie but struggled. Putting in some extra work this offseason seems to have improved Greene's tackling ability. If Greene starts in Week 7, he should have a high number tackles again making him an interesting LB3 play. Just remember, as soon as Briggs is healthy he will reclaim his starting job back.


Safety Demontre Hurst finished Sunday's game with five tackles, all of which were solo, and a sack.

Fantasy Impact: Hurst had a productive Sunday, we'll see if he can continue on from this performance.

Category: Game Recaps


Cre'Von LeBlanc finished Sunday's game with seven tackles, all solo, and a pass defense.

Fantasy Impact: LeBlanc has stepped up the last two weeks for the Bears DST. He is trying to prove he has a spot on this defense for future years.

Category: Game Recaps


Cornerback Bryce Callahan finished Sunday's game with four tackles, all of which were solo, plus a pass defense.

Fantasy Impact: Callahan seemed to be all over the field on Sunday. If it wasn't teammate Cre'Von LeBlanc involved on a play, it seemed like Callahan was.

Category: Game Recaps


Harold Jones-Quartey had another big game on Sunday, finishing with six total tackles, all of which were solo.

Fantasy Impact: Jones-Quartey has been playing very well in the second half of the season. He is young and could have a future with the Bears defense.

Category: Game Recaps


Tracy Porter was limited in Wednesday's practice while he is recovering from a knee injury. (Source: Chicago Bears Injury Report)

Fantasy Impact: Porter slipped and fell on the go-ahead touchdown during Chicago's loss last week and limited practice on a short week is not good news for the Bears' defense.

Category: Injury Updates


Deiondre' Hall did not practice today since he is recovering from an ankle injury. (Source: Chicago Bears Injury Report)

Fantasy Impact: Deiondre' Hall not practicing on a short week is definitely not a good sign for the Chicago defense. It is especially not a good sign when they are going up against a struggling, but potentially explosive Green Bay offense.

Category: Injury Updates


The Bears lost another close game that they should have won. The defense played well for most of the game, but let up a huge play in the fourth quarter to fall behind 16-17. Adrian Amos had a quiet day on the stat sheet. He finished with three solo tackles and a pass deflection.

Fantasy Impact: Amos is only usable in deeper IDP leagues. His tackle numbers have taken a dip from last season, but he has still played good football most the year. Without the tackle numbers he is nothing more than a bye week filler in most leagues.

Category: Game Recaps


Jacoby Glenn was picked on often, but then again everyone in the secondary struggled on Sunday. Glenn finished with five tackles, two assists and a pass deflection. He also forced a fumble on a long completion to Terrance Williams that led to the Bears first touchdown of the night.

Fantasy Impact: Glenn has been asked to do more early this season than the coaching staff had hoped. He will be targeted against often which could give him decent tackle numbers, but he is not worth owning in fantasy at this point.

Category: Game Recaps


The Bears attempted to upgrade their cornerback unit with K'Waun Williams on Tuesday. But after being claimed, he failed his physical on Wednesday. The player who was cut to make room for him, Kevin Peterson, tells me that he is back with the team. (Source: Bears Backer)

Fantasy Impact: With the Bears' top three cornerbacks Tracy Porter, Kyle Fuller and Bryce Callahan all injured that leaves Jacoby Glenn, Demontre Hurst, Deiondre' Hall, De'Vante Bausby, Taveze Calhoun, Sherrick McManis and Peterson as the only healthy corners right now. Don't rule out Peterson's chances yet even as an undrafted rookie.

Category: Transactions


Third-years Bears CB Kyle Fuller already didn't make the trip to New England due to a knee injury. On Thursday, WGN Radio's Adam Hoge reported that Fuller is not expected to play the rest of the preseason. with the hope that he'll be back for Week 1 in Houston. (Source: Adam Hoge on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Fuller hasn't been consistent through two seasons, but the Bears are awfully thin at the CB position behind veteran Tracy Porter. Porter himself is always a question mark to make it through a full season. For now, the Bears will have to manage with fourth round rookie Deiondre' Hall, nickelbacks Bryce Callahan and Demontre Hurst and youngsters De'Vante Bausby and Jacoby Glenn. Luckily it's the preseason, but Fuller's knee could be worse than we know right now. This isn't a good situation for him or this secondary.

Category: Injury Updates


The Bears had their first of three joint practices with the New England Patriots in Foxborough on Monday. Second-year man De'Vante Bausby is going to see a lot of time this week with the first team with Kyle Fuller (knee) failing to make the trip. (Source: Chicago Sun-Times)

Fantasy Impact: On Monday, Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo completed a TD pass to seventh round pick WR Devin Lucien. Bausby was picked on three times on that drive according to Sun-Times beat reporter Patrick Finley. Bausby is a depth piece at this point. He needs good tape to stick around.


The Chicago Bears have released veteran safety Antrel Rolle on Sunday in the wake of selecting safeties Deon Bush and DeAndre Houston-Carson in the later rounds of the NFL Draft. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Chicago Bears released Antrel Rolle on Sunday after one season with the team. The Bears are clearly attempting to go with a younger player to fill the void since they selected two safeties in the draft this past weekend. Newcomers DeAndre Houston-Carson and Deon Bush will likely compete for Rolle's spot on the depth chart.

Category: Transactions


Sherrick McManis finished with his best performance as far as the stat sheet says. That said, he should not be happy that the Bears' secondary allowed over 400 passing yards to a struggling Lions team. McManis finished with seven tackles and one assist.

Fantasy Impact: McManis has shown flashes this season, but not as far as fantasy is concerned. He does not hold any IDP value. In fact, none of the Bears' secondary should be owned in IDP leagues. Too many more consistent DB options exist.

Category: Game Recaps


The Bears continue their fire sale and waive fourth-round pick, Brock Vereen. (Source: Rich Campbell on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Vereen lost his starting job before Week 1 to rookie Adrian Amos. He has appeared in three games and has no statistics to show for it. Vereen has no fantasy value no matter what team he plays on.

Category: Transactions


Alan Ball and the Bears secondary had their best day of the year despite allowing a touchdown to Jimmy Graham. The defense was on the field often since the Bears' offense could not sustain drives, but the secondary looked decent. Ball played a part in that as he recorded five solo tackles, four assists, and a pass deflection in the end zone that stopped a possible touchdown.

Fantasy Impact: Alan Ball is not a guy worth owning in IDP leagues. He would not be starting for many other teams in the NFL. He has shown progress over the last two weeks, but too many better options exist.

Category: Game Recaps


Kyle Fuller was having a horribly awful game on Sunday. The coaching staff elected to bench him no matter what John Fox tells the media. Terrance Mitchell was the next man up and played just okay. He had a nice pass deflection near the end zone and also recorded a tackle.

Fantasy Impact: I would not be surprised if Kyle Fuller is starting for the Bears again next week. However, if he does not start playing better, Terrance Mitchell might have a chance to start. This does not mean you should run out and grab Mitchell. No one in this Bears secondary deserves a fantasy roster spot.

Category: Game Recaps


According to Rich Campbell, the Bears have released Tim Jennings. Jennings counts for $6.75M against the Bears' 2015 cap; $1.5M more than if he made the team. (Source: Rich Campbell on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: It seemed like the writing was on the wall for Jennings when Tracy Porter started opposite Kyle Fuller in the third preseason game. Jennings constantly found himself letting up plays against the second string. Jennings will land with another team, but his fantasy value has greatly diminished.

Category: Transactions


Ryan Mundy skips practice

Thu, Aug 27th 1:43pm EDT
By Anthony Fashoda

Safety Ryan Mundy has been out practice for a few days and skipped practice on Thursday due to a hip injury with the third preseason game close. (Source: Jeff Dickerson via Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Mundy's absence due to injury is starting to cause concern for the Bears pass defense especially with the start of the season only two weeks away.


Chris Conte nabs another pick

Mon, Nov 24th 10:44am EST
By Austin Van Ryn

TB

Chris Conte had a pass defended, an interception and 4 solo tackles on Sunday versus the Buccaneers.

Fantasy Impact: Chris Conte is auditioning for a role on a new team next year. He would be worthy of starting if Josh McCown was airmailing passes to him all season. Since that's not possible, continue to look at other options.


The Bears are planning on placing starting CB Charles Tillman (triceps) on season-ending injured reserve according to sources. (Source: Adam Caplan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This is bad news for the Bears defense as his 36 interceptions with the team is the 3rd-most in Bears history. It will be hard for the Bears' secondary to lose a player of Tillman's caliber as well as the veteran leadership he brings. Until the Bears show that they can stop a team, they are not fantasy relevant.


Veteran safety Craig Steltz released by Chicago Bears (Source: ESPN Chicago)

Fantasy Impact: Steltz didn't have much fantasy value and he didn't provide much to the Bears' defense.


John Mullin of CSN is reporting that Ryan Mundy and Danny McCray are practicing as the Bears first-team safeties. (Source: John Mullin via Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Adrian Wilson is a five-time Pro-Bowl safety who has to prove he can stay healthy at his age. He had a solid performance in the first preseason game against the Eagles, however he is still practicing with the second string. If your league is drafting IDP and your draft is before the final depth charts, look at sure things like Eric Weddle, Eric Berry, or T.J. Ward. As of now Wilson has little to no draft value in IDP leagues.