Chicago Bears

NFC North

Speaking on SiriusXM NFL Radio, Tarik Cohen said he doesn't expect his role in the Bears offense to change this season. (Source: SiriuxXM NFL Radio on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Chicago overhauled their backfield a bit this off-season, trading away Jordan Howard while bringing in veteran Mike Davis and rookie David Montgomery. Bears coach Matt Nagy is creative enough to put Cohen in positions to succeed even on limited touches, but it's possible Davis and Montgomery steal some work. Cohen totaled over 1,000 yards and eight touchdowns as a 23-year-old last year.

Bears coach Matt Nagy says he feels good about Trey Burton being ready for the start of training camp. (Source: Jeff Dickerson on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Nagy added that he can't 100% guarantee Burton will be ready after undergoing sports-hernia surgery this off-season, however. If he's healthy entering 2019 Burton could be a post-hype sleeper. His health will be a situation to monitor this summer.

Category: Injury Updates

Bears coach Matt Nagy praised the route-running skills of rookie RB David Montgomery. “We always knew he had great hands. You don’t know how great of a route runner a college back is, but he’s a really good route runner. . . . This kid can’t wait. [Neither can] Mike Davis and these other backs. They want to put the pads on.” (Source: Chicago Sun Times)

Fantasy Impact: The Bears moved up in the third round to draft Montgomery, and there are signs that he could move into the role vacated by Jordan Howard. And then if Montgomery takes on more passing-game work as well he could really carry RB1 upside. This wouldn't be great news for Tarik Cohen, either. At Montomgery's current ranking of RB29 among our experts, he provides a lot of value potential entering the new season.

Jordan Howard traded to Eagles

Thu, Mar 28th 8:34pm EDT
By Brendan Tuma

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports the Bears have traded Jordan Howard to the Eagles for a sixth-round pick in 2020. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Schefter adds the deal could eventually become a fifth-round pick. Howard was a poor fit for coach Matt Nagy’s offense last year and there have been reports all off-season the Bears were looking to trade him. Philadelphia is an interesting landing spot for him considering it’s a good offense, but he still offers nothing in the passing game. Meanwhile the recently signed Mike Davis is set up for a bigger role in Chicago.

Category: Transactions

Josh Bellamy signs with Jets

Tue, Mar 12th 8:21am EDT
By Blaine Blontz

Josh Bellamy has signed with the New York Jets.

Fantasy Impact: Bellamy was the Bears' No. 4 WR last season, and he was used mostly on special teams. That role doesn't figure to change much with the Jets in 2019, keeping the 30-year-old Bellamy off the fantasy radar.

Category: Transactions

Matt Nagy has been named the Associated Press 2018 coach of the year.

Fantasy Impact: His defensive coordinator Vic Fangio (now the Broncos head coach) won assistant of the year. Nagy led Chicago to 12 wins and a surprising division title in 2018 despite the limitations of quarterback Mitch Trubisky.

Chicago Bears tight end Adam Shaheen caught three passes for 13 yards in the team's loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Shaheen caught just five passes for 48 yards and a touchdown during the season, but he took on a bigger role on Sunday with Trey Burton missing the game after being added to the injury report late in the week with a groin injury.

Category: Game Recaps

Bears safety Eddie Jackson was active for Sunday’s playoff game against the Eagles but never took a snap in the heartbreaking 16-15 loss. Deon Bush got the start in his place. (Source: ProFootballTalk)

Fantasy Impact: Jackson explained after the game that he just wasn’t ready to play at the level he’s used to. “I didn’t want to go out there and not be able to perform to the level that I can, that I know I can,” Jackson said, via NBC Sports Chicago. “So there was no point to going out there and having a bad game to hurt the team. That was just the biggest thing, don’t go out there and try to be a superhero, you can’t perform, you hurt the team giving up big plays and stuff like that. But the s–t sucks, man, It sucks. We fought this hard, do everything to come this far and — it’s football, man.” Jackson will now have plenty of time to get healthy before the start of offseason workouts.

Category: Injury Updates

Cody Parkey converted 3-of-4 field goal tries in the Bears' 16-15 round one loss to the Eagles.

Fantasy Impact: Parkey missed a 43-yarder that would've won the game with under 10 seconds left. He initially made the kick but was iced by Eagles coach Doug Pederson. Parkey's next attempt was tipped, but that didn't stop Bears fans from booing him as he left the field. It was a tough end to a great year for the Bears.

Category: Game Recaps

Anthony Miller hauled in three catches for 34 yards in Week 18 as the Bears lost to the Eagles 16-15.

Fantasy Impact: The 24-year-old was the subject of a controversial no-catch call that could've changed the game entirely. Still, it was a productive rookie year for Miller. He finished the regular season with 33 catches for 423 receiving yards and seven touchdowns. He'll be a back-end PPR option in 2019 fantasy drafts.

Category: Game Recaps

Taylor Gabriel rushed once for 20 yards and caught four passes for 37 yards in the Bears' 16-15 wild card loss to the Eagles.

Fantasy Impact: Gabriel had a nice first year with the Bears by setting career highs in catches (67) and yards (688). The issue is he scored just twice during the regular season. He'll be a late round flier in early 2019 fantasy drafts.

Category: Game Recaps

Allen Robinson caught 10 passes for 143 yards and a touchdown as the Bears fell to the Eagles 16-15 in round one of the NFL playoffs.

Fantasy Impact: This was Robinson's best game as a Bear this year. The score was his first since Week 10. Robinson had a good year considering he was coming off ACL surgery, but he wound up with just five touchdowns. He's someone who could take another step in the right direction in 2019.

Category: Game Recaps

Mitch Trubisky completed 26-of-43 pass attempts for 303 yards and one touchdown as the Bears lost to the Eagles 16-15 on wild card weekend.

Fantasy Impact: Trubisky had his usual amount of head scratching throws in this one but surprisingly didn't turn the ball over. The 24-year-old relied on Allen Robinson versus Philly, who caught 10 passes for 143 yards and a score. Trubisky played much better in 2018 than he did in 2017. He'll likely begin next year as a low-end QB1 option in fantasy due to Matt Nagy's play calling as well as his rushing upside.

Category: Game Recaps

Roquan Smith ended Sunday's win over the Vikings with six total tackles, four being solo efforts.

Fantasy Impact: Smith had an explosive rookie regular season finishing with 122 total tackles, five sacks, and one interception. Smith finished number one on the team in total tackles. He is an LB1 in all formats and is a top target in dynasty leagues.

Category: Game Recaps

Akiem Hicks racked up three total tackles and 1.5 sacks during Sunday's 24-10 win over the Vikings.

Fantasy Impact: Hicks ends the regular season with 55 total tackles, 7.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, and a touchdown. He is a DL1 in most formats and should be a top priority in IDP leagues with a DT roster spot.

Category: Game Recaps

Eddie Goldman finished Sunday's win over the Vikings with three total tackles and his third sack of the regular season.

Fantasy Impact: Goldman finished the regular season with 39 total tackles and three sacks for the Bears. In most formats, he can probably be kept on waivers.

Category: Game Recaps

Bilal Nichols finished Sunday's win over the Vikings with two solo tackles and his third sack for his rookie season.

Fantasy Impact: Nichols put up an impressive rookie campaign finishing the regular season with 28 total tackles, three sacks, and two forced fumbles. In dynasty leagues with deep benches, Nichols is worth a stash. He could be a bright star for the Bears dominate defense for seasons to come.

Category: Game Recaps

Kevin White had three targets in Week 17 and convert one of them into a 22-yard reception during the 24-10 win over the Vikings.

Fantasy Impact: White got in some work with Allen Robinson out and Anthony Miller leaving the game early. White ends the regular season with four receptions for 92 yards.

Category: Game Recaps

With Allen Robinson out and Anthony Miller leaving the game early, Javon Wims got more action on Sunday and posted four receptions for 32 yards on four targets during the Bears win.

Fantasy Impact: It was Wims first receptions of his career. Depending on the injury status of Robinson and Miller heading into next week's playoff game against the Eagles, Wims could be active and a part of the offense again.

Category: Game Recaps

Khalil Mack finished Sunday's 14-9 win over the 49ners with five total tackles.

Fantasy Impact: Mack is still a massive force for the Bears and for IDP owners lucky enough to own him. Keep rolling him out weekly and draft him early in dynasty formats. Mack is currently eighth on the team in total tackles with 47 through Week 16. He currently has 12.5 sacks for the season.

Category: Game Recaps