Chicago Bears

NFC North

New head coach Matt Nagy went on record during the Bears mini-camp saying, "Forget about the whys of what happened. What matters is about right now. He’s young. He has a big ceiling." (Source: Chicago Tribune)

Fantasy Impact: If you can close your eyes for a moment, you can likely picture thousands of Bears fans rolling their eyes after they've been continually told that White "has a high ceiling." But if you take a step back and look at it - there's a reason he was the No. 7 pick in the draft. His size/speed combination is something that cannot be taught, though you have to wonder if he lost some of his burst with the lower-body injuries. The odds are stacked against him after playing just five games in his first three seasons, but if there's anyone who gets another shot, it's a former top-10 pick. Playing opposite Allen Robinson, the pressure is now off White to become the franchise player, but rather someone who simply contributes to the franchise.

Category: Rumors

ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting that the Bears will not match the Saints' offer sheet to restricted free agent Cameron Meredith, meaning he will be on the Saints roster in 2018.

Fantasy Impact: This has pretty big fantasy implications, as Meredith is going to play with Drew Brees in the "big-slot" role for the Saints, a role that used to be occupied by Marques Colston. It seems he'll have to compete with Willie Snead, but after signing a two-year, $10 million deal, we're banking on him taking the job. Don't forget that the Saints did exactly what the Bears did with Snead, putting an original-round tender on the former undrafted free agent. It shows how much they valued him and the signing of Meredith further confirms this. Prior to tearing multiple ligaments in the preseason last year, Meredith excelled in the slot role for the Bears, totaling 888 yards and four touchdowns on just 97 targets. Surrounded by playmakers on the Saints offense, it's unrealistic to think Meredith is a weekly fantasy option, but he's someone to target in the late rounds of best-ball leagues.

Category: Transactions, Rumors

Restricted free agent wideout Josh Bellamy signed his tender and will return to the Chicago Bears on a one-year, $1.9 million dollar contract. (Source: Chicago Tribune via Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Bellamy actually played 539 total snaps for the injury-marred Bears last season and caught a career-best 24 passes for 376 yards. With newly-signed Allen Robinson and Taylor Gabriel in the fold, the soon-to-be 29-year-old Bellamy will struggle to get on the field as Chicago's WR4, but has a chance to make an impact on special teams, where he played 101 snaps in 2017. Bellamy essentially has no fantasy value, even in dynasty leagues.

Category: Transactions

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting that the Arizona Cardinals have agreed to terms with quarterback Mike Glennon on a two-year deal worth $8 million. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: We knew this was in the works once the Bears released him, but what does this do to the Cardinals prospects of drafting a quarterback in the first-round? With Sam Bradford guaranteed $15 million and the unnecessary signing of Glennon for two years when there likely wouldn't have been any competition, the Cardinals may wait another year to address the position. We find it hard to believe that Bradford is going to stay upright behind the Cardinals makeshift offensive line, so we may actually see Glennon throwing a football again in 2018.

Category: Transactions

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting that the Bears have placed the transition tag on cornerback Kyle Fuller. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It's not a bad move by the Bears, who have tons of cap space. What it means is that the Bears can match any offer that Fuller gets on the open market. It's unlikely Fuller would get more than $14.2 million per year on the open market, which is what the franchise tag number is for cornerbacks. The transition tag guarantees Fuller $12.9 million, which isn't bad, either. It seems that the Bears are trying to go a direction other than cornerback with their first-round selection in the NFL Draft.

Category: Transactions

Dontrelle Inman hauled in five of 10 targets for 94 yards on Sunday against the Vikings.

Fantasy Impact: After making himself into a fantasy-relevant wide receiver after coming over to the Bears, Inman largely disappeared until having a shockingly good game against a tough Vikings defense. Inman is an unrestricted free agent in 2018, and has shown that he has the tools to succeed in the right situation.

Category: Game Recaps

Kendall Wright caught five of his eight targets for just 29 yards on Sunday against the Vikings.

Fantasy Impact: Wright was briefly relevant in fantasy leagues but for the most part fell outside of the WR3 discussion. An unrestricted free agent, Wright will hopefully find himself in a better spot next year, on a team that will better use his talents.

Category: Game Recaps

Tarik Cohen rushed three times for 13 yards and caught six passes for 14 yards on Sunday against the Vikings.

Fantasy Impact: Cohen started off the season strong before seeing fewer and fewer touches as the season wore on. He has an explosive play-making ability, and should hopefully be more involved next year with a new head coach.

Category: Game Recaps

Jordan Howard rushed nine times for nine yards and caught one pass for five yards on Sunday against the Vikings.

Fantasy Impact: This was obviously a poor way to end his fantasy season, but Howard did fine work as a whole playing through injury against mostly stacked boxes. Expect the Bears offense to open up next season under a new head coach and with another year under Mitchell Trubisky's belt, which will probably mean good things for the young running back.

Category: Game Recaps

Mitchell Trubisky completed 20 of 36 pass attempts for 178 yards on Sunday against the Vikings.

Fantasy Impact: Trubisky didn't turn the ball over, but that's about the only positive takeaway for him from the game. He ends his rookie campaign with nine total touchdowns and seven interceptions, largely playing to a conservative gameplan. But he showed a lot of poise and skill and could be a breakout candidate next season.

Category: Game Recaps

Chicago Bears TE Adam Shaheen (chest) is officially inactive for Week 17. (Source: Chris Emma on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Missing his third straight game with a chest injury, Shaheen will sit for the season finale Sunday against the Vikings. A fantasy irrelevant Dion Sims will handle the Bears' TE duties for Week 17.

Category: Injury Updates

Dion Sims caught his only target for nine yards against the Lions.

Fantasy Impact: Sims saw more game-action because of Adam Shaheen's injury but obviously wasn't at all involved in the offense. If Shaheen misses next week, too, then Sims will have to be at least in the discussion of a potential streaming option against a Cleveland defense that simply can't defend tight ends.

Category: Game Recaps

Akiem Hicks finished Saturday's game against the Detroit Lions with four tackles, three of which were solo, plus a sack.

Fantasy Impact: Hicks returned to his dominance on Saturday, contributing yet again another sack. Consider Hicks a DL1 option for IDP leagues.

Category: Game Recaps

Nick Kwiatkoski finished Saturday's game against the Detroit Lions with eight tackles, six of which were solo.

Fantasy Impact: Kwiatkoski turned in a good performance on Saturday. Consider him a LB4 for deep IDP leagues.

Category: Game Recaps

Eddie Jackson finished Saturday's game against the Detroit Lions with eight total tackles, seven of which were solo, plus a fumble recovery.

Fantasy Impact: Jackson has really thrived the last few weeks, the rookie is coming in to his own. Consider him a DB3 for IDP leagues.

Category: Game Recaps

Markus Wheaton finished Saturday's game against the Detroit Lions with two catches for 42 yards.

Fantasy Impact: Wheaton finally made an impact on the Bears offense, but too little too late as he's been a major disappointment all season. He is not worth owning in fantasy leagues.

Category: Game Recaps

The Chicago Bears D/ST had three sacks and forced two turnovers in Sunday's surprising blowout victory over the Bengals.

Fantasy Impact: The Bears D/ST has been a better real life defense than fantasy, but they surprising held the Bengals to just 234 yards of total offense and just seven points. The Bears D/ST have a tough match-up next week against Detroit, but could have sneaky streaming potential championship week with a matchup against the turnover prone Cleveland Browns. Just don't count on them as your number one option.

Category: Game Recaps

Daniel Brown had two receptions for nine yards against the Bengals.

Fantasy Impact: Brown is used sparingly by the Bears, as he only played on 19 of 76 (25%) offensive plays for the Bears on Sunday. He can be left alone in fantasy.

Category: Game Recaps

Prince Amukamara finished Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals with six solo tackles and a defended pass.

Fantasy Impact: Amukamara has been reliable the last few weeks, posting a consistent number of tackles weekly. He should be considered a DB4 for deep IDP leagues.

Category: Game Recaps

Danny Trevathan finished Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals with 10 tackles, four of which were solo, plus a defended pass.

Fantasy Impact: Trevathan is the number one linebacker for the Chicago Bears, he should be owned and started in all IDP leagues.

Category: Game Recaps