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Chicago Bears

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Barring any setback, receiver Markus Wheaton is due to make his season debut on Sunday against his former team, the Pittsburgh Steelers. He has been held out due to a finger injury. (Source: ESPN Chicago)

Fantasy Impact: Wheaton should step in as a primary receiving option for quarterback Mike Glennon. However, given he has not played a game snap yet, be careful plugging him in fantasy lineups, not sure what to expect against a pretty good Steelers defense.


Receiver Kendall Wright was limited with a shoulder injury during Wednesday's practice. (Source: Brad Biggs via Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: If Wright cannot play, it is a another blow to the already-depleted Bears receiving depth. Luckily teammate Markus Wheaton might be ready to play if Wright cannot. Follow Wright's status closely this week.


Given teammate Nick Kwiatkoski did not practice on Wednesday due to a believed torn pec, Christian Jones should be next man up to replace the injured linebacker. (Source: Brad Biggs via Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Jones filled in during last Sunday's game against the Buccaneers when Kwiatkoski left the game and finished with six total tackles. Consider Jones a LB4 with much upside, in IDP leagues, as the Bears figure to be on defense a lot again.


According to Bears reporter Brad Biggs, linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski did not practice on Wednesday due to a pec injury. Although unconfirmed, it is believed he tore his pec in last Sunday's loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. (Source: Brad Biggs via Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Given Kwiatkoski was already playing for teammate Jerrel Freeman due to his season ending injury, the Bears linebacker depth is getting pretty thin. The next man up should be Christian Jones, who has proven to be a viable replacement, should Kwiatkoski miss the next game.


Tarik Cohen caught eight of his nine targets out of the backfield for 55 yards to go with a paltry 13 yards on seven carries against the Buccaneers on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Cohen, while not looking good, looked much better than Jordan Howard on Sunday. Howard was also seen wearing a sling after the game and had been battling a shoulder injury. If he has to miss any time, Cohen should instantly become an RB2, and will continue to have value and eat into Howard's workload even if the latter remains healthy.

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Jordan Howard rushed nine times on Sunday for a total of seven yards while not catching any passes out of the backfield. He had his arm in a sling after the game and didn't talk to reporters.

Fantasy Impact: Howard, who was drafted in the first round of most drafts this season, has been a major disappointment thus far in 2017. With the anemic Bears offense not looking likely to improve, you should be very worried about his season-long usage as Tarik Cohen will continue to eat in to his production. Monitor his injury news this week, as Howard was questionable coming into the game with a shoulder injury, and obviously did not look good after the game.

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Connor Barth did not have a single field goal attempt during Sunday's game against the Buccaneers. He hit his lone extra point attempt on the day.

Fantasy Impact: The Bears offense simply isn't good enough to provide Barth with many opportunities. He is not fantasy-relevant at this stage.

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Deonte Thompson caught four of his five targets for 57 yards and a touchdown in the Bears' Week 2 loss against the Buccaneers.

Fantasy Impact: Thompson's touchdown came at the very end of the game, so his line isn't quite as exciting as it seems. But still, Thompson, along with Kendall Wright and Josh Bellamy, was very involved all game. Expect him to be a low-end WR4 at best going forward, until fantasy owners can figure out who Mike Glennon's favorite target is.

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Josh Bellamy caught four of his seven targets for 51 yards on Sunday against the Buccaneers.

Fantasy Impact: Bellamy became heavily involved in Week 2 with Kevin White being lost for the season, and certainly had a respectable line. But the Bears offense looked out of sorts all day, and it's certainly not a team to target for fantasy production. Bellamy isn't fantasy-relevant in anything other than very deep leagues right now, but monitor him to see if he and Mike Glennon can establish a strong connection going forward.

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Zach Miller had six receptions for 42 yards on nine targets against the Bucs on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Miller now has two straight games with five or more targets and 35-plus receiving yards. He might not have a ton of touchdown upside playing for a horrible team, but he should continue to see a lot of opportunities come his way. With the lack of receiving options on the Chicago roster, Miller should be able to provide a decent floor for fantasy purposes.

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Mike Glennon completed 31 of 45 pass attempts for 301 yards with one touchdown, two interceptions, and one fumble lost on Sunday against the Bucs.

Fantasy Impact: This was an abysmal outing by Glennon, as all three of his turnovers occurred in the first half. On his first interception he threw into triple coverage to a tight end who was not even expecting the ball. He was able to make his stats look respectable by racking up numbers during garbage time. A couple of more starts like this and Glennon will not last much longer as the Bears starting quarterback.

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Receiver Tanner Gentry was elevated to active roster today as teammate Kevin White was place on Injured Reserve. (Source: ESPN Chicago)

Fantasy Impact: Gentry is a fast, dynamic player who has big-play upside. With only a handful of receiving options, Gentry is bound to see the field sooner rather than later. He is worth a stash in deep leagues due to his potential.


Bears inside linebacker Jerrell Freeman has been placed on IR with a pectoral injury. (Source: Brad Biggs via Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Bears expected solid production from Freeman who signed a three-year, $12 million contract last year. Nick Kwiatkoski should see the biggest uptick in playing time.

Category: Injury Updates


Kevin White placed on IR

Mon, Sep 11th 4:28pm EDT
By Anthony Cervino

CHI

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting the Chicago Bears have placed wide receiver Kevin White (scapula) on the injured reserve list. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: White suffered a fractured scapula Sunday against the Falcons, which will likely end his season. He was placed on IR Monday but would likely be available to return toward the end of the season if he is eligible for short-term IR and if his health cooperates as well. However, since White has only appeared in five games in his injury-shortened three-year career, it is highly unlikely that we see him again in 2017.

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The Chicago Bears lost 23-17 on Sunday to the Falcons, but their defense and special teams played fairly well. The defense recorded two sacks thanks to Akiem Hicks. A breakdown in coverage led to an 88-yard touchdown catch by Austin Hooper. They also failed to record a turnover.

Fantasy Impact: The Bears defense should get better as the season goes on. The defensive backfield is practically all new faces. This team is not a DST worth owning outright, but they will make for a solid streaming option as the season progresses.

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The Bears fought hard and played a close game against the defending NFC Champions. Despite losing to the Falcons 23-17, Chicago had some solid output. Michael Burton saw one carry out of the backfield and turned the play into a seven-yard gain.

Fantasy Impact: Burton does not hold any fantasy value. He plays as a full back and will not see more than one carry per game.

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With a new contract extension, lineman Akiem Hicks came up big on Sunday against Atlanta Falcons. He finished with three solo tackles and two sacks.

Fantasy Impact: Hicks proved why he was worth his contract extension. He is a dominant lineman for the Bears, so consider him a DL2 in IDP leagues.

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Marcus Cooper finished Sunday's game with four solo tackles and a pass defense.

Fantasy Impact: Cooper played well in his situation. Look for him to continue to make strides on defense.

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Kyle Fuller finished Sunday's game against Atlanta Falcons with six tackles, five of which were solo, and a pass defense.

Fantasy Impact: Fuller had the best day amongst all the Bears defense backs. He must play to the top of his game if this defense wants to stop the passing attacks from opponents.

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Linebacker Leonard Floyd finished Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons with four tackles, three of which were solo, plus a pass defense.

Fantasy Impact: Floyd is supposed to take a big step forward this year coming off an injury-filled 2016. This game was not his best, but it is only Week 1.

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