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The Chicago Bears selected RB Trestan Ebner with the No. 203 pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.

Fantasy Impact: After a solid career at Baylor, Ebner will bring his versatile skillset to Chicago. He was underwhelming as a runner, but thrived in a receiving role where he could earn some reps. David Montgomery will certainly be the main guy, but after last year's sixth round pick, Khalil Herbert, was able to get some important reps, it will be interesting to see if Ebner can do the same.

Category: Transactions

The Chicago Bears have selected wide receiver Velus Jones with the No. 71 overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.

Fantasy Impact: The Chicago Bears add some more speed to their wideout corps with Velus Jones. Jones can play inside or outside and is a threat once the ball is in his hands. He is an older rookie who was selected as much for his dynamic special teams ability as he was for his receiving upside, but he has a chance to make an immediate impact for Justin Fields and the Bears. He will need to earn consistent snaps before making headway in the fantasy value department.

Category: Transactions

The Saints are signing veteran QB Andy Dalton to a one-year deal. (Source: Tom Pelissero on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The 34-year-old will be with his third new team in three years. Presumably Jameis Winston's backup, Dalton has thrown for 35,279 yards and 226 touchdowns in his career. Barring a Winston injury or complete collapse, he would have no value in fantasy.

Category: Transactions

Allen Robinson is signing a three-year deal with the defending Super Bowl champions. (Source: Jordan Schultz on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This is a huge move for both ARob and the Rams. At just 28, Robinson has a ton of great football left in him despite his uncharacteristic struggles last year. Robinson will still have to take a back seat to Cooper Kupp and between him, Robert Woods, Van Jefferson, and potentially OBJ when healthy if re-signed, there will be plenty of mouths to feed. I think ARob has the upside for WR2/3 potential early on, but could have a very low floor.

Category: Transactions

The Bears have released veteran linebacker Danny Trevathan. (Source: Field Yates on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This move was expected as releasing him saves the Bears approximately $3.2 million in cap space. The former sixth-round draft pick of the Broncos, Trevathan has played for the Bears since 2016. For his career, he has logged eight interceptions (one returned for a TD), seven forced fumbles, ten sacks, and 741 tackles. He only appeared in five games for Chicago in 2021.

Category: Transactions

Former Bears DT Bilal Nichols is expected to sign a 2-year deal worth $11M with the Las Vegas Raiders. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Nichols is coming off a career year in Chicago, and he is cashing in with the Raiders. He is a proven starter and should prove to be a nice addition for the front seven, especially for the run defense.

Category: Transactions

Offensive guard James Daniels is finalizing a three-year deal with the Steelers. (Source: Ari Meirov on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The former second-round draft pick of the Chicago Bears can play both guard positions as well as center. Pittsburgh continues addressing positions of need that can help protect Mitchell Trubisky and free up star running back Najee Harris. He started all 17 games for Chicago last season.

Category: Transactions

Eddie Goldman cut by Chicago

Fri, Mar 11th 3:30pm EST
By Nate Lowenthal

Eddie Goldman is the latest amongst the cap casualties for the Chicago Bears. The Bears could not find a trade partner for the veteran nose tackle and will now find a new team. (Source: Ian Rapoport)

Fantasy Impact: The overhaul continues for Chicago who has now moved on from Khalil Mack, Danny Trevathan and now Goldman in just the last 24 hours. This defense will look very different next year and it will be interesting to see how new GM Ryan Poles retools the team.

Category: Transactions

Tarik Cohen released by Bears

Fri, Mar 11th 12:22pm EST
By Scott Long

Tarik Cohen is being released by the Chicago Bears. (Source: Adam Schefter of ESPN on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Cohen missed the entire season last year with a knee injury and has yet to receive clearance to play. Cohen's release frees up cap space for Chicago and frees up extra playing time for Khalil Herbert.

Category: Transactions

According to Ian Rapoport, Khalil Mack is being traded to the Chargers for a second-round pick and a sixth-round draft pick. (Source: Ian Rapoport)

Fantasy Impact: Another major trade in the NFL as the Chargers acquire Khalil Mack from the Bears for a 2nd and 6th round draft pick. The Chargers appear to be all in for this season as they are pairing Khalil Mack with Joey Bosa as they look to take down a division with newly acquired Broncos QB Russell Wilson and Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes. Last season, the veteran pass rusher had a down year playing just seven games and recording 15 solo tackles, 4 assists, 6.0 sacks and 1 fumble recovery.

Category: Transactions

Akiem Hicks is expected to receive interest from the Minnesota Vikings once Free Agency begins according to Evan Massey. (Source: Evan Massey on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Hicks spent the last 6 years in Chicago and made a Pro Bowl during his time there. The addition of Hicks to the center of the Minnesota defense will help the team stop the run, in a division that features running backs such as Aaron Jones, David Montgomery, and D'Andre Swift.

Category: Rumors

The Bears have officially tendered a contract to tight end Jesper Horsted. He had been an exclusive rights free agent. (Source: Chicago Bears on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Horsted hasn't had much of an impact over the last two seasons, catching just 10 passes for 108 yards. However, the new regime in Chicago likely views him as Jimmy Graham's successor, meaning Horsted could be utilized more in the end zone next season. He has already shown promise as a target around the goal line as three of his 10 receptions have resulted in a touchdown. Still, at most, he's a depth opinion for tight end-needy teams in very deep dynasty formats.

Category: Transactions

The Bears are expected to hire Colts’ safeties coach Alan Williams as their defensive coordinator, according to Adam Schefter. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Williams will join new Bears head coach Matt Eberflus as the two worked together with the Colts. They will hope to resurrect a Bears defense that was very disappointing and dealt with numerous injuries this past season. Williams was the Vikings defensive coordinator back in 2012.

Category: Transactions

Bears kicker Cairo Santos went 3-for-3 on field-goal attempts during Sunday's loss to the Vikings.

Fantasy Impact: Santos hit from 42, 43, and 46 yards out during the regular-season finale. He's not a very appealing kicker heading into the 2022 fantasy season.

Category: Game Recaps

Bears wide receiver Marquise Goodwin hauled in two of three targets for 13 yards against the Vikings in Week 18.

Fantasy Impact: Goodwin will hit free agency in the coming months and most likely won't have much of a fantasy impact going forward.

Category: Game Recaps

Bears tight end Jimmy Graham hauled in both of his targets for 16 yards against the Vikings in Week 18.

Fantasy Impact: Graham operated as the Bears' No. 2 tight end this season, catching 14 passes for 167 yards and three scores. He'll likely be cut by the Bears in a few months. Even if he signs with a team in need of tight end help, it's hard to imagine the 35-year-old has much fantasy relevance ahead of him.

Category: Game Recaps

Bears running back Damien Williams hauled in three of five targets for 33 yards and a touchdown against the Vikings in Week 18.

Fantasy Impact: This was the first time Williams had a fantasy-relevant performance since Week 5 versus the Raiders. He's not worth rostering in 2022.

Category: Game Recaps

Bears wide receiver Damiere Byrd turned six targets into five catches for 47 yards against the Vikings in Week 18.

Fantasy Impact: Byrd saw an increase in workload in the second half of the season amidst injuries to Allen Robinson and Jakeem Grant Sr. He had a couple of solid performances but likely isn't fantasy relevant heading into 2022.

Category: Game Recaps

Bears tight end Cole Kmet hauled in four of five targets for 48 yards against the Vikings in Week 18.

Fantasy Impact: Kmet didn't have a fantastic season, but he did show some promise and could be a solid buy-low option in dynasty formats this year. He finishes 2021 with 60 catches and 612 yards through 17 games.

Category: Game Recaps

Bears wide receiver Darnell Mooney hauled in 12 of 16 targets for 126 yards against the Vikings in Week 18.

Fantasy Impact: Mooney surpassed Allen Robinson as the Bears' WR1 en route to totaling 81 catches, 1,055 yards, and four touchdowns in 2021. Fantasy managers should view him as a top-24 wideout heading into next season.

Category: Game Recaps