The Bears have signed veteran LB Alec Ogletree to a contract, per Mike Garafolo on Twitter. (Source: Mike Garafolo on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Ogletree is a sturdy veteran linebacker who started in various defensive schemes for the Rams to begin his career. He's a versatile player who can fill a depth role for the Bears. He spent last season on the New York Jets practice squad.
Wed, Aug 4th 11:27am EDT
By Matthew MacKay
Chicago Bears RB Damien Williams has reportedly been impressive as a receiver on passing downs during training camp, per Patrick Finley. (Source: Patrick Finley on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Williams didn't play in 2020 but is in line to earn the third-down pass-catching role for Chicago based on the ability he's shown to create mismatches in the passing game during Bears' training camp. Williams scored two touchdowns, including a receiving touchdown, during the Chiefs' comeback win against the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV. He also averaged 6.12 YPC on 17 attempts, proving he is just as elusive when given the primary ball-carrier role. Williams is valued as the RB63 in half-PPR formats and will likely be available on fantasy waiver wires to begin the season. Using a late-round selection in fantasy drafts on Williams could prove useful for trade fodder or bench depth as the 2021 season progresses.
Wed, Aug 4th 11:13am EDT
By Matthew MacKay
Chicago Bears QB Andy Dalton is still on track to be the Week 1 starter against the Los Angeles Rams, per Patrick Finley. (Source: Patrick Finley on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Dalton has reportedly been the most consistent quarterback not only during the Bears' training camp but in recent memory. The 33-year veteran quarterback had three Pro-Bowl seasons in Cincinnati and was decent amidst injuries for the Cowboys in 2020, throwing 14 touchdowns and eight interceptions for 2,170 yards and a 4-5 record as the starter. Expect Chicago to let rookie quarterback Justin Fields develop behind Dalton until he consistently struggles or an injury occurs. While unpopular, Dalton could be a viable early-season streaming option at quarterback, as he is valued extremely low as the QB37 in half-PPR formats.
Chicago Bears HC Matt Nagy says that RB Tarik Cohen is "weeks away," not "days away" from returning to practice as he is still recovering from tearing his ACL last season, per Mark Grote of WSCR Radio. (Source: Mark Grote on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Cohen was expected to be healthier at this point in his recovery, but the process has been slow. Nagy added that there is no guarantee that he will be thrown into punt returning duties when he returns. Cohen isn't likely to be drafted in most leagues, but this gives RB David Montgomery a chance to prove himself as an every-down back. Cohen will have to earn back his time on the field as he returns from injury.
Wed, Jul 28th 3:15pm EDT
By Ari Koslow
Matt Nagy stated on Wednesday that he expects second-year tight end Cole Kmet to see an increased role this season. (Source: Jeff Dickerson on Twitter )
Fantasy Impact: Kmet caught 28 passes for 243 yards and two touchdowns last year in his rookie season, but he wasn't that involved in the offense until late in the year. He should see more involvement this year without a doubt, but it might take Jimmy Graham not being on the roster for him to truly breakout.
After trading WR Anthony Miller to the Texans, the Bears have signed former Falcons WR Justin Hardy. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Hardy, 29, played five seasons for the Falcons after being drafted in the fourth round out of East Carolina. Over the 2016 and 2017 seasons, Hardy had 41 receptions for 424 yards and seven touchdowns, but failed to go over 200 yards in either of the next two seasons. He played all 16 games in 2019, getting 17% of the offensive snaps, but finished with just 19 receptions for 195 yards. After not playing last season, he will get his shot in Chicago. Let’s see if the change of scenery helps him get over the hump.
Chicago Bears HC Matt Nagy says he has been impressed with rookie QB Justin Fields since minicamp and OTAs, noting that he has done his homework on the offence, per Jeff Dickerson of ESPN. (Source: Jeff Dickerson on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Nagy has been adamant that Andy Dalton will be the starting QB for the Bears, but we've seen enough of Dalton to know that isn't likely to last long. Fields is a dynamic athlete with a rocket arm and the physical makeup of a power RB. He's likely to be starting sooner rather than later and presents good value right now as QB18. The Bears offence has good playmakers, a solid running game, and Fields can score points running and passing the ball.
Tue, Jul 27th 2:02pm EDT
By Zak McDonald
Chicago Bears HC Matt Nagy reiterates his plan to have RB David Montgomery receive 20 carries a game, per Jeff Dickerson of ESPN (Source: Jeff Dickerson on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: This is the second time HC Matt Nagy has stated his plan to have David Montgomery play in a true workhorse role. Montgomery helped fantasy managers win titles last year, carrying the ball 19 times per game towards the end of the season. He had 1,070 yards with eight touchdowns on the ground last year and added 54 catches for 438 yards. He's being drafted as the RB18. If he manages to get 20 carries a game, he will outperform that draft position.
Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports that the Bears are trading WR Anthony Miller to the Texans. (Source: Mike Garafolo on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Miller compiled 49 catches on 76 targets, 485 receiving yards, and two touchdowns last year for Chicago. He was able to become fantasy relevant in his rookie year, as he hauled in seven touchdowns, but wasn't able to remain a solid flex option in his last two seasons. Perhaps a fresh start with the Texans will boost Miller's fantasy stock, though he'll likely be playing behind Randall Cobb. This trade is good news for Darnell Mooney, whom the Bears anticipate can take a strong sophomore leap.
Fri, Jul 9th 8:17pm EDT
By Dave Kluge
Tom Pelissero with the NFL is reporting that Allen Robinson II and the Chicago Bears do not appear to be working out a long-term deal. (Source: Tom Pelissero on NFL.com)
Fantasy Impact: NFL teams have until July 15th to work out contract extensions with players on a franchise tag. With Robinson receiving and signing his franchise tender a few months ago, there were hopes that the superstar receiver and his team would be able to work out a long-term deal. Pelissero's report makes that outlook appear bleak. Robinson has been the focal point of the Bears' offense since signing in 2018. He's seen 151-plus targets in consecutive seasons and is poised for a career year with expected quarterback play to improve from either Andy Dalton or Justin Fields. Still just 27 years old, Robinson would draw a lot of attention if he hit the free agent market heading into 2022. In 2015, his second year in the NFL, Robinson racked up 1,400 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns in Jacksonville. The Bears rolled the dice on him in free agency after his fourth year was cut short by an ACL tear, and he has paid off as a rock-solid big-bodied receiver since. The Bears and Robinson have less than a week to work out an extension, or he will become an unrestricted free agent after this season.
Wed, Jun 2nd 6:23pm EDT
By Matthew MacKay
Chicago Bears rookie WR Dazz Newsome (collarbone) suffered a broken collarbone in practice on Tuesday and will undergo surgery on Thursday, per Tom Pelissero. (Source: Tom Pelissero on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Newsome suffered a clean break on his collarbone, which means he will undergo surgery and be available to return in eight weeks. This timeline will allow the sixth-round rookie wideout to return by the time Bears' training camp starts. Newsome recorded 188 receptions for 2,435 yards and 20 total touchdowns across the four seasons he played at the University of North Carolina. Newsome will have the chance to compete for a role as Chicago's second or third slot receiver behind Damiere Byrd and Anthony Miller.
Category: Injury Updates
Former Bears OT Charles Leno Jr. has agreed to terms with The Washington Football Team on a 1-yr deal worth up to $5M. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Leno spent the first seven years of his career with the Bears. He's been an iron man for the last five, starting 80 consecutive games. Leno adds to a group that finished in the top-10 in 2020, and Ryan Fitzpatrick and Antonio Gibson stand to benefit most from this transaction.
The Chicago Bears have selected OT Teven Jenkins with the No. 39 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. (Source: Connor Hughes on Twitter )
Fantasy Impact: The Bears traded with the Panthers to acquire OL Teven Jenkins from OSU. He instantly improves the Bears’ offensive line and his presence only helps Justin Fields and the offense. Jenkins is powerful with light feet for his size and projects to start for the Bears right off the bat.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports that the Bears are having a difficult time moving backup QB Nick Foles. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Bears traded up to snag Justin Fields as their franchise QB. After signing Andy Dalton during the offseason, that leaves Nick Foles the odd-man out. His current contract is making it very difficult for the Bears to move him. He has $4M guaranteed in 2021 and $5M guaranteed in 2022. There was five QB's taken in the first round and not many QB-needy teams left. The Bears will have to do some convincing and negotiating to try to move Foles this offseason.
Tue, Apr 27th 4:45pm EDT
By Matthew MacKay
Chicago Bears All-Pro LB Roquan Smith has reportedly had his fifth-year option exercised by the franchise, per Ian Rapoport. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Smith was dominant during the 2020 season, earning first and second-team All-Pro selections. He totaled 139 tackles, 18 TFLs, seven pass deflections, four sacks, two interceptions, and a forced fumble across all 16 games to help lead Chicago to the postseason in 2020. Smith's presence in the middle helps anchor and lay the foundation to an elite defensive unit that is returning many of its pieces from a year ago, indicating another strong year for the Bears' defense in 2021.
Mon, Apr 19th 11:58am EDT
By Matthew MacKay
Chicago Bears S Tashaun Gipson has reportedly agreed to terms on a one-year deal to return with the team in 2021, per ESPN's Dan Graziano. (Source: Dan Graziano on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Gipson totaled 65 tackles, seven pass deflections, and two interceptions across 16 games for the Bears in 2020 and will reportedly return after agreeing to terms on a one-year deal. The Bears had one of the more formidable defenses in 2020 and re-signing Gipson will help build continuity to ensure it remains in top form heading into the 2021 season. Playing alongside FS Eddie Jackson and newly signed CB Desmond Trufant should help Gipson replicate similar stats but the Bears will need to enhance their offensive efficiency to allow the defense more rest, as the offense only averaged 29:42 time of possession, ranking 18th amongst all 32 teams in 2020.
Cordarrelle Patterson is signing with the Atlanta Falcons on a one-year, $3 million deal, according to Mike Garafolo. (Source: Mike Garafolo on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Interestingly enough for fantasy gamers, Patterson's listed as a receiver - not a running back. Patterson totaled 64 carries for 232 rushing yards (3.6 YPC) and a touchdown last season. He also totaled 21 receptions on 25 targets for 132 receiving yards. The six-time All-Pro is a sturdy zero RB target if the Falcons list him as a back.
Tue, Mar 23rd 11:03am EDT
By Matthew MacKay
Unrestricted free agent LB Barkevious Mingo has signed a one-year deal with the Atlanta Falcons, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Mingo recorded 35 tackles, 2.5 sacks, and two pass deflections for the Bears across all 16 regular-season games in 2020. The ninth-year linebacker joins his seventh team and will look to bring his experience and hard-nosed tackling as added depth alongside the elite play of Falcons MLB Deion Jones in 2021.
The Bears have officially released All-Pro cornerback Kyle Fuller, according to the league's official transaction wire. He is now free to sign with another team at any time. (Source: Tom Pelissero on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: With Fuller officially free to sign elsewhere it will be interesting to see what team signs him, and how much money the elite corner will be offered. The Bears attempted to trade Fuller before releasing him but ultimately decided to move on once it became clear that no deal was going to come together.
Thu, Mar 18th 2:58pm EDT
By Dave Kluge
Per Adam Schefter and Jeremy Fowler, Mitchell Trubisky is signing with the Buffalo Bills, although no details of the agreement have been announced. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: The former second-overall pick will move from Chicago to Buffalo after the Bears declined his fifth-year option. Trubisky, a mobile quarterback, will be a great backup to Josh Allen. Both quarterbacks bring a playmaking ability with their legs, so they should be able to keep the offense running smoothly if Allen is forced to miss any time.