Bears Fantasy News
Redskins OC Sean McVay 'loves' Jordan Reed
Wednesday, January 29, 2014, 12:21pm
"He’ll be a force at this position if he stays healthy. Reed had just started to become more of a downfield threat before he was hurt. The bulk of his passes before the Bears game in Week 7 were underneath routes, but he hurt Chicago on a couple downfield throws, burning the Bears secondary on some post-corners. That will increase in 2014. The Redskins averaged 37 fewer yards through the air with Reed absent the final six games. I don’t know what Jay Gruden’s plans are for him, but I do know that new offensive coordinator Sean McVay loves Reed and it’s not hard for anyone to see the talent he has just by flipping on the film."
Reed was on pace for 80-887-5.3 (#7 TE-type numbers) prior to his injury, but didn't even crack the 50% snaps played mark until Week 6. In the five games where he played at least 50% of his team's snaps, he averaged 6.2-76-.40 or #3 TE-type numbers. The main concern with Reed is his injury history, specifically with concussions. According to NBC Washington, Reed suffered two concussions while at Florida. If he can stay healthy, he's a likely top 5 fantasy TE, but that's a pretty big 'if' at this point. (As for McVay, he should love Reed as he was the TE coach for the Redskins prior to becoming OC.)
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Michael Vick thinks Zach Ertz is destined for greatness
Wednesday, January 29, 2014, 11:52am
“There are three players that I told that they would be great players in this league: I always told Alge Crumpler that he was going to be great, I always told Shady McCoy that he was going to be a great player in this league, and I always told Roddy White. And now I’m saying Zach Ertz. And I think in time, he will be one of the best tight ends in this game.”
Ertz had all of five NFL catches at that point. Still working through a learning curve — steepened by his inability to participate in the offseason program because of graduation rules — the Stanford product played a limited role initially. He was featured more as the year went on and ended with 36 catches for 469 yards with four touchdowns. While we still have a ways to go before determining whether Vick’s intuition is correct, it’s fair to say that there are encouraging signs.
Ertz averaged 2.8-32-.56 over the final nine games of the season (including the Eagles' sole playoff game) and that included two goose eggs in Week 10 and Week 14. That equates to 6.6 fantasy points per game, which is what Martellus Bennett averaged as the #10 TE in fantasy football. Brent Celek is signed through 2016 and he's a far better run blocker than Ertz. James Casey is signed through 2015, and he ate into Ertz's snaps when the Eagles tried to run more. Ertz has top 5 fantasy TE potential, but his run blocking is holding him back.
Friday, January 3, 2014, 1:20pm
RB Brandon Jacobs has retired from the NFL.
After 9 years in this whirlwind business they call the NFL, I am proud to announce that I am hanging up my cleats. I've had an amazing run and I appreciate all of the support from the fans through the good and the bad. The New York Giants are a great organization and I am proud to have been a part of it for so long. I love my coaches and my teammates and will miss them as well as the game itself but I am healing well from my surgery and I look forward to running around with my kids for years to come!
Jacobs' swan song was a 22-carry, 106-yard, two-TD performance against the Bears in Week 6.
Bears sign Jay Cutler to seven-year deal
Thursday, January 2, 2014, 10:53am
No numbers have been released yet, but they are bound to be big given how quickly this deal went down. Cutler averaged 16.9 fantasy points per game in the 10 games where he attempted at least 10 passes. That average tied Ben Roethlisberger for 16th among QBs. Under Marc Trestman, the Bears threw early and often, and the offense has a bright future given the weapons (Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery, Matt Forte and Martellus Bennett) at Cutler's disposal.
Mike Shanahan fired by Redskins
Monday, December 30, 2013, 12:53pm
The Washington Redskins fired head coach Mike Shanahan on Monday, a widely anticipated move that leaves the franchise on yet another coaching search — its seventh since owner Daniel Snyder bought the team in 1999.
Speculation about Shanahan’s successor has focused on Baylor University’s Art Briles, who coached quarterback Robert Griffin III in college; Super Bowl-winning coaches Jon Gruden and Bill Cowher; former Redskins assistant coach and Pro Football Hall of Fame guard Russ Grimm; former Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith; and current NFL offensive coordinators Ken Whisenhunt of San Diego, Greg Roman of San Francisco, Jay Gruden of Cincinnati and Darrell Bevell of Seattle.
Sunday, December 29, 2013, 3:13pm
Randall Cobb activated, questionable Week 17
Saturday, December 28, 2013, 7:42pm
Cobb is officially listed as "questionable" for Week 17's win-or-go-home matchup against the Bears and it sure makes sense that he would be activated today for the purpose of playing on Sunday.
Cobb was apparently close to playing last week so things look pretty good for this week. There's a good chance his role would be limited in some way, but may still get on the field in the red zone or third downs. Of course, Aaron Rodgers will get the start at QB. He's a risky start in your typical league but in deeper leagues could be a sneaky play.
McCarthy: Aaron Rodgers to start vs. Bears
Thursday, December 26, 2013, 2:39pm