Bears Fantasy News

Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 5:14pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

If there's a downside to the fact that WR Jordy Nelson has an NFL-leading 18 catches for 292 yards through two games -- and there may not be one -- it could be that the Green Bay Packers have become too reliant one player.

At this point, the man throwing Nelson the ball does not see that as a concern.

While admitting it's a departure from what they normally do, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said Tuesday on his ESPN Milwaukee radio show that he does not see a downside to it.

"If teams are going to start rolling some coverage to Jordy, then we need our other guys to step up and we need to be able to run the ball more effectively," Rodgers said on his show.

Fantasy Impact:

Many considered Nelson in that tier of fantasy WRs after guys like Dez Bryant, Brandon Marshall, Julio Jones, etc. But Nelson is starting to make a claim that he should be considered in the top tier. The story said that in Sunday's comeback win over the Jets, Rodgers targeted Nelson 16 times. According to ESPN Stats and Information, Rodgers had never before thrown that many passes toward a single receiver in one game. The previous week, Rodgers went to Nelson 14 times. It's not terrible news for Randall Cobb owners either, as the WR caught two TD passes although didn't have the yardage that Nelson put up.

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Vernon Davis just has a deep ankle bruise

Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 1:48pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Vernon Davis left Sunday night’s game on crutches, but he could be back on his feet soon.

According to Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com, Davis avoided a serious ankle injury and could be back as soon as Sunday’s game against the Cardinals.

An MRI yesterday revealed a deep bruise, but no structural damage.

Davis wasn’t able to return to the game after being rolled by Bears linebacker Jon Bostic. That left them thin, with backup tight end Vance McDonald suffering a knee injury and Derek Carrier is the only healthy tight end on the roster.

Fantasy Impact:

Davis wasn’t able to return to the game after being rolled by Bears linebacker Jon Bostic. That left them thin, with backup tight end Vance McDonald suffering a knee injury and Derek Carrier is the only healthy tight end on the roster. Keep an eye on his progress this week. Davis has a potentially good matchup against the Cards who struggle to defend the TE. Since it's a late afternoon game, owners will still need a backup plan in place in case Davis can't go.

Vernon Davis spotted on crutches

Monday, September 15, 2014, 9:32am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

According to Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com, tight end Vernon Davis missed the last 10 minutes of the game and was on crutches in the locker room with an ankle injury.

Davis came up hobbling after a hit by Bears linebacker Jon Bostic, in which is foot was caught underneath him. On the next play, Colin Kaepernick was picked off throwing to third-string tight end Derek Carrier. Backup Vance McDonald hurt his knee in the first half and was limited in the second half.

Fantasy Impact:

The story went on to say that 49ers coach John Harbaugh was asked about the condition of his Pro Bowl tight end but all he said was he didn't talk to Davis after the game. Obviously there will be tests today to determine his status, including a possible MRI. It wasn't a good night for 49er TEs as backup Vance McDonald was limited by a first-half knee injury. Third stringer Derek Carrier was forced into action as a result.

Knowshon Moreno out 4-8 weeks

Sunday, September 14, 2014, 8:06pm

Miami Herald - [Full Article]

Broncos RB Knowshon Moreno suffered a dislocated left shoulder and possible fracture that will keep him out of the lineup at least four weeks but up to eight weeks if there is a serious fracture, a source told The Herald Sunday.

Moreno, the Dolphins running back, injured himself on his first carry of the game. He gain four yards and did not play the rest of the game.

It is likely general manager Dennis Hickey will go hunting for a running back tonight or Monday morning.

Fantasy Impact:

It was a blow to the Miami running game because in Week 1 Moreno rushed for 134 yards on 24 carries in a win over the Pats. The Dolphins will have to rely on Lamar Miller now who finished with 11 carries for 46 yards against the Bills. The Dolphins also used Damien Williams on Sunday, giving him five carries. With a bye in Week 5, Miller has favorable matchups straight through Week 8: Chiefs (Week 3, 26th), Raiders (Week 4, 30th), Packers (Week 6, 27th), Bears (Week 7, 24th), Jaguars (Week 8, 23rd).

Marshall, Jeffery both active for SNF

Sunday, September 14, 2014, 7:11pm

Bears Inactives
David Bass DE
Roberto Garza C
Khaseem Greene OLB
Charles Leno OT
Josh Morgan WR
Matt Slauson G
Cornelius Washington DE

Fantasy Impact:

In a bit of a surprise, both WRs Brandon Marshall (ankle) and Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) are active for the Bears. Both come with significant risk as they were questionable and far from a lock to play tonight. Marshall appears to be the healthier of the two. Rankings have been updated to reflect their status.

Bears will use 'every minute' before game to make decisions on WRs

Saturday, September 13, 2014, 9:28am

Fox Sports - [Full Article]

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler will not know who his options are at wide receiver for Sunday night's game with the San Francisco 49ers are until shortly before kickoff.

''We'll see where we are closer to the game,'' coach Marc Trestman said. ''We've got up to 90 minutes before the game to make those decisions and we're going to use every minute of it to make sure we make the right decision in the best interests of the team, and certainly for the player.''

Trestman said he has no overall policy about using a player who hasn't been able to practice during the week, calling it a ''player to player decision.''
''The No. 1 thing I want to be sure is that the player is healthy enough to play the game and can be safe out there,'' he said.

Fantasy Impact:

As we had in our injury reports, WR Brandon Marshall didn't practice Friday while WR Alshon Jeffery did do some work. Owners probably shouldn't expect a decision until right before the game, based on this story, which puts owners in a tough spot. Obviously QB Jay Cutler's value takes a huge hit if both guys are out so he's a very risky start in what already isn't a great matchup. Cutler owners may just want to go another direction while Marshall and Jeffery owners need a backup plan in place.

Friday, September 12, 2014, 7:30pm

Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (hamstring, questionable) returned to take limited reps Friday after missing practice earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 2. Jeffery is very iffy for Sunday night. Jeffery owners who want to wait should consider picking up Santonio Holmes to start in case Jeffery is a scratch. Riley Cooper, Jordan Matthews and Hakeem Nicks play in the Monday night game and could be used as Plan B-types for Jeffery owners.

Friday, September 12, 2014, 7:30pm

Bears WR Brandon Marshall (ankle, questionable) missed practice all week and is questionable for Week 2. Marshall is no sure thing for Sunday night, but the feeling is that he will play. Marshall owners who want to wait should consider picking up Santonio Holmes to start in case Marshall is a scratch. Riley Cooper, Jordan Matthews and Hakeem Nicks play in the Monday night game and could be used as Plan B-types for Marshall owners.

Friday, September 12, 2014, 7:30pm

Bears WR Josh Morgan (groin, doubtful) missed practice again Friday and is doubtful for Week 2. Morgan looks unlikely to benefit from the potential absence of Brandon Marshall or Alshon Jeffery.

Bills Beat: Robert Woods' role could continue to expand

Friday, September 12, 2014, 1:03pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

After a quiet preseason, Robert Woods surprisingly received the start over Mike Williams in Sunday's win over the Bears and was the Bills' leading receiver. While coach Doug Marrone said the Bills might continue to rotate receivers behind Sammy Watkins, Woods and quarterback EJ Manuel were the last two players off the practice field Thursday, working closely with offensive coordinator Nate Hackett and quarterbacks coach Todd Downing while other players were in the locker room. That points toward Woods continuing to see considerable playing time.

Fantasy Impact:

One key here is that Watkins isn't 100 percent with a rib injury, so Woods may be picking up a few extra targets that would otherwise go to the talented rookie. It isn't a great matchup, but Woods is a decent desperation play.

49ers Beat: Colin Kaepernick's read-option could return in Week 2

Friday, September 12, 2014, 1:00pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

After cutting LaMichael James this week, the 49ers have just two tailbacks on the roster. Facing a Chicago Bears team that gave up 193 yards on the ground in its opener, you have to figure the Niners would stick to a ground attack in christening Levi's Stadium. So investing in Frank Gore seems smart. But the feeling in Santa Clara, California, is quarterback Colin Kaepernick and the read-option could make a big comeback against the Bears as well.

Fantasy Impact:

The Bears do not have a good defense and Kaepernick is already our #5 QB this week, but if the 49ers use him in the running game extensively, he'll have upside from there.

Thursday, September 11, 2014, 6:24pm

Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday. Jeffery is looking pretty iffy for Week 2. He was unable to play through the injury in Week 1, so he may be less likely to play than Brandon Marshall, who was able to finish the game.

Thursday, September 11, 2014, 6:24pm

Bears WR Brandon Marshall (ankle) did not practice Wednesday. Marshall didn’t sound confident about practicing on Friday either. He typically plays through nagging injuries, so we’re tentatively expecting him to suit up against the 49ers, especially with Alshon Jeffery nursing a hamstring injury.

Thursday, September 11, 2014, 6:24pm

Bears WR Josh Morgan (groin) took limited practice reps Wednesday.

49ers WR Michael Crabtree (calf) returns to full participation

Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 10:33pm

CSN Bay Area - [Full Article]

After being limited in practices leading up to the season opener last week due to a calf strain, 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree was back as a full participant on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact:

Crabtree had a quiet game against the Cowboys, but should be able to post better numbers against a shaky Bears defense in Week 2.