Bears Fantasy News

Jordan Reed could be 'matchup nightmare' for defenses
Thursday, April 10, 2014, 11:40am - [Full Article]

Gil Brandt of likes what Redskins TE Jordan Reed brings to the table: "Reed burst onto the scene relatively late in 2013, catching nine passes for 134 yards and a touchdown against the Bears in Week 7, and he started just four games before a concussion ended his debut season six games early. But in that brief window, he showed he could be a matchup nightmare for opposing defenses, what with his speed and hands. The former third-round pick looks like a receiver, someone who can catch balls and move the chains -- he reminds me of a young Antonio Gates, though not quite as big. The Florida product is pretty slick and has definite Pro Bowl potential. He had three plays of 20 yards or more, which is pretty good for a tight end, and just three drops in 59 targets."

Fantasy Impact:

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 no sure thing.


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Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 9:13pm

Adam Caplan, Twitter - [Full Article]

Bears announced: Agreed to terms with TE Matthew Mulligan on a one-year deal.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 11:00am

Ian Rapoport on Twitter - [Full Article]

Former Bears RB Michael Bush is set to visit the Patriots, source says.

Fisher: Zac Stacy 'probably that 70-percent guy'
Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 1:59pm

Jim Thomas on Twitter - [Full Article]

Rams coach Jeff Fisher, on RB Zac Stacy's evolving role with Rams: "I think over time, he'll probably be that 70-percent of the carries guy."

Fantasy Impact:

The Rams rushed 426 times last year, which means Stacy would get 298 of those carries if the numbers are similar next season. That would have put him third in the league in 2013 behind just LeSean McCoy and Marshawn Lynch, and just ahead of Matt Forte, Ryan Mathews and Eddie Lacy ... so the company is pretty good.

Marquess Wilson penciled in as Bears WR3
Sunday, March 23, 2014, 2:42pm

Chicago Tribune - [Full Article]

Marc Trestman said the Chicago Bears are not "anointing" Marquess Wilson as the No. 3 receiver in the offense, but the coach hopes the second-year player can develop like Alshon Jeffery did a year ago.

Wilson apparently will get the first shot at replacing Earl Bennett, who was released Tuesday after declining to take a pay cut. It creates a sizeable void in the offense. Bennett was only fifth on the team in receptions with 32, but he was on the field for 51.2 percent of the snaps.

That means the Bears must replace Bennett’s playing time with a new wide receiver or make a subtle shift in the offense and not rely on three-receiver sets as often. Wilson, a seventh-round pick last year from Washington State, has a wide-open opportunity.

“I think he showed that we can work with him and develop him,” Trestman said Sunday at the NFL owners’ meeting. “He’s got the football intelligence that we’re looking for and the ability to be flexible within the offense. He was consistent. So we’ll see how it goes. We’re not anointing people at this point in time. He’s going to have a chance to compete and be a part of what we do after Alshon and Brandon (Marshall). We’ll see how it goes. We’ve got a long way to go but we like (Wilson) and we’re excited about him to develop him and work him.”

Fantasy Impact:

Bennett wasn't much of a fantasy factor, and there probably aren't enough targets to go around to make Wilson fantasy-relevant (top 60) in 2014, though he looks like a good prospect in dynasty formats. He'll be a good handcuff for either Brandon Marshall or Alshon Jeffery in deeper leagues.

Thursday, March 20, 2014, 3:22pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Devin Hester is heading to Atlanta.

Hester, who became perhaps the best return man in NFL history during his eight years in Chicago, has agreed to a new contract with the Falcons. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, it’s a three-year deal.

Thursday, March 13, 2014, 6:46pm

Aaron Wilson, Twitter - [Full Article]

Bears re-signed tight end Dante Rosario.

Thursday, March 13, 2014, 12:21pm

Chicago Bears - [Full Article]

On Thursday, the Bears agreed to terms with former Lions defensive end Willie Young on a three-year contract and former Broncos, Giants and Panthers receiver Domenik Hixon on a one-year deal.

Bucs say that Josh McCown is their starter
Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 5:09pm

Michael Fabiano, Twitter - [Full Article]

Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith, when asked if Josh McCown is his quarterback: "Yes, he is."

Fantasy Impact:

So much for any potential QB battle that was brewing in Tampa. Mike Glennon, the best rookie QB of his class, will apparently back up McCown in 2014.

Bucs sign Josh McCown to a two-year deal
Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 2:33pm

Mike McCartney, Twitter - [Full Article]

According to agent Mike McCartney, the Buccaneers have signed QB Josh McCown to a two-year deal.

Fantasy Impact:

HC Lovie Smith has been lukewarm about incumbent Mike Glennon, who was the best rookie QB of his class in 2013. McCown wanted to have a chance to start, so he'll likely get that opportunity in Tampa. A QB competition is brewing.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 9:30pm

Chicago Tribune - [Full Article]

Defensive end Julius Peppers became a Bears salary cap casualty on Tuesday.

Redskins OC Sean McVay 'loves' Jordan Reed
Wednesday, January 29, 2014, 12:21pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Redskins beat writer John Keim discussed TE Jordan Reed at length. Here is his projection for 2014:

"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."

Fantasy Impact:

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.)

Michael Vick thinks Zach Ertz is destined for greatness
Wednesday, January 29, 2014, 11:52am

Philly Mag - [Full Article]

Back in early October, Eagles QB Michael Vick made a bold prediction regarding rookie tight end Zach Ertz.

“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.

Fantasy Impact:

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

Brandon Jacobs, Twitter - [Full Article]

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!

Fantasy Impact:

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

Brad Biggs, Twitter - [Full Article]

According to beat writer Brad Biggs, the Bears have signed QB Jay Cutler to a seven-year contract.

Fantasy Impact:

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.