Bears Fantasy News

Jimmy Clausen concussed, Jay Cutler to start again

Monday, December 22, 2014, 3:44pm

Chicago Tribune - [Full Article]

Jay Cutler is once again the starting quarterback for the Chicago Bears. Just like that.

In yet another surprise twist in a season full of unpredictability, the Bears announced Monday afternoon that Cutler would start their regular-season finale Sunday against the Vikings at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. The move came in concert with the team’s announcement that Jimmy Clausen has been ruled out for the finale after being diagnosed with a concussion.

Fantasy Impact:

Clausen took a vicious helmet-to-helmet shot from Lions defensive end Ziggy Ansah on the Bears’ final drive of Sunday’s 20-14 loss at Soldier Field. And while Clausen remained on the field for four more plays – three incompletions and a loss-sealing interception – the Bears said in a news release Monday that the 27-year-old experienced delayed symptoms as a result of the collision.

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Monday, December 22, 2014, 12:29pm - [Full Article]

Reggie Bush lives. There had been doubt as to the veracity of that fact, given his inability to stay on the field, and struggles to produce during those brief flashes when he was able to play. During one seven-game stretch, he rushed for 30 yards.

Bush is a supposed deep threat who had as many ankle injuries (three) as 10-yard carries (three) in the first 15 weeks of the season. But the veteran showed some flashes of that old brilliance against Chicago.

That includes bouncing one run to the left and turning on the burners like it was 2005. He beat the Bears to the edge, dove at the pylon and scored on a 13-yard touchdown, the only first-half points for this struggling offense. He showed good vision on other carries, and caught the ball well too, hauling in six catches for 44 yards.

Fantasy Impact:

Joique Bell should absolutely remain the Lions' No. 1 option in the backfield, the story went on to say. But of course that's contingent on Bell being eligible to play. He was benched for one quarter Sunday due to a violation of team rules, and Bush provided some important production in his stead, lending more legitimacy to the belief the rushing game is approaching competent levels for Detroit's most important stretch of games in ages.

MNF Injury Report Week 16 - Peyton Manning QUESTIONABLE

Saturday, December 20, 2014, 3:53pm

Christopher Clark (T, back), Cortrelle Anderson (RB, ankle), Cody Latimer (WR, concussion), Jacob Tamme (TE, ribs), Demaryius Thomas (WR, ankle), Julius Thomas (TE, ankle), Will Montgomery (C, knee).

Ryan Clady (T, thigh), Ronnie Hillman (RB, foot), Peyton Manning (QB, thigh), Juwan Thompson (RB, hip), Kayvon Webster (CB, shoulder), Emmanuel Sanders (WR, illness)

Paul Cornick (T, toe), Brandon Marshall (LB, foot).

Brandon Tate (WR, illness), Jermaine Gresham (TE, toe), Margus Hunt (DE, ankle), Terence Newman (CB, ankle), Mike Pollak (G, knee), Carlos Dunlap (DE, calf), D'Andre Kirkpatrick (CB, Achillies).

QB A.J. McCarron (illness)

Emmanuel Lamur (LB, hamstring), James Wright (WR, knee).

Fantasy Impact:

Manning is listed as questionable with his thigh injury, however he's expected to play on Monday night against the Bengals despite the official 50-50 tag. Hillman is also questionable, but C.J. Anderson is expected to get lead-back work in this game once again.

Roy Helu (toe) OUT for Week 16

Saturday, December 20, 2014, 3:05pm

Redskins Inactives
Leonard Hankerson WR
Jason Hatcher DE
Roy Helu RB
Josh LeRibeus G
Gabe Miller LB
Chibuikem Okoro DB
Keenan Robinson ILB

Fantasy Impact:

This is a bit of a surprise as we reported Helu as probable all week with a toe injury. This mean Chris Thompson will continue to get more looks. He impressed the coaches last week.

Friday, December 19, 2014, 6:02pm

Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (not injury related) was removed from the injury report Friday. No worries here.

Friday, December 19, 2014, 6:02pm

Bears K Robbie Gould (right quadricep, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 16.

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm

Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (not injury related) was added to the injury report Thursday after missing practice. Jeffery should be fine to face Detroit.

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm

Bears K Robbie Gould (right quadricep) missed practice again Thursday. Jay Feely may continue to kick for Chicago.

Report: Bears bench Jay Cutler for Jimmy Clausen

Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 6:57pm - [Full Article]

Enough is finally enough for the Chicago Bears.

After weeks of offensive futility, the team has benched starting quarterback Jay Cutler in favor of backup Jimmy Clausen prior to Sunday's contest against the Detroit Lions, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday, according to two sources informed of the situation.

Fantasy Impact:

Cutler owners who are still alive are going to have to find another option this week, and Clausen isn't an attractive start. He has a career 5.2 YPA and it's a difficult matchup against the Lions. It's a downgrade for the entire offense, including Alshon Jeffery, Marquess Wilson, Martellus Bennett and Matt Forte. On the flip side, the Lions defense is still a very strong play in Week 16.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 5:57pm

Bears K Robbie Gould (right quadricep) did not practice Wednesday. Jay Feely will probably continue to kick for Chicago.

Bears K Robbie Gould INACTIVE Monday night

Monday, December 15, 2014, 7:19pm

Bears Inactives
Chris Conte FS
Brandon Dunn DT
David Fales QB
Robbie Gould K
Terrance Mitchell CB
Michael Ola G
Trevor Scott DE

Fantasy Impact:

Robbie Gould is inactive for Monday Night Football. Jay Feely will kick again for the Bears this week.

Lions Beat: Joique Bell is team's lead RB

Monday, December 15, 2014, 9:03am - [Full Article]

Joique Bell is the Detroit Lions starting running back.

Sure, Reggie Bush's name is still on top of the team's unofficial depth chart, but Bell plays significantly more snaps and gets significantly more touches than his veteran teammate.

Because of poor offensive execution, the Lions played 27 percent fewer snaps than average in the team's 16-14 win against the Minnesota Vikings. Bell worked two-thirds of the plays. Bush, who continues to deal with nagging injuries played just 14 snaps, while Theo Riddick received the game's first carry, but played just one more rep the rest of the way.

Fantasy Impact:

The story points out the Lions are leaning on Bell for good reason. He's been running with authority in recent weeks, averaging better than four yards per carry in five of the past six games. He's also seeing an increase in pass-game production, catching a combined nine balls for 91 yards in wins over Tampa Bay and Minnesota. Bell has a very friendly matchup in Week 16 against the Bears before closing with the Packers in Week 17.

Week 15 MNF Injury Report - Robbie Gould QUESTIONABLE

Saturday, December 13, 2014, 4:48pm

David Hawthorne (LB, hip), Akiem Hicks (DE, ankle), Keenan Lewis (CB, illness).

Junior Galette (LB, knee), Terron Armstead (T, neck).

Robbie Gould (K, right quad), Michael Ola (G, back), Jeremiah Ratliff (DT, knee).

Chris Conte (S, back).

Fantasy Impact:

Gould didn't practice Saturday. Jay Feely kicked for the team during last Thursday night's loss to Dallas.

Friday, December 12, 2014, 6:26pm

Bears K Robbie Gould (right quadricep) missed practice again Friday.

Why Tony Romo struggled against the Eagles on Thanksgiving

Friday, December 12, 2014, 10:47am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Cowboys beat writer Todd Archer explains why Tony Romo didn't play well against the Eagles on Thanksgiving:

The Cowboys and Romo believe things will be different in the second meeting. Not in the potential outcome, but in how they play. They won’t use the quick turnaround from a Sunday night game at MetLife Stadium to a Thursday afternoon game at AT&T Stadium as an excuse, but I’ll call it a reason. On a normal Thursday, Romo would be going through his first practice of the week. That time he had to play a game. And, for some reason, he chose not to take a painkilling injection before the game. He was not the same quarterback that day. Things weren't “firing” as he likes to say. Given the state of his back, he needs rest. He had a full week to get ready for the Chicago Bears and completed 81 percent of his passes and threw three touchdown passes.

Fantasy Impact:

We're expecting a better game from Romo as well. In addition to the extra rest (and pain killing injection), he has played better on the road, posting a 15-to-1 touchdown-to-interception ratio away from Dallas this season.