Bears Fantasy News

Flacco: Ravens RB Justin Forsett is 'going to be a huge checkdown guy'

Thursday, May 28, 2015, 3:47pm

Aaron Wilson, Twitter - [Full Article]

Ravens QB Joe Flacco on RB Justin Forsett: 'he's going to be a huge checkdown guy for us.'

Fantasy Impact:

Forsett should see his PPR upside increase due to new OC Marc Trestman's tendency to use his running backs in the passing game. Under Trestman, Matt Forte caught 176 passes in the last two seasons, including 102 catches in 2014. Forsett caught 44 passes last season, and could potentially see that number double if he's the RB1 for the Ravens in 2015. However, the loss of OC Gary Kubiak is likely to hurt the Ravens’ running game. As the #8 RB in both standard and PPR formats in 2014, he’ll likely hold more value in PPR formats than in standard formats in 2015.

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Bears RB Matt Forte says he won't hold out for a new contract

Thursday, May 28, 2015, 3:41pm

USA Today - [Full Article]

Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte says he will not hold out for a contract extension.

A two-time Pro Bowl pick, he says he will report to training camp on time despite the team's refusal to extend his deal. Forte is entering the final season of a four-year contract he signed in 2012.

Fantasy Impact:

Forte has finished in the top 4 in both PPR and standard formats in the last two years, but his usage (especially in the passing game) was up under former OC Marc Trestman. He’s likely to see a drop in targets, but should still be good for 50-60 catches under new OC Adam Gase. Provided that the holdout doesn’t continue into the summer, Forte should deliver on his mid- to late-1st round ADP.

Cardinals say RB David Johnson will be a 'big piece of the puzzle'

Thursday, May 28, 2015, 3:22pm

Arizona Sports - [Full Article]

David Johnson, a third-round pick out of Northern Iowa, ranked 15th in FCS in 2014, posting 1,553 rushing yards while finding the end zone 17 times. He is expected to make a big contribution to the Cardinals offense this season, according to his position coach, Stump Mitchell.

"He's a guy who has a lot of confidence in his ability to play," Mitchell told Doug and Wolf Thursday on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. "He's coachable. He's a smart young man, he's physical. He's going to make Andre (Ellington) pick up his game when given the opportunity.

"He has excellent hands and he's a bigger target to throw the ball to. He's going to be a big piece of the puzzle before this season is said and done."

Mitchell gushed about Johnson's physicality, citing his ability to run over people as well as run around them. He also conjured a comparison to one of the NFL's most productive backs over the last five years.

"He reminds me a lot of (Chicago RB) Matt Forte," Mitchell said. "You can put him outside and use him as a receiver and he's a good runner."

Fantasy Impact:

The Cardinals have been trying to add a bigger back to complement Andre Ellington, and Johnson fits the bill. He does a lot of the same things as Ellington, so for now we're expecting that he'll serve in a backup capacity, but Mitchell sounds as if Johnson will play a larger role than a typical backup. We currently project him for around 147 touches.

Redskins TE Jordan Reed (knee) misses practice

Tuesday, May 26, 2015, 8:24pm

CSN Washington - [Full Article]

Oft-injured tight end Jordan Reed missed the practice because of knee soreness, Coach Jay Gruden said.

“He just had a little bit of knee soreness, so we sent him down to get checked,” said Gruden, who later downplayed the significance of it.

The severity of the injury was unclear. But given the 24-year-old’s history it certainly Bears watching.

Fantasy Impact:

When healthy, Reed has averaged 10.5 fantasy points in PPR formats over the past two seasons. This extrapolates to low-end TE1 numbers and he's certainly a worthy start when he's healthy enough to play. His ADP is currently in the 13th/14th round, so he's a low risk pick.

Ravens Beat: Justin Forsett 'can expect the same load' in 2015

Tuesday, May 26, 2015, 11:52am

Baltimore Ravens - [Full Article]

Ravens writer John Eisenberg was asked, "Who backs up Justin Forsett?"

The Ravens’ running back piled up 235 carries during his breakout 2014 season, but the team’s other backs combined for 167 carries, which is a lot. Forsett can expect the same load in 2015, but plenty of opportunity exists behind him. Lorenzo Taliaferro moved piles at times as a rookie in 2014 and could be a short-yardage option, but my eyes are on rookie Buck Allen, who totaled almost 2,000 rushing and receiving yards for Southern Cal last season.

Fantasy Impact:

We don't project Forsett to see as many carries as he did in 2014 under then-OC Gary Kubiak. His new coordinator, Marc Trestman, favors a pass-heavy approach, and over the past two seasons, Trestman's Bears only averaged 380 carries. Conversely, the Ravens racked up 448 carries last season. If Forsett sees the same share (52.5%) of the Bears' two-year average, it works out to 200 carries. We project the Ravens for around 408 carries, since the team has said it hopes to keep Kubiak's rushing principles in place and HC John Harbaugh is an offensive-minded coach who can ensure that happens. The Ravens drafted Javorius Allen to contribute, so we believe Forsett's share of carries drops to around 42%, which yields 170 carries. However, we project Forsett to set a career high in catches (61.8) since Trestman loves to use his running backs in the passing game. This makes Forsett a good 3rd round value, especially in PPR formats.

Ravens Beat: TE Dennis Pitta (hip) likely to start season on PUP

Saturday, May 16, 2015, 8:13pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Ravens beat writer Jamison Hensley: "I'm ... under the assumption that tight end Dennis Pitta and safety Terrence Brooks will begin the season on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list."

Fantasy Impact:

If Pitta starts the season on PUP, he won't be eligible to play in the first six games. It's not often that rookie tight ends are fantasy relevant. It's a tough position to learn and since it's a "onesie" position in most fantasy leagues, there isn't a ton of demand. Maxx Williams has a chance to be a factor at the position given the opportunity he has for playing time in Marc Trestman's pass-happy offense. Under Trestman, Martellus Bennett finished as the #10 and #5 TE in both PPR and standard formats in the last two seasons. If Williams has a great summer, he may be TE2-worthy in fantasy drafts.

Saturday, May 9, 2015, 10:13am

ESPN - [Full Article]

“Did a lot of movement today,” Bears WR Kevin White said. “Left side and in the slot on the right side. Slot in the left. So a lot different than college. Just trying to get adjusted. First day. So it wasn’t as good as I wanted it to be. But I’m learning the system and trying to get better each and every day.

“There’s a lot of information to take for day one. Everything gets thrown at you at one time. So you’ve got to kind of relax and try to take it all in and just learn.”

One of White’s biggest supporters is Bears offensive coordinator Adam Gase, who endorsed White after the wide receiver’s April pre-draft visit to Halas Hall.

“He was outstanding,” Gase said. “He could tell you exactly what the checks were, what him and the quarterback, what page they were on. It was pretty impressive when he came in the building. We really like what he brought to the table, and we look for specific routes, and when we see one or two things, we know they can do the entire tree, so his speed, his body control, the way that he bursts off the ball, all those things we really liked.”

Fantasy Impact:

White replaces Brandon Marshall, who was traded to the Jets. He has a capable quarterback in Jay Cutler, though he comes in as the clear #2 option to the already established Alshon Jeffery. Marshall averaged 8.2 targets per game last season, but that was with Marc Trestman calling the plays. Gase figures to call a more balanced offense. White is a great talent and should be a fantasy factor as a rookie — just don’t expect WR1-type targets with Jeffery in the mix.

Oddsmakers say Chargers RB Melvin Gordon is the favorite to win OROY

Tuesday, May 5, 2015, 7:06pm

Union-Tribune - [Full Article]

Las Vegas oddsmakers have made running back Melvin Gordon the favorite to with the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year.

The sportsbook Bovada.com lists Gordon's odds at 13 to 2.

Quarterbacks Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota, drafted first and second, are next at 7 to 1.

Behind them are three other players drafted before Gordon: receiver Amari Cooper 15-2, running back Todd Gurley 8-1 and receiver Kevin White 10-1.

Fantasy Impact:

All six players were first round picks. We agree that Gordon has the best chance to shine among the running backs, especially since Gurley is coming off of an ACL tear.

Browns say QB Josh McCown is the heavy favorite to start

Tuesday, May 5, 2015, 10:03am

NFL.com - [Full Article]

In a radio interview on Monday, Browns head coach Mike Pettine said what we all knew was true: Josh McCown is the heavy favorite to be the team's starting quarterback.

Johnny Manziel is fresh out of a 10-week stay in a rehab facility. McCown is a stable veteran with a career completion percentage near 60. This wasn't difficult.

"We just look back to when he was in Chicago, when he had a pretty good supporting cast around him, and he was able to be more than functional. He had a very successful year," Pettine said on WKRK-FM, via the Beacon Journal. "When you build the team right, it minimizes the importance of the quarterback."

Fantasy Impact:

The problem here is that while in Chicago, McCown was throwing to Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery and Martellus Bennett and now he'll be targeting Dwayne Bowe, Brian Hartline and Rob Housler. That's a serious downgrade at all three positions. McCown didn't play particularly well with Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans in 2014, there's no reason to believe that he's going to make a passing game go with Bowe, Hartline and Housler.

Looking for a new contract, Bears RB Matt Forte plans to skip voluntary minicamp

Tuesday, April 28, 2015, 12:27pm

Sun-Times - [Full Article]

Bears running back Matt Forte was named the 2015 Brian Piccolo Award winner on Tuesday. But Forte was not present at the ceremony and is set to sit out the Bears’ voluntary minicamp.

Coach John Fox said during the ceremony that Forte, who is looking for a contract extension, was not at Halas Hall. The Bears’ first minicamp practice is Tuesday afternoon. Forte also has missed the Bears’ voluntary workouts this month.

Fantasy Impact:

Forte has finished in the top 4 in both PPR and standard formats in the last two years, but his usage (especially in the passing game) was up under former OC Marc Trestman. He’s likely to see a drop in targets, but should still be good for 50-60 catches under new OC Adam Gase. Provided that his holdout doesn’t continue into the summer, Forte should deliver on his mid- to late-1st round ADP.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015, 5:26pm

Adam Caplan, Twitter - [Full Article]

Bears announced: signed RB Jacquizz Rodgers to a one-year deal.

Schefter: Justin Forsett to re-sign with the Ravens

Thursday, March 12, 2015, 2:56pm

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

Ravens are giving RB Justin Forsett a three-year deal, per source.

Fantasy Impact:

Forsett should see his PPR upside increase due to new OC Marc Trestman's tendency to use his running backs in the passing game. Under Trestman, Matt Forte caught 176 passes in the last two seasons, including 102 catches in 2014. Forsett caught 44 passes last season, and could potentially see that number double if he's the RB1 for the Ravens in 2015. However, the loss of OC Gary Kubiak is likely to hurt the Ravens’ running game. As the #8 RB in both standard and PPR formats in 2014, he'll likely hold RB2-type draft value if he continues as the lead back in Baltimore.

WR Eddie Royal agrees to terms with the Bears

Thursday, March 12, 2015, 10:31am

SportsCenter - [Full Article]

It's official: WR Eddie Royal & Bears agree to terms.

Fantasy Impact:

With Brandon Marshall gone, the Bears needed someone to man the slot, and that's Royal's forte. He has finished in the top 35 in standard formats in each of the last two seasons, thanks to 15 touchdowns in that span.

Jets make Percy Harvin's release official

Tuesday, March 10, 2015, 8:35pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Four days after acquiring wide receiver Brandon Marshall in a now-official trade, the New York Jets made the expected follow-up move Tuesday, releasing receiver Percy Harvin.

The Jets waited until Marshall passed his physical before parting ways with Harvin, whose ouster was announced simultaneously with confirmation of the trade.

Fantasy Impact:

Harvin is a playmaker, but he's been dumped by his third team in two years, so suitors would be wise to be cautious. Even so, he's going to draw plenty of interest on the open market.

Jets expected to release WR Percy Harvin

Friday, March 6, 2015, 4:23pm

Ian Rapoport, Twitter - [Full Article]

Jets are expected to release WR Percy Harvin, sources say. Not a surprise given today’s Brandon Marshall trade. Will have an active market

Fantasy Impact:

In his final three seasons with the Vikings, Harvin averaged 16.3 fantasy points (PPR) and was dangerous in both the passing game (averaging 5.6-64-.35) and the running game (2.4 carries for 14 yards and 0.10 TD). In 14 regular season games with the Seahawks and the Jets, Harvin has averaged just 50 total yards and 0.14 TD per game, resulting in 9.6 PPR fantasy points. He turns 27 this summer and still has elite speed for his position, so he should be a hot commodity in free agency despite his poor production in recent years. There are character concerns, but if he lands in the right situation, he will be a fantasy factor in 2015.

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