Bears Fantasy News

Chargers Beat: Stevie Johnson has 'looked rejuvenated' and has a 'good report' with Philip Rivers

Friday, August 28, 2015, 11:35pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Chargers beat writer Eric D. Williams: Stevie Johnson signed with the Chargers in free agency to help fill the void left by Eddie Royal's departure, and so far has looked rejuvenated in San Diego’s offensive system. Johnson’s developed a good rapport with Philip Rivers and will be used both in the slot and on the perimeter. He has a shot at 50 receptions and at least four touchdowns.

Fantasy Impact:

We project Johnson for 54-755-5.2 as the Chargers' WR2. From 2010 to 2012, he was one of the most consistent receivers in football, posting at least 76 catches, 1,004 yards and six touchdowns in three straight seasons. In PPR formats, he was the #10, #16 and #18 receiver in those seasons. The Chargers lost Eddie Royal, so there are targets to be had, especially with TE Antonio Gates suspended for the first four games.

Bears Beat: Eddie Royal should exceed last year's numbers

Friday, August 28, 2015, 10:05pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Bears beat writer Jeff Dickerson: Eddie Royal's value just skyrocketed in the wake of Kevin White's potentially season-ending shin injury. Royal can play all three wide receiver positions and he has a built-in relationship with Jay Cutler. I’d be surprised if Royal doesn’t exceed the numbers he put up last year in San Diego (62-778-7).

Fantasy Impact:

Last year, Royal was the #31 receiver in PPR formats and he's currently the 45th receiver off the board in the late 9th round. Royal is slated to fill the WR2 role for the Bears for at least the first six weeks (probably longer) with Kevin White sidelined with a stress fracture. In fact, White's season is reportedly in jeopardy, so Royal could potentially start the entire year. He finished in the top 40 in each of the last two seasons, and was the #16 fantasy receiver as a rookie in Denver (91-980-5). Who threw him the ball that year? Jay Cutler.

Eddie Royal (hip) latest injured WR for Bears

Wednesday, August 26, 2015, 3:59pm

Chicago Tribune - [Full Article]

Add Eddie Royal to the list of the walking wounded among Bears receivers. Royal missed Wednesday's practice at Halas Hall with a hip injury, further depleting the offense of playmakers and causing yet another round of shuffling as the Bears ready for Saturday night's exhibition game in Cincinnati.

Coach John Fox stamped his standard "day to day" label on Royal. But that, of course, means very little. When training camp began, the Bears referred to Kevin White as "day to day" with a shin injury. White, however, may now be lost for the season after having surgery this weekend to repair a stress fracture in his left shin.

Said quarterback Jay Cutler: "I've never been a part of anything like that — all four (top receivers) going down like that. It's a great opportunity for these (other) guys and it's given me an opportunity to work with them and do some hands-on stuff with them."

Fantasy Impact:

Alshon Jeffery has been "day to day" with a calf strain since Aug. 12 and was still not back at practice on Wednesday. Marquess Wilson also did not practice, dealing with a hamstring issue. So if you're keeping count, the Bears' top four receivers are now unavailable. Next men up: Josh Bellamy, Marc Mariani, Rashad Lawrence and Cam Meredith.

Alshon Jeffery sits out again, status still unclear

Monday, August 24, 2015, 2:55pm

Chicago Tribune - [Full Article]

Chicago Bears receiver Alshon Jeffery did not participate in Monday’s practice at Halas Hall, still hindered by the calf strain he suffered during a practice on Aug. 12. Marquess Wilson was also a spectator Monday, sidelined himself after suffering a hamstring injury during Saturday night’s 23-11 victory over the Indianapolis Colts.

That left the first-unit offense significantly short-handed once again as the Bears dived into preparation for their third game of the preseason. It’s too early to say yet whether either Jeffery or Wilson will return to practice this week or play in Saturday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Jeffery, coach John Fox asserted, is still “day to day” with his injury. And the Bears will certainly focus more on assuring their top receiver’s ability for the season opener than pushing him back into action for exhibition action this week.

“When they clear him medically and we feel like it’s the smartest thing to do, he’ll be out there,” Fox said. “So I won’t be able to tell you (where he is) until we get closer to game day. … We’d prefer him out there and he’s doing everything he can to get out there. But it’s nobody’s fault. It’s not his fault. It’s not our fault. It’s part of football.”

Fantasy Impact:

During team drills at the end of Monday’s practice, the three receivers working with quarterback Jay Cutler and the starting offense were Eddie Royal, Josh Bellamy and Rashad Lawrence. That’s not exactly the murderer’s row of big-play targets that Cutler and offensive coordinator Adam Gase envisioned. But the Bears will push forward, hoping Jeffery and Wilson get well soon, the story said.

Saturday, August 22, 2015, 1:18pm

CSN Mid-Atlantic - [Full Article]

Perhaps Derek Carrier won’t be the Redskins’ savior at the tight end position. But he does have some NFL experience under his belt, something that all but two members of the injury-ravaged tight end corps of the Redskins lack.

General manager Scot McCloughan said that he likes tough football players and based on this one, very small sample size of work, a 22-yard catch over the middle against the Bears on Sunday night football last year, it looks like he fits the bill there.

Fantasy Impact:

In terms of snap counts, Carrier was the 49ers No. 2 tight end last year. He played 356 snaps at tight end, second to Vernon Davis’ 830. It should also be noted that Carrier played 168 snaps on special teams. With special teams stalwarts Niles Paul, Logan Paulsen and Adam Hayward all out for the year with injuries, the Redskins need some experienced special teams help. It is likely that Carrier will provide that.

Cutler: Bears WR Marquess Wilson 'can do anything'

Thursday, August 20, 2015, 10:55pm

Chicago Tribune - [Full Article]

Jay Cutler, for one, expressed confidence in the 22-year-old Marquess Wilson.

"He can do anything," Cutler said. "You can put him inside. You can put him outside. He can break in, he can break out. Man-to-man, he's good off the press. He has a huge array of routes that he can do."

Now, Wilson has the opportunity to prove it. And the Bears are counting on him.

Fantasy Impact:

Wilson will get a bump in snaps with Kevin White sidelined, but we're expecting Eddie Royal to be the other fantasy starter in the team's receiving corps.

Bears GM: Alshon Jeffery has a 'mild calf strain,' not worried about Week 1 availability

Wednesday, August 19, 2015, 3:42pm

PFT - [Full Article]

A calf injury kept Alshon Jeffery from playing in Chicago’s preseason opener and Bears General Manager Ryan Pace said that the wideout will be on the sideline again this week, although he added that the team isn’t worried about a long absence.

“He has a mild calf strain,” Pace said, via “He’s not going to participate versus Indianapolis. But this isn’t a long-term injury with Alshon,” Pace said. “We don’t anticipate that [he’ll] miss the Green Bay game.”

Fantasy Impact:

In PPR formats, Jeffery finished #8 in 2013 and #10 last year. With Brandon Marshall gone, there is no serious threat to his targets, so he should once again post WR1 numbers. Sure, Marc Trestman is gone, but it’s not like the Denver passing game suffered under Adam Gase. Jeffery will play the Demaryius Thomas role in Gase’s offense. The calf injury is a minor concern, and while the Bears have lied about injuries before (e.g. Kevin White), we would think that they'd be making major moves at the position if they thought Jeffery would miss regular season action.

Eddie Royal could see time on the outside

Sunday, August 16, 2015, 8:30pm

Chicago Tribune - [Full Article]

News of the stress fracture in WR Kevin White's left shin on Saturday rattled a Bears fan base with high expectations for the receiver's rookie season.

Inside the team, however, business continued as usual. After all, the Bears have been practicing without White since his stress fracture was first detected in mid-June.

Now that White's chances of playing in 2015 seem dim, Bears receivers have a clearer sense of their challenge in replacing his contribution.

Veteran Eddie Royal, who signed as a free agent in March, was likely to be a starter regardless of White's health. The Bears like him as a slot receiver because of his suddenness and ability to gain yards after the catch. Without White, though, he could play more outside.

Royal came into the league with the Broncos in 2008 playing outside and has done so throughout his career.

"I've been trying to learn the whole system just so if anything happens that I'll be able to step in and play wherever," he said after Sunday's practice. "We've got a number of guys that are doing that."

Fantasy Impact:

With Alshon Jeffery also a bit banged up, chances are good Royal at least gets some practice on the outside in camp. If Jeffery is fine, as expected, third-year receiver Marquess Wilson is another one who can play on the outside. Wilson wowed the crowd Sunday with a leaping catch on a deep throw down the right sideline from Jay Cutler. It's possible with Wilson around, Royal continues to play in the slot, but the news here is because of injuries, Royal may have a little more fantasy value than we've been used to him having during his time with the Chargers.

Alshon Jeffery (calf strain) will miss at least a week

Saturday, August 15, 2015, 4:56pm

Chicago Tribune - [Full Article]

As if the news that rookie receiver Kevin White needs surgery on a stress fracture in his shin wasn’t bad enough, the Chicago Bears will also continue holding their breath with distressing injury news about top receiver Alshon Jeffery.

Jeffery suffered a calf strain last week, sat out the team’s preseason opener against the Dolphins on Thursday night and isn’t likely to return to practice for more than a week. On Saturday morning, general manager Ryan Pace framed Jeffery’s injury as minor while confirming that the fourth-year receiver won’t be back on the field at any point before the team’s next preseason game Aug. 22 in Indianapolis.

“This isn't a long-term injury with Alshon,” Pace asserted.

Fantasy Impact:

The Bears are going to be very careful with Jeffery after the news of White broke today. The Bears GM also said he has no reason to worry that Jeffery won’t be fully healthy again by the start of the regular season four weeks from now. But any outside skepticism surrounding the team’s injury updates seems to be warranted. The Bears cast White’s shin injury as minor when training camp opened, labeling the receiver as "day to day," the story said.

Bears WR Kevin White (stress fracture) will undergo surgery, start season on PUP

Saturday, August 15, 2015, 12:51pm

Jay Glazer, Twitter - [Full Article]

Bears decided to have first-round WR Kevin White undergo surgery to repair stress fracture in his leg after another setback this week. White was coming along in his rehab after team held him back since end of OTAs then felt pain this week. Will start season on PUP.

Fantasy Impact:

White will apparently start the season on PUP so he’ll miss the first six games of the year. Even then, he’ll have to work his way back into shape, so we should only expect about a half season of production from him. He’s a late-round flier in leagues that have IR spots or other ways to stash injured players. His absence creates a big opportunity for Eddie Royal and Marquess Wilson, who should fill the WR2 and WR3 roles, respectively. Also look for Jay Cutler to lean on Martellus Bennett over the middle and in the red zone.

Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (calf) expected to miss 'about one week'

Friday, August 14, 2015, 8:09pm

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

Bears' WR Alshon Jeffery is expected to miss about one week with his mild calf strain, per a source -- good news for Chicago.

Fantasy Impact:

This is good news for the Bears; it doesn't sound like the injury is serious. In PPR formats, Jeffery finished #8 in 2013 and #10 last year. With Brandon Marshall gone, there is no serious threat to his targets, so he should once again post WR1 numbers. Sure, Marc Trestman is gone, but it’s not like the Denver passing game suffered under Adam Gase. Jeffery will play the Demaryius Thomas role in Gase’s offense.

Bears WR Kevin White (shin) says he could play, team is just being cautious

Friday, August 14, 2015, 8:01pm

Chicago Tribune - [Full Article]

Kevin White says he’s ready to begin his Chicago Bears career now, but the rookie receiver trying to remain patient and diligent on the team’s cautious timetable for returning from a left shin injury that has sidelined him since mid-June.

White, this year’s seventh-overall draft pick, spoke publicly Friday afternoon for the first time since the Bears shut him down during their spring practices. He said his shin does not have a stress fracture, and he indicated the next stage is his recovery plan will be determined during a meeting with trainers and coaches in Bourbonnais as early as Saturday.

“Yeah, I feel I could play, but I got to listen to the coaches, trainers. If they just say, ‘Kevin, give it another week,’ or whatever it is, then that’s what I have to do. Hopefully we’ll get some good news, and hopefully I’ll be back out there very soon."

Fantasy Impact:

White's injury is even more important now that Alshon Jeffery is out with a calf strain. It's not a great start for the rookie, but he's very talented and should make an immediate impact if he plays starter's snaps.

Bears WR Alshon Jeffery in a walking boot and 'day to day' with a calf injury

Friday, August 14, 2015, 2:24am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Chicago Bears coach John Fox waited until after the team's preseason debut Thursday night to reveal that No. 1 receiver Alshon Jeffery strained a calf muscle during a recent training camp practice.

Jeffery, who missed the Bears' 27-10 victory over the Miami Dolphins, is on crutches and wearing a walking boot to immobilize the injured part of his body.

"He did it in a practice before we came [back to Chicago]," HC John Fox said. "He'll be day to day."

Fox said he is unsure when Jeffery will receive the necessary medical clearance to practice.

"He'll be back in Bourbonnais because he has to get treatment," Fox said. "But I can't [say when he'll back on the practice field]. I'll keep you posted."

Fantasy Impact:

This is a bit concerning but the walking boot may just be a precaution. For now, we'll take Fox at his word that Jeffery is truly 'day to day.'

Tuesday, August 11, 2015, 9:19am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Dolphins WR Kenny Stills has missed the entire week of preparation and likely will be out for Thursday’s preseason opener against the Chicago Bears.

Backup receiver Rishard Matthews also has taken Stills' place with Miami’s first-team offense in training camp.

Other injuries for Miami Tuesday include rookie running back Jay Ajayi (hamstring).

Monday, August 10, 2015, 8:33pm - [Full Article]

Alshon Jeffery was the MVP of Monday's practice, making a handful of excellent catches.

The Bears receiver hauled in Jay Cutler passes deep down the left sideline, leaping over cornerback Kyle Fuller in the back of the end zone and after losing his footing on the grass.

"On a hot, humid day like this was today, I thought he did a heck of a job competing each period," said receivers coach Mike Groh. "When he was in there it was full go. It was as hard as he could go, as much as he could give us offensively. He made plays. He's got to be that guy that Jay can count on in those sticky situations, and I think he's becoming that."

Receiver Marquess Wilson also excelled in Monday's practice, making a one-handed grab deep down the middle of the field.

Wilson has performed well in training camp just like he was doing a year ago in Bourbonnais before sustaining a broken collarbone that sidelined him for the first nine games of the season.

"He made a great catch today, didn't he, making that play in a two-minute situation for us," Groh said. "I think he's had a productive camp, really kind of picked up where he was last summer.

"I'm pleased with his progress. He's a guy that we believe has enough skills to be a productive player for us in this offense and in this system."

Fantasy Impact:

Meanwhile, first round pick Kevin White can't get on the field because of a shin injury and his stock continues to fall a bit. He did do some running but the team said they won't rush him and he may not play in the preseason. With Wilson standing out so far, and veteran Eddie Royal around, White will have some catching up to do.

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