Bears Fantasy News

The Alshon Jeffery (calf) mystery continues

Tuesday, September 1, 2015, 4:37pm

Chicago Tribune - [Full Article]

The Alshon Jeffery mystery has entered its third week with the Bears wide receiver missing yet another full week of practice because of a left calf injury.

Jeffery did not attend Tuesday’s practice at Halas Hall, the team’s final full practice before Week 1 preparation begins next week. Jeffery was also not present at Monday’s practice after being left home from the team’s weekend trip to Cincinnati.

Fantasy Impact:

Details on his health and whereabouts have been hard to come by. Bears coach John Fox was terse and vague in his responses. Fox asserted that Jeffery has indeed been present at Halas Hall this week but still left the "day-to-day" label on the receiver’s status even though Jeffery hasn’t completed a practice since Aug. 11. Fellow receivers Eddie Royal (hip) and Marquess Wilson (hamstring) also missed Tuesday’s practice. But both players did some light work off to the side and were sideline spectators during the team portions of practice.

Randall Cobb expected to play Week 1

Tuesday, September 1, 2015, 2:54pm

CBS Sports - [Full Article]

Despite the scare he gave the Packers when he hobbled off the field last Saturday, Randall Cobb is expected to play in the team's first game of the season, according to both Fox Sports and ESPN.

Fox Sports' report quoted a source who said that Cobb "is going to be fine." ESPN also cited a source, reporting that the Packers believe Cobb has a "good chance" to play against the Bears on September 13.

On just the team's third offensive play on Saturday, Cobb landed on his right shoulder after trying to catch a pass. Cobb reportedly suffered a sprained shoulder, according to both NFL Media and ESPN, with Ian Rapoport calling it an AC joint sprain.

Fantasy Impact:

With Jordy Nelson already out for the season, the news of Cobb's fast recovery should ease the minds of the Packers, as he's expected to fill Nelson's void as Aaron Rodgers' No. 1 target. Last season, Cobb caught 91 passes for 1,287 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Monday, August 31, 2015, 4:25pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Chicago Bears backup quarterback Jimmy Clausen suffered a concussion on Saturday when he got hit by Cincinnati Bengals outside linebacker P.J. Dawson while attempting to slide late in the fourth quarter of the Bears’ 21-10 loss at Paul Brown Stadium.

Immediately following the game the Bears announced that Clausen did not have a concussion, but that prognosis changed when the No. 2 quarterback experienced delayed symptoms.

“He does have a concussion,” Bears coach John Fox said. “So you’re not confused, during the game he was cleared on the on-field prognosis, and then he had symptoms so he’s been classified with a concussion. He’ll go into that protocol."

Clausen also missed Week 17 of last year because of a concussion.

Bears place Kevin White on PUP, out for the first six games

Sunday, August 30, 2015, 11:17pm

Windy City Gridiron - [Full Article]

The Chicago Bears have announced that rookie wide receiver Kevin White is going on the reserve/physically unable to perform (PUP) list.

White was the 7th overall draft pick by the Bears, but his 2015 season is in jeopardy. White was fine at the beginning of OTAs, but he aggravated his shin towards the end of their offseason workout program. The Bears decided to start training camp with White on the PUP list, but once he started some light running, he felt discomfort.

He was re-evaluated and a stress fracture was discovered. White underwent surgery a week ago and had a rod inserted into his shin.

With White starting on the PUP list that means he's ineligible to play for at least the first six games of the regular season.

Fantasy Impact:

White's season is reportedly in jeopardy, but the Bears aren't closing the door on his rookie year. He may be able to make an impact later in the season, but he's only draftable in redraft leagues with large rosters and/or an IR spot. Eddie Royal's stock is on the rise since he'll be starting for at least the first six weeks, probably longer.

Chargers WR Stevie Johnson looking like his old self

Sunday, August 30, 2015, 12:02am

Union Tribune - [Full Article]

What we saw from Stevie Johnson in Saturday night's exhibition against the Seattle Seahawks, the connection with Rivers that the Chargers hope to see so much this season, was borne in May and June and rekindled in August.

On the Chargers’ first possession, Johnson suddenly darted left, pulling away from the safety covering him in the slot to make a 34-yard reception-and-run that converted a third down. Before leaving with the rest of the first-team offense at halftime, Johnson had two more third-down conversions and finished with four receptions for 64 yards.

That is what replacing Eddie Royal looks like.

There is great potential in the marrying of Johnson’s ability to separate combined with Rivers’ ability to throw receivers open. When Rivers develops a rapport with a target, he anticipates where that receiver will be and makes connections that seemingly should never happen.

Fantasy Impact:

From 2010 to 2012, Johnson 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. Johnson is having a good camp, so it appears that he’ll play ahead of retiring wideout Malcom Floyd.

Bengals QB Andy Dalton leaves with a neck injury

Saturday, August 29, 2015, 11:56pm

PFT - [Full Article]

For some reason, Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson called three running plays for Andy Dalton on the opening drive of Saturday night’s preseason game vs. the Bears.

After the third, a quarterback sneak, Dalton left the game with what the team called a neck injury. He was examined on the sideline by trainers and then remained on the sideline but didn’t return to the game. At halftime, Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said Dalton is fine and taking him out of the game was a precautionary measure.

Fantasy Impact:

This is probably nothing to worry about, but it's something to monitor over the next week. Dalton may be poised for a bounceback season now that all of his major weapons are healthy.

Chargers Beat: Stevie Johnson has 'looked rejuvenated' and has a 'good rapport' 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 ESPNChicago.com. “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.

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