Bears Fantasy News

Lions RB Ameer Abdullah recovering from shoulder surgery

Thursday, May 26, 2016, 1:26pm

Free- Press - [Full Article]

Detroit Lions running back Ameer Abdullah underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder in January and could miss the rest of the off-season, a person with knowledge of the procedure but not authorized to speak about it publicly told the Free Press today.

Abdullah, who led the Lions in rushing yards (597) and the NFL in kick-return yards as a rookie, suffered his injury in a December win over the New Orleans Saints.

He started the final two games of the year, wins over the San Francisco 49ers and Chicago Bears, and visited Dr. James Andrews for surgery after the season.

Fantasy Impact:

If healthy, Abdullah will probably lead the Lions in carries, but Theo Riddick will likely serve as the primary pass-catcher out of the backfield, while Stevan Ridley and Zach Zenner could eat into Abdullah's early-down and short-yardage touches.

Bears looking to replace Matt Forte with a committee

Friday, May 20, 2016, 12:51pm

Chicago Tribune - [Full Article]

After Matt Forte spent the last eight seasons as the offense's heartbeat, coach John Fox seeks to keep it pumping with a committee approach. Replacing Forte's production, dependability and steadying presence is one of the team's greatest challenges entering Fox's second season.

"Maybe not one can do all that Matt brought to the table," running backs coach Stan Drayton said. "But they all bring a strength that can probably add up to what he brought. To say you're going to replace Matt Forte — it's going to take years, right?"

Probably. But Fox at least has a feel for managing a committee of backs, having deployed it as coach of the Panthers and Broncos. He knows what he's looking for as the competition progresses through spring practices, the preseason and into the regular season. Typically, he settles on two backs after analyzing a variety of factors.

"Who they are, what their strengths and weaknesses are," Fox said. "Then situationally, it can be…whoever has a hot hand."

While the uncertainty involving Jeremy Langford centers more on how he'll perform than whether he'll be in the rotation, the rest of the time share offers more questions than answers.

Jordan Howard's bruising style appealed to the Bears as a complement to Langford's speed. He'll have to prove his durability over a full NFL season, but the Bears like his chances to do so as part of a committee.

Related players: KaDeem Carey

Fantasy Impact:

The Bears fed the ball to Langford in the three games that Forte missed last year (21.3 touches per game), but Fox has always favored a committee approach at the position. The team tried to sign C.J. Anderson, so clearly they weren't sold on Langford as their workhorse back. He should lead the team in RB touches, but he'll share the workload with Howard and/or KaDeem Carey.

Bears sign QB Brian Hoyer

Saturday, April 30, 2016, 9:09pm

Jason La Canfora - [Full Article]

QB Brian Hoyer has agreed to terms with the Bears.

Fantasy Impact:

It's strange that Hoyer didn't sign with a team that's more QB-needy than the Bears, but clearly he didn't have much of a market for his services if he's willing to sign a one-year deal worth "only" $2 million.

Bears WR Kevin White back to full speed

Saturday, April 16, 2016, 11:02pm

PFT - [Full Article]

Last month, Bears G.M. Ryan Pace said that former West Virginia receiver Kevin White, the 2015 seventh overall pick who missed all of his rookie season after having a titanium rod inserted in his tibia, needed only the “mental confidence to go full speed.” White apparently has found it, and then some.

Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune tells a story that starts with White recently supervising two of his younger brothers in receiver drills and that ends with White challenging best friend Devon Blake to a footrace.

White, who had been cleared to run and who once upon a time routinely lost to Blake, blazed to a win so easy that he turned to Blake to taunt him halfway through the run.

Fantasy Impact:

White, who spent the entire year on the shelf with a severe case of shin splints and/or some sort of leg injury, should have a big role in 2016. He was starting to practice before the end of the season but landed on injured reserve since he wasn’t in game shape and there was no really point in rushing him back in what became a lost season for the Bears. He was the #7 overall pick in the 2015 Draft and the bottom line is that the Bears need him.

Vikings WR Charles Johnson had a broken rib in 2015

Thursday, April 7, 2016, 5:25pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Vikings receiver Charles Johnson said on Thursday he broke a rib last September against San Diego, while trying to come back for a ball that San Diego's Steve Williams intercepted. Johnson said it took him until the Vikings' win over the Chicago Bears on Nov. 1 – during which the receiver made a critical 34-yard catch – to feel like he could play while managing the injury. "You can't sneeze, you can't move, laughing hurts," Johnson said. "But it's all good now."

Fantasy Impact:

This helps to explain his extremely disappointing production after a hot finish to the 2014 season. With Mike Wallace out of the way, Johnson should have a chance to compete for starter's snaps now that he's fully healthy.

Packers to sign TE Jared Cook

Monday, March 28, 2016, 10:15am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Tight end Jared Cook will sign a deal to join the Green Bay Packers, sources told ESPN.

Cook is in Green Bay taking a physical before the deal will be official, a source told ESPN Packers reporter Rob Demovsky.

The Carolina Panthers, Atlanta Falcons and Chicago Bears also had interest in the 28-year-old, sources told ESPN, but he opted to join Green Bay and its offense led by quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

Fantasy Impact:

Cook finished #28 in 2015 (PPR), but in the four prior seasons, he posted an average ranking of 16.3. He ran a 4.49 40-yard dash at the combine back in 2009 and while he's probably lost a step along the way, he can still threaten the seam better than Richard Rodgers. It's not inconceivable that he turns into a fantasy starter, but the position is deep this year and unless he vastly outplays Rodgers, he's more likely to form a committee with the third-year tight end.

Saints match Bears' offer sheet to TE Josh Hill

Friday, March 25, 2016, 4:09pm

nola.com - [Full Article]

The New Orleans Saints are keeping tight end Josh Hill by matching the offer sheet he signed with the Chicago Bears, the team announced Friday.

Fantasy Impact:

This means that Hill is staying in New Orleans. He isn't likely to have much fantasy value playing behind Coby Fleener, but owners should have him on speed dial if Fleener can't stay healthy.

Bears say that WR Kevin White is '100 percent healthy'

Tuesday, March 22, 2016, 5:05pm

Adam Jahns - [Full Article]

Bears GM Ryan Pace said WR Kevin White is 100 percent healthy.

Fantasy Impact:

White, who spent the entire year on the shelf with a severe case of shin splints and/or some sort of leg injury, should have a big role in 2016. He was starting to practice before the end of the season but landed on injured reserve since he wasn’t in game shape and there was no really point in rushing him back in what became a lost season for the Bears. He was the #7 overall pick in the 2015 Draft and the bottom line is that the Bears need him.

Bears sign RFA TE Josh Hill to an offer sheet

Tuesday, March 22, 2016, 4:59pm

Brad Biggs - [Full Article]

It is a 3-year contract for TE Josh Hill and Saints have until Sunday to match Bears offer.

Fantasy Impact:

Hill was a 4for4 sleeper last summer until it became clear that the Saints were intent on starting Benjamin Watson at tight end. If Hill signs with the Bears, then he'll likely back up Zachary Miller who played very well down the stretch last season.

Patriots trade for TE Martellus Bennett

Wednesday, March 16, 2016, 8:00pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Chicago Bears are trading tight end Martellus Bennett to the New England Patriots for a fourth-round draft pick, league sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

The teams are finalizing a deal, but the Patriots will also receive a sixth-round draft choice in exchange for Bennett, according to sources.

The Patriots have traditionally preferred to run a multiple tight-end offense, which hit its peak in 2011 with Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez. In 2015, the club thought it had a strong 1-2 punch with Gronkowski and Scott Chandler, who was signed as a free agent, but Chandler didn't pan out after inking a two-year contract worth a maximum value of $5.3 million.

Fantasy Impact:

The Bears found a taker in the Patriots, who have been searching for an athletic tight end to fill the Aaron Hernandez role in the offense. Bennett will play second fiddle to Rob Gronkowski, and will likely trail Julian Edelman and Dion Lewis in targets. Bennett's departure opens the door for starter's snaps for Zachary Miller in Chicago. Miller could post TE1 numbers after coming on strong down the stretch last season.

Bears re-sign TE Zach Miller to a two-year deal

Monday, March 14, 2016, 11:50pm

Chicago Tribune - [Full Article]

If Zachary Miller is called on to be the Bears' No. 1 tight end this season, he's ready.

The contract he agreed to Monday certainly makes it appear the Bears believe he can handle the role. Miller flew in Monday night to sign a two-year deal worth $6 million with a chance to earn another $2 million.

The Bears leaned on Miller, 31, during the second half of last season, when he finally received an opportunity. With Martellus Bennett's situation tenuous at best, Miller is ready to pick up where he left off.

"I think I showed (I could be a No. 1)," Miller told the Tribune. "If that is wanted of me, I definitely can do it. However it plays out with Marty, I know he is a great player and a great friend. Love being around him, but that is out of my control, out of his control."

Fantasy Impact:

Miller was the #5 TE over the final nine weeks of the season, and that includes Week 17, which he missed due to injury. He averaged 3.9 catches for 51 yards and 0.63 TD (on 5.1 targets per game) in that span. In the four games that Martellus Bennett missed, Miller averaged 5.0-55-0.50 on 6.8 targets per game. Those are solid TE1 numbers in both standard and PPR formats. Miller is 31 years old and has had trouble staying healthy throughout his career, but he'll be a compelling pick in the later rounds if the Bears part ways with Bennett and re-sign Miller.

Monday, March 14, 2016, 12:49pm

Adam Caplan - [Full Article]

Bears announced: Re-signed TE Rob Housler.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 5:11pm

Fox Sports - [Full Article]

The Denver Broncos lost another member of their smothering championship defense when linebacker Danny Trevathan agreed to a four-year deal with the Bears.

Jets to sign RB Matt Forte

Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 3:17pm

Adam Schefter - [Full Article]

Matt Forte is signing with the NY Jets, per source.

Fantasy Impact:

Forte finished as the #9 RB in standard (#7 in PPR) despite missing three games. He's on the wrong side of 30, and his YPC is down over the last couple of years, but he's still a very capable runner and is fantastic in the passing game. Chris Ivory has already signed elsewhere and it appears that Bilal Powell may be gone as well, so Forte figures to serve as the Jets' three-down back barring another big signing/draft pick.

Bears will place franchise tag on WR Alshon Jeffery

Friday, February 26, 2016, 5:10pm

CBS Sports - [Full Article]

When Alshon Jeffery was on the field during the 2015 season, the wide receiver was almost unstoppable. The problem for the Bears is that Jeffery wasn't on the field that often.

Jeffery missed seven games in 2015 as he battled a series of calf, hamstring and groin injuries. Despite those injuries, the Bears have complete faith in Jeffery's health and they proved it on Friday by hitting him with the franchise tag, according to ESPN.com.

The tag will guarantee Jeffery a one-year deal that's expected to be worth more than $14.5 million. However, the exact dollar amount won't be known until the 2016 salary cap number is finalized by the NFL.

Fantasy Impact:

It was an injury-riddled fourth season for Jeffery, who was on the injury report in 10 of 16 games and ultimately ended up on injured reserve in Week 16. However, he was fantastic when he was (relatively) healthy, catching 7.1 passes for 111 yards and 0.40 TD (on 12.1 targets) in the seven games that he played at least 70% of the snaps. Jeffery just needs to stay healthy and he’ll produce as he did in 2013 and 2014, when he finished #9 and #12, respectively.

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