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Chicago linebacker Jerrell Freeman (suspension) will return in Week 16 when the Bears host the Washington Redskins.
Freeman has not played since Week 11 after being hit with a four-game suspension for violating the NFL policy on performance-enhancing drugs. Despite the absence, Freeman still leads the Chicago defense in tackles by a healthy margin and his return will be a boost to DC Vic Fangio's group. The Bears D/ST has forced just three turnovers since Week 7 and won't be a recommended fantasy option in Week 16 against Washington. Wed, Dec 21, 2016 05:59:00 PM
Source: CSN Chicago

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Chicago CB Kyle Fuller (knee, I.R.) is nearing a return to field for the first time since 2015.

Fuller was placed on injured reserve after undergoing a knee scope in August, but has practiced all week as his potential return date nears. "Now we’re just working through him medically, durability-wise, and how much he can play," said coach John Fox. While Fuller's Week 13 status is still in question, he should have a good shot to see playing time in Week 14 and help the Chicago defense that has recorded just two interceptions since Week 4. The Bears D/ST is a risky streaming option this week at home against San Francisco.
Source: CSN Chicago
Sat, Dec 3, 2016 01:28:00 PM

The Chicago Bears are third among NFL defenses in run defense since Week 4, allowing 76.3 yards per game.

Since getting torched by Ezekiel Elliott for 140 yards in Week 3, the Bears' run defense has yet to allow a running back to top 75 yards in a single game and will face the 31st-ranked rushing offense of the New York Giants in Week 11. The Bears D/ST is a mid-range fantasy option on the road this week but will enter the streaming conversation in Weeks 12 and 13 with home games against Tennessee and San Francisco.
Fri, Nov 18, 2016 12:43:00 PM

The Chicago Bears D/ST has turned in three consecutive top-10 fantasy performances.

Chicago rolls into a Week 9 bye with an improving defense that has racked up 14 sacks in the last four weeks. Not only has the Chicago defensive front increased pressure on opposing quarterbacks, but it has held opposing rushing attacks to just 78 yards per outing over that same four-game span. The Bears D/ST will be a mid-range fantasy option in Week 10 on the road at Tampa Bay.
Fri, Nov 4, 2016 02:06:00 PM

The Chicago defense will face Indianapolis and Andrew Luck in Week 5, who has been sacked a league-high 15 times.

The Bears will try to dial up pressure against Luck with an injury-riddled defense that will be without several key pieces on Sunday. Rookie first-round pick LB Leonard Floyd (calf) is the latest Chicago defender to get dinged up, leaving DC Vic Fangio with few options at linebacker. Despite the thin defensive depth chart, the Bears D/ST is worth a look as a streaming target against Andrew Luck and the Colts.
Sat, Oct 8, 2016 02:25:00 PM

The Chicago defensive depth chart took three big hits on Monday night, as the team lost NT Eddie Goldman (ankle), LB Lamarr Houston (knee), and LB Danny Trevathan (thumb).

Trevathan and Goldman are looking at multiple week absences while Houston is out for the season. The losses for the Chicago front seven will severely weaken a group that already allowed 100 or more rushing yards in both games this season. The Bears D/ST will be far from the fantasy radar in Week 3 at Dallas.
Wed, Sep 21, 2016 01:17:00 AM

The Chicago defense will face the Detroit Lions in Week 17, who have turned the ball over just four times in the last seven weeks.

The Detroit offense tightened up their early-season turnover-prone ways, as the Lions coughed up the ball 20 times in the first eight weeks of the season before their recent run of ball security. The Bears D/ST forced three turnovers last week against Tampa Bay and will look to do the same in Week 17, but the unit will be a middling fantasy option to finish the season.
Sun, Jan 3, 2016 01:45:00 AM

The Chicago defense has recorded 15 sacks in the last five weeks.

The Bears were only able to get to Minnesota QB Teddy Bridgewater once in Week 15 but have otherwise been solid in attacking opposing quarterbacks recently. Chicago travels to Tampa Bay to face the Bucs and QB Jameis Winston in Week 16, who has been underwhelming in recent weeks outside of his garbage time performance at St. Louis last week. The matchup against Winston is intriguing, but the Bears D/ST isn't quite startable in fantasy leagues on the road in Week 16 with championships on the line.
Thu, Dec 24, 2015 02:55:00 AM

The Chicago defense could be playing without a few key defenders in Week 14, most notably LB Pernell McPhee (knee).

The Bears will do their best to plug holes on the defense created by injury this Sunday against Washington. "So much of it is injury-related, just monitoring that with practice time, getting assignment-sound, and then carrying that over to games," said coach John Fox. "We just kind of monitor that the best we can and I think we have." The Chicago defense has allowed only 17.6 points per game over the last five weeks and is a worth a look as a potential streaming target this week in fantasy leagues.
Source: CSN Chicago
Sat, Dec 12, 2015 04:16:00 AM

The Chicago Bears will host the San Francisco 49ers and quarterback Blaine Gabbert in Week 13.

Gabbert hasn't been as bad as expected since taking over for Colin Kaepernick, but the 49ers are averaging just 14.3 points per game in his three starts. The Bears have been solid against the pass this season, as they haven't allowed a 300-yard passer since Week 6 and have held three of their last five opponents under 200 passing yards. The Bears D/ST is worth a look as a Week 13 streaming option at home.
Fri, Dec 4, 2015 02:55:00 AM

The Chicago defense will face the revamped Green Bay running game when they travel to Lambeau Field in Week 12.

The Packers were led by Eddie Lacy's 100-yard performance last week, which was the first time the Green Bay offense had run for 100 yards or more since Week 6. With Lacy seemingly healthy, the Bears will have a tough task on their hands this week and Chicago gave up 133 rushing yards when these two teams met in Week 1. The Bears D/ST won't be a viable fantasy option on the road in Week 12.
Thu, Nov 26, 2015 02:59:00 AM

The Chicago defense is preparing to face Denver QB Brock Osweiler in Week 11.

Osweiler is getting the start for Denver this week as the Broncos travel to Chicago. The Denver backup quarterback was 14/24 for 146 yards with one touchdown and one interception after taking over for Peyton Manning in Week 10 and makes a decent target for fantasy owners looking to stream the Chicago D/ST this week. Osweiler has completed just 57.4 percent of 54 career pass attempts, but will get a full workload this week. The Chicago D/ST is a lower-tier fantasy option in Week 11 but is a reasonable gamble for fantasy owners looking to bet against Osweiler.
Sat, Nov 21, 2015 02:58:00 AM

The Chicago defense will attempt to corral St. Louis running back Todd Gurley in Week 10.

The Chicago run defense has struggled in 2015, registering 24th among NFL defenses in rushing yards allowed per game and 27th in yards per carry by opposing rushers. St. Louis' stud rookie will provide quite a challenge for the Bears, as Gurley has averaged 131 rushing yards per game over his last five outings. Despite facing a non-existent passing game, the Bears D/ST won't be on the fantasy radar in Week 10 on the road at St. Louis.
Fri, Nov 13, 2015 03:05:00 AM

The Chicago Bears will take on the NFL's leading passing attack in Week 9 when they travel to San Diego to face Philip Rivers and the Chargers.

Rivers is having a tremendous season with a per game average of 344.3 passing yards, and has not thrown for less than 300 yards in a single game since Week 3. The Chicago defense is fourth among NFL teams in pass defense, allowing just 214.3 passing yards per game, but this group does surrender 7.4 yards per pass attempt. The Bears D/ST won't be a startable Week 9 fantasy option on the road in a tough matchup.
Fri, Nov 6, 2015 07:23:00 PM

The 25th-ranked run defense of the Chicago Bears will face Minnesota's Adrian Peterson in Week 8.

Chicago LB Pernell McPhee is ready for the challenge, telling ESPN Chicago, "I get real excited [to play against Peterson]. That's it. I'm excited. I'm ready. I'm ready." Peterson is fourth among NFL running backs with 530 rushing yards and will be a difficult test for the Chicago defense that is 25th in run defense, allowing 124.8 yards per game to opposing rushers. Fantasy owners would be wise to look for other options this week.
Fri, Oct 30, 2015 02:53:00 AM

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