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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. Jan 3 - 1:45 AM

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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

The Chicago Bears are last among NFL teams in points allowed, giving up 29.8 points per game.

The Bears head into their bye week dead last in scoring defense after allowing 37 points to the Detroit Lions in Week 6. The Chicago D/ST is not a reliable option for fantasy purposes and won't be worth rostering after the bye when they host the Minnesota Vikings in Week 8.
Thu, Oct 22, 2015 04:03:00 AM

The Chicago Bears travel to Detroit to take on the struggling Lions offense in Week 6.

The Detroit offense has scored more than 17 points in just one game so far this season on their way to an 0-5 start. This would a solid matchup to take advantage of for a fantasy D/ST unit, but the Bears D/ST has done next to nothing in the sack and turnover department this season, leaving them as simply a middling Week 6 option in fantasy leagues despite the nice matchup.
Sat, Oct 17, 2015 06:28:00 PM

The Chicago Bears face the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 5, who have allowed an NFL-high 19 sacks in four games.

The Chiefs have allowed opposing defenses to sack quarterback Alex Smith at least five times in each of the last three games. While Chicago hasn't been a pass rushing force this season, this matchup is a good spot for the Bears to find success in the sack column after the departure of recently traded DE Jared Allen. Despite the sack potential, the Chicago D/ST won't be an advisable fantasy start this week.
Thu, Oct 8, 2015 03:50:00 AM

The Chicago Bears are expected to use a committee of outside linebackers to fill the snaps vacated by the departure of DE Jared Allen.

ESPN Chicago believes that Sam Acho, Lamarr Houston, and Willie Young will all see an increase in snaps this week when Chicago hosts the Oakland Raiders."Well, we’ll roll those guys in there," Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said. "I think Sam will play a good bit of the base stuff, and then Lamarr and Willie and Pernell McPhee and then Sam in the mix to play the sub stuff." Allen did not have a sack through three weeks in Chicago, so the Bears will be looking for more pass rush contributions from their new committee. The Bears D/ST is far from a viable Week 4 fantasy option, facing a surprisingly successful Oakland offense.
Fri, Oct 2, 2015 11:23:00 PM

The Chicago defense has allowed 79 points and recorded zero sacks through the first two weeks of the 2015 season.

Facing the Packers and Cardinals to begin the season isn't a cushy start by any means, but the Chicago defense has been awful through two games. In Week 3, things won't get any easier for Chicago as they travel to Seattle to face the Seahawks in their home opener. The Bears D/ST won't be anywhere near the fantasy radar this week, but do have a home date with the Raiders in Week 4.
Fri, Sep 25, 2015 01:17:00 AM

Arizona coach Bruce Arians spoke with ESPN Chicago about his familiarity with Chicago DC Vic Fangio in preparation for Week 2.

"He knows us and we kind of know him. Their players don’t quite know us as well as he does, so he has a lot of teaching to do. We won’t surprise him probably with my stuff and they won’t surprise us with much stuff," Arians said. The Cardinals faced Fangio-led defenses often when he worked as the DC in San Francisco from 2011-2014. Chicago will likely focus on getting pressure to Carson Palmer, who operated efficiently against New Orleans in Week 1 while not being sacked. The Bears also failed to record a single sack of their own in Week 1, something Fangio will look to change on Sunday. The Bears D/ST is not a viable fantasy option in Week 2.
Sun, Sep 20, 2015 12:50:00 AM

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PosRoleName
QB1Jay Cutler
2Brian Hoyer
3David Fales
4Dalyn Williams
RB1Jeremy Langford
2Jordan Howard
3Ka'Deem Carey
4Jacquizz Rodgers
5Senorise Perry
GLB1Jeremy Langford
2Jordan Howard
3RB1Jeremy Langford
2Ka'Deem Carey
FB1Paul Lasike
2Joe Sommers
WR11Alshon Jeffery
2Eddie Royal
3Marc Mariani
4Daniel Braverman
5Deonte Thompson
WR21Kevin White
2Josh Bellamy
3Cameron Meredith
4Marquess Wilson
5Kieran Duncan
WR31Eddie Royal
TE1Zach Miller
2Rob Housler
3Khari Lee
4Tony Moeaki
5Ben Braunecker
LT1Charles Leno
2Jason Weaver
3Martin Wallace
4John Kling
LG1Cody Whitehair
2Ted Larsen
3Adrian Bellard
C1Hroniss Grasu
2Cornelius Edison
RG1Kyle Long
2Nick Becton
3Donovan Williams
RT1Bobby Massie
2Nate Chandler
3Adrian Bellard
K1Robbie Gould