Player News - Bears

Date: Team: Pos:

Kendall Wright was not targeted Week 7 against the Panthers.

Mitchell Trubisky attempted just seven passes all game, and only one of those targeted a receiver. Not playing a full complement of snaps in an offense allergic to throwing, Wright is not a fantasy option in any format.
Oct 22 - 4:07 PM

Zach Miller hauled in 2-of-3 targets for 29 yards in the Bears' Week 7 win over the Panthers.

Mitchell Trubisky completed just four passes, but one of them was a third-down conversion to Miller late in the first quarter and another hit Miller in the fourth. The target share is nice, but it is not going to result in many fantasy points with the Bears trying to hide Trubisky as much as possible. Miller will be at best a low-end streaming option next week against the Saints.
Oct 22 - 4:05 PM

Jordan Howard rushed 21 times for 65 yards in the Bears' Week 7 win over the Panthers.

With the Bears hiding Mitchell Trubisky as much as possible, the Panthers loaded up to stop the run, and Howard had nowhere to run against a quality defense. He did pad his stats with 25 yards including an 11-yard gain on a clock-killing drive to close out the game, but it was a disappointing fantasy day coming off a 167-yard explosion last week against the Ravens. Howard should be able to get back on track next week in New Orleans.
Oct 22 - 3:57 PM

Tarik Cohen hauled in 1-of-3 targets for 70 yards in the Bears' Week 7 win over the Panthers.

Cohen’s day started out poorly with two drops on his first two targets, but he made up for it in the second quarter with a 70-yard catch. Lined up in the slot, Cohen got open on a deep post and made a few guys miss before being taken down at the five. The play was basically all the Bears managed on offense all day, but it was enough to get a win with the defense scoring twice. Chicago will likely be forced to throw more next week in New Orleans, but Cohen's touch total has been all over the map so far this season. He will be a risky FLEX play in that matchup.
Oct 22 - 3:54 PM

Mitchell Trubisky completed 4-of-7 passes for 107 yards, zero touchdowns, and zero interceptions in the Bears' Week 7 win over the Panthers.

Chicago scored two defensive touchdowns in the first quarter and a half, and that was all they needed to win this one. Trubisky ended up taking as many sacks as he had completions, but he did find Tarik Cohen deep down the middle of the field for a 70-yard bomb late in the second quarter, easily the longest completion of Trubisky’s career and the Bears’ season. The quarterback appeared to score the first rushing touchdown of his career later in that drive, but he was ruled down just short. That pass was basically the only thing the offense did all game, and Chicago only managed two first downs the entire second half, both of those coming on a clock-killing drive late in the fourth. Trubisky now has just 12 completions total the last two games, both wins. Perhaps that changes next week against the Saints, but he and the rest of the passing game should be avoided in fantasy.
Oct 22 - 3:49 PM

Benny Cunningham (hamstring) is inactive for Week 7 against the Panthers.

Cunningham has eaten into Tarik Cohen's snaps when active this season, so this is an upgrade to Cohen's fantasy outlook. Chicago also declared Markus Wheaton (groin), CB Sherrick McManis (hamstring), LB John Timu (ankle, knee), C Hroniss Grasu (hand), DL John Jenkins, and QB Mark Sanchez inactive for Week 7.
Oct 22 - 11:34 AM

Benny Cunningham (hamstring) is questionable for Week 7 against the Panthers.

Cunningham will probably suit up after putting in a limited week of practice, but his status is at least worth monitoring since his absence would mean more snaps for Tarik Cohen. The 27-year-old has gone for 96 yards and a touchdown on only 11 touches this season.
Oct 20 - 2:14 PM

Bears WR Tanner Gentry played 76-of-80 offensive snaps against the Ravens in Week 6.

Freshly elevated off the practice squad, Gentry caught 2-of-3 targets for 27 yards in the start. The Bears threw the ball just 16 times in the overtime win, pounding the rock with Jordan Howard, but they'll be forced to throw more in the coming weeks. Gentry is worth looking at in 14-team leagues after a strong summer. Gentry and Tre McBride are the Bears' outside receivers.
Oct 20 - 10:50 AM

Kendall Wright played just 25-of-80 offensive snaps Week 6 against the Ravens.

Wright is easily the Bears' best receiver, but OC Dowell Loggains isn't using him in base one- or two-receivers sets. He's only playing in the slot. On a team that prefers to pound the ball on the ground in two-tight end sets and drain the clock, Wright can safely be dropped in 12-team fantasy leagues.
Oct 20 - 10:44 AM

Bears TE Dion Sims caught 2-of-4 targets for 42 yards and a touchdown in the team's Week 6 win over the Ravens.

He's now caught at least one pass in four of the Bears' first six games. Mainly a blocking tight end, Sims is an underrated receiver, but he doesn't get enough targets for comfortable streamer use. Zach Miller remains the tight end to consider starting in fantasy week to week on the Bears.
Oct 15 - 5:06 PM

Zach Miller caught 2-of-3 targets for 25 yards and a touchdown in the Bears' Week 6 win over the Ravens.

Miller was target-less until Tarik Cohen hit him for a wide-open 21-yard touchdown on a halfback pass. Mitchell Trubisky wound up with just eight completions. Miller will remain a fringe streamer in Week 7 against the Panthers.
Oct 15 - 5:05 PM

Kendall Wright caught 2-of-3 targets for 36 yards in the Bears' Week 6 win over the Ravens.

Wright was understandably quiet in a game where Mitchell Trubisky completed only eight passes, but he did deliver a clutch 18-yard catch amid multiple defenders on Chicago's game-winning drive in overtime. Bears receivers are going to be up and down, inevitably, with a rookie quarterback on a run-first team. Wright will be a fringe WR4/flex play in Week 7 against the Panthers.
Oct 15 - 5:02 PM

Mitchell Trubisky completed 8-of-16 passes for 113 yards and a touchdown and rushed four times for 32 yards in the Bears' Week 6 win over the Ravens.

Trubisky's stats don't jump out, but he did exactly what the Bears needed in this hard-fought game that went to overtime. Trubisky's touchdown went to Dion Sims, and his best throw of the game was Favrian off exceptional pocket movement to deliver a dart to Kendall Wright, setting up Connor Barth's game-winning field goal. Trubisky will remain a low-end two-quarterback-league option in Week 7 against the Panthers. We still like the progress he's shown, but the Bears need to get Trubisky better receivers in the offseason. Until then, he may not help much in fantasy.
Oct 15 - 4:58 PM

Tarik Cohen rushed 14 times for 32 yards and caught 1-of-3 targets for 14 yards in the Bears' Week 6 win over the Ravens.

Cohen lost a fourth-quarter fumble that gave the Ravens life and contributed to the game going to overtime. He also struggled to gain yards between the tackles. Cohen still made his presence felt in the box score by lofting a 21-yard touchdown to Zach Miller on a halfback pass. As long as Cohen is getting double-digit touches weekly, he will be an every-week flex option.
Oct 15 - 4:44 PM

Jordan Howard rushed 36 times for 167 yards and caught his lone target for a gain of nine in the Bears' Week 6 upset of Baltimore.

He out-touched Tarik Cohen 37 to 15. Howard chipped away at the Ravens' defense with chunk-yardage runs in regulation before ripping a 53-yard tackle-breaking gain down the left sideline in overtime, which helped set up Connor Barth's game-winning field goal. Howard now has at least 19 touches in four straight games. He has regained every-week RB1 value entering a Week 7 date with the Panthers.
Oct 15 - 4:41 PM


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