Player News - Bears

Date: Team: Pos:

ESPN Bears reporter Jeff Dickerson said Jordan Howard will be "more of a committee guy" once Jeremy Langford (ankle) returns.

Langford will be out at least another month, so this is not an immediate concern to Howard's fantasy value. More importantly, Langford was terrible before going down, so Howard could certainly win the starting job outright with good performances the next several weeks. He should start on the right foot against a banged up Lions defense this week.
Source: ESPN
Oct 1 - 9:10 AM

Alshon Jeffery (hamstring, knee) is questionable for Week 4 against the Lions.

Jeffery seems to draw the questionable tag every week, but we're guessing he'll be able to play after putting in a limited week of practice. He's due for a touchdown after going without one in his first three games. He'll be a borderline WR1 against Detroit.
Sep 30 - 1:43 PM

Ka'Deem Carey (hamstring) is listed as doubtful for Week 4.

Jordan Howard will be the Bears' every-down back against Detroit.
Sep 30 - 1:38 PM

Jay Cutler (thumb) is listed as doubtful for Week 4.

He missed practice on Thursday and Friday, and the Bears don't seem to be in any rush to get Cutler back. Brian Hoyer quietly finished as a top-12 fantasy passer in Week 3 against the Cowboys and has an enticing Week 4 matchup against a porous Lions pass defense. Hoyer is worth a look as a low-end streamer.
Sep 30 - 1:34 PM

Alshon Jeffery remained limited in Thursday's practice, getting listed with a hamstring issue in addition to his knee ailment.

Jeffery seems to get hurt every other practice. The fact that he was still "limited" — as opposed to DNP — is good news, but we suppose his Week 4 status is back in question. A "limited" session Friday would have Jeffery on track to play against the Lions.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: Even if Jeffery is able to play this week, Kevin White is looking like the superior $/pt option. White has seen a higher percentage of workload compared to Jeffery - White has 26.5% of the Chicago targets with Jeffery sitting at 19.6%. Jeffery has still been the more productive of the two, but with White being much cheaper across the DFS industry, he's a very interesting GPP play for a team that has the fewest rushing attempts per game through three weeks.
Sep 29 - 3:27 PM

Jay Cutler (thumb) was downgraded to "DNP" in Thursday's practice.

Cutler looks set to miss his second straight game. Brian Hoyer will have some back-end QB2 appeal against the Lions' leaky defense.
Sep 29 - 2:34 PM

Alshon Jeffery (knee) was limited in Wednesday's practice.

He'll be fine for Sunday's Week 4 tilt with the Lions. The targets simply haven't been there for Jeffery this season with the Bears spreading the ball around more now that Zach Miller, Kevin White, and Eddie Royal are healthy.
Sep 28 - 2:31 PM

Jay Cutler (thumb) was limited in Wednesday's practice.

Coach John Fox has continued to label Cutler as day to day. We're unlikely to get a legitimate update on Cutler before the end of the week. The tentative expectation is that Brian Hoyer will get another start against the Lions.
Sep 28 - 2:30 PM

Ka'Deem Carey (hamstring) is not practicing Wednesday.

He's not expected to play this week after going down early in Week 2. Jordan Howard will get the start, with Joique Bell and Raheem Mostert as backups.
Sep 28 - 2:29 PM

Bears signed DT C.J. Wilson.

Wilson appeared in 12 games between the Raiders and Lions last season. He'll provide veteran depth for a defensive line that's been hit hard by injury.
Sep 27 - 6:38 PM

Bears placed CB Kyle Fuller on injured reserve with a knee injury.

Fuller underwent a "scope" in mid-August, but has healed much slower than expected. The Bears, who are outright deceitful with injury information, may not have disclosed the true nature of Fuller's operation. It's another gut punch for the league's most injured defense. Fuller played 1,038 effective snaps last season. He could be designated as the Bears' "return" player off injured reserve, but for now Chicago must move forward with Tracy Porter, Jacoby Glenn and Bryce Callahan as its top three corners. It's not a good situation. Fantasy players need to keep targeting the Bears' defense.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: This bodes very well for the upside of Marvin Jones in Week 4. Not only is he seeing the largest target share among Lions WRs, he also leads the team in aDOT and should once again be productive. Jones is still a tad underpriced across the industry and can be targeted in any format.
Sep 27 - 4:52 PM

Bears signed RB Joique Bell.

Bell hasn't been an effective player since 2012, averaging 3.8 yards per carry over the past three seasons, but the Bears needed to add a back with Jeremy Langford (ankle) and Ka'Deem Carey (hamstring) down. Bell will probably have an immediate Week 4 role behind Jordan Howard, but won't be a recommended fantasy option in any format. Bell's arrival doesn't ding Howard's upside. Someone has to back the rookie up.
Sep 27 - 2:11 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Jeremy Langford (ankle) is expected to miss 4-6 weeks.

It sounds like a severe high-ankle sprain for Langford. After Langford went down Sunday night against the Cowboys, rookie Jordan Howard was essentially an every-down back with Ka'Deem Carey (hamstring) also hurt. Howard should be "the guy" moving forward. Raheem Mostert is currently the backup, but look for the Bears to add some running-back depth this week. Howard is a must-add in all formats where available. He can run and catch out of the backfield.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 26 - 7:18 PM

Speaking Monday, coach John Fox called Jay Cutler (thumb) "day to day" ahead of the Bears' Week 4 date with the Lions.

Fox is averse to giving legitimate injury updates, but Cutler was reportedly politicking to play last week and might have a chance to return sooner rather than later. We'll be monitoring his situation throughout the week.
Sep 26 - 4:04 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports Jeremy Langford has been diagnosed with a sprained ankle.

There were worries Langford could be dealing with an Achilles' issue after he was carted off Sunday evening, but he's dealing with merely a sprain. It's still likely of the "high" variety, and to cost Langford multiple games. Langford's absence is going to create an opening for rookie Jordan Howard to burst through. Howard needs to be added in all formats.
Sep 26 - 1:49 PM


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