Player News - Bears

Date: Team: Pos:

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

The Bears announced Tanner Gentry and Tre McBride as their starting wide receivers for Week 6 at Baltimore.

It's come to this for the Bears, who recently cut Weeks 1-4 snaps leader Deonte Thompson. Gentry is a practice squad call-up, and McBride is a former Titans seventh-round pick. Third receiver/slot man Kendall Wright remains the Bears' best fantasy bet at wideout. Zach Miller is their top pass-catching option.
Oct 15 - 12:29 PM

Bears declared QB Mark Sanchez, ILB Nick Kwiatkoski, ILB John Timu, WR Markus Wheaton, C Hroniss Grasu, DL John Jenkins, and RB Tiquan Mizzell inactive for Week 6 against the Ravens.

Wheaton is out indefinitely with a groin tear. Sanchez is the Bears' No. 3 quarterback behind Mitchell Trubisky and game-day backup Mike Glennon.
Oct 15 - 11:44 AM

Bears WR Markus Wheaton will be sidelined 4-6 weeks with a torn groin.

The Bears' supposed No. 2 receiver has been racked with injury since the early days of camp. He has one catch in three games. The team could opt to cut its 2017 losses and place Wheaton on injured reserve instead of waiting for him to get healthy. Limited to six games the past two years, Wheaton isn't much of a hold in Dynasty leagues.
Oct 12 - 5:49 PM

Bears signed WR Tanner Gentry off their practice squad.

Gentry spent a week on the active roster last month. The 6'2/209 UDFA had a strong preseason and gives the Bears some size. Bears WRs Markus Wheaton and Tre McBride did rookie Mitchell Trubisky no favors in his first NFL start Monday night. Gentry is just another option in this lackluster group.
Oct 11 - 9:16 AM

Bears ILB John Timu has been diagnosed with a high-ankle sprain.

Timu was carted off in Monday night's loss to the Vikings. A third-year UDFA, Timu is not an impact player, but has been starting for the Bears' epically banged up defense. His loss further hollows Chicago's linebacker corps and run-stopping capability.
Oct 10 - 1:15 PM

Bears placed OLB Willie Young on injured reserve with a torn triceps, ending his season.

Young suffered the injury in Week 4. The eighth-year pro had two sacks in four games. Now 32, Young has a $5.4 million cap hit in 2018, which means the Bears will probably be moving on. Young has 32 career sacks.
Oct 10 - 1:07 PM


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