Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears
NFC North | 8-8-0
Rank: 22nd
Avg Yds
Rank: 25th
Avg PYds
Rank: 21st
Avg RYds
Rank: 26th
Posted 4/02/2021 3:36 pm UTC
Chicago Bears QB Andy Dalton was confirmed the starting quarterback for 2021 by general manager Ryan Pace.
Huddle Up: Let's just be real. You're probably not using Dalton in fantasy outside of leagues that start two quarterbacks. He's a minimal option there, too.
Posted 3/25/2021 12:14 am UTC
Chicago Bears QB Andy Dalton was declared the starter Wednesday, March 24.
Huddle Up: It certainly wasn't unexpected after the Bears signed Dalton to a one-year, $10 million contract. The 33-year-old completed 64.9 percent of his passes for 2,170 yards and 14 touchdowns against eight interceptions in nine starts and 11 total games with the Dallas Cowboys last year. His receiving corps won't be as strong in Chicago, but WR Allen Robinson is a surefire No. 1 option both on the field and in fantasy. Dalton should also be able to make better use of WRs Darnell Mooney and Anthony Miller than did Mitchell Trubisky and Nick Foles last season. Dalton will be a high-end QB2 in 2021 fantasy drafts.
Posted 3/24/2021 5:12 pm UTC
Free-agent RB Damien Williams (Chiefs) reportedly agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the Chicago Bears on Wednesday, March 24. Financial terms of the deal were not immediately disclosed.
Huddle Up: Williams' arrival - along with Tarik Cohen's likely full recovery from injury - figures to significantly affect the monster volume David Montgomery saw down the stretch last season, assuming Williams didn't lose anything in his game after opting out. The 29-year-old is also familiar with head coach Matt Nagy from their days together in Kansas City and offensive coordinator Bill Lazor from their days together in Miami. It shouldn't come as a shock if Williams gets a lot of love late in drafts this summer as a handcuff pick with a reasonable upside and floor.
Posted 3/19/2021 12:44 am UTC
Chicago Bears WR Allen Robinson officially accepted his franchise tag Thursday, March 18, and is set to make $18 million as a result, according to a source.
Huddle Up: A trade away from Chicago still cannot be completely ruled out, but it is possible Robinson took note of the slow market at his position in free agency and decided to make the best of his current situation. The addition of Andy Dalton should provide him with the best quarterback play he's had in his career, even if he's only a slight improvement over Mitchell Trubisky and Nick Foles. Robinson is no stranger to mediocre quarterback play and has been able to overcome it, so he's a safe bet for WR1 production again in 2021.
Posted 3/18/2021 7:42 pm UTC
Chicago Bears QB Andy Dalton said the team has told him that he will be the starting quarterback next season.
Huddle Up: Dalton posted solid numbers after taking over the Dallas Cowboys starting job this season but will have to learn a new offense and build chemistry with a new group of pass catchers. He should be considered a No. 2 quarterback in fantasy leagues next season.
Posted 3/16/2021 9:04 pm UTC
Dallas Cowboys impending free-agent QB Andy Dalton plans to sign a one-year contract with the Chicago Bears worth $10 million, according to sources. He will be able to make an additional $3 million in incentives.
Huddle Up: Dalton posted solid numbers after taking over the starting job for the Cowboys this season and likely will compete for the No. 1 job in Chicago. He likely will be a No. 2 fantasy quarterback in leagues if he wins the job.
Posted 3/16/2021 8:16 pm UTC
Kansas City Chiefs RB Damien Williams was released Tuesday, March 16, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Williams sat out the 2020 season but is expected to play for a team next season. He probably will not be able to find a starting job but can be part of a running back committee. Fantasy players will need to monitor his status because he could have fantasy value.
Posted 3/09/2021 7:44 pm UTC
Updating previous reports, Chicago Bears WR Allen Robinson was given the franchise tag Tuesday, March 9, a source said.
Huddle Up: There's not too much surprise here, although the Bears will have to find ways to get creative with their salary cap to fill other needs. For now, Robinson should remain a fringe WR1 with more worth in PPR. Chicago still, of course, must determine how it will address the quarterback position. QB Nick Foles is currently under contract for 2021.
Posted 3/06/2021 11:15 pm UTC
Chicago Bears WR Darnell Mooney received praise from head coach Matt Nagy in a recent interview with the Chicago Tribune following his rookie season. 'This kid is the real deal. I'm serious,' Nagy said of Mooney. 'You want to talk about an exciting player? I'm just so blown away at the things this kid does. ... It's exciting as a coach because he has a rare element of speed, combined with route-running, hands and passion. And commitment.' Nagy likened Mooney to both Kansas City Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill and former Philadelphia Eagles WR DeSean Jackson.
Huddle Up: Mooney was the Bears' second-leading receiver in 2020 with 631 yards and four touchdowns while catching 61 of 98 targets. He could be in line for an expanded role in 2021 if impending free-agent WR Allen Robinson is allowed to walk. He's likely to be a low-end WR2 in all fantasy formats.
Posted 3/04/2021 5:50 pm UTC
Chicago Bears WR Allen Robinson has totaled 131 receptions resulting in first downs since the start of the 2019 season, third most in the league according to Pro Football Focus data.
Huddle Up: Robinson's 12.4 yards-per-catch average in Chicago (three seasons) has dipped from his 14.1 average from his four seasons in Jacksonville, but he's caught 53 more passes in one fewer season with the Bears. The bottom line is that Robinson possesses one of the league's strongest all-around WR skill-sets and is a legit fantasy WR1 if he can finally get better QB play.
Posted 3/03/2021 12:16 am UTC
Chicago Bears WR Allen Robinson is a candidate to receive the franchise tag for the 2021 season, according to general manager Ryan Pace Tuesday, March 2. 'No firm decision on that yet, but we know we have it at our disposal. ... We want to keep our good players and Allen is a good player for us,' Pace said.
Huddle Up: Robinson was the team leader in targets, receptions and receiving yards in 2020, and his six touchdowns ranked second among pass-catchers. WR Darnell Mooney would be the next-best in-house option if the Bears do part with Robinson. Robinson is a top WR2 regardless of where he plays in 2021, but his volume in Chicago has provided a very steady floor of fantasy production.
Posted 2/27/2021 5:31 pm UTC
Chicago Bears TE Jimmy Graham is a prime candidate to be cut this offseason with such a move saving the Bears $7 million in cap space.
Huddle Up: Graham, who will turn 35 this year, is still a red-zone force with seven of his eight TD grabs coming inside the opposition's 20-yard line as he finished 13th in total fantasy points among tight ends. Graham, however, finished 19th at the position with 456 receiving yards and has become a TD-dependent TE2 who likely will be playing for his fifth team in the last eight seasons in 2021.
Posted 2/18/2021 7:32 pm UTC
Chicago Bears WR and pending unrestricted free agent Allen Robinson said on a recent SiriusXM NFL Radio interview that there's an open line of communication with the team, but acknowledged the two sides haven't spoken in 'some time.' Robinson, though, said he's preparing for various scenarios. 'At this point, I'd pretty much be open to everything on the table,' Robinson said on SiriusXM on Feb. 11. 'I'm not 100 percent sure what will happen in the next coming weeks as far as being a free agent and things like that, but as everything stands today, I definitely will open to everything on the table.'
Huddle Up: Robinson snared a career-high 102 receptions in 2020 but averaged only 12.3 yards per catch and had six TDs to finish as fantasy's ninth-best wideout with 262.9 total fantasy points. At 27, he's still in his prime, and he could be a locked-in WR1 if he pairs with a better QB.
Posted 2/16/2021 7:48 pm UTC
Impending free-agent WR Allen Robinson appears to be a candidate to receive the franchise tag from the Chicago Bears and get traded after that, according to Tom Pelissero of NFL Media. The franchise tag window opens Feb. 23 and runs through March 9, and it has been reported that Robinson and the Bears have not talked about a long-term deal since September. 'That would certainly seem to bring the (franchise) tag into play. Whether it is the Bears to try to do an extension, whether it is setting up Robinson to play on the tag, or maybe even a tag-and-trade scenario,' Pelissero said.
Huddle Up: It seems reasonable to assume Robinson won't be signing a long-term deal with the Bears regardless of what happens, although he has previously said "everything was on the table" regarding his impending free agency. Considering what he's had to work with at quarterback in Chicago (and throughout his pro career, for that matter), Robinson will almost certainly be a fantasy WR1 wherever he lands.
Posted 2/14/2021 9:47 pm UTC
Chicago Bears WR Allen Robinson is scheduled to be a free agent this offseason, but the Bears plan to place the franchise tag on him, according to sources.
Huddle Up: Robinson has been one of the better receivers in the NFL over the last few seasons and should be a weekly fantasy option in all leagues no matter where he plays in 2021.
Posted 2/14/2021 6:07 pm UTC
Chicago Bears WR Allen Robinson has recorded zero drops in 51 red zone targets over the last three seasons.
Huddle Up: Robinson has posted at least 1,100 yards in each of the last two seasons and has 13 touchdowns in those two seasons. He will receive a lot of interest if he hits the free-agent market and will be a starter no matter where he signs. He should be an early-round pick in fantasy leagues and will be a weekly starting option.
Posted 2/07/2021 12:22 am UTC
Chicago Bears TE Jimmy Graham said he wants to finish his career with the Bears. Graham may be on the roster bubble this offseason because the team would save $7 million in salary cap space.
Huddle Up: Graham posted 456 yards and eight touchdowns this season and probably would see a similar workload if he returns to the Bears. He could be a No. 2 fantasy tight end in 2021 depending on his role in an offense.
Posted 2/05/2021 5:44 am UTC
Chicago Bears QB Nick Foles could be the team's Week 1 starter under certain scenarios, in the opinion of The Athletic's Kevin Fishbain, who writes that one of them could be as a bridge to an early-round draft pick.
Huddle Up: Another scenario involves Foles outperforming another journeyman-type veteran in camp. Obviously these are something the Bears would hope to avoid, and even if Foles were somehow under center in Week 1 it seems dubious at best to think he'd hold the job for long.
Posted 2/04/2021 6:33 am UTC
Chicago Bears WR Allen Robinson could receive the franchise tag this offseason, in the opinion of Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs, who writes that the odds are 'much greater than not' that the Bears use the tag on Robinson.
Huddle Up: As Biggs points out, minus Robinson the Bears may not have a legitimate WR2 on their roster, much less a WR1. This obviously doesn't preclude the Bears from working out a long-term deal with Robinson, but Biggs clearly believes Chicago will make it a priority to retain Robinson by any means necessary.
Posted 1/30/2021 3:29 am UTC
Chicago Bears WR Darnell Mooney's 17 broken tackles after the catch were tied for the fourth most among wide receivers in 2020.
Huddle Up: Mooney finished his rookie campaign with 61 catches for 631 yards, flashing some upside along the way. If the Bears are able to upgrade the quarterback position in the offseason or if Allen Robinson leaves town, Mooney could have some sleeper appeal heading into 2021 drafts.
Posted 1/11/2021 6:45 pm UTC
Chicago Bears WR Allen Robinson told the Chicago Tribune's Dan Wiederer on Monday, Jan. 11, that 'everything is pretty much on the table' as it relates to his impending free agency.
Huddle Up: The Bears believe they have a future star in Darnell Mooney, but Robinson is already a proven alpha receiver who has proven he can overcome mediocre quarterbacking. Even as good as he has been when he's been healthy, it's fair to wonder how much higher the ceiling actually is considering he has mostly played with the likes of Mitchell Trubisky, Nick Foles and Blake Bortles throughout his NFL career. If he reaches free agency, it goes without saying he won't last long on the open market.
Posted 1/09/2021 9:12 pm UTC
Chicago Bears WR Darnell Mooney (ankle) has been ruled out for the Wild Card playoff game.
Huddle Up: Allen Robinson and Anthony Miller will be the main options in the passing game for the Bears with Mooney sidelined. Robinson is a must-start option in fantasy leagues while Miller could be a possible flex option.
Posted 1/09/2021 1:29 am UTC
Chicago Bears WR Allen Robinson (hamstring) was limited during practice Friday, Jan. 8, but is not on the injury report for the Wild Card playoff game.
Huddle Up: Robinson will be ready for his normal workload this week even though he did not do a lot over the last few days. He is one of the better receivers in the NFL and is a must-start option in all fantasy leagues.
Posted 1/08/2021 7:47 pm UTC
Chicago Bears WR Darnell Mooney (ankle) sat out practice again Friday, Jan. 8, and is listed as questionable for the team's wild-card playoff game Sunday against the New Orleans Saints.
Huddle Up: Mooney hasn't practiced all week, and his status likely will come down to a game-time decision Sunday afternoon. In the Week 8 regular-season meeting against the Saints, Mooney caught 5-of-6 targets for 69 yards and a TD.
Posted 1/08/2021 3:45 am UTC
Chicago Bears TE Jimmy Graham (non-injury) fully participated in practice Thursday, Jan. 7.
Huddle Up: Graham should see a few targets against the New Orleans Saints, but fantasy players probably will be able to find better tight ends for their lineups.
Posted 1/08/2021 12:12 am UTC
Chicago Bears WR Allen Robinson (hamstring) did not participate in practice Thursday, Jan. 7.
Huddle Up: Mid-week downgrades are rarely encouraging, but Robinson is on the same schedule this week as he was in each of the last two: a full practice Wednesday and a limited session on Friday sandwiching a day off on Thursday. As long as he is limited this Friday, he should be expected to perform at his usual level against a New Orleans Saints' defense he stung for six catches, 78 yards a touchdown in Week 8.
Posted 1/06/2021 8:11 pm UTC
Chicago Bears TE Jimmy Graham (non-injury) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Jan. 6. The Bears did not hold a practice Wednesday, so this is an estimation.
Huddle Up: Graham did post three touchdowns in his last four regular season games but was held to five yards in Week 17. He will see a handful of targets against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and may only be a low-end No. 1 tight end in some fantasy leagues.
Posted 1/06/2021 8:08 pm UTC
Chicago Bears WR Allen Robinson (hamstring) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Jan. 6. The Bears did not hold a practice Wednesday, so this is an estimation.
Huddle Up: Robinson was held to only two catches and 37 yards in the last game but is still one of the top receivers in the NFL. He is a must-start option in fantasy leagues if he is active.
Posted 1/06/2021 8:05 pm UTC
Chicago Bears WR Darnell Mooney (ankle) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Jan. 6. The Bears did not hold a practice Wednesday, so this is an estimation.
Huddle Up: Mooney is coming off the best game of the season but posted at least 50 yards in only three of 16 regular season games. Fantasy players can monitor his situation during the week but probably can avoid him in most leagues.
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