Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears
NFC North | 8-8-0
Avg PTS
23.2
Rank: 22nd
Avg Yds
342.3
Rank: 25th
Avg PYds
242.6
Rank: 21st
Avg RYds
99.7
Rank: 26th
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Posted 7/27/2021 5:17 pm GMT
Chicago Bears QB Justin Fields 'clearly did his homework' and has 'really impressed' with the progress he has made since the end of offseason workouts, according to comments made by head coach Matt Nagy on Tuesday, July 27.
Huddle Up: It's a matter of when - and not if - Fields will take over for Andy Dalton this season, but there's been no indication Nagy has any interest in letting the rookie compete to start in Week 1. It is a somewhat understandable stance given early games against what should be very good defenses in the Los Angeles Rams and Cleveland Browns, but there's also not a good pocket of softer matchups to ease him in until after the Week 10 bye. Fields is still worth taking late in drafts for his amazing upside, but it might be a while until he is handed the starting job.
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Posted 7/25/2021 8:37 pm GMT
Chicago Bears RB Tarik Cohen (knee) was placed on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list Sunday, July 25.
Huddle Up: Fantasy players can monitor the situation to see if Cohen will be ready for the start of the regular season. He likely will see a handful of touches each game and could be a possible flex option against certain opponents.
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Posted 7/15/2021 8:47 pm GMT
Chicago Bears WR Allen Robinson did not reach a long-term contract extension with the Bears before the July 15 deadline and will play on a one-year franchise tag tender.
Huddle Up: Robinson will continue to be the main option in the passing game for the Bears this season and should be one of the top receivers in the NFL. He should be a weekly starting option in all leagues.
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Posted 7/13/2021 6:41 pm GMT
Chicago Bears RB David Montgomery's 16.5 carries per game last season ranked fourth in the league, and it is the hope of head coach Matt Nagy that Montgomery can bump that number up to 20 in 2021, according to recent comments Nagy made to SI.com. 'Depending on what the game is, what's happened the last couple of years and why some of David's carries - which aren't low - haven't been quite as high is a lot of guys get into four-minute mode in the fourth quarter. That's where they can get those extra four or five carries, which can bump them into the top five, you know, with 20 rushes a game. That's our goal,' Nagy said.
Huddle Up: While more positive game script would certainly help Montgomery inch closer to 20 carries per game, Chicago hasn't done much from a personnel perspective to help make it a reality. The defense and offensive line don't figure to be significantly better, and rookie quarterback Justin Fields - when he takes over as the starter - will steal at least a handful of rush attempts per game from him as well. As such, it will be hard for Montgomery to finish among the top 10 at his position in fantasy for a second straight year.
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Posted 7/09/2021 8:11 pm GMT
Chicago Bears WR Allen Robinson has not had serious contract extension talks with the Bears in months and likely will not reach an agreement with the team before the July 15 deadline, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero.
Huddle Up: It seems like Robinson will be playing on a one-year deal and will be a free agent again next season. He will continue to be the main option in the passing game for the Bears and should be a weekly starting option in all leagues.
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Posted 7/08/2021 2:18 am GMT
Chicago Bears RB Damien Williams could be a 'true backup' for RB David Montgomery, according to Sean Hammond of The Daily Herald.
Huddle Up: Williams opted out of last season, but he was a versatile part of the Kansas City offense in 2019, capping the year with 100-plus yards and two touchdowns in Super Bowl LIV. Montgomery should remain the workhorse in the Chicago backfield, but Williams is at least worth grabbing as a handcuff.
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Posted 7/01/2021 12:53 am GMT
Chicago Bears WR Allen Robinson is not saying if there has been any progress in long-term contract talks with the Bears. The two sides have until July 15 to reach a deal, and Robinson said he is willing to play on his one-year tender.
Huddle Up: Robinson will be playing with the Bears for at least one more season and will have to build a connection with a new quarterback. He will continue to be the main option in the passing game for the Bears and will be a weekly starting option in all fantasy leagues.
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Posted 6/24/2021 5:28 pm GMT
Chicago Bears RB David Montgomery led the team in 2020 with 1,070 rushing yards, 1,508 yards from scrimmage and 10 total touchdowns, but the team expects Montgomery to 'surpass' those numbers in his third season, according to a recent article in the Athletic.
Huddle Up: It's been easy to overlook that Montgomery totaled the fourth-most PPR points among running backs last season in his career year, and if the Bears' expectations hold true, he'll certainly surpass his current low-end RB2 ranking. At the least, value him as a RB2 with RB1 upside.
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Posted 6/20/2021 6:09 pm GMT
Chicago Bears WR Allen Robinson said he is open to playing on the one-year franchise tag this season. He said there is no news regarding a long-term contract with the Bears.
Huddle Up: Robinson has been one of the top receivers in the NFL over the last few seasons and will continue to be the main focus in the passing game for Chicago. He is a weekly must-start option in all fantasy leagues.
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Posted 6/17/2021 4:19 pm GMT
Chicago Bears QB Justin Fields is likely to open the season as the team's No. 2 quarterback, meaning he would step in if starting QB Andy Dalton is injured, head coach Matt Nagy said. Veteran QB NIck Foles is slated to be the No. 3 QB.
Huddle Up: Of the five QBs selected in the first round, Fields looks to have the most congested path to immediate playing time, meaning he is much more valuable in dynasty drafts than re-draft leagues for the time being.
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Posted 6/16/2021 5:45 pm GMT
Chicago Bears WR Allen Robinson told reporters before the second day of minicamp Wednesday, June 16, that he intends to report to training camp on time.
Huddle Up: Robinson did not report to organized team activities despite signing the franchise tag earlier this offseason, but it appears he won't be rocking the boat any more than that for now. The 27-year-old has been trying to get a long-term deal done with the Bears for a while, and the two sides still have about a month to hammer something out. Robinson should continue to be considered a low-end WR1 for fantasy purposes - one with even more upside when Justin Fields becomes the starting quarterback.
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Posted 6/15/2021 8:34 pm GMT
Chicago Bears QB Andy Dalton will be the Week 1 starter and there is nothing Justin Fields can do to change that, according to comments made by head coach Matt Nagy during an interview on Cris Collinsworth's podcast recently. 'Andy Dalton is our starter. Justin is our No. 2 and we are going to stick with this plan. You just got to trust the plan,' Nagy said.
Huddle Up: It's one thing to publicly support a veteran when the team trades up to select a first-round quarterback. It's another thing to suggest there is nothing the rookie can do to unseat a veteran on his third team in three years. Dalton should be expected to hold the job through September, but the calls for Fields to take over will be deafening if Chicago starts slow. Recent history shows it is a matter of when and not if Fields is named the starter in 2021. When that happens, he should have legitimate high-end QB2 upside right away.
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Posted 6/14/2021 8:03 pm GMT
Chicago Bears WR Allen Robinson plans to participate in the mandatory minicamp this week, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Robinson received the franchise tag this offseason, so the two sides have about a month to reach a long-term contract. He continues to be one of the top receivers in the NFL and should be a weekly No. 1 receiver in all fantasy leagues.
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Posted 6/10/2021 3:15 pm GMT
Chicago Bears first-round pick QB Justin Fields signed his four-year, $18,871,952 contract that includes a $11,085,056 signing bonus Thursday, June 10. The deal includes a fifth-year option.
Huddle Up: Fields will battle for the starting job, but he probably won't have single-year value until at least after Week 4 or so.
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Posted 5/16/2021 8:49 pm GMT
Chicago Bears QB Andy Dalton will work with the first-team offense when offseason workouts begin even through QB Justin Fields performed well during the rookie minicamp, according to head coach Matt Nagy.
Huddle Up: It appears like Dalton will enter training camp as the leading candidate for the starting job, but Fields likely will push for the job. Dalton may begin the season as the starter but probably will lose it to Fields at some point during the season. Fantasy players in most leagues should consider the starting Chicago quarterback as a No. 2 fantasy quarterback.
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Posted 5/15/2021 1:54 am GMT
Chicago Bears QB Justin Fields said he will do everything he can to earn the starting quarterback job.
Huddle Up: Fields will have to compete with Andy Dalton for the starting job and may start the season as the No. 2 quarterback. He should take over the job at some point in 2021 but likely will be a No. 2 fantasy quarterback in most leagues.
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Posted 5/11/2021 6:27 pm GMT
Chicago Bears WR Allen Robinson has posted a league-high 47 contested catches since the start of the 2019 season, according to Pro Football Focus.
Huddle Up: Some of this production is a byproduct of having Mitchell Trubisky and Nick Foles as his quarterbacks over that span, but there's also no question Robinson's game involves him using his 6-foot-3, 210-pound frame and wide catch radius to make plays. With Justin Fields expected to serve as his quarterback at some point in 2021 and perhaps beyond, Robinson could have a few more years of WR1 upside left in him.
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Posted 5/09/2021 9:44 pm GMT
Chicago Bears QB Justin Fields worked out with WR Marquise Goodwin earlier this week.
Huddle Up: Fields may not be the Week 1 starter but likely will take over the starting job at some point in 2021. There is a chance that he could win the job during training camp, so fantasy players can monitor the situation. He likely will be a No. 2 fantasy quarterback in standard leagues but will have more value in keeper leagues.
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Posted 5/04/2021 10:36 pm GMT
Free-agent WR Damiere Byrd (Patriots) agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the Chicago Bears Tuesday, May 4, according to a source. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: Byrd is coming a productive 2020 season and could compete for the No. 3 receiver job during training camp. Fantasy players can monitor the situation because Byrd could be a late round option if he receives a decent role in the passing game.
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Posted 4/30/2021 4:40 pm GMT
Chicago Bears QB Nick Foles is guaranteed $4 million in 2021 and $5 million in 2022 on his current contract, making him difficult to move.
Huddle Up: Foles, who started seven games and played in two others last season before a hip injury cut his campaign short, but now he looks to be the third QB wheel in Chicago with the team signing free agent Andy Dalton and trading up to draft Justin Fields. Foles NFL starting days appear to be at an end, and it wouldn't be surprising to see the Bears eating the rest of his contract and moving on with Dalton and Fields.
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Posted 4/30/2021 12:10 pm GMT
Chicago Bears QB Andy Dalton remains the starting quarterback after the team traded up to select QB Justin Fields in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft. 'Andy (Dalton) is our starter and we're going to have a really good plan in place to develop Justin (Fields),' general manager Ryan Pace said.
Huddle Up: Dalton has no fantasy value outside of leagues that start two quarterbacks.
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Posted 4/30/2021 1:42 am GMT
Ohio State QB Justin Fields was selected by the Chicago Bears with the 11th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Huddle Up: Chicago made an aggressive trade to land Fields, and he will likely compete with Andy Dalton to be the Week 1 starter. If he does open 2021 under center, his ability to make plays with his legs will give him immediate QB2 potential.
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Posted 4/02/2021 3:36 pm GMT
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.
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Posted 3/25/2021 12:14 am GMT
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.
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Posted 3/24/2021 5:12 pm GMT
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.
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Posted 3/19/2021 12:44 am GMT
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.
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Posted 3/18/2021 7:42 pm GMT
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.
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Posted 3/16/2021 9:04 pm GMT
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.
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Posted 3/16/2021 8:16 pm GMT
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.
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Posted 3/09/2021 7:44 pm GMT
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.
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