Brian Hoyer - QBPosted 10/20/16 6:13pm ET
Chicago Bears QB Brian Hoyer (arm) was shaken up in the second quarter of the Thursday, Oct. 20, game against the Green Bay Packers. QB Matt Barkley was seen warming up on the sidelines, but Hoyer was also seen walking the sidelines before heading to the locker room holding his left arm.
Huddle Up: This is a fluid situation, so stay tuned for further details on whether Hoyer comes back in or Barkley has to finish the game.
Brian Hoyer - QBPosted 10/20/16 6:37pm ET
Updating previous items, Chicago Bears QB Brian Hoyer (forearm) will not return to the Thursday, Oct. 20, game against the Green Bay Packers due to a forearm injury.
Huddle Up: Not much is known about how long Hoyer will be out, although things did not look good when Hoyer left for the locker room. For now, QB Matt Barkley is in the game, and QB Jay Cutler may have just gotten a reprieve in the short term. Stay tuned to see what the Bears do for their next move.
Brian Hoyer - QBPosted 10/20/16 7:27pm ET
Updating a previous story, Chicago Bears QB Brian Hoyer (arm) was diagnosed with a broken left arm, according to head coach John Fox.
Huddle Up: With Jay Cutler (thumb) still out indefinitely, Matt Barkley is now in control of the Bears' offense. Hoyer can consider himself lucky in the sense he suffered the injury on his non-throwing arm, but he is still looking at an extended absence in all likelihood. Barkley has looked competent so far, but his presence is still a downgrade for all Chicago pass-catchers.
Jordan Howard - RBPosted 10/20/16 9:10pm ET
Chicago Bears RB Jordan Howard was held to 22 yards on seven carries in a Week 7 setback versus the Green Bay Packers.
Huddle Up: True to form, head coach John Fox didn't wait long to remind the fantasy world how much he loves running back committees, turning to Ka'Deem Carey on the third series, and Howard saw relatively little playing time after that. While Howard may still be the starter going forward, his run as the featured back is likely over. Carey once again showed more explosion and made his case for increased touches. As such, Howard is going to be hard to trust as anything more than a flex play going forward.
Cameron Meredith - WRPosted 10/20/16 9:32pm ET
Chicago Bears WR Cameron Meredith hauled in only one of his two targets for 12 yards in a Week 7 loss to the Green Bay Packers.
Huddle Up: While Brian Hoyer's first-half arm injury and subsequent exit didn't exactly help matters, Meredith appeared to be an afterthought all game long. After posting 20 catches on 27 targets over the previous two weeks, the second-year wideout is now in uncertain fantasy territory with Hoyer out indefinitely and Matt Barkley under center. It's too early for his owners to panic, but a Week 8 date with the Minnesota Vikings is daunting enough to make him bench-worthy.
Ka'Deem Carey - RBPosted 10/20/16 9:59pm ET
Chicago Bears RB Ka'Deem Carey looked like the team's best option in the backfield for the second straight week, rushing 10 times for 48 yards while adding a nine-yard catch on his only target.
Huddle Up: Carey was perhaps the lone bright spot for Chicago, showing some burst and explosion against one of the league's better run defenses. He out-touched starter Jordan Howard 11-7 and produced 35 more total yards. While neither player is worth using in Week 8 against the Minnesota Vikings, it is becoming clear the Bears are moving back toward a backfield committee again.
Alshon Jeffery - WRPosted 10/20/16 9:50pm ET
Chicago Bears WR Alshon Jeffery tallied three catches for 33 scoreless yards on 11 targets in a Week 7 loss to the Green Bay Packers.
Huddle Up: Owners were probably hoping for something approaching his final line last week (seven catches for 93 yards) against a decimated Packers' secondary, but Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley combined for only 120 yards and 10 completions on 26 attempts. If there is one bright spot, it might be that Jeffery has amassed 24 targets over the last two weeks (seven fewer than his total through the first five games). Things aren't going to get any better with Matt Barkley as his quarterback and the Minnesota Vikings on deck next week, so consider him a low-upside WR2 for that matchup.
Eddie Royal - WRPosted 10/19/16 1:14pm ET
Chicago Bears WR Eddie Royal (toe) has officially been ruled out for Week 7 against the Green Bay Packers.
Huddle Up: As was the case last week when Royal played, Alshon Jeffery and Cameron Meredith will be Chicago's two main receivers. The Bears may be forced to pass a lot versus a stingy rush defense, so view Jeffery as a high-end WR2 and Meredith as a WR3.
Jeremy Langford - RBPosted 10/19/16 1:50pm ET
Chicago Bears RB Jeremy Langford (ankle) did not practice Wednesday, Oct. 19, and is doubtful to play in Week 7 versus the Green Bay Packers.
Huddle Up: Jordan Howard will get the start again, but he's facing a tough run defense and will be running behind a hampered offensive line. Howard is still worth a start, but expectations should be lowered Thursday night.
Jay Cutler - QBPosted 10/19/16 1:44pm ET
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler (thumb) did not practice Wednesday, Oct. 19, and is doubtful to play in Week 7 against the Green Bay Packers.
Huddle Up: Brian Hoyer will start once again and should be throwing plenty against a defense that is much worse against the pass than against the run. Hoyer has thrown for 300 yards in four straight games, too. He's a low-end QB1 to high-end QB2.
Ka'Deem Carey - RBPosted 10/19/16 11:04pm ET
Chicago Bears RB Ka'Deem Carey (hamstring) ran nine times for 50 yards, splitting time with RB Jordan Howard in the Week 6 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The team said in the offseason they would use a running back by committee approach, rolling with the hot hand, and that's what they did.
Huddle Up: Carey has plenty of talent, and he outperformed Howard who was coming off two 100-yard rushing games. Carey is worth stashing away on reserve if you need help at the running backs position, or if you're a nervous Howard owner. RBBCs are not a favorite of fantasy owners, and it looks like one is shaping up in the Windy City.
Jordan Howard - RBPosted 10/19/16 11:03pm ET
Chicago Bears RB Jordan Howard was outrushed by RB Ka'Deem Carey in the Week 6 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Howard ran for 34 yards on 15 carries, while Carey had 50 yards on nine rushes. Howard had a drop in the red zone on one of his targets, and the team said during the offseason that they would go with the hot hand. The team made a concerted effort to mix in multiple backs and share the carries.
Huddle Up: Howard recently hit the century mark in rushing yardage in a pair of games, but apparently nothing is guaranteed in Chicago and he'll have to continue to earn that No. 1 job even after recent success. This is maddening for fantasy owners who thought they had mined a gem.
Jay Cutler - QBPosted 10/18/16 12:41pm ET
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler (thumb) did not practice Tuesday, Oct. 18.
Huddle Up: Cutler can take his time as far as the Bears and fantasy owners are concerned. Brian Hoyer has excelled in Cutler's absence and has turned into an every-week starter consideration. Green Bay has been mediocre at best versus quarterbacks in 2016, so there's no reason to ditch Hoyer this week.
Eddie Royal - WRPosted 10/18/16 12:36pm ET
Chicago Bears WR Eddie Royal (toe) did not practice Tuesday, Oct. 18.
Huddle Up: That's back-to-back no shows for Royal so far this week. If he doesn't practice Wednesday then that could mean a doubtful status for Thursday night's game against the Green Bay Packers. Even if Royal does play, he's the Bears' No. 3 receiver and should not be viewed as a reliable starter.
Jeremy Langford - RBPosted 10/18/16 1:53pm ET
Chicago Bears RB Jeremy Langford (ankle) did not practice Tuesday, Oct. 18.
Huddle Up: It's unclear exactly when Langford will be able to return, but Jordan Howard has done well as the starter in his stead. Howard does have a tougher matchup this week, however, against the Green Bay Packers. Plus, the Bears just lost one of their starting offensive guards. Howard should still be started, but he's a low-end RB2 at best this week.
Eddie Royal - WRPosted 10/17/16 3:26pm ET
Chicago Bears WR Eddie Royal (toe) did not practice Monday, Oct. 17. The Bears did not practice; Royal's status is an estimation.
Huddle Up: Cameron Meredith may have officially supplanted Royal as the No. 2 wide receiver in Chicago. Royal is still involved with Kevin White out, though. He has been targeted 15 times the last two weeks. That being said, don't view Royal as more than a flex start as long as Alshon Jeffery and Meredith are healthy.
Jeremy Langford - RBPosted 10/17/16 3:39pm ET
Chicago Bears RB Jeremy Langford (ankle) did not practice Monday, Oct. 17. The Bears did not practice; Cutler's status is an estimation.
Huddle Up: Jordan Howard has mostly played splendidly in the absence of Langford. John Fox and the Bears will have a tough decision on their hands when Langford is ready to return, but Howard is comfortably in RB2 territory going forward.
Brian Hoyer - QBPosted 10/17/16 4:48pm ET
Chicago Bears QB Brian Hoyer is the first quarterback since at least 1960 to throw for at least 300 passing yards in four straight games.
Huddle Up: Not bad for a backup quarterback eh? Hoyer has taken the starting job from Jay Cutler and run away with it. It seems unlikely that Cutler would retain the starting position when he returns to good health. Hoyer's success can't be ignored. He's a low-end QB1 to high-end QB2 this week facing a subpar Green Bay Packers pass defense.
Jay Cutler - QBPosted 10/16/16 8:48am ET
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler (thumb) will not play in Week 6's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Huddle Up: Cutler was listed as doubtful on the injury report and did not practice this week. QB Brian Hoyer will once again serve as Chicago's starting quarterback and there is no guarantee Cutler will regain the No. 1 job when he is healthy enough to resume playing.
Alshon Jeffery - WRPosted 10/16/16 9:52am ET
Chicago Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) is officially active for the team's Week 6 game.
Huddle Up: Jeffery will continue to be the No. 1 receiver for the Bears but will be looking to improve his stats. He can be a No. 1 or No. 2 receiver for owners in a majority of the leagues.
Eddie Royal - WRPosted 10/16/16 9:43am ET
Chicago Bears WR Eddie Royal (calf) is officially active for the team's Week 6 game.
Huddle Up: Royal did not practice this week but should receive some targets against the Jacksonville Jaguars. He is a risky option because of the injury but could be a flex option in deeper leagues.
Jordan Howard - RBPosted 10/16/16 3:06pm ET
Chicago Bears RB Jordan Howard rushed for 34 yards and one touchdown on 15 carries against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 6.
Huddle Up: Howard's touchdown helped his fantasy performance but was not able to find much running room. He should continue to be the starting running back for now and can be a No. 2 running back for owners in Week 7.
Brian Hoyer - QBPosted 10/16/16 3:02pm ET
Chicago Bears QB Brian Hoyer went 30-for-49 for 302 yards against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 6.
Huddle Up: Hoyer has thrown for at least 300 yards in every game since becoming the starting quarterback and has six touchdowns during that span. He will be facing the Green Bay Packers on short rest in Week 7 and can be considered a low-end No. 1 quarterback in fantasy leagues.
Alshon Jeffery - WRPosted 10/16/16 3:14pm ET
Chicago Bears WR Alshon Jeffery caught nine passes for 93 yards against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 6.
Huddle Up: Jeffery has been a reliable receiver for the Bears no matter who the quarterback has been this season. Owners should consider Jeffery a solid No. 1 fantasy receiver.
Cameron Meredith - WRPosted 10/16/16 3:10pm ET
Chicago Bears WR Cameron Meredith caught 11 passes for 113 yards against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 6.
Huddle Up: Meredith recorded his second straight 100-yard game and appears to have earned a role in the passing game. He can be a No. 3 receiver or flex option for owners in Week 7.
Alshon Jeffery - WRPosted 10/15/16 9:47am ET
Chicago Bears WR Alshon Jeffery ranks 15th in the NFL in receiving yards per game (78.8), but he is tied for 48th with only 31 targets. The latter part of that statement doesn't appear to be a problem for head coach John Fox, who disputed the notion his offense needs to get Jeffery the ball more often despite seeing a fair amount of double teams. 'I think he has been what I would consider - I think our opponents do too - pretty productive. From a production standpoint, to say that we're not getting him the ball is a little bit off,' Fox said.
Huddle Up: Fox pointed to the fact that Jeffery (22 catches) only trails Eddie Royal and Zach Miller (25 apiece) by three receptions to support his argument, but most successful NFL offenses don't operate on the principle that a slot receiver and tight end produce more than the top receiver. Until that changes and/or Brian Hoyer shows a bit more trust in him, Jeffery's owners should expect more of the same - disappointing WR2 numbers from a player with proven WR1 potential.
Alshon Jeffery - WRPosted 10/14/16 4:51pm ET
Chicago Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) was limited during practice Friday, Oct. 14, and is listed as questionable for Week 6.
Huddle Up: Jeffery should be able to play but owners will need to check on his status before deciding on their starting lineup. Jeffery has been trying to build chemistry with QB Brian Hoyer but has not posted great numbers. He should still be at least a No. 2 receiver for owners.
Eddie Royal - WRPosted 10/14/16 4:38pm ET
Chicago Bears WR Eddie Royal (calf) did not participate in practice Friday, Oct. 14, and is listed as questionable for Week 6.
Huddle Up: Royal was able to play in Week 5 even though he missed practice last week, so owners will need to check the inactive list. Owners may want to look for other options to use because Royal could be limited if he is active.
Eddie Royal - WRPosted 10/13/16 11:40am ET
Chicago Bears WR Eddie Royal (calf) did not participate in practice Thursday, Oct. 13.
Huddle Up: Royal did not practice at all last week but was able to play in Week 5, so he still has a chance to play in Week 6 even if he misses practice Friday, Oct. 14. Royal is a solid part of the team's passing game and can be a flex option for owners if he is active.
Alshon Jeffery - WRPosted 10/13/16 6:29pm ET
Chicago Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) was a limited participant in practice Thursday, Oct. 13.
Huddle Up: Jeffery has been unable to break out so far this season, but he is a WR2 with upside against Jacksonville in Week 6.
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