Chicago Bears Fantasy Football News 2018

Bears OLB Khalil Mack (ankle, groin) put in a full practice Wednesday. That marks the 1st full practice since Week 6 for Mack, who missed the past 2 games. The star pass-rusher appears on track to return for Sunday's game against the Lions, which would only help make fantasy's top defense a stronger play against an up-and-down Detroit offense.

Bears OLB Khalil Mack is out for today's game against the Bills. That takes out a prime IDP option, but it doesn't stop the Chicago D from being the week's strongest play vs. Buffalo QB Nathan Peterman.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Bears OLB Khalil Mack is "unlikely to play" against the Bills today, "though Chicago wants to see him pregame before making any final determination." IDP owners can wait for his status at 11:30 a.m. ET before making lineup decisions, but expect to not have Mack available. The Bears' team D remains a strong option, however, against Nathan Peterman.

The Bills have ruled QB Derek Anderson (concussion) out for Sunday's game against the Bears. That confirms the expected: Nathan Peterman will start against Chicago. Good luck to anyone facing the Bears' team D in fantasy this weekend.

Bears OLB Khalil Mack is questionable for Sunday's game at Buffalo with the ankle injury that cost him last Sunday's game against the Jets. Mack again missed 2 days of practice before putting in a limited workout Friday. That's been his schedule the past 2 weeks. We'll see about his status Sunday morning.

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Bears OLB Khalil Mack is inactive for today's game against the Jets. His sprained ankle is clearly worse off than last week, when he played through a "questionable" tag for 84% of the snaps. We'll see about his status for Week 9. The Bears' D remains a strong fantasy play for the week, though losing Mack dings the upside at least a bit.

Bears OLB Khalil Mack is questionable for Sunday's game against the Jets. Just like last week, he sat out practice Wednesday and Thursday with the ankle injury and then returned for a limited Friday workout. Mack still played 84% of the snaps in the loss to the Patriots. We'd bet on full playing time once again this week.

Bears OLB Khalil Mack is active for today's game against the Patriots. His troublesome ankle might limit his effectiveness, but we'd go ahead and take the risk in most cases where Mack makes sense for IDP lineups.

Bears OLB Khalil Mack is questionable for Sunday's game against the Patriots. He returned to a limited practice Friday after sitting out Wednesday's and Thursday's workouts. We'd bet on the star pass-rusher playing, but we'll check on Mack's status Sunday morning.

Bears HC Matt Nagy told reporters Wednesday that OLB Khalil Mack is "day-to-day" with the ankle injury he suffered in Sunday's loss to Miami. "We're just going to continue to keep an eye on it and be more cautious than anything," the coach said, according to the team website. Don't be surprised if we see little-to-no Mack on the practice field this week. But he played 79.5% of the snaps against the Dolphins -- a season-high 62 total snaps in the OT game. So we'd bet on Mack playing in Week 7. We'll certainly watch the star pass-rusher's status into the weekend.

Bears OLB Khalil Mack will have tests this week on his right ankle, HC Matt Nagy told reporters Monday. Mack hurt the ankle in the 1st half of Sunday's OT loss to the Dolphins but still played a full snap allotment. We'll see if the joint will present a problem going forward.

Bears DE Akiem Hicks was ejected in the 2nd quarter of Sunday's win over the Buccaneers for making contact with an official. Hicks stayed on the sideline several plays into the next series until officials told the team he needed to leave the field. At that point, Hicks removed his jersey and shoulder pads and flung them into the stands. He'll at least face a fine for the ejection and could be in for a 1-game suspension. We'll keep an eye out for that. Chicago gets a Week 5 bye.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Bears rookie ILB Roquan Smith and OLB Khalil Mack will not play the whole game Sunday night against the Packers. Mack, of course, recently joined the team after holding out through August. Smith arrived mid-August after an extended negotiation over his rookie deal, and then lost time to a hamstring issue. Each should show up some on the stat sheet and remains a potential full-season IDP stud. But it's tough to trust either new Bears defender in Week 1 IDP lineups.

Bears OLB Khalil Mack could see his snaps limited in his debut with the new team. NBC's Mike Tirico said Thursday night that Bears HC Matt Nagy said Mack will be "on a pitch count." That could mean a wide range of things to different coaches. If you have Mack with DL eligibility in an IDP league, we'd go ahead and use him. At LB, he's more of a question mark. However much he plays, though, Mack enhances the season-long upside of the Chicago D.

ESPN reports that the Raiders and Bears have reached agreement on a trade for DE/OLB Khalil Mack. The star pass rusher has spent all of training camp and the preseason holding out for a new contract. He'll now line up opposite OLB Leonard Floyd in Chicago's 3-4 base and likely carry LB eligibility into 2018 for IDP owners. That hurts Mack's fantasy value, but it's a huge boost for an already intriguing Bears defense. Oakland, meanwhile, doesn't have much going for it on defense. We'll see about the details of the trade.

Bears rookie ILB Roquan Smith left practice Tuesday because of "tightness" in his left hamstring, according to Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune. HC Matt Nagy said they took Smith out as a precaution and that he might return Wednesday. That would keep alive the possibility of Smith playing in the 3rd preseason game. Smith, of course, didn't join the team until Aug. 14 because of a contract impasse. He reportedly said before Tuesday's practice that "being in football shape" is the biggest challenge for him right now. We'll see how quickly -- and well -- Smith bounces back from this setback. We have knocked the rookie down our LB rankings a bit.

Bears OLB Leonard Floyd had surgery Sunday on the right hand he fractured in Saturday's 2nd preseason game. HC Matt Nagy said it "went well," according to ESPN, and that they're "staying optimistic" that he'll be ready for the regular-season opener. We'll see. Floyd would likely have to play with some sort of club on the right hand, which could challenge his pass-rushing moves.

Bears OLB Leonard Floyd left Saturday night's game against the Broncos with a left hand injury. According to the Chicago Tribune, Floyd was in a hard cast after the game and headed for further testing on Sunday. HC Matt Nagy, however, said "I don't think so" when asked whether Floyd (or TE Adam Shaheen) had suffered a fracture. We'll see where this goes. A healthy Floyd would be the team's lead pass-rusher.

Rookie LB Roquan Smith has agreed to terms with the Bears, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Smith is the last unsigned draft pick -- Chicago's selection at #8 overall. We'll see if Smith's back in time to appear in the Bears' 3rd preseason game this Saturday at Denver. But even if he misses that one, the rookie should still have time to claim the starting ILB job next to Danny Trevathan and carry huge IDP upside.

 
 
 

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