Bills WR Deonte Thompson (shoulder) is active for today's playoff game against the Jaguars after entering the day questionable. The matchup is obviously horrible for Thompson's fantasy outlook, but he has been an 80+% playing-time guy in recent weeks.
Bears HC John Fox confirmed on Monday that WR Kevin White is headed to the IR with a fractured scapula suffered in Week 1. It sounds like he's done for the season (and not a candidate for the "designated-to-return" spot). White will be 26 years old and have played in just 5 NFL games when the 2018 season kicks off. His dynasty stock is fading fast. Chicago is now left with Kendall Wright, Markus Wheaton and Deonte Thompson at WR. We could see TEs Zach Miller and Dion Sims and RB Tarik Cohen play big passing-game roles the rest of the way.
Bears OC Dowell Loggains confirmed that Kevin White is his #1 WR but suggested it might be a committee effort behind him. "It may be more by committee than it is one guy taking on the Cam Meredith load," Loggains said. "Because I don't know if any [one] guy that's going to be rotating in the rotation is capable of doing that. But we'll do it as a committee, and each guy will have a little role, and each guy will have a package of plays." Kendall Wright looks like the best bet for targets behind White, but he's tough to trust in fantasy lineups out of the gate. Deonte Thompson will also get some run, at least until Markus Wheaton is ready to return from his broken finger.
The Bears have released WR Victor Cruz. The writing was on the wall when the veteran suited up for Thursday night's preseason finale. Turning 31 in November and with a plethora of leg injuries behind him, Cruz has very little left in the tank. He remains off the redraft radar. Chicago's WR depth chart now reads: Kevin White, Kendall Wright, Deonte Thompson, Josh Bellamy. WR Markus Wheaton is expected to miss another week or 2 with his finger injury.