Kendall Wright Fantasy Football News 2018

The Vikings are set to release WR Kendall Wright, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. Wright lost the battle for 3rd WR duties to Laquon Treadwell. When Minnesota goes 3-wide this season, it'll most often be Treadwell and Stefon Diggs on the outside with Adam Thielen in the slot.

According to 247Sports, Vikings WR Laquon Treadwell has been running with the 1st team during OTAs and exhibiting more confidence than he did through his 1st 2 seasons. The former 1st-round pick has totaled just 21 pro receptions to date and stands a long way from fantasy relevance. But he could secure the #3 WR gig behind Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs. Opting for Treadwell in that spot ahead of newly signed veteran Kendall Wright would allow Minnesota to run Thielen more from the slot, where he has performed well over the past 2 years. Wright, on the other hand, is almost exclusively a slot receiver.

The Vikings signed WR Kendall Wright to a 1-year deal. After fizzling out in Tennessee, Wright revived his value a bit with a 59-614-1 line in Chicago last year. He figures to slide in as Minnesota's #3 WR behind Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen -- although he'll need to hold off Laquon Treadwell for that spot. Wright won't be much of a fantasy factor without an injury to the 2 guys in front of him on the depth chart.

Browns CB Briean Boddy-Calhoun (knee) is inactive for today's game against the Bears. That's good news for Chicago slot WR Kendall Wright. According to Pro Football Focus, Boddy-Calhoun sits tied for 17th among all corners in coverage grade on the season and has allowed just 48% completions.

Bears WR Markus Wheaton (finger) put in a full week of practice and isn’t listed on the final injury report. He’ll make his 2017 debut on Sunday against the Steelers. Wheaton isn’t a fantasy option but does put a bit of a dent in WR Kendall Wright’s target projection.

Bears WR Markus Wheaton (finger) is inactive for today’s game against the Bucs. That leaves Kendall Wright as the best target bet among Chicago WRs. RB Tarik Cohen and TE Zach Miller should also be busy in the passing game.

Bears WR Markus Wheaton (finger) put in a limited week of practice and is questionable for Sunday’s game against the Bucs. We’re expecting him to play, but Wheaton shouldn’t be in fantasy lineups. His return would put a dent in whatever fantasy value WR Kendall Wright had.

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 WR Markus Wheaton (finger) is inactive for today’s game against the Falcons. He put in limited practices on Thursday and Friday and might be ready for Week 2. Kevin White and Kendall Wright will serve as Chicago’s top 2 WRs today.

Bears WR Markus Wheaton (finger) is listed as questionable for this weekend’s game against the Falcons. He put in limited practices on Thursday and Friday after missing virtually all of training camp — first after an appendectomy and then with a broken finger. Wheaton shouldn’t be in your Week 1 fantasy plans, but his presence would ding Kevin White and Kendall Wright’s target projections.

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.

Bears WR Markus Wheaton fractured his left pinkie during Sunday's practice, HC John Fox said. He fractured the same finger back in 2013, had surgery and missed 4 games. It's unclear how long he'll be sidelined this time -- or if he'll simply play through it. Wheaton was limited in spring workouts coming off shoulder surgery and missed the first couple of weeks of training camp after undergoing an appendectomy. Kendall Wright operated as Chicago's #3 WR with Wheaton sidelined for the preseason opener.

Bears WR Markus Wheaton had an appendectomy this past weekend, he told NFL Network's Stacey Dales. He's expected to be sidelined another 2 weeks. Wheaton will be back in plenty of time for Week 1, but the missed practice time won't help a new face trying to carve out a role in Chicago. Wheaton isn't worth rostering outside of deep best-ball leagues. We'll see if Victor Cruz or Kendall Wright can take advantage of Wheaton's absence. Cameron Meredith and Kevin White are in line to open the season as the Bears' top 2 WRs.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that the Bears have agreed to a 1-year deal with WR Kendall Wright. The former 1st-round pick spent his 1st 5 seasons with the Titans and displayed promise through 3 of them. Wright lost 11 games to injuries over the past 2 years, though, and totaled just 65 receptions over that span. He joins a Bears offense that ran Cameron Meredith primarily from the slot over the 2nd half of last season -- to surprising success -- and still has slot man Eddie Royal on the roster. Royal carries a $5 million salary for 2017, though, and the Chicago Tribune reported earlier this month that the team is is expected to release him. At this point, we'd slot Wright behind Kevin White and Meredith for fantasy -- in an offense unlikely to support 3 worthwhile fantasy wideouts. It's worth noting, at least, that Wright played under Bears OC Dowell Loggains when Loggains piloted Tennessee's offense in 2013. Wright produced career highs in receptions (94) and receiving yards (1,079) that season and ranked 20th among PPR receivers.

Titans WR Kendall Wright is inactive for today's game against the Broncos. He wasn't listed on the final injury report, so he looks like a healthy scratch. Rishard Matthews and Tajae Sharpe will serve as Tennessee's top 2 WRs against Denver's stingy secondary.

Update: Wright was scratched after missing a team meeting on Saturday, according to insider Jim Wyatt.

 
 
 

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