Shark Bites

The Bears have agreed to a 1-year deal with RB Damien Williams, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The 29-year-old (as of April 3) spent 2 seasons with the Chiefs before opting out of 2020 over COVID concerns. Williams shined over late-season stretches in both of those years but totaled just 161 regular-season carries and 53 receptions over those 2 campaigns. He previously played under new Bears OC Bill Lazor in Miami but totaled a mere 51 rushes and 60 targets over those 2 shared seasons. Williams will join a Chicago backfield that finds David Montgomery heading into his 3rd season and coming off a torrid fantasy finish to 2020, plus Tarik Cohen coming off a September ACL tear. We'll see how all these pieces fit together, but we don't head toward 2021 with big expectations for the former Chief.

NFL Network reports that the Bears are expected to sign QB Andy Dalton to a 1-year deal worth $10 million, with a $12.5 million max. That sounds like the contract Ryan Fitzpatrick is getting in Washington and points to Dalton likely taking over the starting gig. Dalton is a better option than Nick Foles and Mitchell Trubisky but doesn't present a big upgrade to the fantasy outlooks of other guys in the Chicago offense.

Update: "They told me I was the starter," Dalton said, according to Adam Jahns of The Athletic.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the Bears are "having trade discussions" with other teams about WR Anthony Miller and that the wideout is "likely to be dealt." Miller has caught just 2.9 receptions and 33.3 yards per game over 3 years with Chicago since arriving in Round 2 of the 2018 draft. He averaged a career-low 9.9 yards per catch last season and has seen his average target depth drop each of the past 2 years. We like the talent on Miller, who has flashed at times with the Bears. A move out of Chicago could be good for his fantasy upside both in 2021 and beyond. He'll turn 27 in October.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that the Chiefs are releasing RB Damien Williams. The veteran, of course, opted out of the 2020 season for COVID reasons. His departure now creates a potential opportunity for Darwin Thompson to fight for the #2 job. Neither Darrel Williams nor Le'Veon Bell is under contract for 2021, leaving only Thompson and Clyde Edwards-Helaire. We'd bet on the Chiefs adding more either in free agency or the draft. Thompson is a fine shot to take late in best-ball drafts right now, though, in case he reaches the season as K.C.'s 2nd back.

The Bears signed K Cairo Santos to a 5-year, $16 million deal. Santos finally gave Chicago stability at the position last season, drilling 30 of 32 FG tries and 36 of 37 XPs. His job security makes him a fine pick in early fantasy drafts.

The Bears are placing the franchise tag on WR Allen Robinson, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. That means Robinson will remain stuck in Chicago's offense for at least another year rather than getting a chance to hit the open market this month. We'll see who his 2021 QB will be. Robinson, at least, has already proved he can produce strong fantasy numbers with the likes of Blake Bortles, Mitchell Trubisky and Nick Foles. So we're not altering his fantasy outlook.

Bears CB Jaylon Johnson (shoulder) is inactive for today's game against the Saints. That marks the 4th straight game he has missed. With slot CB Buster Skrine (concussion) previously ruled out, it'll be the 4th straight week that Chicago has missed 2 of its top 3 CBs.

The Bears have downgraded LB Roquan Smith (elbow) to OUT for Sunday's game against the Saints. That leaves no clear full-time replacement behind him. It likely means full or near-full playing time for LB Danny Trevathan, though, making him a better IDP option.

The Bears have downgraded WR Darnell Mooney (ankle) to OUT for Sunday's game against the Saints. That boosts the fantasy football outlook for WR Anthony Miller.

Bears LB Roquan Smith (elbow) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Saints. He missed practice all week after suffering the injury in the 1st quarter of the Week 17 loss to the Packers. Smith didn't return to that game. We'll see whether he's ready to play in this one. CB Jaylon Johnson (shoulder) is also questionable. He returned to a week of limited practices after missing the season's final 3 games. We'll see about his status Sunday.

Bears WR Darnell Mooney (ankle) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game vs. the Saints. The rookie didn't practice all week, so it looks like he's in real danger of missing this one. Mooney has averaged 7 targets from QB Mitchell Trubisky over the last 6 games, so his absence would free up opportunity for Allen Robinson, Anthony Miller and Co.

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Bears TE Cole Kmet (shoulder) is active for today’s game against the Packers. The rookie was limited in the final 2 practices of the week, adding some risk to his Week 17 outlook.

Bears TE Cole Kmet (shoulder) is questionable for this weekend’s game vs. the Packers. He was a full-go on Wednesday but limited on Thursday and Friday. We’re expecting Kmet to suit up for this win-and-in game, but check back Sunday to make sure he’s active.

Bears OLB Khalil Mack (shoulder) and DL Akiem Hicks (ankle) are active for today's game against the Jaguars.

Bears WR Allen Robinson (hamstring) is active for today’s game against the Jaguars. He tweaked that hammy in practice this week but was able to return to a limited practice on Friday. There’s a bit more risk here than usual, but Robinson remains a WR1 in the plus matchup.

Bears WR Allen Robinson (hamstring) is expected to play vs. the Jaguars today, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. A-Rob was added to the injury report and sidelined on Thursday but returned to a limited practice on Friday. There's some added risk here, but Robinson remains a WR1 in today's plus matchup.

Bears OLB Khalil Mack (shoulder) and DL Akiem Hicks (ankle) are questionable for Sunday's game against the Jaguars. Hicks put in just a limited Friday after missing the previous 2 days of practice. Mack went full, no practice and then limited over the 3 days. We'll check the status for both on Sunday morning. Starting CB Jaylon Johnson (shoulder) has been ruled out for the 2nd straight game.

Bears WR Allen Robinson (hamstring) is listed as questionable for this weekend's game vs. the Jaguars. It looks like he hurt his hamstring in practice on Wednesday or Thursday. He was listed as a full-go Wednesday, was sidelined on Thursday and returned to a limited practice on Friday. Check back at noon ET on Sunday to see if he's active for Week 16.

Bears OLB Khalil Mack (shoulder) is active for today's game against the Vikings. He's ready for normal use in IDP lineups. Chicago will miss 2 of its top 3 corners, though. Jaylon Johnson (shoulder) and Buster Skrine (concussion) are both inactive. That only enhances an already solid-to-good matchup for Vikings WRs Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson.

Bears OLB Khalil Mack (shoulder) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Vikings. He's dealing with the same injury that had him questionable last week. Mack played through it at just slightly less than his normal snap share. He missed Thursday's practice but returned for a limited Friday workout. We'll check his status Sunday, but expect Mack to play.

 
 
 

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