New Bears HC Matt Nagy likes what he's seen from RB Tarik Cohen both on film and early in the offseason program. “He’s a run threat and then he can catch the ball in space in broken formations," Nagy said. “That’s an advantage for the play callers and the play designers to be able to do some different things. We can move him around and try to get an advantage. … He’s dynamic." Cohen is coming off a promising rookie season that saw him average 4.3 yards per carry on 87 attempts and tally 53 catches. Nagy said recently that Jordan Howard will remain the team's lead back, but there's certainly room for Cohen to tack on another 20 or 30 touches to last year's total. He's fairly valued at his current 7th-round ADP.
The Patriots on Sunday traded a 5th-round pick to the Raiders for WR Cordarrelle Patterson and a 6th-rounder. This looks like a special-teams move. New England already retained WR Kenny Britt as part of a crowded WR corps, and Patterson has achieved little as a wideout with the Vikings and Raiders. Don't expect him to become a fantasy factor in 2018.
TE Jimmy Graham has agree to a deal with the Packers, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Despite a sluggish final quarter of the season, Graham rebounded for 10 TDs and top-7 finishes across fantasy football formats last year. Green Bay certainly won't hurt his TD potential. Volume could be on his side, too, after Jordy Nelson's 2017 decline and a tough couple of years for Randall Cobb. Of course, Graham's ADP will also likely be top 5 among TEs now that he's teaming up with Aaron Rodgers. We'll see exactly where he lands on that front and in our 2018 projections. This looks like a good opportunity to look into selling the 31-year-old Graham in dynasty leagues.
The Bears are set to sign TE Trey Burton to a 4-year, $32 million deal, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. It's a significant investment in a guy who's flashed potential. Burton has just 63 career catches, but 60 of those have come over the past 2 seasons. He posted lines of 2-41-1 and 5-71-2 in 2 games TE Zach Ertz missed this past year. We'll see how Burton fits in alongside 2017 2nd-rounder Adam Shaheen. Chicago has now added Burton and WR Allen Robinson for 2nd-year QB Mitchell Trubisky.
WR Allen Robinson intends to sign with the Bears when free agency officially kicks off on Wednesday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. Robinson is 1 of the top free-agent WRs and fills a massive void in Chicago, where Kendall Wright, Jeremy Bellamy and Dontrelle Inman led the WRs in targets last year. A-Rob is recovering from last September's torn ACL but should be ready well ahead of the 2018 opener. He exploded for an 80-1,400-14 line in his 2nd season in Jacksonville, becoming just the 4th player in NFL history to post 1,400+ yards at age-22 or younger (joining Randy Moss, Larry Fitzgerald and Josh Gordon). Robinson's numbers declined in 2016, but his 73 catches, 883 yards and 6 TDs all led a bad Jaguars passing game. We'll see what else Chicago adds this offseason, but Robinson should be a heavy favorite to lead the 2018 squad in targets. His arrival is a big boost to QB Mitchell Trubisky's fantasy outlook.
Update: Robinson's deal is for $42 million over 3 years, with about $25 million guaranteed -- a bit less than Sammy Watkins got from the Chiefs.
The Bears have named Mark Helfrich their new OC, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Helfrich spent 4 seasons as Chip Kelly's OC at Oregon before serving as the Ducks' HC from 2013-2016. While HC Matt Nagy will call plays for the Bears, Helfrich should bring some tempo and creativity to the offense. We like the coaching staff Chicago is putting together for QB Mitchell Trubisky.
The Bears have named Matt Nagy their new HC. Nagy won't turn 40 until April 24, but he has spent the past 10 years coaching under Andy Reid, dating back to their time in Philadelphia. Nagy spent 4 years as the QBs coach in Kansas City before taking over as OC in 2017. After 4 straight years of finishing 20th or lower in yards, the Chiefs leaped to 5th in the league this season. They also matched their 6th-place scoring finish from 2013, the best mark since Reid arrived. Nagy inherits a young Bears offense with a QB drafted 3rd overall last April, a young pair of RBs and WRs Cameron Meredith and Kevin White coming off injuries. There's upside here for fantasy football drafters. We'll watch for Nagy to fill out his staff and offer any clues about his plans for the Chicago offense.
The Bears have fired HC John Fox. He went 14-34 in 3 seasons in Chicago, finishing last in the NFC North all 3 years. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Bears are looking for an offensive mind to replace Fox and work with QB Mitchell Trubisky.
Bears TE Adam Shaheen (chest) is inactive for today’s game against the Vikings. Dion Sims and Daniel Brown will continue to share TE duties. Neither is a fantasy option.
ESPN's Adam Caplan expects Eagles QB Nick Foles to play 3-4 series in today's game against the Cowboys. QB Nate Sudfeld will take over the rest of the way. Philly's top skill-position guys also figure to be pulled early today. It's a situation to avoid in Week 17 fantasy lineups.
Bears TE Adam Shaheen (chest) is questionable for Sunday’s game against the Vikings after a limited week of practice. It’s the same boat he was in last week, when he ended up inactive. Fantasy owners shouldn’t be counting on Shaheen in Week 17 lineups.
Eagles HC Doug Pederson said Friday that his starters will play against the Cowboys on Sunday -- but indicated that they won't play the entire game. "I want all the starters to play," Pederson said. "... I want to make sure that they stay in the moment, but at the same time be smart with how much they play, how long they play, and go from there." It's unclear exactly how much Philly's skill-position guys will play, but anything less than a full game makes them hands-off in Week 17 fantasy lineups.
Bears TE Adam Shaheen (chest) is inactive for today’s game against the Browns. Dion Sims and Daniel Brown will handle TE duties for Chicago. Neither is a reliable fantasy option, despite the plus matchup.
Bears TE Adam Shaheen (chest) is questionable for Sunday’s game against the Browns after a limited week of practice. We’ll find out his status by noon ET. Shaheen has a dream matchup vs. the league’s 31st-ranked TE defense, but the rookie is more of a DFS flier than a season-long option.
Bears TE Adam Shaheen (chest) is inactive for today's game against the Lions. He entered the day questionable.
As expected, Bears S Adrian Amos (hamstring), DT Eddie Goldman (hip) and OLB Pernell McPhee (shoulder) are all inactive for today's game against the Bengals. All 3 entered the weekend doubtful. None of the 3 losses significantly alters the matchup for a mostly sluggish Cincinnati offense.
Bears S Adrian Amos (hamstring) and DT Eddie Goldman (hip) are doubtful for Sunday's game against the Bengals. Goldman isn't much of an IDP option even when healthy, but his absence can only help Cincinnati RB Giovani Bernard. Amos has been a top fantasy DB when healthy but is expected to miss his 2nd straight game. The D will also likely miss OLB Pernell McPhee, who is doubtful with a shoulder injury.
Bears LB Danny Trevathan put in a limited practice Wednesday for the 1st time since the team's Week 9 bye. That obviously bodes well for a return to action from the calf injury that has cost him 3 games, though we'll continue to watch his status through the week.
Seahawks TE Jimmy Graham (ankle) is active for today’s game against the 49ers. He didn't practice on Wednesday or Thursday but put in a full workout on Friday. We never heard any concern about the ankle. Graham is safe to get into Week 12 fantasy lineups.
Bears DE Akiem Hicks (groin) is active for today's game against the Eagles, as expected. He entered the day questionable and saw limited practice time this week but should be used as normal in your IDP lineups.
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