Description: Bears quarterback Jay Cutler will be in an open competition with Jimmy Clausen, according to new head coach John Fox.
Insight: Cutler should be able to beat out Clause for the starting role, but obviously there are no guarantees. Whoever wins the job, still has a few weapons at his disposal despite the loss of Brandon Marshall. Alshon Jeffery is a rising star, Marquess Wilson is talented and he can always throw the ball to Matt Forte, the best receiving back in football.
Description: Bears defensive end Jared Allen might have some trouble adapting to the Bears new 3-4 defense, according to Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun Times.
Insight: Allen has always played in a 4-3 and isn't really big enough to play DE in a 3-4. He could end up being in for a passing down package instead of every down after he posted a career-worst 5.5 sacks last season.
Description: Bears wideout Brandon Marshall has apparently been traded to the Jets for a fifth-round pick, according to Adam Schefter.
Insight: Marshall dealt with ankles issues for most of last season and is a "high-maintenance" receiver, but he can also be dynamic on the field in the right situation. Fantasy owners can't be happy with this landing spot and with Geno Smith as his quarterback.
Description: Bears wideout Brandon Marshall is apparently being offered in trade or could be released, according to a Chicago Tribune report.
Insight: Marshall dealt with ankles issues for most of last season and is a "high-maintenance" receiver, but he can also be dynamic on the field in the right situation. Fantasy owners will have to watch carefully where he lands, if this report is indeed true.
Description: Bears tight end Martellus Bennett led Chicago with eight catches and 59 receiving yards on Sunday.
Insight: Say what you want about Bennett's poor blocking this season, he has been a very good receiving tight end in 2014. He finishes the season with 90 catches, 916 yards and six touchdowns. Both his catches and yards rank him in the top three among tight ends.
Description: Bears running back Matt Forte set a new NFL record for catches by a running back in a single-season with 102 in 2014.
Insight: Forte caught eight passes for 23 yards to reach the record. He also had 17 carries for 51 yards to surpass the 1,000-yard mark on the ground. Forte gained over 1,800 yards from scrimmage this season and was a PPR monster.
Description: Bears quarterback Jay Cutler avoided any big mistakes and didn't make any big plays in Week 17.
Insight: Cutler did not throw an interception, yet completed just 23-of-36 passes for 172 yards and no touchdowns. It will be interesting to see where Cutler ends up playing next season. He will have a starting job somewhere.
Description: Bears quarterback Jimmy Clausen suffered a concussion against the Lions on Sunday and will miss Week 17 according to the Chicago Tribune.
Insight: Clausen took a helmet-to-helmet hit from Detroit defensive lineman Ziggy Ansah, but didn't miss a snap. Clausen, however, went to the hospital after the game. Jay Cutler will be back under center for Week 17 against the Vikings.
Description: Bears kicker Robbie Gould sdaid he will not be ready for Week 17.
Insight: Jay Feely will continue to kick for Chicago, but didn't have any field goal opportunities in Week 16 with Jimmy Clausen at quarterback. Of course, Feely didn't get any field goal tries the previous two games with Jay Cutler under center either.
Description: Bears quarterback Jimmy Clausen will start in Week 16.
Insight: That's how bad it is in Chicago. The Bears $127 million quarterback is headed to the bench in favor of Clausen. It seems highly unlikely Cutler is going anywhere with his massive guaranteed contract for the next two years, so this start isn't a try out for Clausen.
Description: Bears quarterback Jay Cutler has been benched according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.
Insight: Hard to believe Cutler is being benched considering he is in his first year of a, seven-year, $127 million contract extension. Cutler has obviously regressed in the second year of Marc Trestman's offense, but with his contract guaranteed for the next two seasons, the Bears are stuck with him, and it seems silly to bench him for journeyman Jimmy Clausen. Regardless, any owners hoping to use Cutler this week are out of luck.
Description: Bears wideout Alshon Jeffery again caught a garbage-time touchdown to turn an ugly game respectable.
Insight: Jeffery should have had a big day, with Brandon Marshall out for the season, but he and Cutler weren't on the same page. Jeffery caught just four of nine targets for 78 yards and the one score.
Description: The "bad" Jay Cutler was on display Monday night against New Orleans.
Insight: Cutler had 194 yards passing on 31 attempts with a pair of touchdown passes and three interceptions. It's always a guessing game which Cutler will show up each week and that's a problem in a one-and-done fantasy playoff system.
Description: Bears wideout Brandon Marshall (two broken ribs and a punctured lung) has been placed on injured reserve, ending his season.
Insight: Cowboys safety Barry Church's knee slammed into Marshall's back on a second quarter reception Thursday night. Marquess Wilson figures to move into the starting role and could be a viable fantasy option, though Alshon Jeffery owners could reap the biggest benefit.
Description: Bears wideout Alshon Jeffery came on late, during garbage time, to post solid numbers - six receptions for 95 yards and a touchdown.
Insight: Jeffery was questionable while dealing with a hamstring injury, but could become very valuable to fantasy owners if wideout Brandon Marshall is sidelined for any length of time by what NFL.com's Ian Rapoport is reporting may be broken ribs.
Description: Bears tight end Martellus Bennett was jay Cutler's favorite target Thursday night, catching 12 of 15 targets for 84 yards and a touchdown.
Insight: Cutler couldn't get the ball to Brandon Marshall or Alshon Jeffery early on and dumped the ball to his tight end. He continues to do that in the second half after Marshall was injured. Bennett was seen limping back to the huddle on numerous occasions, but it didn't stop him from performing.
Description: Bears quarterback Jay Cutler wasn't good early, but benefited from a big time final quarter (a.k.a. garbage time).
Insight: Cutler had just 100 passing yards at the break, but finished 32-of-46 for 341 yards and a pair of touchdowns with one interception. Fantasy owners don't really care about how he got there, only that he did.
Description: For a second consecutive weekend, Bears running back Matt Forte couldn't get anything going on the ground.
Insight: He was given just 13 carries and totaled an ugly 26 yards. At least he got into the end zone in garbage time. He also caught eight balls for 74 yards which is why he's an elite fantasy running back who can post points whether his team is ahead or behind.
Description: Bears tight end Martellus Bennett is active for Thursday night versus the Cowboys.
Insight: As expected, Bennett will play. He is a TE1 with high upside against the Cowboys, who have been bad at stopping opposing tight ends. Alshon Jeffery is also active and should be starting in most fantasy leagues.
Description: Former long-time Arizona kicker Jay Feely has been signed by Chicago and is expected to replace injured Robbie Gould in Week 14.
Insight: Feely went 30-for-36 last season for the Cardinals. It could be a high-scoring affair Thursday night and the weather is expected to be pretty good for a December night in the Windy City, so he's a viable fantasy option.
Description: Bears wideout Alshon Jeffery (67-854-7) didn't practice Tuesday.
Insight: Jeffery has been dealing with a hamstring issue, but we think this is just a preventative measure in a short work/rest week and we expect him to face the Cowboys Thursday night. Still, it's worth watching.
Description: Bears quarterback Jay Cutler played well in the first quarter, but fell apart after that, during Thursday's game against Detroit.
Insight: He threw for two touchdowns in the first quarter, but could only help muster three points for the remaining three quarters. Cutler finished with 280 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions.
Description: Bears wideout Alshon Jeffery caught 11 passes for 135 yards and a touchdown.
Insight: Jeffery received 17 targets, which all fantasy owners love to hear. If Cutler can steady himself under center, Jeffery is a borderline WR1 for the rest of the season. However, that's a big if.
Description: Bears running back Matt Forte did not scored but had 117 rushing yards on 26 carries versus the Vikings.
Insight: Forte gained 175 total yards on offense. Unfortunately, all the red zone looks went to Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery. Along with Jamaal Charles, Forte continues to be the best fantasy running back in 2014.
Description: Bears receiver Marquess Wilson (collarbone) has been activated from the injured reserved/designated for return list.
Insight: Wilson's collarbone broke in two places and he was given a 12-14 week timetable after his Aug. 5 surgery, so he came back on schedule. He'll replace Santonio Holmes at the No. 3 spot behind Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall, but is unlikely to produce fantasy-worthy numbers.
Description: Bears tight end Martellus Bennett was back at practice Thursday.
Insight: Bennett has been dealing with bruised ribs and missing a Wednesday practice is old hat. He should be fine for Sunday's game against the Vikings and improve on last week's disappointing results.
Description: The Bears have released wideout Santonio Holmes.
Insight: Holmes' release likely means third wide receiver Marquess Wilson is ready to return from his collarbone injury. Holmes never caught more than two balls in any game this season and hasn't been a fantasy-worthy asset since 2011 with the Jets.
Description: Bears wideout Brandon Marshall (ankle) should be fine to play in Week 11.
Insight: The Bears are "very optimistic" regarding his status, but it would not be a surprise if Marshall missed practice-time this week. The ankle he injured was not the same one from earlier this season, but it is obviously an injury worth monitoring.
Description: Bears tight end Martellus Bennett is active for the Sunday night game against Green Bay.
Insight: We never saw this rib issue keeping him out of Sunday's matchup with division rival Green Bay. Bennet has been a solid contributor this season with 47 receptions for 517 yards and five scores in eight games.
Description: Bears tight end Martellus Bennett has been added to the injury report with bruised ribs.
Insight: We don't see this keeping him out of Sunday's matchup with division rival Green Bay. Bennet has been a solid contributor this season with 47 receptions for 517 yards and five scores in eight games.
Description: Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller left Sunday's game after aggravating his hip injury.
Insight: He went down in the first half and is technically questionable to return, but Fuller has yet to see the field in the second half. Losing him for an extended period time would be a huge blow to Chicago's defense.
Description: Bears tight end Martellus Bennett returned to practice on Thursday according to the Chicago Tribune.
Insight: Bennett got a limited practice session in on Thursday, so he is on track to play in Week 8. He has not scored since Week 3, but he continues to get catches and yards. If someone other than Matt Forte scores against New England this week, it will likely be Bennett since the giant Bears receivers draw Darrelle Revis.
Description: Bears tight end Martellus Bennett (hamstring) was absent from Wednesday's practice.
Insight: He played his normal amount of stats during Week 7 against Miami, so it is tough to figure out when he got hurt. Assuming Bennett is able to return to practice this week, he will be a low-end TE1 for Week 8 against the Patriots.
Description: Bears running back Matt Forte gained 166 yards of total offense and had one touchdown against the Panthers on Sunday.
Insight: Forte led the Bears in rushing and receiving. He had 17 carries for 61 yards and 12 receptions for 105 yards. His touchdown came through the air. He was likely considered a top-four running back along with LeSean McCoy, Jamaal Charles, and Adrian Peterson. Among those guys, Forte has been the most consistent this season.
Description: Bears running back Matt Forte rushed 23 times for 122 yards and caught four passes for 34 yards in Sunday's loss to the Packers.
Insight: It was clear Chicago was trying to establish something on the ground as 19 of their first 33 plays were runs. Forte did fail to find the end zone again, so a quarter of the way through the year, Forte is still scoreless.
Description: Bears tight end Martellus Bennett led the team with 11 targets, nine catches and 134 receiving yards against the Packers in Week 4.
Insight: Bennett nearly scored as well, but the Packers tackled him near the goal line as time expired in the first half. Bennett has definitely become a TE1 and is close to stud status. He must be in the lineup every single week.
Description: Bears wideout Brandon Marshall is active for Sunday's game against the Packers.
Insight: Marshall is still a bit risky as he did not practice all week. If you have a better option, it's ok to go with another receiver over Marshall, but if the Bears wide out is your only choice, there are certainly worse options.
Description: Bears defensive end Jared Allen is inactive for Week 4 against the Packers.
Insight: Chicago has just been killed by injuries early this season. Joining Allen, outside linebacker Shea McClellin, corner back Sherrick McManis, defensive tackle Jay Ratliff and offensive linemen Roberto Garza and Matt Slauson are also inactive on Sunday.
Description: Bears wideout Brandon Marshall is still not practicing on Thursday due to his ankle injury according to ESPN Chicago.
Insight: Marshall will likely be questionable and a true game-time decision on Sunday. The good news is the Bears play at 1 pm EST this Sunday rather than in prime time on Sunday or Monday. We would check back to see if Marshall practices on Friday, but we would not be surprised if Chicago decides to protect Marshall from further aggravating the injury and not let him play.
Description: Outside linebacker Shea McClellin is inactive for the Monday night game against the Jets.
Insight: Chicago has also deactivated cornerback Sherrick McManis, defensive tackle Jeremiah Ratliff and offensive lineman Roberto Garza and Matt Slauson. Defensive end Jared Allen and free safety Chris Conte are active.
Description: Bears wideout Brandon Marshall left Monday night's game in the middle of the second quarter with an injury. UPDATE: Marshall is listed as questionable to return.
Insight: Marshall stayed down on the field after blocking on an end-around run with about seven minutes left in the first half. It looked like the training staff was checking his ankle. He left the field under his own power but went into the locker room for further tests.
Description: Bears running back Matt Forte had a tough night against San Francisco's front seven, rushing for just 21 yards, on 12 carries.
Insight: Forte couldn't break loose receiving either, catching five balls for just 15 yards. We'll chalk this one up to a defensive game plan designed to stop the two healthiest threats - Forte and Martellus Bennett. Forte will face a tough Jets defense, ranked third in yards allowed, in Week 3, so be prepared for more of the same.
Description: Bears wideout Brandon Marshall (hamstring) did not look very fast, but he adapted his game and made a great night of it with three touchdown receptions.
Insight: With his hamstring injury, he couldn't out-run the defensive backs, but he used his big body and strong hands to out-manuever them. Marshall finished the night with five receptions for just 48 yards, but three touvhdowns which may have turned around the Bears season.
Description: Bears wideout Brandon Marshall did not practice all week, but he's active for the game.
Insight: The wideout has played while not practicing and he certainly knows the plays well enough to step right into the game, so we are happy to start him. Alshon Jeffery is also active, so Santonio Holmes should not be started.
Description: The Bears have signed wide receivers Josh Bellamy and Chris Williams from their practice squad.
Insight: This is not good news for Brandon Marshall and Alson Jeffery owners. Both might miss Sunday's game against the 49ers. Tight end Martellus Bennett and receiver Santonio Holmes will likely be quarterback Jay Cutler's top two targets in Week 2.
Description: Bears wideout Brandon Marshall did not practice again Friday.
Insight: The wideout has played while not practicing and he certainly knows the plays well enough to step right into the game, but its a concern. Alshon Jeffery has also missed practice. In fact, only Santonio Holmes appears to be completely healthy for the Bears receiving corps.
Description: Bears wideout Alshon Jeffery did not practice Thursday, but was a limited participant in Friday's session.
Insight: Bears beat writer Rich Campbell received a less-than-enthusiastic, "We'll see," when asked if he was ready for Monday night. Looks like a game-time decision, but as the last game it makes it tough on fantasy owners. Santonio Holmes might see a bump in targets.
Description: Bears wideout Alshon Jeffery did not practice again on Thursday.
Insight: Jeffery was forced out of Sunday's game in the fourth quarter and missed all of the overtime with a hamstring issue. With Marshall hurt as well, it is quite possible the Bears play against the 49ers on Sunday with Santonio Holmes being Jay Cutler's No. 1 target. Check on Friday to see if Jeffery returns to practice and obviously if only one of them plays Sunday night, he should see an increase in targets.
Description: Bears wideout Brandon Marshall did not practice again Thursday.
Insight: Marshall said he "hopes" to test out his sore ankle on Friday. The wideout has played through minor injuries his entire career, but this sounds different. Fantasy owners should keep an eye on his status to see if he suits up against the 49ers.
Description: Bears wideout Brandon Marshall did not practice Wednesday.
Insight: Marshall fought through a sore ankle last week, but is expected to be ready to go for Week 2. If running mate Alshon Jeffery isn't healthy, Marshall could be in for a big second week after catching eight balls for 71 yards and a score in the opener.
Description: Bears quarterback Jimmy Clausen has won the backup job to starter Jay Cutler.
Insight: Jordan Palmer was cut Sunday. Clausen hasn't thrown a pass since he had 1,558 yards, three touchdowns and nine picks on 299 attempts (52.5 completion percentage, 5.21 yards per attempt) as a rookie in 2010. Of course, coach Marc Trestman also helped journeyman Josh McCown turn into a viable fantasy quarterback last season and Cutler has missed 12 games over the last three years.
Description: Bears receiver Marquess Wilson (collarbone) is likely to be sidelined until at least midseason, according to USA Today.
Insight: Wilson's collarbone broke in two places and he was given a 12-14 week timetable after his Aug. 5 surgery. He was expected to serve as Chicago's No. 3 receiver this season, but newly signed Santonio Holmes may have to fill that role. Wilson's absence will lead to more targets for tight end Martellus Bennett.
Description: USA Today reports that Bears third wide receiver Marquess Wilson will be sidelined at least 12 to 14 weeks with his broken collarbone, which gives veteran receiver Santonio Holmes a chance to be more than just an injury replacement for a couple weeks. Chicago signed Holmes on Saturday.
The Chicago Bears have signed receiver Santonio Holmes.
Insight: Holmes will still compete with fellow receivers Josh Morgan and Eric Weems for the Bears' No. 3 wide out job. If the 30-year-old has anything left in the tank, Holmes should run away with the job. Holmes struggled to stay on the field the last two seasons in New York, playing just 15 games and catching 43 balls for 728 yards with two touchdowns.
Description: The Chicago Bears have signed receiver Santonio Holmes.
Insight: The Bears needed receiver depth after losing Marquess Wilson to a broken collarbone. Holmes will compete with Josh Morgan for the third receiver job, though the player who wins will only be keeping the seat warm for Wilson.
Description: Bears tight end Zach Miller may have suffered ligament damage in Thursday's preseason matchup with Jacksonville, according to an Ian Rapoport report. X-rays were negative, but he'll have an MRI on his foot.
Insight: Miller caught six catches for 62 yards and a touchdown last week with Martellus Bennett suspended, but this could leave him sidelined.
Description: Bears first-round pick Kyle Fuller left Thursday night's game with an ankle injury.
Insight: It didn't appear to be too serious as he was seen walking around. He's the team's No. 3 corner and given they have to play Aaron Rodgers and Matthew Stafford twice a year they need to stay healthy in the secondary.
Description: Chicago tight end Martellus Bennett has been reinstated.
Insight: The Bears suspended him indefinitely for getting into an on-field fight with rookie first-round pick Kyle Fuller. His suspension lasted five days. The 27-year-old has the physical tools to be a top tight end, but he's behind Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery and Matt Forte in the passing hierarchy. His 2013 numbers -- 65 catches, 759 yards, five touchdowns -- represent his 2014 ceiling.
Description: Bears tight end Zach Miller took advantage of Martellus Bennett's absence to show he can work well alongside Jay Cutler.
Insight: Miller caught a touchdown pass from Cutler and backup Jordan Palmer in the first half and finished the night with six catches for 62 yards. If the team tires of Bennett's antics he could be useful to fantasy owners.
Description: Quarterback Jay Cutler looked solid in his preseason opener going 9-for-13 for 88 yards and a score.
Insight: More importantly, he didn't throw an interception, take a sack or get hurt. With two great targets at wide receiver and solid tight end play from either martellus Bennet of Zach Miller it could be a big season for Cutler if he can just play a complete season.
Description: Bears receiver Marquess Wilson suffered a fractured collarbone Monday, according to Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune.
Insight: There's no timetable for his return right now, but it's usually a 6-8 week injury. Wilson is expected to step into the third receiver role when healthy, but he likely won't have fantasy value barring an injury to Brandon Marshall or Alshon Jeffery.
Description: ESPN.com's Michael C. Wright says that Jimmy Clausen "appears poised to unseat" Jordan Palmer for the backup QB job.
Insight: Clausen hasn't thrown a pass in the NFL since his rookie year in 2010, when he had a 3/9 TD/INT ratio and a .525 completion percentage. But remember that Josh McCown was a journeyman with a 37/44 TD/INT prior to putting up a 13/1 TD/INT and a .665 completion percentage in Bears coach Marc Trestman's offense last season. Bears starter Jay Cutler has missed 13 games over the past four years.
Description: The Cowboys have looked into signing former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher. SOURCE: Ed Werder, ESPN
Insight: Dallas is looking to replace Sean Lee, who went down a torn ACL last week at practice. Urlacher retired last year and to our knowledge is not considering a comeback. We're guessing nothing will come of this.
Description: It looks like Jay Cutler's top receiving target Brandon Marshall is staying put.
Insight: Marshall just agreed to a three-year, $30 million extension. He's caught at least 100 balls in each of his last four seasons with Cutler at quarterback, including 100 receptions for 1,295 yards and 12 TDs last season.