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|If there was ever a player whose fortunes were solely tied to that of a head coach and his system, Eddie Royal is that player. Royal was a revelation as a rookie in 2009 playing in Mike Shanahanís offense, notching 91 receptions for 980 yards and five touchdowns. Shanahan was fired following that year and Royalís production fell off a cliff. The former second round pick caught 115 passes for 1,127 yards and four touchdowns over the following three seasons and is coming off a 19-reception, 155-yard, one-touchdown campaign. Finally free of his rookie contract, Royal had a chance to rejoin Shanahan in Washington where he would have been the teamís top slot receiver but instead chose to join in San Diego where he will compete with 2011 3rd round pick Vincent Brown. Since coaches generally like their slot receivers to catch more than 38.8% of their targets (Royalís receptions to targets ratio last season), look for Brown to win that battle. I said it last year and Iíll say it again this year. Donít go thinking Royal is ready to recreate his rookie magic because it ainít gonna happen.
|Alshon Jeffery suspended four games -- Mon Nov 14 3:00 pm --|
Violating the NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances
|Chicago Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery has been suspended without pay for the next four games for violating the NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Jeffery will be available for action in Week 15. Jeffery has been a fantasy disappoint this season scoring in double digits just twice in nine games and only has one touchdown on the season. The Bears will feature Cameron Meredith and Eddie Royal moving forward. Meredith's value gets the biggest bump over the next month.
| Eddie Royal a gametime decision -- Sun Oct 9 9:15 am --|
|Bears pass-catchers Alshon Jeffery (knee) & Zach Miller (ribs) are good to go, but Chicago doesnít know about Eddie Royal (calf). Game-time (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Royal missed practice all week so he's a true gametime decision. If he can't go, Cameron Meredith would get the start and be a viable streaming option against the Colts weak secondary.
| Bears receiver Kevin White to go on IR -- Wed Oct 5 12:48 pm --|
Fracture in leg, considering surgery
|LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Chicago Bears wide receiver Kevin White will be placed on injured reserve with a fractured left fibula, one year after missing his entire rookie season with a stress fracture in the same leg. (AP)|
FF Today's Take: Kevin White sees his fantasy value floored for the second consecutive season as he ends up on the IR with an injury to the same leg that caused him to miss his entire rookie year. Chicago was already starting to lean on veteran Eddie Royal in the passing attack so the largest increase in fantasy value will likely be seen with TE Zach Miller and WR Cameron Meredith. Miller has been gold in the red zone over the past two weeks and should now see a few more targets pushing him into TE1 territory. Meanwhile, Meredith is a six-foot three-inch receiver out of Illinois State in his third pro season. He will only be the fourth or fifth option in the passing game but is worth keeping an eye on in deeper formats. Chicago's best cornerback, Kyle Fuller, is also on IR and the Bears would only be able to bring back one player later this season. This could influence the White's decision on whether or not to have surgery on his leg and effectively ending his season.