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Wide Receiver, Chicago Bears

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Draft: 2008 Round 2 (11)
College: Virginia Tech
Ht: 5’10”  Wt: 185 DOB: 1986-05-21 Age: 29

Season Stats
FF Today Default Scoring: Review Scoring
  Receiving Fantasy
Season Team G GS Target Rec Yard Avg TD FPts FPts/G
2008 DEN 15 15 129 91 980 10.8 5 138.9 9.3
2009 DEN 14 12 79 37 345 9.3 0 34.6 2.5
2010 DEN 16 10 105 59 627 10.6 3 86.8 5.4
2011 DEN 12 8 49 19 155 8.2 1 26.3 2.2
2012 CHI 10 0 44 23 234 10.2 1 31.6 3.2
2012 (Projected) CHI       30 417 13.9 2 57.0  

2015 Outlook
Depth Chart
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.
Fan. Tm. Player
WR1WR1 Alshon Jeffery
WR2WR2 Eddie Royal
WR3WR3 Marquess Wilson
WR4WR4 Josh Bellamy
WR5WR5 Kevin White
WR6WR6 Marc Mariani
WR7WR7 Cameron Meredith
Bears Depth Chart
News From The Past 90 Days
Injury Alshon Jeffery expected to miss Week 4     -- Fri Oct 2 11:01 am --

Hamstring injury
Filed to ESPN: Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) expected to miss Sunday's game vs. #Raiders, per source. Team hopes he returns next week. (Jeff Dickerson on Twitter)

FF Today's Take: It was reported earlier this week that Jeffery had a good chance of playing against the Raiders but that won't happen. The Bears will have Eddie Royal and Marquess Wilson at the starting wideout positions but neither are intriguing fantasy options.
Injury Cutler, Jeffery ruled out Sunday     -- Fri Sep 25 6:45 pm --

Bears will be without two key offensive pieces against Seahawks
The Chicago Bears are officially Jimmy Clausen's team this week. Coach John Fox announced that quarterback Jay Cutler is out Sunday with a hamstring injury, giving Clausen the start against the Seattle Seahawks. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported earlier this week Cutler would miss at least two weeks. In Week 2 versus the Arizona Cardinals, Clausen went 14-of-23 passing for 121 yards, one interception and a 56.6 passer rating in relief of Cutler. Clausen is 1-10 as an NFL starter. His only win came over John Skelton and the Cardinals in Week 15, 2010. Fox also announced receiver Alshon Jeffery would miss Sunday's contest as he continues to deal with a hamstring injury. Jeffery missed last week's tilt with the injury. (

FF Today's Take: Steer clear of Jimmy Clausen and Eddie Royal this week if you have any other options. Matt Forte and Martellus Bennett are the only Bears' players worth starting this week.
Injury Alshon Jeffery expected to sit     -- Sun Sep 20 7:00 am --

Hamstring, calf injury
Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (hamstring, calf) will be out today vs. AZCardinals, source said. The hope is a return next week to full health. (Ian Rapaport on Twitter)

FF Today's Take: Jeffery was already battling a calf injury before injuring his hamstring this week in practice. Martellus Bennett, Eddie Royal and Marquess Wilson will be the top receives today for Jay Cutler against the Cardinals defense.
Injury Jeffery, Royal both expected to play     -- Sun Sep 13 4:25 am --

Calf injury Jeffery, hip for Royal
Bears WRs Alshon Jeffery and Eddie Royal, both listed as questionable for today's game vs. Packers, both expected to play. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FF Today's Take: The good news is the Bears play early so we'll know officially they are good to when the Inactives are released. Both receivers are fantasy relevant as the Bears face the Packers offense Week 1.
Injury Alshon Jeffery limited in practice Wednesday     -- Wed Sep 9 2:35 pm --

Calf injury makes Bears' WR "day-to-day"
Chicago Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery practiced on Wednesday for the first time since he strained a calf muscle during a closed walk-through on Aug. 12. Jeffery, who was not in full pads, is expected to be classified as having limited participation on the official injury report. (ESPN)

FF Today's Take: It's a step in the right direction but no guarantee that Jeffery will suit up against the Packers on Sunday. We'll have more confidence of Jeffery's status after practice on Friday. Eddie Royal (hip) was also limited today.
Injury Alshon Jeffery misses practice on Monday     -- Mon Sep 7 6:55 pm --

Nursing calf injury
Bears WRs Eddie Royal (hip) & Marquess Wilson (hamstring) participated in the part of practice open to media. Alshon Jeffery (calf) did not. (Rich Campbell on Twitter)

FF Today's Take: As part of John Fox's initiative to help fantasy owners as little as possible, the team is refusing to let Jeffery speak with reporters this week. The Bears' new top receiver hasn't practiced since early August as far as we know, which should probably outweigh the team's hinting that he will be ready for Week 1. Current owners need to start making alternate plans for this week and possibly beyond while late drafters probably need to bump him down their draft board a round or two.
Injury Alshon Jeffrey "day-to-day" with calf strain     -- Tue Aug 25 9:30 am --

Bears WR status unclear for Saturday preseason game
Chicago Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery has been dealing with a strained calf muscle for two weeks. On Monday, head coach John Fox was unable to provide a meaningful update on the fourth-year pass-catcher's injury status, adding that Jeffery is still listed as "day to day," according to reporters. (Fox Sports)

FF Today's Take: The Bears receiving corps is in rough shape. With both Jeffery and Kevin White out of the lineup, the Bears have experimented with their remaining depth at the wide receiver position, and former seventh-round selection Marquess Wilson is getting an extended look. But even Wilson missed practice on Monday with a hamstring injury. Right now, journeyman WR Eddie Royal is the only trustworthy receiver who's healthy, and could make an interesting early-season play in DFS and season-long leagues.
Eddie Royal to play outside more than expected     -- Mon Aug 17 4:20 pm --

Expected to start and move into the slot in three-wide packages
Eddie Royal was likely to be a starter regardless of Kevin White's health. The Bears like him as a slot receiver because of his suddenness and ability to gain yards after the catch. Without White, though, he could play more outside. Royal came into the league with the Broncos in 2008 playing outside and has done so throughout his career. "I've been trying to learn the whole system just so if anything happens that I'll be able to step in and play wherever," he said after Sunday's practice. "We've got a number of guys that are doing that." (Chicago Tribune)

FF Today's Take: Royal's ADP has risen into the 11th round after it was in the 14th round a week ago, but owners should still feel like they are getting a bargain with him at that point of the draft. Chicago will almost certainly rely heavily on Royal in the short passing game given his after-the-catch abilities and desire to reduce Jay Cutler's interception total. Royal has also proven to be a very good red-zone receiver as well, making him a strong candidate to maintain WR3 value in all leagues.
Injury Bears' rookie wideout out with stress fracture     -- Sat Aug 15 1:00 pm --

Kevin White to miss at least six games
As it turns out, Chicago Bears rookie Kevin White wonít be ready for the regular season as the team had previously hoped. In fact, White may not see the field in 2015 whatsoever. White has a stress fracture in his left shin and that a setback in Whiteís recuperation from that injury will now force the receiver into surgery. Whether White will rehabilitate from that surgery fast enough to play late in 2015 remains to be seen. (Chicago Tribune)

FF Today's Take: That thud you hear is the sound of White's fantasy value in redraft leagues. White will be placed on the PUP list once the season begins, meaning he will miss at least the first six games of the season. Alshon Jeffery (calf), Eddie Royal and TE Martellus Bennett will be the top three receiving options for Jay Cutler. WR Marquess Wilson will also be in the mix for targets.
Injury Jeffery misses pre-season opener with calf injury     -- Thu Aug 13 11:00 pm --

Bears' WR wearing a walking boot and using crutches
Receiver Alshon Jeffery did not play in Thursday night's exhibition opener because he strained a calf muscle at practice in Bourbonnais earlier in the week. Coach John Fox said Jeffery is day to day, but he did not know when Jeffery will return to practice. Jeffery is wearing a walking boot and using crutches. (Chicago Tribune)

FF Today's Take: Not sure why a walking boot is needed for a calf muscle injury, but then again I'm not a doctor. John Fox likes to give as little information as possible when it comes to injuries and that could be the case here. Let's hope its just a strain and not something more serious. Eddie Royal and Marquess Wilson got the start in Jeffery's absence.

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