Despite seven touchdowns, Bears DST should sit Week 16
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (12/17/13) The Bears DST scored its seventh touchdown Week 15 when Zack Bowman returned an interception 43 yards at Cleveland. Only the Chiefs DST, with 11 touchdowns, has more.
Still, the Bears DST is averaging only 5.8 Fantasy points over its last four games. Chicago ranks 27th in total defense (380.4) and 28th in points allowed (27.9). Linebacker Lance Briggs (shoulder) is expected back after missing seven straight games, but it's unlikely he'll be dominant in his return.
In Week 16 the Bears travel to Philadelphia to play Chip Kelly's innovative offense. The Eagles have yielded double-digit Fantasy points to a DST once in their last six games. Keep the Bears DST out of your lineups.
Coach optimistic Lance Briggs will be back Week 16
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (12/16/13) Bears coach Marc Trestman is optimistic linebacker Lance Briggs will return to the lineup Week 16 at Philadelphia after missing the last seven games with a shoulder injury. Trestman said a final decision about Briggs' status will be made Friday.
Bears score defensive touchdown in Week 15
by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer (12/15/13) The Bears intercepted Jason Campbell twice in Sunday's 38-31 Week 15 victory, taking one of the interceptions into the end zone in the third quarter. The touchdown was the seventh of the season for the Bears DST.
The Bears didn't record a sack in the game, but they now have two multiple-interception games in the last five. Campbell hadn't thrown an interception since Week 11.
The Bears face the Eagles in Week 16.
Bears have opportunity to make some noise
by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer (12/11/13) The Bears have not been a good defensive team lately, averaging a little over four Fantasy points per game over their last three. But they have produced some bright spots at points this season, with five double-digit Fantasy point games and three of 15 or more.
Their Week 15 opponent, the Browns, have been a pretty decent opponent for DSTs -- teams playing the Browns score about 12.4 Fantasy points per game, the sixth-most in the league. Only five DSTs this season have failed to get double-digit Fantasy points against the Browns.
Still, the Bears are erratic, and it looks like they'll be without Lance Briggs again this week. They can be left on the waiver wire in most standard formats.
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The Bears continue to field one of the toughest defenses around, so much so that the unit has overshadowed the special-teams game that used to produce big numbers. Last year the defense was responsible for an NFL-record nine touchdowns with a special-teams score added on. The unit also picked up 41 sacks and 21 interceptions. The run defense ranked eighth (101.7 rush yards per game and six rush touchdowns allowed all season) and the pass defense pitched in, ranking eighth (213.9 yards per game). Now, can they do it again? The team made some changes at linebacker, passing on re-signing Brian Urlacher and Nick Roach and replacing them with veterans D.J. Williams and James Anderson as well as rookies Jon Bostic and Khaseem Greene. That's considered an upgrade. There are some questions about the shape of the secondary, particularly in terms of their age. On the plus side, the pass rush should remain aggressive and even though there's a new coaching staff in place, the core fundamentals of the defense aren't expected to change. Any bonus you can get from Devin Hester returning to full-time kick-return duties will help too. The Bears DST is worth one of your last four picks. (Updated 5/15/13)