News: After serving as one of the most integral members of the team's special teams unit last season, defensive back Zack Bowman signed a one-year contract to remain with the Bears, the Chicago Tribune reports. Bowman signed with the Bears during the season after being released by Minnesota last September.
Analysis: Bowman netted 11 tackles on special teams coverage despite being on the field for only 189 snaps. He will also provide depth at the cornerback position, but does not warrant attention in any Fantasy formats at this point.
News: The Bears signed defensive back Zack Bowman Tuesday.
Analysis: Bowman played for the Bears from 2008-11. He has not signed with a team since being released by Minnesota in early September. He will be just secondary depth and can be ignored in Fantasy.
News: The Vikings continued tweaking their roster Saturday in preparation for the upcoming season and released defensive back Zack Bowman. His departure cleared a roster spot for defensive back A.J. Jefferson, who was acquired from Arizona on Friday.
Analysis: Bowman was not expected to make a major Fantasy impact this season and should be left off all rosters at this point.
News: The Vikings signed former Bears cornerback Zack Bowman to a one-year deal, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. The 27-yeard -old Bowman had his best season in 2009 with 66 tackles and six interceptions. His production dropped off the past two seasons, but the Vikings are hoping he will rebound in 2012.
Analysis: Bowman will likely serve as a backup corner for the Vikings. He's not expected to put up enough stats to warrant Fantasy use.
News: Bears CB Zackary Bowman will play against Tennessee on Saturday after sitting out the Giants game due to a concussion's lingering effects. "Its just like having an ACL injury I had in college," he said. "That didnt affect the way I play. Ive just got to go out there and play.
Analysis: Bowman was held out of Monday's game as a precaution, so we figured he would be back sooner than later. He is looking to get on the field more in 2011, so Fantasy owners should keep an eye on his progress after a down 2010 season. Bowman failed to notch an interception or a significant amount of tackles, so he played himself out of Fantasy consideration. Ignore him until he proves his worth on the field.
News: Though he doesn't have a concussion, the Chicago Sun-Times reports that Bears DB Zack Bowman (head) was held out of Monday's preseason game against the Giants. The team was sitting him out as a precaution.
Analysis: Bowman was able to notch his best season as a pro in 2009, but he could not get on the field as much last season. He failed to notch an interception or a significant amount of tackles, so he played himself out of Fantasy consideration. The head injury in the preseason doesn't help, so we see Bowman as a waiver-wire candidate for now. Ignore him on Draft Day.
News: Bears CB Zack Bowman, who left Saturday's 10-3 win over Buffalo with a head injury, said he did not suffer a concussion and plans to practice Monday afternoon. Bowman was injured after making a hit on Buffalo's Paul Hubbard.
Analysis: Bowman had a career season in 2009 with the Bears, but he was relegated to more of a rotational DB in 2010. He saw his tackles total drop to 32 and he had no interceptions a year after getting six. He is trying to get more playing time again, but Bowman can be ignored in Fantasy IDP leagues until further notice.
News: Bears reserve CB Zack Bowman left the field Saturday night against Buffalo in the preseason opener with a head injury after breaking up a pass to Bills WR Paul Hubbard.
Analysis: Keep an eye on Bowman's status and hope he is OK. When healthy, Bowman has minimal Fantasy value in the majority of leagues. Ignore him in all IDP leagues on Draft Day.
News: Bears coach Lovie Smith had said he thought CB Zack Bowman would be back from a foot injury, but apparently he isn't. "I was hoping," Smith said. "He just hasn't come around. We have pretty good depth at the position right now. Tim Jennings is really playing well so we should be OK."
Analysis: Smith made it seem like he's perfectly fine with Bowman sitting out the Week 9 game at Buffalo, so continue to ignore him in Fantasy play for now.
News: Chicago DB Zack Bowman led all defensive players in Sunday's win over the Cowboys with 10 tackles. Bowman had eight solo tackles in the game.
Analysis: Bowman now has 15 tackles in two games for the Bears. Averaging 7.5 tackles per game, Fantasy owners might begin to take notice. Still, he's not yet a recommended option in Fantasy IDP leagues for Week 3 against the Packers.
News: The Bears had several defenders chip in Sunday at Baltimore in a 31-7 loss against the Ravens. LB Lance Briggs had 13 tackles. DB Charles Tillman had eight tackles. DB Zack Bowman had three tackles and an interception. LB Hunter Hillenmeyer had seven tackles and a sack. LB Nick Roach had two tackles, a sack and a forced fumble. DL Alex Brown had three tackles. DL Gaines Adams had one tackle. DL Adewale Ogunleye had one tackle. And DB Danieal Manning had three tackles.
Analysis: The Bears have several quality Fantasy options in IDP leagues. Plan on using your regular starters in Week 16 against Minnesota.
News: The Bears had several defensive players do well Sunday against the Eagles. DB Daniel Manning had four tackles. LB Lance Briggs had 11 tackles and a sack. DB Charles Tillman had seven tackles and three forced fumbles. DB Zack Bowman had six tackles and an interception. DE Alex Brown had three tackles. DL Tommie Harris had two tackles and a sack. DE Adewale Ogunleye had three tackles.
Analysis: The Bears have solid players on defense and should be used in IDP leagues in Week 12 at Minnesota.
News: The Chicago Tribune reports that Bears DB Zack Bowman left the team's Week 10 game at San Francisco with an abdominal injury and will not return.
Analysis: Bowman is just a low-end IDP option when healthy and does not need to be owned at this time.
News: Notable Bears from Week 9 vs. Arizona include: DB Danieal Manning (12 total tackles), LB Hunter Hillenmeyer (10 total tackles), LB Lance Briggs (nine solo sacks), CB Zack Bowman (four solo tackles, interception) and DL Alex Brown (two solo tackles, sack, two forced fumbles).
Analysis: Of these players, all but Hillenmeyer and Bowman are worth using regularly in Fantasy play. The Bears play the 49ers on Thursday in Week 10 action.
News: Notable Bears defenders from Week 6 at Atlanta include: LB Lance Briggs (six solo tackles), LB Nick Roach (seven total tackles), CB Zack Bowman (three solo tackles, interception) and CB Nathan Vasher (an interception, no tackles).
Analysis: Of these defenders, Briggs is a must-start in Fantasy play and Roach is working his way up the ladder and could be worth a flier in deeper IDP leagues. Bowman and Vasher don't produce enough stats for Fantasy use. The Bears play at the Bengals in Week 7.
News: Bears DB Zack Bowman had a team-high eight tackles and one pass defense during a Week 3 win against the Seahawks. Bowman had all of eight tackles in two games coming into Week 3.
Analysis: Bowman has been able to move around in the first few games after missing most of the preseason with a hamstring injury. We expect to see a breakout campaign from the second-year safety. However, he remains more of a low-end Fantasy DB.
News: Chicago DB Zack Bowman was able to play in Thursday's preseason game despite a hamstring injury. He intercepted a pass and made two tackles in the game.
Analysis: Bowman appeared in only one game as a rookie in 2008. He missed most of the season with a biceps injury. He is going to contribute on defense in '09, as long as he is healthy, but he is not worth the time in Fantasy IDP leagues until he becomes a full-time starter.
News: Bears DBs Danieal Manning and Zack Bowman, who were out with hamstring pulls since early in camp, practiced Thursday for the third straight day and will be game time decisions to see their first preseason action Sunday against Broncos.
Analysis: Bowman appeared in all of one game as a rookie in 2008. He missed most of the season with a biceps injury. Starting off training camp in 2009 with another injury isn't going to make the Chicago coaches feel great about Bowman's outlook. However, he is getting healthy and that's a good sign. He is going to contribute on defense in '09, as long as he is healthy, but he is not worth the time in Fantasy IDP leagues until he becomes a full-time starter.
News: The depth the Chicago Bears built in the secondary over the past two seasons is being put to the test in training camp. Backup Zack Bowman's pulled hamstring and starter Charles Tillman's recovery from back surgery have the Bears down to Trumaine McBride at left cornerback. McBride is normally a right cornerback. Chicago is also moving Corey Graham to cornerback after he spent the offseason working to be a safety. The Bears already are young at safety with Kevin Payne and Danieal Manning, which only compounds coverage problems in the secondary. Manning has now moved positions three times in his three-year career. "We've got to be able to handle it now because it could happen in the regular season, you just don't know," Manning said Thursday. Coaches hope Tillman is back for the regular season. Bowman is listed day to day, but sometimes hamstring pulls linger. "I don't think it was a real bad pull or anything like that," coach Lovie Smith said. "He should be back in time."
Analysis: Bowman appeared in all of one game as a rookie in 2008. He missed most of the season with a biceps injury. Starting off training camp in 2009 with another injury isn't going to make the Chicago coaches feel great about Bowman's outlook. He is going to contribute on defense in '09, as long as he is healthy, but he is not worth the time in Fantasy IDP leagues until he becomes a full-time starter.
News: The Bears signed safety Terrence Holt and placed rookie cornerback Zack Bowman on injured reserve Wednesday because of a biceps injury he suffered during an impressive debut against Minnesota.
Analysis: A fifth-round pick out of Nebraska, Bowman recovered a muffed punt for a touchdown and intercepted Gus Frerotte in the closing minute to seal the Bears' 48-41 victory on Sunday. He was the first Bears player to deliver a touchdown and interception in his NFL debut since Gerald Weatherly on Sept. 17, 1950, against the Los Angeles Rams, but he will miss the rest of the season. It's safe to ignore him in Fantasy.
News: Bears rookie DB Zack Bowman recovered a muffed punt in the end zone in the second quarter Week 7 against the Vikings and sealed the win with an interception in the closing minute, an impressive debut for the fifth-round pick from Nebraska. But it might be his last appearance for a while. Bowman suffered a biceps injury and is expected to have surgery within the next few weeks. The Chicago Tribune reports that Bowman might miss the rest of the season.
Analysis: Bowman usually doesn't do so much statistically, so this injury shouldn't have much of an impact in Fantasy.
News: Chicago DB Zack Bowman scored a touchdown in Week 7 against the Vikings. The Bears scored two touchdowns off of Minnesota punts and Bowman was able to get a finger on the punt and fell on the ball in the end zone in the second quarter. Later in the game, Bowman injured his biceps and had to leave. He could not return.
Analysis: Bowman is not expected to contribute very much on defense normally and is not worth using in Fantasy. Leave him on the waiver wire.
News: The Bears agreed to a four-year deal with cornerback Zack Bowman on Tuesday. Bowman, a fifth-rounder, had 56 tackles and three interceptions in 22 games with Nebraska after starting his collegiate career at New Mexico Military Institute.
Analysis: Bowman will provide depth for the Bears at cornerback but not produce enough stats to warrant use in Fantasy play. Ignore him for now.
News: Chicago went heavy on defense in the 2008 NFL Draft. The Bears took DL Marcus Harrison from Arkansas in the third round. They also added DB Craig Steltz from LSU in the fourth round, DB Zackary Bowman from Nebraska in the fifth round, DL Ervin Baldwin from Michigan State in the seventh round and LB Joey LaRocque from Oregon State in the seventh round. On offense, the Bears added TE Kellen Davis from Michigan State in the fifth round and WR Marcus Monk from Arkansas in the seventh round.
Analysis: The Bears need to shore up some holes on defense, and Harrison will be expected to contain the run. He has minimal Fantasy value, as does Baldwin and LaRocque, who will struggle to make the team. Steltz and Bowman have potential, but they are low-end Fantasy options at this time. On offense, Davis is the third tight end behind Desmond Clark and Greg Olsen, so don't draft him in any Fantasy leagues. And Monk is a special teams player at best.