News: Bears defensive lineman Corey Wootton was able to add to his sack total in Week 11 against the 49ers. He finished with two tackles (one solo) and half a sack in the 32-7 loss. Wootton now has 4.5 sacks on the year.
Analysis: Wootton entered the campaign with just one career sack but has become a better pass rusher this season. He still has a long way to go before becoming a reliable option in Fantasy, however, so leave him for the deepest of IDP formats at this point.
News: Chicago defensive lineman Corey Wootton notched two sacks and two tackles during the Bears' 41-3 victory over Jacksonville in Week 5. Wootton registered multiple sacks for the first time in his three-year career as Chicago took down quarterback Blaine Gabbert three times overall.
Analysis: Wootton has already shattered his sack output from the previous two seasons (1.5) and is emerging as a strong force on the end for the Bears. He won't register many tackles as he still plays behind Julius Peppers, but he has been hobbled by injury. Keep an eye on his production in deeper Fantasy IDP formats.
News: Bears DL Corey Wootton was listed among the inactives for Week 5 against the Lions after fracturing his left hand in practice on Thursday. He had also been dealing with a knee injury.
Analysis: Wootton missed several weeks with his previous injury and only returned to game action in Week 4 against Carolina. He was held without a tackle and could now miss an extended amount of time with a broken hand, however the team seems to think he could overcome the setback. Fantasy owners should continue to leave Wootton on waivers even when healthy.
News: Chicago DL Corey Wootton is listed as probable on the team's injury report for Week 5 against Detroit despite fracturing his left hand in practice on Thursday, according to The Chicago Tribune. Wootton, who was plagued by a knee injury during the preseason, missed practice Friday. He was a full participant in Saturday's practice, but might not play on Monday night, according to reports.
Analysis: Wootton missed several weeks with his previous injury and only returned to game action in Week 4 against Carolina. He was held without a tackle and could now miss an extended amount of time with a broken hand, however the team seems to think he could overcome the setback. Fantasy owners should continue to leave him on waivers even when healthy.
News: Bears DE Corey Wootton will be out at least four weeks due to the knee injury he suffered on the opening kickoff Saturday, The Chicago Tribune reported Sunday. Without Wootton, a thin defensive end corps is further depleted. Former Jet Vernon Gholston, who has not stood out in camp, will have a better chance to make the team. Wootton injured the knee in Saturday's preseason game against Buffalo.
Analysis: Wootton played in just six games a as a rookie last season, registering five tackles and one sack in limited playing time. Unless he somehow heals and makes a greater impact, he is not worth owning in Fantasy play. Keep an eye on his progress, but Wootton should be ignored on Draft Day.
News: Bears DE Corey Wootton left Saturday's preseason game against Buffalo with a knee injury and will not return.
Analysis: Wootton has minimal Fantasy value when healthy and is not worth using in the majority of leagues. Ignore him in all IDP leagues on Draft Day.
News: The Chicago Tribune reports for just the second time since 2005, the Bears didn't draft a defensive end, which spells good news for DL Corey Wootton, who looks to be more of an impact player in 2011. "I'm a lot leaner now and I have more strength on me," Wootton said. "I went up in all my lifts significantly. I'm feeling really strong, really explosive. I really feel like I am at a point where I am past where I was in college. With coach (Rod) Marinelli, it's all about speed and quickness." Wootton has a chance to carve out a niche playing behind starting ends Julius Peppers and Israel Idonije. "I am just trying to show them what I can do and help this team out a little bit more," Wootton said. "I'm hoping I can show the coaches what I can do and they'll like what I have done this offseason and the improvements I have made."
Analysis: Wootton dressed for only six games in 2010, recording five tackles and one sack. He is not going to be on a lot of Fantasy radars to begin the season, but if he works into the rotation opposite Peppers, then he could see some favorable one-on-one matchups as teams try to slow down Peppers with double teams. Leave Wootton on waivers until his breakout run.
News: Bears DL Corey Wootton picked up his first career sack in Week 15 against the Vikings and may have ended the career of an NFL legend. He brought down Brett Favre in the second quarter, slamming the quarterback into the icy ground on his head and left shoulder. Favre would leave the game with a concussion and did not return. Wootton finished with that being his only tackle in the 40-14 win.
Analysis: Wootton, a fourth-round pick out of Northwestern, recorded his first career sack in Week 15 but he does not play enough to warrant serious Fantasy ownership. Leave him for the deepest of IDP formats down the stretch.
News:The Sports Xchange reports Bears rookie DE Corey Wootton, a fourth-round pick, is trying to learn everything he can from defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli, who will continue to work extensively with the defensive linemen, as he did last year as the defensive line coach. Wootton is battling for playing time this season during camp. "I've already learned a lot," the 6-foot-6, 270-pound Wootton said. "Coach Marinelli is a great coach. He's teaching a lot of pass-rush technique, a lot about get-off, and I'm just trying to be a sponge and absorb everything."
Analysis: Wootton has potential to be a good defensive end; he would have been picked much sooner had he not been saddled with a major knee injury. He is a tall, lanky end with good rushing ability -- there's a chance he could develop into a steal for Chicago. In seasonal drafts he's not worth drafting but he's absolutely worth a late-round pick in deeper dynasty/keeper league drafts and is a middle-round pick in rookie-only drafts.
News: The Bears continued to bolster their defense by selecting Northwestern DE Corey Wootton in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL Draft. Wootton, chosen with the 109th pick overall, returned from surgery to repair a torn right ACL in January 2009 to play last season for Northwestern. He had four sacks and six tackles for loss in 2009 while playing at "70 percent," according to him. Wootton expects to be at 100 percent for training camp, and that's when his speed will be at its best. "I feel like I'm 90-95 percent [now]," reporters asked him following the selection. "My 40 time was not that good but my 10-yard split was pretty good. Actually it was a 1.66 (seconds) which was pretty similar to most of the guys that ran in the 4.6 to 4.7 so my first 10 is there. I still have some room to improve in my explosiveness that I definitely will have back by the time training camp comes in August."
Analysis: Wootton is expected to work in a rotation at left defensive end with the Bears. This kid has potential to be a good defensive end; he would have been picked much sooner had he not been saddled with a major knee injury. He is a tall, lanky end with good rushing ability -- there's a chance he could develop into a steal for Chicago. In seasonal drafts he's not worth drafting but he's absolutely worth a late-round pick in deeper dynasty/keeper league drafts and is a middle-round pick in rookie-only drafts.