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QB Brian Hoyer - Chicago Bears

6-2, 215Born: 10-13-1985College: Michigan StateDrafted: ---

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Tue Sep 20): Hoyer might get a start against Dallas this week and potentially more while Jay Cutler battles a thumb problem (ligament damage) on his throwing hand. He's only a desperation play, but at least we know that he's not shy about throwing downfield.

General News (Tue Sep 20): is expected to start in Week 3 as Jay Cutler will likely be sidelined with a thumb injury on his throwing hand.

Week 3: at Dallas Cowboys

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Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. This game has become a battle of backups - Chicago's starter Jay Cutler (sprained thumb on his throwing hand) and Tony Romo (back injury) are sidelined as of Week Three, which means that Chicago will have Brian Hoyer under center until further notice. Realize that Hoyer has extensive experience in starting stints at Cleveland and Houston (44 games appeared in, with 590/1012 for 7,250 yards passing, 38 TDs and 26 interceptions thrown, and 71/112/1 rushing), and that Hoyer did get Houston to the playoffs last year - but then melted down in spectacular fashion during the Wild Card round. He is a bona-fide NFL starter, but he is not among the elite tier of quarterbacks currently playing in the NFL - his best finish among fantasy quarterbacks so far during his career was 25th in the league as the starter in Cleveland during 2014, before the Johnny Manziel debacle - but there are worse fates than starting Hoyer (just ask the Browns, currently prepping rookie Cody Kessler). We'll see which receivers he has good chemistry with - Hoyer completed nine of 12 passes for 78 yards in relief of Cutler last week, finding starters Kevin White, Alshon Jeffery and Zach Miller for two receptions each during his string of nine straight completions. He also attempted a deep pass to Jeffery and two deep throws to White. The Cowboys' pass defense has been up and down so far this year - in the season opener Eli Manning threw 19/28 for 203 net yards passing, three TDs and one interception at Dallas, while last week Kurt Cousins slung 28/46 for 350 net yards, one TD and one interception with two sacks taken for -14 yards vs. Dallas. To date, the team is 18th in the NFL averaging 276.5 net passing yards allowed per game, with four passing scores given up vs. two interceptions and four sacks generated. Over the first two weeks of the season, Dallas has averaged 22.3 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (12th-most in the NFL); and 24.8 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (13th-most); with 11.4 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (sixth-most). Not too good, folks. This is a neutral matchup between teams struggling with personnel issues.

Recent Stats and Projections

2 vs PHI 14 9 12 78 0 0 0 0 0 0 3.9
3 at DAL 0 30 49 317 2 0 3 -3 0 1 21.55
3 at DAL PROJ-Dodds * 22 34 * * * 2 * * * *
3 at DAL PROJ-Tremblay * 20 33 * * * 2 * * * *
3 at DAL PROJ-Bloom * 19 36 * * * 0 * * * *

Latest News

Bears | Brian Hoyer decent in Week 3 (Mon Sep 26, 09:48 AM) - Chicago Bears QB Brian Hoyer was 30-for-49 for 317 yards and two touchdowns in the Week 3 loss against the Dallas Cowboys.

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Bears | Brian Hoyer starts on SNF (Sun Sep 25, 07:26 PM) - Chicago Bears QB Brian Hoyer is starting in the Week 3 game against the Dallas Cowboys in placed of the injured QB Jay Cutler (thumb).

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Bears | Brian Hoyer concerned about chemistry? (Sat Sep 24, 10:38 PM) - Chicago Bears QB Brian Hoyer has pointed out throughout the week that he has not had many reps with WR Alshon Jeffery this season.

Our View: Jeffery is still the kind of receiver who can adjust on the fly to poor passes and otherwise have his talent reign on the field no matter the circumstances. Hoyer was able to feed DeAndre Hopkins enough to make him an elite fantasy wide receiver, so as long as Jeffery is active tonight, you have to play him.
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Bears | Jay Cutler taken to locker room (Mon Sep 19, 10:23 PM) - Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler (hand) was taken to the locker room near the end of the third quarter in Week 2 against the Philadelphia eagles Monday, Sept. 19. The training staff was looking at Cutler's hand on the sidelines. QB Brian Hoyer replaced him.

Our View: Cutler injured his throwing hand early in the third quarter and did not look the same after the injury. The Bears could not move the ball much against an aggressive Eagles defense on Monday night.
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