QB Brian Hoyer - Chicago Bears
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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 17): Hoyer is 4-for-4 in the 300-yard game column since becoming the starter. The only scoring drive in Week 6 was finished by Jordan Howard, so Hoyer's overall fantasy day was quiet, and it might remain that way against Green Bay this week. Alshon Jeffery looked healthier while Eddie Royal got hurt again, so Hoyer's situation is treading water. He has done enough to remain the starter going forward, and Hoyer will have some good matchups after his Week 10 bye, so he's worth a look as a streamer stash in deep leagues
General News (Fri Oct 21): suffered a broken left arm in Thursday's game against the Green Bay Packers.
General News (Thu Oct 20): left Thursday night's game with what John Fox said was a broken arm. Matt Barkley took over for him.
General News (Tue Oct 18): is the first Bears quarterback since at least 1960 to throw for at least 300 passing yards in four straight games.
Week 7: at Green Bay Packers
Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. This is one of the storied rivalries of the NFC, so look for a spirited battle between these NFC North teams on Thursday. Brian Hoyer is the first Chicago quarterback to string together four 300+ yards-passing games in living memory - he'll be under center for this showdown in Lambeau Field. During that four-game run, Alshon Jeffery has seen 30 targets for 20/286/0 receiving; Cameron Meredith has enjoyed 33 for 26/295/1; Zach Miller has handled 29for 24/218/3; and Eddie Royal has been peppered with 25 for 21/229/1. The Bears' passing attack is faring better than the Packers' coming into Week Seven, folks. Speaking of Green Bay, they are currently 21st in the NFL averaging 266.6 net passing yards allowed per game, with 10 passing scores given out vs. three interceptions and 16 sacks generated (tied for 22nd- and sixth-ranked in the NFL, respectively). Last week, rookie Dak Prescott threw 18/27 for 233 net passing yards, three TDs and one interception at Lambeau Field, taking two sacks for -14 yards. From Week Four to Week Six of the 2016 season (over the last three weeks), Green Bay has averaged 19 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (13th-least in the NFL); and 26.2 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (10th-most); with 5.3 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (seventh-least). This looks like a good matchup for Hoyer and company. Also, the rushing matchup is challenging this week so the Bears will likely need to throw to keep up with the Packers.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2016 Week 6 vs JAX (30 / 49 / 302 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
The curious case of Brian Hoyer is getting more and more curious by the week. Hoyer has surpassed 300 passing yards in all four of his starts since taking over for Jay Cutler. Not only is Hoyer racking up yardage, he's also not turning over the ball. Hoyer has six touchdowns and zero interceptions (189 passing attempts) in his five games played this season. While Hoyer has done a great job of manning the position, he's had a very difficult time picking up large chunks of yards at a time. In Sunday's loss to Jacksonville, a game in which the Bears led until late in the fourth quarter, Hoyer badly struggled to find his receivers down field. After putting up a monster first half, Alshon Jeffery might as well not have even been on the field in the second half. Hoyer is in an interesting position right now, because he's playing pretty solid football. He's simply not winning games, and wins are important in the NFL, in case you didn't know.
2016 Week 5 vs IND (33 / 43 / 397 / 2 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Brian Hoyer is playing some very solid football this season. Starting his third game of the season Sunday against the Colts, Hoyer pitched his third-consecutive 300-yard passing game with no turnovers. The journeyman quarterback completed 33 of 43 passes for 397 yards and two touchdowns. Hoyer has shown enough in the past three games to keep the starting job when the time comes for Jay Cutler to return from his thumb injury. While Hoyer definitely has a ceiling, he's found some things that work within Dowell Loggains' offense -- Jordan Howard, Cameron Meredith, Zach Miller and occasionally Alshon Jeffery. Hoyer is a solid spot-start option in Week 6 against Jacksonville.
2016 Week 4 vs DET (28 / 36 / 302 / 2 / 0 pass, 3 / -3 / 0 rush)
Brian Hoyer put forth an exceptional effort in Chicago's 17-14 win over the Detroit Lions. Hoyer, starting his second game under center since joining the Bears in the offseason, completed 28 of 36 passes for 302 yards and two touchdowns. Pressure or no pressure, Hoyer made all the throws. With pressure in his face, Hoyer completed 6 of 8 passes for 44 yards and two TDs. This stat is encouraging because of Chicago's inconsistent offensive line play. While the majority of Hoyer's throws were to underneath receivers, he completed 2 of 3 passes for 86 yards on throws of 20-plus yards down the field. As long as Hoyer continues to manage games efficiently, there's no reason to believe he can't put up half-way decent numbers until Jay Cutler returns to the lineup.
2016 Week 3 vs DAL (30 / 49 / 317 / 2 / 0 pass, 3 / -3 / 0 rush)
Hoyer started slow with two three and outs, including one where a penalty erased a good gain to Kevin White. A screen to Alshon Jeffery helped set up a field goal, but it took until the second half for Hoyer to break through with short passing to Zach Miller, Jeffery, and Jeremy Langford, before capping a drive with a two-yard score to Miller. A Cameron Meredith fumble short-circuited another Bears possession, and the game was out of hand by the time Hoyer drove the Bears down the field for another score to Miller. Hoyer rung up yards and attempts on garbage time drives, but overall it was the kind of performance that shows why he is a backup in the NFL. His chemistry with Miller and willingness to give White chances to make plays on the ball downfield are encouraging, but Hoyer is not going to make this poor Bears team a winner.
Latest NewsBears | Brian Hoyer has broken left arm (Thu Oct 20, 10:27 PM) - Updating a previous story, Chicago Bears QB Brian Hoyer (arm) was diagnosed with a broken left arm, according to head coach John Fox. Our View: Hoyer will miss multiple weeks and quite possibly the rest of the season. Matt Barkley will start for the Bears until Jay Cutler is ready. The Bears pass offense loses a lot of value without the gunslinger Hoyer in at quarterback.
link to story Bears | Brian Hoyer out of game (Thu Oct 20, 09:37 PM) - Updating previous items, Chicago Bears QB Brian Hoyer (forearm) will not return to the Thursday, Oct. 20, game against the Green Bay Packers due to a forearm injury. Our View: It's Matt Barkley time! We'll see what the former USC quarterback has after failing to catch on elsewhere. Luckily the Packers defense isn't at its best tonight. Unfortunately for Barkley, neither is the Bears offensive line nor any other part of the offense.
link to story Bears | Brian Hoyer headed for X-rays (Thu Oct 20, 09:18 PM) - Updating a previous item, Chicago Bears QB Brian Hoyer (forearm) is headed for X-rays following an injury to his left forearm, which is his non-throwing arm. He is considered questionable to return. Our View: Matt Barkley is in the game and doing well enough, though the Packers defense isn't exactly playing Hall of Fame level defense. An extended look at Barkley is useful though, so if you can stomach the level of overall play, keep your eyes glued.
link to story Bears | Brian Hoyer injured (Thu Oct 20, 09:13 PM) - Chicago Bears QB Brian Hoyer (arm) was shaken up in the second quarter of the Thursday, Oct. 20, game against the Green Bay Packers. QB Matt Barkley was seen warming up on the sidelines, but Hoyer was also seen walking the sidelines before heading to the locker room holding his left arm. Our View: Barkley hasn't seen the field much in his brief time in the NFL, so this will be interesting to watch. If Barkley has success after Hoyer did, but Jay Cutler didn't you have to wonder how much longer Cutler will be in Chicago.
link to story Bears | Brian Hoyer on a roll (Mon Oct 17, 07:48 PM) - Chicago Bears QB Brian Hoyer is the first Bears quarterback since at least 1960 to throw for at least 300 passing yards in four straight games. Our View: It sure seems like this is his job to lose. Jay Cutler may not see the field again if Hoyer continues to play well.
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