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WR Eddie Royal - Chicago Bears

5-9, 184Born: 5-21-1986College: Virginia TechDrafted: Round 2

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 5): Royal is getting healthier, and the return of Jay Cutler helped him put up his first solid stat line of the season. If Matt Forte gets traded, Royal could get a PPR value spike, although the likely return of Alshon Jeffery this week isn't going to help.

Week 5: at Kansas City Chiefs

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Detailed matchup analysis coming soon.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 vs GB 65 0 0 0 5 1 8 0 0 0.8
2 vs ARI 70 0 0 0 8 7 41 0 0 4.1
3 at SEA 42 0 0 0 3 3 17 0 0 1.7
4 vs OAK 67 0 0 0 10 7 54 1 0 11.4
5 at KC PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 4 * * * *
5 at KC PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 3 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2015 Week 4 vs OAK (10 / 7 / 54 / 1 rec)

Eddie was a royal pain Raiders' butt in the Bears' 22-20 win in Week 4. For the first time this season, Royal played like the receiver the Bears thought they signed. In a breakout performance, Royal caught seven passes on 10 targets for 54 yards and one touchdown. He hugely benefitted from the return of Jay Cutler, who missed much of the previous two games with a hamstring injury. With Matt Forte running well and the Raiders' defense using a man over the top to cover Martellus Bennett, Royal brilliantly worked the middle of the field. A competent slot receiver is something the Bears have been missing in recent years. Royal, by the looks of it, appears to be the right guy for the job. As Cutler and Royal get more reps together in practice, expect to see an even stronger dynamic between the two. Another circumstance of which will help Royal will be the return of Alshon Jeffery. When Jeffery returns to the starting lineup, the Bears' offense will be able to spread the field even more than what we saw Sunday against the Raiders.

2015 Week 3 vs SEA (3 / 3 / 17 / 0 rec)

t's not Eddie Royal's fault. Say it again: it's not Eddie Royal's fault. Royal is not to blame for his lackluster fantasy performance thus far this season. For the better part of three weeks, Royal has been asked to be the Bears' No. 1/2 wide receiver -- something he is not. Without Alshon Jeffery and Kevin White out there to stretch the field, Royal can't work the middle of the field. The Bears signed Royal to be a slot receiver, and he's yet to be able to play that role. Against the Seahawks, Royal caught three passes for 17 yards on three targets. Not an inspiring effort, if you ask us. On top of that, Jimmy Clausen is going to be under center for the next few weeks. If there's one thing we learned from the Seahawks game, it's that Clausen is not an NFL starting quarterback, and he might not even be backup-worthy. Before you make any big decisions as it pertains to Royal, why don't you wait until Jay Cutler, Jeffery and White are back on the field.

2015 Week 2 vs ARI (8 / 7 / 41 / 0 rec)

Eddie Royal had somewhat of a rebound game Sunday against the Cardinals. After a very disappointing Week 1 outing, his first as a Bear, Royal caught seven of eight targets for 41 yards. Without much room of which to work, due to the absence of field-lengthening wide receivers like Alshon Jeffery and Kevin White, the middle of the field was one big traffic jam for most of the game. Life is going to get much tougher for Royal, who might now be without his starting quarterback, Jay Cutler. When Jimmy Clausen took over Sunday's game after Cutler left with a hamstring injury, the Bears offense struggled to gain chunks of yards at a time. This is something that directly will affect Royal's output moving forward.

2015 Week 1 vs GB (5 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)

Eddie Royal was brought to Chicago to be the slot receiver the Bears have been seeking for years on end, but he was nothing more than the fourth option against the Packers. Catching only one ball on five targets, Royal had a very forgettable first game as a Bear. Royal clearly lacked chemistry with Jay Cutler, which shouldn't be all that surprising given the receiver missed valuable practice time leading up to Week 1. The missed connections appeared to be a result of not being on the same page. Whether it was a result of rust or the shot to the head Royal took late in the first half. He briefly left the game to be tested for a concussion but returned shortly after. Royal entered Week 1 with high expectations and left Week 1 looking like a royal disappointment.


Latest News

Bears | Eddie Royal breaks out (Mon Oct 5, 04:56 PM) - Chicago Bears WR Eddie Royal had his best game of the season so far Sunday, Oct. 4, against the Oakland Raiders. Royal caught seven passes for 54 yards and a touchdown on 10 targets.

Our View: Put an asterisk by this performance because it did come against the Raiders.

Bears | Eddie Royal questionable (Fri Sep 25, 02:53 PM) - Chicago Bears WR Eddie Royal (back, hip) was limited in practice for the second straight day Friday, Sept. 25, and is questionable for Week 3 against the Seattle Seahawks.

Our View: Royal would be in line for a big opportunity with Alshon Jeffery out, but against Seattle, questionable, and not looking to be in top form in the first two week, instead he's a player to avoid this week.
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Bears | Eddie Royal, Marquess Wilson limited (Thu Sep 24, 06:33 PM) - Chicago Bears WR Eddie Royal (back, hip) and WR Marquess Wilson (shoulder) were limited during practice Thursday, Sept. 24.

Our View: Watch Royal's practice participation on Friday. Find a better option if you can. A banged up slot receiver against a Seahawks defense (at home) getting Kam Chancellor back from his holdout does not sound like a recipe for fantasy success.

Bears | Two Chicago WRs don't practice (Wed Sep 23, 03:25 PM) - Chicago Bears WRs Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) and Eddie Royal (hip) were held out of practice Wednesday, Sept. 23.

Our View: Keep an eye on this Chicago situation. We may not see Jay Cutler at quarterback due to his hamstring injury for a couple of weeks. Royal usually misses Wednesday as a "veteran rest" day. Jeffery does not look like he's going to go against the Seahawks this week. Check back to see if he can turn things around.
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