Eddie Royal, WR, Bears
|WR - #75||202.22||CHI||Active||7 years||29||5'10||185||@EddieRoyalWR|
2015 Outlook: Deep-league OnlyLast updated on Jun-25-2015 by Shawn Childs
The Chargers found a way to use Royal's quickness over the last two years to create great value at the goal line (15 TDs). After three straight subpar years, Eddie was finally able to become Fantasy-relevant again in 2014. Royal caught 62 of his 91 targets for 778 yards and seven TDs. His success led to him becoming the 32nd-ranked WR in PPR leagues. Eddie had three games with double digit targets and one game with 100 yards receiving. As good as his progression may look, Royal caught three passes or less in eight games. I believe his opportunity was created by the injury to RB Danny Woodhead. In his rookie season with Cutler throwing him the ball, Eddie set a career high in catches (91), yards (980), and targets (129). His opportunity will take a step back this year. He is no more than a gamble as a bye week cover. I expect him to catch less than 50 passes for less than 600 yards.
Bears first-round pick Kevin White was placed on the active/PUP list to start training camp. His head coach John Fox downplayed the injury and even refused to divulge exactly what the injury is. "He's day-to-day. It's not a long-term problem," Fox said. "Like any injury — a blister could become a long-term problem if you don't treat it right. We're just trying to do the proper treatment and do what's in his best interest, whatever his best interest is is our best interest … I could say exactly what it is, but I'm not. It's his shin. It's something that shouldn't be long-term but that we're going to monitor."Fantasy Analysis:
White is expected to replace Brandon Marshall in Chicago. However, it's important to remember, the odds of White, or any rookie for that matter, being as good as Brandon Marshall is very slim. He also has quite a few targets to contend with. It's not that farfetched that he could end up seeing less targets than Alshon Jeffery, Martellus Bennet and Matt Forte. Eddie Royal and Marquess Wilson will also be in the mix. White is currently being drafted as the WR28, which is definitely at least s bit too high.
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