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Bears TE Cole Kmet listed as questionable ahead of Week 16 vs. Cardinals

Bears TE Cole Kmet is dealing with a quad injury going into Week 16 vs. the Cardinals. We break down the news for fantasy football and betting.

Cole Kmet #85 of the Chicago Bears runs a route during the first half against the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium on December 17, 2023 in Cleveland, Ohio. Photo by Nick Cammett/Diamond Images via Getty Images

The Chicago Bears will take on the Arizona Cardinals in Week 16 of the NFL season. Chicago has been dealing with injuries to its offense all season, and this week is no different. Starting tight end Cole Kmet picked up a quad injury this week. If he isn’t able to play, Robert Tonyan will take over as the starting tight end.

Cole Kmet injury updates

Friday update: Kmet has been listed as questionable heading into the weekend.

Thursday update: After not being listed on the injury report on Wednesday, Kmet has been downgraded to limited on Thursday with a quad injury. He will have one more day of practice to try and avoid an injury designation heading into the weekend.

Fantasy football analysis

Kmet has been a bright spot for the Bears this season. He has played in 14 games and has come down with 66 of his 81 targets for 571 yards and six touchdowns. Kmet heads into this week as the overall TE7 in half-PPR scoring formats. He is the team’s second-best pass-catcher and would be a tough person to not have for this game. If Kmet is active, he can be started in 8-team leagues or larger.

The shift to Tonyan would be a tough fall. He has played in 14 games and has brought in just seven of his 11 targets for 58 yards. The Cardinals allow the fourth-fewest fantasy points per game to opposing tight ends, and with Tonyan’s lack of consistent work, he shouldn’t be started in leagues with fewer than 20 teams.