|Ht / Wt:||6'0" / 185 lb.|
|Drafted:||2018 / UDFA|
Pineiro (groin) failed to see the field in 2020 after landing on injured reserve on September 8.
Analysis: At first, Pineiro was expected to have a realistic chance to return to action after a three-week stint on injured reserve had concluded, but with Cairo Santos proving to be a reliable kicking option for the Bears, Pineiro was never activated. With his contract having expired, he'll hit unrestricted free agency, and after making 82 percent of his field goals in 2019, he'll likely have a solid chance of earning a kicking job for 2021.
Coach Matt Nagy doesn't think Pineiro (groin) will be ready to play against the Colts in Week 4, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Analysis: Chicago would need to remove Pineiro from IR before he can play, and Cairo Santos will continue to fill in as long as Pineiro remains sidelined. The Bears have a short week before facing the Buccaneers on Thursday in Week 5, so Pineiro will be hard-pressed to heal up in time for that one.
The Bears placed Pineiro (groin) on injured reserve Tuesday.
Analysis: The NFL's new IR rules for 2020 will allow the Bears to activate Pineiro after he sits out three games, so if he moves past the groin injury by the end of September, he could be ready to step back in as the team's kicker beginning in Week 4 against the Colts. In the interim, the Bears are expected to promote Cairo Santos from the practice squad to handle kicking duties.
Pineiro (groin) didn't attempt field goals during the media portion of training camp practices and is unlikely to be available for at least Week 1, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Analysis: With Cairo Santos expected to be released, the Bears could try to bring him back on the practice squad, so that he can replace Pineiro to start the season. In addition, if the team desires to move Pineiro to injured reserve and bring him back during the season, they must wait until Monday to make that move. For now, Pineiro is not a recommended fantasy option unless his situation is resolved and he's back on the field as the starting kicker.
Head coach Matt Nagy hinted that the Bears could roster both Pineiro (groin) and Cairo Santos, Adam Hoge of NBC Sports Chicago reports.
Analysis: Nagy didn't confirm whether this meant both would be on the active roster or if one would be on the practice squad, but it likely means Pineiro is sticking in Chicago regardless of how the competition against Santos plays out. Even with Pineiro's injury, he's regarded as the No. 1 kicker for the time being.
Pineiro, who has been dealing with a groin issue of late, "hasn't attempted a kick in front of reporters all week," according to Dan Wiederer of the Chicago Tribune.
Analysis: With that in mind, it's not surprising that the Bears plan to sign Cairo Santos to provide insurance and/or competition for Pineiro, who previously had seemed to cement the team's kicking job after Ramiz Ahmed was waived earlier this month.
With Ramiz Ahmed having been waived, Pineiro is the only kicker on the Bears' roster, Kevin Fishbain of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Unless another kicker is brought in by the team, Pineiro will reprise the duties held last season with the Bears, en route to converting 82 percent of his field-goal tries. His fantasy upside, however, is tied to a Chicago offense that may not yield consistent volume.
According to the Bears' website, Pineiro added eight pounds of muscle to strengthen his leg as he prepares to compete against Ramiz Ahmed for the Bears' kicking job.
Analysis: Although Pineiro connected on just 82 percent of his field-goal attempts last year, he rebounded well from a midseason slump, and strengthening his leg could help him on both kickoffs and long-distance field goals. However, the presence of Ahmed may not be too much of a problem, as Ahmed hasn't kicked competitively since 2018 when he made just 15-of-20 field-goal attempts in his final season at the University of Utah. Regardless, unless the Bears can make significant progress on offense, the team's kicker is unlikely to be more than a fantasy reserve in typical leagues.
Pineiro anticipates competition for the Bears' starting kicker job during the offseason, Jason Lieser of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. "Last year, I had to compete against eight different guys, so I don't think that's going to change," Pineiro said. "Hopefully, it's not eight again, but I definitely expect competition."
Analysis: In the wake of Cody Parkey's ignominious end to the 2018 campaign, the Bears searched far and wide for a replacement, eventually landing on Pineiro after cycling through nearly 10 options. Through Week 11, there wasn't much of a difference, as Pineiro missed five of 17 field-goal attempts. He righted the ship thereafter, though, making all 11 kicks over the last six games. On top of that, he was relatively clean on point-after tries, making 27 of 29 for the season. Chicago's front office won't be blamed for bringing in a kicker during the offseason program and/or training camp, but Pineiro's end of the year at least gives him a leg up on the competition.
Pineiro converted four field goals and an extra point in the Bears' 21-19 win over the Vikings in Week 17, and he finished the season with 23 field goals in 28 attempts.
Analysis: Pineiro was a disappointment in his first season with the Bears, as he made just 82 percent of his field-goal attempts. In terms of fantasy, he only surpassed seven points on four occasions, and as he enters the last year of a two-year contract, he'll be a marginal fantasy option in 2020 drafts.
Pineiro made his only field-goal attempt in the Bears' 26-3 loss to the Chiefs on Sunday.
Analysis: Pineiro was good from 46 yards out, and he failed to receive a couple other chances to kick when the Bears were forced to throw the ball on fourth downs late in the game. He's failed to top seven points in any of his last eight games, and he'll be a low-upside lineup option in Week 17 against the Vikings.
Pineiro connected on two field goals and an extra point in Chicago's 21-13 loss to the Packers on Sunday.
Analysis: Pineiro posted seven or fewer points for the seventh-straight time, and he'll be a low-upside fantasy option in a Week 16 home matchup against the Chiefs.
Pineiro converted his only field-goal attempt in the Bears' 31-24 win over the Cowboys on Thursday.
Analysis: Pineiro was good from 36 yards on his lone field-goal try, and he's now made four-straight field goals. However, his seven-point effort was the most points he's scored in a game since Week 8, and his low floor makes him very difficult to trust in the fantasy playoffs.
Pineiro connected on a field goal and three extra points in the Bears' 24-20 win over the Lions on Thursday.
Analysis: The biggest takeaway for Pineiro was that the Bears chose to pass up a 49-yard field-goal attempt in a domed stadium in order to let the offense try to convert a fourth down and six, showing a lack of confidence in the kicker. With a total of 19 points over his last five games, he's not a recommended fantasy option.
Pineiro converted a pair of field goals along with an extra point in the Bears' 19-14 victory over the Giants on Sunday.
Analysis: Although it didn't end up hurting the team, Pineiro missed one of his two extra-point attempts, and with his recent struggles, there's always a concern as to whether the Bears continue to keep him on the roster. This was the first time in four weeks that he scored more than two fantasy points, making him a player who's difficult to trust in fantasy lineups.
Pineiro missed two field-goal attempts in Sunday's loss to the Bears, but head coach Matt Nagy said after the contest that he will not look for a kicker to replace Pineiro, Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Analysis: It's still not out of the question the Bears will explore other options after watching Pineiro miss four field goals and an extra-point attempt over the last four games, but Nagy's comments represent a vote of confidence in his kicker. While Pineiro's roster spot appears safe heading into Monday, it could be on the line if the Bears switch course and bring in other kickers for tryouts in the coming days.
Pineiro (knee) is not listed on Wednesday's injury report, Kevin Fishbain of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Pineiro attempted kickoffs in Wednesday's practice for the first time in three weeks, per Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune, and he appears to now be past his right knee issue. Barring any setbacks, he'll handle kicking duties Sunday versus the Saints.
Pineiro booted three extra points in the Bears' 24-21 loss to the Raiders on Sunday.
Analysis: After having attempted multiple field goals in each of the previous three games, Pineiro didn't line up for a single three pointer in this contest. Aside from this performance, he's been an average fantasy option as he's tied to an offense that hasn't exactly been explosive this year.
Pineiro was perfect on three field-goal attempts in Chicago's 16-6 victory over the Vikings.
Analysis: Pineiro appears fully healthy from a minor knee injury he suffered last week. He's attempted eight field goals over his last three games, making him a player can be started in weekly fantasy lineups.
Pineiro (knee) is listed as active Sunday against the Vikings.
Analysis: The Bears have called Pineiro's injury a pinched nerve in his right knee, which contained him to just one limited practice during Week 4 prep. No matter, he'll play through it for a second straight game versus a Minnesota team that has seen just one field-goal attempt from its opponents in 2019.
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