FanDuel Friday: Chargers hold great Week 7 DFS value


FanDuel Friday: Chargers hold great Week 7 DFS value

There's really no recipe for success when it comes to Daily Fantasy Sports. No matter how much you study each matchup, it's a total crapshoot each week.

If only it were as easy on-the-field halftime interviews, right Jim Tomsula?

Regardless, we've done our very best to give you a wide range of options for this week.

Check out our FanDuel lineups for the Week 7 slate of games and If you've got specific questions, drop us a question on Twitter @CSNFantasy or use #CSNFantasy and we'll give you our take.

And as always, good luck this weekend.

John "The Professor" Paschall

Most are excited about the possible production the Cardinals offense could have on Monday night against the Ravens. And I get it. On paper it looks like a great matchup and that's one of the reasons why I have Brown in my lineup.

But I'm more of a fan of what the Chargers could do this week. Rivers and the Chargers have one of the best passing offenses in the league as they lead the NFL in passing yards and are third in attempts. Rivers freaking threw the ball 65 (!!) times last week. That's insane. In fantasy, it doesn't matter if the real life team is any good like the 2-4 Chargers. They are going to be slinging it all over the place against a Raiders defense that stops the run but can't stop the pass. Remember how bad Oakland is at stopping tight ends? Green should be the beneficiary this week with Antonio Gates not practicing this week. Allen claims he's healthy and I believe he will perform exceptionally well even if he's not 100 percent.

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Bell is my expensive spend of the week. The Steelers will likely try and lean on him with Landry Jones starting on the road. Gurley will be an immensely popular pick and with good reason. He's great and the Browns run defense ain't. 

When Andrew Luck is in, Moncrief continues to catch touchdown passes. It's that simple. And against this Saints defense, he could see a few of them. 

Mike Smith

I started my lineup around 4-5 matchups I really like, and that starts with Larry Fitzgerald going on Monday night against the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens secondary has really struggled this year, and Fitzgerald seems to play well in primetime games. Another elite play this week is Todd Gurley, who faces a Cleveland Browns defense allowing 5.0 yards per carry. In his last game, Gurley rushed 30 times even with his team trailing most of the game and I expect him to see at least 20-25 carries against a weaker opponent. I believe Antonio Gates is going to be in almost everybody’s lineup this week, but for good reason. The matchup against the Raiders is too good, with Oakland the only team in the NFL allowing over 20 fantasy points per game to opposing Tight End’s.

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At Quarterback I’m sticking with the Chargers and going back to Phillip Rivers and pairing him with Keenan Allen. The Chargers are 5 point favorites and Las Vegas projects this to be one of the higher scoring games Sunday. Lastly, there was some conflicting news about T.Y. Hilton possibly missing Friday’s practice, but it appears he was just given a day of rest. Whether or not Hilton plays, I think Donte Moncrief will continue his breakout year. He has scored double digit fantasy points in 5 of 6 games and at only $6,500 he is one of the safer value plays this week.

Scott Krinch

There's a reason why Philip Rivers is in the majority of DFS lineups this week. The Chargers like to pass (65 times in a Week 6 loss to the Packers) and they're going up against a horrible pass defense in the Oakland Raiders.

Todd Gurley is still extremely cheap and it won't stay that way for very long. He's a star in the making and he will continue to shine bright like a diamond against a shaky Browns defense. Lamar Miller looked like the guy we all thought he was going to be in his first game post Joe Philbin.

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I went big at my first two wide receiver spots with Julio Jones and Antonio Brown. The Titans are thin at cornerback and will line Bildi Wreh-Wilson up against Jones. HELLO, easy money. My guess is Brown, despite the absence of Big Ben, turns it around against the league's worst pass defense in the Kansas City Chiefs.

No Jamaal Charles. Possibly no Jeremy Maclin. And an offensive line which has given up the third-most sacks in the NFL? Steelers will eat that Chiefs offense alive on Sunday.

Tony Andracki

I'm putting my money on Brown this week.

Antonio Brown has been downright terrible in fantasy lately, but I'm betting he has a comeback game, especially since Landry Jones may get the start, and the young QB seems more inclined to look Brown's way over Michael Vick. The Chiefs give up the most points in the NFL to opposing WRs, so everything about this seems like a great option. John Brown also has a great matchup and coming off a 10-catch, 196-yard performance last week, the Cardinals receiver is primed for another huge game.

I'm also high on Brandin Cooks and love his matchup against the Colts. It's about time Cooks makes good on his potential and becomes a top-flight fantasy WR. Carson Palmer is going up against the worst secondary in the game and is already a Top 5 QB each week. Todd Gurley is coming off a Bye, so he should be completely healthy and rested and he's already shown he is a stud. Is this the week he finds the endzone?

I went with other great matchups plays with Latavius Murray and Travis Kelce, both of which came right around average in terms of their price. The Giants offense should rebound this week, so I'm taking a chance on Josh Brown (told you I was putting my money on Brown this week). Since I couldn't take the Seahawks defense (who were money against the Niners' sad offense), I guess the next best option is the Panthers, who have been very solid this season.

2017 Bears position grades: Inside Linebacker

2017 Bears position grades: Inside Linebacker

2017 grade: B+

Level of need: Low

Decisions to be made on: Christian Jones (free agent), John Timu (free agent), Jonathan Anderson (free agent); Jerrell Freeman has reportedly been cut

Possible free agent targets: Demario Davis, Preston Brown, Anthony Hitchens, Avery Williamson, Navorro Bowman, Derrick Johnson

How the Bears rate Nick Kwiatkoski will be the key to figuring out what this unit will look like in 2018. Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio thought Kwiatkoski finished last season strong, but strong enough to rely on him in 2018 as the starter next to Danny Trevathan?

The thing with the Bears’ inside linebackers, though: Trevathan makes whoever is playing next to him better. The problem is Trevathan hasn’t been able to stay on the field — he missed time in 2017 with a calf injury and a one-game suspension, and missed half of 2016 after rupturing his Achilles’. Trevathan hasn’t played a full 16-game season since 2013, so durability is an issue for the soon-to-be 28-year-old.

So that leads to this question: Do the Bears need to find someone in free agency, regardless of how they value Kwiatkoski, who’s also missed time due to injuries in his first two years in the league?

Free agency could provide a few options. Demario Davis had a career high 97 tackles for the New York Jets last year and has never missed a game as a pro. Preston Brown had some decent production in Buffalo and also hasn’t missed a game since being drafted in 2014. Avery Williamson may not be a world-beater but has only missed one game in his four years in the NFL.

The Bears could also opt for someone who fits more of a rotational mold, like Dallas’ Anthony Hitchens, or try to lure a veteran linebacker like Navorro Bowman (who played for Vic Fangio in San Francisco) or Derrick Johnson (who Matt Nagy knows from his Kansas City days) to play next to Trevathan and/or Kwiatkoski.

The Bears could opt to keep the status quo and re-sign Christian Jones and John Timu for depth, and enter 2018 with Kwiatkoski and Trevathan as the team’s starters (Jerrell Freeman, who suffered a season-ending injury and then was hit with his second PED suspension in as many years, was cut on Tuesday). Signing a starting-caliber free agent isn’t out of the question, either, but there is a third option for the Bears if they appear to stand pat in free agency: Draft an inside linebacker in April. If that’s the route they go, Georgia’s Roquan Smith could be the guy. But again, those more pressing needs at other positions could mean the Bears don’t burn a first-round pick on an inside linebacker.

With Josh Sitton on his way out, what’s next for the Bears’ offensive line?

With Josh Sitton on his way out, what’s next for the Bears’ offensive line?

The first major move of Ryan Pace’s 2018 offseason hit on Tuesday, as NFL Network reported the Bears will not exercise Josh Sitton’s $8 million option for 2018. 

The move accomplishes two things for the Bears: 1) It frees up about $8 million in cap space and 2) Removes a veteran from the offensive line and creates a hole to fill, presumably by a younger free agent or draft pick. 

The 31-year-old Sitton signed a three-year deal with the Bears after Green Bay cut him just before the 2016 season, and was a Pro Bowler his first year in Chicago. Sitton played 26 of 32 games in two years with the Bears, but him being on the wrong side of 30 was likely the biggest factor here. If the Bears saw his skills eroding, releasing him now and netting the cap savings while going younger at the position does make sense. 

“Going younger” doesn’t guarantee the Bears will draft Notre Dame brawler Quenton Nelson, though that did become a greater possibility with Tuesday’s move. Nelson might be one of the two or three best offensive players in this year’s draft, and offensive line coach Harry Hiestand knows him well from the four years they spent together at Notre Dame. 

There’s a natural fit there, of course, but a few reasons to slow the Nelson-to-Chicago hype train: Would he even make it to No. 8? Or if he’s there, is taking a guard that high worth it when the Bears have needs at wide receiver, outside linebacker and cornerback? Still, the thought of Nelson — who absolutely dominated at Notre Dame — pairing with Hiestand again is tantalizing, and Nelson very well could step into any team’s starting lineup and be an immediate Pro Bowler as a rookie. 

If the Bears go younger in free agency, Matt Nagy knows 26-year-old guard Zach Fulton (No. 25 in Bleacher Report’s guard rankings) well from their time in Kansas City. Fulton — a Homewood-Flossmoor alum — has the flexibility to play both guard positions and center, which could open the door for Cody Whitehair to be moved to left guard, the position he was initially drafted to play (though the Bears do value him highly as a center, and keeping him at one position would benefit him as opposed to moving him around the line again). There are some other guys out there — like Tennessee’s Josh Kline or New York’s Justin Pugh — that could wind up costing more than Fulton in free agency. 

Or the Bears could look draft an offensive lineman after the first round, perhaps like Ohio State’s Billy Price, Georgia’s Isaiah Wynn or UTEP’s Will Hernandez. How the Bears evaluate guards at the NFL Combine next week will play an important role in how they go about replacing Sitton. 

The trickle-down effect of releasing Sitton will impact more than the offensive line, too. Freeing up his $8 million in cap space -- which wasn't a guarantee, unlike cutting Jerrell Freeman and, at some point, Mike Glennon -- could go toward paying Kyle Fuller, or another top cornerback, or a top wide receiver, or some combination of players at those positions (as well as outside linebacker). The Bears were already in a healthy place cap-wise; that just got healthier on Tuesday.