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Fantasy Football Fix Podcast: Rookie running backs and stock watch after Week 1

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Fantasy Football Fix Podcast: Rookie running backs and stock watch after Week 1

Slavko Bekovic, Scott Krinch, Glynn Morgan and Tony Andracki react to a crazy Week 1 in fantasy, including buying or selling stock on guys like Austin Hooper, Stefon Diggs, Adam Thielen, Mike Gillislee, Kenny Golladay and more.

Plus, rookie running backs had a huge opening weekend, but what can we count on from Kareem Hunt, Leonard Fournette, Tarik Cohen and other first-year backs moving forward?

Later, NBC Sports fantasy analyst Josh Norris drops by the podcast to give his take on Cohen, the Seattle Seahawks backfield and more.

Listen to the entire podcast here:

Three Bears necessities for a win in season finale

Three Bears necessities for a win in season finale

As many Bears fans wish the team keeps "trending" as it has since their third win four weeks ago against the 49ers (in order to secure the third overall pick), we'll repeat: those who do end up suiting up for both teams want nothing to do with putting the franchise in that position.  The effort they show stays on tape, whether they're a starter risking losing their grip on that status, or fringe players trying to remain in the league to cash a pretty nice paycheck.

As we await the playing status of the likes of Pernell McPhee, Willie Young and Bryce Callahan (you can all but scratch Leonard Floyd) for the Bears and Alex Boone and Stefon Diggs for the home team, 2017 auditions have been going on for quite some time for both of these injury-ravaged teams. For those so interested as they come out of their New Year's Eve celebration fog, keep a roster handy, as the thick clouds from a lost 2016 season blow over, with more questions than we wanted two years into this regime still need answering in the months ahead.

1. START LIKE YOU GOT A GOOD NIGHT'S REST

... which will be more than many of us out here can say.  But seriously, the Bears have lost six of seven since these team's first meeting (and their best game of the year). The Vikings have dropped eight of ten since their 5-0 start, with some players blowing off their coach's gameplan to start last week's loss in Green Bay. As much as the aforementioned effort is important, how will one team handle a couple of quick scores by the other out of the gate?

[SHOP: Gear up Bears fans!]

2. COMMIT TO THE INDIANA ALUM

At least to get Jordan Howard his 61 yards to set a new franchise rookie rushing record. Then see how things are going.  But I'd like to see Dowell Loggains and the offensive line accept the challenge of how Minnesota will certainly defend the Bears with what's still a very talented defense missing a couple of parts. Howard gets better the more he's fed, and Charles Leno Jr., Josh Sitton, Cody Whitehair, Ted Larsen and Bobby Massie (along with a fullback or second tight end) should accept that challenge eagerly. Now, I'm not certain if I want Howard to gain much more than that.  If I'm running the show, I might get Howard out of there once he gets the record. The last thing I want to see is another key player for 2017 having to spend his offseason in rehab. Once Howard gets it, see if Jeremy Langford can end a disappointing sophomore season on a good note.

3. 72.1

That's how many yards per game the Vikings have averaged on the ground this season. 217. That's the average number of yards the Bears defense has generously offered Green Bay's and Washington's ground games the past two weeks. With Diggs likely out, the Bears' biggest concerns in the passing game are Kyle Rudolph and Adam Thielen (who's turned into a legitimate, undrafted threat this season, just 40 yards away from 1,000 yards). But with a key member of Sam Bradford's receiving corps absent, can the Bears manage to keep Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata close to that league-worst rushing average?

**Be sure to join Lance Briggs, Alex Brown and Jim Miller on CSN at 11 a.m. Sunday morning as the three ex-Bears and Chris Boden get you ready for kickoff on Bears Pregame Live. The guys offer their thoughts on what the Bears need to do in the offseason with so much uncertainty and decisions to be made. As soon as the second quarter ends, log on here on CSNChicago.com as Miller and Boden break down the first 30 minutes and go over adjustments on Bears Halftime Live. Then, right after the game ends on Fox, switch back to CSN as the guys get back together for 90 minutes of game reaction, analysis, live press conferences, locker room interviews, and more "big picture" conversation and debate about moving forward into 2017 on Bears Postgame Live.**

Fantasy Football Start/Sit: Week 11

Fantasy Football Start/Sit: Week 11

This fantasy football season has gone by way too fast.

Can you believe that we only have a few regular-season matchups left?

We feel the same way, Eminem.

If you have any questions, hit us up on @CSNFantasy and tune in to our weekly Fantasy Fix Facebook Live show every Thursday.

Let's get right into the Week 11 Start/Sit and as always, Liam Neeson has a message for you:

START

Colin Kaepernick, QB, SF (vs. NE) - With Phillip Rivers and Matt Ryan out and other QBs facing tough matchups, Kaepernick is an under-the-radar guy you can get on the waiver wire or toss in your starting lineup from the bench. NE is capable of getting carved up by mobile QBs on the ground and Kaepernick is doing that better than anybody right now. Kap has only started four games and is already sixth among QBs in rushing, averaging 57 yards per game. Think he likes Chip Kelly's offense? No matter what, Kap gets you fantasy pts in rushing alone. (Tony Andracki)

Robert Kelley, RB, WSH (vs. GB) - The emergence of Kelley has made Week 1 starter Matt Jones, who was inactive last week, obsolete in Washington's offense. Kelley is entrenched as the Redskins No. 1 running back and has been given 20-plus carries in consecutive games. Look for Washington to feed Kelley once again this week in an attempt to control the clock and keep Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers offense off the field. (Scott Krinch)

Marcus Mariota, QB, TEN (@ IND) - Who would have predicted that Mariota would be a Top 5 fantasy quarterback going into Week 11? The second-year signal-caller has thrown for no less than 232 yards in his last five games and is averaging 3 touchdowns per game during thar span. Indy's defense presents another opportunity for Mariota to add to his torrid stretch as the Colts allow the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing QBs. (Krinch)

Theo Riddick, RB, DET (vs. JAX) - Jags are a middle of road defense, but Riddick has shown he is a factor as a rusher, too, with double digit carries in each of last 6 games he's played in. He had only one reception for 6 yards vs. MIN in Week 9, but had 14 catches for 110 yds and 3 TDs in last two games prior to that. He's an RB1 this week. (Andracki)

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SIT

Michael Crabtree, WR, OAK (vs. HOU) - The Texans are great against WRs (only the Broncos, and Vikings better). In five of nine games this season, opposing WRs have tallied less than 23 points vs. HOU, and that's for the entire group of WRs. We've seen Crabtree disappear this season at times and could be the case again this week coming out of the bye. (Andracki)

Stefon Diggs, WR, MIN (vs. ARI) - Cardinals have allowed only 1 TD to WRs over the last four games and though Diggs is incredible in PPR leagues, he has only 2 scores on the year. You've heard a lot about Diggs lately, but so have the Cardinals, and they're going to want to make sure somebody besides Diggs beats them in Week 11. (Andracki)

Todd Gurley, RB, STL (vs. MIA) - After being drafted Top 5 in the majority of fantasy leagues, Gurley has yet to rush for 100 yards in any game this season, and hasn't scored a touchdown in nearly a month and a half. Opposing defenses have stacked the box against Gurley, and forced an atrocious Rams passing attack to beat them. I can't see Gurley benefiting from Jared Goff's promotion to QB1 as the Dolphins front seven should wreck havoc on the St. Louis offense this weekend. (Krinch)

Carson Wentz, QB, PHI (@ SEA) - Wentz has hit the rookie wall. After setting the world on fire the first four weeks of the season, Wentz has notched single-digit fantasy totals in four of his last five games. Wentz' struggles will likely continue against a Seahawks pass defense that looks to have turned the corner after not allowing a passing touchdown to Tom Brady in last Sunday's victory over the Patriots in Foxborough. (Krinch)