FanDuel Friday: Bears-Chargers full of fantasy options


FanDuel Friday: Bears-Chargers full of fantasy options

What in the world are we going to do without the Cardinals offense in DFS this week?

They've been a source of points for a lot of DFS players because of their big play ability and not-so-expensive prices. 

But fantasy life must go on without them (just for this week). So who is catching our eye this week in our FanDuel lineup?

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The CSN Fantasy guys break it down here and tell you who will win you some money this weekend.

Hopefully we (and you) don't miss like this guy did:

Yikes. As always, good luck.

John "The Professor" Paschall

What's this?! A lineup without Todd Gurley!? Yes, he's not only getting pricey but he's ending up in everyone else's lineup too which makes picking Gurley no longer fun.

As for my actual lineup, I'm a big fan of the Bears offense this week in primetime against a Chargers team that Adam Gase knows well (and also happens to give up a lot of yards and points). The Cutler-Jeffery combo has been rock solid since the receiver's return and nobody in the Chargers secondary will stop that. Monday night should also be a big night for Bennett as the San Diego defense has given up a touchdown to an opposing tight end in five out of its eight games this year. 

The Patriots run game is almost nonexistent but Lewis is still the most effective Patriots running back and his production shouldn't stop against the Redskins at home. Ivory is a good tournament play this week because he's coming off two bad outings. The Jets want to get back to running the football and should have some success against the Jaguars. Ryan Fitzpatrick's return to the lineup should help Ivory and the other Jets receivers as well. 

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Crabtree is getting more targets than Amari Cooper, which is somewhat surprising but a reality that we all must face. I'm expecting Steelers-Raiders to be a big time shootout.

I almost went for the trap of the Falcons defense against the 49ers and Blaine Gabbert but I'm resisting and going with the Patriots at home against Kirk Cousins for the same price. 

Michael Smith

I started my lineup this week with Tyrod Taylor, who is the 15th highest priced QB at only $7,200.  If you’re not going to spend up for Brady, Rivers or Brees, Taylor is a great option as a fantasy friendly dual-threat QB.  At RB I like Devonta Freeman and Chris Ivory as two workhorse Running backs whose teams are favorites by at least a touchdown.  Both are focal points of their offenses, and should see plenty of touches as their teams are trying to run out the clock

This week I’m again buying in on the number one passing offense in the league, the San Diego Chargers.  With Keenan Allen now out for the season, Stevie Johnson steps into the top wide receiver spot and Antonio Gates should help take up the slack for Allen, who was second in the NFL in receptions.  Amari Cooper survived Darrell Revis and the Jets defense and now faces the much easier task against the Pittsburgh Steelers, who rank 26th in the NFL in passing yards allowed.

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At defense and kicker I think this is a week where spending up will really help your lineup.  The Patriots projected to score the most points this week, which should lead to lots of kicking opportunities for Stephen Gostkowski.  The Broncos have been the best defense in the NFL in yards allowed and points allowed and Denver is also 1st in the NFL in sacks and 2nd in takeaways.  After watching the Broncos disrupt Aaron Rodgers and Packers last week, I think there is no reason to believe the struggling Colts will have any success.

Tony Andracki


Eli Manning throws 6 tuddies and winds up with just a $7,800 price tag despite a cushy matchup with the Bucs?? Dude ain't get no respect.

At running back, I opted for two guys whose situations are on the rise...but their pricetags aren't. Langford and Williams are now the unquestioned starters in solid offenses and Langford's matchup this week is especially appealing against the Chargers, who give up the most fantasy points to opposing RBs.

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WR-wise, I felt Jarvis Landry was actually a steal at $7,000 given that he's a Top 15 receiver. It's odd that his pricetag doesn't reflect that. Demaryius is actually on pace to have the best season of his career in terms of receptions and close to it in yards, but he's found the endzone just once so far (he had 10-14-11 TDs in the last three years). That could change in a hurry, as Demaryius could easily find the endzone three times in one game, especially with the Broncos offense firing on all cylinders coming out of the Bye.

Stevie Johnson is another guy with a great situation now that Keenan Allen is out and I found it impossible to stay away from Rob Gronkowski this week with no Travis Kelce or Tyler Eifert available.

Scott Krinch

Eli Manning was my quarterback last week and he won me a little cash after tossing six touchdowns. The fact that he's only $7800 against a bad Buccaneers defense is highway robbery. I didn't have to put much thought into filling my quarterback position with him.

As far as running back goes, Todd Gurley will be in my lineup each week moving forward. I don't care how much he costs. The rookie is that good. Jeremy Langford's price tag was a little higher than I expected, but I see great value in him filling in for the injured Matt Forte and facing a terrible Chargers run defense. 

My wide receiver is group is the area in which I really feel like I'm going to hit it out of the park in Week 9. ODB and Alshon Jeffery will each see a minimum of 10 targets against horrible pass defenses. Expect shootouts in both games with the duo racking up plenty of FanDuel points. I stayed in California for my final wideout in Chargers' de facto No. 1 Stevie Johnson. The veteran will get a surplus of passes thrown his way with Keenan Allen done for the season, and for the low price of $5400 he needs to be in all of your lineups this week.

Austin Seferian-Jenkins won't be $5200 for much longer. Finally healthy, the tight end will be a monster in the Buccaneers passing game and should be one of Jameis Winston's top targets for years to come. Spend big elsewhere and grab ASJ.

Mitch Musings: Trubisky progressing as he preps to face the gold standard of QBs

Mitch Musings: Trubisky progressing as he preps to face the gold standard of QBs

 Tom Brady has been credited with 54 game-winning drives in his Hall of Fame career, five of which have come in Super Bowls — all five Super Bowls he and Bill Belichick have won. 
To put it another way: Brady has engineered a game-winning drive in 18 percent of his regular season and playoff starts, while he’s only lost 22 percent of his career starts. 
“He just has this mentality that at the end of the game, they’re going to win because of him,” coach Matt Nagy said. “He’s going to make a special throw.”
The expectation for Brady is that he’s going to put together a fourth quarter comeback or a game-winning drive if given the chance. It’s not like he’s a markedly better quarterback in those close-and-late situations — in fact, his lowest passer rating by quarter comes in the fourth. But that rating is 94.2; his career rating is 97.4. Effectively, he’s the same quarterback. 
That baseline level of success is, undoubtedly, something for which Mitch Trubisky is striving. But the Bears’ rookie isn’t there yet, as evidenced by his career splits:
Fourth quarter: 86/151 (57 percent), 6 TDs, 6 INTs, 71.2 passer rating, 6.0 yards/attempt
Overall: 309/491 (63 percent), 18 TDs, 11 INTs, 86.7 passer rating, 7.0 yards/attempt
That factors in 2017, of course, and Trubisky’s numbers from that season aren’t as relevant as the overall experience he gained. There’s a much smaller sample size in 2018, but the fourth quarter downturn is still present:
2018 fourth quarter: 22/34 (65 percent), 2 TD, 1 INT, 94.1 passer rating, 7.4 yards/attempt
2018 overall: 113/161 (70 percent), 11 TDs, 4 INTs, 105.6 passer rating, 8.1 yards/attempt
The good news, perhaps, is that the gap is closing. That’s an area of progress the Bears needed, and still need, to see in 2018. Trubisky completed eight of 11 passes for 141 yards with a touchdown — and an interception in the end zone — on Sunday in Miami, and very well could’ve been credited with a game-winning drive had Tarik Cohen not fumbled near midfield with under three minutes remaining.
But the touchdown he threw to Anthony Miller, too, could’ve been a game-winner had the Bears’ defense not immediately given up a 75-yard touchdown on Miami’s ensuing drive.
“We’re continuing to grow and that’s one of those clutch plays that you have to make as an offense to help out the defense and put the team in a good position to win games and it was a big moment and I think a big area of growth for our offense and myself as a quarterback,” Trubisky said. “We’re just gonna have to continue to grow and make those types of plays to be able to give ourselves a chance to win every week.” 
Reid It and Weep?
The last three times Andy Reid, or an Andy Reid disciple, has faced the Patriots, their team has scored 40 or more points. Reid and Nagy teamed up to drop 42 on New England in 2017’s season opener, and Doug Pederson — Reid’s offensive coordinator prior to Nagy — put up 41 to win Super Bowl LII. On Sunday, Reid’s Chiefs scored 40 in a three-point loss in Foxboro. 
Maybe that matters on Sunday at Soldier Field, maybe it doesn’t. But for Trubisky, that Nagy had that success a year ago against New England “for sure” gives him a confidence boost. 
“I think coach Nagy knows this opponent very well,” Trubisky said. “I mean, he studies as much tape as anyone throughout the week and he’s had success against this team, so that definitely gives me confidence, and it’s just me and him continuing to communicate and being on the same page. He’s given me a lot of confidence that we’ll be able to move the ball and put up points against these guys this weekend. 
“So we just got to continue to take care of the football, be smart, while staying aggressive, but it definitely gives confidence knowing that coach Nags, that he knows these guys pretty well and has had success in the past, but we still got to go out there and do our jobs because the past success doesn’t determine future success. You still got to go out there and execute on the field and we know that.”
Belichick is a master of taking away what an opponent does best. But a common thread between those Chiefs and Eagles teams is having multiple weapons, to the point where taking the best one away isn’t a deterrent to scoring. The Bears may not have the same pick-your-poison roster as the Chiefs, who still put up 40 points despite New England muting Travis Kelce’s production on Sunday. 
But Trubisky and this offense might be trending that way, if Sunday’s 28-point second half against a good Miami defense is any indication. 
One Last Time To Not Count Out Touchdown Tom
Back to Brady for one final thought here: Trubisky was seven years old when Brady won his first Super Bowl back in 2002. The Bears’ quarterback probably doesn’t have much memory of an NFL in which Brady hasn’t been regarded as the most successful quarterback in the league.
Sunday will mark Brady’s final trip to Chicago in his career, unless he winds up quarterbacking another team (highly unlikely) or playing until he’s 49 (extremely unlikely). While he and Drew Brees and Philip Rivers and Ben Roethlisberger still may have a few good years left in them, and Aaron Rodgers certainly has more than a few good years left, it feels like the quarterbacking torch is finally being passed from those veterans to a young, exciting group of passers like Carson Wentz, Jared Goff and Patrick Mahomes. Trubisky could be part of that not-quite-established-but-close group, too, if what he’s done in the last two games turns out to be sustainable. 
So for Trubisky, getting to compete against Brady on Sunday comes as a special opportunity. 
“I admire his competitiveness and just following his journey and what he’s had to overcome to be able to get where he’s at,” Trubisky said. “It’s very admirable and doing it this long, this well over a long period of time is pretty incredible. So you always look at that. And what they’ve been able to do. As a quarterback you’re judged by how many games you win and he’s been successful at that as well, so obviously he’s one of the best to do it. And it’s cool to watch his film as well as many other guys over the years, pick up anything you possibly can. Yeah, he’s had a lot of success so you definitely look at what kind of traits he has to be able to lead his teams to that many wins over a long period of time. 
“Is it cool? Yeah, for sure. But I think it’s just a testament to him of how he’s been able to do it for this long and still be that successful. And he’s just really been able to push the limits at what can be accomplished at this position and how everybody looks at it. He’s really taken this thing to new levels and it’ll be cool to compete against him on Sunday.” 

QB Power Rankings: Brady and Rodgers stay on-brand

QB Power Rankings: Brady and Rodgers stay on-brand

A game-winning drive against the 5-0 Chiefs on Sunday night. A game-winning, coach's-job-saving drive against the 49ers on Monday night. 

The more things change, the more things stay the same. Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers continue to crush souls. Blake Bortles continues to inspire memes. New York's love-hate relationship with Eli Manning trudges on. 

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