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FanDuel Friday: Chargers hold great Week 7 DFS value

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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.

Chicago Bears Training Camp: Veteran and rookie report dates

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Chicago Bears Training Camp: Veteran and rookie report dates

Chicago Bears training camp is right around the corner with the first practice (non-padded) scheduled for July 21. 

Bears veterans and rookies will report a few days ahead of that first session to acclimate themselves to their new (for some) surroundings. Rookies report on July 16, with veterans coming three days later on July 19.

All eyes will be on QB Mitch Trubisky and the potentially high-flying offense under coach Matt Nagy. Training camp will take on extra importance because of the plethora of new faces on the roster and coaching staff as well as the installation of a completely new offensive scheme. It's critical that Trubisky builds chemistry with wide receivers Allen Robinson, Taylor Gabriel, Anthony Miller and Kevin White, all of whom he's never thrown a regular-season pass to. Add Trey Burton to that mix and a lot of miscues should be expected in the preseason.

The rookie class is led by linebacker Roquan Smith, who remains unsigned. With less than 30 days until rookies are required to report, a greater sense of urgency -- even if it's not quite a panic -- is certainly creeping in. Assuming he's signed in time, Smith should earn a starting role early in training camp and ascend to one of the defense's top all-around players. 

The Bears have higher-than-usual expectations heading into the 2018 season making fans eager for summer practices to get underway.

Leonard Floyd picked as potential Pro Bowler in 2018

Leonard Floyd picked as potential Pro Bowler in 2018

The Chicago Bears need a big season from outside linebacker Leonard Floyd. He's the team's best pass-rush option and the only legitimate threat to post double-digit sacks this year.

Floyd joined the Bears as a first-round pick (No. 9 overall) in 2016 and has flashed freakish talent at times. The problem has been his health; he's appeared in only 22 games through his first two seasons. 

Floyd's rookie year -- especially Weeks 5 through 9 -- showed a glimpse of the kind of disruptive force he's capable of becoming. He registered seven sacks and looked poised to breakout in 2017. Unfortunately, injuries limited him to only 10 games and four sacks.

Despite his disappointing sophomore season, NFL.com's Gil Brandt has high hopes for Floyd in 2018. The long-time NFL personnel executive named Floyd as the Bear with the best chance to earn a first-time trip to the Pro Bowl.

CHICAGO BEARS: Leonard Floyd, OLB, third NFL season. Floyd had seven sacks as a rookie in 2016, but missed six games last season due to a knee injury. He's a talented guy who can drop into coverage or rush with his hand on the ground and should play much better this season. He also has become much stronger since coming into the league.

The Bears will be in a heap of trouble if Floyd doesn't emerge as a Pro Bowl caliber player. There aren't many pass-rushing options on the roster outside of Floyd aside from Aaron Lynch and rookie Kylie Fitts. Neither edge defender has a resume strong enough to rely on as insurance.

It's a critical year for Floyd's future in Chicago, too. General manager Ryan Pace will decide whether to pick up Floyd's fifth-year option in his rookie contract next offseason. If he plays well, it's a no-brainer. If not, Pace could be looking at two straight first-round picks (see: Kevin White) that he's declined the extra year.

We're a long way from that decision. Until then, the Bears' season may sink or swim based on its pass rush. It begins -- and ends -- with Floyd.