FanDuel Friday: Danny Woodhead has become a DFS darling


FanDuel Friday: Danny Woodhead has become a DFS darling

Danny Woodhead is the new king of garbage time. 

The little engine that could in the Chargers backfield put up ridiculous numbers in the final few minutes in Week 7, when the game was already in hand and there was no chance of San Diego coming back to win. He finished with 11 catches for 75 yards and two TDs and has become a valuable fantasy commodity despite just 188 rushing yards on the season. 

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Woodhead also has to be the inspiration for Weird Al's spectacular postgame presser parody, right?

As we enter into the world of Week 8 daily fantasy games, Woodhead is just too enticing for some of us to pass up.

John "The Professor" Paschall

I'm all about the Big Blue connection this week between Manning and OBJ, who is making his return to New Orleans after becoming a star with LSU. This game could end up being a shootout with OBJ going off and Manning throwing it almost 40 times. 

Everyone, and I mean everyone, will be playing Gurley (rightfully so with that matchup) so either join the club or be a hipster and go against the flow. Woodhead is one of my favorite plays of the week because of how much the Chargers love to throw the football. They'll do it again on Sunday against the Ravens who are horrible against the pass and not too shabby against the run. 

Because I went cheap with Wright (slightly riskier play with Mariota out but still the team's top target) and the Titans D (seriously, they are second in the NFL in passing yards per game) I was able to get Antonio Brown who should return to his monster ways with Big Ben back.

Scott Krinch

You can't put a price on greatness and in my mind that's what the future holds for St. Louis Rams running back Todd Gurley. The rookie is already drawing comparisons to Pro Football Hall of Famers Eric Dickerson and Marshall Faulk after just four NFL games. With at least 159 total yards in each of his last three games, Gurley needs to be in your FanDuel lineup each week. It should be smooth-sailing for the former Georgia Bulldog when he goes up against a putrid 49ers run defense in Week 8. While his price tag has grown to $8100, he is still worth every penny. 

Gurley isn't the only rookie who was a must-own for me this week. Vikings speedster Stefon Diggs (19 receptions and 324 yards in his last three games) is going up against a Bears secondary which hasn't stopped too many receivers this season. For a reasonable price of $6700 you shouldn't think twice about using Diggs in all of your lineups this weekend.

By using Ronnie Hillman ($6100) as my second running back I was able to splurge on both Julio Jones and Keenan Allen as my final two wide receivers. The pair of No. 1 wideouts should help push my lineup into the green. Eli Manning and his $7300 price against the Saints, the second-most generous defense to opposing quarterbacks, is a no-brainer. Finally, look for Ladarius Green to easily out-perform his low price with Antonio Gates likely sidelined against the Ravens.


Mike Smith

Well, the San Diego Chargers made us look pretty smart last week, and I see no reason to do much different this week.  The Bolts play in the game with largest over/under total, making both the Chargers and Ravens good plays this week. From San Diego I have Phillip Rivers, Danny Woodhead and Ladarius Green in my lineup.  Antonio Gates hasn’t practiced in over two weeks now, and when he didn’t play last week Woodhead and Green combined for 15 catches and all 3 of Phillip Rivers’ touchdown passes.  On the other side of the ball, the Chargers have allowed the 2nd most rushing yards in the NFL and are 15th in total yards allowed.  At only $6,900 and $6,700 respectively, Justin Forsett and Steve Smith Sr. are two of the best values on the board.

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Rounding out my lineup I love the matchups both Julio Jones and Alshon Jeffery have going.  There are very few players in the league capable of covering Julio Jones and none of them play for the Buccaneers.  Jeffery is coming off his first 100 yard receiving game of the year before the bye week, and now gets to square off against Xavier Rhodes who has really struggled for the Vikings this year.  The Vikings haven’t won in Chicago since 2007, and if that trend is going to continue it will be because of Jeffery, Matt Forte and Jay Cutler.

Tony Andracki

True to my word, I have both Antonio Brown and Tavon Austin in my lineup this week. Austin is exactly the kind of boom-or-bust guy that can help you in contests, as his $5,300 price tag is awfully cheap when he's capable of breaking big plays and putting up a huge day at any point. Brown has been over $9,000 most of this year, but with his performance lacking while Ben Roethlisberger has been hurt, Brown's price tag has dropped. Make sure you hop on that this week, with Roethlisberger now listed as probable.

Bridgewater has a nice matchup against a Bears secondary that hasn't intercepted a ball all year and the second-year Vikings QB is a completely different player now that Stefon Diggs is in the lineup. Plus, the money I saved there helped me get two top-flight receivers, adding Jones to Brown in what should be a big week with the Falcons going up against the Bucs.

Justin Forsett is facing the worst run defense in the league right now and I'm going all-in on Lacy returning from the Bye healthy and free for the first time since Week 1. Tyler Eifert has become a stud (and weekly option in DFS leagues, regardless of matchup) while Hauschka and the Jets D/ST are always solid choices at their respective positions. I don't spend much time looking for bargains at kicker or D/ST. The price disparity isn't high and it's just not worth passing up on the top options to save only a few bucks.

Matt Nagy doesn't care about being a players' coach

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Matt Nagy doesn't care about being a players' coach

Matt Nagy is a few days into his first training camp as an NFL head coach, and while he's earned praise from players up and down the Chicago Bears' roster, he said Sunday after practice that he's not concerned with being a player's coach.

"I don't care about the players' coach part," he said, "but I care that they respect me and our coaches. This isn't going to happen overnight, this is something I'm trying to build with the players.

"There's so much stuff that comes into this. There are little areas where were all growing and that's where I think the respect factor comes in for all coaches."

Nagy won't make any friends with his approach to practicing in bad weather. The first few days of Bears camp have been drenched by rain but Nagy hasn't moved practice indoors. Instead, he wants his team to get used to playing in the elements. Hardly a favor to the players, even if it will prepare them for bad weather games this season.

The Bears will debut Nagy and their new offense on August 2 against the Ravens in the Hall of Fame game. Starters will likely play only one series, if at all. 

Tarik Cohen on Matt Nagy: 'He's a swag coach'

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Tarik Cohen on Matt Nagy: 'He's a swag coach'

Tarik Cohen has a knack for explaining things in an entertaining way. His description of Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy was no exception.

"He's a swag coach," Cohen said after training camp practice on Sunday.

Nagy is definitely bringing a different kind of swagger to Chicago's sideline. Maybe it's his youthful optimism that's such a pleasant change of pace from his predecessor. Maybe it's because he's just a confident guy who knows his offense is going to score a lot of points.

Cohen said he and the rest of the guys on offense are starting to feel more comfortable with Nagy's system.

"I just feel like the offense is getting comfortable faster. Everybody is tuned in and the fact we have so many good guys at so many positions is making it easier for the offense."

Learning a new system is a challenge, but learning multiple positions in a new system can be a daunting task. And it's exactly the undertaking facing Cohen, who will line up all over the field for the Bears.

"I feel like it's more mental. Now I really think I have that down pat and know where I'm going when I come in the game."

The Bears conducted their first padded practice of training camp on Sunday, a milestone that represents the next step in developing timing and efficiency for Nagy's system.

"There's a lot of things not in pads like running routes, the run game for the linemen. With pads, those holes are more realistic and you can get your keys in. You know you can get hit now and have to keep your head on a swivel."