FanDuel Friday: Deflategate revenge stealing headlines


FanDuel Friday: Deflategate revenge stealing headlines

Sometimes we just want to knock our DFS lineups out of the park. Right, Philip?

Whether Rivers actually punched a bird like everyone thinks he did remains uncertain. But we aren't surprised by anything Rivers does these days.

As for his fantasy outlook this week, he's actually not a horrible play against the Packers on the road. But did any of us end up putting him in our lineups?

Check out our FanDuel Friday lineups below as we load up on Deflategate revenge and more. If you've got specific questions, drop us a question on Twitter @CSNFantasy or use #CSNFantasy and we'll give you our take.

As always, best of luck this week. 

John "The Professor" Paschall

Oh, you thought I was going to go with Tom Brady? Believe me, I thought about it. But knowing a lot of other people will be doing the same made me reconsider and go with another solid option in Palmer, who shows no signs of slowing down. 

Peterson's matchup against the Chiefs defense is fantastic, especially with Kansas City's offense likely to struggle and not drive up time of possession. 

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It's hard to make a lineup without some Deflategate revenge picks but I went slightly out-of-the-box here. The Colts aren't quite as bad against the run as they used to be and while I still believe the Patriots will be able to run over the Colts, I see Lewis as a better option than LeGarrette Blount. Gronk should be Brady's favorite target this week as he goes up against smaller safeties, and I like Amendola's boom or bust potential this week as someone who could get some looks downfield. The Patriots defense should also dominate the trenches and force Andrew Luck into more turnovers. 

Decker is my start for the week and if you can get Brandon Marshall in your lineup too that should make you a winner this weekend with the Redskins secondary full of injuries. Fitzgerald leads the NFL in TD receptions and it should continue on Sunday. 

Mark Strotman

I was trying to imagine a scenario in which I wouldn't start Tom Brady this week, and all I could come up with was 2013 Peyton Manning facing the 2014 Bears defense. That's about it. The revenge game to end all revenge games, Brady is going to light up the Colts and it's not going to be close. He's in "start Russell Westbrook no matter WHAT" territory from last year's basketball season. Start with Brady in your lineup and go from there. It's that easy.

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Past that, wide receivers continue to be bargains. To get Decker, Brown and Benjamin all in the $6,100-$6,300 range is an absolute steal. It freed me up to REAL heavy with my running backs, with Peterson and Bell set to carry big workloads and rack of volume numbers. The Packers have been fantasy's third best defense, and yet they're just the seventh most expensive defense. At home vs. the Chargers? Yeah. Richard Rodgers was more a fill-in with my leftover money, but his targets each of the last three weeks and, well, he's got Aaron Rodgers throwing to him in Lambeau Field. I'll roll the dice on him.

Scott Krinch

This is what us DFS fantasy players have been waiting for all season. The revenge game. If you're not using Tom Brady this weekend I don't know what the hell you're thinking. Uh, John ... What are you doing? I'll cut him some slack because at least he's using Dion Lewis, Danny Amendizzle and Rob Gronkowski.

My Patriots of choice are Brady and Julian Edelman. I want to see them light it up like I'll be lighting up my Christmas tree on Dec. 1. That's the area where I'm going bold.

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I really like my set of running backs in Eddie Lacy and Matt Forte. Both have enticing matchups against two of the league's worst run defenses, and this is the game that I expect Lacy to finally live up to his Top 3 predraft ranking. Outside of Edelman, I've got a couple vets in Anquan Boldin (vs. a miserable Ravens defense) and a cheap coming-off-injury Eric Decker.

Finally, Antonio Gates was a must for me this week. He wowed with nine receptions, 92 yards and two touchdowns in his 2015 debut last week. Here's to encore Mr. Gates.

Tony Andracki

How is Andy Dalton so cheap? He's the 12th most expensive quarterback in FanDuel, despite being the No. 1 fantasy QB this season. So I ask again, how is he so cheap?? He's got a great matchup against the Bills, who boast one of the worst pass defenses in the league. Along those same lines, I'm also scooping up Dalton's new favorite target in Tyler Eifert, as the Bills are also particularly bad against TEs.

Eddie Lacy has been struggling so much to start the season, but he's got a really, really good matchup against the Chargers. I already said on our podcast that if Lacy doesn't have a good week this week, he's going to get knocked down a few pegs in my eyes and will no longer be a must-start. But I'm going all-in on Lacy this week. This is the week he breaks out. I'm telling you.

Duke Johnson has been a force in the Browns' passing offense and I imagine the Browns will have to throw against the Broncos and Johnson should be open as a check-down option. The only area the Broncos defense is weak is at limiting opposing RBs, so at $5,900, I'll take my chances with the Duke.

Odell Beckham and my boy TY have great matchups, so it's worth the high price tag. The Ravens pass defense has been atrocious so far, so Anquan Boldin is a good bet at only $6,500. And then, of course, you can't go wrong with the top kicker and defense each week.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Who deserves the blame in the Bears loss to Miami?


SportsTalk Live Podcast: Who deserves the blame in the Bears loss to Miami?

David Haugh, Adam Jahns and Patrick Finley join Kap on the panel. The Bears lose a rough one in Miami as Matt Nagy goes conservative at the end zone. Does the rookie coach deserve all of the blame? Dave Wannstedt joins the guys to discuss.

Plus the guys discuss the Cubs’ newest hitting coach/scapegoat, Brandon Saad’s upcoming healthy scratch and Bobby Portis betting on himself this season. 

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Akiem Hicks makes Pro Football Focus Team of the Week after strong game against Dolphins


Akiem Hicks makes Pro Football Focus Team of the Week after strong game against Dolphins

The Bears defense was not its usual self in their overtime loss to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. The pass rush was minimal and tackling looked optional, and Brock Osweiler threw for almost 400 yards.

There was plenty of blame to go around, but a few individual defenders had success while their teammates struggled.

Defensive lineman Akiem Hicks made the Pro Football Focus Team of the Week for Week 6 with a 92.2 overall grade.

He recorded seven tackles that resulted in a defensive “stop,” the most of any defensive lineman according to PFF.

Chicago’s next highest-graded player was cornerback Kyle Fuller (78.2), who intercepted Osweiler twice but also missed two tackles.

Offensively, wide receiver Taylor Gabriel led the way with a 76.9 mark. PFF credited four of his five catches coming against Dolphins cornerback Torry McTyer in coverage.

Meanwhile, outside linebacker Khalil Mack had the lowest-graded game of his career (47.8), while linebacker Danny Trevathan (29.9) and safety Adrian Amos Jr. (47.5) each had their second-worst games.

Some of the Bears’ best players were at their worst in Miami. They’re going to need to get their act together for the New England Patriots on Sunday.