FanDuel Friday: Raiders, Bears provide great DFS value


FanDuel Friday: Raiders, Bears provide great DFS value

Week 4 means bye weeks have finally returned to the NFL but it also welcomes our first London game of the year!

The game is already pretty exciting considering we've had Leonard Williams fall asleep in a meeting with a sleep therapist and the Jets bring 350 (!) rolls of toilet paper with them. 

After hearing the news, we added British toilet paper to our sit list in our Start/Sit for the week. 

But while fantasy owners will miss Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski this week, there are actually a lot of juicy matchups of high-powered offenses going up against weaker defenses.

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One particular matchup that has caught the eyes of CSN Fantasy is the one right at home in Chicago as the Bears welcome the Raiders, who sport a suddenly electric offense. 

Check out our lineups for the week down below and as always, good luck.

John "The Professor" Paschall

Carr is clicking with his receivers and the Bears defense is reeling. Not like Jared Allen and Jon Bostic were big pieces to the defense, but taking those guys out certainly doesn't help that unit that already gives up a ton of points through the air. 

Conversely, whether it is Jay Cutler or Jimmy Clausen starting for the Bears, expect them to run the ball a lot with Forte. The Raiders are also pretty bad at covering running backs out of the backfield. 

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Williams has an ideal scenario heading into Sunday with the Bills backfield all to himself. In his short time in the lineup, he's impressed immensely and should do well against an average Giants defense. 

I explained in the video above why I'm high on Jones (who isn't) and Ginn Jr. this week, and Ginn Jr.'s price tag allows me to go after another big target like Green.

I'm not sure why Bennett is priced as low as he is because he's a steal at $5,500. The Raiders are well-known to be awful at covering tight ends. 

Michael Smith

I really like the Packers offense this week against a 49ers defense which is ranked in the bottom third of the league in most defensive categories. I think you can easily pick either the Packers passing or running game to spend up on, but I chose to target the passing attack because of Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers is locked in right now and should have similar success to Ben Roethlisberger and Carson Palmer the past two weeks. I like pairing up Rodgers with Randall Cobb, who plays the slot position where Larry Fitzgerald caught two touchdowns last week. Davante Adams is expected to miss this game, so James Jones should see a high volume of targets as he did on Monday night versus the Chiefs. My other wideout is DeAndre Hopkins who is averaging 13 targets a game, and will be depended on heavily to keep pace with Julio Jones and the Falcons.

Last week was another example of why you don’t have to spend up on running backs to win a big tournament, which is a strategy I copied this week. LeSean McCoy is expected to be out, which leaves impressive rookie Karlos Williams with a lot of carries and little depth behind him. And finally, what lineup would be complete without somehow finding a way to take advantage of the dismal Chicago Bears. The Raiders finally decided to feature Latavius Murray with a career high 26 carries for 139 yards with a touchdown rushing and receiving. I think those numbers are very achievable against a Bears defense which is in the middle of a yard sale.

Tony Andracki

A lot of times, I start my daily football lineups in sort of a reverse order - going defense, kicker and tight end first. It helps me feel a lot better about going over-budget with the skill position players. On this team, I found a great bargain in the Colts defense, which saves me $900 over the top D/ST (Seattle) and the Colts have a great matchup at home against the Jags. For kicker, McManus is near the top, but I trust in the Broncos offense to move the ball, but not necessarily get in the end zone against a solid Vikings D. I'm banking on Peyton and Co. having to settle for a lot of field goals. At tight end, Bennett might be the top steal out there at only $5,500, as I profiled his fantastic matchup against the Raiders in this week's Start/Sit. 
I also found a price-saver in Derek Carr and a solid matchup against the Bears after back-to-back weeks of 300+ yards and multiple TDs for the sophomore. Those savings helped me go big with WR, securing ODB and Randall Cobb. Pierre Garcon is cheap ($6,100) and even if DeSean Jackson plays, Garcon is still a solid option. Gore and Murray are middle of the road in terms of price tag and both should have good games against some shaky defenses. 

Postcard from Bears camp: Not a great Mitch Trubisky day but another good one for rookie CB, plus Peter King’s look at the ’18 Bears

Postcard from Bears camp: Not a great Mitch Trubisky day but another good one for rookie CB, plus Peter King’s look at the ’18 Bears

 BOURBONNAIS, Ill. – Dear Tolliver clan:
I think most of you were there at practice today in your “Toliver II 33” T-shirts, including the three little guys in their “K. T. II Cousin” T’s. That’s pretty amazing support for an undrafted rookie free agent cornerback out of LSU, so you know I just had to intercept another pass for you guys, after the two yesterday. This one was off Tyler Bray throwing a ball to Anthony Miller, a rookie wide receiver who’s playing like anything but a rookie. Miller has amazing speed and is catching balls all over the field and having fun with the crowd. He stopped short of the end zone after one long catch, fans started yelling for him to score, so he backtracked fast and broke the plane of the goal line. Fans loved it.
Anthony made a diving catch 45 yards downfield off a throw from Chase Daniel (I won’t say against whom) and Mitch Trubisky and I think half the offense sprinted downfield to give him high-fives. Lotta energy on that side of the football. 
And we had some great defensive moments, too. Prince Amukamara broke and nearly intercepted at Mitch pass to Kevin White, and Bryce Callahan broke up one to Josh Bellamy one play later.
Meanwhile, the fans loved just about everything, this being the first practice the public could watch. They were even cheering completions in drills, especially Tarik Cohen, who seems like everybody’s favorite. They loved it (and so did the players) when tight ends coach Kevin Gilbride was up tight on guys to simulate press coverage and got faked right off his feet by Trey Burton working his release. But it was all in good fun, and Trey is a tough cover for us DB’s, let alone a coach.
Speaking of “coach,” coach Nagy said some nice things about me after practice, saying I’d flashed a few times and gotten turnovers, and “we stressed takeaways on defense and having interceptions is important. [Kevin’s] done that now the last couple of days. Kevin’s a big kid. He’s a tall, rangy, lengthy corner that really almost looks like a safety. So for him to be able to move around out here, it’s about getting confidence. So any time he gets some interceptions, you’re going to build confidence.”
Coach Nagy said he needs to see me do it in pads, and we go in pads tomorrow for the first time. The hitting’ll really start then.
[signed] Your favorite family cornerback,

Wanted: QB accuracy
Improving on the 59.4-percent completion rate he posted as a rookie was a prime directive for quarterback Mitch Trubisky, but Saturday’s session was not a step in the right direction. Trubisky completed less than half of his throws in two 7-on-7 sessions that normally favor the quarterback and receiver. His accuracy rate was no better in the first full-team session but in the second he completed eight of 10, two for touchdowns.
Whether the issues were throwing accuracy, route-running or combination of elements wasn’t easily apparent, and coach Matt Nagy did not seem concerned.
“There’s going to be a lot of mistakes made out here; that’s what training camp’s all about,” Nagy said.
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Sick bay
Guard Kyle Long, coming back from multiple surgeries, was given the first of his scheduled days off on Saturday. Veteran Earl Watford stepped in at right guard. Linebacker Danny Trevathan remained out with a hamstring issue, as did cornerback Sherrick McManis.
More concerning was the absence of outside linebacker Aaron Lynch, who injured a hamstring in Friday’s relatively light practice. It marked the third time this offseason that Lynch has been sidelined with injuries, following ankle and hamstring problems through OTA’s and minicamp.
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It could happen….
Legendary NFL writer Peter King, who joined NBC Sports full time this year after nearly 30 years with Sports Illustrated, dropped by training camp as part of his annual “North American tour” and sat down for chats with this writer, which was a chance to recall some good times and stories as far back as Platteville. Peter and I did a little podcast that includes some Brian Urlacher, Mike Ditka and other tales, as well as Peter’s assessment of the Bears’ situation.
Interestingly, Peter does not rule out a season with as many as 10 W’s, despite being in one of the NFL’s toughest divisions with a first-year combination of coach-quarterback-system.
It could happen…..


Training Camp Daily: Peter King Talks Bears Upside


Training Camp Daily: Peter King Talks Bears Upside

Training camp Daily: Peter King joins the Under Center Podcast on Day 2 of practice in Bourbonnais. King and John "Moon" Mullin talk Trubisky year 2, Trubisky comparison, Bears upside this season and Urlacher's Hall of Fame Induction.

Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded link below: