FanDuel Friday: Which NFL stars will rebound in Week 3?


FanDuel Friday: Which NFL stars will rebound in Week 3?

Daily fantasy sports is officially everywhere.

You can't watch anything on TV these days without an ad for FanDuel or DraftKings. 

It's gotten so big that even some NFL stars are getting into it.

Thanks for the input, AB. But stick to catching passes. We will take care of the fantasy stuff.

But let's start looking at some real options for your DFS lineup for Week 3 of the NFL.

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The CSN Fantasy crew shares its lineups for the week and, as always, good luck.

Tony Andracki

FanDuel contests is all about trying to take the right risk for the right price and juggling some studs in, as well. For me this week, that risk is Ronnie Hillman. The Lions defense was fantastic against the run last year, but with Ndamukong Suh gone now and a different team, they've been gashed on the ground. With C.J. Anderson's injury issues, I'm betting Hillman has a big day and for a $6,200 price tag, that'd be awesome. 
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Beyond that, I found value with Carson Palmer and John Brown, part of an Arizona offense that has been fantastic this year. I've tossed in Chandler Catanzaro, too, because I figure the Cardinals should at least be able to settle for some field goals, if not plenty of extra points.
Finding bargians like Allen Robinson (who won't put up 30.5 FanDuel points again this week, but should still be very good while Jacksonville will have to pass all day against the Patriots) helps me net top guys like Le'Veon Bell (in his return to the field) and DeAndre Hopkins (who has a cushy matchup with a Buccaneers defense that should play more like Week 1 than Week 2).
And, of course, my guy Kelce is in there as tight end. There is no price too high for me to pay for the Seattle defense this week in their home opener, desperate for a win, Kam Chancellor is returning and both Jay Cutler and Alshon Jeffery have already been ruled out for the Bears offense. This will get ugly fast in Seattle.
John "The Professor" Paschall

Is it obvious that we like the Cardinals offense this week?
While CHRIS Johnson should get the "start" for the Cardinals, expect DAVID Johnson to be more effective. He's already scored a rushing, receiving and return touchdown in his first two weeks in the NFL. I'm signing up for the Palmer-to-Brown connection this week after Larry Fitzgerald was the main target last week.
Marshall should feast on Byron Maxwell this week with Eric Decker out and Maxwell still counting his money after a big postseason pay day. Edelman has been money in PPR leagues so far this year and against a Jaguars defense that has trouble covering slot receiver types expect his streak of big games to continue. 
Graham has not been shy about how frustrated he's been with the Seahawks offense and there's no reason why he shouldn't bounce back against a Bears defense that's pretty awful against tight ends, especially in the red zone. 
And do I really need to explain why I love the Seahawks defense this week? 

Recalling moments in Tom Brady history ahead of his likely last meeting with Bears


Recalling moments in Tom Brady history ahead of his likely last meeting with Bears

As Tom Brady approaches what in all reasonable likelihood will be his last game against the Bears and in Soldier Field, the first time this reporter saw Tom Brady comes very much to mind. Actually the first times, plural. Because they were indeed memorable, for different reasons.

That was back in 2001, when Brady should have started replacing Wally Pipp as the poster athlete for what can happen when a player has to sit out and his replacement never gives the job back. Drew Bledsoe, who’d gotten the New England Patriots to a Super Bowl, had gotten injured week two of that season. Brady, who’d thrown exactly one pass as a rookie the year before, stepped in and never came out, playing the Patriots into the AFC playoffs the same year the Bears were reaching and exiting the NFC playoffs when Philadelphia’s Hugh Douglas body-slammed QB Jim Miller on his shoulder.

After that the playoff assignments were elsewhere, including the Patriots-Steelers meeting in Pittsburgh for the AFC Championship. Brady started that game but left with an ankle injury and Bledsoe came off the bench to get the Patriots into Super Bowl.

Then came one of those rare moments when you are witnessing history but have the misfortune of not knowing it at the time.

The question of Super Bowl week was whether Bill Belichick would stay with Bledsoe’s winning hand or go back to Brady. Belichick of course waited deep into Super Bowl week before announcing his decision at 8 p.m. on a Thursday night, the second time that season Belichick had opted to stay with Brady over a healthy Bledsoe. And of course Belichick didn’t announce the decision himself (surprise); he had it put out by the team’s media relations director.

You did have to respect Belichick, though, going into his first Super Bowl as a head coach with a sixth-round draft choice at quarterback and leaving a former (1992) No. 1-overall pick with a $100-million contract on the bench. The Patriots upset The Greatest Show on Turf Rams in that Super Bowl, Brady was MVP, and Bledsoe was traded to Buffalo that offseason.


That Super Bowl also included one of those performance snapshots the Bears envision for Mitch Trubisky but missed a chance to let him attempt last Sunday at Miami in his 17th NFL start. Brady took the Patriots on a drive starting at their own 17 with 1:30 to play and no timeouts, ending with an Adam Vinatieri field-goal winner.

If Belichick was all right letting his second-year quarterback in just his 17th start throw eight straight passes starting from inside his own red zone, the next time Matt Nagy gets the football at his own 20 with timeouts and time in hand, best guess is that the decision will be to see if his quarterback lead a game-winning drive with his arm instead of handing off.

It may not happen this Sunday. Brady is a career 4-0 vs. Bears, and if there is one constant it is that his opposite numbers play really bad football against him, or rather his coach’s defense. Bears quarterback passer ratings opposite Brady, even in years when the Bears were good: Jim Miller 51.2 in 2002, Rex Grossman 23.7 in 2006; Jay Cutler 32.9 and Cutler again in the 51-23 blowout in Foxboro. Cutler finished that game with a meaningless 108.6 rating, meaningless because Cutler put up big numbers beginning when his team was down 38-7 after he’d mucked about with a 61.7 rating, plus having a fumble returned for a TD, while the Bears were being humiliated.

A surprise would be if Trubisky bumbles around like his predecessors (New England allows an average opponent passer rating of 91.6), but whether he can produce a third straight 120-plus rating…. Then again, Pat Mahomes put a 110.0 on the Patriots last Sunday night, but Deshaun Watson managed only a 62.9 against New England in game one.

Trubisky will make the third of the three 2017 first-round QB’s to face the Patriots. The first two lost.

Brian Baldinger: 'I'm not so sure anybody could've seen the jump that Mitch Trubisky is making right now'


Brian Baldinger: 'I'm not so sure anybody could've seen the jump that Mitch Trubisky is making right now' analyst Brian Baldinger had plenty of complimentary things to say about Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky.

Baldinger states that Trubisky is "making some kind of jump," referring to how impressed he was with Trubisky's play when compared to his rookie season.

In the video, Baldinger explains how you expect franchise QBs to make a big leap from year one to year two, and a big part of that leap for Trubisky is being unafraid to make aggressive throws downfield.

Baldinger highlighted a play where Trubisky hit Taylor Gabriel 47-yards down the field, choosing to trust his wideout after he hit him with perfect ball placement despite tight coverage. He continued this theme later on in the video, showing Trubisky's TD strike to Allen Robinson, which was whipped right past a Dolphins defender.

But Baldinger's video wasn't exclusively compliments for Trubisky. He discussed Tarik Cohen's effectiveness as a pass-catcher, saying that you "can't cover him" and comparing him to a Ferrari with his ability to go from first to fifth gear "about as fast as anybody."

He ended his video by showing Trubisky punishing the Dolphins for a blown coverage, hitting rookie Anthony Miller in stride for a 29-yard TD. Baldinger's point in including this clip was to show Trubisky's improved recognition, as he may not have spotted the blown coverage last year. Noticing when and how to take advantage of defensive sloppiness is one of the many things that seperate a "franchise QB" from a stopgap, and Trubisky is trending in the right direction. 

If Baldinger's breakdown is any indication, we should expect Trubisky to keep his incredible momentum rolling when the Bears take on the New England Patriots on Sunday. New England is 3rd worst in the league in passing TDs allowed, giving up 15 scores through the air in six games.