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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.
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?
There's a lot of optimism about the Chicago Bears in 2018 because of the incredible offseason had by GM Ryan Pace. It started in free agency with several big-name additions on offense and continued in the NFL Draft with the selection of Roquan Smith, arguably the top all-around defender in the class.
Pace now finds himself in unfamiliar territory. He's entering a season with actual expectations. While those expectations vary, one thing is consistent: Improvement is expected.
According to Pro Football Focus, Chicago should end up challenging for a playoff spot.
No less than five additions on offense this offseason could make key impacts for the Bears, including wide receiver Allen Robinson who was one of the NFL’s best in 2015 before a down year in 2016 and essentially missing all of 2017 through injury. He’s joined at the position by Taylor Gabriel, who had three touchdowns on throws 20 yards or further downfield in 2016 and rookie Anthony Miller, who was tied for fourth among wide receivers in this draft class with 19 missed tackles forced on receptions. Add in tight end Trey Burton, who had three touchdowns from just 16 targets when lined up in the slot and rookie offensive lineman James Daniels from Iowa and it’s easy to see why this offense led by Mitchell Trubisky has the potential to trend upwards big time in 2018.
The Bears were one of five teams PFF listed as a surprise wildcard candidate. The road to the post-season will be challenging, however. Not only do all of the new pieces have to gel, but they have to do it while playing in one of the toughest divisions in football.
The NFC North could have three teams -- not including the Bears -- playing in January. The Vikings may be the most talented club in the NFC and the Packers will always be a contender with Aaron Rodgers at quarterback. The Lions have some vulnerability, but they've had more success than Chicago in recent seasons.
Still, Pace deserves credit for winning the offseason.
NFL owners voted for sweeping changes to the kickoff play Tuesday, a decision that presents a new challenge for Bears special teams coach Chris Tabor.
Player safety was the focus of the rule change. Collisions will be reduced and the play will look more like a punt than the traditional kickoff fans have become used to. Here's a breakdown of what's coming in 2018:
With less contact and physicality in the play, Tabor's game planning will be tested. Kickoffs won't require as many power players like the ones traditionally seen in the wedge block. Skill players like receivers, running backs and tight ends could be viewed as more valuable special teams pieces, as was suggested by NFL Network's Bucky Brooks.
Tarik Cohen could become even more lethal under the new rules. If kick returners end up with more space to navigate, Cohen will improve on the 583 return yards he managed as a rookie. He'll conjure memories of the recently retired Devin Hester.
The ability to contribute on special teams is critically important for players on the roster bubble. It'll be interesting to see if the Bears apply the approach suggested by Brooks. If they do, undrafted players like Matt Fleming and John Franklin III suddenly have more value and a better chance to make the team.
For a complete breakdown of the new kickoff rule, click here.