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FanDuel Friday: Will the Force be with Lamar Miller this Sunday?

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FanDuel Friday: Will the Force be with Lamar Miller this Sunday?

The playoffs can be such a depressing time for some fantasy football owners as they play a lot of "what if" scenarios on what could've been this season.

Luckily for all of us, daily fantasy sports allows us to stay locked in to fantasy football regardless of how our season-long teams are doing. 

So let's jump into the holiday spirit and give you gifts of wisdom and maybe you'll be dabbing after Week 15.

Happy Holidays and good luck this week.

[MORE: Start/Sit Week 15]

Tony Andracki

When I'm doing a Tournament for low money (in this case a $1 buy-in with a chance to win up to $25K), I'm all about upside. Picking guys who most other owners won't pick with a chance to have a big game. I leave the safe bets for the 50/50 games.

With that in mind, Eric Ebron still looks like an interesting choice. He's not among the Top 20 tight ends and he's not a focal point of his team's offense just yet. But he's got all the talent in the world and he's going up against a porous Saints defense that allows the most fantasy points to tight ends. At $4,800 why not take a chance? Especially with a Monday night contest, he could go off for a big game and help me pick up ground on all the other owners whose lineups are done playing. The same rule of thumb applies to Stafford, though he's been a pretty solid play of late.

By finding a discount with Ebron, John Brown and Jeremy Maclin (both the Eagles and Ravens give up a TON of points to wide receivers), it allowed me to splurge on Julio Jones (against a weak Jags defense in what should be a rebound game for Julio) and Adrian Peterson (who always plays the Bears well). Lamar Miller is a bonus, as he should be able to carve up the Chargers defense this week.

Graham Gano and the Chiefs D/ST are both money plays of late and they each have another really good matchup this week, so it was a simple decision.

 

John "The Professor" Paschall

Sunday should be a day full of holiday cheer for the Cardinals offense as they face a bad Eagles defense. Carson Palmer is #FireEmoji and has me wanting to spend big on him at quarterback. 

So why didn't I spend on any of his receivers? I'm just too afraid of him spreading the ball around. I don't think there's one receiver option that's better than the others. Everyone is performing well.

Like Tony, I like Miller a lot this week. He didn't get a ton of touches last week but he really made the most of them. The Chargers defense also isn't one to stop a running back from knifing through them. West is a bit of a gamble this week with Spencer Ware possibly returning but I'm willing to take the chance on him.

Receivers are where I love to spend big. Nuk should feast on that ugly Colts secondary, and Megatron is a huge bounce back candidate on MNF. Why Sammy Watkins is so cheap, I don't know but he's Tyrod Taylor's favorite deep threat so he's in store for another big week. 

Miller is a great bargain this week against a Vikings defense that's very banged up. While Matt Hasselback is starting instead of Chaz Whitehurst (seriously the worst news of the week), I'm still thinking the Texans defense will clamp down on the Colts offense. 

NFC North standings: Bears fall to last in division with Week 7 loss to Patriots

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NFC North standings: Bears fall to last in division with Week 7 loss to Patriots

The great Ricky Bobby once said, “If you ain’t first, you’re last.” Talladega Nights hit a little too close to home for the Bears in Week 7.

They came into Sunday at 3-2 at the top of the NFC North. After a 38-31 loss to the New England Patriots, they dropped to the bottom of the division.

The Detroit Lions defeated the Miami Dolphins 32-21 to improve to 3-3, leaving them tied with the Bears in the cellar.

The Minnesota Vikings’ 37-17 victory over the New York Jets jumped them to 4-2-1 overall and first place in the division over the 3-2-1 Green Bay Packers, who were off for their bye week.

The NFC North remains the most tightly contested division in the NFL, the only one with no teams under .500 through seven weeks of the season.

The final standings may not be decided until Week 17, and the Bears have already blown the early season cushion they built for themselves while the Vikings and Packers were struggling.

The divisional action will pick up in November, and Chicago only has a pair of games left to put it all together before back-to-back-to-back games against the Lions, Vikings and Lions again.    

Under Center Podcast: Bears lose 38-31 to the Patriots

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Under Center Podcast: Bears lose 38-31 to the Patriots

Matt Forte, Lance Briggs and Alex Brown join Laurence Holmes to break down the Bears 38-31 loss to the Patriots. What happened to the Bears defense over their bye week, and how did the special teams struggle so bad against New England? Plus – the guys debate Mitchell Trubisky’s decision making in the red zone and Matt weighs in on how the Bears should play his former team – the New York Jets – next week.

0:35– Special teams to blame for loss?

4:12– Where did the Bears pass rush go? 

5:27– Bad tackling followed Bears from Miami

7:25– Are the coaches to blame for the defense after the bye?

10:10– Evaluating Mitchell Trubisky’s game

11:55– Agree with Matt Nagy on Mitch’s “mental” game?

13:30– Trubisky’s red zone decision making

17:10– Are the Bears giving away games so Mitch can learn?

18:00– Bears need to run the ball more

21:04– Matt Forte scouts his former team, the New York Jets

Listen to the full podcast here or in the embedded player below.

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