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Fantasy Football: Seven waiver wire pickups for Week 7

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Fantasy Football: Seven waiver wire pickups for Week 7

Hopefully your Week 6 matchup didn't end up like this play.

More than 36 hours and a few odd explanations later, we still don't get how this ended up happening. 

But nevertheless, the Colts tried to outsmart arguably the smartest team in football and it expectedly blew up in their face. 

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Here's our waiver wire pick ups for the week that will actually allow you to outsmart your opponents going forward:

1. Stefon Diggs, WR, MIN

He might be the receiver we all thought Charles Johnson was going to be. Diggs has posted back-to-back strong performances (6+ catches, 80+ yds). I'd love to see him reach the end zone but it's a great start for the rookie. He's looked better than Johnson and Mike Wallace, who has drawn an Antonio Brown comparison to him. It's no longer a question of what will happen to Diggs when Johnson is healthy. He's earned his spot in the starting lineup going forward and is an intriguing future FLEX play. (John "The Professor" Paschall)

2. James Starks, RB, GB

The handcuff no one talked about finally broke through in Week 6, rushing for 112 yards and a score and adding another receiving score in the Packers' sixth straight victory. Mike McCarthy added after the game that Eddie Lacy is still banged up, and while a bye week will help that injury situation it's to consider Starks more than just an insurance policy for the bruising Lacy. Hell, McCarthy admitted they could have gone back to Lacy but wanted to keep the hot hand in there. As long as Starks produces when he's in, he's got value on just about every fantasy team. He's worth an add, regardless of Lacy's injury status. (Mark Strotman)

3. Christine Michael, RB, DAL

I'm not going to lie. I got really excited when the Cowboys traded for Michael just before the season started. He hasn't done anything (almost literally) this year but the whispers are getting louder than he's going to have a bigger role going forward. It's no secret Joseph Randle hasn't blown anyone away and neither has Darren McFadden. Expect Michael to get many more touches going forward. (Paschall)

4. Landry Jones, QB, PIT

I can't believe I'm writing this but that's the NFL for you. While it's not certain, it seems like the Steelers are going to start Jones this week with Michael Vick and Big Ben out. Jones actually looked pretty good during his time against the Cardinals, who have a solid defense. Luckily for Jones, things get much easier as the Steelers take on the Chiefs next. Jones has all the weapons he needs to succeed and the Chiefs defense has been putrid. He's a nice one-week emergency start if you need it. (Paschall)

5. Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, TEN

More rookie wide receivers? You bet. He hasn't posted any huge numbers but his role in the Titans offense is starting to grow. He's arguably the most talented receiver they have (Kendall Wright up there too) but he has the size that every quarterback loves. He's going to be a red zone monster going forward and I wouldn't be surprised at all to see his game gradually pick up. (Paschall)

6. Falcons defense, ATL, DEF

No, Devonta Freeman doesn't play on this side of the ball and can't help you. But consider that before they got run all over by Drew Brees and Co. on a weird Thursday night, the Falcons had compiled 34 fantasy points (and three touchdowns) against sub-par offenses in Houston and Washington. Now they square off against a Titans team ranked 32nd in offense that likely will be without Marcus Mariota? Um, yeah. Give me the Falcons defense all day. This could be the stream of the year.

7. Jordan Cameron, TE, MIA

Owned in just 62 percent of ESPN leagues, this is a simple reminder that if anyone dropped Cameron to go out and snag him if you can. Miami's offense looked entirely different under Dan Campbell, and remember that Campbell was previously the team's tight ends coach. That should mean bigger and better things from Cameron, who caught three passes (on eight targets) for 30 yards and a score last week. Things are only looking up for this Dolphins team, so owners of Ryan Tannehill, Lamar Miller, Jarvis Landry and now Jordan Cameron can feel better about those picks. I expect Cameron to be back at TE1 status by the end of the year, making him a nice pickup if he can be had.

Chicago Bears Training Camp: Veteran and rookie report dates

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Chicago Bears Training Camp: Veteran and rookie report dates

Chicago Bears training camp is right around the corner with the first practice (non-padded) scheduled for July 21. 

Bears veterans and rookies will report a few days ahead of that first session to acclimate themselves to their new (for some) surroundings. Rookies report on July 16, with veterans coming three days later on July 19.

All eyes will be on QB Mitch Trubisky and the potentially high-flying offense under coach Matt Nagy. Training camp will take on extra importance because of the plethora of new faces on the roster and coaching staff as well as the installation of a completely new offensive scheme. It's critical that Trubisky builds chemistry with wide receivers Allen Robinson, Taylor Gabriel, Anthony Miller and Kevin White, all of whom he's never thrown a regular-season pass to. Add Trey Burton to that mix and a lot of miscues should be expected in the preseason.

The rookie class is led by linebacker Roquan Smith, who remains unsigned. With less than 30 days until rookies are required to report, a greater sense of urgency -- even if it's not quite a panic -- is certainly creeping in. Assuming he's signed in time, Smith should earn a starting role early in training camp and ascend to one of the defense's top all-around players. 

The Bears have higher-than-usual expectations heading into the 2018 season making fans eager for summer practices to get underway.

Leonard Floyd picked as potential Pro Bowler in 2018

Leonard Floyd picked as potential Pro Bowler in 2018

The Chicago Bears need a big season from outside linebacker Leonard Floyd. He's the team's best pass-rush option and the only legitimate threat to post double-digit sacks this year.

Floyd joined the Bears as a first-round pick (No. 9 overall) in 2016 and has flashed freakish talent at times. The problem has been his health; he's appeared in only 22 games through his first two seasons. 

Floyd's rookie year -- especially Weeks 5 through 9 -- showed a glimpse of the kind of disruptive force he's capable of becoming. He registered seven sacks and looked poised to breakout in 2017. Unfortunately, injuries limited him to only 10 games and four sacks.

Despite his disappointing sophomore season, NFL.com's Gil Brandt has high hopes for Floyd in 2018. The long-time NFL personnel executive named Floyd as the Bear with the best chance to earn a first-time trip to the Pro Bowl.

CHICAGO BEARS: Leonard Floyd, OLB, third NFL season. Floyd had seven sacks as a rookie in 2016, but missed six games last season due to a knee injury. He's a talented guy who can drop into coverage or rush with his hand on the ground and should play much better this season. He also has become much stronger since coming into the league.

The Bears will be in a heap of trouble if Floyd doesn't emerge as a Pro Bowl caliber player. There aren't many pass-rushing options on the roster outside of Floyd aside from Aaron Lynch and rookie Kylie Fitts. Neither edge defender has a resume strong enough to rely on as insurance.

It's a critical year for Floyd's future in Chicago, too. General manager Ryan Pace will decide whether to pick up Floyd's fifth-year option in his rookie contract next offseason. If he plays well, it's a no-brainer. If not, Pace could be looking at two straight first-round picks (see: Kevin White) that he's declined the extra year.

We're a long way from that decision. Until then, the Bears' season may sink or swim based on its pass rush. It begins -- and ends -- with Floyd.