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CSN Fantasy Podcast: New faces and new places, plus draft do's and don'ts

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CSN Fantasy Podcast: New faces and new places, plus draft do's and don'ts

Tony Andracki, Slavko Bekovic and Scott Krinch recap a busy offseason in the NFL and break down the fantasy impact of players switching teams in the latest CSN Fantasy Podcast. 

Also, the guys analyze what rookies are worth a roster spot early on this season.

Finally, Draft Strategy 101! We look at various strategies to make sure you make the most of your fantasy football drafts.

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The Rotoworld 2017 Fantasy Football Draft Guide provides tiers, projections, ADP reports, mock drafts for many different types of leagues, Sleepers and Busts and much more. Get the NFL Draft Guide now.

Bears training camp preview: 3 burning questions for the wide receivers

Bears training camp preview: 3 burning questions for the wide receivers

With training camp starting next week, CSN Chicago’s Chris Boden and JJ Stankevitz are looking at three burning questions for each of the Bears’ position groups heading into Bourbonnais. Wednesday's unit: the wide receivers.

1. Kevin White

Need we say more? Okay, we will. Or ... maybe not. You guys are already familiar with the career numbers for the 2015 seventh overall draft pick: Four games played. 28 games missed. 19 catches. 187 yards. Zero touchdowns. Two serious injuries and surgeries on his left fibula. Oh, and he’ll be working with three new quarterbacks and a third wide receivers coach in as many years. That. Is. A. Lot.

“It’s got to happen now,”  White said in June of a potential Bears career crossroads season. “I’ve got to turn it up. So to me, year three, it’s time.”

2. Who gets hot in the slot?

If Cam Meredith and White get through the preseason healthy (and with the Bears the past two seasons, a big “if”), the position battle turns to playing time in the slot, where Eddie Royal was supposed to be the answer in the Ryan Pace/John Fox regime. Ex-Pittsburgh Steeler Markus Wheaton was given the sweetest contract of a free agent trip (two years, $11 million, six million guaranteed) and has the most speed. Kendall Wright excelled with a 94-catch season with the Tennessee Titans under Dowell Loggains in 2013, until gradually sinking further into the doghouse. And Victor Cruz has the tape — two great seasons with the New York Giants. But the second of those was five years ago for the now-30-year-old, and he played a total of six games in injury-plagued 2014 and 2015 seasons. If this trio all proves something, and deserving of roster spots, that may only leave Josh Bellamy (who’s proven value on special teams) as the sixth receiver, along with White and Meredith.

"The more routes I run, the more I build a rapport with Mike [Glennon] and get myself out there learning the plays," Cruz said after his signing, "I think I have that potential to be the guy you saw a few years ago.

"We’ve got a lot of guys who are looking for opportunity," said Wheaton. "A lot of guys that are hungry and have something to prove."

3. An unexpected, immediate-impact surprise?

Deonte Thompson had 22 catches when pressed into action last season, and has a history with new wide receivers coach Zach Azzanni at Florida (2010), but now has competition after a year and a half as the primary kickoff returner. Rueben Randle had a 71-catch season three years ago with the Giants, helping them offset the loss of Cruz, but must overcome a “lazy” reputation after not hooking on with a team at all last season. Daniel Braverman was All-Bourbonnais a year ago, but the seventh-round rookie (and "future Wes Welker") got into only three December games, with zero catches. Wheaton-Warrenville South product Titus Davis (older brother of Titans' 2017 first-round pick Corey Davis) is only 24 and "retired" from New York Jets camp a year ago. A darkhorse (perhaps only for the practice squad) could be undrafted rookie Tanner Gentry, who has size (6-foot-2) and a catch radius after leading the NCAA with 49 deep target throws (22 receptions) from potential top 2018 draft pick Josh Allen at Wyoming last season.

Bears sign wide receiver Titus Davis, waive Levonte Whitfield

Bears sign wide receiver Titus Davis, waive Levonte Whitfield

The Bears' receiving core makeover continued Sunday as they signed wideout Titus Davis.

Davis, the older brother of this year's fifth overall pick Corey Davis, has played on three practice squads over the past two seasons in the NFL but is very familiar with Chicago. 

The 24-year-old starred at Wheaton-Warrenville South, where he claimed an IHSA Class 7A State Championship crown in 2010. Davis then went on to break several of NFL-star Antonio Brown's records at Central Michigan. Over four years with the Chippewas, Davis caught 204 passes for 3,700 yards and 37 scores. 

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Despite an illustrious college career, Davis went undrafted in the 2015 NFL Draft. He competed in Bears rookie minicamp as a tryout candidate and will now join Kendall Wright, Markus Wheaton and Rueben Randle as fresh faces out wide. 

In a corresponding move, the Bears waived Levonte Whitfield. The Florida State product went undrafted in last month's draft.