Vikings (5-1) vs Bears (1-6)

Their perfect record now a thing of the past, the Minnesota Vikings look to get back on track when they visit the Chicago Bears on Monday night in a matchup of NFC North rivals (Enter Contests). The Vikings opened the season with five consecutive wins prior to their bye week but absorbed their first loss in a 21-10 defeat at Philadelphia last week. Jay Cutler, who suffered a thumb injury in Week 2, is poised to return to the starting lineup amid a published report that Bears coach John Fox told friends that he is “done” with the veteran quarterback after this season.

ABOUT THE BEARS

Backup quarterback Brian Hoyer suffered a broken arm and third-stringer Matt Barkley appeared totally overmatched in last week’s 26-10 loss at Green Bay. The Bears will now turn to the inconsistent Cutler, coming back from injury, for stability at quarterback. Ironic right! The issue facing the Bears and Cutler is how to jump-start an offense that is averaging a league-low 15.9 points per game and ranks 25th in the NFL in rush with an average of 87.9 yards. Wide receiver Alshon Jeffery has five TD receptions and is averaging 108.8 receiving yards in his last five games versus Minnesota. Chicago’s defense sits 20th in the league, permitting an average of 24.1 points per game.

ABOUT THE VIKINGS

Injuries to top running back Adrian Peterson and along the offensive line are stagnating Minnesota, which ranks 31st in total offense (299.2 yards) and 30th in rushing (74.3). Quarterback Sam Bradford had six touchdowns and zero interceptions in his first four starts but was picked off once and lost a pair of fumbles last week against his former team. One of his new favorite targets, wideout Cordarrelle Patterson, has 16 receptions and two touchdowns over the last three games but missed practice Thursday with a concussion. Still, the Vikings rely on a defense that is limiting foes to an NFL-low 14.0 points. Minnesota swept the season series in 2015-16 and has won the last three meetings.

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Monday Night Football

EAGLES (1-0) vs BEARS (0-1)

Carson Wentz showed he could handle the big stage in his much-ballyhooed NFL start, but the lights will be even brighter when he leads the Philadelphia Eagles on the road to face the Chicago Bears on Monday Night Football (Enter Contests). Wentz, the No. 2 overall pick overall pick out of North Dakota State, earned raved reviews nationally after leading Philadelphia to a 29-10 win over Cleveland in its season opener. His 101.0 passer rating was the highest by a Philadelphia rookie since John Reaves in 1972.

Wentz was supposed to open the season on the bench but was thrust into the starter’s role following the abrupt trade of Sam Bradford to the Minnesota Vikings. He responded with 278 yards passing and a pair of touchdowns against those lowly Browns. While Wentz looks to be the towns hero in Philadelphia after his starry debut, there are major injury concerns on both sides of the ball for the Eagles.

Tight end Zach Ertz, who collected six catches for 58 yards, suffered a rib displacement under his collarbone and did not practice again Friday. This is likely robbing Wentz of a safety valve that hauled in 75 receptions in 2015. Cornerback Leodis McKelvin also did not participate in practice. He strained his hamstring, putting further stress on a position where Philadelphia lacked depth after trading Eric Rowe to New England. Wide receiver Jordan Matthews had a big first game with the Eagles acquiring seven catches for 114 yards and a TD.

Chicago was not impressive in its season opener, failing to get on the board in the second half of a 23-14 loss at Houston. Playing at home is not necessarily an advantage for the Bears. They’ve came out victorious only once at Soldier Field last season. Chicago’s offensive line struggled to protect quarterback Jay Cutler, who was sacked five times and pressured repeatedly. Cutler passed for 216 yards with one touchdown and a costly interception in Houston.

Speedy wide receiver Kevin White, the No. 7 overall pick in 2015, had three receptions for 34 yards in his NFL debut, but accepted the blame for running the incorrect route on Cutler’s pick. After missing his entire rookie campaign with a shin injury, it’s likely that the jitters got to him for his first official NFL game. The Bears’ defense, which ranked in the bottom third of the league against the rush (120.9 yards per game) last season, gave the Texans control of the ball for more than 36 minutes. Alshon Jeffery was the best offensive player with four catches for 105 yards. He has at least 100 yards receiving and a touchdown in his last three games.

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NFL Thanksgiving We Build Champions Fantasy Football Lineup

The Stack between Matthew Stafford was the Key pick of the day with those two connecting for 3 passing touchdowns against the Eagles. Stafford threw an additional touchdown to both Theo Riddick and Golden creating huge fantasy value for himself and his receivers. Beyond the Lions offense, Carolina Defense was the next key value pick to lock in on as they had three interceptions, two of which were returned for touchdowns. In small game slates, such as yesterday, a couple of your picks can make or break you as failing to pick Calvin Johnson (who’s ownership was somewhere in the area of 70-80% depending on the contest) pretty much guaranteed you would be out of the money.

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Chicago Bears versus San Diego Chargers Monday Night Football Fantasy Picks 11-9-2015

The San Diego Chargers are home for Monday Night Football as they battle the Chicago Bears. Daily fantasy sports GMs can tune to ESPN TV on November 9th at 8:30PM Eastern Time to track the results of their roster cash league picks.

The Chicago Bears are sitting at 2-5 as they make the road trip out west to face San Diego. Their secondary blew a late lead at home to Minnesota last week as they gave up two big critical passing plays in the final minutes of their 23-20 defeat. Chicago gives up 10 points late. The team has a two game losing streak entering play. The Bears are running the football better in 2015 as they are looking for a bit more balance on offense than in previous seasons. They took a blow as they will be without impact running back Matt Forte and wide out Eddie Royal on Monday night. Offensively Chicago is gaining 333 yards per game which is 27th and near the bottom of the league.

San Diego has hit a critical point of the season with a record of 2-6. There is little margin for error in their final eight games of the season if they are to be a playoff team. Like the Bears the Chargers are struggling defensively as they give up 28.4 points a game which is 27th in the league. On offense the team is simply just one dimensional as they rely heavily on the arm of quarterback Phillip Rivers. San Diego is the top passing team in the NFL but sit 30th in the league in rushing. Opposing defenses has put heavy pressure on Rivers since they have no respect for San Diego on the ground. The Chargers enter play with an impact injury as well as their top wide receiver Keenan Allen is out with a kidney injury for the season. Allen had 725 receiving yards and four touchdown catches this year.

Chicago Bears QB:

Jay Cutler

The Bears veteran signal caller is hitting on 61.8% of his throws for 1442 yards with eight touchdowns and four picks. He threw for a touchdown and 211 yards last week in the loss to Minnesota. Three weeks back at Detroit Cutler had 353 yards with a touchdown and pick in the loss to the Lions.

Chicago Bears RB:

Jeremy Langford

With Matt Forte out it will be Jeremy Langford getting the start in the Bears backfield. The rookie running back has 27 carries on the year for 80 yards with two touchdowns. He is running for 3.0 yards a carry. In the passing game Langford has two catches for 31 yards.

Chicago Bears WR:

Alshon Jeffery

Jeffery has been hit with injuries this year and has played in three games. He has 23 catches for 341 yards with two touchdowns. The wide out had 10 catches last week at home to the Vikings for 116 yards and a touchdown. He has over 100 yards receiving and a touchdown reception in his past two games.

San Diego Chargers QB:

Phillip Rivers

Phillip Rivers is a fantasy football draft manager’s dream as the San Diego Chargers focus much of their offense on his passing. Rivers is passing for 2753 yards with 18 touchdowns and seven picks on the campaign. He has thrown for over 300 yards in five straight games and has multiple touchdown throws in each one. Rivers completed 75.7% of his throws last week at Baltimore for 301 yards with three touchdowns and no picks.

San Diego Chargers RB:

Melvin Gordon

The rookie running back has 103 carries for 382 yards with no touchdowns. Gordon is running for 3.7 yards a carry on the year. Last week at Baltimore Melvin Gordon rushed for 54 yards on 18 carries.

San Diego Chargers WR:

Malcolm Floyd

The 34 year old wide receiver has 21 receptions for 409 yards with three touchdowns. He is averaging 19.5 yards a catch this year. Floyd had a big game last week at Baltimore with four receptions for 92 yards and two touchdowns.

NFL Monday Night Football Real Money DFS League Picks

QB: Phillip Rivers (Chargers)

RB: Jeremy Langford (Bears)

WR: Malcolm Floyd (Chargers)

TE: Antonio Gates (Chargers)

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NFL Week 8 Value Picks

Quarterback

 

Andy Dalton (Cin @ Pit): Dalton has let the Bengals to a 6-0 record so far this season against some strong defensive fronts.  He has averaged almost 300 passing yards and thrown only 2 interceptions all year.  Rested off of the bye week, Dalton will have to win the shootout against the returning Roethlisberger to keep the Bengals streak alive.

Projection: 22.7 Fantasy Points

 

Alex Smith (Det @ KC): Smith has been consistently subpar in fantasy value so far this year, but has had decent completion rating and very few interceptions.  He has Maclin back this week against the Lions and should be able to provide serious fantasy value for his cheap price.

Projection: 21 Fantasy Points

 

Matt Stafford (Det @ KC): Stafford on the other side of the ball has been one of the most volatile quarterbacks but chances are he will be firing the ball downfield just as much.  Also coming for a bargain, Stafford may be able to put together another big fantasy performance.

Projection: 21 Fantasy Points

 

Running Back

 

Justin Forsett (SD @ Bal): After a slow start to the season, Forsett has been a top pick at the running back position.  With his combination of running attempts and receiving targets, he should be able to deliver solid value this week against the weak Chargers defense.  Chargers have allowed second most rushing yards per game (132) and the most receiving yards per game (344) this season.

Projection: 20.8 Fantasy Points

 

Danny Woodhead (SD @ Bal):  Woodhead is the exact counterpart of Forsett for the chargers— a primary running back who magnifies his fantasy value with receptions.  After scoring two touchdowns last week and being the only effective running back for the Chargers, look for Woodhead to deliver again this week.

Projection: 20.1 Fantasy Points

 

Chris Johnson (Ari @ Cle):  Chris Johnson has asserted himself as the primary back among the Cardinals strong group of Running backs (including Andre Ellington and David Johnson).  He is facing the struggling Browns this week who have allowed more rushing yards (151 per game) than any other team this season.

Projection: 20.7 Fantasy Points

 

Wide Receiver

 

Martavis Bryant (Cin @ Pit): With the veteran Quarterback Roethlisberger back on the field, Bryant’s fantasy production should be far beyond his recent weeks (which have not been bad considering the conditions.  You can expect some long, on target passes to be thrown to Bryant downfield in the shootout against the Bengals.

Projection: 21.3 Fantasy Points

 

Jeremy Maclin (Det @ KC): Alex Smith has recently been spreading out the ball with moderate success.  However, his favorite targets are the Tight End Travis Kelce and Receiver Jeremy Maclin.  If the Chiefs are going to win against the Lions, Maclin will have to do his part.

Projection: 22 Fantasy Points

 

Alshon Jeffery (Min @ Chi): Alshon Jeffery has been plagued by injuries so far this year but look for him to return to his normal production this week against the vikings.  With Cutler back on track that chemistry could generate some good fantasy value.

Projection: 21.7 Fantasy Points

 

 

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Green Bay Packers versus Chicago Bears Fantasy Preview

The Green Bay Packers have lit up the scoreboard the last three meetings with the Bears. In their two meetings in 2014 the Packers put up 38 points in Chicago and the return meeting over two months later saw Green Bay put up 55 points on the Bears defense. The Packers have thrown for over 300 yards in three straight meetings with Chicago.

The Bears have had success in the past rushing the football on Green Bay. With defensive minded head coach John Fox now at the helm he may try to be a bit more balanced with his attack on the Packers defense. The game held in Chicago saw the Bears pile up 235 yards on the ground.

Green Bay Packers WR:

James Jones was signed to a one year contract for the league minimum. One of Aaron Rodgers main targets in Jordy Nelson has been lost for the season and the Packers are looking for depth.

Randall Cobb suffered a shoulder injury in the preseason and is expected to play on Sunday. Cobb had played well against the Bears in their two meetings last year as he caught three receiving touchdowns with 185 yards combined in the home and away contests.

Green Bay Packers QB:

Aaron Rodgers threw ten touchdown passes in the two games against Chicago last year for a combined 617 yards. He completed a combined 40 of 55 throws.

Chicago Bears QB:

Jay Cutler is turnover prone. In his two games against the Packers in 2014 he threw for 528 yards combined with three touchdowns and four picks. With John Fox now as the head coach he may choose to run more.

Chicago Bears RB:

Matt Forte may have a different role with the Bears this year. Marc Trestman was a pass heavy head coach while under John Fox there may be more rushing attempts for Forte. He caught 102 passes in 2014 which was a league high. He ran for 4.6 yards a carry in 2013.

Chicago Bears WR:

Alshon Jeffery has a calf injury and has been reacting positively to treatment. He is listed as questionable for Sunday. In his two games against the Packers last year Jeffery combined for ten catches for 102 yards with one touchdown and he committed his only fumble of the season.

Kansas City Chiefs versus Houston Texas One Day League Draft Preview

It will be the first meeting in two years between these teams. In the 2013 campaign the Chiefs edged the Texans 17-16 at home.

Kansas City Chiefs QB:

Alex Smith will have a capable target in the passing game as the team signed Jeremy Maclin the former Philadelphia Eagle in the offseason. Smith had no touchdown passes to a wide receiver last year. They also added promising rookie Chris Conley. Andy Reid is run heavy so Smith may not have the opportunities to score hefty fantasy points.

Houston Texas RB:

Arian Foster underwent groin surgery during the offseason and is out indefinitely.

Alfred Blue will get an opportunity in his second season to increase his workload. Blue has some good runs outside the 20 during the preseason. He is not very good in short yardage and red zone situations.

Cleveland Browns versus New York Jets What Fantasy Draft Managers Need to Know

The last meeting between the Browns and Jets was in 2013 with New York winning at home 24-13. Two weak offenses from 2014 meet and this could be a very low scoring game.

Cleveland Browns QB:

Josh McCown gets the start but has a weak corps of receivers with Brian Hartline and Dwayne Bowe. The Browns ran poorly last year and provided no help to the passing game. McCown is backup quality and inserted as a starter because there are no other options for this team.

New York Jets QB:

With Geno Smith getting sucker punched by a teammate and out for at least four weeks the starters job will be veteran’s Ryan Fitzpatrick. The Jets upgraded the wide receiver corps with Brandon Marshall out wide with Eric Decker. The question is will the head coach Todd Bowles have enough faith in Fitzpatrick to be anything other than a game manager.

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