Bears look to increase NFC North lead with a second straight win over the Lions

This year’s Thanksgiving Day football festivities get started with the Chicago Bears taking on the Detroit Lions in the Motor City.  The Lions are one of the traditional holiday hosts and these longtime division rivals have played each other on Turkey Day nine times since 1964. Detroit holds a 5-4 lead in those games and has won the last three meetings on Thanksgiving Day. But this year finds both teams in different situations.

Chicago (7-3) assumed full control of the NFC North with last Sunday’s home win over Minnesota on “Sunday Night Football.” The Lions (4-6) are currently in the basement of the division but snapped a three-game losing streak with a come-from-behind win over Carolina at Ford Field.

The Bears can increase their lead in the division with a season sweep of Detroit. The two teams met just two weeks ago in Chicago, a game the home team won 34-22. The Lions need a victory if they want to keep their already slim playoff hopes alive.

Chicago at Detroit

Kickoff: Thursday Nov. 22 at 12:30 p.m. ET

TV: CBS

Spread: Bears -4

Three Things to Watch

1. Kahlil Mack is practically unstoppable

Mack continued to wreak havoc on opposing quarterbacks as he made his presence fully felt against the Vikings this past Sunday night. Mack added to his team-leading total with his eighth sack and he also was credited with two tackles, two tackles for a loss, two quarterback hits and a pass defended. Two weeks ago, he collected two sacks and five total tackles in Chicago’s win over Detroit. You know Matthew Stafford will be looking to see where Mack lines up.

The mere presence of Mack makes the rest of Chicago’s defense that much more dangerous. Take Akiem Hicks, the unheralded anchor of the Bears’ defensive line had a huge game against Minnesota, registering a sack and five tackles for a loss. The constant pressure generated by Hicks, Mack and the rest of the defense was a big reason why Kirk Cousins completed 30 of 46 attempts for 262 yards (5.7 yards per attempt) with two touchdowns but also two costly interceptions.

2. Matthew Stafford getting the job done under pressure

Feeling pressure is nothing new to Stafford, who has already been sacked 29 times this year. But he’s still managed to find ways to make plays downfield. Over the last four games, Stafford is averaging 25 completions and more than 250 passing yards per game. He also has five touchdowns and three interceptions during this stretch. For the season, his 66.3 percent completion rate represents the second highest in his 10-year career.

Stafford already knows what to expect on Thursday from a Bears defense that sacked him six times and picked him off twice two weeks ago. The rest of the offense will have to pick up their game, starting up front with the offensive line, but the Lions also will most likely be without their leading rusher, Kerryon Johnson. The rookie suffered a knee sprain last week against Carolina and is considered week-to-week. He accounted for two of the Lions’ three touchdowns in the first meeting with Chicago, so in his absence LeGarrette Blount, Theo Riddick and Zach Zenner will need to step up against a Chicago defense that’s ranked third in the league overall and first against the run.

3. Turnovers a plenty for the Bears’ defense

Not only has this Chicago team made its mark with its pass rush, the defense also has gotten back into the habit of making takeaways a regular occurrence. During this current four-game winning streak the Bears have forced six fumbles, recovered three of them and recorded seven interceptions. They have picked off two or more passes in three straight games and lead the NFL with 18 on the season. The defense also has made the most of some of these takeaways, including Eddie Jackson’s 27-yard interception return for a touchdown against Minnesota this past Sunday. Chicago leads the league in total takeaways (27) and turnover margin (+13), two more reasons why the Bears currently sit atop the NFC North and have the third-best record in the conference.

Final Analysis

Chicago enters this game on a roll, winners of four in a row, outscoring opponents 124-61 in the process. The Bears have been stingy against the run, have kept teams from scoring much at all against them and the offense continues to find ways to get the job done. Chicago has grabbed control of the NFC North and controls its own destiny as it relates to getting back to the playoffs for the first time since the 2010 season.

Detroit has had more success at home this season (3-2, with wins over New England, Green Bay and Carolina) and has won five in a row against the Bears at Ford Field. Chicago, however, has all of the momentum on its side. It does appear that quarterback Mitchell Trubisky will miss this game because of a shoulder injury he suffered in the fourth quarter on Sunday night; but Chase Daniel was signed as the backup because of his familarity with head coach Matt Nagy’s offense. And with how well the defense has been playing lately, it may not matter who is at quarterback for this one. This Bears team is for real and will show that yet again on Thanksgiving Day.

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Preview: Vikings at Bears

First place in the NFC North is on the line Sunday night when the Minnesota Vikings invade Soldier Field to face the Chicago Bears for a matchup between two of the hotter teams in the conference. The Vikings have won four of their last five games after getting past the Detroit Lions 24-9 two Sundays ago and then enjoying a bye week to watch the Bears defeat the Lions 34-22.

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“It’s great to be able to be in a spot where your games truly matter and it means something,” Bears coach Matt Nagy told reporters. “Whether you’re on our team and you’ve never been in this situation before, now you’ve got to know that the level picks up a little bit. That’s what I’m trying to make sure that these guys understand. This is an important game — get that, understand that.” Chicago is averaging 33 points during its winning streak and 34.3 over a six-game span behind blossoming quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, who threw for over 300 yards four times in those six contests, including 355 with three touchdowns against Detroit. The 24-year-old ranks 10th in the NFL in passer rating (101.6), one spot behind Minnesota’s Kirk Cousins, who is geared up to face the top-ranked defense in the NFC (319.6 yards allowed per game) and star linebacker Khalil Mack. “I certainly would have loved for him to stay in the AFC,” Cousins told the media. “He’s a great player, and I want as many great players on opposing teams to be in the AFC, but you understand that no matter what your schedule is, there are going to be great players in every division, so we’ve got our hands full with him, but they’ve got a few other really good players on defense.”

TV: 8:20 p.m. ET, NBC. LINE: Bears -2.5. O/U: 45

ABOUT THE VIKINGS (5-3-1): Minnesota is wary of Chicago’s NFL-leading 16 interceptions and its second-ranked 24 total takeaways, making ball security a priority Sunday. “We’re going to have to do a great job of possessing the ball and keeping it, and making sure we do a good job with being patient in a lot of ways,” coach Mike Zimmer told the media. The return to form of running back Dalvin Cook (89 yards on 10 carries against the Lions) should help the offense click a bit more, and the team expects second-leading receiver Stefon Diggs to come back from a rib injury that kept him out of the last game.

ABOUT THE BEARS (6-3): Trubisky is playing like a quarterback who wants to be in the spotlight, and Sunday will be a test as to whether he’s ready for the big stage. “I think Mitch will be great,” right tackle Bobby Massie told reporters. “This is probably the biggest game Mitch has played in his career so far. I think he’s going to go out there and shine.” It might help to get a little more from a running game that has produced just 118 total yards over the last two games, and the team is hoping that kicker Cody Parkey can bounce back after missing two field goals and two extra points last week.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Mack returned from a two-game absence last week to record two sacks, giving him a team-leading seven.

2. Minnesota WR Adam Thielen, who was held under 100 yards for the first time this year against Detroit, is questionable due to back and calf issues.

3. Vikings DE Danielle Hunter had 3.5 sacks against the Lions and enters Week 11 ranked second in the NFL with 11.5.

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Complete NFC North Preview

Here is a look at what you can expect from the Vikes, Lions, Packers and Bears this season…

Minnesota Vikings

When the Vikings gave QB Kirk Cousins the league’s richest and first-ever fully guaranteed multi-year contract, they bragged about being “all in.” Well, the pressure is on. Big time. The Vikings hand-picked the franchise quarterback to pair with the league’s top-ranked defense. If the Vikings stay healthy — a big if given this team’s track record at quarterback the past two years — nothing short of a Super Bowl will be acceptable. There’s certainly enough talent to get the job done.

Green Bay Packers

A few folks inside Lambeau Field wondered aloud after last season if such a painful step backward without QB Aaron Rodgers might be just what this team needed to move forward after NFC Championship Game losses in two of the previous three seasons. A healthy 16 games from Rodgers virtually guarantees a 10-6 finish at minimum — the Packers are 94-46 in games Rodgers started and didn’t leave with a broken collarbone over the past 10 years. Whether Rodgers gets to the second Super Bowl of his career, however, depends on whether his younger teammates elevate their games, and how many contributions the rookies can make.

Detroit Lions

The Lions haven’t won a division title in a quarter-century, and last season’s 9-7 finish felt like another missed opportunity, given the key quarterback injuries in Green Bay and Minnesota. Still, coming off back-to-back winning seasons for the first time since the mid-1990s, Detroit has the talent — and the quarterback — to be a playoff contender. And a playoff-starved fan base is banking on an engaging new coach in Matt Patricia to do what so many others before him couldn’t. Forget about the Patriot Way, he says: “After you have some success, that’s when you start calling it ‘The Lions Way.’”

Chicago Bears

New head coach Matt Nagy seems to be more in sync with GM Ryan Pace than John Fox ever was. This year’s additions in free agency did an excellent job of specifically addressing weaknesses, although Pace’s track record in the market has been uneven at best. Everything revolves around making QB Mitch Trubisky the franchise quarterback, from personnel to staff. Nagy’s presence as an offensive mastermind, along with innovative offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich and holdover quarterbacks coach Dave Ragone, should help. Pass-catching talent was added in free agency, but Trubisky will be throwing to several players with whom he’s never taken a snap in an NFL game. He’ll also be operating in his third system in as many years. That’s a lot to handle for a young quarterback. But the defensive improvement should continue under Vic Fangio, and the Bears should improve on last year’s 5-11 record.

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Fantasy Football NFL Draft Preview

We’re less than a week away from the highly anticipated NFL Draft and it’s time to monitor what improvements the teams can do with some critical acquisition. FanPick will be providing a special  draft contest for you starting on April 28th 2016. This Fantasy Football NFL Draft preview is brought you by FanPicks.com.

Chicago Bears

The Chicago Bears will need to get stronger in defense if they want to close in on their NFC North rivals this upcoming season. Their head coach John Fox as well as their defensive coordinator Vic Fangio hope to find a pass rusher that they’ll be able to pair with Pernell McPhee. This is most likely their most important priority. So far, they’ve upgraded their front 7 through free agency with the signing of Danny Trevathan, Jerrell Freeman and Akiem Hicks. It’s also likely that they recruit at the corner back position.

Top 3 round picks: 11th and 41st, 72nd selections.

Detroit Lions

Detroit are in the need of serious play maker. Riley Reiff was built to become a right tackle or a guard. They will also need a tone-setter in the middle of the defense. They will also try finding a book-end pass rusher a priority.

Top 3 round picks: 16th and 46th, 77th selections.

Green Bay Packers

The Packers have played Clay Matthews all over the field but they must recruit another big man like him either in the inside or outside. Offensively speaking, they’re fine but should still look for a swing tackle that can play on either side. Green Bay are always looking for a good tight end.

Top 3 round picks: 27th and 57th, 88th selections.

Minnesota Vikings

The Vikings are quietly emerging in the NFC as a contender a large part due to their awesome running game and super athletic defensive players. In order to close out that gap between the heavyweight in the conference, they will need to solidify their receiver position. A top of the line receiver would be ideal to complement Teddy Bridgewater and take them to the next level.

Top 3 round picks: 23rd and 54th, 86th selections.

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NFL NFC North Fantasy Football Review

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Fantasy Football 2015 Season Review

NFC North Fantasy Football

The NFC North division came down to the wire in the last game of the season when the Vikings clinched the division besting the Packers in Green Bay.

 

  • Minnesota Vikings (11-5)

The Vikings won the NFC North for the 1st time since 2009 and captured their 1st playoff berth since 2012. Major improvements were seen on both side of the ball for the Vikings compare to their prior campaign. Adrian Peterson’s 327 carries, 1485 league leading rushing yards and 11 TDs  kept their offense steady and afloat all season.

Stefon Diggs complemented Peterson’s rushing game leading the team in receptions and receiving yardage. He will be a top target for their QB Teddy Bridgewater in the future and Fantasy picks wise.

Their week 6 win against the Chiefs was the 1st of 5 game winning streak, helping them to finish the season winning 9 out of their last 12. They will be looking to bounce back from their heartbreaking loss in the playoffs when their kicker, Blair Walsh missed a 27 yards field goal with 22 seconds game in the NFC Wildcard game.

 

  • Green Bay Packers (10-6)

The last time the Packers entered the playoffs as a wild-card, they won the Super Bowl and ended up winning the division 4 years straight until this campaign. Jordy Nelson’s loss during the preseason due to an injury slowed down their offense.

Despite Aaron Rodgers’ decent numbers, their running back Eddie Lacy struggled to assert himself as the leading rusher splitting the task with James Stark.

They will be a promising contender and favourite to conquer the NFC North throne once again.

 

  • Detroit Lions (7-9)

The Detroit Lions finished their season on a positive note after their terrible 0-6 start. They will also have huge shoes to fill if their superstar receiver Calvin Johnson leaves as rumors are stating. However, this would leave more room to growfor the  22 year old, Eric Ebron a solid fantasy pick for the near future after his impressive season (537 yards, 5 TDS, 47 receptions)

 

  • Chicago Bears (6-10)

The Chicago Bears will have a lot of work to do in the off season. Despite Matt Forte’s season ending injury, the Bears seem to have found their future QB with Jeremy Langford. They will have to recruit more in depth to be a contender for the next few seasons.

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NFL Week 17 Stacks to look out for

Choosing your stack in week 17 is a difficult thing to do. Most playoff implications are already determined so a Cam Newton/Ted Ginn stack will not be beneficial, even against the Bucs. The other side is true as well, even against the Saints defense, Matt Ryan and Julio Jones may not bring full effort with nothing on the line.

Stafford and Johnson Stack

While Calvin Johnson has been very unproductive lately, catching only one pass in each week 14 and 15, he has since turned things around with 6 catches for 77 yards and a touchdown. While not huge fantasy value, this is a good sign going into week 17 against the Bears. While neither team has much to play for, Stafford and Johnson may be able to load up on the garbage time points.

Eli Manning and Odell Beckham

While the Giants don’t have anything on the line this week against the Eagles, Odell could be looking to have a big game after his week 16 suspension. The Eli Manning and Odell Beckham connection is one of the most dangerous in the NFL, and facing the Eagles poor secondary, they will connect for more than a couple long balls.

Kirk Cousins and Jordan Reed

After two consecutive high scoring weeks between these two, it may be too much to ask for another one. Reed has shown to be the Redskins top receiver scoring 4 touchdowns in the past 2 weeks. Although they have locked up their spot in the playoffs, they may come out strong against the Cowboys before starting to rest up starters.

Matt Ryan and Julio Jones

This stack is somewhat risky with both of these two showing poor performances as of late. After a strong start to the season, the Falcons seem to be falling apart. They however did upset the undefeated Panthers last week, moving in a positive direction for these two players. We all know how valuable this stack can be when they are both on their game. Plus, with the Saints secondary on pass coverage, Julio should not have much opposition.

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Week 16 Value Picks

Quarterback

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The shootout of the weekend should be between Jacksonville and New Orleans, assuming Drew Brees is healthy enough to take the field after tearing his plantar last week (the same injury Peyton Manning is struggling with). These two quarterbacks love to throw the ball and their defenses love to let the ball be thrown. I give Bortles the fantasy edge though since the Saints defense is more flawed fundamentally and Bortles just loves to throw the ball way down the field.

Kirk Cousins could be a great value pick this weekend as well. He has been on fire lately and we see the weapons he has in Jordan Reed and DeSean Jackson (even Alfred Morris as well). Thats not even considering the fact that the Eagles secondary is great at making any quarterback look like Tom Brady out there.

Running Back

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As you can see from the above, there are not many great options at running back this week with the highest projected running back as Doug Martin (CHI @ TB) with only 20.6 projected points. You can spend the money at Running back if you wish and go with the likes of Doug Martin (CHI @ TB) and Matt Forte (CHI @ TB) in what should be a run off, or you can save your money for the higher value at the Receiver position and go for the bargain picks of Darren Sproles (WAS @ PHI), Tim Hightower (JAX @ NO), Christine Michael (STL @ SEA), or Ameer Abdullah (SF @ DET).

Wide Receiver

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The stack of the week should be Allen Robinson and Blake Bortles against the Saints. There is no denying that the Big Ben and Antonio Brown connection has been unstoppable this year, no matter what the matchup. He is going to cost you a pretty penny but fading Antonio Brown may just kill your chances of winning big, as it has plenty of weekends this year already.

Or you can go with Doug Baldwin who has scored over 10 touchdowns in the past 4 weeks. Can he keep this streak going against the Rams? I’m saying yes, not that he will score another 3 touchdowns, but he should be able to haul in 1 or 2 providing some good fantasy value. Seattle doesn’t seem to be stopping this charge until the season ends.

If you are trying to find a cheap value receiver to fill that last spot in your lineup with limited funds, you can look to Jeremy Maclin (CLE @ KC), John Brown (GB @ ARI), Michael Floyd (GB @ ARI), Willie Snead (JAX @ NO), Bradon Cooks (JAX @ NO), or Golden Tate (SF @ DET).

Tight End

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The tight end decision has been made easier in the previous couple weeks with Gronk out. Up until then the decision was go for Gronk, accept the 50+% ownership and $7000+ price tag and hope its his week, or choose from the list of alternative tight ends. The Gronk versus the field decision is back. This week it is easy though.

Gronk has not shown his dominance of previous years this season and is only projected about 1 point higher than the Saints‘ Benjamin Watson. The value picks here are Ebron and Kelce. Kelce has been stagnated slightly since his explosive start to the season and his salary reflects that decline. However, he has high end potential against the Browns, which is what you are going to need to win any big NFL Daily Fantasy Tournament. Ebron as well has shown brilliance at times this year and is getting more action lately with Calvin Johnson all of the sudden becoming obsolete in their offense. Ebron comes much cheaper than the other highly projected options and allows you to spend the cash where you want this week, with the receivers.

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NFL Week 15 Recap

Cam Newton Continues to Win

The word on the street going into this week was that the Giants may be the team to stop the Panthers dominance, with Eli having a history of upsetting undefeated teams. It did not seem that way early on with Odell being so off his game, but they turned things around in the second half, putting the Panther’s undefeated season in Jeopardy.

The Panthers were able to winning the end though. Cam Newton showed he can win with any personnel, spreading the ball out to 4 different receivers (Ginn (2), Olsen, Funchess, and Brown) for receiving touchdowns. On top of those 5 passing touchdowns he racked up 340 passing yards and 100 rushing yards for his usual, massive fantasy value.

Redskins find their passing game

Kirk Cousins showed he meant business as Washington dominated the Bills. Cousins went 22 for 28 on passes for 319 passing yards, 4 passing touchdowns and a 13 yard rushing touchdown. Additionally, he ran one in himself. As far as receivers went, Cousins picked his favorites, connecting with Jordan Reed for 2 touchdown passes, DeSean Jackson for 153 receiving yards and 1 receiving touchdown, and Pierre Garcon for a receiving touchdown.

Bears can’t stop the pass

Teddy Bridgewater had an uncharacteristically good passing game throwing 17 for 20 with 4 passing touchdowns for 231 passing yards against Chicago. On top of that, he showed his athleticism with 17 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown. After Peterson was limited early to an ankle injury, they were forced to rely on the passing game, which the Bears were not able stifle. Bridgewater connected with Diggs for 55 receiving yards and 2 receiving touchdowns and with Jerick McKinnon for 76 receiving yards and a receiving touchdown.

Denver’s Defense can’t hold back the Steelers

Antonio Brown and Ben Roethlisberger continue to dominate, even against what may be the best defense in the NFL. Big Ben threw for 380 passing yards and 3 passing touchdowns while Brown caught 16 passes for 189 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns. Brown’s numbers was beat early on by the Broncos‘ Emmanuel Sanders catching 10 passes for 181 receiving yards and a touchdown, but the Steelers rally late in the game pushed Brown ahead.

Danny Woodhead single handedly beats the Dolphins

Well maybe he needed the rest of his team out there… but it seems like Woodhead can do it all as he scored 4 total touchdowns, 3 receiving and 1 rushing. He ended the day with a total of 38 fantasy points combining those touchdowns with receptions, receiving yards, and rushing yards.

Hard to find value at Running Back

Not much value could be found at running back this week. Those who did provide value did so by combining rushing stats with receiving stats. The Patriots‘ James White did so with only 1 rush for 6 yards but 7 receptions for 71 receiving yards and 1 receiving touchdown. Similarly, Devonta Freeman had 56 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown for decent value, but he added on top of that 7 receptions for 45 receiving yards.

The same could be said for Matt Forte as he rushed for only 47 yards but had 6 receptions for 57 receiving yards and a receiving touchdown. The Chiefs‘ Charcandrick West logged 76 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown as well to be among the weekends leaders at running back. Rashad Jennings provided some fantasy value in a high scoring loss against the Panthers with 107 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown.

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NFL Fantasy Draft News 12-20-2015

Chicago Bears versus Minnesota Vikings NFL Fantasy Preview 12-20-2015

It will be a battle between NFC north foes as the Minnesota Vikings are at home to meet the Chicago Bears. NFL draft managers can tune to FOX on Sunday December 20th at 1PM Eastern Time to track the results of their one day fantasy league picks.

The Vikings are battling the Packers for the NFC North title as they sit one game back with three games left to be played. The first meeting between these teams was held on November 1st with Minnesota posting the 23-20 road victory. The Bears failed to hold a seven point lead late as their secondary gave up big plays in the passing game to the Vikings passing attack. Adrian Peterson had a good game on the ground rushing for 103 yards.

Minnesota looks to break a two game losing streak with losses to Seattle and the Cardinals. The Vikings have scored no greater than 20 points over their past four games. Teams look to lock on Adrian Peterson and force Teddy Bridgewater to beat them.

Chicago is only 5-8 but the team has shown improvement on the playing field. They are 12th in total defense and 17th in total offense.

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In the league, getting lit up for passing yards is only allowing 20 points per game ranking 11th the Bengals to 20 points, Jay Cutler has shown improvement under center in 2015. He has limited the amount of mistakes. He is coming off a performance against Washington last week where he threw for 315 yards and two touchdowns.

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Chicago Bears QB

Bears veteran running back Matt Forte has rushing touchdowns in two straight games. With John Fox as the new head coach of the Bears they are going to more of a balanced attack on offense. Forte is still featured in the passing game as he is averaging over three receptions per game.

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Chicago Bears RB

Houston Texans versus Indianapolis Colts NFL Real Money Fantasy Preview 12-20-2015

It will be a key game in the AFC South division as the Indianapolis Colts will meet the Houston Texans. DFS draft GMs cant tune to CBS TV at 1PM Eastern Time to track the scoring results from the roster fantasy picks.

Both teams are 6-7 and are tied for first place in the division. The first meeting was won by Indianapolis on October 8th by the score of 27-20. The Texans were able to move the football but struggled in the red zone converting just 1 of 3 chances. Houston was able to gain 444 yards on the Colts defense. Brian Hoyer threw for 312 yards with two touchdowns and a pick in that contest.

The news surrounding this game has been the injuries on both sides. Houston Texans quarterback Brian Hoyer is out with a concussion. Veteran T.J. Yates will be under center for the Texans.

On the Colts side Andrew Luck is still out with his kidney laceration. Matt Hasselbeck has filled in for the past four weeks. In Hasselbeck’s past two games under center he has thrown for one touchdown and two picks. In a 51-16 loss last week at Jacksonville Hasselbeck completed just 51.4% of his throws.

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Wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins leads the Texans with 89 catches for 1221 yards and two touchdowns. In the game against the Colts in their first meeting, Hopkins had a monster game by catching 11 passes for 169 yards. Hopkins will be running pass patterns against the 29th and fourth worst passing defense in the NFL as the Colts allow 276 yards passing per game.

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Houston Texans WR

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NFL Week 14 Weekend Highlights

Seattle is on a roll

In the past 3 weeks Russell Wilson has scored 14 touchdowns, 8 of which were to his favorite target Doug Baldwin. This team is matching their stiff defense with an explosive offense that has scored 29 or more points for the past 5 weeks. These two led the weekend in fantasy points as well with Russell Wilson totaling 32.28 fantasy points with 292 passing yards and 5 passing touchdowns while Doug Baldwin had 6 catches for 82 receiving yards and 3 receiving touchdowns.

As impressive as those numbers are, Baldwin wasn’t the only receiver to score big this weekend. Tyler Lockett had 2 receiving touchdowns for himself and over 100 receiving yards for a total of 28.4 fantasy points and 4th on the list of fantasy performers for the weekend, putting Seahawks players at 1st, 2nd, and 4th for the weekend, the clear winning stack of the week.

Golden Tate takes over in Megatron’s absence

While Calvin Johnson did take the field, he only had one catch this weekend on 5 targets, far from how we saw him performing just a couple weeks ago. Stafford and Johnson both have yet to produce the video game numbers from Thanksgiving. Golden Tate however took over with 9 catches on 10 targets (very impressive efficiency), with 60 receiving yards, and 2 receiving touchdowns for a total of 28.5 fantasy points, for third on our list of weekend fantasy performers.

Green Bay Running Backs

Very rarely do we see multiple running backs on the same team generating good fantasy value. Generally, in committee running schemes, the hot running back of the day will get most of the attempts while the others see little action. This weekend however saw big fantasy performances from both Starks and Lacy. Starks had 2 touchdowns, 1 receiving and 1 rushing for a total of 26.3 fantasy points. While lacy only had 1 touchdown, he beat out Starks in yardage with 124 rushing yards and a total of 21.8 fantasy points.

Jordan Reed may be the only promising player on the Redskins

While the Redskins still are in the hunt with a 6-7 record and a win over the Bears this weekend, they have clearly been very subpar this season. The one shining light however is Jordan Reed who caught 9 passes on 9 targets this weekend, leading the charts at Tight End with 120 receiving yards, a touchdown, and 27 fantasy points.

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NFL Fantasy Draft News 12-13-2015

Washington Redskins versus Chicago Bears NFL Fantasy Preview 12-13-2015

A couple of 5-7 teams from the NFC meet on Sunday afternoon as the Chicago Bears will be hosting the Washington Redskins. NFL fantasy football draft managers can tune to CBS TV at 1PM Eastern Time to follow the results of their roster picks.

It will be a short week for the Washington Redskins as the team dropped a 19-16 decision to the Dallas Cowboys on Monday Night Football to drop them in a three way tie for the NFC East division lead. The team has yet to win on the road in five tries and has been held to an average of 17 points on the highway.

The Bears look to bounce back after an overtime loss to the San Francisco 49ers as Chicago’s secondary gives up a big play touchdown in defeat. The team has defended the pass very well this year by allowing 210 yards per game through the air which is second best in the NFL.

Here is the Fantasy Football Pick:

The Bears have held four of their past five opponents to 19 points or fewer. There are some good offensive teams they had recently to 19 or fewer points and they were the San Diego Chargers, Denver Broncos and Green Bay Packers. With a Redskins offense that struggles on the road the Chicago Bears are a solid defensive pick for daily money leagues.

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New Orleans Saints versus Tampa Bay Buccaneers

NFL Real Money League Fantasy Preview 12-13-2015

It will be rivals from the NFC South going head to head as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be home to the New Orleans Saints. DFS draft GMs can tune to FOX at 1PM Eastern Time to follow the results of their roster picks.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are 6-6 and in the hunt for an NFC wildcard playoff spot. They are an improved team and have won three of their past four games after defeating Atlanta. The team is ninth in the NFL in total offense as they average 369 yards per game.

The New Orleans Saints are 4-8 and it looks like a lost season. They are just 1-5 on the road and are giving up 31 points per game in those six games. It has been ugly in recent games for the Saints as the team has allowed 41 or greater points in three of their past five games including a 41-38 home defeat to Carolina. New Orleans put a lot of emotion and effort into last week’s game and with the loss the team is pretty much hopeless for a playdavioff spot. Look for Tampa Bay to have success moving the football on Sunday against a Saints defense that is 32nd and last against the run and in points allowed. They don’t defend he pass very well by allowing 287 yards per game which is 31st and second to last in the NFL.

Here is the NFL Fantasy Pick for your Real Money League:

Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB

Play on Jameis Winston

Jamais Winston is developing nicely as an NFL quarterback. He has thrown for 2877 yards with 17 touchdowns and 11 picks. Winston has thrown for a touchdown in three straight games. He had a notable game in Week 11 at Philadelphia where he threw for 246 yards and five touchdowns.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB

Play on Doug Martin

The Buccaneers run game has risen to second best in the NFL as they rush for 143 yards per game. They are greatly aiding Winston in the passing game with a solid rushing attack. Doug Martin is putting up career numbers in many rushing categories. He has rushed for 1133 yards and ran for 5.0 yards per carry and will be facing the second worst rushing defense in the NFL.

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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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