Preview: Giants at Falcons

Quarterback Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons withstood a late comeback to end a three-game slide last weekend in what may have been a season-saving victory. That’s pretty much the same position the reeling New York Giants and the much-maligned Eli Manning find themselves in when they head to Atlanta to take on the Falcons on Monday Night Football.

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One season after finishing 3-13 and winding up with prize running back Saquon Barkley with the No. 2 pick in the NFL Draft, New York is off to a 1-5 start amid growing cries that Manning needs to be yanked from the starting lineup. “I know he’s the punching bag right now,” Giants co-owner John Mara told reporters earlier this week. “But a lot of guys need to play better when you’re 1-5.” Atlanta has plenty of issues of its own — namely injuries — but still has Ryan and favorite target Julio Jones, the subject of pregame hype with New York’s Odell Beckham Jr. on the opposite sideline. “In our league today, there are a handful of receivers who garner that special attention,” Falcons coach Dan Quinn said. “It just so happens that two of them are matched up this week. They are different players, but really effective in their own right.”

TV: 8:15 p.m. ET, ESPN. LINE: Falcons -4. O/U: 54

ABOUT THE GIANTS (1-5): Barkley has lived up to his pre-draft hype, rushing for 130 yards and a touchdown and catching nine balls for 99 yards in a 34-13 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Oct. 11. Barkley has a chance to make history against the Falcons and join Kansas City’s Kareem Hunt as the only players to pile up at least 100 yards from scrimmage in seven consecutive games to begin their career. Manning continues to have trouble connected with Beckham and has averaged 6.5 yards or fewer per pass attempt in four of six games. New York’s defense has allowed 27 points per game and is tied for last in the league with 7.0 sacks.

ABOUT THE FALCONS (2-4): Ryan is third in the NFL with 1,956 passing yards and has 12 touchdowns and zero interceptions over the past four games after throwing for 340 yards and three scores in last week’s win over Tampa Bay. Jones had 10 catches for 144 yards against the Buccaneers and is second in the league with 708 yards, but he has yet to find the end zone after scoring only three touchdowns in 2017. With Devanta Freeman going on injured reserve following groin surgery this week, Tevin Coleman and rookie Ito Smith will share the load in the backfield. Atlanta is 30th in total defense (417.2 yards) and 31 in points allowed (32.0).

EXTRA POINTS

1. Ryan has an NFL-best 1,432 yards and 128.2 passer rating since Week 3.

2. Giants TE Evan Engram is expected to return after sitting out the last three games.

3. Falcons DE Takk McKinley has 4.5 sacks in the last five games.

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Cincinnati Bengals vs New York Giants

Trying to keep pace with the surprising Dallas Cowboys in the NFC East, the New York Giants go for their fourth consecutive victory when they host the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday night (Enter Contest). The Giants have rebounded from a three-game skid by sandwiching a pair of home wins around a “road” victory at London to remain two games off the division lead. New York is coming off a 28-23 victory over Philadelphia, continuing a trend of being able to win the close games. All five victories have come by a margin of 20 points.

Prior to last week’s bye, Cincinnati played in London and came away with a 27-27 tie with Washington. They are looking to close the gap with the first-placed Baltimore Ravens (5-4) in the AFC North. Coach Marvin Lewis’ team have been held to 17 points or fewer in each of its losses.

ABOUT THE BENGALS (3-4-1)

Quarterback Andy Dalton has a streak of four straight games with a 100-plus passer rating snapped in London, but he has thrown for 2,349 yards with 10 touchdowns and three interceptions. Running backs Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard have both rushed for a TD in each of the last two games. Star wide receiver A.J. Green is second in the NFL with 896 yards, including three games with at least 169 yards, and the offense received an added boost with the return of tight end Tyler Eifert against the Redskins. Eifert had 13 touchdowns last season and showed what a difference-maker he can be in his first start with nine catches for 102 yards and a score. Cincinnati’s defense has been vulnerable through the air, allowing an average of 262.4 yards. Cincinnati has lost three in a row at the Giants, but beat the Jets 23-22 at MetLife Stadium in the season opener.

ABOUT THE GIANTS (5-3)

Quarterback Eli Manning is coming off a four-touchdown performance against Philadelphia, the third time he has tossed at least three scoring passes in a game this season, but he also was picked off twice for the third time. Like Cincinnati, the Giants have a stud wideout in Odell Beckham, who caught a pair of scoring passes against the Eagles to give him five in the past four games. The biggest problem for the Giants has been a stagnant running game led by Rashad Jennings that ranks last in the league with a meager average of 68.3 yards per game. Rookie Paul Perkins could see more time this week to help work the clock and protect a defense that yields 277.4 yards passing. New York last won four straight games during the 2013 season.

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Buffalo Bills vs Seattle Seahawks

Following a pair of six-point losses to open the season, Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan opined that playing a difficult opponent might be just what his team needs to get back on a winning track. That mindset will be in play Monday night for Buffalo (Enter Contest), which pays a visit to perhaps the league’s toughest venue, when it visits the Seattle Seahawks.

The Bills have dropped two in a row to AFC East rivals Miami and New England. The division title looks to be out of reach with the Patriots having another solid season at hand. A third straight defeat could seriously jeopardize Buffalo’s wild-card hopes. Seattle also needs to get back in the win column after coming up empty in back-to-back road games. They fell in New Orleans last weekend and had a tie in Arizona one week prior. The Seahawks are a different animal at CenturyLink Field with a 3-0 record this season, although two of the wins have come by two points.

ABOUT THE BILLS (4-4)

The No. 1 topic for Buffalo is the health of star running back LeSean McCoy, who sat out last week’s game after being limited to 11 yards against the Dolphins in Week 7. McCoy, who rumbled for 470 yards and five touchdowns in Weeks 3-6, was limited at Thursday’s practice but expressed optimism that he would be available Monday night. Quarterback Tyrod Taylor would benefit most from the return of McCoy, with the Bills’ passing game ranking 31st at 179.4 yards per game. Wide receiver Percy Harvin, who played parts of two seasons with Seattle, was signed by Buffalo this week. Lorenzo Alexander, the league sack leader and AFC Defensive Player of the Month, is battling a hamstring injury and is questionable for Monday’s game.

ABOUT THE SEAHAWKS (4-2-1)

Despite guiding Seattle to 10 points in the final five minutes of a come-from-behind win over Atlanta in Week 6, quarterback Russell Wilson has struggled over the past three games. Wilson, who battled knee and ankle injuries, has zero touchdown passes and one interception in the last three and has rushed for only 16 yards in 10 carries in that span. The 3-time pro-bowler has 20 scoring passes versus two interceptions in his last seven games against AFC opponents. Rookie running back C.J. Prosise appears ready to assume a bigger role in the offense behind Christine Michael after accumulating 103 yards scrimmage last week. Seattle allows 89.7 yards on the ground, but defensive end Michael Bennett is out and safety Kam Chancellor is as well.

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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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Atlanta Falcons (1-1) vs New Orleans Saints (0-2)

The New Orleans Saints will commemorate one of the more noteworthy games in franchise history when they host the Atlanta Falcons on Monday night in a matchup (Enter Contests) of longtime NFC South rivals. It will mark the 10-year anniversary of the re-opening of the Superdome after the venue was forced to close for one season in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

About the Saints

While emotions certainly will not be as high as in New Orleans’ win over Atlanta a decade ago, the Saints can use any edge to avoid an 0-3 start after dropping their first two games by a combined four points.The Saints were horrendous on defense last season and little has changed. They rank 31st in the league with a staggering 451.5 yards surrendered and have been torched through the air for an average of 336.0 yards. Keeping the defense off the field would be easier if the Saints could crank up their running game, with lead back Mark Ingram producing 88 rushing yards on only 21 attempts, including nine carries in last week’s 19-16 loss at the New York Giants.

Quarterback Drew Brees has a potent receiving duo in Willie Snead and Brandon Cooks, who have combined for 27 catches and four touchdowns. Cooks has accumulated a touchdown catch in six consecutive home games. The Saints are 15-5 versus Atlanta since Brees and coach Sean Payton joined the team, which also includes a season sweep in 2015.

About the Falcons

The Falcons rebounded from a 31-24 home loss to Tampa Bay in Week 1 with a 35-28 road win last week at Oakland, which squeezed out a 35-34 victory at New Orleans in the season opener. Matt Ryan had his fewest touchdown passes (21) since his rookie season in 2015, but he off to a fast start with 730 yards passing with five scores and one interception while leading the league with a 121.4 quarterback rating. There is cause for concern in the passing game with star wide receiver Julio Jones sitting out his second straight practice Friday due to a calf injury, but Atlanta coach Dan Quinn said he expects him to play. Jones has nine receptions for 149 yards in the last meeting against New Orleans.

The Falcons are receiving solid production from the backfield tandem of Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman, who have combined for 181 rushing yards and 11 receptions. Atlanta’s defense ranks 29th overall, allowing an average of 412.5 yards per game.

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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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Cincinnati Bengals versus Denver Broncos Monday Night Football Real Money Fantasy Picks 12-28-2015

It will be a battle between division rivals on Monday Night Football as the Denver Broncos will face the Cincinnati Bengals. DFS draft managers can tune to ESPN TV on December 28th to track the results of their one day real money fantasy leagues.

The Cincinnati Bengals will have to navigate through the remainder of the regular season behind backup quarterback A.J. McCarron. Andy Dalton with his broken thumb is expected to miss the remainder of the season. The Bengals have played very well on the defensive side of the football ranking tops in the league in scoring defense as their opponents average only 17.4 points per game.

The Denver Broncos will continue to start backup Brock Osweiler for an injured Peyton Manning. The veteran signal caller Manning has plantar fascia in his foot and has been ruled out and is on a week to week basis with the team. Like the Bengals the Broncos are strong defensively. The team is number one in the league against the pass and run and limits opponents to only 279.9 yards per game.

Cincinnati Bengals QB:

A.J. McCarron

The second year quarterback is completing 70.2% of his passes for 494 yards with three touchdowns and two picks. In his first start for the Bengals the signal caller hit on 71.4% of his throws for 192 yards with a touchdown. In relief at home to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 15 McCarron threw for 280 yard with two touchdowns and two picks.

Cincinnati Bengals RB:

Giovanni Bernard

Bernard has been the most efficient running back on the roster in 2015. Unfortunately for fantasy draft managers Bernard is sharing carries with Jeremy Hill. He has rushed 140 times for 680 yards with two touchdowns. Giovanni Bernard is running for 4.9 yards per carry on the campaign.

Jeremy Hill

Hill is in his second year with the Bengals. He had great rookie season where he rushed for 1124 yards and nine touchdowns with 5.1 yards per carry. In 2015 Hill is not having the same success. He has 180 rushing attempts for 635 yards with ten touchdowns. Jeremy Hill is rushing for just 3.4 yards a carry on the season.

Cincinnati Bengals WR:

A.J. Green

The Bengals leading receiver has caught 77 balls for 1206 yards with eight touchdowns. Green is averaging 15.7 yards per catch on the campaign which is his highest total since his rookie season. He had a big game in Week 14 at home to Pittsburgh with six catches for 132 yards and a touchdown.

Marvin Jones

Jones has contributed for Cincinnati in 2015 as he has career high 57 receptions for 745 yards and four touchdowns. He is coming off a nice performance at San Francisco last week with four catches for 89 yards.

Denver Broncos QB:

Brock Osweiler

The fourth year backup has five starts and one relief appearance for Denver. Osweiler is completing 60.3% of his throws for 1436 yards with eight touchdowns and four picks. He had a good game last week at Pittsburgh in defeat as he threw for 296 yards with three touchdowns and one pick. Two weeks ago at home to Oakland Osweiler passed for 308 yards.

Denver Broncos RB:

Ronnie Hillman

Hillman is sharing carries with C.J. Anderson. He has 183 rushing attempts for 711 yards with six touchdowns. He is rushing for just 3.9 yards per carry on the season. Ronnie Hillman has rushed for below 3.5 yards per carry over his past three games.

C.J. Anderson

The three year back has run 128 times for 552 yards with three touchdowns. He is running for 4.3 yards per carry which is a career low.

Denver Broncos WR:

Demaryius Thomas

The Broncos wide out leads the team with 93 catches for 1128 yards with five touchdowns. His 12.1 yards per catch average is a career worst and 2 ½ yards fewer than his average in 2014.

Emmanuel Sanders

Sanders have caught 67 balls for 969 yards with five touchdowns. His 14.5 yards per catch average is his highest over his six year career. He is coming off a great game at Pittsburgh with ten grabs for 181 yards with a touchdown.

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QB: Brock Osweiler (Broncos)

WR: Emmanuel Sanders (Broncos)

TE: Vernon Davis (Broncos)

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Dallas Cowboys versus Washington Redskins Monday Night Football Fantasy Picks 12-7-2015

It will be an NFC East division battle from Monday Night Football as the Washington Redskins will be hosting the Dallas Cowboys. DFS draft managers can tune to ESPN TV on Monday December 7th at 8:30PM Eastern Time to track the results of their fantasy roster picks.

The Dallas Cowboys have had struggles on the 2015 campaign with a record of 3-8. They have been hit with injuries to their quarterback position as well as having to play for a significant time without the services of Dez Bryant. The team comes off a humiliating home loss to the Carolina Panthers on Thanksgiving losing by the score of 33-14. In the process Cowboys starting quarterback Tony Romo was lost for the season with a broken collarbone. Prior to exiting the game due to injury Romo had thrown three picks with two being returned for a Carolina touchdown. The Cowboys offensive numbers have plummeted as expected with their key injuries and lack of a playmaker in the run game. The team is 29th in the NFL in scoring by averaging 18.5 points per game. They are the 28th ranked passing team in the NFL. The defense has played well in spots this year. The team is six in total offense as their opponents gain 331 yards per game.

With the New York Giants suffering a loss on Sunday the Washington Redskins sit atop the NFC East division with a 5-6 record. The team responded with a 20-14 home victory to the Giants last week after suffering a 44-16 defeat on the road the week before. All of the Redskins five wins in 2015 have come against losing teams. The team is 25th in the league in total offense putting up 339 yards per game. After a strong start on the ground the Redskins running attack has back peddled as the team rushes for 96.2 yards per game which is 23rd in the NFL.

Dallas Cowboys QB:

Matt Cassel

In relief of Romo on Thanksgiving the journeyman quarterback hit on 68% of his throws for 93 yards with a touchdown. He has thrown for five touchdowns and five picks in his time with the Cowboys. Matt Cassel began the year with the Buffalo Bills but could not beat out the starter and backup. Dallas has lost each time with Cassel starting at quarterback. His best game came in week nine where he threw for 299 yards and three touchdowns.

Dallas Cowboys RB:

Darren McFadden

The Cowboys have not found the player in the backfield to replace DeMarco Murray. Darren McFadden now leads the Cowboys with 169 carries for 634 yards with two touchdowns and a 3.8 yards per rush average. He ran for 3.3 yards a carry over his past three seasons with Oakland before come over to Dallas. After a 129 yard rushing performance at Miami, Darren McFadden had just 10 carries for 11 yards in their defeat to the Carolina Panthers.

Dallas Cowboys WR:

Terrance Williams

The three year wide receiver leads the team with 33 catches for 491 yards with three touchdowns. He is averaging 14.9 yards per catch. Last week in the home defeat to Carolina it was Williams with four receptions go for 39 yards.

Washington Redskins QB:

Kirk Cousins

Cousins have won the starting position for the Redskins. He has completed 68.4% of his throws for 2787 yards with 16 touchdowns and 10 picks. In the victory against the Giants last week Cousins completed 69% of his throws for 302 yards with a touchdown. He has thrown just two picks over his past five games.

Washington Redskins RB:

Alfred Morris

Morris had a 121 rushing yards in week one against Miami and it has been his only 100 yard rushing game of the season. Last week in the victory against the Giants, Morris had 23 carries for 78 yards. His 3.6 yards per run average in 2015 is his fewest of his career.

Washington Redskins WR:

Pierre Garcon

The veteran wide receiver has caught 49 passes for 508 yards with three touchdowns.

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QB: Kirk Cousins (Redskins)

RB: Darren McFadden (Cowboys)

WR: Pierre Garcon (Redskins)

TE: Jason Witten (Cowboys)

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Baltimore Ravens versus Cleveland Browns Monday Night Football Fantasy Picks 11-30-2015

The AFC North division will be showcased on Monday Night Football as the Cleveland Browns will be hosting the Baltimore Ravens. DFS GMs can tune to ESPN TV on November 30th at 8:30PM Eastern Time to track the results of their one day league fantasy rosters.

These two division rivals had their first meeting back on October 11th and it was the Cleveland Browns earning the 33-30 victory on the road in overtime. It was a strong offensive performance by the Browns who produced 505 yards of offense. The run game only produced 83 yards on 25 carries so the Cleveland damage was done through the air. Veteran Josh McCown completed 36 of his 51 throws in the game for 457 yards with two touchdowns. With Johnny Manziel being demoted to the third string it will be Josh McCown getting the start on Monday night football in this game. Baltimore has success on the ground in defeat as they ran for 181 yards. Problem is Justin Forsett is out for the season now due to injury and he piled up 121 rushing yards and a touchdown in that meeting with Cleveland on October 11th. Joe Flacco threw for 210 yards and a touchdown but bad news for the Ravens last week as Flacco was lost to the season to a knee injury in their win against the St Louis Rams.

It has been a bad season for the Ravens. They enter Monday Night Football with a record of 3-7 and are 1-4 on the road. The team got off to a 0-3 start and was 1-6 after seven weeks of the season. Ravens have had a difficult time defending the pass this year as they surrender 257 yards through the air per game ranking 24th in the NFL. Opponents score 25 points per game on the Baltimore defense which ranks 23 in the league.

It is another bad season for the Cleveland Browns. The club is a disappointing 2-8 and is 1-3 on their home turf. Even with this poor record the Las Vegas oddsmakers have still listed the team as a -3 ½ point favorite for this game. The Browns have struggled on both sides of the football. They are 27th in total offense by gaining 335 yards per game. They run poorly for just 75 yards per game which is 31st and second to last in the NFL which contributes to 18.6 points per game average ranking 28th in the league. The Brown defense has digressed from previous seasons. They are 30th in both total and scoring defense by surrendering 407 yards and 27.7 points per game. Cleveland allows 27.7 points per game which is 30th and third to last in the NFL.  With games held in Cleveland in late November the weather could be a big factor for fantasy football draft managers. There is rain in the forecast after midnight but the temperatures will be OK at 44 degrees.

Cleveland Browns QB:

Josh McCown

McCown appears to be the best option at quarterback as the present time for the Browns. On the year he is completing 65% of his throws for 1897 yards with 11 touchdowns and four picks. The one thing Cleveland does is pass the football as they are 11th in the NFL in passing offense.

Cleveland Browns RB:

Isaiah Crowell

The Browns run terribly. Crowell has the most carries for the team in 2015 with 107 for 328 yards and a touchdown. He rushes for just 3.1 yards a carry.

Cleveland Browns WR:

Travis Benjamin

The four year veteran has caught 48 passes for 736 yards with four touchdowns. He averages 15.3 yards a catch.

Baltimore Ravens QB:

Matt Schaub

The veteran takes over for an ailing Joe Flacco. Schaub has seen no action in 2015. Last year with the Raiders he lost his starting job in preseason and was a backup to Derek Carr and passed for only 57 yards.

Baltimore Ravens RB:

Javorius Allen

Rookie Javorius Allen takes over for an injured Justin Forsett. He rushes against the worst team against the run on Monday.

Baltimore Ravens WR:

Kamar Allen

With Steve Smith Sr. injured Allen is the leader of the activated wide outs with 37 catches for 456 yards and three touchdowns.

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QB: Josh McCown (Browns)

RB: Javorius Allen (Ravens)

WR: Travis Benjamin (Browns)

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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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Indianapolis Colts versus Carolina Panthers Monday Night Football Fantasy League Picks 11-2-2015

Monday night football will feature the Carolina Panthers at home to meet the Indianapolis Colts. Fantasy football draft GMs can tune to ESPN TV on November 2nd at 8:30PM Eastern Time to follow the results of their roster picks.

The Carolina Panthers are back to back NFC South division champions and look for a third straight title this season. They are off to a perfect 6-0 start as they host Monday night football. Many of their wins have come against sub.500 teams and surprisingly the Indianapolis Colts fit that mold as they enter play with a mark of 3-4. One of the biggest wins for Carolina came two weeks ago with the team coming off their bye week. They went into a hostile stadium in Seattle and came away with the 27-23 road victory. Down three points late quarterback Cam Newton led a fourth quarter comeback with a touchdown pass in the closing seconds for the victory. That victory was meaningful as it gave the team some added confidence to carry them into the rest of the season. Newton is a dual threat quarterback and has been especially good on third downs with his feet. Carolina is the top rushing team in the NFL as they run for 144 yards per game. Under head coach Ron Rivera the Panthers play a very physical and discipline style of defense.  They are seventh best in the NFL in scoring defense by allowing 18.3 points per game.

The Indianapolis Colts has struggled as the club is 3-4 this regular season. They enter play with consecutive losses at home to the New England Patriots and New Orleans Saints. Last week was frustrating defeat for the Colts as they spotted the Saints a 27-0 lead early in the third quarter and their rally fell short losing 27-21. Much of the blame has been placed on the Colts offense with Andrew Luck and his offensive line sharing it. The play of the Colts defense has been miserable as the club is surrendering 408 yards a game ranking 31st and second to last in the NFL for 2015. They rank 30th in defending the pass and is a bottom third club in defending the run.

Indianapolis Colts QB:

Andrew Luck

The Colts signal caller has been experiencing some injury issues this year with a shoulder problem. In the loss to New Orleans Luck hit on 52.3% of his throws for 333 yards with three touchdowns and two picks. On the season Luck has thrown 11 touchdowns with nine picks and a 56.2% shooting percentage.

Indianapolis Colts RB:

Frank Gore

The veteran running back has 98 carries on the year with 446 rushing yards and three touchdowns. He is rushing for 4.6 yards per run on the year. Gore has not rushed for 100 yards this year and has 20 or more carries in just one game.

Indianapolis Colts WR:

T.Y. Hilton

Hilton leads the team with 37 catches for 606 yards with three touchdowns. He is averaging 16.4 yards per catch on the year. He had has best day of the year with four receptions last week for 150 yards with two touchdowns with a long of 87 yards.

Carolina Panthers QB:

Cam Newton

The Panthers gave Cam Newton a huge contract in the offseason showing a strong commitment to their quarterback. In 2015 he is completing 55.8% of his throws for 1275 yards with nine touchdowns and seven picks. Newton is a huge threat to run as he has rushed for 245 yards on 54 carries and four touchdowns.

Carolina Panthers RB:

Jonathan Stewart

Stewart has 103 carries on the year with 423 rushing yards and two touchdowns. He is rushing for 4.1 yards a carry. The veteran running back has not done much in the passing game this year with six catches for 30 yards. Jonathan Stewart had 24 carries last week for consecutive weeks with 20 or more run attempts. Stewart ran for 125 yards in their win at home to Philadelphia.

Carolina Panthers TE:

Greg Olsen

The veteran tight end has 27 receptions for 439 yards with three touchdowns. Olsen is averaging a career high 16.3 yards per catch average.

NFL Monday Night Football Real Money Fantasy League Picks

QB: Cam Newton (Panthers)

RB: Frank Gore (Colts)

WR: T.Y. Hilton (Colts)

TE: Greg Olsen (Panthers)

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NFL Monday Night Fantasy Football Recap – Detroit Lions vs Seattle Seahawks

Defense was the name of the game in the scoring Monday matchup between the Detroit Lions and the Seattle Seahawk. The game ended in dramatic fashion.  After a 91 yard drive and just under 2 minutes left in the game, Matthew Stafford and the Lions offense were 11 yards from the goal line. A goal kick was all that were separating them in the score. The Lions quarterback sends the football towards Calvin Johnson, who has an open path until reaching the 1 yard line. Earl Thomas shoulder to shoulder hit slowed Johnson run and Kam Chancellor was able to box out the football from behind, off the plunging receiver who was reaching for the end zone. If not for Chancellor’s heads up play, Johnson would’ve scored the touchdown and Detroit would’ve led by at least 4 points at the end of the 4th quarter. Controversy followed, as the play could’ve been called by the officials for hitting the ball. But the Seahawks prevailed and were able to win by a score of 13-10.

Positional Breakdown:

Quarterbacks:

It wasn’t the best night for Russell Wilson. He has lost 2 fumbles during the 4th quarter, with one that was returned for a touchdown. It allowed the momentum to shift towards the Lions and get them back in the game. The last time that Wilson threw two interceptions in the game was October 17 2013 against the Arizona Cardinals. Despite that, he was still able to get some slick plays through the game. His running skill is one of the best in the NFL. He has collected 287 yards with 1 touchdown, while throwing no interception and rushing for 40 yards.

Matthew Stafford didn’t fare much better. He had 203 passing yards with nothing else to show for. The Georgia alumni was still able to reach over a 1000 yards through week 4. A fifth year over 4000 yards for Stafford is not yet out of line.

Running Backs:

Marshawn Lynch was taken out of the starting lineup due to back problems during warmups. Comes the rookie Thomas Rawls. He wasn’t a big factor in the game, gathering a total of 48 yards without a touchdown.

Ameer Abdullah was another player who got stuffed by an amazing defense. He has gained a meager 33 yards without any touchdown.

Receivers:

Jermaine Kearse had the biggest gains of the night with his 50 yards cap off of the night. He has finished the game with 84 yards. Another one who was pretty impressive, even though he had one lost fumble during a punt return, was Tyler Lockett who has accumulated 58 yards as a receiver. Doug Baldwin finished third in the team yards gained with 36 and was responsible for the lone offensive touchdown of the game.

Calvin Johnson was the busiest receiver for the Lions with 7 reception and 56 yards. But in the end, he couldn’t complete the most important catch of the game. 3rd string tight end Timothy Wright had a 26 yard gain in the last drive of the game for Detroit. He came in the game to replace Eric Ebron who got injured during the game.

Defense

Both defense were phenomenal, and the score can prove it. James Ihedigbo and Ziggy Ansah were responsible for the Lions forced fumbles. Big man Caraun Reid was able to returned Ihedigbo’s fumble for a 27 yards touchdown. The most important fumble though came from the Seattle side. Kam Chancellor created a controversial fumble that allowed the Seahawks to preserve their lead in the game.

The NFL VP of officiating later revealed that a penalty should’ve been called and the Lions would’ve kept possession of the ball. What do you think? Comment below and voice your opinion.

Daily Fantasy Football Top Performers:

WR Jermaine Kearse – Seattle Seahawks

WR Doug Baldwin – Seattle Seahawks

D Kam Chancellor – Seattle Seahawks

D James Ihedigbo – Detroit Lions

D Ziggy Ansah – Detroit Lions

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