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 Fantasy Football Draft News 10-24-2015

Oakland Raiders versus San Diego Chargers NFL DFS Fantasy Preview 10-25-2015

Two AFC West rivals meet as the San Diego Chargers will play host to the Oakland Raiders. NFL pro football fantasy football draft GMs can tune to CBS TV on Sunday October 25th at 4:05PM Eastern Time to follow the results of their roster picks.

The San Diego Chargers have had success against the Oakland Raiders having won three straight and six of their past seven meetings against the Silver and Black. The teams met in San Diego last year and was a defensive struggle with the Chargers earning a 13-6 victory.

Oakland Raiders are coming off a bye week as they visit San Diego. They are a 2-3 football team having come off two brutal close losses. They have put together two good defensive efforts the past two games having given up 16 points to Denver and 22 at Chicago. The Raiders with Jack Del Rio as head coach has shown improvement and is now respectable team. They rank 15th in their passing game as they throw for 248 yards per game. The issue for the Raiders this year is their pass defense as the club is giving up 299 yards per game through the air which is 32nd and last in the NFL.

The San Diego Chargers are a 2-4 football team as they return home to face the Raiders. They have lost two straight and four of their past five games. The team relies too much on the right arm of Phillip Rivers and continues to have problems running the football. During the Chargers deep run into the playoffs the team had a balanced offensive attack. No defense has respected the Chargers running game for some time right now so they just come after Phillip Rivers and put heavy pressure on him. San Diego is the number one passing team in football as they throw for 346 yards per game. That doesn’t bring enough points on the scoreboard as San Diego averaged 22.7 points game ranking 15th in the league. At 86 yards rushing per game the team is 29th and near the bottom of the league. San Diego is the 26th worst scoring defense in the NFL by allowing 26.8 points per game.

Oakland Raiders QB:

Derek Carr

The Raiders second year quarterback is completing 63% of his throws for 1171 yards with eight touchdowns and three picks. In the loss to Denver, Carr hit on 26 of 39 passes for 249 yards with a touchdown and pick. He has thrown for multiple touchdown throws in three of his five games.

Oakland Raiders RB:

Latavius Murray

The Raiders third year running back has 80 rushes for 336 yards with two touchdowns. It has been a struggle for Murray over his past two games. He ran for 48 yards on 15 carries at Chicago and two weeks back at home to Denver he rushed for 39 yards on 9 carries.

Oakland Raiders WR:

Amari Cooper

Cooper had big games against the Ravens and Browns. He has had just four catches in each of his past two games. Against Denver Cooper caught four passes for 47 yards.

San Diego Chargers QB:

Phillip Rivers

The veteran quarterback has completed 67% of his throws for 1226 yards with seven touchdowns and one pick. Rivers has thrown for over 300 yards in four of his six games. Last week in the loss to Green Bay he passed for 503 yards with two touchdowns.

San Diego Chargers RB:

Melvin Gordon

The rookie running back has run 78 times for 299 yards with no touchdowns. He is averaging just 3.8 yards a carry.

San Diego Chargers WR:

Keenan Allen

The Chargers leading receiver has been listed as questionable with a sprained hip injury. He has caught 53 balls for 601 yards and three touchdowns.

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NFL Fantasy Football News 9-19-2015

Dallas Cowboys versus Philadelphia Eagles NFL Fantasy Preview

Two bitter division rivals meet on the gridiron as the Philadelphia Eagles will play the Dallas Cowboys. Fantasy football draft GMs can tune to FOX at 4:25 PM Eastern Time to follow the scoring results of their rosters.

The teams split the two meetings in 2014 all on the road. The game held in Philadelphia last year was won by Dallas 38-27. The Cowboys are 1-0 as Tony Romo led a comeback with a touchdown pass with just seconds left in a 27-26 victory.

The Eagles have a short week as they faced the Atlanta Falcons on Monday Night Football in a 26-24 road defeat. Philadelphia was very slow out of the gates with just three first half points in the loss.

Dallas Cowboys QB: Tony Romo

Romo completed 80% of his throws on Sunday night for 356 yards with three touchdowns and two picks. He will be without his main target in Dez Bryant for 4-6 weeks with a broken foot.

Dallas Cowboys RB: Joseph Randle

Randle had 16 carries for 65 yards.

Dallas Cowboys WR: Terrance Williams

Terrance Williams led the wide outs with eight catches for 60 yards.

Dallas Cowboys TE: Jason Witten

Jason Witten made fantasy football managers who drafted him happy with eight grabs for 60 yards and two touchdowns.

Philadelphia Eagles QB: Sam Bradford

In his debut with the Eagles on Monday night he hit on 36 of 52 throws for 336 yards with a touchdown and two picks.

Philadelphia Eagles RB: DeMarco Murray

It was not a good debut for the former Cowboy with his new team. Murray had eight rushes for just nine yards. His four receptions out of the backfield went for 11 yards and he did have a touchdown catch.

Darren Sproles

The veteran dual purpose back had 50 rushing yards on five carries with a 27 yard run from scrimmage. He was second on the club with seven receptions for 76 yards.

Philadelphia Eagles WR: Jordan Matthews

The second year receiver caught ten balls for 102 yards.

Nelson Agholor

The rookie in his first NFL game was just targeted twice and had one grab for five yards.

San Diego Chargers versus Cincinnati Bengals Fantasy Football Draft Preview

Two AFC division clubs meet as the Cincinnati Bengals will host the San Diego Chargers. Fantasy draft managers can check out CBS TV at 1 PM Eastern Time to follow the performance of their rosters.

The clubs last met two seasons ago in the playoffs in Cincinnati with the Chargers posting the 27-10 road win. San Diego is 1-0 on the year with a 33-28 victory at home to the Detroit Lions. Down 21-10 at the half the Chargers rallied for 23 straight second half points until the Lions pushed across a touchdown with just over a minute left.

The Bengals traveled out west last week as they defeated the Oakland Raiders 33-13. Cincinnati put this one away early with a 33-0 lead after three quarters.

Cincinnati Bengals QB: Andy Dalton

Dalton had a good game in the win hitting 29 of 34 passes for 269 yards with two touchdowns.

Cincinnati Bengals RB: Jeremy Hill

Hill had 19 carries for just 63 yards which amounted to just 3.3 yards per run.

Cincinnati Bengals TE: Tyler Eifert

The third year tight end from Notre Dame caught two balls for 104 yards and two touchdowns. Health has been an issue for Eifert in his NFL career.

San Diego Chargers QB: Phillip Rivers

Rivers got a new contract in the offseason and he paid dividends with his week one performance by hitting on 35 of 42 passes for 404 yards with two touchdowns and two picks.

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Tight Ends and Underrated Quarterbacks Dominate Week 1

NFL week 1 is in the books and from here on, it will become harder and harder to find value in your daily fantasy tournament picks. In week 1 the Daily Fantasy Sites had very little data to establish their salaries off of, but as the season progresses, salaries will become more and more accurate. That is not to say however that you cannot find hidden value in a player with a favorable matchup or a little extra game time than normal if you know what you are looking for.

Quarterbacks

If you took a couple of my sleeper picks from last week you are probably a happy camper right now. I had Alex Smith and Phillip Rivers as a couple value picks at the Quarterback position and they not only led the league at their salary level, but even outshone the some premium Quarterbacks such as Andrew Luck and Aaron Rodgers.

Alex Smith and Brian Hoyer faced each other in a passing game shootout, that is prime for fantasy value at the quarterback position. Alex Smith threw for 243 passing yards in the Chiefs win over the Texans, with 3 passing touchdowns (mostly to tight end Travis Kelce) finishing the day with a total of 21.7 fantasy points. This put him at 6th for quarterbacks of the weekend behind Brady, Palmer, Rivers, Mariota, and Romo. Hoyer threw for 236 yard on the other side of the ball but only 1 touchdown reduced his fantasy value a bit.

Phillip Rivers sits at fourth on the list of quarterback performers for the weekend throwing for a massive 404 passing yards, easily the most of the weekend. This earned him the 3 point fantasy bonus for over 300 yards and if he could have had more than 4 touchdowns, he would have led the weekend. Rivers led the chargers to a high scoring victory over the Lions. In total, Rivers scored 25.2 fantasy points. Remember, although Romo and Brady outscored him in the fantasy realm, Daily Fantasy NFL Contests are about value, not total points, and Rivers delivered more points than these two for his salary level.

Other Quarterbacks who delivered huge value this weekend were Carson Palmer and Marcus Mariota. Palmer threw for 308 yards, earning the 3 point bonus, and threw three touchdowns totaling 27.3 fantasy points on the weekend, in the Cardinal’s victory over the Saints. Being a mid salary level quarterback, he delivered huge value to put you way up in your Daily Fantasy Cash Draft.

Mariota however provided even more value. Being straight out of the NCAA, his salary was among the lowest of all NFL starting quarterbacks. However, he threw for 4 touchdowns and 209 passing yards in Titans’s dominating victory over Bucs totaling 24.4 fantasy points. Having Martiota in your lineups allowed you to select premium players at other position’s without missing out on fantasy points at quarterback, just the edge you need to win big money.

Tight Ends

The tight end position can really give you a leg up on the competition in daily fantasy NFL. A tight end can just as easily score 0 points as 30, and if you are on the right end of that spectrum, you can rise in the ranks quickly.

The leaders of the weekend were Travis Kelce, Tyler Eifert, and like always, Rob Gronkowski. Gronkowski started off the Tight End domination on Thursday night with 3 touchdowns and fell just short of the receiving yard bonus with 94 receiving yards. He totaled 32.40 fantasy points, which is a nice boost to your fantasy lineup, however Gronkowski’s salary level was more on the level of a premium receiver than a tight end, which worked against his fantasy value.

The rest of the Tight Ends provided significantly more value than Gronk with much cheaper salary levels. Travis Kelce scored 2 touchdowns with 106 receiving yards, earning him the receiving yard bonus and a total of 31.6 fantasy points. The synergy between Kelce and Alex Smith was a serious boost if you had both Chief’s players in the same lineup.

Tyler Eifert of the Bengals got some great attention from Andy Dalton, especially in the red zone. Eifert totaled 2 touchdowns and 106 receiving yards on 9 receptions for the highest total of the week at Tight End of 34.4 fantasy points.

Look to identify teams that make good use of their tight ends and look for opportunities to pair tight ends and quarterbacks. Also, keep in mind to avoid receivers on these teams since receiving yards are all well and good, but if your receiver isn’t getting the ball in the red zone, you can probably find more value elsewhere.

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