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panxing18 Posted: 12-06-2018 12:31 PM
 build a completely balanced team that isn’t vulnerable at some point during the season - particularly if you stacked bye weeks throughout your roster. I have a squad that has Alvin Kamara http://www.authenticschicagobears.com/cheap-nick-kwiatkoski-jersey , Michael Thomas, and Drew Brees headlining and, needless to say, this is the week that I’ve penciled in a loss. Some of you, like fellow contributor Patti, may have stacked your teams with Bears players and suffered a similar situation in week 5. (Patti joked her roster looked like a boy band song from the 90’s - Bye Bye Bye). But how do we combat the bye week blues and is there a way to turn them into an advantage? One thing to do around this time is to try and steal a week - particularly if your team is around the .500 mark and you can’t afford to give away any games. This might be when you shop players who haven’t had their bye week for players that have, thus stealing a start. On the flip side of things, if you’re off to a fast start, try to poach players currently playing their bye for immediate help to teams that may be desperate for a win. If you’re not able to swing a trade, my advice would be to play a high variance player that’s either out on the wire or rotting on your bench. I don’t want a boring possession receiver who will likely get me 4 points - I want a guy who is either going to post a zero or a 70 yard TD. If you can spike a high variance score, you might be able to survive the worst of your woes. A great example was Christian Kirk last week - he caught a huge 75 yard score but was relatively quiet after that. Kirk may grow into being a consistent weapon, but right now he’s a high variability guy. Tarik Cohen is another good example from week 4 and maybe going forward. He’s my one Bear I drafted from the WCG Tourney and he fits this mold incredibly well. Having some roster flexibility is good. Being able to have a spot or two dedicated to the churn of the waiver wire can help cover bye weeks and grab players that may develop into starters before they have demand on Tuesday nights for waivers. Speaking of waivers - always check the transactions on Wednesday morning. Some owners may have flushed a player they have lost confidence in or made a move to cover a bye week, pushing out talent to the pool. This secondary waivers market can be just as fruitful as the shiny new toys. I was able to grab Sammy Watkins from a owner with a quick drop trigger after a no-show in week 1. Finally, we talked about the Alvin Kamara / Mark Ingram situation last week. I said I wasn’t worried and while I’m still not worried - I’m not nearly as confident. I went back to my preseason rankings to remind myself of what my thinking was in the preseason. My level-headed self in August expected Kamara’s value to drop back once Ingram returned. It’s amazing what an incredible start will do to change your mind. I wouldn’t freak out and trade him but the crazy returns from September just aren’t going to continue as long as Ingram is the designated goal line back. Where’s everybody at this week? Hit up the comments below or @gridironborn on Twitter for free advice.The Bear’s Den, September 7, 2018 CHECK IT OUTThe Blitz Network is creating Football analysis and commentary - The Blitz Network - WCG’s own Robert Zeglinski, Aaron Leming & Jacob Infante team up with Zack Pearson, Khari Thompson and Adam Hess to offer this new resource for Bears fan. It is subscription based, but it’s dirt cheap and well worth it. Definitely check it out!BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!BEARRRSSSS / DRAFT / FREE AGENCYFinley: Tarik Cohen and Taylor Gabriel together? ‘The speed kills mantra, that’s a fact’ - Sun Times - Cohen and Gabriel have spent all offseason yapping at each other about who is faster. They never settled their dispute.Kane: Vic Fangio says Khalil Mack could have ‘domino effect’ on Bears teammates - Chicago Tribune - Vic Fangio said a player like Khalil Mack can create “a domino effect” on the performances of other players Youth Jordan Howard Jersey , while also noting the Bears’ defensive success is going to rely on much more than one new arrival.Bears-Packers injury tracker: Tight end Daniel Brown is limited - Chicago Tribune - The Bears rested most of their starters the final two preseason games so they could enter Sunday’s season opener against the Packers as healthy as possible.Kane: The 2018 Bears' offense and defense - The good, the bad and the unknown - Chicago Tribune - Over eight months from Jan. 1 to Sept. 1 — the days the Bears fired coach John Fox and acquired outside linebacker Khalil Mack from the Raiders — the Bears have undergone big changes.Rosenbloom: Bears will make the playoffs this season - Chicago Tribune - I'm not much for predictions — BearSSSSS 16-0, my frentSSSSS — but nonetheless, I have the Bears reaching the playoffs this season. Khalil Mack could make a good defense one that ranks in the top five and Matt Nagy's creative offense sounds every bit the opposite of the stink we saw under John Fox.Bears questions and answers - Chicago Tribune - Bears burning questions: Chicago Tribune writers address key issuesPotash: Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio excited about Khalil Mack - Sun Times - “I see a guy I think innately likes to play. Obviously talented,” Fangio said. “I don’t see him doing anything but being a great addition for us."Finley: Bears name three captains, plan to rotate them - Sun Times - The captains for Sunday: quarterback Mitch Trubisky, defensive end Akiem Hicks and special teamer Benny Cunningham.Finley: Bears' Vic Fangio on Roquan Smith - 'At some point you have to put him in there' - Sun Times - Roquan Smith hasn't hasn’t tackled anyone to the ground since he played for Georgia in the national title game.Jahns: Bears safeties Adrian Amos, Eddie Jackson excited for second season together - Sun Times - Safeties Amos and Jackson are starting their second season together.Finley: Bears predictions 2018: Week 1 vs. Packers, season totals - Sun Times - The Chicago Sun-Times’ experts offer their predictions for the Bears’ season-opener at the rival Packers — and their record for the 2018 season.Hughes: Week One - Bears at Packers Game Preview - Da Bears Blog - I always like the Chicago Bears. And, I mean, how can any Bears fan not like the Chicago Bears heading into this 2018 season? The organization has done every single thing they could to build a winning roster. Now they take that roster to the field.Medina: Trey Burton Was the NFL's Best Tight End During the Preseason - Bleacher Nation - PFF loves what Trey Burton did during the preseason. And frankly, so did I.Da Best Fans: Khalil Mack Already in Top 5 of Preseason Jersey Sales - Bleacher Nation - Wow! Bears fans are nuts.Medina: Adrian Amos Has Out-Played His Rookie Deal, But Finding an Extension Comp is Tricky - Bleacher Nation - Adrian Amos has earned a second contract. But what will it look like?Mayer: Chalk Talk: Have Bears selected team captains? - ChicagoBears.com - Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses whether the Bears have chosen their team captains, how playing with a club on his broken hand will affect Leonard Floyd and if the Bears have ever gone fromMayer: Mack's presence adding intrigue to season opener - ChicagoBears.com - The high level of anticipation for Sunday night’s season opener in Green Bay continues to be fueled by the expected Bears debut of All-Pro pass rusher Khalil Mack.Fans weigh in on addition of Khalil Mack - ChicagoBears.com - As part of our Wednesday weigh-in feature, we asked Bears fans to let us know their thoughts on the acquisition of Khalil Mack and how much of an impact he’d make in Sunday night’s season opener. Here’s what they had to say.Week 1 Key Matchups: Bears at Packers - ChicagoBears.com - When the Bears visit the Packers Sunday night, these three key matchups could determine the game, including Bobby Massie dueling with Clay Matthews Jr.NFL Picks 2018 Week 1: Who the experts are taking in Bears vs. Packers - Bears Wire - The experts have no confidence in the Chicago Bears heading into Week 1 against the Green Bay PackersStankevitz: Bears ready to unleash Anthony Miller on Packers, NFL - NBC Sports Chicago - Anthony Miller only played 47 snaps during the preseason, suggesting the Bears may be "hiding" their second-round pick to unleash on the Packers come Sunday.Spiegel: Football Is Back, But Baseball Won't Go Gently - 670 The Score - This is a time on the sports calendar to cherish. Ken's Note: Yes, the start of football season is a time to cherish. Baseball is what we do to waste time until football season arrives.Euirch: Bears vs. Packers Thursday injury report - 247Sports - The Chicago Bears just released their injury report.Bears Week 1 depth chart vs. Packers - 247Sports - Khalil Mack changes the Chicago Bears depth chart for Week 1.Eurich: Khalil Mack trade reactions still churning in for Bears, Packers - 247Sports - The Chicago Bears are still buzzing about Khalil Mack.Eurich: Allen Robinson praised for work in the classroom - 247Sports - Allen Robinson is set to make his regular season debut with the Chicago Bears on Sunday.Eurich: Mitch Trubisky Youth Mitchell Trubisky Jersey , Akiem Hicks and Benny Cunningham named captains - 247Sports - The Chicago Bears have unveiled their captains for Week 1.Eurich: Bears to manage reps of Khalil Mack and Roquan Smith - 247Sports - The Chicago Bears will be keeping an eye on Khalil Mack and Roquan Smith.Jones: Aaron Rodgers reacts to Bears acquiring Khalil Mack - 247Sports - Aaron Rodgers is ready to face Khalil Mack.Dickerson: Anthony Miller, Chicago Bears rookie wide receiver, predicts big season for team's offense - ESPN - With a new head coach and offensive scheme in Chicago, Bears rookie Anthony Miller believes the team is about to embark upon a "new era."POLISH SAUSAGEFormer Lions DE Anthony Zettel claimed by Cleveland Browns - Pride Of Detroit - The Lions defensive end didn’t make it through waivers.KNOW THY ENEMYMinnesota Vikings: Four bold predictions for the season - Daily Norseman - Will this be the year Cousins throws for 5,000 yards?Packers Week 1 injuries: No progress with Oren Burks’ shoulder - Acme Packing Company - The Packers will probably open the season without third-round linebacker Oren Burks.Raiders’ defensive coordinator defends trading Khalil Mack – ProFootballTalk - Raiders defensive coordinator Paul Guenther didn’t necessarily want to lose one of the best players in the league off his defense, but he understands the reasoning behind his boss Jon Gruden’s decision to trade Khalil Mack.NFL execs and scouts question Raiders compensation, timing of Khalil Mack trade - Silver And Black Pride - What were Jon Gruden and the Raiders thinking? 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