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Patrick White

Have been with Sharks for seven years. Been printed and published. Have been copied by, faced off against, and beaten some of the fiercest competition and abbreviated outlets in football. If you read RnF and live by the old "If you're not first, you're last" mentality, you'll be just fine.

RISERS & FALLERS: 2019 Awards

TE Mark Andrews BAL

Mark Andrews, was a relative unknown playing in an offense that we knew very little about. He went from being an unknown commodity to a Top-4 selection at his position next season as 852 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns will do that for a guy.

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RISERS AND FALLERS: Week 16

QB Kyler Murray ARI

Color us not impressed. Not only has Arizona wasted what may have been Larry Fitzgerald’s last season in Arizona, the team also managed to practically run David Johnson out of town. And all for what? Seventeen passing touchdowns to 13 turnovers?

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RISERS & FALLERS: Week 15

QB Jimmy Garoppolo SF

Last week against New Orleans, Garoppolo was said to have his signature win. He went toe-to-toe with one of the best overall teams in the league and led San Francisco to one of the biggest wins in recent franchise memory.

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RISERS & FALLERS: Week 14

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Has there ever been a more inconsistent wide receiver in the league? Just when you think that Diggs’ goose is cooked, he manages to right the ship. And then, just as things look to be completely in his favor, he vanishes like a fart in the wind.

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RISERS & FALLERS: Week 12

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On the season, taking into consideration everything he’s been through, the elder QB still produces at a QB1 level, right? What if we told you that last week against the Eagles, Brady wasn’t even the best quarterback on his own team?

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RISERS & FALLERS: Week 10

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Davante Adams has missed virtually the entire season... Can he get back after things and remind us why he was taken as the top wide receiver off the board or will his injuries continue to ravage his 2019 season?

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RISERS & FALLERS: Week 9

RB David Johnson tackled by DB Tracy Walker DET

After Thursday Night Football, it’s very evident that we will not be seeing the David Johnson that he were hoping for at any point this season. Over the last three weeks, Chase Edmonds and Kenyan Drake have both been better running backs than David Johnson has been at any point over the last two seasons.

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RISERS & FALLERS: Week 8

WR_Tyler_Lockett_SEA_1

We’d argue most would be OK with a more consistent WR1 option but that there is still room for improvement on Tyler Lockett's totals with games like this week against the Falcons are the perfect remedy. Lockett could, should, and absolutely needs to "go off" for over 100-yards with a long breakaway score against Atlanta.

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RISERS & FALLERS: Week 7

QB Daniel Jones NYG

This week, Daniel Jones gets his team back while also seeing a much weaker defense in the Arizona Cardinals. With games against Miami, Washington, and two against the Eagles left to go, Jones could pad his stats and prove to be a QB1 based on the matchup.

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RISERS & FALLERS: Week 5

WR_Adam_Thielen_MIN_1

Dalvin Cook is a beast but his durability remains questionable. Why not get the two outside guys rolling and take a little of the load off of Cook? That’s the same notion that Thielen went to the media to discuss.

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RISERS & FALLERS: Week 4

QB Jacoby Brissett IND

When the news broke of the sudden retirement of Andrew Luck, everyone hit the emergency stop on all Indianapolis’ fantasy options. Marlon Mack dropped from a RB1 to a RB2/3 outlook and T.Y. Hilton dropped a full round at the very least. But, all things considered, you couldn’t have asked for more out of the career backup in Jacoby Brissett.

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RISERS/FALLERS: Week 3

QB Lamar Jackson BAL

Who is currently playing the best football in fantasy? Just two games in, Lamar Jackson and Patrick Mahomes are arguably the top two. Out-gunning Mahomes could see Jackson become the new king of the mountain.

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RISERS & FALLERS: Week 2

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With the newest set back to Derrius Guice and last week's healthy scratch status of Adrian Peterson, Thompson looks like the only back with a cemented status for Washington's offense. His 7 catches for 68 yards shows that he is back for at least flex purposes.

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RISERS & FALLERS: Week 1

WR Josh Gordon & QB Tom Brady NE

Suddenly, Josh Gordon is reinstated. Julian Edelman is back healthy and his thumb is doing just fine. Demaryius Thomas not only likes his role with the Patriots, but he's willing to get cut and then re-sign instead of going back to Denver. That's some very telling stuff right there.

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WHITE PAGES: Looking Up James White

RB James White NE

Welcome back, friends and family. It seems like it’s been an eternity since we last met up. A lot has happened – Le’Veon Bell won the war by losing a season’s worth of battles, Tom Brady won yet another championship, Larry Fitzgerald continued to not age, and Thanos was finally defeated.

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2018 RISERS & FALLERS: Awards

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It wasn’t too long ago that Gronkowski had a strangle hold on the position. He beat out the likes of Jimmy Graham and Greg Olsen year-after-year as he was the King of the Mountain. Now? He’s in the same scoring area as Evan Engram. And that’s not a knock against Engram.

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RISERS & FALLERS: Week 15

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As Matthew McConaughey would say in regards to our playoff positioning, if you did in fact make it in, “Alright, alright, alright.” If you didn’t make it in, McConaughey would simply give you the “Be a lot cooler if you ...

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RISERS & FALLERS: Week 14

RB Phillip Lindsay DEN

Where will we be drafting Lindsay in 2019? We all thought that Royce Freeman was going to be the rookie back to own but out of nowhere we see the 24-year-old out of Colorado completely steal the show. Lindsay plays much larger than his 190-pound frame would leave you to believe and his intensity level borders on insanity.

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RISERS & FALLERS: Week 13

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While Atlanta continues to showcase how different the same team can be from year to year, Matt Ryan keeps showing us the beautiful creature that is created when a capable quarterback is paired with a flat out awful defense.

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RISERS & FALLERS: Week 11

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The Saints can hang 50 points without blinking an eye and Philly has been struggling all season on defense. This game script could turn directly into Wentz's favor super early. It's time for Wentz to join the truly elite or take a step back.

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RISERS & FALLERS: Week 10

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Could Baltimore be manufacturing a reason to make a switch at the quarterback position? Can this missed time lead to the changing of the guard from Flacco to Lamar Jackson at quarterback?

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RISERS & FALLERS: Week 9

WR_Julio_Jones_ATL_1

We now play in a league where Terrelle Pryor has more receiving touchdowns than Julio Jones. Emmanuel Sanders has thrown more touchdown passes than Julio Jones has caught. Even New England safety Devon McCourty has more touchdowns than Julio Jones.

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RISERS & FALLERS: Week 8

RB_David_Johnson_ARI_2

As it turns out, not using your teams’ best player has a negative outcome. While Johnson has been criminally underused, he didn’t show enough to earn his offensive coordinator getting fired faster. Now, we have Byron Leftwich calling the shots. A mobile quarterback type who has zero experience calling offensive plays.

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RISERS & FALLERS: Week 7

WR_Julian_Edelman_NEP_1

Since returning from his four game suspension, Julian Edelman has caught 11 passes for 111 yards and a touchdown. Maybe the addition of Josh Gordon serves as more of a bonus to Edelman instead of a production boost for Josh Gordon?

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RISERS & FALLERS: Week 6

QB Alex Smith WAS

Alex Smith hasn't established any chemistry with any of his wide receivers and last week, completely left Jordan Reed out in the cold in a game that should have seen both players lead their positions in fantasy points against the Saints.

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RISERS & FALLERS: Week 5

WR_A_J_Green_CIN_1

With how much inconsistency is taking over the elite wide receivers, Green is suddenly ascending. With players like Odell Beckham still looking for his first touchdown of the year and Keenan Allen sporting one lone score, Green is passing people who were projected to finish ahead of him.

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RISERS & FALLERS: Week 3

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The opener stretch jitters are starting to become mid season problems for many of our high profile draft picks. Then again, some are running away with their opportunities and are quickly paying off for keen owners. There’s some of the ...

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RISERS & FALLERS: Week 2

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Just one week in and we’ve already got enough to either be grinning ear to ear or be sticking our heads into the toilet. We got our first taste as to what the draft cost versus production payoff are going ...

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RISERS & FALLERS: Week 1

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And just like, the fantasy season is underway. Hopefully you got an early lead out of the gate thanks to Thursday Night Football and now you just need to tread water. But as we all know, this is a marathon ...

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ON SECOND THOUGHT: Draft Board Substitutions

QB_Matt_Ryan_ATL_1

The new Duran Duran track just dropped and we're turning down Cam Newton. We'd rather "Take on me" with Matt Ryan. In 2017, Matt Ryan followed up an MVP season with a complete stinker. There's no way around it, Ryan was a bust given his draft position and our expectations.

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AT FIRST GLANCE: Fantasy Risers

WR_Tyreek_Hill_KCC_1

Patrick Mahomes has an absolute cannon. Don't get things twisted. Alex Smith WAS good but Patrick Mahomes WILL be better. Smith's biggest knock against him was his inability to establish a deep ball but Mahomes won't have that problem... The take away is that Mahomes has a NASA rocket arm and Tyreek Hill is a space cadet speed demon. Charlie Sheen would tweet this topic as follows: #WINNING

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RISERS & FALLERS: Helping him help you

WR_Dez_Bryant_DAL_1

Here's this week's trivia question: How many 100-yard games does Dez Bryant have this season? Answer: ZERO. It's amazing that in a season where the running game has dissolved and Bryant has been completely healthy that his yardage total has only reached 712 yards.

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RISERS & FALLERS: Week 13

RB_Mark_Ingram_NOS_1

With both Ingram and Alvin Kamara playing at such high levels, it's likely the Saints will let Ingram get paid elsewhere while moving on to Kamara. Miami has dollars to spend and a history of picking up discarded Saints' running backs.

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RISERS AND FALLERS: Week 11

WR_Emmanuel_Sanders_DEN_2

Sanders was incredible as he abused the Patriots' secondary. He's proving his worth as you would think that it would be Demaryius Thomas as the one to overcome all the quarterback issues. It turns out that even though Sanders stands in Thomas' shadow physically, he's actually the better wide receiver talent.

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RISERS AND FALLERS: Week 10

WR_DeAndre_Hopkins_HOU_1

Hopkins made that jump look like a simple game of hop scotch but let's not forget that his 98 yards and a touchdown came against the Colts. Those totals may actually be on the light side considering how awful the Indianapolis club has been this year.

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