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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.

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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RISERS AND FALLERS: Week 8

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Sometimes you need a few numbers to sock you right in the jaw for you realize that your hopeless abandon for one player could lead to your first class seat to the losers' bracket. Rudolph hasn't been a TE1. Pure and simple.

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RISERS AND FALLERS: Week 7

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There are a few questions that we have lingering in our minds here with Winston in Week 7. The first is simply if Winston is going to be able to suit up period? After we get that answer, the next question is going to be how effective can he be while dealing with an AC joint sprain in his throwing shoulder?

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RISERS AND FALLERS: Week 6

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger Pittsburgh Steelers

Does he still have it? Can he find it if he's lost it? Big Ben could end up finding himself behind the 8-ball if he can't make up for lost ground. Sadly, he draws a rather unfortunate opponent in the Chiefs.

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RISERS AND FALLERS: Week 5

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For those of you who bought into the preseason hype, our condolences. Crowell has been one of the biggest draft day busts to this point. His yards per carry average is below three and he's yet to find the end zone. So much for that new and improved offensive line.

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RISERS & FALLERS: Quarter Pole Winner and Losers

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This is Brady's world and we're all just living in it. Brady is looking like he should have been drafted as the first overall pick and is making owners kick themselves for missing out. If he keeps on this pace, he'll be the unquestioned QB1 in the first round of next season, regardless of age.

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RISERS AND FALLERS: Week 3

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As Miller owners ourselves, we are deeply troubled with the way his season is trending. His carries are dropping, D’Onta Freeman is getting more involved, the passing game is finding its rhythm, and the offensive line can’t block. The only saving grace at this point is that Miller continues to chip in with his pass catching skills.

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RISERS AND FALLERS: Week 2

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There's nothing to worry about with Brady. There's also no reason to panic just yet in regards to Danny Amendola missing time while the team still figures out how to replace Julian Edelman. What we should worry about is exactly how many touchdowns is the running game going to snake away from Brady.

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RISERS AND FALLERS: Week 1

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Indianapolis fans and Andrew Luck owners alike have to come to the unfortunate realization that Luck is going to be shelved for a long stretch. After having surgery in January, Luck still hasn’t thrown a passing 2017. Not one pass. That’s pretty concerning for a guy who, you know, throws the ball 40 plus times a game for 16 weeks.

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RISERS and FALLERS: Week 16

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It’s too late in the season for life altering advice. Let our short and sweet topics resonate. There’s only one week on the docket and not a lot left to say.” He could, he should, ifs, ands, or buts” are ...

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RISERS and FALLERS: Week 15

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Dolphins and Jets- Bilal Powell With Matt Forte suffering a MCL injury last week, his status for this week remains very much in doubt as of this writing. It sounds like he’s going to try to tough it out but ...

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RISERS and FALLERS: Week 14

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San Diego and Carolina – Kelvin Benjamin We think it’s time that we set the record straight. Benjamin is actually having a decent season with all things considered. Not only is this his first year back from an ACL injury, ...

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RISERS and FALLERS: Week 13

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Chiefs and Falcons – Travis Kelce Did you honestly sit down and pay attention to the Sunday night game featuring Denver and Kansas City? Or did you wake up and search for the stats in the morning? Don’t lie to ...

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RISERS and FALLERS: Week 10

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Texans and Jaguars – Chris Ivory Now that’s what we’ve been waiting for all season long. Finally, a bulldozing effort by one of the most physical runners in the league. Yeah, the lost fumble in the end zone was huge, ...

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RISERS and FALLERS: Week 9

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Cowboys and Browns – Dak Prescott As much as us watching from home would think that Prescott has all but locked up the starter’s role for the remainder of the year, there remains a shadow of a doubt that Jerry ...

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RISERS and FALLERS: Week 8

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Redskins and Bengals – Chris Thompson We may be setting our sights a little too high here, but we personally just burned our latest waiver claim on the emerging Redskins’ running back. Posting over 110 total yards, partly due to ...

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