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David Verbanac

Hi guys, I've been a member of Fantasy Sharks since September of '08. If you've been a member here for the past few years, you have no doubt seen a few of my posts. Like most, I can usually be found trolling about in the Main Tank, commenting on all the hot topics involving fantasy football and the NFL. I am honored to be one of the "newbs" among the writing staff, and I hope that you find my columns to be both entertaining and informative. I have been a member of a private, 12 team PPR re-draft league for over 20 years. It is a league made up mostly of guys that I used to work with. I'm proud to say that I made the playoffs last year, finishing in the money in 3rd place. I, of course, am aiming for a shot at the title this season!!

5 UP/5 DOWN: Week 5

RB Josh Jacobs OAK

With a Week 5 game in London against the vaunted Chicago defense, not much was expected of Jacobs on Sunday. The Alabama rookie surprised everyone with the best game of his brief career, helping Oakland upset Chicago.

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5 UP/5 DOWN: Week 5

RB Jordan Howard PHI

Through the first three weeks of this season, Howard was stuck in a committee of sorts, splitting time with rookie Miles Sanders. That all changed on Thursday, as Howard did his best to stake a definitive claim on the RB1 position.

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5 UP/5 DOWN: Week 2

LB Darius Leonard tackles RB Joe Mixon

Through two weeks, Mixon has 17 carries for just 27 yards, and only five receptions for 17 yards, and has yet to reach the end zone. Cincinnati has road games against Buffalo and Pittsburgh coming up before returning home to host Arizona. If Mixon’s numbers don’t dramatically improve by then, you’ll want to see if you can find a trade partner.

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5 UP/5 DOWN: Week 2

WR Sammy Watkins KC

It's not clear yet how much or even if Hill will miss any significant time with this injury, but even if he doesn't, it's pretty clear that the Chiefs intend to get the ball to Watkins early and often. He's no doubt rostered in your league, so to get him, you're going to have to give up something good to get him...but do it.

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5 UP/5 DOWN: Stock Watch – Week 1

RB Chris Carson SEA

Chris Carson averaged over 4.6 yards per carry in his first two seasons in the NFL and his fantasy performances last year were impressive. He finished as the RB15 for the year, but over the course of the last six weeks, he was the RB11 and won a lot of people leagues in Weeks 12-16 where he was the RB5.

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DRAFT ADVICE: Six Mistakes to Avoid

Fantasy Football Draft

You’ve probably heard the mantra that “You don’t win your league on draft day, but you can lose it”. Fantasy drafts are riddled with land mines. The more mistakes you can avoid on draft day, the better foundation your draft ...

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FANTASY IMPACT: The Affect Of Player Movement

RB James Conner PIT

The Steelers already had to cover for the absence of Le’Veon Bell last year and knew he would not be an option for 2019. That leaves James Conner as the starter that rolled up nearly 1,500 yards and 13 touchdowns last year. But, Jaylen Samuels was also effective filling in for three games when Conner was injured.

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DRAFT DAY: Five Players to Avoid

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You don’t want to be sifting through the waiver wire early because your early picks were a bust. The players listed had great 2018 seasons but whether it’s personnel or location changes, the odds of them repeating their numbers this season are not very likely.

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SLEEPER DEFENSES: Five To Target

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The Patriots have added depth to the defensive line and employ a veteran staff in the secondary. The Jets, Dolphins and Bills are all starting second-year quarterbacks and with little support around them, the Patriots defense will feast on the young signal callers in 2019.

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FANTASY SLEEPERS: Six Wide Receivers To Target

WR Christian Kirk ARI & CB Casey Hayward LAC

It seems that every year fantasy owners are looking for a few wide receiver names to stash away on the back of their cheatsheets. You know the type of players I’m talking about ... young, speedy second- or third-year guys who are ready to break out ... provided that a little bit of luck comes their way.

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FANTASY FOOTBALL: Do’s and Don’ts

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Add security to your roster be acquiring your star running back's back up. Although they may spend the entire season riding your bench, you'll have peace of mind knowing that your biggest investment is insured. This is especially true if your star running back already has an injury history.

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HIDDEN GEMS: Tight End Sleepers

Tight End Hunter Henry San Diego Chargers

Ever since I got involved in fantasy football over 20 years ago, I've had a bit of an affinity for the tight end position. While my fellow owners were boasting about which running back or wide receiver they landed on draft day, I was looking for that hidden gem on my tight end cheat sheet.

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