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Doug Coutts

Doug has been with Fantasysharks.com since the very beginning. He is a Senior Fantasy Football Staff Writer and a member of the Fantasy Sports Writer Association (FSWA). Way back when, there was the Dynasty Den, Just Thinking Out Loud, and the Weekly Wrap-up. Along the way were television appearances on the local cable affiliate, and various other contributions. His weekly "Waiver Wire Wonders" column appears on Tuesdays.

WAIVER WIRE WONDERS: Week 7

RB Boston Scott PHI

Philadelphia has a short week, with a Thursday night game on tap against the New York Giants. There is a strong possibility that Miles Sanders will miss the game, which would promote Boston Scott to the starting role.

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WAIVER WIRE WONDERS: Week 5

WR Tre'Quan Smith NO

Given the opportunity for some playing time with Michael Thomas on the shelf, Tre'Quan Smith made some fantasy noise this week as the New Orleans passing game looks like it may finally be waking up from its slow start. He made the most of his four catches this week against Detroit, hitting pay dirt with two of those grabs.

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WAIVER WIRE WONDERS: Week 4

RB Jeffery Wilson SF

A timetable for the return of Raheem Mostert has not come out, so the placement of Wilson in this list is dependent on that news. We suspect he might be on the sideline for another week, which would create a nice opportunity for Wilson to excel.

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WAIVER WIRE WONDERS: Week 3

RB Darrell Henderson LA Rams

The three pack that was the committee for the Rams on opening day has whittled itself down, and in Week 2 it was Henderson who carried the load. Both Cam Akers and Malcolm Brown were limited, leaving Henderson to ring up 81 yards and a touchdown on the ground while also catching two passes out of the backfield.

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WAIVER WIRE WONDERS: Week 2

RB Nyheim Hines IND

What was once a crowded situation with three backs vying for the ball has been whittled down to a two-man race. Indianapolis lost Marlon Mack for the season, allowing Indianapolis to split things between Hines and rookie Jonathan Taylor.

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WAIVER WIRE WONDERS: Week 1

QB Ryan Fitzpatrick MIA

There are always few players who slip through the cracks on draft day, but in addition to that there was plenty of news in and around the league over the last few days. Quarterback battles were decided, and not one but two starting running backs were released from their teams. Let’s get into this week’s wonders, opening weekend style!

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WAIVER WIRE WONDERS: Week 17

RB Rex Burkhead NE

As New England cruises into the the postseason, the final game is often a crap shoot for this group. Look for New England to ease off its use of James White, giving Burkhead another opportunity to excel against Miami in the season finale.

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WAIVER WIRE WONDERS: Week 16

WR Breshad Perriman TBB

The Tampa Bay passing game was white hot against Detroit this past week, with Perriman having a major role in that production. He had a hat trick of three touchdowns, hauling in five passes for 113 yards.

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WAIVER WIRE WONDERS: Week 15

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In the absence of Josh Jacobs, it was DeAndre Washington and not Jalen Richard who got the majority of the work last week against Tennessee. Washington is a player who can be picked up and started right away if Jacobs misses time.

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WAIVER WIRE WONDERS: Week 14

RB Darwin Thompson KC

The backs for Kansas City are dropping like flies, with Damien Williams and Darrel Williams both dealing with injuries that may affect their availability for this week’s tilt in New England. Darwin Thompson saw his first significant action of the year, and among his 11 carries was a 4-yard play that got him his first touchdown.

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WAIVER WIRE WONDERS: Week 13

RB Benny Snell PIT

With James Conner on the sidelines, it was Snell and not Jaylen Samuels who led Pittsburgh in rushing. Reports are that Conner will not be ready to return this week, and if that is the case then Snell will be ready to roll as the Pittsburgh workhorse. Giddy-up!

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WAIVER WIRE WONDERS: Week 11

RB Brian Hill ATL

At last report, Devonta Freeman was to have an MRI to determine the extent of his foot injury. In the meantime, Brian Hill will be the player of choice in the Atlanta backfield, a player the coaching staff can trust to be a three down back.

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WAIVER WIRE WONDERS: Week 10

TE Noah Fant DEN

With the help of a catch-and-long run for a score this week against Cleveland, Fant eclipsed the 100-yard platform for the first time this season. There are more good things to come for the young Denver tight end.

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WAIVER WIRE WONDERS: Week 9

TE Jonnu Smith TEN

We had Jonnu Smith listed in our deepest category last week, hoping that he might be able to stir up some magic in place of the injured Delanie Walker. He certainly did that and more, catching six passes while going for 78 yards and a touchdown against Tampa Bay.

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WAIVER WIRE WONDERS: Week 8

RB Mark Walton MIA

We mentioned Mark Walton in our deepest category last week, and this week he rises all the way to the top. The Miami running game is not going to set the world on fire, but someone has to carry the rock and Miami is clearly not happy with the play of Kenyan Drake or Kalen Ballage.

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WAIVER WIRE WONDERS: Week 7

QB Sam Darnold NYJ

Sam Darnold looked good in the pocket and the Jets looked like a legitimate NFL team. Despite a date next week on Monday night against the vaunted New England defense, we see good things ahead this season for Darnold and the Jets offense.

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WAIVER WIRE WONDERS: Week 6

WR Duke Williams BUF

The Bills are on a bye in Week 6, but we will still feature one of their players as one of this week’s top selections. Buffalo and Zay Jones never worked out, and with Jones now shipped out west to Oakland, Duke Williams will take on a regular role in the offense.

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WAIVER WIRE WONDERS: Week 5

WR A.J. Brown TEN/ LB Deion Jones ATL/ DB Kemal Ishmael ATL

This week’s group does not have any exemplary players, which happens from time to time during the season. As a result, we are setting aside our top category as we do not see players available who will have an immediate and significant fantasy impact.

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WAIVER WIRE WONDERS: Week 4

QB Daniel Jones NYG

Daniel Jones led the Giants to a game-winning drive, and he also ran into the end zone not once but twice. A huge fantasy day to kick off his season, making him one of the top adds off the waiver wire if he is still available.

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WAIVER WIRE WONDERS: Week 3

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We mentioned Dalton in this space last week as a solid pickup, and this week with the issues at quarterback around the league, he gets a promotion into our top category. Even though Cincinnati struggled in most of this past weeks game, Dalton still ended up with 311 yards of passing offense while throwing two touchdowns.

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WAIVER WIRE WONDERS: Week 2

TE T.J. Hockenson DET

Opening weekend is in the books, and much like many teams in the NFL (looking at you Pittsburgh and Cleveland), many of you out there may be in need of some reinforcements. While it is not time to give up on your studs that mailed it in during week one, take a hard look at the bottom of your roster and build depth NOW.

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2018 DRAFT RECAP: With a Look Ahead to 2019

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Before closing the books completely on the 2018 fantasy season, let’s stroll down memory lane with the “Ghost of Draft Day Past” and revisit Draft Day 2018. We will take a look back on things that worked, things that did not, and were any of us right about anything?

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WAIVER WIRE WONDERS: All-2018 Team

RB Phillip Lindsay DEN

One of the bigger surprises this year, and the top “Waiver Wire Wonder” of the season, is Phillip Lindsay. Denver is a team that over the years has produced some unlikely fantasy gold at the running back position, and I know many owners in leagues that I play in make it a point to make sure several Denver backs are selected on draft day.

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WAIVER WIRE WONDERS: Week 17

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Woe to have been the Todd Gurley owner who tried to do the right thing by grabbing his backup Malcolm Brown in case something happened, only to see him get injured in practice and the Rams not bother to replace him.

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WAIVER WIRE WONDERS: Week 16

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Detroit has been playing musical starters while Kerryon Johnson has been on the shelf, and the latest hot hand they have been using is Zach Zenner. Only 45 yards on 10 carries, but more importantly, Detroit is using him at the goal line and he hit paydirt in Buffalo last week.

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WAIVER WIRE WONDERS: Week 15

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Another country heard from! For the second week in a row, he hauled in four passes but this week in Buffalo one of those went for a touchdown. The Jets are going to be passing the ball in each of their remaining games, so look for Anderson to be making more fantasy noise down the stretch.

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WAIVER WIRE WONDERS: Week 14

RB Jeffery Wilson SF

With nothing to lose, San Francisco has been throwing caution in the wind. For the second week in a row, Jeff Wilson has not only been active, but has been a key component of the game plan, getting several touches on the field.

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WAIVER WIRE WONDERS: Week 13

WR Antonio Callaway and RB Carlos Hyde CLE

The Cleveland offense is on the rise, as Baker Mayfield has been very strong and Cleveland is winning games. As a result of the passing game improvement, we have Antonio Callaway as a waiver wire wonder this week.

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WAIVER WIRE WONDERS: Week 12

WR Keke Coutee HOU

Short week this week, short list of players. We have a six pack worth taking a look at this week, but beyond those six now is the time to think about shoring things up for the fantasy playoff run. Some ...

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WAIVER WIRE WONDERS: Week 11

RB Rashaad Penny SEA

Coach Pete Carroll continues to confound the fantasy owner, shuffling players in and out as he is constantly looking for the hot hand to carry the ball. This week’s back du jour was Rashaad Penny, as he lit up the Los Angeles Rams for 108 yards and a touchdown on just 12 carries.

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WAIVER WIRE WONDERS: Week 9

WR David Moore SEA

David Moore has been hot for Seattle, once again finding the end zone for the third consecutive week. He tallied 97 yards receiving on four catches against Detroit, numbers good enough to make him one of the top considerations to add off waivers this week.

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WAIVER WIRE WONDERS: Week 8

RB Raheem Mostert SF

The injuries to Matt Breida the last couple of weeks has opened the door for Raheem Mostert to see the field, and he has opened more than a few eyes with his skills... San Francisco clearly likes what its sees, so look for Mostert to continue to see the ball regardless of the health of the rest of the San Francisco ball carriers.

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WAIVER WIRE WONDERS: Week 7

QB Sam Darnold NYJ

A week after throwing three touchdown passes against Denver, Darnold lit up Indianap0lis to the tune of 280 yards and two touchdowns (against only one interception). The Jets offense is on a roll, making Sam Darnold an attractive fantasy backup.

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WAIVER WIRE WONDERS: Week 6

WR Keke Coutee HOU

Building upon a performance that had him in last week’s story, Keke Coutee did not disappoint those that took an early flyer on him. He caught six passes for 51 yards against Dallas, making a statement that he is here to stay. Look for these type of numbers to continue in the near and long term.

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WAIVER WIRE WONDERS: Week 5

WR Keke Coutee HOU

This week’s top recommended add is a rookie that made his NFL debut this past week. My close to namesake, Keke Coutee. On a day where he was targeted a whopping 15 times, Coutee hauled in 11 of those passes on his way to 109 yards in receiving.

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WAIVER WIRE WONDERS: Week 4

WR Tyler Boyd CIN

Last week, Tyler Boyd was “On The Radar,” and this week he jumps to the top of the list of waiver wire wonders. Just his stats alone warrant a strong look, as he caught six passes for 132 yards and a touchdown last week against Carolina.

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