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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 17

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With the Giants playing from behind against Baltimore last week, Shepard was a favorite target in the loss. He ended the day with nine catches for 77 yards, including one that went for a score. The Giants will need to win on the final week to keep their playoff hopes alive, so look for Shepard to once again be a busy ball catcher.

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WAIVER WIRE WONDERS: Week 16

QB Jalen Hurts PHI

This week against Arizona Jalen Hurts put his stamp on the starting job for the rest of the season. As if there needed to be an announcement, but Hurts has been named the starter for next week, in a very plus game against Dallas.

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WAIVER WIRE WONDERS: Week 14

RB Ty Johnson NYJ & LB Jerome Baker MIA

The Jets have minimal healthy options at running back, so Ty Johnson steps in immediately as the top and only option. He lit up Las Vegas for 104 yards on 22 carries, including one for a score. He will be the every down back for the Jets and should be the top priority on waivers this week.

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WAIVER WIRE WONDERS: Week 13

RB Cam Akers LA Rams & LB Kendall Beckwith Tampa Bay

Cam Akers only had nine rushes against San Francisco, but he made the most of them going for 84 yards in total with one ending up as a long touchdown run. He is worth a grab and stash right now as the Rams seem to be taking a ‘hot hand’ approach, and his past week might be enough to give him the inside track.

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WAIVER WIRE WONDERS: Week 12

RB Gus Edwards BAL

Baltimore will be without both J.K. Dobbins and Mark Ingram against Pittsburgh on Thursday night, so Gus Edwards will be the starter. He has been on the outside looking in as far as getting in game touches in the last couple of games, but that will not be an issue this week.

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WAIVER WIRE WONDERS: Week 11

WR Josh Reynolds LAR

There are plenty of weapons at the disposal of Jared Goff, and Josh Reynolds is in the mix with Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp. Among the three, Reynolds is quietly emerging as the best option as the fantasy numbers are starting to slide in his direction.

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WAIVER WIRE WONDERS: Week 10

WR Jakobi Meyers NEP & CB Kendall Fuller KC

New England has Isaiah Ford waiting in the wings to join the team next week, but that will not change the fact that Jakobi Meyers is the guy to whom Newton likes to turn. Look for Meyers to be a viable fantasy play for New England going forward, and for this to be a last chance to grab him off the waiver wire.

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WAIVER WIRE WONDERS: Week 9

RB DeeJay Dallas SEA

With both Chris Carson and Carlos Hyde out of action, Dallas got the majority of work in the Seattle backfield, scoring twice... Keep an eye on the currently injured, and if they cannot go again, then DeeJay Dallas will be a solid fantasy play again.

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WAIVER WIRE WONDERS: Week 8

WR Brandon Aiyuk SF

Starter Deebo Samuel left this week’s game with an injury, and early reports are that he will miss their next contest against Seattle. There are many teams that look good passing the ball against New England, but San Francisco has been on an upwards trend of late. Look for that to continue with Aiyuk being the beneficiary against Seattle.

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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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