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Gary Davenport

A member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association and Pro Football Writers of America who resides in Columbus, Ohio, Gary has been featured on a number of fantasy websites and in nationally circulated publications. These publications include the USA Today Fantasy Football Preview and the magazines distributed by Fantasy Sports Publications Inc., for whom Gary is a both a contributing author and associate editor. Gary is an nine-time FSWA Award finalist and three-time winner who has been a finalist for that organization's Fantasy Football Writer of the Year award each of the last four years. He won the honor in 2017 and 2019. Gary also appears regularly on Sirius XM Radio (including live from Radio Row at Super Bowl XLIX) and over-the-air stations across the country. Gary was one of the co-founders of, and Head Writer at, Fantasy Football Oasis before joining Fantasy Sharks as an IDP Senior Staff Writer in 2011. He knows football. Or so he's heard.

IDP WAIVER WIRE: Week 7

TE Dallas Goedert PHI

Vander Esch had a very Leighton Vander Esch beginning to the 2020 season, breaking his collarbone in the season opener against the Los Angeles Rams. However, the third-year pro was activated from injured reserve prior to Monday's game against the Arizona Cardinals, and he said afterward that it felt good to get back in action.

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IDP STUDS AND DUDS: Week 6 IDP Start/Sit

LB Bobby Okereke IND & WR Odell Beckham CLE

Okereke did more than just play—he shined last week, racking up 10 total tackles and intercepting a pass. Leonard is on track to sit again this week when the Colts host the Cincinnati Bengals, which means a full-time role for Okereke in a top-five IDP matchup.

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START/BENCH: Week 6

WR Jamison Crowder NYJ & Jordan Poyer BUF

I know that starting Jamison Crowder makes you feel dirty because it feels wrong to benefit off the misery that is being the No. 1 receiver for the Jets. But Miami is sixth in fantasy points allowed to wide receivers this year despite two high-priced corners.

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IDP WAIVER WIRE: Week 6

LB Bobby Okereke IND & WR Odell Beckham CLE

Okereke is more than just a temporary fill-in—even before Leonard got hurt Okereke had taken over for Walker as the second linebacker in Indy next to Leonard. Sunday marked Okereke's second straight game with at least eight stops.

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IDP STUDS AND DUDS: Week 5 IDP Start/Sit

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The Eagles are a hot mess up front—Philly will most likely be starting reserves at both tackles, and the team has already surrendered 14 sacks this season. Most importantly, no team in the NFL has surrendered more fantasy points to defensive linemen. Queue Cameron Heyward.

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START/BENCH: Week 5

QB Daniel Jones NYG

Given how putrid the Giants have looked offensively in 2020, rolling out Daniel Jones in fantasy isn’t for the feint of heart. But if Jones can’t get it done against a Dallas defense that has been torn to shreds in recent weeks, then there’s no point in rostering him at all.

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IDP WAIVER WIRE: Week 5

LB Josey Jewell DEN & RB James Conner PIT

Through four games, Jewell is pacing Denver with 30 total tackles, and last week against the New York Jets the former Iowa standout became the second Denver linebacker since 1994 to record double-digit tackles and two sacks in the same game.

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IDP STUDS AND DUDS: Week 4 IDP Start/Sit

DE Josh Allen JAC

If ever there was a week for Josh Allen and the Jaguars to get things going, it's Sunday against the Bengals. Through three games, Cincinnati leads the league in fantasy points allowed to defensive linemen and the Bengals have given up a league-leading 14 sacks so far this year.

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START/BENCH: Week 4

WR Odell Beckham CLE

This feels like a last chance kind of week for Odell Beckham's chances of regaining WR1 status in fantasy football leagues. The Dallas pass defense isn't especially good when it is at full strength—and it isn't close to being at full strength.

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IDP WAIVER WIRE: Week 4

DE Montez Sweat WAS

Montez Sweat finished the loss to Cleveland with four total tackles and a sack — the second time in three games that the 2019 first-round pick has gotten to the quarterback. Young’s groin injury isn’t believed to be serious, but that could be a good thing for Sweat’s long-term prospects.

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IDP STUDS AND DUDS: Week 3 IDP Start/Sit

LB Kwon Alexander SF tackles QB Patrick Mahomes KC

Kwon Alexander appears to have fully recovered from last year's injury, racking up 15 total tackles over the first two weeks of the season. Saquon Barkley's ACL tear muddies this matchup somewhat, but regardless of who's at tailback, the Giants are going to try to run the ball in what could be an ugly game.

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START/BENCH: Week 3

Laviska Shenault WR JAC

Shenault was quite the dangerous offensive threat with a football in his hands at Colorado — a fact that Jacksonville has seemed to realize. In Week 3, he and the team get a Miami team that has ranked third in PPR points given up to wide receivers dating back to the 2019 season.

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IDP WAIVER WIRE: Week 3

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Akiem Hicks, who played in just five games last year, recorded three tackles and a sack against the Giants — the second time in as many weeks that he’s gotten to the quarterback. The 30-year-old appears to be fully recovered from last year’s injury, and that re-establishes him as a high-floor IDP DL2.

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START/BENCH: Week 2

QB Josh Allen BUF

One week into the 2020 season, Josh Allen is fantasy’s top quarterback — he topped 300 passing yards and 50 rushing yards last week against the New York Jets with three total touchdowns. Miami had problems defending a mobile quarterback last week in Cam Newton, and had issues defending quarterbacks at all in 2019.

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IDP WAIVER WIRE: Week 2

LB Jon Bostic WAS

That Washington defense certainly did surprise some people in Week 1, piling up eight sacks and spurring Washington to an upset win. Jon Bostic tallied one of those sacks while leading the team with eight tackles.

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IDP STUDS AND DUDS: Week 1 IDP Start/Sit

LB BJ Goodson NYG

Frankly, Goodson is an average talent who has struggled to stay healthy, and it may only be a matter of time before he either loses sub-package snaps or gets hurt. But until that day comes Goodson is a good bet to lead the Browns in tackles—starting this week in a top-five IDP matchup with the Ravens in Baltimore.

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START/BENCH: Week 1

QB Jimmy Garoppolo SF

Fantasy managers should be excited about Garoppolo in Week 1 for another reason—there's a possibility that young wide receiver Deebo Samuel will be able to play Sunday, and even if he doesn't, the 49ers open the season against a Cardinals team that led the league last year in fantasy points allowed to quarterbacks.

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IDP: Players To Target – Value Picks in 2020

QB Russell Wilson SEA & DE Sam Hubbard CIN

Sam Hubbard’s 2019 production landed him sixth among all defensive linemen in Fantasy Sharks Default IDP Scoring, but he’s regularly coming off the board outside the Top-15 at the position. If you grab an elite defensive lineman and pair him with Hubbard, you’re going to have a formidable front in 2020.

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