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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 eight-time FSWA Award finalist and two-time winner who has been a finalist for that organization's Fantasy Football Writer of the Year award each of the last three years. He won the honor in 2017. 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.

START/BENCH: Week 15

RB Chris Carson SEA

It’s been a roller-coaster ride for Carson’s fantasy owners in 2019, but Week 15 sets up as a perfect storm of fantasy goodness. Carolina is allowing almost 140 yards a game on the ground this season, and with Rashaad Penny out for the season Carson will see a huge workload.

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IDP WAIVER WIRE: Week 15

RB Nyheim Hines IND

For the second straight game, Donald Payne hit double-digits in tackles, piling up 16 total stops. Getting that kind of production off the waiver wire this late in the season can be both a bacon-saver and a game-changer.

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START/BENCH: Week 14

QB Jacoby Brissett IND

Brissett (and the Indianapolis offense) has struggled quite a bit of late. But this week a desperate Indianapolis team faces a Tampa Bay team that ranks 31st in the NFL in pass defense and fourth in fantasy points allowed to quarterbacks in Sharks League Scoring.

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IDP WAIVER WIRE: Week 14

LB Sean Lee DAL

Sean Lee has been a lot more than just a cheerleader or a fill-in over the past few weeks — he had 12 tackles (nine solo) in last week’s loss to Buffalo and already has almost twice as many tackles as all of last year.

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IDP STUDS AND DUDS: Week 13 IDP Start/Sit

DE Carlos Dunlap CIN

The Bengals may well be 0-12 after facing a Jets team Sunday that has peeled off three wins in row and just smoked the Oakland Raiders. But Dunlap's a solid IDP play in Week 13—the Jets have surrendered 42 sacks this season and the second-most fantasy points to defensive linemen.

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START/BENCH: Week 13

RB Tarik Cohen CHI

Given David Montgomery's struggles running the ball this year, it makes sense for the Bears to get Tarik Cohen more involved offensively. Against the Lie-downs on Thanksgiving that could most assuredly be a good thing—the Lions have led the league in PPR fantasy points allowed to running backs much of the season.

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IDP WAIVER WIRE: Week 13

Lamar Jackson & Derwin James

It’s by no means certain that Derwin James will play in Week 13. And even if he does there will be rust and a snap count. But we’re also talking about a Top 5 fantasy defensive back when healthy. This is the kind of add that can win championships if James heats up in time for the playoffs.

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IDP STUDS AND DUDS: Week 12 IDP Start/Sit

DE Yannick Ngakoue JAC

The Jaguars are struggling as a team, but that defensive front may be the single strongest position group on the club. All three of those stud DL are set up to feast Sunday against a Tennessee Titans team that leads the league in both sacks allowed (42) and fantasy points per game surrendered to defensive linemen in 2019.

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START/BENCH: Week 12

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Derek Carr should have every opportunity to redeem himself statistically this week against the Jets in New York. The Jets are playing better, but the team still ranks 21st in the league against the pass and has given up the 12th-most fantasy points per game to quarterbacks.

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IDP WAIVER WIRE: Week 12

QB Ryan Finley CIN & Maxx Crosby OAK

Expecting another four-sack outing out of the fourth-round pick out of Eastern Michigan is likely being just a tad unreasonable. But Maxx Crosby’s now gotten to the quarterback in four of his last six outings, and only two teams in the NFL have surrendered more sacks in 2019 than the 41 the New York Jets have allowed.

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START/BENCH: Week 11

RB Aaron Jones and QB Aaron Rodgers Green Bay Packers

The Green Bay offense runs through Aaron Jones, not Aaron Rodgers... as the calendar pages turn and the weather turns cold, Green Bay is that much more likely to keep grinding out wins with a punishing ground game and a stout defense.

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IDP WAIVER WIRE: Week 11

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Kwiatkoski hasn’t just shown an ability to step in as a spot-starter — he’s also demonstrated the ability to pop a fat stat line. In just over three quarters against Detroit last week, Kwiatkoski piled up 10 total tackles (nine solo) while adding a sack and an interception.

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START/BENCH: Week 10

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So much for Robby Anderson’s breakout season in 2019 — the young vertical threat has just seven catches for 86 yards in the Jets’ last three games combined. Still, if you saw DeAndre Baker getting torched Monday night by Dallas you know how good a fantasy matchup for wideouts the Giants are.

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IDP WAIVER WIRE: Week 10

LB Patrick Onwuasor BAL

Onwuasor was arguably Baltimore’s defensive MVP in a fantastic effort against previously undefeated New England, piling up eight total tackles, a sack and a forced fumble that was returned for a touchdown by cornerback Marlon Humphrey... after his Week 9 explosion, Onwuasor’s absolutely worth an add.

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IDP STUDS AND DUDS: Week 9 IDP Start/Sit

LB A.J. Johnson & FS Kareem Jackson Denver

Thanks largely to the running of bruising tailback Nick Chubb, the Cleveland Browns have consistently been a top-five fantasy matchup for the linebacker position this year. Add in the fact that Todd Davis is banged up again, and A.J. Johnson could easily be set to see a boatload of tackle opportunities Sunday at Mile High.

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START/BENCH: Week 9

RB Frank Gore BUF

Frank Gore has already racked up one 100-yard rushing game this season — he tallied 109 yards on just 17 carries in a Week 4 loss to New England. That effort came against one of the best run defenses in the NFL. Washington sports one of the league’s worst.

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IDP WAIVER WIRE: Week 9

DE Jason Pierre-Paul TB

Jason Pierre-Paul played 43 snaps in his first game action of the season, finishing with three tackles and a sack. There’s been nothing to indicate Pierre-Paul suffered a setback in the game, so his snap count will likely increase in relatively short order.

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START/BENCH: Week 8

WR John Brown BUF

John Brown has caught five passes and had at least 69 receiving yards in each of the past three games and found the end zone last week. This week brings a dream matchup with a bad Philadelphia secondary that’s been roasted with regularity by opponents this season.

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START/BENCH: Week 7

WR Dante Pettis SF & CB B.W. Webb NYG

Dante Pettis only had three catches for 45 yards in last week’s win over the Los Angeles Rams, but his six targets were both a team-high among wideouts and his most of the season. A breakout game’s coming for Pettis, and this week’s tilt with a bad Washington secondary sets up well from a matchup perspective.

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IDP WAIVER WIRE: Week 7

LB A.J. Johnson & FS Kareem Jackson Denver

Over his last two games, A.J. Johnson has piled up 17 total tackles, 1.5 sacks and an interception — production that ranks inside the Top-5 among linebackers in many fantasy scoring systems. Even headed into a less-than-ideal matchup with Kansas City, those numbers are just too good to pass up.

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IDP STUDS AND DUDS: Week 6 IDP Start/Sit

LB Jayon Brown TEN

Jayon Brown's a new-age NFL linebacker—a player who relies more on speed and sideline-to-sideline range than size. Brown had a sluggish first game for the Titans this year, but he's been making up for it ever since—the third-year pro ranks just outside the top-12 in fantasy points over the past four games.

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START/BENCH: Week 6

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Fantasy owners have been waiting for Diggs to finally have a big game since — well, fantasy owners are still waiting for Diggs to have a big game. From a matchup perspective, Philadelphia’s leaky secondary sets up well for it to finally happen in Week 6.

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IDP WAIVER WIRE: Week 6

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Brandon Graham may well have been drafted this year based on reputation, but with just 10 tackles and no sacks over the first month the 31-year-old was likely shown the door in most leagues. Graham exploded for half a dozen tackles and three sacks Sunday against the New York Jets.

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IDP STUDS AND DUDS: Week 5 IDP Start/Sit

QB Russell Wilson SEA & DE Sam Hubbard CIN

Sam Hubbard’s held up his end of the deal and then some, piling up 27 tackles and two sacks and leading all defensive linemen in fantasy points in some scoring systems. The good times should keep rolling for him at least Sunday against Arizona — no team in the NFL has allowed more sacks over the season’s first month Arizona.

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START/BENCH: Week 5

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Depending on what week it is it isn’t hard to find a fantasy owner freaking out about Diggs and/or Adam Thielen this year. Many of those fears may be justified, but this week Minnesota should find success through the air against a porous Giants secondary.

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IDP WAIVER WIRE: Week 5

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Bernardrick McKinney isn’t the true every-down player that batterymate Zach Cunningham is, but over the past couple of weeks he’s been on the field well over 80 percent of the defensive snaps.

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START/BENCH: Week 4

RB Chris Carson SEA

There's been a lot of hand-wringing lately regarding Chris Carson after he lost his third fumble in as many games last week against the Saints. But Pete Carroll said this week the team is still behind Carson, and the Cardinals were just shredded by Christian McCaffrey.

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