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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 four times. 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.

2021 IDP DRAFT PREVIEW: Kwity Paye – DE, Michigan

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Landing spot is always a big factor in the IDP prospects of a young pass-rusher, but this year that importance has been magnified all the more. There isn't a big gap in talent between the top three or four edge-rushers in the Class of 2021. Where those top prospects start their NFL careers will go a long way toward determining which one is the top rookie IDP at the position in both dynasty and redraft formats.

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IDP STUDS AND DUDS: Week 17 IDP Start/Sit

DE Chase Young WAS

Chase Young has been on an absolute tear of late—since the fantasy playoffs began in Week 13, he's the highest-scoring defensive lineman in fantasy football. Now Young gets a dream matchup to close out the season against a Philadelphia Eagles team that has allowed a staggering 62 sacks this year.

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START/BENCH: Week 17

TE Mark Andrews BAL

If your league is playing its title game in Week 17 and you got this far, there’s only one thing to do — make the best of the hand you are dealt and try to get one final victory this season.

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IDP WAIVER WIRE: Week 17

Defensive End Arik Armstead San Francisco

Arik Armstead has picked it up a bit of late — he has 13 tackles, two sacks and four tackles for loss over the past two weeks. Seattle has also allowed the ninth-most fantasy points to defensive linemen this year.

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START/BENCH: Week 16

RB Leonard Fournette & QB Tom Brady, Tampa Bay

Brady's first half last week was miserable, but his line for the game wound up just fine. This week's tilt against a Lions team allowing the fourth-most fantasy points to defensive backs should produce another solid outing.

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IDP WAIVER WIRE: Week 16

Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky is sacked by Minnesota Vikings linebacker Todd Davis

It took a while, But Kubiak was proven right. With Eric Kendricks sidelined the last few weeks with a calf injury, Todd Davis has assumed an every-down role at middle linebacker. Just as he was in Denver, Davis has been productive, piling up 26 total tackles and a sack.

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START/BENCH: Week 15

RB J.K. Dobbins Baltimore Ravens

Dobbins is mired in a crowded committee attack in Baltimore, but he has double-digit carries, at least 50 rushing yards and a touchdown in each of the past three games. Now he gets a Top-5 fantasy matchup for running backs with Jacksonville.

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IDP WAIVER WIRE: Week 15

LB Kenny Young LA Rams & QB Cam Newton New England

The Rams face a New York Jets team in Week 15 that isn’t exactly lighting it up offensively this season. But the Jets have actually been decent in terms of fantasy points allowed to linebackers this season, and with Micah Kiser already ruled out Young should see an IDP-relevant workload for at least one more game.

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START/BENCH: Week 14

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Gio Bernard has been a fat bag of blah as the lead back for Cincinnati this season. But the matchup with Dallas is a good one — enough so that for folks with issues in their backfield, to at least consider giving the veteran scat back one more start.

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IDP WAIVER WIRE: Week 14

LB Matt Milano BUF

Matt Milano appeared to get through the game unscathed and didn’t favor the shoulder. That speaks well to his role increasing steadily and rapidly moving forward — while A.J. Klein had his moments (especially as a pass rusher) while Milano was out, Buffalo needs its best coverage linebacker as it pushes toward the playoffs.

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IDP STUDS AND DUDS: Week 13 IDP Start/Sit

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

Two weeks ago, against the same Saints team the Falcons play host to on Sunday, Deion Jones had six total tackles and added a sack of quarterback Taysom Hill. It has taken much of the season, but Jones appears to finally be rounding into the fantasy LB1 many IDP managers expected him to be.

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START/BENCH: Week 13

WR Nelson Agholor LVR

Like Derek Carr, Nelson Agholor faceplanted last week in a plus matchup against Atlanta. Like Carr, Agholor is worth another shot this week in another excellent matchup with a bad Jets defense.

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IDP WAIVER WIRE: Week 13

LB Troy Reeder LA Rams & RB Dion Lewis NY Giants

The Rams didn't get the win Sunday, but Troy Reeder was a force, piling up 15 total tackles and 12 stops in the loss. Reeder isn't going to rack up those kinds of gaudy numbers every week, but he's shown considerable statistical upside when afforded the opportunity to make plays to this point in his career.

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IDP STUDS AND DUDS: Week 12 IDP Start/Sit

LB A.J. Johnson & FS Kareem Jackson Denver

Johnson leads Denver with 84 tackles and ranks inside the Top 20 fantasy linebackers for the season. With a New Orleans team coming to town that has relied heavily on Alvin Kamara and the ground game in 2020, a Top 10 stat line in Week 12 is a real possibility.

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START/BENCH: Week 12

WR Nelson Agholor LVR

It’s happened without much fanfare, but Agholor has become both No. 1 receiver and a viable fantasy WR2 over the past month-plus in Las Vegas. The Atlanta secondary is vulnerable over the top, too.

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IDP WAIVER WIRE: Week 12

LB Isaiah Simmons ARI

If Isaiah Simmons does get the nod again in Week 12 it will be in a favorable matchup with run-heavy New England, and if the youngster stays in the starting lineup he has the talent to be a real difference-maker down the stretch.

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IDP STUDS AND DUDS: Week 11 IDP Start/Sit

LB Robert Spillane PIT

Last week against Cincinnati, it was Spillane who played the most snaps of any Pittsburgh inside linebacker, recording five total tackles. That number isn’t great but Jacksonville is a plus matchup for linebackers — no team in the AFC has allowed more fantasy points to the position.

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START/BENCH: Week 11

WR Christian Kirk ARI & CB Casey Hayward LAC

Kirk’s hot streak cooled a bit last week, but he’s still a Top 20 points per reception (PPR) league option over the past month. The third-year pro should heat right back up in Thursday’s big NFC West showdown with Seattle and its garbage secondary.

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IDP WAIVER WIRE: Week 11

LB Alex Singleton PHI

Alex Singleton, who took the scenic route to the NFL via the Canadian Football League, now has 25 tackles over the past two games for Philadelphia. Gerry could theoretically return this week, but it’s not like he was playing lights out before getting hurt.

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START/BENCH: Week 10

RB Antonio Gibson WAS

Antonio Gibson has quietly worked his way into the Top-15 for running backs in Points per Reception (PPR) leagues. This week the rookie draws a Detroit team that has given up the most fantasy points to the running back position in 2020.

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