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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 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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IDP WAIVER WIRE: Week 4

LB Mack Wilson CLE

Mack Wilson’s five total tackles (three solo) aren’t the kind of stat line that sends IDP owners scrambling to the waiver wire. But Wilson played every defensive snap against the Rams. If he repeats that feat Sunday against run-heavy Baltimore, that stat line will beef up nicely.

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START/BENCH: Week 3

QB Jimmy Garoppolo SF

Like their division-mates in Los Angeles and Seattle, San Francisco is off to a 2-0 start ahead of its home opener Sunday against reeling Pittsburgh. Garoppolo has been a reason for that success and is a player to target on fantasy waiver wires in Week 3.

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IDP WAIVER WIRE: Week 3

RB David Johnson tackled by DB Tracy Walker DET

Usually, I’m not the type to beat the drum for deep safeties, and I will freely admit to a measure of skepticism after Tracy Walker kicked off the year with nine solos and an interception against Arizona. But Walker followed that effort up with seven solos and three assists against the Chargers, and no safety has more fantasy points than the 24-year-old.

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IDP STUDS AND DUDS: Week 2 IDP Start/Sit

RB Matt Breida SF & LB Alec Ogletree NYG

Alec Ogletree may be full of it, but the reality is that IDP owners might actually be better served if the Giants struggle to get off the field like they did against the Cowboys. Dallas threw the ball a lot more than the Buffalo Bills will, so look for an improvement on Ogletree's six tackles in Week 1.

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START/BENCH: Week 2

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Carr isn’t going to beat Kansas City this week. But after passing for 259 yards and a score against Denver he should have success against a Kansas City defense that was just lit up by rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew.

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IDP WAIVER WIRE: Week 2

QB Russell Wilson SEA & DE Sam Hubbard CIN

Sam Hubbard went absolutely bananas in Cincy's surprisingly close loss, exploding for 10 solos (six solo) and two sacks. I beat the drum much of the summer for the former Ohio State standout, confident that if more snaps were there in 2019 more stats would be as well. Hubbard was on the field for 81 percent of the Bengals defensive plays in Week 1.

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IDP STUDS AND DUDS: Week 1 IDP Start/Sit

LB Jerome Baker MIA tackles TE Kyle Rudolph MIN

Flores is apparently all-in with Jerome Baker as well—the youngster from Ohio State has emerged as Miami's defensive play-caller and only true every-down linebacker. That's going to mean a ballistic crapload of tackle opportunities on a bad Miami defense—starting with a favorable IDP matchup at home against the Ravens Sunday.

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START/BENCH: Week 1

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Peyton Barber appears set to draw the start at home against a 49ers defense that was a top-10 fantasy matchup for running backs last year. With weather possibly a factor in the game as well, he could have the makings of a sneaky-good start.

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IDP BARGAIN BIN: Late-Round Linebacker Values

LB Preston Brown CIN

Preston Brown isn’t being drafted like a three-down middle linebacker for a bad Cincinnati team whose defense could be on the field a ton in 2019. Or like a player who racked up four straight 100-tackle seasons while with Buffalo — including 144 total stops two years ago.

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IDP: THE 2019 FANTASY SHARKS ALL-VALUE ALL-STARS

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Trey Flowers is also an excellent edge-setter, as evidenced by his 119 total tackles over the last two seasons. Flowers has finished inside the Top 20 defensive linemen each of the past two seasons. If he can goose that sack total a bit a move just inside the Top 10 is by no means out of the question.

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