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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.

2019 IDP DRAFT PREVIEW: Devin Bush – LB, Michigan

QB Peyton Ramsey & LB Devin Bush

In today's NFL, the linebacker position is all about range—the ability to go sideline-to-sideline and hold your own in coverage against tailbacks and tight ends. After lighting up the NFL Scouting Combine with an outstanding workout, Michigan's Devin Bush appears have a skill-set tailor-made for just that kind of defensive role.

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IDP PLAYOFF RANKINGS: Conference Championship Games

LB Cory Littleton LA Rams

In order to help you in one final quest for a fantasy championship, I’ll be publishing individual defensive player (IDP) rankings each week during the NFL playoffs here at Fantasy Sharks. These rankings assume a league format where teams start two defensive linemen, two linebackers, two defensive backs and a “flex” spot or two.

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IDP PLAYOFF RANKINGS: Divisional Round

LB Darius Leonard tackles RB Joe Mixon

In order to help you in one final quest for a fantasy championship, I’ll be publishing IDP rankings each week during the NFL playoffs here at Fantasy Sharks. These rankings assume a league format where teams start two defensive linemen, two linebackers, two defensive backs and a “flex” spot or two.

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IDP PLAYOFF RANKINGS: Wild Card Round

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The NFL’s second season is almost here. For the 12 teams about to embark on the journey to Atlanta and Super Bowl LIII, the arrival of the playoffs are just swell. For the 20 teams that didn’t make the postseason though, it kinda sucks. Just ask Pittsburgh.

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LOOKING FOR AN IDP FANTASY PLAYOFF LEAGUE?

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It’s a depressing, conflicting time of year for fantasy football fanatics. Even as they are celebrating a fantasy championship and gearing up for the NFL playoffs, folks are feeling a tinge of sadness. Season-long fantasy leagues have concluded. We’ve moved ...

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START/BENCH: Week 17

RB Chris Carson SEA

After gashing Kansas City for 116 yards and two scores last week, Carson went past 1,000 rushing yards for the season. It’s possible he won’t play the entire game here, but it’s worth the risk in a prime fantasy matchup for running backs.

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START/BENCH: Week 16

RB Nick Chubb CLE

Were it not so late in the season, I’d be sorely tempted to add the hard-charging Chubb to the “Studs” list. In Week 16 he hits the matchup jackpot too against Cincinnati’s tissue-paper defense.

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IDP WAIVER WIRE: Week 16

LB Nick Vigil CIN

Nick Vigil’s five solos last week against Oakland represented his best effort since returning —which could indicate he’s nearing 100 percent ahead of a Top 10 matchup with Cleveland.

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START/BENCH: Week 15

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Fantasy owners can’t be blamed for a little reluctance with Rivers given the Chargers’ long history of underperforming in big games. But no team in the NFL has allowed more fantasy points to quarterbacks this year than Kansas City, who Rivers torched for 424 yards and three touchdowns back in Week 1.

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IDP WAIVER WIRE: Week 15

LB Anthony Walker IND sacks QB Marcus Mariota TEN

It’s gotten lost in the greatness that has been Darius Leonard’s incredible rookie season, but Anthony Walker hasn’t exactly been cat food — he’s just three stops this side of 100 tackles and has at least nine stops in four his past five games.

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IDP STUDS AND DUDS: Week 14 IDP Start/Sit

LB Darron Lee NYJ

Darron Lee has been an inconsistent IDP option this year, and the fact that less than half of his tackles in Week 10 were solos may give some IDP owners pause. This one’s in Buffalo against a team that leads the NFL in fantasy points allowed to linebackers, in from of arguably the most generous stat crew in the league.

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START/BENCH: Week 14

QB Baker Mayfield CLE

That willingness and ability to shake off a bad play/half/game is going to serve Mayfield well over his NFL career. It could also serve fantasy owners well in Week 14, when everyone’s favorite spot-starter is back at home playing against a reeling Carolina team that lost four straight and risen all the way to sixth in fantasy points per game allowed to quarterbacks.

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IDP WAIVER WIRE: Week 14

LB Gerald Hodges ARI

Gerald Hodges has now tallied double-digit tackles in two straight games as the new MIKE (middle inside) linebacker for Arizona. There’s little reason to think he can’t make it three big stat lines in a row on Sunday.

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IDP STUDS AND DUDS: Week 13 IDP Start/Sit

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Last week, Jurrell Casey kicked off an outstanding string of late-season matchups with five tackles and a sack against Houston. That string keeps rolling right along this week against a Jets team that has allowed 26 sacks and the fourth-most fantasy points to defensive linemen this season.

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START/BENCH: Week 13

RB Doug Martin OAK & LB Shaquil Barrett DEN

Now, given how the 2018 season has gone for Oakland, an endorsement from Gruden might seem like the kiss of death. But Martin’s 14 touches in last week’s loss to Balitmore were easily the most among Oakland tailbacks,

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IDP WAIVER WIRE: Week 13

S T.J. McDonald MIA

McDonald has risen to 16th among defensive backs in Fantasy Sharks Default IDP Scoring. This marks the third time (at least) that McDonald’s been featured in this column this year, but the 27-year-old remains available in a surprising number of leagues.

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START/BENCH: Week 12

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It takes a brave (or desperate) soul to start Sterling Shepard in Week 12. However, it's at least worth considering that the injury-ravaged Eagles secondary is now second in the NFL in fantasy points given up to receivers.

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IDP WAIVER WIRE: Week 12

LB Reuben Foster SFO

After missing the last two games with a bad hamstring, Reuben Foster got the gate in some IDP leagues during San Francisco’s bye week. However, that same team is back at it again in Week 12 against a Tampa Bay team that has been a Top 5 IDP matchup for linebackers most of this season.

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START/BENCH: Week 11

RB Doug Martin OAK & LB Shaquil Barrett DEN

There hasn’t been much to smile about in Oakland this year. OK — there hasn’t been anything to smile about this year. But Martin’s actually been halfway OK since taking over for Marshawn Lynch — he’s totaled 250 total yards over the last three weeks.

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IDP WAIVER WIRE: Week 11

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Jatavis Brown’s been highly productive with an increased workload over the past couple of games, logging 11 total tackles in each of the Chargers’ last two contests. Against Oakland in Week 10, Brown did something that’s been a rarity for Chargers linebackers this year — play 100 percent of the team’s defensive snaps.

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CORNERING THE MARKET: Week 10 Streaming Options for IDP Leagues

RB Saquon Barkley NYG & CB Chidobe Awuzie DAL

Before getting hurt, Awuzie was both one of the most targeted cornerbacks in the NFL and a productive IDP option as a result. The second-year pro was back in a full-time role last week against Tennessee, tallying seven total tackles and six solos. With a plus matchup looming with Philadelphia on Sunday night, Awuzie should keep the good times rolling in Week 10.

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IDP STUDS AND DUDS: Week 10 IDP Start/Sit

LB Mark Barron LAR / RB Corey Clement PHI

The numbers to note for IDP owners from the New Orleans game are six and 62. Barron amassed six solos (and seven total tackles) a week ago — a season-best for solo stops. He also was on the field for 62-of-71 defensive snaps, his highest percentage of the season.

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START/BENCH: Week 10

WR Josh Doctson WAS

Doctson rebounded well last week, pulling down his first touchdown catch of the season in the second half. The former first-round pick has been thrust into a larger offensive role by injuries at receiver, and with Paul Richardson done for the season he’s going to maintain that larger target share.

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IDP WAIVER WIRE: Week 10

QB Kirk Cousins MIN & DE Markus Golden

This week’s matchup with Kansas City isn’t an especially good one — quite the opposite, in fact. But Markus Golden’s got legitimate DL2 upside the rest of the way, and finding that sort of ceiling on the defensive line this late in the game isn’t easy to do.

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IDP STUDS AND DUDS: Week 9 IDP Start/Sit

LB Denzel Perryman LAC

Denzel Perryman was on the field for 82 percent of the Chargers defensive snaps against the Titans—the third-time in four games the fourth-year pro topped 75 percent usage. Against a run-heavy Seahawks team Perryman should see that much playing time or more.

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