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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.

IDP WAIVER WIRE: Week 13

LB A.J. Klein NOS

A.J. Klein got off to a hot start and still leads all Saints linebackers with 49 total tackles, but after both cooling off and missing time with an ankle injury Klein was shown the door in many IDP leagues.

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IDP STUDS AND DUDS: Week 12 IDP Start/Sit

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Vrabel may be pleased with McKinney’s play in 2017, but IDP owners haven’t been – his numbers are way down relative to last season. However, the 25-year-old is coming off his best game in weeks (9 total tackles) and draws a Ravens team Monday night that’s allowing the most fantasy points to linebackers this season.

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START/BENCH: Week 12

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Eli Manning did very little last week, passing for just 205 yards and failing to throw a touchdown pass. However, Manning tossed two scoring strikes in each of the two games before that, and on Thanksgiving night he faces a Washington team that has given up the seventh-most fantasy points to quarterbacks this season.

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IDP WAIVER WIRE: Week 12

LB James Burgess CLE

James Burgess isn’t going to pile up 15+ stops every week (his previous high in a game this year was seven), but the youngster from Louisville was on the field for over 90% of Cleveland’s snaps against the Jags.

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CORNERING THE MARKET: Week 11 Streaming CB Plays for IDP Leagues

CB Kenneth Acker KCC

Acker picked up right where Mitchell left off from a fantasy perspective – his 11 total tackles with an interception in two starts ranks him second among cornerbacks in fantasy points over that span. There’s always a risk that the Chiefs will make another surprise switch at the position, but this week’s matchup with the hapless Giants is favorable.

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START/BENCH: Week 11

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Kenyan Drake hit a home run against the Carolina Panthers in Week 10, torching one of the NFL’s best run defenses for a 66-yard touchdown in the third quarter. It’s the second straight game in which Drake has out-gained Damien Williams despite fewer touches.

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IDP STUDS AND DUDS: Week 10 IDP Start/Sit

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Teammate Adam Butler lauded Flowers’ ability while speaking with Adam Gulizia of the Boston Globe. “He’s just one of those guys who is in a class of his own,” Butler said. “Some of the stuff he does, I don’t want to say it’s unorthodox, but it’s unique to him because of his body frame. As soon as the ball is snapped, he’s playing with extension.”

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START/BENCH: Week 10

QB Josh McCown NYJ

Fantasy owners have enjoyed the improbable resurgence as well – McCown has been a Top-10 fantasy quarterback to this point in Sharks League Scoring this year, out-pointing the likes of Brees and reigning NFL MVP Matt Ryan of the Atlanta Falcons.

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IDP WAIVER WIRE: Week 10

LB Denzel Perryman LAC

Before getting hurt, Denzel Perryman was a trendy breakout pick in IDP circles as the defensive play-caller for the Bolts. His long layoff makes him a risky start this week, but he should be back to playing every snap for the Chargers in relatively short order.

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START/BENCH: Week 9

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With Ezekiel Elliott's suspension, there's some question as to how the carries will be split between Alfred Morris, Darren McFadden and Rod Smith.. it’s Alfred Morris who has served as Elliott’s understudy so far this season.

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IDP WAIVER WIRE: Week 9

LB Mychal Kendricks PHI

With Jordan Hicks out for the rest of the season with a torn Achilles, Mychal Kendricks has been pressed into every-down duty again in Philadelphia. Head coach Doug Pederson told David Hennessey of Eagles Wire that he expects Kendricks to take full advantage of that opportunity.

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IDP STUDS AND DUDS: Week 8 IDP Start/Sit

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I talked up Kendricks last week in a great matchup with the Baltimore Ravens and he responded, piling up 10 solos and 13 total tackles. The 25-year-old has a great shot at making it three straight with double-digit tackles – so much so that it has overcome my usual disgust of London games.

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START/BENCH: Week 8

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Fantasy owners may be wondering why Smallwood and not Blount is listed here, and it’s a fair question. Partly it’s the expectation that he’ll see more touches in his second game back. Partly it’s the added benefit he offers as the Eagles receiving back. But mostly it’s that the San Francisco run defense is so atrocious.

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IDP WAIVER WIRE: Week 8

S Jamal Adams NYJ

In two of his last three games, Jamal Adams has posted seven or more total tackles, and after adding his first career sack last week against the Miami Dolphins last week Adams notched his first top-five weekly stat line.

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START/BENCH: Week 7

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There’s little question that the Falcons will want to get Julio Jones more involved in Sunday’s Super Bowl rematch, but there’s also little question that will be easier if Matt Ryan can keep the Pats honest by hitting Taylor Gabriel for a long one.

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IDP WAIVER WIRE: Week 7

LB Craig Robertson NO

The Saints did win, thanks in no small part to Craig Robertson’s 11 total tackles and strip-sack of Matthew Stafford. The sixth-year pro showed he could be a valuable IDP asset when he piled up 114 total tackles as a three-down starter for the Saints a year ago.

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START/BENCH: Week 6

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It would be hard for O’ Brien to find much not to like about Fuller’s last two games given that he’s caught four touchdown passes – including scores on both his catches last week. DeAndre Hopkins is no doubt Deshaun Watson’s favorite target, but the rookie quarterback hasn’t been shy about targeting Fuller deep either.

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IDP WAIVER WIRE: Week 6

DE Myles Garrett CLE

This writer stands before you a sad camper. In addition to analyzing both fantasy football and the NFL for a number of websites (including this one), I’m a fan of the game. An avid one. I probably wouldn’t be doing ...

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IDP STUDS AND DUDS: Week 5 IDP Start/Sit

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It’s hard to believe we’ve reached the point where I feel it necessary to actually say “start J.J. Watt,” but here we are – in the midst of the longest sack drought of Watt’s career. It’s also a drought that’s going to end Sunday night against the undefeated Chiefs.

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START/BENCH: Week 5

QB Jay Cutler MIA

Make no mistake – Cutler and the Miami offense have looked terrible pretty much the entire season. But if they’re ever going to right the ship this is the week. Only one team in the NFL have allowed more fantasy points to quarterbacks in Sharks League Scoring than a Titans defense that was just shredded by Deshaun Watson.

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IDP WAIVER WIRE: Week 5

LB Kyle Van Noy NEP

Van Noy has been right at the heart of that mess, playing every snap and piling up 19 tackles over the last two games. Over that span Van Noy has been a Top 10 fantasy linebacker in Fantasy Sharks Default IDP Scoring, and Thursday New England faces a suddenly resurgent Tampa Bay offense.

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START/BENCH: Week 4

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Despite last week’s bad outing, Siemian’s still a Top-5 fantasy quarterback in most scoring systems. The third-year pro should be able to get things back on track at home Sunday against Oakland. Oakland has allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to the quarterback position in Sharks League Scoring so far in 2017.

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IDP WAIVER WIRE: Week 4

Safety Josh Jones GB

There was plenty for fantasy owners to be stoked about in Jones’ Week 3 performance, including a stat line that included 12 total tackles, 11 solos and a pair of sacks. The rookie isn’t going to post those kinds of numbers every week, but so long as he’s playing full-time in a role that includes a lot of snaps as a “nitro” linebacker, he is going to post numbers.

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