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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 STUDS AND DUDS: Week 3 IDP Start/Sit

LB Christian Kirksey CLE

Cleveland will be travelling to face Indianapolis this week without veteran linebacker Jamie Collins, who isn’t expected to be cleared from his concussion in time to play in the game. That should mean that many more tackle opportunities for Christian Kirksey against an Indianapolis team that remains a Top-5 IDP matchup for linebackers

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START/BENCH: Week 3

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I give up. I surrender. White flag. Stop the madness. The first two weeks of the 2017 NFL season have played out like the Adam Sandler mega-bomb “Jack and Jill.” It hasn’t made any sense, it’s not funny even a ...

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IDP WAIVER WIRE: Week 3

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Demarcus Lawrence made an appearance in the first IDP Waiver Wire column of 2017 after racking up two sacks against the New York Giants. But he remained available in enough leagues for me to beat the drum again after he added two more against Denver. It’s only been two games, but Lawrence appears on the verge of finally fulfilling the promise he showed as a rookie.

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START/BENCH: Week 2

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Well that was….something. Here’s a smattering of the fantasy football happenings in a Week 1 that was something out of a bad Hunter Thompson trip. Sam Bradford of the Minnesota Vikings, Carson Wentz of the Philadelphia Eagles and Alex Smith ...

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IDP WAIVER WIRE: Week 2

LB BJ Goodson NYG

Tis the season for overreacting. Fa La La La freaking La. Every year since I started doing this article back in the halcyon days of 2009 (it was a simpler time) the first edition of the IDP Waiver Wire each ...

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START/BENCH: Week 1

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger Pittsburgh Steelers

Yes, Big Ben opens 2017 on the road, where he rather, um, sucked last season. But it’s fair to assume Pittsburgh will want to come out of the gate strong, and there weren’t many teams who were kinder to fantasy quarterbacks than the Clowns in 2016.

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THE 2017 ALL-VALUE IDP ALL-STARS

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There isn’t a more important word in fantasy football than “value.” OK, maybe the most important word in fantasy football is “championship,” but in order to achieve the latter you need to find the former on draft day. Lord knows ...

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IDP SLEEPER ALERT: Post-OTA Risers

Defensive End Arik Armstead San Francisco

It’s organized team activity (OTA) time across the National Football League. From Buffalo to Los Angeles, rookies and veterans alike have gathered for their first taste of what teams will look like in 2017. Now, it’s important not to read too much ...

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THE SCHEMES THEY ARE A CHANGING: IDP Impact of Defensive Scheme Changes in 2017

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Earlier this week, My Fantasy League changed the positional classification of Aaron Donald of the Los Angeles Rams from defensive tackle to defensive end because of the Rams moving to a three-man front under new defensive coordinator Wade Phillips. This came after Khalil Mack of the Oakland Raiders was flipped from defensive end to linebacker because Oakland will run a similar front under John Pagano.

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