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Matt Wilson

Matt Wilson has played NFL fantasy football since 1994 and has been a featured columnist at FantasySharks.com since 2008. His 18 combined years of professional writing experience includes a five-year stint as a contributing writer/editor at KFFL.com. He has been a featured contributor to The Fantasy Football Guide since 2008 and has been published regularly in the award-winning USA Today Sports Fantasy Football preview. Matt is a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association and holds a degree in journalism from Northern Illinois.

TRAPS & TRENDS: Week 15 Edition

RB Phillip Lindsay DEN

Week 14 of the NFL season will forever live on in the memories (or the nightmares) of fantasy managers because of the monster performances from Derrick Henry, Saquon Barkley, Amari Cooper and George Kittle, and because of the laundry list ...

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VIP GAME CAPSULES: Week 14 – Thursday Edition

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Derrick Henry didn't erupt against the Jets as many had expected, but the early-down bulldozer still hit pay dirt for the fifth time in his last six games. Even though Jacksonville has yielded the sixth-fewest rushing yards and the second-fewest rushing touchdowns to the tailback position, the touchdown-dependent Henry has some things working in his favor.

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TRAPS & TRENDS: Week 13 Edition

WR Antonio Callaway and RB Carlos Hyde CLE

Callaway enjoyed one of his best outings of the season, reeling in four passes for 62 yards and his third touchdown of the season on five targets. It’s the third time in Callaway’s last four games that he either scored or amassed 50-plus receiving yards.

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TRAPS & TRENDS: Week 11 Edition

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Mike Evans' showing against Washington was a major disappointment. Facing a Burgundy and Gold defense that had hemorrhaged the most catches, the most receiving yards and the most scoring grabs (tie) to the wideout position during the last month.

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TRAPS & TRENDS: Week 10 Edition

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Have the San Francisco 49ers provided us with another fantasy-relevant quarterback? Is it time for Mark Ingram owners to smack the panic button? Should Tarik Cohen owners think about doing that, too? Is another tight end emerging in what has ...

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VIP GAME CAPSULES: Week 9 – Thursday Edition

WR Jordy Nelson OAK & CB T.J. Carrie CLE

Struggling Jordy Nelson will draw coverage from Richard Sherman. Mediocre 31-year-old Brandon LaFell (Jon Gruden loves his veterans) quietly operated as the replacement for Amari Cooper last week (3-39-1 on four targets) and not Martavis Bryant who posted a goose-egg on zero targets.

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TRAPS & TRENDS: Week 9 Edition

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Is it time to give up on Doug Baldwin? Is it time to trust DeVante Parker? Who is Aaron Rodgers’ second-favorite wideout? Is there a new sheriff in the Philadelphia backfield? Senior FantasySharks.com writer Matt Wilson tackles those questions in ...

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VIP GAME CAPSULES: Week 8 – Sunday and Monday Edition

LB Mychal Kendricks PHI

It looks like the Philadelphia Eagles’ Super Bowl hangover is still lingering. After showing strong flashes of their 2017 championship form during a 34-13 road victory over the New York Giants in Week 6, the Eagles followed that up with a head-scratching 21-17 home loss to the Carolina Panthers. Can the Philadelphia offense exploit a banged-up Jacksonville Jaguars defense that has allowed an average of 30 points per game the last three weeks?

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VIP GAME CAPSULES: Week 8 – Thursday Edition

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Riding a two-game road losing streak, an injury-depleted Miami Dolphins offense (Ryan Tannehill, Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson won’t play) has the misfortune of facing a Houston Texans defense that has been playing much better lately. This is also a grudge match between fill-in starter Brock Osweiler and his former team.

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TRAPS & TRENDS: Week 8 Edition

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This was Jordan Reed’s third straight performance under 50 yards. The sixth-year pro has scored just once (Week 1), and he hasn’t caught more than six passes or amassed more than 65 yards in a contest despite averaging a solid six targets per game.

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VIP GAME CAPSULES: Week 7 – Sunday and Monday Edition

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Tennessee has scored only two touchdowns in its last four games and has tallied just five touchdowns in half a dozen games played. There are simply no safe fantasy starters here. Marcus Mariota, playing hurt and operating behind a banged-up offensive line, has been terrible. In three road contests, he has tossed no touchdown passes and has passed for less than 130 yards in all of them.

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VIP GAME CAPSULES: Week 7 – Thursday Edition

QB Case Keenum DEN

Case Keenum is coming off two straight outings with at least 320 passing yards and two touchdown tosses. The Broncos will emphasize the run against an Arizona Cardinals defense that has allowed the second-most rushing yards to the tailback position, so yet another big outing from Keenum is unlikely.

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TRAPS & TRENDS: Week 7 Edition

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So far this season, Jordan Reed has started five straight contests and is currently ranked either first or second on Washington in targets, catches, receiving yards and scoring grabs, but he hasn’t generated anything resembling elite production. The sixth-year pro has hit pay dirt just once (Week 1), and he hasn’t caught more than six passes or amassed more than 65 yards in a contest despite averaging a solid six targets per contest.

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VIP GAME CAPSULES: Week 6 – Sunday Thru Monday

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There’s no place like home. There’s no place like home. That’s what we learned about the Atlanta Falcons offense last week. In each of their three home contests, the Falcons have scored at least 31 points, but they’ve tallied fewer than 18 points in two road contests played outdoors.

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TRAPS & TRENDS: Week 6

QB Carson Wents PHI & RB Jay Ajayi PHI

In a perfect fantasy football universe, we wouldn’t have unpredictable committee backfields driving us crazy. Five weeks into the NFL season, some backfields are still unsettled. Senior FantasySharks.com writer Matt Wilson gives us his take on each one, and urges ...

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TRAPS & TRENDS: Week 5

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There’s nothing like a committee backfield to frustrate the heck out of fantasy owners. In the aftermath of the Week 4 Sunday NFL games, we have four backfields possibly undergoing changes just in time for Week 5. Senior FantasySharks.com writer ...

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VIP GAME CAPSULES: Week 4 – Sunday Thru Monday

S Jamal Adams NYJ

Remember all that optimism about the New York Jets after they pounded the Detroit Lions back in Week 1? After watching the Jets offense score 17 or fewer points in their last two outings, which were both losses, fantasy owners receieved a reality check about Gang Green.

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TRAPS & TRENDS: Week 4

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Is it time to lower expectations for Andrew Luck? Is it time to give up on a certain Chicago Bears’ wideout? Is Washington’s starting tight end still capable of elite production? FantasySharks.com senior writer Matt Wilson answers those questions and ...

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VIP GAME CAPSULES: Week 3 – Sunday thru Monday

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Any resemblance between the 2017 New Orleans Saints and the 2018 version is purely coincidental right now. The Saints apparently have forgotten that they were the NFL’s fifth-best rushing team last year, and the development of what had been touted as an up-and-coming defense has slammed into reverse.

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TRAPS & TRENDS: Week 3

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Is there any hope for a struggling every-down tailback? Is there a legit second receiving option in the Cincinnati Bengals’ passing attack? Is there finally a fantasy relevant tight end in Pittsburgh? Is there any clarity in the Indianapolis Colts ...

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VIP GAME CAPSULES: Week 2 (Sunday – Monday)

QB Mitchell Trubisky CHI

The long-awaited unveil of new Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy’s offense started off great but fizzled out during the team’s Week 1 road loss to the Green Bay Packers. The Bears scored just once, and Mitch Trubisky, who turned in a mixed bag of a performance, reminded us that he’s still a work in progress.

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VIP GAME CAPSULES: Week 2 – Thursday Edition

RB Alex Collins BAL

Alex Collins didn’t receive a full workload last week mainly due to Baltimore pulling its starters early in a blowout victory. Even though Cincinnati is missing Vontaze Burfict, the Bengals played solidly against the run versus the Indianapolis Colts in Week 1.

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TRAPS & TRENDS: Week 2

RB Adrian Peterson WAS

There was nothing fluky about Peterson’s performance in the Arizona game, but don’t consider him an every-week starter. At this point in Peterson’s career, he’s still capable of shredding soft defenses – we saw that in Week 1 – but he’s going to struggle against the tougher ones.

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VIP GAME CAPSULES: Eagles and Falcons

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Since the strength of the Eagles defense is its front seven, look for Matt Ryan to attack repeatedly through the air with the must-start Julio Jones leading the way. He has been kryptonite to Philadelphia. In a regular-season matchup two years ago, Jones shredded the Eagles for 135 yards on 10 catches.

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VIP GAME CAPSULES: Week 17

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Rookie Patrick Mahomes will make his regular-season starting debut while Alex Smith enjoys a breather. Kareem Hunt, Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce are also expected to play very limited snaps or not suit up at all. If you own any of Kansas City’s “Big Four” fantasy stars, there’s simply no reason to start them.

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TRAPS & TRENDS: Christmas Edition

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Talk about throwback performances. With Hunter Henry (kidney) parked on injured reserve, Gates, operating in an expanded role, played surprisingly well during his team’s win over the New York Jets this past Sunday.

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VIP GAME CAPSULES: Week 16

LB Jarrad Davis DET

Look for Collins to have a huge day versus an Indianapolis Colts defense that has yielded the fifth-most rushing yards and the ninth-most rushing touchdowns. The Ravens elite defense and Collins likely will control this game.

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