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Rick Olson

Rick joined FantasySharks,com as a staff writer in 2013, though he fell in love with fantasy football in 1988 with the first league he played in. In his articles he tries to feature players off the radar or deeper than most since, in his experience, by the time a player is a waiver wire "must have" they are not usually available in most leagues.

ON SECOND THOUGHT: Week 17

QB Josh Allen BUF

Josh Allen would make a great Week 17 fill-in if you have a need at quarterback. Allen is available in 62 percent of leagues and this next week, Allen and Buffalo go up against Miami. The offense will be able to move the ball a little better than last week.

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ON SECOND THOUGHT: Week 16

RB Jamaal Williams GBP

Jamaal Williams looked great for Green Bay on Sunday. He ran for 55 yards and a touchdown and caught four passes for 42 yards as well. He is available in 99 percent of leagues and faces the New York Jets in Week 16.

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ON SECOND THOUGHT: Week 14

QB Josh Allen BUF

At first it seems odd suggesting a Buffalo quarterback, but have you seen his stats lately? Allen is available in 96 percent of leagues and just came off a great game against Miami where he threw for 231 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 135 yards.

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ON SECOND THOUGHT: Week 12

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O.J. Howard is getting a second opinion on his hurt ankle this week, but it does not look like he’ll be playing. So Cameron Brate, who is available in 91 percent of leagues, becomes very interesting with a very nice matchup against San Francisco in Week 12.

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ON SECOND THOUGHT: Week 11

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Dak Prescott and Dallas are playing better football these days and Dallas plays very quarterback-friendly Atlanta in Week 11. Prescott is available in 70 percent of leagues and should be able to give you some great numbers against Atlanta.

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ON SECOND THOUGHT: Week 10

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Mostly because of the injury, Jack Doyle is available in 60% of leagues and if one of those leagues are yours, you need to go snatch him up and thank your lucky stars. In a position that is so hard to get good help in, to be able to get Doyle in Week 10 is a great thing.

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ON SECOND THOUGHT: Week 9

QB Ryan Fitzpatrick TB

Welcome to Week 9. You are now down to a five-game push to get into the playoffs. How are you doing? Are you in the playoffs already? Are you close, or are you needing to win out? No matter where you find yourself, the waiver wires can help you get through these last few bye weeks.

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ON SECOND THOUGHT: Week 8

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If you have a need at the wide receiver position this kid is doing magic things right now and may not be available for you after Week 8. He is currently available in 92% of leagues and most leagues that have owners who can afford to stash a player are going to grab him this week. Do not miss out if you need a wide receiver.

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ON SECOND THOUGHT: Week 7

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Peyton Barber will be getting more than enough touches to help you out if you have a need at the running back position. Barber ran for 82 yards on Sunday against the Falcons.. He is the starting running back for Tampa Bay and he is available in 57% of leagues.

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ON SECOND THOUGHT: Week 6

QB Baker Mayfield CLE

Baker Mayfield is available in 62% of leagues and his numbers are growing each week. In Week 6 he goes up against a bottom 10 defense in the L.A. Chargers. It is a very nice match-up that you cannot afford to miss if you currently have a need at quarterback. Pick up Mayfield, you will be happy you did.

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ON SECOND THOUGHT: Week 5

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Flacco should find himself currently in the Top-10 in quarterback's this week and yet he is still available in most leagues. He most likely has the highest floor of any quarterback that you have available in your league and is also able to give you big games more than just occasionally.

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ON SECOND THOUGHT: Week 4

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Andy Dalton is currently a Top-10 quarterback and is most likely available in your league. He’s got plenty of weapons and an offensive scheme that makes it almost impossible for him not to score at least a couple of touchdowns each game.

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ON SECOND THOUGHT: Week 3

QB Ryan Fitzpatrick TB

Ryan Fitzpatrick is playing out of his mind, pure and simple. After throwing for 400+ yards and 4 touchdowns in Week 1, Fitzmagic (as they are calling him again), did the same in Week 2. For those that might have a little trouble with math, that is over 800 yards passing and 8 touchdowns in two weeks.

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ON SECOND THOUGHT: Week 2

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Yeldon is available in 92% of leagues and just might have the backfield to himself for a few weeks after Fournette injured himself on Sunday. Coming in for Fournette, Yeldon compiled 51 yards rushing and 18 receiving with a touchdown. If Fournette does in fact stay on the injured list, Yeldon is a must have.

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ON SECOND THOUGHT: Week 16

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The Bengals are going to be down fast and bad in this game and they are going to be throwing a lot. Enter Bernard. He will have a nice game and will pay dividends to those willing to put him in their line-up.

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ON SECOND THOUGHT: Week 15

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Peyton Barber is a sneaky pick for Week 15. He is available in 80% of leagues and has been looking good lately. Barber got 12 carries and ran for 58 yards last week. It doesn’t seem like much but it was better than Doug Martin’s production on Sunday, even though Martin started the game.

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ON SECOND THOUGHT: Week 14

RB Peyton Barber TBB

At 98% available, a running back with a much better 2017 prognosis is Peyton Barber. What a breakout game this kid had on Sunday in Tampa Bay’s OT loss to the Packers. Instead of going with the tried and true Jacquizz Rodgers head coach Dirk Koetter went with the sophomore from Auburn and it turned out to be a great decision.

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ON SECOND THOUGHT: Week 12

RB Samaje Perine WAS

Samaje Perine might be the White Knight you are looking for to finish out your season. Perine is still available in 72% of leagues and that is a good thing for you. Perine rushed for 117 and a touchdown on Sunday’s 31-34 loss to the Saints. He has been looking great since getting the lion’s share of touches following the injury to Robert Kelly.

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ON SECOND THOUGHT: Week 11

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With injuries to Jordan Reed and Niles Paul still lingering, Vernon Davis will continue to get a lot of looks. Picking up Davis if you have a need at tight end, which most of us do, could be the difference between a win and loss in this very important Week 11.

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ON SECOND THOUGHT: Week 10

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Marqise Lee is available in 65% of leagues and caught eight passes for 75-yards against the Bengals this weekend. Next week he will be facing the Chargers inconsistent defense. Lee seems to be coming into his own since Allen Robinson went down to injury

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ON SECOND THOUGHT: Week 9

QB Josh McCown NYJ

Josh McCown’s Jets lost to Atlanta on Sunday 20-25, but McCown still threw for 257-yards and two touchdowns. In fact over the last three games he has thrown for 820-yards and seven touchdowns and ran one more touchdown in himself. He’s been playing well to say the least.

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ON SECOND THOUGHT: Week 8

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Available in 93% of leagues Vernon Davis grabbed four balls for 67-yards this last week against the Eagles. That is not the most amazing stat line but consider instead that over the last four games Davis has caught 14 passes for 279 yards and a touchdown.

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ON SECOND THOUGHT: Week 7

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Jack Doyle is a name that has been thrown around a lot since the 2016 season. Jacoby Brissett is starting to find him in the passing game and the good news is those targets should not change if and when Andrew Luck comes back. Not so fast.. The problem is that he is on an inconsistent offense and he tends to just disappear for games at a time.

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ON SECOND THOUGHT: Week 6

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McKinnon, who is available in 71% of leagues ran for 91 yards and touchdown, with 6 catches for 51 yards receiving added and going forward, looks like he will be the featured back in their offense. Grab him without hesitation and confidently play him as a bye week fill in or injury fill in

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ON SECOND THOUGHT: Week 5

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Both Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu got banged up this week also, so it seems that Atlanta is the place many owners are turning to with the prevailing thought being that with a high-octane offense like theirs, Taylor Gabriel is sure to get his touches. At 88 percent available, he is a no-brainer.

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ON SECOND THOUGHT: Week 3

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Vernon Davis has always shown a ton of potential and now he finds himself in a Kirk Cousins led offense that likes to utilize the TE. Jordan Reed has been banged up (what else is new) which led to the opportunity for Davis this week.

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ON SECOND THOUGHT: Week 2

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J.J. Nelson is still available in 82% of leagues and in his first two games this season has caught 10 passes for 163 yards and 2 touchdowns. I think it's safe to say he and Carson Palmer have a rapport.

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ON SECOND THOUGHT: Players to Target

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Did you already lose a player to injury, or are you having the standard “week-1-panic-attack”? I’m here to tell you it’ll be okay, your ship is not sinking. You may need to start bailing some water however, and that’s what ...

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ON SECOND THOUGHT: Week 17

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It’s the last week of the fantasy season and it is not going to disappoint. There are so many injury and personnel changes to major positions you would think that this is Week 2, and of course, there is the ...

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ON SECOND THOUGHT: Week 16

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It’s championship week and it has come down to this.  You are either, vying for the trophy, playing for pride, or trying to keep from finishing last so you don’t have to suffer whatever punishment your league has for that ...

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ON SECOND THOUGHT: Week 15

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One down, two to go. At least, for most standard fantasy leagues that is the case. It’s Week 15, the second week of the playoffs, and due to all the injuries, you most likely have some holes you need to ...

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ON SECOND THOUGHT: Week 14

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“This is why you play – to get an opportunity to play in the playoffs.”  -Derek Jeter We are now in the playoffs, so what do you need to be successful while you are here?  Is it a flex running ...

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ON SECOND THOUGHT: Week 13

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It seems that every year some players come out of nowhere to help many teams win their fantasy football championships.  Andy Dalton 2013, Odell Beckham Jr. 2014, and Tim Hightower last year all should ring a bell to even the ...

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ON SECOND THOUGHT: Week 12

WR_Adam_Thielen_MIN_1

The altitude of Estadio Azteca, where the Monday night game took place, is 7,280 feet above sea level. It’s also approximately the altitude that you were at when you jumped out of the fantasy football skydive plane at the beginning ...

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ON SECOND THOUGHT: Week 11

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Can you hear that?  That’s the clock on the season winding down.  Can you feel that?  That’s the pressure to get your team into position to make the playoffs. There is only 3 weeks to go in the regular fantasy ...

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ON SECOND THOUGHT: Week 10

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Decision making, it’s the difference between a great NFL quarterback and a failed one.  It is also often the difference between a great fantasy owner and a failed one. With only 4 weeks left in the regular season, decisions become ...

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