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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 Mitchell Trubisky CHI

Mitchell Trubisky has the faint undertone of victory marinade. The Chicago quarterback is available in 76 percent of leagues and he plays for a team that is fighting for a playoff spot. Chicago will most likely be slinging the ball around for the majority of the game which translates to a lot of opportunity for Trubisky.

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ON SECOND THOUGHT: Week 16

RB Salvon Ahmed MIA

Ahmed was the first Miami running back to record a 100-yard rushing day in two years. If Gaskin stays on the Covid-19 list against Las Vegas on Saturday, Ahmed will have a chance to become the second in two years.

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ON SECOND THOUGHT: Week 15

RB Gus Edwards BAL

Gus Edwards has been hotter than hot lately. The Baltimore running back is available in 82 percent of leagues and any manager who has a need at running back would be foolish not to pick him up.

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ON SECOND THOUGHT: Week 14

QB Teddy Bridgewater CAR

If you do have a need at quarterback going into Week 14, look no further than Teddy Bridgewater in Carolina. Bridgewater is available in 75 percent of leagues. This week should also see the return of Christian McCaffrey who is essentially the Panther's top receiver.

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ON SECOND THOUGHT: Week 13

RB Latavius Murray NO

Latavius Murray is still available in 54% of leagues and despite Alvin Kamara as the de facto starter, he still gets great opportunity for production every week. Next week will be another opportunity for Murray to get lots of touches, and if you have a need at the RB position, then he makes for a risk worth taking.

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ON SECOND THOUGHT: Week 12

WR Michael Pittman IND & CB Pierre Desir NYJ

Last week I mentioned Michael Pittman Jr. I mentioned that he had steadily been getting better every week he has been playing. None of that has changed except last week he was available in 95% of leagues and this week he is available in 75%.

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ON SECOND THOUGHT: Week 11

WR Michael Pittman IND & CB Pierre Desir NYJ

Michael Pittman Jr. has steadily been getting better every week he has been playing and is still available in 95 percent of leagues. Indianapolis is potentially in for a high-scoring game in Week 11 against Green Bay and Pittman should be on full display in your lineup if you are lucky enough to get him.

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ON SECOND THOUGHT: Week 9

RB J.K. Dobbins Baltimore Ravens

Baltimore’s J.K. Dobbins is available in 52 percent of leagues and has taken full advantage of his opportunity since Mark Ingram was a scratch last week due to his ankle injury. Dobbins rushed for 113 yards on 15 carries; he also had one catch for 8 yards.

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ON SECOND THOUGHT: Week 8

RB Carlos Hyde SEA

After coming in for Carson, Hyde ran for 68 yards and a touchdown and also caught 3 passes in the Seahawks OT loss to the Cardinals. The Seattle back is available in 95% of leagues and is a great insurance policy for any fantasy team with Carson on it.

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ON SECOND THOUGHT: Week 7

QB Justin Herbert LA Chargers

Justin Herbert has had a week of rest and has now had even more time to work out with his team. In just the last two weeks that he has played he has thrown for 554 yards, seven touchdowns and added 22 rushing yards. Seriously, what more do I need to say?

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ON SECOND THOUGHT: Week 6

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As mentioned last week that with the absence of the injured O.J. Howard, Brate should see an uptick in production. Brate led the team in receptions and was second in targets. Brady seems to like him and Howard is out for the rest of the season.

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ON SECOND THOUGHT: Week 5

QB Gardner Minshew JAC

Look, this one is simple. Jacksonville is going to be playing from behind all year and Minshew will put up quality numbers because of it. He is an easy choice for any owner who has a need at the quarterback position.

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ON SECOND THOUGHT: Week 4

QB Ryan Fitzpatrick MIA

At 94 years old, ahem, cough, cough, I mean 94 percent available, Fitzpatrick is a great waiver-wire pick up. Fitzpatrick plays red-hot Seattle in Week 4. Miami will most likely be playing from behind in this game and the Seattle defense is vulnerable to opposing teams’ quarterbacks.

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ON SECOND THOUGHT: Week 3

TE Jonnu Smith TEN

Jonnu Smith is going to be the surprise tight end of this season. To add to that, Tennessee faces a Minnesota team in Week 3 that so far seems terrible against opposing tight ends. Pick up Smith now if you care about your fantasy team.

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ON SECOND THOUGHT: Week 2

WR Valdes-Scantling GB tackled by Deon Bush CHI

MVS is still available in an unbelievable 98 percent available in leagues. Think about that. A target who is good, that Aaron Rodgers likes throwing to, is that available across all leagues. Many believe Rodgers has a chip on his shoulder this season and if that is true, his wide receivers should prove to be very valuable in your lineup.

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ON SECOND THOUGHT: Week 17

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Beast Mode is back! Marshawn Lynch signed with Seattle this last week and he is available in 100% of leagues. Now, don't kid yourself, he is a risky play. If you have a need however, Lynch could be a real interesting pick up.

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ON SECOND THOUGHT: Week 16

QB Lamar Jackson BAL

Did you just squeak into your championship game, or do you own Lamar Jackson and have been laughing all the way in? Maybe you are trying to not take last in your league and suffer the league punishment. Either way you need ...

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ON SECOND THOUGHT: Week 15

RB Raheem Mostert SF

San Francisco running back Raheem Mostert is your man. Mostert is still available in 75 percent of leagues and tore up the stats against a very good New Orleans defense this past week.

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ON SECOND THOUGHT: Week 14

RB Raheem Mostert SF

In San Francisco, Raheem Mostert has been turning some heads. The super quick RB is available in 86% of leagues. I have mentioned him a few weeks in a row now and he still is on most your waiver wires.

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ON SECOND THOUGHT: Week 13

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Coming off of a bye week, Kyle Rudolph is still available in 62 percent of leagues. He was highly touted during the fantasy draft this season, then came out of the gates really slow. He was hobbled with some nagging injuries but now seems to be feeling better and hitting his stride. If you can still get him I would advise it as he has five touchdowns in his last five games.

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ON SECOND THOUGHT: Week 12

RB Derrius Guice WAS

With the coaching staff kicking the tires of Dwayne Haskins it is very possible they are going to do the same with Guice. Adrian Peterson has been getting the lions share of carries but many believe that is going to change going forward this season as Washington showcases their youth to determine what they have.

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ON SECOND THOUGHT: Week 11

TE O.J. Howard TB

O.J. Howard was one of the more sought after TE’s during the draft this year and now he is available in 56% if leagues. Howard has a lot of upside, and now that he seems to be healthy, and put a nice game under his belt, it just might be the right time to pick him up.

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ON SECOND THOUGHTS: Week 10

RB Ronald Jones TBB

The biggest buzz of the week goes to Ronald Jones of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Jones is available in 62% of leagues and finally had that breakout game we have all been waiting for. Head coach Bruce Arians announced on Monday that Jones will officially be the team’s starting RB.

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ON SECOND THOUGHT: Week 9

RB Mark Walton MIA

Mark Walton is available in 88% of leagues and in Week 7, Walton led the team with 14 carries, and now he should see even more. Walton faces the Jets in Week 9 which gives him a great chance for a breakout day.

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ON SECOND THOUGHT: Week 8

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As long as Adam Thielen is out, Kyle Rudolph should give you a high ceiling with an increased number of targets. He is probably the best tight end waiver pick out there until Thielen returns to the field.

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ON SECOND THOUGHT: Week 7

QB Jimmy Garoppolo SF

In Week 7 Jimmy G. faces the Redskins; this should prove to be a breakout week for him. If you have any reason to need a streaming QB this week jump on him. He will make many fantasy owners very happy this week.

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ON SECOND THOUGHT: Week 6

QB Gardner Minshew JAC

Some players completely blew up in Week 5 and some players completely forgot to show up in Week 5. Were your players the latter? If so, maybe you need to hit the waiver wire. Let’s take a look at who could help you in Week 6.

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ON SECOND THOUGHT: Week 5

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The Tampa Bay QB is playing great football right now and is still 57% available in most leagues. Chew on this, Jameis Winston has thrown for 765 yards and 7 touchdowns in his last two games. If that is not production you want in your line-up then I don't know what is.

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ON SECOND THOUGHT: Week 3

QB_Matthew_Stafford_DET_1

Week 3 can't get here quick enough. Week 2 is known for big injuries, so it should not be a surprise that many of us need some waiver wire help this week. On Second Thought is here to provide that help.

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ON SECOND THOUGHT: Week 2

WR John Ross CIN & Tedric Thompson SEA

Week 1 of regular season is always crazy, and it will definitely mess with your mind and roster if you let it. It's enough to make you question yourself about everything you studied in the preseason.

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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

TE_Jack_Doyle_IND_1

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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