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DIARY OF A FANTASY VIRGIN: Super Bowl – Week 1

QB Tom Brady Tampa Bay

Prognostication is lots of turmoil. You take a guess and the results either fall your way or they don't. I actually went 9-3 during the chaos. All-in-all, I went 4-2 the opening weekend of the tournament. I went 3-1 in the second week. I went 2-0 over the final weekend.

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FLEX APPEAL: Week 17

RB Wayne Gallman NYG

Yes, Gallman's production has fallen off in recent weeks, but you have to look beyond that. He is still the snap leader for running backs on the Giants, and his last 2 games have been against tough run defenses. Enter Dallas, who are giving up the 7th-most points to opposing running backs.

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CORNER LOCKDOWN: Week 17

QB Andy Dalton DAL

The Cowboys travel to New Jersey to face the Giants in the finale. This game has all kinds of playoff implications so expect Andy Dalton and the Dallas offense to have another big game as they are fighting for the division.

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THE DIVE: Week 17 “The Last Dance”

TE Jonnu Smith TEN

Remember Jonnu Smith? It appeared he was poised for a monster season after three touchdowns in his first two games, but then completely fell of the radar. He has been heating up recently with double-digit points in back-to-back games and is a solid target for your Week 17 matchup.

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DIARY OF A FANTASY VIRGIN: Week 17

WR Michael Thomas and QB Drew Brees NO

So you think you know fantasy football? I drafted 10th in my 10-team league. My first draft pick was quarterback Drew Brees and my second draft pick was wide receiver Michael Thomas. And yes, I still made it to the finals.

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STREAMING DEFENSES: Week 17

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Denver has gotten healthy on defense, and will disrupt the Raiders offensive plans. Derek Carr will return from injury to face a unit with a decent pass rush that is good in coverage. This is not a good matchup for the Raiders, and I expect the Broncos to not allow many points on the board.

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TRAPS & TRENDS: Week 16

Buffalo Bills middle linebacker Tremaine Edmunds tackles Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler.

Are we seeing big changes in the San Francisco 49ers and Green Bay Packers backfields? Will Austin Ekeler get back to scoring touchdowns? FantasySharks.com senior writer Matt Wilson answers those questions, updates us on the latest injuries and gives a ...

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FLEX APPEAL: Week 16

RB J.D. McKissic WAS and safety Jordan Fuller LA Rams

Antonio Gibson appears to be sitting out yet again, so McKissic should see another 20-ish touches in a plus matchup against Carolina. It doesn't matter if you're in a standard or a PPR league, as J.D. McKissic is a phenomenal flex for Week 16.

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DFS STACK ATTACK: Week 16

DE Arden Key OAK & QB Patrick Mahomes KC

Patrick Mahomes has the highest ceiling of any player in football, and has a great chance to reach those heights against the Falcons. Atlanta has an awful secondary and no pass rush to speak of, meaning Mahomes will shred this defense apart.

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DIARY OF A FANTASY VIRGIN: Week 16

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger Pittsburgh Steelers

With quarterback Ben Roethlisberger having only 7 yards passing, something is amok. I guess this is just a weird year. This means that I can proudly say Christmas being early is the least of my worries as I am actually in the finals of my fantasy football championship.

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CORNER LOCKDOWN: Week 16

WR Jarvis Landry CLE

Jarvis Landry has been the go-to guy for Cleveland the second half of the year and has been solid for fantasy managers. The Jets defense is next on the schedule for Landry in a game the Browns need to win..

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STREAMING DEFENSES: Week 16

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The Bucs take on the Lions this week, giving them a great opportunity to get back on track. Detroit is banged up offensively, and Matthew Stafford will be under constant duress; he’s not very mobile and should take multiple sacks.

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TRAPS & TRENDS: Week 15

RB David Montgomery CHI

The success of David Montgomery remains one of the NFL’s more surprising late-season stories. During the Chicago Bears’ 33-27 upset win over the Minnesota Vikings, Montgomery steamrolled the Vikings defense with 32 carries for 146 yards and two touchdowns.

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KEEPING AHEAD: Decisions, Decisions

Keenan Allen and Terrell Edmunds

The game ends and Keenan Allen finishes with a measly 1 catch for 17 yards. That’s it. Under 3 points in a PPR league when he received 147 targets throughout the year. Disaster most definitely not avoided.

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FANTASY FOCUS: Week 15

QB Ryan Tannehill TEN

This is one option in terms of streaming quarterbacks. Ryan Tannehill has the privilege of playing the Lions defense this week and Tom Brady will play them next week. Detroit just allowed over 10 yards per completion to Mitch Trubisky and 18 yards per completion to Deshaun Watson.

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FLEX APPEAL: Week 15

Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Keelan Cole and D.J. Chark

It feels weird calling Chark a flex option, as he was considered a high-end WR2 before the season. You have to remember, though, that Gardner Minshew is back and Chark was his number one option in this offense. Chark had either a touchdown and/or at least 84 yards receiving in his first three games with Minshew.

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DFS STACK ATTACK: Week 15

QB Lamar Jackson BAL

It was nice to see Lamar Jackson get some of his mojo back against Cleveland on Monday night. He managed to scramble for 124 and a pair of touchdowns, while throwing for a score as well. The passing yardage production still leaves much to be desired, but he was an efficient 65% in pass completions for the game.

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CORNER LOCKDOWN: Week 15

TE Robert Tonyan Green Bay

Tonyan had a quiet middle of the season, but has really come on for fantasy owners over the last four games. He isn’t getting a ton of catches or yards, but he’s scored a touchdown in each of the last four weeks, and that is really all that counts in fantasy.

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THE DIVE: Week 15 “Patiently Waiting”

RB Cam Akers LA Rams & LB Kendall Beckwith Tampa Bay

Cam AKers has had extra time to rest and prepare for a juicy Week 15 home matchup against the New York Jets, who allow the 10th most fantasy points to opposing running backs. Akers may be a low-end RB2, but has the ceiling to be a top option this week!

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DIARY OF A FANTASY VIRGIN: Week 15

TE Rob Gronkowski & QB Tom Brady Tampa Bay

Who knows who my TE will be but that has been my issue since I dropped TE Rob Gronkowski after 5 weeks of just awful performances. But he is now back and playing for one of the teams in our Final Four. Oh, the humanity.

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STREAMING DEFENSES: Week 15

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Cleveland has the horses to pressure the quarterback, and should do so very effectively against the Giants and Daniel Jones. Expect the Browns to contain the Giants running game, forcing Jones into too many passing situations.

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STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE: Good/Bad Matchups – Week 15

QB Jared Goff LA-Rams

Jared Goff has been all over the place on the season, but he should have no issues in Week 15. The Jets are the best possible matchup for opposing quarterbacks, and they just allowed Russell Wilson to break out of his funk. I know, Wilson is a superstar, but Goff is in a similar funk.

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TRAPS & TRENDS: Week 14

WR Keke Coutee HOU

Keke Coutee, facing heavy coverage, managed just three receptions for 24 yards and one touchdown on three targets while Chad Hansen topped Houston with seven catches for 56 yards on seven targets.

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DFS STACK ATTACK: Week 14

WR A.J. Brown TEN/ LB Deion Jones ATL/ DB Kemal Ishmael ATL

A.J. Brown is a budding superstar receiver that continues to be underrated. Expect a big day against the Jags, who don’t have anyone to cover Brown. He missed the first game against them earlier in the season, meaning Jacksonville will be seeing his improved play for the first time.

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