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THE DIVE: Week 14 – On the Bubble

RB D'Andre Swift DET

Start D'Andre Swift this weekend when the Detroit Lions host the Minnesota Vikings who have given up the 11th most fantasy points to opposing running backs. Swift will not return the investment to fantasy managers that drafted him in the early rounds, but he can deliver in the clutch to help you win your fantasy championship.

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STREAMING DEFENSES: Week 14

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Pittsburgh plays host to the Baltimore Ravens in a divisional matchup this coming weekend where Lamar Jackson is set to miss the next week or two from a sprained PCL injury to his knee. This is great news for the Steelers defense as they will have a much easier time containing the Ravens without Jackson’s dynamic mobility.

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PODCAST: Week 13 – Bad Teams Cover Too

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John Lanfranca handicaps his favorite picks of the week including, Titans vs Eagles, Broncos vs Ravens, Seahawks vs Rams and Saints vs Bucs. Find your preferred platform below and click the link to listen! Apple Podcasts Spreaker Spotify iHeartRadio Google Podcasts Castbox Deezer Podcast ...

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THE PROGNOSTICATOR: Week 13

WR Deebo Samuel SF

Miami holds one Ace in this game which will be their laser-like precision through the air, but San Francisco holds the rest of the deck. The Ace in Miami's hand may be enough to win the hand but San Francisco can make a lot more winners on the turn and the river.

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THE DIVE: Week 13 – A Long December

QB Mike White New York Jets

White should encore his Week 12 performance when the New York Jets visit Minnesota, who has allowed the eighth-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks and have been struggling mightily defensively over the last two weeks. If your quarterback is on bye or not meeting expectations, try plugging in White this weekend as a QB3 with a high ceiling but also still a wildcard.

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STREAMING DEFENSES: Week 13

DE Chase Young WAS

Daniel Jones can get into trouble while under heavy duress, especially if the Giants can’t get Saquon Barkley going. This game should be a low-scoring affair with some sacks and turnovers being a possibility. These factors make for a strong case to use Washington as a streaming defense this week.

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DOUBLE-STACK: Week 13

WR Tee Higgins CIN

I’m not what you would call a “wise man.” Matter of fact, most people don’t consider me to be either of those two adjectives. But one thing you can’t say about me is that I’m afraid to put my money ...

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DIARY OF A FANTASY VIRGIN: Week 13

QB Tua Tagovailoa MIA

I just needed Tua Tagovailoa to play a complete game; then there was a 30-point barrage and he stopped playing in the third quarter. This means he stays healthy but his day stops with a lead at 20 overall points. How great would another two or three drives be? I will never know.

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TRAPS & TRENDS: Week 12

RB D'Andre Swift DET

Will Dameon Pierce bust out of his production slump? Will D’Andre Swift re-emerge as a fantasy asset in time for the playoffs? Can Mike White, Jordan Love and a running back nicknamed “Bam” help your team down the stretch? Senior ...

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PODCAST: Week 12 – AFC Deep Dive

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John Lanfranca breaks downs three key AFC matchups and gives a pick in each: Cincinnati at Tennessee Houston at Miami Baltimore at Jacksonville Find your preferred listening platform below and click the link to listen! Apple Podcasts Spreaker Spotify iHeartRadio ...

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STREAMING DEFENSES: Week 12

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Carolina has switched to Sam Darnold at quarterback, which is a positive for almost any defense he is facing with how much time he has had off. Darnold should be live for interceptions and sacks against the Broncos. Denver is a great streaming option at defense this week.

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RUNNING BACK RUNDOWN: Underperforming Players Examined

RB Kenneth Walker III and QB Geno Smith Seattle Seahawks

Walker is very exciting and can score from anywhere on the field, but he does need to show he can consistently earn tougher yards and not attempt to dance and dazzle his way out of traffic at times. Walker can only improve as a runner in the weeks ahead, and his six receptions in Week 9 was an encouraging sign.

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TRAPS & TRENDS: Week 11

RB David Montgomery CHI

Have the Tennessee Titans finally put together an effective passing attack? Is David Montgomery operating as a workhorse ball carrier again? Who are the two new starting tailbacks and will you find them on the waiver wire? Is it time ...

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DFS STACK ATTACK: Week 11

CB Terrance Mitchell Houston tackles TE Dawson Knox Buffalo

With so much salary spent on quarterback and wide receiver, budget options become necessary. Dawson Knox certainly fits the bill. His salary has been hammered down because of some quiet performances over the last few weeks. His fortunes in this offense however, can turn on a dime.

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DOUBLE-STACK: Week 11

QB Joe Burrow Cincinnati Bengals

At the end of the day though, I need a healthy Joe Burrow in order to remain a threat in my league. Getting Burrow out of this contest in good health is my Week 11’s biggest concern.

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DIARY OF A FANTASY VIRGIN: Week 11

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Even though winter is coming, the World Cup of Soccer is starting in November. World Cup battles bring out the craziest and epic football matches. The usual teams are favored and I will watch the United States team as always. I just never actually wrote about the World Cup during the middle of the NFL season.

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THINGS I THINK: Week 10

RB Jonathan Taylor Indianapolis Colts

Jonathan Taylor admittedly has issues of his own to overcome—the Colts can't pass the ball at all right now, and the offensive line has been awful. But if he can't get it done in Week 10, it's officially time to freak out.

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DIARY OF A FANTASY VIRGIN: Week 10

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The AFC is trying to find a dominant team. It appeared to be the Buffalo Bills and a bunch of second tier participants like the Kansas City Chiefs and the Baltimore Ravens. Now it has been blown wide open with more teams like the N.Y. Jets, Tennessee, and Miami throwing their hat into the ring.

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DFS STACK ATTACK: WEEK 9

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Jacksonville has holes all over the defensive side of the ball. Their secondary is below average and they struggle to pressure opposing quarterbacks. That sets up perfectly for a player like Derek Carr, who operates best with good pocket protection.

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DOUBLE-STACK: Week 9

QB Joe Burrow CIN

If you’re having girl problems, I feel bad for you son, I’ve got 99 problems and unfortunately for me, currently, the Cincinnati Bengals are the vast majority of them.

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THE PROGNOSTICATOR: Week 9

QB Davis Mills and WR Nico Collins Houston Texans

Brandin Cooks, who should play well... wait, scratch that, now Brandin Cooks will not play and sounds to be upset that he wasn't dealt at the deadline to a contender. Ugh, here we go again. Nico Collins too won't play so that leaves.. well.. nobody.

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THE DIVE: Week 9 – The Monster Mash

RB D'Onta Foreman Carolina Panthers

When Christian McCaffrey was traded to San Francisco a couple of weeks ago from Carolina, opportunity knocked for D’Onta Foreman. Over his last two games, he has totaled 263 yards, rushed for nearly 6 yards per carry, and scored three times.

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STREAMING DEFENSES: Week 9

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Atlanta hosts the Los Angeles Chargers this Sunday in an interesting matchup. The Chargers are coming back from the bye week, still railing from a multitude of injuries. Atlanta's defense is bad by the stats, but it has been fantasy viable. That is mostly from its ability to generate turnovers. Its pressure rate has improved in recent weeks as well, which bodes well against a weak Chargers offensive line.

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DIARY OF A FANTASY VIRGIN: Week 9

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Wow! It is accelerating. Can you feel it? It is Week 9 and my team is a hot mess. I want to say something profound but I cannot. I watched ... It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown ... and it was awesome! Welcome November.

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TRAPS & TRENDS: Week 8 Wrap Up

QB Zach Wilson NYJ

Is Justin Fields emerging as a fantasy asset? What about Zach Wilson? Should you try to trade Kyle Pitts? Is Taylor Heinicke a safe streaming option? Senior columnist Matt Wilson answers those questions and sifts through the Week 8 injury ...

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DFS STACK ATTACK: Week 8

WR Tyreek Hill Miami Dolphins

Detroit will be hosting Miami in a matchup that carries one of the highest point totals on the weekend. The best aspect of these teams from a DFS perspective is that their offenses are very concentrated amongst a few key players.

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DOUBLE STACK: Week 8

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Last week, Tee Higgins broke the plane of the end zone by what seemed like 40 feet as he dove in for a score. But these clowns still decided to make out with a Microsoft Surface for ten minutes just to be “sure”. Unless they were swiping right on Giselle’s newly established dating profile, what could they possibly be looking at that distracted them so?

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DIARY OF A FANTASY VIRGIN: Week 8

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Happy Halloween! My next article is on schedule for the day after. It is the longest lead up to Halloween wishes but that is how the calendar works some time. The first Halloween in a post Covid-19 world. I hope you get ...

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TRAPS, TRENDS & TOSS-UPS: Week 7

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Is it time to dump Aaron Rodgers? Have the Dallas Cowboys replaced a game manager named Cooper Rush with another game manager named Dak Prescott? Is it time to take rookie tight end Greg Dulcich more seriously? Senior columnist Matt ...

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FACT OR FICTION: Seven Facts To Ponder In Week 7

RB Najee Harris Pittsburgh Steelers

Najee Harris had his second touchdown catch of the season in Week 6. He has a touchdown in two of his past three road games. Harris has scored a touchdown in each of his six career games in prime time and has 100-plus scrimmage yards in two of his past three games in prime time.

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