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IDP BARGAIN BIN: Late-Round Linebacker Values

LB Preston Brown CIN

Preston Brown isn’t being drafted like a three-down middle linebacker for a bad Cincinnati team whose defense could be on the field a ton in 2019. Or like a player who racked up four straight 100-tackle seasons while with Buffalo — including 144 total stops two years ago.

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FANTASY FORECAST: Consistency 2019

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One of the most difficult tasks in head-to-head fantasy leagues is trying to determine who the “hot” and “cold” players will be in any given week. You can’t use historical or seasonal averages because, well … by their very definition, ...

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IDP: THE 2019 FANTASY SHARKS ALL-VALUE ALL-STARS

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Trey Flowers is also an excellent edge-setter, as evidenced by his 119 total tackles over the last two seasons. Flowers has finished inside the Top 20 defensive linemen each of the past two seasons. If he can goose that sack total a bit a move just inside the Top 10 is by no means out of the question.

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FANTASY FORECAST: The Curse of 325

Taylon Smith DAL tackles Saquon Barkley NYG

Every year, readers will point out how this season will be different, that their favorite runner will buck the odds … and every season, the math holds up. Don’t be unnecessarily reckless; if you’re at the top of your draft, convince some other suckers to grab Saquon Barkley or Christian McCaffrey.

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DRAFT DAY: Team Defenses

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Buffalo is a great team defense to start the year with and you should have little trouble taking them very late in your draft. They start the season with a set of very favorable matchups (at New York Jets, at New York Giants, vs. Cincinnati).

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BEST-BALL: Two Perfect Player Stacks

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With the recent emergence of best-ball popularity among fantasy professionals and more casual players, everyone needs differentiation between players good for regular leagues and those who will win best-ball leagues. With best-ball leagues starting on Yahoo! for the first time ...

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BREAKOUT PLAYERS: Part 7 – AFC WEST

RB Damien Williams KC

Many thought that after the stunning news of RB Kareem Hunt’s release from the Kansas City Chiefs last season that the team would struggle to find another RB to replace his awesome production. Right about that same time Head Coach Andy Reid told those doubters, “hold my beer.”

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DRAFT DAY: Tips & Tricks

Fantasy Football Draft

There are a few simple practices that you can follow to kick-start your team for the season. You won’t win your fantasy season with just a good draft, but it sure helps to start the season ahead of the competition in your league.

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DRAFT DAY: Players to Avoid Rounds 1-3

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Thielen is a great story, but he is being drafted way too high in fantasy leagues. With an ADP of 3.09 he is going higher than some premium wideouts that will outperform him such as Amari Cooper (3.10), Stefon Diggs (4.05) and Julian Edelman (4.08).

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FANTASY IMPACT: The Affect Of Player Movement

RB James Conner PIT

The Steelers already had to cover for the absence of Le’Veon Bell last year and knew he would not be an option for 2019. That leaves James Conner as the starter that rolled up nearly 1,500 yards and 13 touchdowns last year. But, Jaylen Samuels was also effective filling in for three games when Conner was injured.

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BREAKOUT PLAYERS: Part 5 – AFC NORTH

QB Baker Mayfield CLE

In Part 5 of my 8-part series into fantasy football's breakout stars for 2019, we move on from the NFC conference and dive straight into the state of the AFC. We will start our journey with one the roughest divisions in all of football; the daunting AFC North.

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D-FENCE: Defensive Streamers

LB Duke Riley ATL

Your team defense scheme can be like wearing plaid jerseys. Feel free to put on mash-ups of multi-checkered tops to shore up your injury or bye-week deprived roster. These fill-in squads can make great last-minute wardrobe fixes when your best outfit is in the lineup wash.

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QUARTERBACKS: Late Round Bargain Shopping

QB Josh Allen BUF

The Bills have improved the number and quality of weapons for Allen this offseason by adding wide receivers John Brown and Cole Beasley along with running back T.J. Yeldon. Beasley should act as a target-machine for Allen with John Brown being a reliable deep-ball threat. Yeldon’s pass catching skills make him a great third down target too.

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TIGHT END: Getting The Most Bang For Your Buck

Tight End Hunter Henry San Diego Chargers

Now fully taking over for future Hall of Famer Antonio Gates, Hunter Henry will have a lot of opportunities to make big catches on a team that values and utilizes it's TE to the fullest. And you don't have to burn an early pick on him, as he is currently being drafted at the end of the 5th round.

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DRAFT DAY: Late Round Gambles

QB Kirk Cousins MIN

Stock up on receivers, running backs, and tight ends early and then move on to quarterback... If Kirk Cousins falls to the 10th or 11th rounds he will be a bargain. He has great receivers and has had the extra time build a rapport with them.

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DRAFT STRATEGIES: Zero-RB Candidates

RB James White NE

With the departure of Gronk and his 72 targets from last year, James White is going to see some of those out of the backfield and a top-ten finish among running backs is not out of the question. Currently he has an ADP of 7.04 which is a steal at that price, for a back that could catch 100 passes this season.

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