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2019 IDP DRAFT PREVIEW: Devin Bush – LB, Michigan

QB Peyton Ramsey & LB Devin Bush

In today's NFL, the linebacker position is all about range—the ability to go sideline-to-sideline and hold your own in coverage against tailbacks and tight ends. After lighting up the NFL Scouting Combine with an outstanding workout, Michigan's Devin Bush appears have a skill-set tailor-made for just that kind of defensive role.

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IDP PLAYOFF RANKINGS: Conference Championship Games

LB Cory Littleton LA Rams

In order to help you in one final quest for a fantasy championship, I’ll be publishing individual defensive player (IDP) rankings each week during the NFL playoffs here at Fantasy Sharks. These rankings assume a league format where teams start two defensive linemen, two linebackers, two defensive backs and a “flex” spot or two.

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IDP PLAYOFF RANKINGS: Divisional Round

LB Darius Leonard tackles RB Joe Mixon

In order to help you in one final quest for a fantasy championship, I’ll be publishing IDP rankings each week during the NFL playoffs here at Fantasy Sharks. These rankings assume a league format where teams start two defensive linemen, two linebackers, two defensive backs and a “flex” spot or two.

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IDP PLAYOFF RANKINGS: Wild Card Round

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The NFL’s second season is almost here. For the 12 teams about to embark on the journey to Atlanta and Super Bowl LIII, the arrival of the playoffs are just swell. For the 20 teams that didn’t make the postseason though, it kinda sucks. Just ask Pittsburgh.

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LOOKING FOR AN IDP FANTASY PLAYOFF LEAGUE?

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It’s a depressing, conflicting time of year for fantasy football fanatics. Even as they are celebrating a fantasy championship and gearing up for the NFL playoffs, folks are feeling a tinge of sadness. Season-long fantasy leagues have concluded. We’ve moved ...

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THE LOWDOWN: Week 16

QB Andrew Luck IND

I'm liking Andrew Luck this week in a must-win situation against the Giants... Jared Goff needs to regain some of his swagger, and quick; the Arizona defense may allow him that opportunity.

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IDP WAIVER WIRE: Week 16

LB Nick Vigil CIN

Nick Vigil’s five solos last week against Oakland represented his best effort since returning —which could indicate he’s nearing 100 percent ahead of a Top 10 matchup with Cleveland.

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THE LOWDOWN: Week 15

RB Dalvin Cook MIN

While Dalvin Cook hasn't been running the ball all that well since his return from injury, he's been a decent RB2/Flex play over the last three games. The Vikings' RB has average 88 scrimmage yards, five catches and 0.67 TDs per game in that span, good for an average 18.2 PPG...

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NEW AGE RANKINGS: Week 15

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Matt Ryan has been having a really solid season thus far without as much hype as guys like Drew Brees and Patrick Mahomes, but he's one of three QBs with 4,000+ yards so far (along with Mahomes and Roethlisberger) and his 28 TDs are tied for sixth in the league.

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IDP WAIVER WIRE: Week 15

LB Anthony Walker IND sacks QB Marcus Mariota TEN

It’s gotten lost in the greatness that has been Darius Leonard’s incredible rookie season, but Anthony Walker hasn’t exactly been cat food — he’s just three stops this side of 100 tackles and has at least nine stops in four his past five games.

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THE LOWDOWN: Week 14

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger Pittsburgh Steelers

Oakland has given up the greatest number of fantasy points to opposing tight ends, so this might be one of those weeks where Ben Roethlisberger looks for Vance McDonald a bit more than usual.

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IDP STUDS AND DUDS: Week 14 IDP Start/Sit

LB Darron Lee NYJ

Darron Lee has been an inconsistent IDP option this year, and the fact that less than half of his tackles in Week 10 were solos may give some IDP owners pause. This one’s in Buffalo against a team that leads the NFL in fantasy points allowed to linebackers, in from of arguably the most generous stat crew in the league.

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IDP WAIVER WIRE: Week 14

LB Gerald Hodges ARI

Gerald Hodges has now tallied double-digit tackles in two straight games as the new MIKE (middle inside) linebacker for Arizona. There’s little reason to think he can’t make it three big stat lines in a row on Sunday.

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THE LOWDOWN: Week 13

QB Andrew Luck IND

Andrew Luck kept his impressive streak of tossing at least three TDs in a game going last week. The streak now stands at eight games, during which Luck has tallied 27 TDs against just eight INTs...

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IDP STUDS AND DUDS: Week 13 IDP Start/Sit

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Last week, Jurrell Casey kicked off an outstanding string of late-season matchups with five tackles and a sack against Houston. That string keeps rolling right along this week against a Jets team that has allowed 26 sacks and the fourth-most fantasy points to defensive linemen this season.

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IDP WAIVER WIRE: Week 13

S T.J. McDonald MIA

McDonald has risen to 16th among defensive backs in Fantasy Sharks Default IDP Scoring. This marks the third time (at least) that McDonald’s been featured in this column this year, but the 27-year-old remains available in a surprising number of leagues.

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THE LOWDOWN: Week 12

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I've always liked Tevin Coleman's skills, and he's certainly played adequately since running mate Devonta Freeman-- but I'm a bit disappointed that he hasn't taken his production to the next level.

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NEW AGE RANKINGS: Week 12

QB Andrew Luck IND

Lost among all the fabulous QB play this season has been Andrew Luck's comeback season. After having missed all of last season to injury, Luck has done away with lingering concerns that he'd regain his old form.

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IDP WAIVER WIRE: Week 12

LB Reuben Foster SFO

After missing the last two games with a bad hamstring, Reuben Foster got the gate in some IDP leagues during San Francisco’s bye week. However, that same team is back at it again in Week 12 against a Tampa Bay team that has been a Top 5 IDP matchup for linebackers most of this season.

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THE LOWDOWN: Week 11

RB Dalvin Cook MIN

I'm looking forward to seeing how the Vikings make use of Dalvin Cook. Coming off a bye, the Vikings' coaching staff stated this week that they had no concerns about Cook participating in full practices-- great news for fantasy owners...

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NEW AGE RANKINGS: Week 11

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I’m sure 95 percent of the owners out there figured that Jack Doyle would’ve been the tight end to have in Indianapolis, but the team forgot it wasn’t Andrew Luck who had the chemistry with Doyle – it was Jacoby Brissett.

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IDP WAIVER WIRE: Week 11

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Jatavis Brown’s been highly productive with an increased workload over the past couple of games, logging 11 total tackles in each of the Chargers’ last two contests. Against Oakland in Week 10, Brown did something that’s been a rarity for Chargers linebackers this year — play 100 percent of the team’s defensive snaps.

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THE LOWDOWN: Week 10

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Welcome to The Lowdown for Week  10. This is my little corner of the fantasy football universe — feel free to pull up a chair and stay a while! For Whom the Bell Tolls Following the Steelers’ big win over ...

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NEW AGE RANKINGS: Week 10

RB James White NE

There are a few people I know who still view James White as a third-down back; those people are idiots. White has piled up 766 rushing and receiving yards, combined with 61 receptions and 10 total TDs... that's some pretty good, RB1 type of production.

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