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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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CORNERING THE MARKET: Week 10 Streaming Options for IDP Leagues

RB Saquon Barkley NYG & CB Chidobe Awuzie DAL

Before getting hurt, Awuzie was both one of the most targeted cornerbacks in the NFL and a productive IDP option as a result. The second-year pro was back in a full-time role last week against Tennessee, tallying seven total tackles and six solos. With a plus matchup looming with Philadelphia on Sunday night, Awuzie should keep the good times rolling in Week 10.

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IDP STUDS AND DUDS: Week 10 IDP Start/Sit

LB Mark Barron LAR / RB Corey Clement PHI

The numbers to note for IDP owners from the New Orleans game are six and 62. Barron amassed six solos (and seven total tackles) a week ago — a season-best for solo stops. He also was on the field for 62-of-71 defensive snaps, his highest percentage of the season.

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IDP WAIVER WIRE: Week 10

QB Kirk Cousins MIN & DE Markus Golden

This week’s matchup with Kansas City isn’t an especially good one — quite the opposite, in fact. But Markus Golden’s got legitimate DL2 upside the rest of the way, and finding that sort of ceiling on the defensive line this late in the game isn’t easy to do.

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THE LOWDOWN: Week 9

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Let's admit it: Fitzpatrick should've never have been benched for Jameis Winston... Fitzpatrick figures to be one of the better performing field generals this week, but one of the few guys who is a stronger play this week is Cam Newton.

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NEW AGE RANKINGS: Week 9

RB Marlon Mack IND

He missed a couple of games due to injury, but Colts RB Marlon Mack currently shakes out as a RB1 according to the NAR, ahead of guys like Adrian Peterson, David Johnson and Phillip Lindsay. Mack has been good enough to reign in the number of throws that Andrew Luck has to attempt every game.

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IDP STUDS AND DUDS: Week 9 IDP Start/Sit

LB Denzel Perryman LAC

Denzel Perryman was on the field for 82 percent of the Chargers defensive snaps against the Titans—the third-time in four games the fourth-year pro topped 75 percent usage. Against a run-heavy Seahawks team Perryman should see that much playing time or more.

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IDP WAIVER WIRE: Week 9

LB K.J. Wright SEA & RB Ezekiel Elliott DAL

K.J. Wright, who had his knee scoped in the preseason, made his 2018 debut in last week’s win in Detroit, logging five solos and adding a pass defensed. That stat line isn’t going to win any IDP owners their week single-handedly, but the 29-year-old has an extensive track record of producing as an upside LB3 or more. He’s a priority pickup in any league where he’s available..

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NEW AGE RANKINGS: Week 8

RB Kareem Hunt, Kansas City Chiefs

Kareem Hunt is starting to ball the last couple of weeks: as a matter of fact, he’s moved up five spots – from #11 to #6 – in just one week. If you’re playing Kansas City, I’m sure every team looks to take away the pass and risk having Hunt beat them ... which means Hunt should be seeing a lot of open space on Sundays for the remainder of the season.

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IDP STUDS AND DUDS: Week 8 IDP Start/Sit

LB Jarrad Davis DET

Jarrad Davis has been known to have the occasional huge game to this point in his career, but consistency has been a major issue. He’s also nursing a calf injury that caused him to miss practice earlier in the week. But Davis was back on the practice field Thursday and draws a Seattle team in Week 8 that’s been giving up a ton of fantasy points to linebackers this season.

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IDP WAIVER WIRE: Week 8

RB Dalvin Cook MIN and LB Adarius Taylor TB

If there was one thing we most assuredly did not need in Individual Defensive Player (IDP) leagues this season, it was more injuries at the linebacker position. So of course, that’s exactly what we got in Week 7.

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THE LOWDOWN: Week 7

John_Georgopoulos

The deal this week that sent Carlos Hyde from Cleveland to Jacksonville took me a bit by surprise, although it makes sense. By making the trade, Jacksonville is basically admitting a couple of things: (a) Leonard Fournette won’t be back any time soon, (b) T.J. Yeldon can’t shoulder the load by himself, (c) handing Blake Bortles an extension was a mistake.

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NEW AGE RANKINGS: Week 7

RB Sony Michel NEP

Keep an eye on first-rounder Sony Michel. In the last three games, Michel has rolled up 316 rushing yards and punched in four touchdowns. While backfield mate James White is nine spots ahead of him, I have a feeling that Michel’s role will continue to increase as the season wears on ...

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IDP STUDS AND DUDS: Week 7 IDP Start/Sit

DE Yannick Ngakoue JAC

Ngakoue certainly has a knack for knocking the rock away from quarterbacks. Of the third-year pro's first 21 sacks, nearly half (10) resulted in forced fumbles as well. Ngakoue has a great shot at following up last week's two-sack effort with another takedown at home Sunday—the Texans are second in the NFL in sacks allowed (25) and have surrendered the most fantasy points to defensive linemen so far this season.

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IDP WAIVER WIRE: Week 7

LB Preston Brown CIN

With Vigil out, Preston Brown will likely be counted on to play every down moving forward. Add in that Vontaze Burfict could possibly be looking at yet another suspension after cheap-shotting Antonio Brown Sunday, and there’s a chance Brown could see a boatload of tackle opportunities.

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IDP STUDS AND DUDS: Week 6 IDP Start/Sit

LB Tahir Whitehead OAK

Week 6 sets up well for an even better stat line from Whitehead—quite possibly his best of the season. The Raiders face a Seahawks team in London that is leaning heavily on the run game in recent weeks. Not only are the Seahawks presently leading the NFL in fantasy points allowed to linebackers, but Seattle has climbed to fifth in the NFL in rush attempts on the season.

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IDP WAIVER WIRE: Week 6

LB Mark Barron LAR / RB Corey Clement PHI

It seems like only yesterday that we were talking draft strategy and getting ready to select our Individual Defensive Player (IDP) squads for the upcoming season. And yet here we are — six weeks in and almost halfway through the ...

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THE LOWDOWN: Week 5

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Carson Wentz is playing himself back into Top 10 levels, and since the Vikings seem to have forgotten how to play defense, there's good reason to have him in the top spot this week...

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NEW AGE RANKINGS: Week 5

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Zach Ertz is looking like he’s the best tight end in the NFL right now; while he’s second in points per reception (PPR) scoring, he’s much more consistent than Travis Kelce, Jared Cook and George Kittle ...

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