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IDP WAIVER WIRE: Week 7

TE Dallas Goedert PHI

Vander Esch had a very Leighton Vander Esch beginning to the 2020 season, breaking his collarbone in the season opener against the Los Angeles Rams. However, the third-year pro was activated from injured reserve prior to Monday's game against the Arizona Cardinals, and he said afterward that it felt good to get back in action.

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IDP STUDS AND DUDS: Week 6 IDP Start/Sit

LB Bobby Okereke IND & WR Odell Beckham CLE

Okereke did more than just play—he shined last week, racking up 10 total tackles and intercepting a pass. Leonard is on track to sit again this week when the Colts host the Cincinnati Bengals, which means a full-time role for Okereke in a top-five IDP matchup.

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IDP WAIVER WIRE: Week 6

LB Bobby Okereke IND & WR Odell Beckham CLE

Okereke is more than just a temporary fill-in—even before Leonard got hurt Okereke had taken over for Walker as the second linebacker in Indy next to Leonard. Sunday marked Okereke's second straight game with at least eight stops.

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IDP STUDS AND DUDS: Week 5 IDP Start/Sit

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The Eagles are a hot mess up front—Philly will most likely be starting reserves at both tackles, and the team has already surrendered 14 sacks this season. Most importantly, no team in the NFL has surrendered more fantasy points to defensive linemen. Queue Cameron Heyward.

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IDP WAIVER WIRE: Week 5

LB Josey Jewell DEN & RB James Conner PIT

Through four games, Jewell is pacing Denver with 30 total tackles, and last week against the New York Jets the former Iowa standout became the second Denver linebacker since 1994 to record double-digit tackles and two sacks in the same game.

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IDP STUDS AND DUDS: Week 4 IDP Start/Sit

DE Josh Allen JAC

If ever there was a week for Josh Allen and the Jaguars to get things going, it's Sunday against the Bengals. Through three games, Cincinnati leads the league in fantasy points allowed to defensive linemen and the Bengals have given up a league-leading 14 sacks so far this year.

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IDP WAIVER WIRE: Week 4

DE Montez Sweat WAS

Montez Sweat finished the loss to Cleveland with four total tackles and a sack — the second time in three games that the 2019 first-round pick has gotten to the quarterback. Young’s groin injury isn’t believed to be serious, but that could be a good thing for Sweat’s long-term prospects.

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IDP STUDS AND DUDS: Week 3 IDP Start/Sit

LB Kwon Alexander SF tackles QB Patrick Mahomes KC

Kwon Alexander appears to have fully recovered from last year's injury, racking up 15 total tackles over the first two weeks of the season. Saquon Barkley's ACL tear muddies this matchup somewhat, but regardless of who's at tailback, the Giants are going to try to run the ball in what could be an ugly game.

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IDP WAIVER WIRE: Week 3

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Akiem Hicks, who played in just five games last year, recorded three tackles and a sack against the Giants — the second time in as many weeks that he’s gotten to the quarterback. The 30-year-old appears to be fully recovered from last year’s injury, and that re-establishes him as a high-floor IDP DL2.

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IDP WAIVER WIRE: Week 2

LB Jon Bostic WAS

That Washington defense certainly did surprise some people in Week 1, piling up eight sacks and spurring Washington to an upset win. Jon Bostic tallied one of those sacks while leading the team with eight tackles.

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IDP STUDS AND DUDS: Week 1 IDP Start/Sit

LB BJ Goodson NYG

Frankly, Goodson is an average talent who has struggled to stay healthy, and it may only be a matter of time before he either loses sub-package snaps or gets hurt. But until that day comes Goodson is a good bet to lead the Browns in tackles—starting this week in a top-five IDP matchup with the Ravens in Baltimore.

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IDP: Players To Target – Value Picks in 2020

QB Russell Wilson SEA & DE Sam Hubbard CIN

Sam Hubbard’s 2019 production landed him sixth among all defensive linemen in Fantasy Sharks Default IDP Scoring, but he’s regularly coming off the board outside the Top-15 at the position. If you grab an elite defensive lineman and pair him with Hubbard, you’re going to have a formidable front in 2020.

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IDP RANKINGS: 2020 Rookie Class

DE Chase Young WAS

The 2020 NFL Draft has come and gone. It was an odd affair hosted from Roger Goodell’s basement that contained a number of puzzling picks and moments — chief among them whatever the heck was going on at Tennessee Titans ...

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IDP PLAYOFF RANKINGS: Conference Championship Games

LB Blake Martinez GBP

In order to help you in the final quest for a fantasy championship (and a few laughs), 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 STUDS AND DUDS: Week 17 IDP Start/Sit

LB Austin Calitro and RB Josh Jacobs

The cold, hard reality is that the Jaguars current three-down starters at linebacker (Calitro and Donald Payne) are liabilities from an NFL perspective—the Jags are giving up 500-plus yards of offense with regularity. But the pair is cleaning up on the stat sheet, and that's all that really matters to IDP owners.

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IDP WAIVER WIRE: Week 16

LB Sean Lee DAL

Lee actually missed practice all of last week but played through the injury, notching four tackles, a sack and an interception in a huge win over the Rams. It will be all hands on deck Sunday in Philadelphia in a must-win game..

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THE LOWDOWN: Week 15

TE Noah Fant DEN

Last week I took a huge gamble and stacked Drew Lock and Noah Fant in one of my leagues-- and it paid off nicely. Lock has come out of the gate strong, and certainly gives hope to Broncos' fans heading into 2020...

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IDP STUDS AND DUDS: Week 15 IDP Start/Sit

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

K.J. Wright is right back in the same spot he's held for much of his professional career—a high-end fantasy LB3 with LB2 upside. The 30-year-old should lean toward the latter Sunday against the Panthers, who lead the league in fantasy points surrendered to linebackers.

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IDP WAIVER WIRE: Week 15

RB Nyheim Hines IND

For the second straight game, Donald Payne hit double-digits in tackles, piling up 16 total stops. Getting that kind of production off the waiver wire this late in the season can be both a bacon-saver and a game-changer.

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