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RISERS/FALLERS: Week 3

QB Lamar Jackson BAL

Who is currently playing the best football in fantasy? Just two games in, Lamar Jackson and Patrick Mahomes are arguably the top two. Out-gunning Mahomes could see Jackson become the new king of the mountain.

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LIKE/DISLIKE: Week 3

RB Austin Ekeler LAC

Ekeler is crushing it in the absence of Melvin Gordon, in fact at this point, the Chargers are probably happy he is not reporting. Ekeler and Jackson have a nice rotation going so far, that seems to be matchup proof to start the season.

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FIRE & ICE: Week 3

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Don’t get me wrong, T.Y. Hilton has been more than serviceable in his first two weeks this year logging touchdowns in each game, but he hasn’t had that signature big play we’ve become accustomed to seeing from him; failing to go over 100-yards receiving in either of the first two weeks.

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5 UP/5 DOWN: Week 2

LB Darius Leonard tackles RB Joe Mixon

Through two weeks, Mixon has 17 carries for just 27 yards, and only five receptions for 17 yards, and has yet to reach the end zone. Cincinnati has road games against Buffalo and Pittsburgh coming up before returning home to host Arizona. If Mixon’s numbers don’t dramatically improve by then, you’ll want to see if you can find a trade partner.

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OFFENSE: Takeaways – Week 2

RB Marlon Mack IND

Marlon Mack is leading the NFL in rushing attempts so far with 45.. Dalvin Cook is the next best with 41 attempts for 265 yards. Le’Veon Bell, Sony Michel and Ezekiel Elliott round out the Top-5 for rushing attempts with 36 each.

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WAIVER WIRE WONDERS: Week 3

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We mentioned Dalton in this space last week as a solid pickup, and this week with the issues at quarterback around the league, he gets a promotion into our top category. Even though Cincinnati struggled in most of this past weeks game, Dalton still ended up with 311 yards of passing offense while throwing two touchdowns.

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STREAMING DEFENSES: Week 3

LB Wesley Woodyard TEN

Thursday night games tend to be much lower scoring than weekend match ups. Add in a rookie quarterback with a limited offense, and the Titans have a recipe for fantasy success. Gardner Minshew fumbled several times in his last appearance and the shaky play should continue in this divisional match up.

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IDP WAIVER WIRE: Week 3

RB David Johnson tackled by DB Tracy Walker DET

Usually, I’m not the type to beat the drum for deep safeties, and I will freely admit to a measure of skepticism after Tracy Walker kicked off the year with nine solos and an interception against Arizona. But Walker followed that effort up with seven solos and three assists against the Chargers, and no safety has more fantasy points than the 24-year-old.

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ON SECOND THOUGHT: Week 3

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Week 3 can't get here quick enough. Week 2 is known for big injuries, so it should not be a surprise that many of us need some waiver wire help this week. On Second Thought is here to provide that help.

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TEAM DEFENSE: Takeaways after Week 2

LB Kyle Van Noy NEP

The landscape for defensive rankings so far have proven to be a far cry from last year. Eventually, the expected teams such as Jacksonville and Philadelphia will progress towards their normal means instead of being below average as they have ...

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GRAB BAG: Week 3

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The real reason you want to add Mr. Witten to your roster is the Week 3 matchup with the tanking Dolphins. If you're in the more than 80% of leagues where he is available and you're still scrambling from the loss of Hunter Henry or the goose egg from O.J. Howard, #82 is your Week 3 safety net.

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SHOW ME WHERE IT HURTS: Week 2 Injury Fallout

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We’ll have to wait for Brees to meet with that hand specialist before we’ll know the extent of the injury, but his inability to return to the game certainly casts doubt on his future availability. If Brees is sidelined for any amount of time, then sixth-year quarterback Teddy Bridgewater will be under center.

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THE PROGNOSTICATOR: Week 2

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Atlanta is at home and an underdog? Say what now? If you want to overreact to Week 1 then sure, that makes sense, but if you understand that Atlanta has one of the very best passing attacks in the league and will be able to throw all over their stadium for chunks of yardage, then you know how silly that line is.

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LIKE/DISLIKE: Week 2

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger Pittsburgh Steelers

Roethlisberger had a rough Week 1, finishing with 276 yards with no touchdowns and an interception.. It’s no secret that Roethlisberger is better at home than on the road as he has 64 more touchdowns and 17 fewer interceptions in his career at home versus on the road. Look for a bounce-back game..

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RISERS & FALLERS: Week 2

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With the newest set back to Derrius Guice and last week's healthy scratch status of Adrian Peterson, Thompson looks like the only back with a cemented status for Washington's offense. His 7 catches for 68 yards shows that he is back for at least flex purposes.

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RED ZONE: Target Analysis Week 1

RB Damien Williams KC

Week 1 is in the books and there are plenty of things to discuss after opening kickoff weekend. There is always a lot of buildup heading into the first week. Everyone is anxious to see if their offseason work and ...

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2019 FANTASY STOCK EXCHANGE: Week 2

RB Marlon Mack IND

In a fantasy football league, the most valuable asset is the team owner’s ability to know when to buy players who are on the cusp of breaking out and knowing when to cut loose a player who is about to go into decline. Much like the real world stock market, making the wrong decisions sometime can lead to cataclysmic consequences.

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WAIVER WIRE WONDERS: Week 2

TE T.J. Hockenson DET

Opening weekend is in the books, and much like many teams in the NFL (looking at you Pittsburgh and Cleveland), many of you out there may be in need of some reinforcements. While it is not time to give up on your studs that mailed it in during week one, take a hard look at the bottom of your roster and build depth NOW.

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STREAMING DEFENSES: Week 2

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Still listed at only 50% rostered in ESPN leagues, Baltimore is the top option if available on waivers. They are favored by nearly two touchdowns in their home opener. Rookie Kyler Murray is coming to town behind a bad offensive line and pass heavy scheme. Multiple sacks and turnovers are on the table for this defensive unit.

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IDP WAIVER WIRE: Week 2

QB Russell Wilson SEA & DE Sam Hubbard CIN

Sam Hubbard went absolutely bananas in Cincy's surprisingly close loss, exploding for 10 solos (six solo) and two sacks. I beat the drum much of the summer for the former Ohio State standout, confident that if more snaps were there in 2019 more stats would be as well. Hubbard was on the field for 81 percent of the Bengals defensive plays in Week 1.

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ON SECOND THOUGHT: Week 2

WR John Ross CIN & Tedric Thompson SEA

Week 1 of regular season is always crazy, and it will definitely mess with your mind and roster if you let it. It's enough to make you question yourself about everything you studied in the preseason.

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5 UP/5 DOWN: Week 2

WR Sammy Watkins KC

It's not clear yet how much or even if Hill will miss any significant time with this injury, but even if he doesn't, it's pretty clear that the Chiefs intend to get the ball to Watkins early and often. He's no doubt rostered in your league, so to get him, you're going to have to give up something good to get him...but do it.

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GRAB BAG: Week 2

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Did you lose a player or two to injury this week and you’re trying to find a suitable replacement? Are you trying to improve the bottom of your roster and you’re not sure who to turn to? Have no fear! ...

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TRAPS & TRENDS: Week 2 Edition

QB Lamar Jackson BAL

Did the studs on your fantasy teams stink up the joint in Week 1? If that’s the case, you’re probably dealing with a case of the “Week 1 Freakouts.”  Take a deep breath and relax. Senior FantasySharks.com writer Matt Wilson ...

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SHOW ME WHERE IT HURTS: Week 1 Injury Fallout

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Tyreek Hill suffered the injury when he was tackled by cornerback Jalen Ramsey, and he was taken to the hospital for treatment soon after. Kansas City’s chief athletic trainer stated that Hill injured a sternoclavicular joint (where the collarbone meets the sternum), and ESPN’s Adam Schefter later reported that Hill does not need surgery but will miss a few weeks.

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RED LIGHT, GREEN LIGHT: Week 1

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Despite only reporting to the Cowboys earlier this week in the wake of signing a $90 million mega-extension, Elliott appears on track to be active. The stud running back may not see his usual diet of 20-25 touches if the Cowboys decide to ease him in after missing all of training camp and the preseason.

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VIP GAME CAPSULES: Week 1

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Cooper Kupp returns healthy from ACL surgery, and Todd Gurley – if you believe the Rams – is supposedly all systems go. We should once again see the version of the Los Angeles offense that outscored all teams except the Kansas City Chiefs this past season.

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RED-ZONE: A Final Look at 2018

RB James White NE

Red Zone statistics can be a valuable tool if used correctly.  Obviously, the teams with better offenses will have more opportunities and we can use this data to exploit certain match-ups or identify players that could be overlooked while looking ...

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STREAMING DEFENSES: Week 1

LB Darron Lee NYJ

The Jets made some good moves to upgrade their defense this offseason. They drafted a pair of talented defensive linemen, and signed veteran linebacker C.J. Mosley to sure up their run support. This should allow star safety Jamal Adams more freedom in the secondary. Opening up at home against divisional rival Buffalo sets up nicely for this defensive unit.

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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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WAIVER WIRE WONDERS: All-2018 Team

RB Phillip Lindsay DEN

One of the bigger surprises this year, and the top “Waiver Wire Wonder” of the season, is Phillip Lindsay. Denver is a team that over the years has produced some unlikely fantasy gold at the running back position, and I know many owners in leagues that I play in make it a point to make sure several Denver backs are selected on draft day.

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RED LIGHT, GREEN LIGHT: Week 17

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Welcome back for the Week 17 edition of “Red Light, Green Light”, your matchup guide for all of this weekend’s NFL contests. While this piece is not intended to be solely a start/bench list, it can be used for some ...

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ON SECOND THOUGHT: Week 17

QB Josh Allen BUF

Josh Allen would make a great Week 17 fill-in if you have a need at quarterback. Allen is available in 62 percent of leagues and this next week, Allen and Buffalo go up against Miami. The offense will be able to move the ball a little better than last week.

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WAIVER WIRE WONDERS: Week 17

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Woe to have been the Todd Gurley owner who tried to do the right thing by grabbing his backup Malcolm Brown in case something happened, only to see him get injured in practice and the Rams not bother to replace him.

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VIP EARLY GRAB BAG: Week 17

RB Jamaal Williams GBP

Since taking over the lead running back duties in place of the injured Aaron Jones, Jamaal Williams has played exceptionally well and has become a highly relevant fantasy running back in the process. Williams toted the rock 15 times in yesterday’s game against New York and accumulated 95 rushing yards and a touchdown in the process.

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