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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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RED LIGHT, GREEN LIGHT: Week 15

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Welcome back for the Week 15 edition of “Red Light, Green Light”, your matchup guide for all of this weekend’s (and Monday’s) NFL contests. While this piece is not intended to be solely a start/bench list, it can be used ...

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GRINDERS & GAMBLES: Week 15

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“Grinders and Gambles” is duct tape for teams in need of help. This list is for deeper leagues or for those in shallower leagues who are picking up players in free agency after waivers have run. Grinders are the guys ...

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WAIVER WIRE WONDERS: Week 15

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Another country heard from! For the second week in a row, he hauled in four passes but this week in Buffalo one of those went for a touchdown. The Jets are going to be passing the ball in each of their remaining games, so look for Anderson to be making more fantasy noise down the stretch.

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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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RED LIGHT, GREEN LIGHT: Week 14

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Welcome back for the Week 14 edition of “Red Light, Green Light”, your matchup guide for all of this weekend’s (and Monday’s) NFL contests. While this piece is not intended to be solely a start/bench list, it can be used ...

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RED ZONE TARGET ANALYSIS: Week 14

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Bill Parcells would say that “water always returns to its level“ whenever a player got off to a hot or slow start to the year. This is the case for Doug Baldwin. Over the last few weeks he has started to trend closer to what we expected from him at the beginning of the season.

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WAIVER WIRE WONDERS: Week 14

RB Jeffery Wilson SF

With nothing to lose, San Francisco has been throwing caution in the wind. For the second week in a row, Jeff Wilson has not only been active, but has been a key component of the game plan, getting several touches on the field.

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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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DIARY OF A FANTASY VIRGIN: Week 14

RB Phillip Lindsay DEN

On the last week of our fantasy football season, RB Phillip Lindsay, RB James Conner, and QB Deshaun Watson went for a combined 70 points. Only Phillip Lindsay went for a 28 burger but that was enough. I have been winning by getting 90 points from my Top 3 players and coasting in.

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ON SECOND THOUGHT: Week 14

QB Josh Allen BUF

At first it seems odd suggesting a Buffalo quarterback, but have you seen his stats lately? Allen is available in 96 percent of leagues and just came off a great game against Miami where he threw for 231 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 135 yards.

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VIP EARLY GRAB BAG: Week 14

WR Courtland Sutton WR

Courtland Sutton is still an unreliable option to plug into your starting lineup, but he holds high-end WR3 value if he can continue to see upwards of 7+ targets per game. For now, though, consider him a low-end WR3/borderline Flex play in 12-team leagues.

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SHOW ME WHERE IT HURTS: Week 13 Injury Fallout

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Olsen left Sunday’s game against the Buccaneers with a right foot injury in the second quarter. He limped off the field before being carted to the locker room, and he did not return to the game. After the game, Olsen indicated that he ruptured the plantar fascia in his foot.

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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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RED LIGHT, GREEN LIGHT: Week 13

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Welcome back for the Week 13 edition of “Red Light, Green Light”, your matchup guide for all of this weekend’s (and Monday’s) NFL contests. While this piece is not intended to be solely a start/bench list, it can be used ...

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RED ZONE TARGET ANALYSIS: Week 13

WR Josh Reynolds LAR

Josh Reynolds leads the league in red zone targets over the last three weeks. He has averaged three opportunities and a touchdown per week. He took over for Cooper Kupp when Kupp went on Injured Reserve earlier in the year and the offense hasn’t missed a beat.

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WAIVER WIRE WONDERS: Week 13

WR Antonio Callaway and RB Carlos Hyde CLE

The Cleveland offense is on the rise, as Baker Mayfield has been very strong and Cleveland is winning games. As a result of the passing game improvement, we have Antonio Callaway as a waiver wire wonder this week.

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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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GRINDERS & GAMBLES: Week 13

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Winston’s next two games should require him to throw a ton. If he can keep it away from the other team’s corners he should give fantasy GMs a decent floor, even if it is garbage time production.

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VIP EARLY GRAB BAG: Week 13

QB Baker Mayfield CLE

If he’s still available in your league, Baker Mayfield is absolutely worth a pick up for any team that is desperate for a starting quarterback or a team looking for a reliable backup quarterback.

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RED LIGHT, GREEN LIGHT: Week 12

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Welcome back for the Week 12 edition of “Red Light, Green Light”, your matchup guide for all of this weekend’s (and Monday’s) NFL contests. While this piece is not intended to be solely a start/bench list, it can be used ...

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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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LIKE / DISLIKE: Week 12

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A Week 12 Thursday Night matchup at home against an Atlanta defense that is ranked 30th in fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks is the juiciest of juicy matchups for Brees and company.

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GRINDERS & GAMBLES: Week 12

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Manning is one of the most notoriously inconsistent quarterbacks in the NFL and there is always a risk of the dreaded “Manning face”, but he has been a relatively consistent grinder for the last few weeks and he should put up a decent stat line against Philly this week.

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ON SECOND THOUGHT: Week 12

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O.J. Howard is getting a second opinion on his hurt ankle this week, but it does not look like he’ll be playing. So Cameron Brate, who is available in 91 percent of leagues, becomes very interesting with a very nice matchup against San Francisco in Week 12.

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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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