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Gary Davenport

Gary Davenport

The Shadow Knows Week 10 2018

Can you feel that? The increase in pressure? Do you hear the dramatic music? Are the hairs on your arms standing up? What about your back. Oh hush. Everyone knows they're there. It's stretch run time in fantasy football. Unless you have a team that's 7-2 or better (kiss my freckled butt) or Full Story

The Shadow Knows Week 9 2018

CORNERING THE MARKET: Week 9 This Sunday nights showdown between the Green Bay Packers and New England Patriots is a big game, no doubt. But a pretty convincing argument can be made that the biggest game of Week 9 takes place in New Orleans, where the Saints will face the undefeated Los Angeles Full Story

The Shadow Knows Week 8 2018

Once upon a time, the Jacksonville Jaguars were a good football team. One of the leading contenders to represent the AFC in Super Bowl LIII. And the biggest reason for that belief was a stifling defense spearheaded by the NFLs best secondary. Of late, however, the Jags have struggled in a big Full Story

The Shadow Knows Week 7 2018

They say familiarity breeds contempt. If that's true, then there's no love lost between DeAndre Hopkins of the Houston Texans and the cornerbacks of the Jacksonville Jaguars. While speaking to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle, Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone gave due credit to Hopkins, wh Full Story

The Shadow Knows Week 6 2018

Theres little question that the Jacksonville Jaguars possess the best secondary in the National Football League. Cornerbacks Jalen Ramsey and AJ Bouye just combined to hold the Kansas City Chiefs in relative check offensively. Sure, the Chiefs put up 30 points on Jacksonville. But that had much m Full Story

The Shadow Knows Week 5 2018

If you're the type of NFL fan that likes a classic offense vs. defense clash, then Week 5 is headlined by a game that's right up your alley. Sunday in Kansas City, the NFL's No. 1 scoring offense and stingiest defense will do battle when the Chiefs host the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Chiefs are av Full Story

The Shadow Knows Week 4 2018

Well, that didnt last long. For all of about two weeks, it looked like the Los Angeles Rams might challenge the Jacksonville Jaguars for the title of the NFLs best secondary. The Rams shelled out a fat, greasy bundle of cash (and draft picks) to acquire veteran cornerbacks Marcus Peters and Aqib Full Story

The Shadow Knows Week 3 2018

THE SHADOW KNOWS: Week 3 Patrick Peterson needs a hug. The eighth-year veteran owns an unenviable title in 2018hes arguably the best player on arguably the NFLs worst team. The Arizona Cardinals are a dumpster fire of a football team, although to be fair most of the blame for their struggles l Full Story

The Shadow Knows Week 2 2018

Larry Fitzgerald of the Arizona Cardinals is a no-doubt, first-ballot Hall of Famer. As Hall of Fame quarterback Kurt Warner (who played with Fitzgerald in Super Bowl XLII) told ESPN, the 11-time Pro Bowler has made a career of making unbelievable catches look like no big deal. "Every day he woul Full Story

The Shadow Knows Week 1 2018

I'm going to kick off my third season (I think – the years all kind of bleed together) of The Shadow Knows by letting you in on a little secret. There really aren't any "shadow" cornerbacks in the NFL any more. The overwhelming majority of NFL teams in 2017 employed a "left side/right side" p Full Story

CROSSING THE LINE: Early-Draft RB Made Riskier by Poor Offensive Lines

The running back position in fantasy football is being hit harder than an open bar at a Wisconsin wedding in 2018. If you've already drafted, this isn't news to you. But if you haven't, you'll soon discover that tailbacks are absolutely flying off the board this year. Per the Average Draft Positi Full Story

The Shadow Knows Week 17 2017

It's the end of the line—past the end of it in most fantasy football leagues. In the majority of leagues, last week brought with it the championship game. With any luck, this article and the other information available here at Football Diehards helped you to fame and glory. A few extra bucks w Full Story

The Shadow Knows Week 16 2017

Sometimes in both the NFL and fantasy football, you have to be willing to change things up a bit late in the game - to alter your startegery late in the game in an effort to get the W. That's what we're going to do with the "The Shadow Knows" in this most important of weeks. Rather than highlightin Full Story

The Shadow Knows Week 15 2017

Antonio Brown is having a remarkable season. A season so good that there's MVP buzz surrounding the Pittsburgh Steelers star. However, there isn't a wideout in the NFL who has had a more impressive season that DeAndre Hopkins of the Houston Texans. Despite catching passes from such superstars Full Story

The Shadow Knows Week 14 2017

Not too long ago, the Los Angeles Chargers were toast. Losers of their first four games, the Bolts were written off entirely in the AFC West. Now, as the Chargers prepare to welcome in the Washington Redskins, they are 6-6 and tied for first place in the division – in no small part due to the exp Full Story

The Shadow Knows Week 13 2017

T.Y. Hilton's fantasy owners need a hug. Hilton has been without question the most feast-or-famine wideout in fantasy football in 2017. Without his bestie Andrew Luck (he calls him "Andy" or "Bae") throwing him the ball, Hilton has had two types of games this season – huge and terrible. For th Full Story

The Shadow Knows Week 12 2017

THE SHADOW KNOWS It’s Thanksgiving Week (or I guess I should say was, since as your read this many of you are either shaking off Thursday’s food coma or lapsing into a new one from leftovers – seriously, put…the…pie…down. And among the things the Jacksonville Jaguars are thankful for in 2017, Full Story

The Shadow Knows Week 11 2017

THE SHADOW KNOWS: Week 11 Sunday's showdown in Houston between the Texans and Arizona Cardinals features a showdown of quarterbacks the likes of which we haven't seen since the long-ago days of Marino vs. Montana. A battle that dwarfs piddling matchups like Tom Brady vs. Aaron Rodgers. Makes them l Full Story

The Shadow Knows Week 10 2017

There is one pass defense that has emerged as a genuine concern for fantasy owners where the passing game is concerned in 2017. That defense leads the NFL in passing yards allowed, at just 156.4 yards per game – a ridiculously low number for 2017. That defense is also allowing the fewest PPR f Full Story

The Shadow Knows Week 9 2017

For the past decade or so, the Jacksonville Jaguars have been a perennial punching bag. A tomato can of a football team. The punchline to any number of jokes – several of which I told. But in 2017, the Jaguars are no joke – especially on defense. Through eight weeks, Jacksonville’s “Teal Curtain Full Story

The Shadow Knows Week 8 2017

There are matchups between cornerbacks and wide receivers in the NFL. Then there are marquee matchups. And then there’s the brouhaha brewing in the Emerald City this weekend between Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins and Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman. Hopkins, who has 37 rec Full Story

The Shadow Knows Week 7 2017

THE SHADOW KNOWS: Week 7 You know a secondary is getting good when they earn a nickname. In Denver, there’s the “No Fly Zone.” The Seattle Seahawks have “The Legion of Boom.” And now the Jacksonville Jaguars have “Pick-Fil-A.” Or “The Teal Curtain.” Or, as ESPN’s Michael DiRocco repor Full Story

The Shadow Knows Week 6 2017

The term “shadow cornerback” gets thrown around a lot in the NFL today. But the fact of the matter is that there aren’t many corners who consistently follow around the other team’s top wideout week after week all season long. In fact, over the first five weeks of the 2017 season there’s really be Full Story

The Shadow Knows Week 5 2017

It isn’t very often that one of the most intriguing matchups in a week of NFL action involves the Jacksonville Jaguars. It’s been that kind of year so far. Still, where matchups between cornerbacks and wide receivers go, that’s certainly the case in Week 5, when Antonio Brown and the Pittsburg Full Story

The Shadow Knows Week 4 2017

It’s not all that often that you get a double-dip of big-name cornerback vs. similarly renowned wide receivers in the same game. But that’s the case on Sunday in the Mile High City, when Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree of the Oakland Raiders travel to face Aqib Talib, Chris Harris and the “No Fly Full Story

The Shadow Knows Week 3 2017

It’s been a rough September for Minnesota Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes. In the season opener, Rhodes had to contend with Michael Thomas, Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints. Then it was off to Pittsburgh to face the Steelers and stud wideout Antonio Brown. Now, the 27-year-old gets to come Full Story

THE SHADOW KNOWS week 2 2017

There are certain constants in life. Death. Taxes. Politicians lying. The New England Patriots being a good football team (they are, you know). The Cleveland Browns being a bad one. And Antonio Brown getting his. While fantasy studs left and right were falling flat on their faces in Week 1, the Full Story

THE SHADOW KNOWS week 1 2017

You might not have heard, but the 2017 NFL season started. No, really. It did. The Kansas City Chiefs and New England Patriots played a game that counted and everything. Another season of the NFL means another year of fantasy football. The thrill of victory. The agony of defeat. The sleepless Full Story

2017 The Curse Of 370

What It Is And Why You Need To Know About It In 2017 I’m as big a backaholic as anyone. An old-school fantasy football enthusiast who places a lot of importance on assembling a strong stable of running backs on draft day. While it’s become trendier to draft one or even two wide receivers in the f Full Story

The Shadow Knows 2016 week 17

THE SHADOW KNOWS: Week 17 Sunday’s matchup between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns is an exercise in the perils of holding fantasy championship games in the final week of the NFL regular season. Normally, fantasy owners of Steelers wideout Antonio Brown would be licking their chop Full Story

The Shadow Knows 2016 week 16

If you’re reading this article, odds are congratulations are in order. Kudos. Accolades and attaboys, even. If you’re playing in Week 16, then you’re at the very least playing in your fantasy league’s semifinals. In more leagues than not this is it – by this time it will be over but the crying. Full Story

The Shadow Knows 2016 week 15

Welcome to the pressure cooker. It’s time for the fantasy playoffs. On one hand, if you’re still playing in Week 15 it means you’ve had a relatively successful season. You’ve dispatched many of your rivals and sit only a couple games from hoisting your league’s trophy. On the other hand, a loss Full Story

The Shadow Knows 2016 week 14

“The playoffs are the playoffs. You just play who is put in front of you.” -- Steve Nash We’ve reached fantasy football’s second season in most leagues, and the postseason tournament brings with it a new ball game. One bad performance or one dud stat line can mean the end of championship dreams Full Story

The Shadow Knows 2016 week 13

One yard. One reception. One fantasy point. This is the time of year where that can make the difference between a trip to the playoffs and an unceremonious end to another fantasy campaign. From setting lineups again next week and sullenly beginning Christmas chores. For those teams either just Full Story

The Shadow Knows 2016 week 12

By the time this article goes live at Football Diehards, we’ll already have seen a couple of marquee receiver/cornerback duels. Josh Norman will have covered Dez Bryant in Dallas. Vontae Davis will have had the Sisyphean task of trying to slow down Antonio Brown in the Thanksgiving nightcap. Week 12 Full Story

The Shadow Knows 2016 week 11

Generally speaking, I’m an “always start your studs” type of guy. The whole point of this article is to illustrate which wide receivers are matching up with the best of the best at the cornerback position. But the next time I recommend sitting A.J. Green of the Cincinnati Bengals or Julio Jones o Full Story

The Shadow Knows 2016 week 10

Bradley Roby needs a hug. Pressed into starting duty by the back injury suffered by Aqib Talib of the Denver Broncos, Roby started last week against the Oakland Raiders. His name got called a lot during the game. And when you are a cornerback in the NFL, hearing your name called a lot is usually no Full Story

The Shadow Knows 2016 week 9

Sometimes the matchups are just fun to watch. Such will be the case Sunday night when the Denver Broncos travel to Oakland to meet the Raiders with first place in the AFC West on the line. It’s a game that features an MVP candidate in Raiders quarterback Derek Carr. Arguably the league’s best one-t Full Story

The Shadow Knows 2016 week 8

DeAndre Hopkins needs a hug. The Houston Texans wide receiver was widely considered the fourth-best fantasy option at his position in 2016 after a year in which he caught 111 passes, topped 1,500 yards and found the end zone 11 times. He was a first round pick in 99 percent of fantasy drafts last s Full Story

The Shadow Knows 2016 week 7

Always start your studs. I’ll confess that’s a fantasy axiom I’ve never been a huge fan. Even if there are a precious few exceptions to that rule, there are exceptions. Never say never. Only a Sith deals in absolutes. So on and so forth. However, the exceptions to that rule really are few and fa Full Story

The Shadow Knows 2016 week 6

NFL receivers versus the opponents shutdown cover corner. The first game of Week 6 of the 2016 NFL season looked to be an object lesson in the making regarding the impact that cornerbacks can have on the fantasy value of the wide receivers they cover. On one hand, you had Denver’s Aqib Talib (one Full Story

Finding Success in IDP Fantasy Football Leagues

THE DEFENSE (NEVER) RESTS Click here for: IDP Rankings The Denver Broncos didn’t win Super Bowl 50 because of their offense. Sure, the team has a great wide receiver tandem in Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas, but Peyton Manning alternated between serviceable and awful in 2015. The run ga Full Story