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Mark Stopa has been sharing his fantasy insights for Rotowire since 2007. Mark is the 2010 and 2012 Staff Picks champion (eat your heart out, Chris Liss) and won Rotowire's 14-team Staff League II in consecutive seasons. He roots for the Bills and has season tickets on the second row, press level to the Rays.

Fantasy sports articles written by Mark Stopa

Breakfast Table: Pianowski and Stopa Talk Football

Which fast-starting underdogs will make the playoffs?

Run 'N' Shoot: Tumblin' Dice

Week 2 injuries made fantasy scoring a bit of a crap-shoot. What can we count on next week and beyond?

Run 'N' Shoot: Who's stopping the Seahawks?

Seattle looked as dominant Week 1 as they did in the Super Bowl

Run 'N' Shoot: Stopa's Investing Advice for the 2014 Season

Cam Newton and the Panthers in the Super Bowl?

Run 'N' Shoot: Auction Strategies, Tips & Advice

Auctions are more fun than drafts, but there are a few simple rules you must follow to ensure you get the most bang for your buck.

Breakfast Table: Pianowski and Stopa Talk Football

The Super Bowl features an elite offense vs. an elite defense.

Breakfast Table: Pianowski and Stopa Talk Football

The AFC title game could determine who goes down as the greatest quarterback of all time.

Breakfast Table: Pianowski and Stopa Talk Football

Which big favorite is going down this weekend?

Breakfast Table: Breaking Down the Wild Card Games

Are the Colts better than their advanced stats indicate?

Breakfast Table: Pianowski and Stopa Talk Football

Playoff Positioning and Week 17 Upsets

Run 'N' Shoot: The greatest single season in sports history?

If the Broncos win it all, isn't Peyton in that conversation?

Breakfast Table: Pianowski and Stopa Talk Football

Andrew Luck is quietly sixth overall in QB fantasy points.

Run 'N' Shoot: The Non-QB MVP

KC's Jamaal Charles has been fantasy's most-valuable non-quarterback this season.

Breakfast Table: Pianowski and Stopa Talk Football

Can a playoff underdog like last year's Ravens take down the Broncos or the Seahawks this year?

Breakfast Table: Pianowski and Stopa Talk Football

Grading the QB Class of 2012

Run 'N' Shoot: Decker's Explosion Explained

A four-touchdown performance isn't that shocking when Peyton Manning is the quarterback.

Breakfast Table: Pianowski and Stopa Talk Football

Jimmy Graham and the Saints are bigger underdogs in Seattle than the Chiefs are hosting Denver.

Breakfast Table: Pianowski and Stopa Talk Football

Has Cam Newton arrived?

Run 'N' Shoot: The Rotting Pile of Garbage that is the AFC

One of these awful four or five-win teams will make the playoffs. Doesn't seem fair.

Breakfast Table: Pianowski and Stopa Talk Football

Can the Chiefs get to Peyton Manning?

Run 'N' Shoot: The Year of the Injury

This season, a first-round pick turned out to be a 50/50 proposition...

Breakfast Table: Pianowski and Stopa Talk Football

When do you gamble on an injured star like Aaron Rodgers?

Run 'N' Shoot: Rodgers' Injury Throws Playoff Picture Out of Focus

The NFC has seven deserving teams for five available slots... who gets left out?

Run 'N' Shoot: Chief Factor

Jamaal Charles has been brilliant - but not the way we expected. The second coming of Barry Sanders has turned into Emmitt Smith.

Run 'N' Shoot: How to Beat Peyton Manning

The Colts showed everyone how to stop Denver's high-octane attack. So who is the favorite in the AFC now?

Run 'N' Shoot: Adjusting Expectations

The Texans aren't near as good as we thought. What other players and teams need to be re-assessed?

Run 'N' Shoot: Finding the Next Breakout Star

Everybody's looking for the next big thing - but where should you look?

Run 'N' Shoot: Can We Book a Denver/Seattle Super Bowl Now?

Admit it - that's the only matchup you really want to see.

Run 'N' Shoot: The NFC Stinks

Anything from winning the Super Bowl to finishing 6-10 wouldn't be surprising for the Niners.

Run 'N' Shoot: Is Miami the Best Team in the East?

If Rob Gronkowski doesn't return soon, the Dolphins could emerge as the class of the AFC East.

Run 'N' Shoot: Downgrade the Steelers

Maurkice Pouncey's torn ACL will have a massive impact on the Steelers.

Run 'N' Shoot: 2013 Predictions

Montee Ball scores 14 rushing TDs, second only to Stevan Ridley

Run 'N' Shoot: Do Nothing

Overvaluing preseason news is tempting, even for fantasy "experts," but don't inflate a player like Michael Vick based on meaningless games.

Run 'N' Shoot: Who's Getting the Goal-Line Looks?

A.J. Green led the NFL in targets inside-the-10 last year with 14.

Run 'N' Shoot: Players on the Rise

DeAngelo Williams could see an increased workload this year.

Run 'N' Shoot: Who Cares About the Industry Consensus?

Mark Stopa will break his wait-on-the-quarterbacks rule if Cam Newton slips.

Run 'N' Shoot: 10 Things to Watch During the Preseason

With tight end so thin, Rob Gronkowski could be a big difference maker if he's healthy.

Run 'N' Shoot: Backing the Steelers at 22:1

Mark Stopa debuts his new column and tells us where he placed his bets for 2013.

Auction Strategy: Pay Attention to Positional Depth

There's no reason to pay top dollar for a quarterback if options like Tony Romo are available on the cheap.

Working the Wire: Season Finale

Vernon Davis' head injury is not the only reason Delanie Walker is a good pickup this week.

Working the Wire: Three is a Magic Number

Three shutouts, three rushing TDs for Russell Wilson and a three-way tie atop the NFC East

Working the Wire: Does anyone want the last playoff spot in the AFC?

The lowly Jets and Chargers still mathematically alive...

Working the Wire: Another Super Bowl for San Francisco?

Mark Stopa (@MarkStopa) says the Niners should be favored to win it all

Working the Wire: Worst 9-1 Team Ever?

Mark Stopa (@MarkStopa) on the unimpressive Falcons, plus this week's waiver picks

Working the Wire: Dealing with QB Injuries

Mark Stopa's (@MarkStopa) waiver picks for Week 11.

Working the Wire: Stopa's Picks for Week 10

Even with Darren Sproles injured, Mark Ingram is finding touches difficult to come by.

Working the Wire: Time to Cut Bait

Philip Rivers can probably return to the fantasy elite, but it's not likely to happen this year for fantasy owners.

Working the Wire: Keep Stashing High-Upside RBs

MJD's injury makes Rashad Jennings a must-have

Working the Wire: Parity Rules

No team is capable of winning this year's Super Bowl.

Working the Wire: This Year's Top Teams Have Great Balance

Texans, Pats and Niners look like the class of the NFL

Working the Wire: Let's Talk Quarterbacks

Matty Ice and RGIII among the elites

Working the Wire: Week 4 Waiver Picks

Aaron Rodgers' slow start shouldn't be a concern

Working the Wire: Week 3 Waiver Picks

The Niners are looking like the NFL's best team...

Working the Wire: Week 2 Waiver Wire Picks

The NFL's opening week offered some breakout performances. Who is the next Cam Newton?

Working the Wire: Preseason Wire Moves

Now is the time to stash players with upside

Working the Wire: Separating the Contenders from the Pretenders

Ben Roethlisberger's Steelers are one of four teams with a legitimate chance to win the Super Bowl this year.

Working the Wire: Week 16 Waiver Picks

Sanchez Solid Against Suspect Giants Secondary

Working the Wire: Week 15 Waiver Recommendations

Gronkowski: Best fantasy receiver ever?

Working the Wire: Week 14 Waiver Recommendations

Matty Ice should be a good start against the Panthers' suspect D.

Working the Wire: Week 13 Waiver Picks

Playing matchups against the league's worst defenses will be crucial during the fantasy playoffs

Working the Wire: Week 12 Waiver Picks

Freeman could be a good get with two games against the Panthers during the fantasy playoffs.

Working the Wire: Waiver Picks for Week 11

With the reeling Chiefs visiting Foxboro, all Patriots look like good plays...

Working the Wire: Week 10 Waiver Recommendations

Pittsburgh's D hasn't put up huge fantasy numbers this season, but check their next few opponents...

Working the Wire: Waiver Suggestions Week 9

Santonio Holmes could be available after a string of subpar outings.

Working the Wire: Week 8 Waiver Picks

Lots of options at running back, but watch the matchups.

Working the Wire: Week 7 Waiver Picks

Santana Moss (remember him?) could have a big week against Carolina.

Working the Wire: Week 6 Waiver Picks

Colts' passing offense gets an upgrade...

Working the Wire: Week 5 Waiver Recommendations

Can Sanchez rebound against a suspect Patriot pass defense?

Working the Wire: Week 4 Waiver Picks

Time for the Vikings to Look at Christian Ponder?

Working the Wire: Week 3 Waiver Picks

With Jamaal Charles out for the season, Dexter McCluster becomes an automatic pickup.

Working the Wire: Don't Overreact to Week 1

Most players aren't as good, or as bad, as they looked in the season openers. But some, like Joe Flaccco, are worth a pickup for Week 2.

Working the Wire: This Season's Waiver Wire All-Stars

The right waiver claims could have won you a title last season. What about this year?

Working the Wire: Looking at Vince Young, Tim Hightower and Ronnie Brown

RB values you may have overlooked

Working the Wire: Targeting Upside

Working the Wire: Who's trying, who isn't?

Which teams have something at stake in the season finale?

Working the Wire: Week 16 Waiver Tips

Vincent Jackson is Back

Working the Wire: Week 15 Waiver Wire Tips

Miami's RBs should be a good play against Buffalo

Working the Wire: Week 14 Waiver Tips

Option abound at wide receiver this week as the fantasy playoffs approach.

Working the Wire: Week 12 Waiver Picks

Would you trade Ryan Fitzpatrick for Carson Palmer, straight up?

Working the Wire: Week 11 Waiver Tips

No more bye weeks - fill your bench with upside plays

Working the Wire: Week 10 Waiver Tips

The Jaguars' passing game is worth a look

Week 9 Waiver Tips: Cutler, Freeman, and Bills' Opponents

Eight weeks into the season, the defenses to target are well-established

Working the Wire: Keep an Eye on the Bills -- And Their Opponents

Buffalo's defense is giving up numbers, but Buffalo's offense has come alive

Vick or Kolb... or both?: Week 7 Waiver Suggestions

Michael Vick and Kevin Kolb are both worth a roster spot

Working the Wire: Roethlisberger Returns This Week

Ben Roethlisberger returns from suspension for Week 5

Working the Wire: Week 5 Waiver Suggestions

Tomlinson can't keep this up, can he? Time to stash Shonn Greene

Working the Wire: Stopa's suggestions for Week 4 pickups

Dustin Keller is still available in far too many leagues

Working the Wire: Marshawn Lynch, back from the dead?

Week 3 Waiver Recommendations

Working the Wire: Mark Stopa with This Week's Suggested Pickups

How many teams are wishing they'd signed Vick?

Working the Wire: Taking Advantage of Roster Cuts

Working the Wire: Who to Target and Avoid

Mark Stopa believes Calvin Johnson's overpriced

Working the Wire: The Best Players Left Undrafted

Working the Wire: Don't Overvalue Recent Performance

Working the Wire: Players to Draft Late

Working the Wire: Target Upside

Can Matt Leinart emerge as a viable early waiver-wire pickup and take advantage of the weak defenses he'll face in the NFC West this season?

MLB Barometer: Trade to LA a Big Plus For Lilly

MLB Barometer: Accentuate the Positive

MLB Barometer: Nationals Will Limit the Greatness

The Nationals have decided how many innings they will let Stephen Strasburg throw this season. Find out what effect that decision has on his fantasy value.

MLB Barometer: Don't Give Up on Berkman

A Closer look at Berkman's line drive and fly ball rates suggest a turnaround.

MLB Barometer: Don't Worry About Teixeira

MLB Barometer: Top Prospects on the Rise

MLB Barometer: A Glance at the Home Run Leader

Working the Wire: Week 17