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Run 'N' Shoot: Players on the Rise

Mark Stopa

Mark Stopa

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.

Life has greater joys than an auction with 11 other competitive, smart owners ... but not many. Drafts are fun, don't get me wrong. But in an auction, you're hanging on every player, every bid, every decision. When you auction for 3.5 hours, it's basically the most fun you can have in a non-horizontal position. Here were my random thoughts in the days leading up to, during, and after my auction in Stopa Law Firm League on Thursday night, taking place with several of the Rotowire guys and Yahoo! crew ...

Jonathan Stewart hasn't practiced all preseason due to his chronically weak ankles, and those ankles limited him to 3.6 YPC last year. The longer Stewart sits, the better DeAngelo Williams looks. Williams has been in a timeshare with Stewart the past few seasons, but the last time he got 200 carries, he went for 1,100 yards and 7 TDs. And the time before that? 1,500 yards and 18 TDs! Look at the Panthers depth chart and you tell me - what other running back is goin

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