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Fantasy football Week 1 waiver wire: Is Demaryius Thomas worth a pickup?

Fantasy football Week 1 waiver wire: Is Demaryius Thomas worth a pickup?

The 2019 NFL regular season begins Thursday, which means fantasy football's "draft season" is all but over. (If you're still drafting, we've got you covered.)

But now is no time to rest on your laurels.

For various reasons, plenty of players slip through the cracks in fantasy drafts. Additionally, some players' situations have changed drastically since you held your draft thanks to injuries, trades or ongoing holdouts.

So, while the other owners in your league boast about how strong their squad is, why not sneak a peek at the waiver wire and add some players who could benefit you down the line?

For all the intrepid fantasy owners out there, here are the best waiver wire pickups at each position for Week 1:

QUARTERBACK

Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills (owned in 34 percent of Yahoo! leagues): There's something to be said for the "streaming quarterbacks" strategy, and Allen is a prime example.

The Bills quarterback gets a favorable Week 1 matchup at the New York Jets, who allowed him to scamper for 101 rushing yards in their Week 14 matchup last season. This is a guy who posted at least 18 fantasy points in five of his final six games as a rookie, so Allen is a great streaming option who should be there for the taking in one-quarterback leagues.

Other quarterbacks to target: Kirk Cousins (MIN), Jimmy Garoppolo (SF), Derek Carr (OAK)

RUNNING BACK

Carlos Hyde, Houston Texans (33 percent owned): Hyde was buried on the Kansas City Chiefs' depth chart until Saturday, when he suddenly became Duke Johnson's direct backup thanks to a trade to the Texans.

Hyde doesn't have Johnson's burst and averaged just 3.3 yards per carry last season. But he could easily become Houston's early-down and goal-line back, which makes him worth a flier in deeper leagues.

Other running backs to target: Justise Hill (BAL), Frank Gore (BUF), Justin Jackson (LAC)

WIDE RECEIVER

Jamison Crowder, New York Jets (46 percent owned): Crowder is the third fiddle in this new Jets offense behind Le'Veon Bell and Robby Anderson. But Anderson is still recovering from a nagging calf injury, and Crowder developed a solid rapport with quarterback Sam Darnold during the preseason.

If you're in a deep PPR league, Crowder is worth looking at as a plug-and-play WR3 who could get you six-plus catches.

Other wide receivers to target: Albert Wilson (MIA), Tyrell Williams (OAK), Demaryius Thomas (NE)*

*A brief note on Thomas: N'Keal Harry heading to short-term injured reserve means the veteran wideout could make hay in New England's offense. Tom Brady has a lot of mouths to feed -- Julian Edelman, Josh Gordon, Jakobi Meyers and Phillip Dorsett included -- but if you liked Thomas' two-touchdown performance in the Patriots preseason finale, you may want to carve out a roster spot for him.

TIGHT END

Darren Waller, Oakland Raiders (23 percent owned): Want proof the Raiders believe in Waller? They released veteran tight end Luke Willson over the weekend.

You're not going to find many starting NFL tight ends lying around on the waiver wire, so even Waller doesn't pan out, he's worth rostering if you don't have a stud at the position.

Other tight ends to target: T.J. Hockenson (DET), Jack Doyle (IND)

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Fantasy football Week 12 waiver wire: Ex-Patriot Jacob Hollister a must-add

Fantasy football Week 12 waiver wire: Ex-Patriot Jacob Hollister a must-add

It's been quite the year for former New England Patriots players.

We all know ex-Tom Brady backups Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett have put up solid numbers while guiding their teams to a combined 15-5 record.

But signal-callers aren't the only players finding new homes outside Foxboro, as former Patriots tight end Jacob Hollister has caught on with the Seattle Seahawks.

The 26-year-old has enjoyed a breakout two-game stretch that includes three touchdown catches following an injury to Will Dissly. That immediately puts him on the map for fantasy football owners who need a tight end for the stretch run.

Hollister highlights our fantasy football waiver wire adds at each position for Week 12.

QUARTERBACK

Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns (owned in 55 percent of Yahoo! leagues): The Browns stink, but you can still have belief in Baker this week. The young QB has accounted for five touchdowns and zero turnovers in his last two games and gets a home date with the Miami Dolphins, who got shredded by Josh Allen last weekend. Mayfield is the top streaming option for Week 12.

Other quarterbacks to target: Ryan Tannehill (TEN), Jacoby Brissett (IND), Sam Darnold (NYJ)

RUNNING BACK

Jonathan Williams, Indianapolis Colts (6 percent owned): Williams made the most of Marlon Mack's exit last Sunday, racking up 116 yards on just 13 carries. The 25-year-old may have to split time with Jordan Wilkins on Thursday night, but if he runs any bit like he did against the Jacksonville Jaguars, he should be Indianapolis' RB1, making him an immediate fantasy asset.

Other running backs to target: Bo Scarbrough (DET), Chris Thompson (WAS), Jordan Wilkins (IND)

WIDE RECEIVER

Darius Slayton, New York Giants (25 percent owned): Slayton's stock obviously takes a hit if Sterling Shepard (concussion) returns in Week 12. But considering the rookie amassed 10 catches for 141 yards in the Giants' last game, we'd imagine he'll still have a legitimate role in this offense. If you're thin on wideouts, scoop Slayton up for your stretch run.

Other wide receivers to target: Russell Gage (ATL), Danny Amendola (DET), James Washington (PIT)

TIGHT END

Jacob Hollister, Seattle Seahawks (33 percent owned): The former Patriots tight end has exploded over the last two weeks, racking up 12 catches for 99 yards and three touchdowns following Dissly's injury. You can't expect that every week, but Hollister has earned enough of Russell Wilson's trust to make him a must-add in all fantasy formats.

Other tight ends to target: Ryan Griffin (NYJ), Mike Gesicki (MIA)

DEFENSE

Atlanta Falcons (5 percent owned): Apparently the Falcons' defense only shows up against the NFC South, judging by its double-digit efforts against the New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers in back-to-back week. Guess who's next on the docket? Turnover machine Jameis Winston and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Other defenses to target: Tennessee (vs. JAX), Seattle (at PHI)

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Fantasy Football Week 11 starts, sits: What is Mohamed Sanu's ceiling?

Fantasy Football Week 11 starts, sits: What is Mohamed Sanu's ceiling?

Sometimes good things come to those who wait.

Mohamed Sanu was a productive if unspectacular wide receiver through eight games with the Atlanta Falcons and hit a mid-season rough patch that may have caused some to drop him in their fantasy football leagues.

But if you stuck with the 30-year-old wideout, you're about to reap the benefits. Sanu caught 10 passes in his Patriots debut and seems poised to play a key role in New England's offense -- and your fantasy team -- down the stretch.

Which other players are worth slotting into your lineup? We've got you covered with five starts and five sits for Week 11 of NFL action.

START

Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, San Francisco 49ers: Jimmy G has been a risky fantasy play this season, but his best game by far (317 passing yards, four touchdowns) came in Week 9 against the Arizona Cardinals ... who are on the docket again in Week 11. Sign us up.

Joe Mixon, RB, Cincinnati Bengals: The Bengals are so committed to tanking that they gave Mixon 30 carries in a blowout loss to the Baltimore Ravens. As long as the "throw from behind" game script doesn't apply in Cincinnati, Mixon should be a fine RB2 play in Oakland.

Damien Williams, RB, Kansas City Chiefs: LeSean McCoy probably will be back in the mix this Sunday after his Week 10 scratch, but Williams has been Kansas City's workhorse over the last two weeks and gets a good matchup versus a Los Angeles Chargers defense that's allowed 15 receptions to running backs over the last two games.

Mohamed Sanu, WR, New England Patriots: Tom Brady is an unabashed Sanu fan, which would explain why he targeted his new weapon 14 times against Baltimore. Add in a juicy matchup -- the Philadelphia Eagles are allowing the eighth-most fantasy points to opposing wideouts this season -- and Sanu is a surefire WR2 with WR1 potential if he can find the end zone.

Terry McLaurin, WR, Washington Redskins: McLaurin hit a bit of a rookie slump entering Washington's bye. But a week to work with signal-caller Dwayne Haskins and a date with the New York Jets' Swiss cheese secondary make the speedy wideout a WR2/3 this week.

SIT

Philip Rivers, QB, Los Angeles Chargers: Rivers has three touchdown passes and three interceptions over his last three games. The Chiefs defense is suspect, but we just don't see much upside with Melvin Gordon seeing 20-plus carries per game.

Ronald Jones II, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Yes, Jones has scored in back-to-back weeks. He's also averaging 3.3 yards per carry in those games and faces a New Orleans Saints defense that hasn't allowed a rushing touchdown since Week 5. Pass.

David Johnson, RB, Arizona Cardinals: We're avoiding all Cardinals running backs for the second straight week in Arizona's brutal road matchup with the San Francisco 49ers. Oh, and Johnson scored negative fantasy points last week. Can't have that.

Sammy Watkins, WR, Kansas City Chiefs: Patrick Mahomes' return was not a cure for Watkins' fantasy struggles, as the veteran receiver managed just 39 yards on five catches. The Chargers also haven't allowed double-digit fantasy points to a receiver since Week 7.

Phillip Dorsett, WR, New England Patriots: Tom Brady hasn't completed more than 31 passes in a game this season. Julian Edelman and Sanu could combine for close to 20 completions, and if rookie N'Keal Harry makes his debut, that doesn't leave much of the pie for Dorsett.

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