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Fantasy Football Week 10 starts, sits: Steer well clear of Josh Gordon

Fantasy Football Week 10 starts, sits: Steer well clear of Josh Gordon

Not all fantasy football opportunities are created equal.

The NFL's carousel of injuries and roster moves has put the spotlight on several players, from Jaylen Samuels, who's suddenly the Pittsburgh Steelers' de facto running back, to wide receiver Josh Gordon, who's hoping to latch on with the Seattle Seahawks after his release from the New England Patriots.

Which players are worth slotting into your lineup? We've got you covered with five starts and five sits for Week 10 of NFL action.

START

Josh Allen, QB, Buffalo Bills: Allen is about as safe a bet as they come at QB, with 17 or more fantasy points (Yahoo! standard leagues) in all but one of his games this season. The Cleveland Browns have allowed at least two passing touchdowns in six consecutive weeks, so Allen is a great high-floor play.

Jaylen Samuels, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers: With James Conner and Benny Snell expected to be out with injuries, Samuels should be the Steelers' workhorse against the Los Angeles Rams, who have been average against opposing running backs this season. Samuels' expected volume makes him a safe RB2.

Jamaal Williams, RB, Green Bay Packers: Unlike Samuels, Williams has to share the backfield pie with Aaron Jones. But that hasn't stopped him from tallying a receiving touchdown in four consecutive weeks. The Carolina Panthers have given up the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing running backs this season, so Williams is a strong spot start.

Christian Kirk, WR, Arizona Cardinals: Don't be discouraged by Kirk's Week 9 dud. The Cardinals receiver should get a heavy workload against a Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense surrendering a league-high 311.9 receiving yards per game.

Calvin Ridley, WR, Atlanta Falcons: Matt Ryan is expected to play Sunday, which means you're expected to play Ridley. Ryan should look Ridley's way often in Mohamed Sanu's absence, and Atlanta will be throwing plenty if it gets down early to the New Orleans Saints.

SIT

Baker Mayfield, QB, Cleveland Browns: Mayfield showed some fantasy promise in Denver last week, but he should be right back on your bench against a stingy Bills secondary.

Devonta Freeman, RB, Atlanta Falcons: Freeman could tally some points as Ryan's checkdown target, but the Saints haven't allowed more than 46 receiving yards to any running back this season and have been pretty effective bottling up rushers on the ground.

Kenyan Drake, RB, Arizona Cardinals: David Johnson said he's "definitely" playing for the Cardinals this Sunday. Drake looked great with Johnson sidelined in Week 9, but how will the two coexist against the NFL's leading rush defense in Tampa Bay? We'd rather not find out.

Curtis Samuel, WR, Carolina Panthers: Samuel has scored in two of his last three games, but this is a tough road matchup against the Green Bay Packers, who have allowed just one touchdown to wide receivers over the last four weeks. Samuel is a dicey WR3 this week.

Josh Gordon, WR, Seattle Seahawks: Don't fall into the "big name" trap, folks. This is already a brutal matchup against the undefeated San Francisco 49ers, and Gordon is trying to fight through a hamstring injury on a team he joined seven days ago. Steer clear of the former Patriots wide receiver.

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Fantasy football Week 16 waiver wire: Breshad Perriman can be a league-winner

Fantasy football Week 16 waiver wire: Breshad Perriman can be a league-winner

It's not about how you start the fantasy football season. It's how you finish.

If you're reading this, chances are your squad is loaded enough to roll through your league's playoffs to the championship round.

But there's always room for improvement, and the Week 16 waiver wire includes a couple players who should be legitimate starters in any fantasy lineup, regardless of depth.

Want to win the whole thing? Start by doing your due diligence on the waiver wire. Here are our top free-agent pickups at each position entering Week 16.

QUARTERBACK

Ryan Fitzpatrick, Miami Dolphins (owned in 25 percent of Yahoo! leagues): We hope you have a better QB1 option than Fitzpatrick if you've reached your league's championship. But if you're in a two-QB league, the ageless, bearded wonder is a fine pickup: He's attempted 37 or more passes in five consecutive games and gets a beatable Cincinnati Bengals defense.

Other quarterbacks to target: Jacoby Brissett (IND), Mitchell Trubisky (CHI), Gardner Minshew (JAX)

RUNNING BACK

Alexander Mattison, Minnesota Vikings (39 percent owned): It's still unclear if Dalvin Cook will play in Week 16 after suffering a shoulder injury Sunday. If he doesn't, that's a massive opportunity for either Mattison or Mike Boone, who found the end zone twice in Week 15 with Cook and Mattison both sidelined. If Mattison is healthy, he should be your top waiver wire priority against the Green Bay Packers' Swiss cheese run defense.

Other running backs to target: Mike Boone (MIN), Chris Thompson (WAS), Wes Hills (DET)

WIDE RECEIVER

Breshad Perriman, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (13 percent owned): This one's a no-brainer. Perriman had produced double-digit fantasy points in two consecutive weeks before going off for three touchdowns last Sunday in Mike Evans' absence. With Chris Godwin also on the shelf, Perriman suddenly is the No. 1 wideout for Jameis Winston and the pass-happy Bucs.

Other wide receivers to target: Anthony Miller (CHI), Chris Conley (JAX), James Washington (PIT)

TIGHT END

O.J. Howard, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (41 percent owned): Perriman isn't the only Bucs pass-catcher who should benefit from Evans and Godwin being out. Howard has at least four catches in three consecutive games, and the Houston Texans have allowed six touchdowns to tight ends over their last seven contests.

Other tight ends to target: Jonnu Smith (TEN), Darren Fells (HOU)

DEFENSE

Denver Broncos (25 percent owned): David Blough's stats through three games as the Detroit Lions' starting quarterback -- five interceptions, one fumble, nine sacks -- are all the evidence you need to pick up the Broncos ahead of this matchup in Denver.

Other defenses to target: Indianapolis (vs. CAR), Atlanta (vs. JAX)

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Fantasy football Week 15 waiver wire: Can A.J. Brown deliver in playoffs?

Fantasy football Week 15 waiver wire: Can A.J. Brown deliver in playoffs?

You didn't come this far just to come this far.

Week 15 of the NFL season means it's the semifinal round of the fantasy football playoffs in most leagues.

If you're reading this, congrats on still being alive. But you're not interested in a runner-up trophy, and we're not interested in providing runner-up advice.

Below are the top players at each position who are widely available on fantasy football waiver wires and are worth adding for Week 15 as you seek fantasy glory.

QUARTERBACK

Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee Titans (owned in 48 percent of Yahoo! leagues): We'll continue to put Tannehill on this list until he's owned in more than half of leagues. The Titans gunslinger was the sixth-best quarterback in fantasy last week and faces a Houston Texans defense that just allowed 309 passing yards and three touchdowns to Drew Lock. He's your guy again this week.

Other quarterbacks to target: Ryan Fitzpatrick (MIA), Jacoby Brissett (IND), Kyle Allen (CAR)

RUNNING BACK

Adrian Peterson, Washington Redskins (40 percent owned): News that Derrius Guice has a sprained MCL means Peterson is the clear-cut workhorse on a team that loves to run the ball. The ageless veteran has touchdowns in back-to-back weeks and should see north of 20 touches against the Philadelphia Eagles, making him the safest waiver wire pickup among running backs.

Other running backs to target: DeAndre Washington (OAK), Patrick Laird (MIA), Boston Scott (PHI)

WIDE RECEIVER

A.J. Brown, Tennessee Titans (27 percent owned): The rookie wide receiver has become Tannehill's go-to deep threat, with 333 receiving yards over his last three games. Brown's low catch total makes him a bit of a boom-or-bust play, but it's the playoffs. Gotta take shots to make shots.

Other wide receivers to target: Zach Pascal (IND), Darius Slayton (NYG), Justin Watson (TB)

TIGHT END

David Njoku, Cleveland Browns (37 percent owned): Njoku caught just one pass for four yards in his first game since Week 2, but has a dream matchup against an Arizona Cardinals defense that's given up the most fantasy points to opposing tight ends this season. He's a high-risk breakout candidate.

Other tight ends to target: Gerald Everett (LAR), Darren Fells (HOU)

DEFENSE

Kansas City Chiefs (32 percent owned): Is the Chiefs defense ... good? Kansas City has held each of its last opponents (including the New England Patriots) to 16 points or fewer. The Denver Broncos are riding high after upsetting the Texans, but we're sensing a turnover-filled letdown game in KC.

Other defenses to target: Oakland (vs. JAX), Seattle (at CAR)

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