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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 14 waiver wire: Texans defense a great streamer for playoffs

Fantasy football Week 14 waiver wire: Texans defense a great streamer for playoffs

No more fun and games, folks. It's winning time.

The fantasy football playoffs start this week in many leagues, and with them come raised stakes and raised expectations.

The good news for fantasy owners with holes in their lineups is that there are several quality players available in more than 50 percent of leagues who could be plugged in as legitimate starters for Week 14.

Let's get right into it with our top fantasy football waiver wire adds at each position for Week 14.

QUARTERBACK

Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee Titans (owned in 39 percent of Yahoo! leagues): That Tannehill is available in over 60 percent of leagues is a testament to the depth of this position. The veteran QB has accounted for multiple touchdowns in six consecutive weeks and faces a reeling Oakland Raiders defense that's allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season. Tannehill is the top streaming option this week.

Other quarterbacks to target: Ryan Fitzpatrick (MIA), Jacoby Brissett (IND), Daniel Jones (NYG)

RUNNING BACK

Benny Snell, Pittsburgh Steelers (20 percent owned): Snell established himself as Pittsburgh's lead back over Jaylen Samuels last Sunday, logging 16 carries to Samuels' seven and scoring his first career touchdown. If James Conner can't go this weekend -- he's played just once in the last five weeks -- Snell is a solid RB2 against a porous Arizona Cardinals defense.

Other running backs to target: Raheem Mostert (SF), Alexander Mattison (MIN), Darwin Thompson (KC)

WIDE RECEIVER

Russell Gage, Atlanta Falcons (11 percent owned): Gage benefited from Julio Jones' absence in Week 13 to the tune of five catches for 52 yards and a TD. But he still led Atlanta with eight catches in Week 12 with Jones on the field. Even if Jones returns in Week 14, he might be on a pitch count, opening the door for Gage to contribute for a third straight week. 

Other wide receivers to target: Anthony Miller (CHI), John Ross III (CIN), Zach Pascal (IND)

TIGHT END

Mike Gesicki, Miami Dolphins (33 percent owned): The Dolphins' offense has suddenly come alive, and Gesicki is benefiting: He's scored TDs in back-to-back weeks and been targeted 14 times by Ryan Fitzpatrick in that span. The New York Jets are stingy against tight ends (fifth-fewest fantasy points allowed), but Gesicki is your best waiver wire bet this week.

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

DEFENSE

Houston Texans (27 percent owned): Yeah, Drew Lock won his NFL debut Sunday. But the Denver Broncos are much worse on the road (1-5) than at home (3-3), and the Texans are coming off an inspiring defensive effort against the New England Patriots. Expect another strong effort out of Houston in Week 14.

Other defenses to target: Jacksonville (vs. LAC), Green Bay (vs. WAS)

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Fantasy football Week 13 starts, sits: Is Sony Michel back on track?

Fantasy football Week 13 starts, sits: Is Sony Michel back on track?

Some people spend their Black Friday shopping. But you have more important matters to attend to.

Week 13 of the fantasy football season is here, and in most leagues, this is the final week of the regular season before playoffs begin.

The stakes are higher than ever, which means every roster decision you make should be done with care and research.

You've come to the right place for the "research" component. Here are five players to start and five players to sit for Week 13 of NFL action.

START

Carson Wentz, QB, Philadelphia Eagles: Wentz is enduring a brutal fantasy stretch, but a date with the Dolphins' defense should be just what the doctor ordered. Miami has allowed six passing touchdowns over its last two games.

Sony Michel, RB, New England Patriots: Michel clearly benefited from the return of left tackle Isaiah Wynn, averaging 4.3 yards per carry on 20 rushes against the Dallas Cowboys. The Houston Texans have given up rushing touchdowns in back-to-back weeks, so Michel can be slotted in as an RB2 this week.

Jonathan Williams, RB, Indianapolis Colts: No Marlon Mack and T.Y. Hilton for Indy should mean another high-volume game for Williams, who has topped 100 rushing yards in two straight weeks. The Tennessee Titans' 13th-ranked run defense doesn't scare us, either.

DJ Chark, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars: When in doubt, start a wideout who's playing the Buccaneers: Tampa Bay is allowing a whopping 26.6 receptions and 309 receiving yards to opponents this season. Chark is a high-floor WR2 this week.

DeVante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins: The only Dolphins player with any fantasy relevance, Parker has had three straight weeks of solid production with 10-plus targets in each of those games. He gets a strong matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles' shaky secondary and should be started with confidence.

SIT

Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, San Francisco 49ers: Jimmy G has put up strong fantasy stats recently, but we can't trust him on the road versus a Baltimore Ravens defense that's held three straight quarterbacks to fewer than 10 fantasy points in standard-scoring leagues.

Kenyan Drake, RB, Arizona Cardinals: Arizona's most productive rusher over the last two weeks has been Kyler Murray. The Los Angeles Rams are reeling but still have a talented front seven. Drake is a shaky RB2/3 at best.

Chris Carson, RB, Seattle Seahawks: This is more a warning that Carson comes with some risk. The Seahawks' bell-cow fumbled twice last week while Rashaad Penny thrived, so if he coughs up the ball early in this one, he cd be standing next to Pete Carroll for a good portion of the game.

Tyrell Williams, WR, Oakland Raiders: Williams always has been touchdown-dependent, and the touchdowns have stopped coming. The veteran wideout hasn't caught more than four passes since Week 2 and is the definition of a boom-or-bust play.

Deebo Samuel, WR, San Francisco 49ers: Samuel has compiled three consecutive games of strong production, but he's battling a shoulder injury and caught just two passes last week, one of which he converted to a touchdown. Considering the tough matchup in Baltimore, we're steering clear.

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