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Fantasy football Week 10 waiver wire: Ravens defense an elite streamer

Fantasy football Week 10 waiver wire: Ravens defense an elite streamer

Who said the fantasy football free agent pool gets thinner as the season goes on?

While it's still hard to find elite talent on the waiver wire, the ebbs and flows of injuries, role changes and NFL schedules creates new opportunities for players each week.

That's certainly the case in Week 10, as several players -- and one defensive unit -- are available as immediate plug-and-play options for your lineup.

Here are our fantasy football waiver wire adds for Week 10.

QUARTERBACK

Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee Titans (owned in 18 percent of Yahoo! leagues): We're back on the Tannehill train this week. He thrived in a tough matchup with 331 passing yards in Carolina on Sunday, and gets a home date with a Kansas City Chiefs defense that's allowed six passing touchdowns over the past two weeks. Tennessee seems committed to throwing with Tannehill under center, making him a great high-floor streamer.

Other quarterbacks to target: Jacoby Brissett (IND), Daniel Jones (NYG), Sam Darnold (NYJ)

RUNNING BACK

Ronald Jones II, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (42 percent owned): Buccaneers running backs have never been a fantasy gold mine, but Tampa Bay seems committed to Jones after he tallied 82 total yards and a touchdown in Week 10. He gets a plus matchup at home against the Arizona Cardinals and is worth a pickup regardless of matchup as a starting NFL running back.

Other running backs to target: Kalen Ballage (MIA), Derrius Guice (WAS), Ty Montgomery (NYJ)

WIDE RECEIVER

Zach Pascal, Indianapolis Colts (22 percent owned): Guess which Colts receiver led the team in targets Sunday with T.Y. Hilton sidelined? That'd be Pascal, who also has three touchdowns in the two games Hilton has missed this season. Jacoby Brissett's injury is worth monitoring, but as long as Brissett is in and Hilton is out, Pascal is a solid FLEX play.

Other wide receivers to target: Chris Conley (JAX), DeVante Parker (MIA), Anthony Miller (CHI)

TIGHT END

Chris Herndon, New York Jets (30 percent owned): Herndon will make his debut soon. We swear. The Jets tight end is behind schedule as he recovers from a hamstring injury, but it seems like he was close to playing last Sunday. Once he's back on the field, he should see a decent share of targets in a Jets offense that will be playing from behind a lot.

Other tight ends to target: Jack Doyle (IND), Jared Cook (NO)

DEFENSE

Baltimore Ravens (49 percent owned): This is the beauty of the waiver wire. The Ravens are an elite defense with a grade-A Week 10 matchup (the putrid Cincinnati Bengals) but are owned in more than half of Yahoo! leagues after owners saw the undefeated New England Patriots on their Week 9 schedule. Put in your claim and hope for the best.

Other defenses to target: Rams (at PIT), Colts (vs. MIA)

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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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