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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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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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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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