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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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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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