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Fantasy Football Week 2 starts and sits: Is Antonio Brown worth the risk?

Fantasy Football Week 2 starts and sits: Is Antonio Brown worth the risk?

Who can you trust?

That's the million-dollar question as you set your fantasy football lineup -- specifically if you own Antonio Brown.

The New England Patriots wide receiver reportedly is on track to play this Sunday amid allegations of rape and sexual assault, but does that mean he will? And how much will the Patriots use him?

Brown isn't the only player worth highlighting ahead of Week 2, though. Below are our top fantasy football starts and sits entering this weekend's slate.

START

Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers: We're buying low on Roethlisberger this week. Why? He's a better quarterback at home (19 touchdowns, seven interceptions in eight games in 2018), and the Seattle Seahawks are flying cross-country for a 1 p.m. ET start after allowing 418 passing yards and two touchdowns to Andy Dalton in Week 1.

Sony Michel, RB, New England Patriots: Speaking of buying low... Don't expect another dud from Michel against an awful Miami Dolphins defense that allowed 5.8 yards per carry to Baltimore Ravens rushers last Sunday. Michel still saw 15 carries in Week 1 and likely will see an uptick if New England is running out the clock.

Matt Breida, RB, San Francisco 49ers: Breida has to share a backfield with Tevin Coleman, but he's the more explosive runner, and the Cincinnati Bengals' front seven can be beaten. Breida is in line for a bounce-back game as a solid RB2.

Tyrell Williams, WR, Oakland Raiders: Derek Carr made very clear in Week 1 that Williams is his top wideout, and Oakland has a fantasy-friendly matchup versus the Kansas City Chiefs. Williams actually is available in more than 20 percent of Yahoo! leagues, but he's a clear WR2 who should be in your lineup.

Michael Gallup, WR, Dallas Cowboys: Gallup is Dallas' clear No. 2 wide receiver, and wouldn't you know it, they're actually throwing the ball! Expect more air volume this week against the mediocre Washington Redskins as Ezekiel Elliott continues to get up to speed.

SIT

Mitchell Trubisky, QB, Chicago Bears: The Bears' offense should be better after last Thursday's dreadful showing. But it's still a tough matchup in Denver against a strong Broncos pass rush. Trubisky is a QB2 at best this week with low upside.

Phillip Lindsay, RB, Denver Broncos: If there's one thing the Bears did well in Week 1, it's defend -- especially in the run game, where they bottled up Aaron Jones for 39 yards on 13 carries. Lindsay split carries with Royce Freeman last week and has pretty limited upside here.

Kenyan Drake, RB, Miami Dolphins: Drake was the victim of circumstance in Week 1, as Miami was forced to throw after digging an early hole. Things don't look any better in Week 2 against the Patriots, who kept the superior James Conner in check (10 carries, 21 yards) last week.

Antonio Brown, WR, Patriots: Look, we know this guy is talented. We know he's on track to play Sunday. But he's only been in New England for a few days, and if you'll recall, the Patriots held Josh Gordon out for a week after trading for him last September. There's a good chance the Patriots ease Brown into action Sunday. If you own him, you can survive one more week without him before hitting full throttle in Week 3.

Robby Anderson, WR, New York Jets: Anderson's calf still appears to be bothering him, and Jamison Crowder (14 catches) was the target hog in Week 1. Oh, and New York is starting Trevor Siemian this week against the Cleveland Browns. We'd advise steering clear of any Jets 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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