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Fantasy Football Week 5 starts, sits: James White a safe play vs. Redskins

Fantasy Football Week 5 starts, sits: James White a safe play vs. Redskins

If you've been staring at your fantasy football lineup wondering who to play and who to keep on your bench for Week 5, don't worry, we've got you covered.

Here's our list of top fantasy starts and sits to help you make your final decisions for the week:

START

Kyler Murray, QB, Arizona Cardinals: Murray is starting to use his legs more, which is an extremely encouraging sign considering his unimpressive passing totals through the first four weeks. Add in the fact he's facing Cincinnati, and you have the formula for a great fantasy day.

James White, RB, New England Patriots: Last week, the Redskins allowed Giants backup RB Wayne Gallman to gain 118 total yards for two touchdowns. White should have no problem putting up impressive numbers of his own, especially in PPR leagues.

David Montgomery, RB, Chicago Bears: The rookie's snap count is trending upward and that should continue this weekend in London vs. the Raiders. Injured Bears QB Mitch Trubisky will be replaced by Chase Daniel, which means Chicago could lean on the running game even more.

Tyler Boyd, WR, Cincinnati Bengals: No John Ross and still no A.J. Green makes Boyd the undisputed No. 1 option in the passing game for Cincinnati. He has a great matchup this week vs. the porous Cardinals defense.

Alshon Jeffery, WR, Philadelphia Eagles: Jeffery's been hobbled by a calf injury the last few weeks, but still produced double-digit fantasy points in last week's matchup vs. the Packers despite looking a bit rusty. He was targeted nine times in the Eagles victory and should get a ton of volume again vs. the Jets with DeSean Jackson expected to be out.

SIT

Jared Goff, QB, Los Angeles Rams: Goff is known for his struggles on the road, particularly in Seattle, and he hasn't done anything this season to ensure he's a reliable starter on any given week. I recommend going in a different direction for Thursday night if possible.

Chris Thompson/Adrian Peterson, RB, Washington Redskins: Based off volume alone, Thompson could be an OK flex play this week in PPR leagues. Otherwise, stay far away as you do not want to take your chances against this Patriots defense. You weren't going to start AP anyway, but here's your reminder just in case the thought even crossed your mind.

Josh Jacobs, RB, Oakland Raiders: The obvious reasoning here is Jacobs has to go up against a Bears defense that swallows opposing running backs whole. The other reason is the game script likely won't be in Oakland's favor, meaning they'll probably use pass-catching running back Jalen Richard while they're playing catchup. Raiders head coach Jon Gruden has said he wants to get Jacobs more involved in the passing game, but I'll believe it when I see it.

Terry McLaurin, WR, Washington Redskins: We don't even know who will be starting at QB yet for Washington vs. the Patriots, but it doesn't really matter. The Pats' D is going to make it a priority to shut down the Redskins' breakout receiver.

Sterling Shepard, WR, New York Giants: Golden Tate returns this week, so we can expect Shepard's target share to decrease. It isn't an appealing matchup anyway vs. the Vikings.

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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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