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Fantasy football Week 6 buy low/sell high: Get Melvin Gordon cheap while you can

Fantasy football Week 6 buy low/sell high: Get Melvin Gordon cheap while you can

We're on to Week 6, which is just about the halfway point in the regular season in most fantasy football leagues.

That means you should be actively seeking out possible trades that will either turn your season around and put you on track toward a playoff berth, or help you pull away from the rest of your league and earn a high playoff seeding.

Whatever your situation may be, the best way to pursue the right trade is by using the buy-low, sell-high method. Here are some candidates that fall under both of those categories entering Week 6. . .

BUY LOW

Melvin Gordon, RB, Los Angeles Chargers

Gordon was rusty, to say the least, in his first game back with the Chargers after his holdout. He had 12 carries for only 31 yards and was completely outshined by Austin Ekeler in the passing game. That won't be the case in future weeks as Gordon gets eased back into the offense. Expect great things out of the 26-year-old for the rest of the season.

Chris Carson, RB, Seattle Seahawks

Carson had his best fantasy performance of the season last week, so you're not necessarily buying "low" here. But you're buying a lot lower than you will be if you try dealing for him any later than right this second. I have him as an RB1 for the rest of the year, but you may be able to get him for the price of an RB2.

Damien Williams, RB, Kansas City Chiefs

Williams didn't put up eye-popping numbers in his Week 5 return, but it's clear this is his backfield going forward. Go get him now while his value is significantly lower than it will be the rest of the season.

Mike Evans, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Evans is an elite WR1 although he's undoubtedly frustrated fantasy owners with his boom-or-bust season to this point. Following a Week 5 outing that saw him put up a goose egg on the scoresheet, there's no better time to buy low on the Bucs' No. 1 target.

Odell Beckham Jr., WR, Cleveland Browns

There absolutely is reason to panic about OBJ right now. The Browns offense looks completely out of sync and his quarterback Baker Mayfield has no time in the pocket. That being said, Beckham's value is at its absolute lowest right now. Any time a player as talented as OBJ can be bought at a low price, you have to pull the trigger.

Keenan Allen, WR, Los Angeles Chargers

Back-to-back underwhelming performances make Allen a perfect buy-low candidate this week. He will be a strong WR1 for the rest of the season.

SELL HIGH

Austin Ekeler, RB, Los Angeles Chargers

Ekeler will continue to be a valuable asset in fantasy going forward even with Gordon in the mix, but you definitely can get a RB-needy owner in your league to overspend for him. This probably will be the final week we'll be able to say that.

Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Dallas Cowboys

Talent-wise, Zeke is still an elite running back. But if you can get a major haul in return for him in a trade, you should pull the trigger. The production so far this season hasn't been up to par with what we've expected out of him, but the big name will get someone in your league to spend a fortune.

Matt Breida, RB, San Francisco 49ers

After that huge performance on Monday Night Football, now is the time to sell Breida to some sucker in your league. The fact is Breida is in a timeshare with Tevin Coleman and what we saw on Monday night had more to do with the incompetence of the Browns than Breida's realistic value from this point on.

Allen Robinson, WR, Chicago Bears

Robinson scored his first two touchdowns of 2019 during his outstanding Week 5 performance in London. His situation still isn't ideal as he's stuck in a lackluster Bears offense led by Chase Daniel under center. Sell Robinson high while you can.

Will Fuller, WR, Houston Texans

Following four straight mediocre weeks to begin the season, Fuller went off for 14 catches with 217 yards and three touchdowns in the Texans' blowout win over the Falcons. Sell, sell, sell.

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Fantasy football Week 12 waiver wire: Ex-Patriot Jacob Hollister a must-add

Fantasy football Week 12 waiver wire: Ex-Patriot Jacob Hollister a must-add

It's been quite the year for former New England Patriots players.

We all know ex-Tom Brady backups Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett have put up solid numbers while guiding their teams to a combined 15-5 record.

But signal-callers aren't the only players finding new homes outside Foxboro, as former Patriots tight end Jacob Hollister has caught on with the Seattle Seahawks.

The 26-year-old has enjoyed a breakout two-game stretch that includes three touchdown catches following an injury to Will Dissly. That immediately puts him on the map for fantasy football owners who need a tight end for the stretch run.

Hollister highlights our fantasy football waiver wire adds at each position for Week 12.

QUARTERBACK

Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns (owned in 55 percent of Yahoo! leagues): The Browns stink, but you can still have belief in Baker this week. The young QB has accounted for five touchdowns and zero turnovers in his last two games and gets a home date with the Miami Dolphins, who got shredded by Josh Allen last weekend. Mayfield is the top streaming option for Week 12.

Other quarterbacks to target: Ryan Tannehill (TEN), Jacoby Brissett (IND), Sam Darnold (NYJ)

RUNNING BACK

Jonathan Williams, Indianapolis Colts (6 percent owned): Williams made the most of Marlon Mack's exit last Sunday, racking up 116 yards on just 13 carries. The 25-year-old may have to split time with Jordan Wilkins on Thursday night, but if he runs any bit like he did against the Jacksonville Jaguars, he should be Indianapolis' RB1, making him an immediate fantasy asset.

Other running backs to target: Bo Scarbrough (DET), Chris Thompson (WAS), Jordan Wilkins (IND)

WIDE RECEIVER

Darius Slayton, New York Giants (25 percent owned): Slayton's stock obviously takes a hit if Sterling Shepard (concussion) returns in Week 12. But considering the rookie amassed 10 catches for 141 yards in the Giants' last game, we'd imagine he'll still have a legitimate role in this offense. If you're thin on wideouts, scoop Slayton up for your stretch run.

Other wide receivers to target: Russell Gage (ATL), Danny Amendola (DET), James Washington (PIT)

TIGHT END

Jacob Hollister, Seattle Seahawks (33 percent owned): The former Patriots tight end has exploded over the last two weeks, racking up 12 catches for 99 yards and three touchdowns following Dissly's injury. You can't expect that every week, but Hollister has earned enough of Russell Wilson's trust to make him a must-add in all fantasy formats.

Other tight ends to target: Ryan Griffin (NYJ), Mike Gesicki (MIA)

DEFENSE

Atlanta Falcons (5 percent owned): Apparently the Falcons' defense only shows up against the NFC South, judging by its double-digit efforts against the New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers in back-to-back week. Guess who's next on the docket? Turnover machine Jameis Winston and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Other defenses to target: Tennessee (vs. JAX), Seattle (at PHI)

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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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