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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 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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