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Fantasy football Week 6 rankings: Top players at each skill position

Fantasy football Week 6 rankings: Top players at each skill position

This is hardly a shocking revelation, but fantasy football success comes down to volume.

Why is Christian McCaffrey our top running back this week? Because he's touched the ball or been targeted on 50 percent of the Carolina Panthers' offense plays since Cam Newton went down.

And as you'll see, our list of top wide receivers for Week 6 is littered with target hogs who may not beat you deep but consistently rank near the top of the league in receptions.

Now, time for the specifics. Here are our rankings for the top fantasy football players at each position for Week 6.

QUARTERBACK

1. Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs (vs. HOU)
2. Deshaun Watson, Texans (at KC)
3. Lamar Jackson, Ravens (vs. CIN)
4. Russell Wilson, Seahawks (at CLE)
5. Matt Ryan, Falcons (at ARI)
6. Tom Brady, Patriots (vs. NYG)
7. Dak Prescott, Cowboys (at NYJ)
8. Kyler Murray, Cardinals (vs. ATL)
9. Aaron Rodgers, Packers (vs. DET)
10. Jameis Winston, Buccaneers (vs. CAR)
11. Carson Wentz, Eagles (at MIN)
12. Philip Rivers, Chargers (vs. PIT)

Brady's only fantasy dud came in the Patriots' only close game this season. That should alleviate concerns that a potential cakewalk against the New York Giants on Thursday night will limit his workload. Brady is a clear QB1 this week, so if he's on your roster, get him in your lineup now.

RUNNING BACK

1. Christian McCaffrey, Panthers (at TB)
2. Ezekiel Elliott, Cowboys (at NYJ)
3. Alvin Kamara, Saints (at JAX)
4. Aaron Jones, Packers (vs. DET)
5. Nick Chubb, Browns (vs. SEA)
6. David Johnson, Cardinals (vs. ATL)
7. Dalvin Cook, Vikings (vs. PHI)
8. Chris Carson, Seahawks (at CLE)
9. Leonard Fournette, Jaguars (vs. NO)
10. Mark Ingram, Ravens (vs. CIN)
11. Derrick Henry, Titans (at DEN)
12. Le'Veon Bell, Jets (vs. DAL)
13. James Conner, Steelers (at LAC)
14. Todd Gurley, Rams (vs. SF)
15. Kerryon Johnson, Lions (at GB)

David Johnson owners should monitor his health, as the Cardinals running back is dealing with a back injury. If he plays, though, the matchup is great against an Atlanta Falcons defense susceptible to pass-catching backs. If he doesn't? Hopefully you took our advice and grabbed Chase Edmonds.

WIDE RECEIVER

1. DeAndre Hopkins, Texans (at KC)
2. Julio Jones, Falcons (at ARI)
3. Keenan Allen, Chargers (vs. PIT)
4. Michael Thomas, Saints (at JAX)
5. Cooper Kupp, Rams (vs. SF)
6. Amari Cooper, Cowboys (at NYJ)
7. Adam Thielen, Vikings (vs. PHI)
8. Chris Godwin, Panthers (vs. CAR)
9. Odell Beckham Jr., Browns (vs. SEA)
10. Mike Evans, Buccaneers (vs. CAR)
11. Julian Edelman, Patriots (vs. NYG)
12. Tyler Lockett, Seahawks (at CLE)
13. Tyler Boyd, Bengals (at BAL)
14. Davante Adams, Packers (vs. DET)
15. Tyreek Hill, Chiefs (vs. HOU)

Kupp arguably is the most consistent wide receiver in fantasy right now, with nine-plus catches and 100-plus yards in three consecutive games. He's one of several slot receivers -- Chris Godwin and Julian Edelman among them -- who are legitimate WR1 or WR2 plays this week based on their high volume.

TIGHT END

1. Travis Kelce, Chiefs (vs. HOU)
2. George Kittle, SF (at LAR)
3. Zach Ertz, Eagles (at MIN)
4. Austin Hooper, Falcons (at ARI)
5. Mark Andrews, Ravens (vs. CIN)
6. Will Dissly, Seahawks (at CLE)
7. Greg Olsen, Panthers (at TB)
8. Jimmy Graham, Packers (vs. DET)
9. Gerald Everett, Rams (vs. SF)
10. Jared Cook, Saints (at JAX)
11. O.J. Howard, Buccaneers (vs. CAR)
12. Chris Herndon IV, Jets (vs. DAL)

If you have Hooper, you're licking your chops this week. Not only does the Falcons tight end have 21 receptions in his last three games, but the Arizona Cardinals have allowed the most fantasy points to opposing tight ends this season. Sign us up.

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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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