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Fantasy football Week 6 waiver wire: All aboard the Gardner Minshew hype train

Fantasy football Week 6 waiver wire: All aboard the Gardner Minshew hype train

Get ready, folks. The bye week deluge is coming.

Four teams are off this week, meaning fantasy football owners have more holes to fill on their rosters. And the further we get into the NFL season, the fewer quality players are left in the fantasy free agent pool.

But fear not: There still are quality options on the waiver wire, including an elite streaming option on defense.

Here are some of the best waiver wire pickups for Week 6.

QUARTERBACK

Gardner Minshew II, Jacksonville Jaguars (owned in 25 percent of Yahoo! leagues): Here's a hot fantasy take: Minshew is a better Week 6 play than Baker Mayfield. The Jaguars' mustachioed gunslinger has thrown two touchdown passes in three straight games and put up season highs in attempts, completions and yards last Sunday. That's a sign the Jags are comfortable letting Minshew airing it out, and that trend should continue against a New Orleans Saints defense that's allowed the third-most fantasy points to opposing QBs this season.

Other quarterbacks to target: Kyle Allen (CAR), Kirk Cousins (MIN), Teddy Bridgewater (NO)

RUNNING BACK

Adrian Peterson, Washington Redskins (47 percent owned): Interim head coach Bill Callahan apparently is hell-bent on running the ball. That's good news for Peterson, an old-school bruiser who hadn't been very productive under Jay Gruden. He's still a fringe play until we see Callahan's new offense in action, but it's slim pickings for running backs right now, and Peterson offers the most upside.

Other running backs to target: Chase Edmonds (ARI), Ito Smith (ATL), Gus Edwards (BAL)

WIDE RECEIVER

Mohamed Sanu, Atlanta Falcons (42 percent owned): Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley get all the hype, but Sanu has more receptions (29) than both wideouts this season and has recorded double-digit fantasy points in three straight games. He has another favorable matchup this week against the Arizona Cardinals, so he needs to be at least rostered in every league.

Other wide receivers to target: Preston Williams (MIA), Paul Richardson Jr. (WAS), Diontae Johnson (PIT)

TIGHT END

Gerald Everett, Los Angeles Rams (11 percent owned): Those looking for a Darren Waller or Eric Ebron replacement should turn to Everett, who has 12 receptions on 19 targets over his last two games. The San Francisco 49ers have been stingy against opposing tight ends, but given Everett's favor with quarterback Jared Goff, he's the best tight end streaming option this week.

Other defenses to target: Chris Herndon (NYJ), Noah Fant (DEN)

DEFENSE

Dallas Cowboys (55 percent owned): Pro tip: Start whichever defense is playing the New York Jets. Philadelphia's defense won a lot of matchups for fantasy owners in Week 5 by feasting on a hapless Jets offense without Sam Darnold, and Dallas is next in line.

Other defenses to target: Redskins (at MIA), Broncos (vs. TEN)

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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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Fantasy football Week 11 waiver wire: Falcons' Brian Hill a top pickup

Fantasy football Week 11 waiver wire: Falcons' Brian Hill a top pickup

It's time to separate the contenders from the pretenders.

Many fantasy football owners have three or four more weeks before their playoffs start, which means they have to push the right buttons to make a run at fantasy glory.

As we all know, fantasy success starts on the waiver wire, where free agents who can make an impact down the stretch are there for the taking.

Here are our fantasy football waiver wire adds for Week 11.

QUARTERBACK

Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders (owned in 45 percent of Yahoo! leagues): Carr continues to see plenty of volume in the passing game, and the winless Cincinnati Bengals have been a fantasy gold mine for opposing quarterbacks. The Raiders QB is your top streamer this week.

Other quarterbacks to target: Nick Foles (JAX), Kyle Allen (CAR), Sam Darnold (NYJ)

RUNNING BACK

Brian Hill, Atlanta Falcons (6 percent owned): Devonta Freeman sprained his foot in Week 10, which is bad news for Atlanta. But that's good news for Hill, who logged 20 carries Sunday and is in line to be the Falcons' workhorse running back in Week 11 with Freeman out. The Carolina Panthers have allowed a ton of fantasy points to opposing running backs, so Hill is a great streaming option this week.

Other running backs to target: J.D. McKissic (DET), Derrius Guice (WAS), Peyton Barber (TB)

WIDE RECEIVER

Hunter Renfrow, Oakland Raiders (10 percent owned): It's slim pickings for wide receivers on the waiver wire this week, but the Clemson product has 10 catches on 12 targets over his last two games and gets a plus matchup against the Bengals' awful secondary. Renfrow is a decent streaming option in PPR leagues. 

Other wide receivers to target: Darius Slayton (NYG), Mecole Hardman (KC), Cole Beasley (BUF)

TIGHT END

Noah Fant, Denver Broncos (16 percent owned): Fant has helped fill Emmanuel Sanders' void in Denver with eight catches for 141 yards over his last two games. He gets a decent matchup against the Minnesota Vikings this week, so scoop up the rookie off his bye week while you can.

Other tight ends to target: Jack Doyle (IND), Jared Cook (NO)

DEFENSE

Oakland Raiders (5 percent owned): The Bengals are an abomination on offense, too. Their 18 turnovers through nine games are the fourth-most in the NFL. Oakland is coming off a strong defensive showing against the Los Angeles Chargers and should feast at home against the NFL's last remaining winless team.

Other defenses to target: Carolina (vs. ATL), Washington (vs. NYJ)

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