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Fantasy football Week 7 waiver wire: Ben Watson a sneaky pickup at TE?

Fantasy football Week 7 waiver wire: Ben Watson a sneaky pickup at TE?

Here's a simple tip to get an edge in fantasy football transactions: Pay attention to actual NFL transactions.

The NFL trade deadline is just two weeks away, meaning teams are beginning to wheel and deal as they finalize their rosters for the home stretch.

The New England Patriots, for example, reportedly are bringing back tight end Ben Watson after releasing him just days earlier. Watson obviously isn't Rob Gronkowski, but he's essentially unowned right now and could be a contributor late in the season when it matters most.

Who else on the fantasy free agent market can help your squad, either in the short- or long-term?

Here are some of the best waiver wire pickups for Week 7.

QUARTERBACK

Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills (owned in 52 percent of Yahoo! leagues): Allen already has a high floor thanks to his rushing ability. In Week 7, he gets an atrocious Miami Dolphins defense that's allowed more fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks than any NFL team. Allen is a legitimate QB1 who's available in essentially half of all leagues. Put your bids in now.

Other quarterbacks to target: Sam Darnold (NYJ), Kirk Cousins (MIN), Jacoby Brissett (IND)

RUNNING BACK

Mark Walton, Miami Dolphins (5 percent owned): As usual, the pickings are slim here. But Walton averaged 5.3 yards per touch last Sunday and looked better than Kenyan Drake, so there's upside here, especially if he continues to be involved in the passing game (five catches for 43 yards in Week 6).

Other running backs to target: Jamaal Williams (GB), Chase Edmonds (ARI), Alexander Mattison (MIN)

WIDE RECEIVER

Auden Tate, Cincinnati Bengals (23 percent owned): The Bengals seem committed to just chucking the ball while trailing (Yes, I'm a salty Joe Mixon owner), and Tate has emerged as a benificiary, converting 12 targets into five catches for 91 yards last week. If A.J. Green and John Ross are out again in Week 7, Tate is a solid FLEX play.

Other wide receivers to target: Jaron Brown (SEA),Cole Beasley (BUF), N'Keal Harry (NE)

TIGHT END

Ben Watson, New England Patriots (1 percent owned): It's worth a shot, right? The Patriots are thin on pass-catchers and Watson has more experience with Brady than any pass-catcher not named Julian Edelman. It may take a few games for Watson to get up to speed, but at a desolate position, he's a better option than most other free agents on the market.

Other tight ends to target: Luke Willson (SEA), Dawson Knox (BUF)

DEFENSE

Buffalo Bills (67 percent owned): This is the pickup of the week. The Bills are coming off a bye and are facing the fantasy gold mine that is the Dolphins offense, which has allowed double-digit fantasy points to every defense it's faced -- even the Washington Redskins.

Other defenses to target: Packers (vs. OAK), Titans (vs. LAC)

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Fantasy football Week 16 waiver wire: Breshad Perriman can be a league-winner

Fantasy football Week 16 waiver wire: Breshad Perriman can be a league-winner

It's not about how you start the fantasy football season. It's how you finish.

If you're reading this, chances are your squad is loaded enough to roll through your league's playoffs to the championship round.

But there's always room for improvement, and the Week 16 waiver wire includes a couple players who should be legitimate starters in any fantasy lineup, regardless of depth.

Want to win the whole thing? Start by doing your due diligence on the waiver wire. Here are our top free-agent pickups at each position entering Week 16.

QUARTERBACK

Ryan Fitzpatrick, Miami Dolphins (owned in 25 percent of Yahoo! leagues): We hope you have a better QB1 option than Fitzpatrick if you've reached your league's championship. But if you're in a two-QB league, the ageless, bearded wonder is a fine pickup: He's attempted 37 or more passes in five consecutive games and gets a beatable Cincinnati Bengals defense.

Other quarterbacks to target: Jacoby Brissett (IND), Mitchell Trubisky (CHI), Gardner Minshew (JAX)

RUNNING BACK

Alexander Mattison, Minnesota Vikings (39 percent owned): It's still unclear if Dalvin Cook will play in Week 16 after suffering a shoulder injury Sunday. If he doesn't, that's a massive opportunity for either Mattison or Mike Boone, who found the end zone twice in Week 15 with Cook and Mattison both sidelined. If Mattison is healthy, he should be your top waiver wire priority against the Green Bay Packers' Swiss cheese run defense.

Other running backs to target: Mike Boone (MIN), Chris Thompson (WAS), Wes Hills (DET)

WIDE RECEIVER

Breshad Perriman, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (13 percent owned): This one's a no-brainer. Perriman had produced double-digit fantasy points in two consecutive weeks before going off for three touchdowns last Sunday in Mike Evans' absence. With Chris Godwin also on the shelf, Perriman suddenly is the No. 1 wideout for Jameis Winston and the pass-happy Bucs.

Other wide receivers to target: Anthony Miller (CHI), Chris Conley (JAX), James Washington (PIT)

TIGHT END

O.J. Howard, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (41 percent owned): Perriman isn't the only Bucs pass-catcher who should benefit from Evans and Godwin being out. Howard has at least four catches in three consecutive games, and the Houston Texans have allowed six touchdowns to tight ends over their last seven contests.

Other tight ends to target: Jonnu Smith (TEN), Darren Fells (HOU)

DEFENSE

Denver Broncos (25 percent owned): David Blough's stats through three games as the Detroit Lions' starting quarterback -- five interceptions, one fumble, nine sacks -- are all the evidence you need to pick up the Broncos ahead of this matchup in Denver.

Other defenses to target: Indianapolis (vs. CAR), Atlanta (vs. JAX)

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Fantasy football Week 15 waiver wire: Can A.J. Brown deliver in playoffs?

Fantasy football Week 15 waiver wire: Can A.J. Brown deliver in playoffs?

You didn't come this far just to come this far.

Week 15 of the NFL season means it's the semifinal round of the fantasy football playoffs in most leagues.

If you're reading this, congrats on still being alive. But you're not interested in a runner-up trophy, and we're not interested in providing runner-up advice.

Below are the top players at each position who are widely available on fantasy football waiver wires and are worth adding for Week 15 as you seek fantasy glory.

QUARTERBACK

Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee Titans (owned in 48 percent of Yahoo! leagues): We'll continue to put Tannehill on this list until he's owned in more than half of leagues. The Titans gunslinger was the sixth-best quarterback in fantasy last week and faces a Houston Texans defense that just allowed 309 passing yards and three touchdowns to Drew Lock. He's your guy again this week.

Other quarterbacks to target: Ryan Fitzpatrick (MIA), Jacoby Brissett (IND), Kyle Allen (CAR)

RUNNING BACK

Adrian Peterson, Washington Redskins (40 percent owned): News that Derrius Guice has a sprained MCL means Peterson is the clear-cut workhorse on a team that loves to run the ball. The ageless veteran has touchdowns in back-to-back weeks and should see north of 20 touches against the Philadelphia Eagles, making him the safest waiver wire pickup among running backs.

Other running backs to target: DeAndre Washington (OAK), Patrick Laird (MIA), Boston Scott (PHI)

WIDE RECEIVER

A.J. Brown, Tennessee Titans (27 percent owned): The rookie wide receiver has become Tannehill's go-to deep threat, with 333 receiving yards over his last three games. Brown's low catch total makes him a bit of a boom-or-bust play, but it's the playoffs. Gotta take shots to make shots.

Other wide receivers to target: Zach Pascal (IND), Darius Slayton (NYG), Justin Watson (TB)

TIGHT END

David Njoku, Cleveland Browns (37 percent owned): Njoku caught just one pass for four yards in his first game since Week 2, but has a dream matchup against an Arizona Cardinals defense that's given up the most fantasy points to opposing tight ends this season. He's a high-risk breakout candidate.

Other tight ends to target: Gerald Everett (LAR), Darren Fells (HOU)

DEFENSE

Kansas City Chiefs (32 percent owned): Is the Chiefs defense ... good? Kansas City has held each of its last opponents (including the New England Patriots) to 16 points or fewer. The Denver Broncos are riding high after upsetting the Texans, but we're sensing a turnover-filled letdown game in KC.

Other defenses to target: Oakland (vs. JAX), Seattle (at CAR)

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