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Fantasy football Week 8 waiver wire: What's Mohamed Sanu's value with Patriots?

Fantasy football Week 8 waiver wire: What's Mohamed Sanu's value with Patriots?

Nothing impacts a player's fantasy football stock like a little change of scenery.

Just ask Mohamed Sanu, who after receiving a lifeline from New England on Tuesday morning is ditching the 1-6 Atlanta Falcons to join Tom Brady and the undefeated Patriots.

Sanu is available in nearly 50 percent of Yahoo fantasy leagues, which begs the obvious question: How does his value change after switching offenses?

We tackle that question and more below, where we'll identify the best waiver wire pickups at each position for Week 8.

QUARTERBACK

Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee Titans (owned in 5 percent of Yahoo! leagues): Wait -- Can you actually start a Titans quarterback this week? Tannehill isn't a slam-dunk, but his 312-yard, two-touchdown effort against the Los Angeles Chargers gives us hope that Tennessee is moving away from its dependence on the run game. Tannehill is a great streaming target against a leaky Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense that's allowed 12 touchdown passes over the last four weeks.

Other quarterbacks to target: Mason Rudolph (PIT), Kirk Cousins (MIN), Jacoby Brissett (IND)

RUNNING BACK

Chase Edmonds, Arizona Cardinals (49 percent owned): This is your last chance to jump on the Edmonds bandwagon. The 23-year-old amassed 126 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 27 carries Sunday, making a definitive statement that he more than a capable David Johnson backup.

Even if Johnson is healthy, expect the kid to get a healthy number of touches going forward.

Other running backs to target: J.D. McKissic (DET), Mark Walton (MIA), Darrell Henderson (LAR)

WIDE RECEIVER

Mohamed Sanu, New England Patriots (57 percent owned): Sanu should be the third wide receiver in Tom Brady's pecking order behind Julian Edelman and Josh Gordon. If Gordon misses any more time with his knee and ankle injuries, Sanu becomes the No. 2. It may take the 30-year-old a game or two to get caught up to speed, but the Patriots didn't waste a second-round pick to have him sit on the bench.

Sanu should be a solid WR3 with WR2 potential by Week 11 at the latest (New England has a Week 10 bye) and is worth adding now if you have the roster spot.

Other wide receivers to target: Kenny Stills (HOU), Corey Davis (TEN), Diontae Johnson (PIT)

TIGHT END

Chris Herndon, New York Jets (29 percent owned): This is the definition of buying low. Herndon has yet to play a snap in 2019 and the Jets' offense was a disaster against the New England Patriots, but the Jacksonville Jaguars should offer much more resistance in Week 8. If Herndon can suit up, he's worth the pickup at a very thin position.

Other tight ends to target: Ricky Seals-Jones (CLE), Dallas Goedert (PHI)

DEFENSE

Indianapolis Colts (13 percent owned): Did you watch that Broncos-Chiefs game? Denver's offense is a hot mess, and the Colts have posted strong defensive showings in two consecutive games. They're a great streaming option this week.

Other defenses to target: Lions (vs. NYG), Seahawks (at ATL)

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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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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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