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Fantasy football Week 9 buy low/sell high: Buy Odell Beckham Jr. after rough week vs. Patriots

Fantasy football Week 9 buy low/sell high: Buy Odell Beckham Jr. after rough week vs. Patriots

The NFL trade deadline has come and gone, but there's still time to swap players in your fantasy football league and set yourself up for playoff success.

Here are your buy low and sell high candidates for Week 9.

BUY LOW

Le'Veon Bell, RB, New York Jets: Bell makes the list again following a rough week vs. the Jaguars. The schedule gets easier, though, and he's exactly the kind of player you want to snag at a low price for when the playoffs come around.

David Montgomery, RB, Chicago Bears: There's a good chance the Montgomery owner in your league is looking to "sell high" after the rookie's breakout week vs. the Chargers. Obviously, given Montgomery's lackluster first half of the season, selling "high" is unrealistic. You should be able to negotiate a reasonable offer in which you don't spend a ton on the Bears running back, who has some favorable matchups coming up.

Jordan Howard, RB, Philadelphia Eagles: Don't worry about the "timeshare" with Miles Sanders. Howard is still the RB you want to own in this offense and is a great RB2 option going forward. His playoff schedule is NYG, WAS, DAL, which is extremely favorable for the running game.

Odell Beckham Jr., WR, Cleveland Browns: One of the biggest disappointments in fantasy football this year is Odell Beckham Jr, and that continued on Sunday night vs. the Patriots. That being said, he's had one of the more difficult schedules through the first half of the season. We should expect the superstar wideout to put up much better numbers from here on out as the matchups will swing in his favor.

Robert Woods, WR, Los Angeles Rams: Woods has zero touchdowns on the season and has been the third option behind Cooper Kupp and Brandin Cooks for most of the year. That's exactly why now is the time to buy him. His price should be insanely low and his opportunities will increase with Cooks banged up. This is still a talented, heavily-utilized player in the Rams offense and should be treated as such.

SELL HIGH

Latavius Murray, RB, New Orleans Saints: Murray was sensational in place of the injured Alvin Kamara and may have helped you win your last two matchups. Kamara should be back after the bye week, though, which means Murray's value will plummet. Before that happens, see if you can sell him to the Kamara owner in your league and get a decent haul in return.

David Johnson, RB, Arizona Cardinals: Obviously, you're selling high based on name value here, not performance. Johnson has been banged up in recent weeks and now has Kenyan Drake in the mix to steal some carries when he does make it onto the field. Still, someone in your league will pay up for the star running back who was drafted in the first round in most leagues.

Chris Carson, RB, Seattle Seahawks: The Rashaad Penny factor here is worrisome. Add in the tough schedule for the rest of the year (and a bye in Week 11), and now is the time to part ways with the Seattle running back if you can get someone to pay a pretty "Penny" for him...(sorry).

Tyrell Williams, WR, Oakland Raiders: Williams has found the end zone in every single game he's participated in this season. That is not sustainable, and the volume simply isn't there to suggest he'll be a top WR option for the rest of the season. Sell high while you can.

Zach Ertz, TE, Philadelphia Eagles: You probably took Ertz with a third or fourth-round pick in your draft, but the usually-elite tight end simply hasn't been getting it done. You should be able to get a decent RB or WR in return based on name value alone, and streaming tight ends is a fine strategy if you do it right.

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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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