Fantasy Football Week 9 starts, sits: Can you trust Mohamed Sanu vs. Ravens?

Fantasy Football Week 9 starts, sits: Can you trust Mohamed Sanu vs. Ravens?

Time flies when you're having fun.

The NFL season will be past its halfway point when Week 9 wraps up, and most fantasy football owners already are past the halfway mark in leagues where playoffs start in Week 14 or 15.

That means we're hitting the home stretch, where every roster decision you make becomes more important as you fight for a playoff spot.

Since we're all in this together, here are our five players to start and five players to avoid as you set your Week 9 lineup.


Derek Carr, QB, Oakland Raiders: Carr threw three touchdown passes last week and gets a Detroit Lions defense that's gotten killed through the air in two consecutive weeks (660 passing yards, eight touchdowns). He's actually unowned in more than 50 percent of leagues, so he's a great streaming option this week.

James White, RB, New England Patriots: As our Phil Perry pointed out Thursday, the Ravens have struggled against running backs in the passing game. New England's wide receiver corps still isn't at full strength, so White is a safe high-floor play, especially in PPR leagues.

Jordan Howard, RB, Philadelphia Eagles: Who's ready for a Jordan Howard revenge game? The Chicago Bears have allowed seven touchdowns to running backs over their last four games, and the goal line is where Howard makes his bread and butter.

Tyrell Williams, WR, Raiders: Williams has a touchdown reception in every game he's played in this season. Even if he doesn't keep that streak alive, Carr's No. 1 wide receiver should be good for a few big plays against Detroit's secondary.

DJ Chark, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars: Wake up early and plug Chark into your lineup for Jacksonville's London matchup with a Houston Texans defense allowing the second-most fantasy points to opposing wideouts. Chark's stock rises higher if Dede Westbrook can't play.


Philip Rivers, QB, Los Angeles Chargers: Even in their upset of the Bears, the Chargers' offense wasn't exactly inspiring. The Green Bay Packers have been stingy against opposing QBs this season, so Rivers is more of a QB2 this week.

David Montgomery, RB, Chicago Bears: Montgomery broke out against the Chargers last weekend, but the Bears have been wary of giving their rookie a heavy workload. Expect Montgomery's usage to decrease after his 31 touches in Week 8.

Phillip Lindsay, RB, Denver Broncos: The matchup is good on paper versus a vulnerable Cleveland Browns defense, but Royce Freeman has been Denver's preferred goal line back of late, which limits Lindsay's ceiling to more of an RB3.

Jarvis Landry, WR, Cleveland Browns: Landry hasn't really produced this season outside one breakout game, and we don't see that changing against a stout Denver Broncos secondary allowing the second-fewest fantasy points to opposing wide receivers.

Mohamed Sanu, WR, New England Patriots: Sanu should be more involved with a full week of practice under his belt ... but we don't trust him as a starting wideout just yet, especially on the road versus a Ravens defense that's better than any the Patriots have seen in a while.

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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.


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)


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)


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)


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)


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.


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)


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)


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)


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)


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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