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Fantasy football Week 12 waiver wire: Ex-Patriot Jacob Hollister a must-add

Fantasy football Week 12 waiver wire: Ex-Patriot Jacob Hollister a must-add

It's been quite the year for former New England Patriots players.

We all know ex-Tom Brady backups Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett have put up solid numbers while guiding their teams to a combined 15-5 record.

But signal-callers aren't the only players finding new homes outside Foxboro, as former Patriots tight end Jacob Hollister has caught on with the Seattle Seahawks.

The 26-year-old has enjoyed a breakout two-game stretch that includes three touchdown catches following an injury to Will Dissly. That immediately puts him on the map for fantasy football owners who need a tight end for the stretch run.

Hollister highlights our fantasy football waiver wire adds at each position for Week 12.

QUARTERBACK

Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns (owned in 55 percent of Yahoo! leagues): The Browns stink, but you can still have belief in Baker this week. The young QB has accounted for five touchdowns and zero turnovers in his last two games and gets a home date with the Miami Dolphins, who got shredded by Josh Allen last weekend. Mayfield is the top streaming option for Week 12.

Other quarterbacks to target: Ryan Tannehill (TEN), Jacoby Brissett (IND), Sam Darnold (NYJ)

RUNNING BACK

Jonathan Williams, Indianapolis Colts (6 percent owned): Williams made the most of Marlon Mack's exit last Sunday, racking up 116 yards on just 13 carries. The 25-year-old may have to split time with Jordan Wilkins on Thursday night, but if he runs any bit like he did against the Jacksonville Jaguars, he should be Indianapolis' RB1, making him an immediate fantasy asset.

Other running backs to target: Bo Scarbrough (DET), Chris Thompson (WAS), Jordan Wilkins (IND)

WIDE RECEIVER

Darius Slayton, New York Giants (25 percent owned): Slayton's stock obviously takes a hit if Sterling Shepard (concussion) returns in Week 12. But considering the rookie amassed 10 catches for 141 yards in the Giants' last game, we'd imagine he'll still have a legitimate role in this offense. If you're thin on wideouts, scoop Slayton up for your stretch run.

Other wide receivers to target: Russell Gage (ATL), Danny Amendola (DET), James Washington (PIT)

TIGHT END

Jacob Hollister, Seattle Seahawks (33 percent owned): The former Patriots tight end has exploded over the last two weeks, racking up 12 catches for 99 yards and three touchdowns following Dissly's injury. You can't expect that every week, but Hollister has earned enough of Russell Wilson's trust to make him a must-add in all fantasy formats.

Other tight ends to target: Ryan Griffin (NYJ), Mike Gesicki (MIA)

DEFENSE

Atlanta Falcons (5 percent owned): Apparently the Falcons' defense only shows up against the NFC South, judging by its double-digit efforts against the New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers in back-to-back week. Guess who's next on the docket? Turnover machine Jameis Winston and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Other defenses to target: Tennessee (vs. JAX), Seattle (at PHI)

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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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