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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 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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Fantasy Football Week 10 starts, sits: Steer well clear of Josh Gordon

Fantasy Football Week 10 starts, sits: Steer well clear of Josh Gordon

Not all fantasy football opportunities are created equal.

The NFL's carousel of injuries and roster moves has put the spotlight on several players, from Jaylen Samuels, who's suddenly the Pittsburgh Steelers' de facto running back, to wide receiver Josh Gordon, who's hoping to latch on with the Seattle Seahawks after his release from the New England Patriots.

Which players are worth slotting into your lineup? We've got you covered with five starts and five sits for Week 10 of NFL action.

START

Josh Allen, QB, Buffalo Bills: Allen is about as safe a bet as they come at QB, with 17 or more fantasy points (Yahoo! standard leagues) in all but one of his games this season. The Cleveland Browns have allowed at least two passing touchdowns in six consecutive weeks, so Allen is a great high-floor play.

Jaylen Samuels, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers: With James Conner and Benny Snell expected to be out with injuries, Samuels should be the Steelers' workhorse against the Los Angeles Rams, who have been average against opposing running backs this season. Samuels' expected volume makes him a safe RB2.

Jamaal Williams, RB, Green Bay Packers: Unlike Samuels, Williams has to share the backfield pie with Aaron Jones. But that hasn't stopped him from tallying a receiving touchdown in four consecutive weeks. The Carolina Panthers have given up the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing running backs this season, so Williams is a strong spot start.

Christian Kirk, WR, Arizona Cardinals: Don't be discouraged by Kirk's Week 9 dud. The Cardinals receiver should get a heavy workload against a Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense surrendering a league-high 311.9 receiving yards per game.

Calvin Ridley, WR, Atlanta Falcons: Matt Ryan is expected to play Sunday, which means you're expected to play Ridley. Ryan should look Ridley's way often in Mohamed Sanu's absence, and Atlanta will be throwing plenty if it gets down early to the New Orleans Saints.

SIT

Baker Mayfield, QB, Cleveland Browns: Mayfield showed some fantasy promise in Denver last week, but he should be right back on your bench against a stingy Bills secondary.

Devonta Freeman, RB, Atlanta Falcons: Freeman could tally some points as Ryan's checkdown target, but the Saints haven't allowed more than 46 receiving yards to any running back this season and have been pretty effective bottling up rushers on the ground.

Kenyan Drake, RB, Arizona Cardinals: David Johnson said he's "definitely" playing for the Cardinals this Sunday. Drake looked great with Johnson sidelined in Week 9, but how will the two coexist against the NFL's leading rush defense in Tampa Bay? We'd rather not find out.

Curtis Samuel, WR, Carolina Panthers: Samuel has scored in two of his last three games, but this is a tough road matchup against the Green Bay Packers, who have allowed just one touchdown to wide receivers over the last four weeks. Samuel is a dicey WR3 this week.

Josh Gordon, WR, Seattle Seahawks: Don't fall into the "big name" trap, folks. This is already a brutal matchup against the undefeated San Francisco 49ers, and Gordon is trying to fight through a hamstring injury on a team he joined seven days ago. Steer clear of the former Patriots wide receiver.

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