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December 06, 2016

2016 Fantasy Football TE Waiver-Wire Options Heading Into Week 14

Every week, we examine players that may be available on your league's waiver wire that could help your team in the short- and/or long-term.

For a player to be listed, he must be owned in 50 percent (or less) of Yahoo! leagues. The goal is to provide recommendations of players that have a greater chance of being available on your league's waiver wire.

With that said, here are some tight end waiver-wire options that I like heading into Week 14 (Yahoo! ownership in parenthesis):

[Note: Players listed below are sorted by my preference to add.]

1. C.J. Fiedorowicz, Houston Texans (40 percent)

In three of his past four games, Fiedorowicz has failed to score at least five fantasy points. That said, he continues to see a steady volume of targets his way.

Since Week 4, Fiedorowicz has a minimum of five targets in every game and an average of 7.11/G over that nine-game span. And in the past three games, he's averaged 8.33/G. During that nine-game span, the third-year tight end has averaged 4.78/51.78/0.33 per game.

Fiedorowicz gets a favorable matchup this week against the Colts, who have allowed the 10th-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends this season. In his first game this season against the Colts, Fiedorowicz had a 6/85/1 line on seven targets and finished the week as fantasy's TE3.

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2. Ladarius Green, Pittsburgh Steelers (23 percent)

Green's playing time continues to expand and the first-year Steeler had six catches for 110 yards and a touchdown on 11 targets in Week 13. With the team looking for a pass-catcher to step up beyond Antonio Brown (and Le'Veon Bell), Green could/should be that guy down the stretch.

3. Dennis Pitta, Baltimore Ravens (33 percent)

Through Week 12, Pitta had zero touchdowns (despite being one of the most-targeted tight ends in the league). Through Week 13, he now has two. I wouldn't be surprised if he didn't score another touchdown the rest of the season. Joe Flacco has only three multi-TD games this season. That said, he should continue to see a steady dose of targets in one of the league's most pass-happy offenses.

4. Dwayne Allen, Indianapolis Colts (29 percent)

Allen saw Pitta's two touchdowns and raised him a score. Turning three-quarters of his targets into touchdowns, Allen finished Monday Night Football with a 4/72/3 line against the Jets. Allen had five catches for 49 yards on six targets in Week 12. Of course, Allen won't score three touchdowns in a game again this season, but he remains a TD-dependent option going forward.

5. Vernon Davis, Washington Redskins (37 percent)

Davis now has five catches in back-to-back games as Jordan Reed missed Week 13 against the Cardinals. Davis has a minimum of 47 yards in six of his past seven games -- the miss was a Week 11 goose egg against the Packers. Especially if Reed misses another game, Davis will be a back-end TE1/high-end TE2 despite another difficult matchup against the Eagles.

6. Jermaine Gresham, Arizona Cardinals (three percent)

The upside with Gresham isn't great, but he now has five catches in back-to-back games, touchdowns in two of his past three games and six-plus targets in three of his past four games. With injuries (Rob Gronkowski and Reed) at the top of the position, Gresham is at least worth a look for those in dire need at the position.

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2016 Fantasy Football WR Waiver-Wire Options Heading Into Week 14

Every week, we examine players that may be available on your league's waiver wire that could help your team in the short- and/or long-term.

For a player to be listed, he must be owned in 50 percent (or less) of Yahoo! leagues. The goal is to provide recommendations of players that have a greater chance of being available on your league's waiver wire.

With that said, here are some wide receiver waiver-wire options that I like heading into Week 14 (Yahoo! ownership in parenthesis):

[Note: Players listed below are sorted by my preference to add.]

1. Malcolm Mitchell, New England Patriots (29 percent)

Productive in Weeks 11 and 12, Mitchell scored a total of three touchdowns in those two games, but he had a total of only nine targets and no more than 14-percent target share in either of those two games. Week 13 was different. Mitchell had eight catches and 10 targets, both of which were season highs, and a 21.74-percent target share.

Not only is Rob Gronkowski out for the rest of the season, but Danny Amendola is now dealing with a high-ankle sprain. With the Pats running more three-wide sets with Gronk out and Mitchell gaining the trust of Tom Brady, he is a must-add for those in any league size.

2. Corey Coleman, Cleveland Browns (48 percent)

Since returning from his multi-game absence, Coleman has only 13 total receptions in four games with no more than 41 yards in any of those games. That said, he has 31 targets (7.75/G) and RG3 is likely to get the Week 14 start and down the stretch.

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3. Dontrelle Inman, San Diego Chargers (20 percent)

Inman had just two catches and five targets, both of which were seven-game lows, but he finished with 49 yards and a touchdown to score double-digit fantasy points in his second consecutive game. Even though the absolute number of targets were a seven-game low, Inman now has at least 20-percent target share in four consecutive games.

The Chargers receivers get a favorable matchup in Week 14 against the Panthers, who have allowed the seventh-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers this season, and then the Raiders and Browns in Weeks 15 and 16.

4. Brandon LaFell, Cincinnati Bengals (16 percent)

In the first two games since the A.J. Green hamstring injury, LaFell had nine targets in each game but only 32 and 38 yards, respectively. Last week, LaFell had fewer targets (seven), but he was much more efficient and productive (5/95/1). Dealing with a Grade 2 hamstring tear, it appears that AJG is still a week or two, if not more, away from returning.

5. Michael Floyd, Arizona Cardinals (46 percent)

Floyd had only three catches for 18 yards on Sunday and he now has 31 yards or less in three consecutive games. That said, the good news is Floyd had eight targets (18.6-percent target share, his highest since Week 3) and scored a touchdown Sunday. In addition, he's re-emerged as the clear No. 2 receiver after Larry Fitzgerald in the Cardinals offense.

6. Ted Ginn Jr., Carolina Panthers (23 percent)

Ginn now has three-plus catches and 40-plus yards in seven consecutive games and touchdowns in each of his past three. During that span, however, he has an additional six carries so has at least five touches in six of his past seven games. That said, he has no more than seven targets in any of those games and remains a TD-dependent fantasy option.

7. Pierre Garcon, Washington Redskins (32 percent)

Garcon had seven catches for 78 yards on Sunday and he now has at least six catches and 67 yards in four of his past five games. If tight end Jordan Reed misses another game in Week 14, Garcon will be in the WR3 mix.

8. Will Fuller, Houston Texans (43 percent)

One week after hauling in four catches for 60 yards, Fuller had five catches for 59 yards against the Packers. It's hard to trust any of Houston's receivers, primarily due to Brock Osweiler's struggles, but there is some upside with the explosive rookie receiver.

9. Tyler Lockett, Seattle Seahawks (37 percent)

Lockett had five catches for 63 yards on six targets and a 75-yard touchdown run to have his best performance of the season. He now has six targets (16-percent target share) in three of his past five games. Dangerous in the open field, Lockett's talent warrants a larger offensive role (although it's hard to count on it) and the Seahawks get a favorable matchup in Week 14 against the Packers.

10. Marqise Lee, Jacksonville Jaguars (11 percent)

Lee had just three catches for 34 yards in Week 13 against the Broncos, but the good news is that he continues to see heavy volume in the pass game. Lee now has a 20-percent share in three consecutive games and in four of his past five. In fact, he now has at least six targets in 10 of the 11 games since Week 2. Unfortunately, the Jags have a couple more tough matchups on the horizon with Minnesota in Week 14 and Houston in Week 15.

11. Taylor Gabriel, Atlanta Falcons (38 percent)

After four consecutive top-15 weekly performances, Gabriel finished as fantasy's WR55 in Week 13, but he actually had a season-high six targets. Over his past five games, the speedster has 18/315/4 receiving with 3/51/1 rushing. Depending on the status of Julio Jones (turf toe) and Mohamed Sanu (groin), both of whom were dealing with injuries at the end of Week 13's loss to the Chiefs, Gabriel could see similar volume in Week 14.

12. Adam Thielen, Minnesota Vikings (16 percent)

Since Week 5, Thielen has 39 catches for 512 yards and three touchdowns on 53 targets over eight games. Better in PPR formats, Thielen has now finished as a top-35 PPR wide receiver in four consecutive games.

13. Dorial Green-Beckham, Philadelphia Eagles (eight percent)

Green-Beckham now has double-digit targets in back-to-back games. With Carson Wentz throwing it 60 times and Jordan Matthews sidelined on Sunday, it's disappointing that DGB had just four catches for 29 yards on his 10 targets. Matthews should return this week, but DGB should see 6-8 targets.

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2016 Fantasy Football RB Waiver-Wire Options Heading Into Week 14

Every week, we examine players that may be available on your league's waiver wire that could help your team in the short- and/or long-term.

For a player to be listed, he must be owned in 50 percent (or less) of Yahoo! leagues. The goal is to provide recommendations of players that have a greater chance of being available on your league's waiver wire.

With that said, here are some running back waiver-wire options that I like heading into Week 14 (Yahoo! ownership in parenthesis):

[Note: Players listed below are sorted by my preference to add.]

1. Kenneth Dixon, Baltimore Ravens (46 percent)

Even with the Ravens winning by 32 points on Sunday, Dixon had just six carries and backfield mate Terrance West (13) had more touches than Dixon (10). The good news, however, is that Dixon actually ran for a season-high 56 yards (9.3 yards per carry) and he has exceeded 6.0 yards per carry in three of his past four games.

Over that four-game span, Dixon has rushed for 183 yards on 31 carries (5.90 YPC) and he has four-plus receptions in three of those games as well. While Dixon has been effective on a per-touch basis, one of his concerns is that West is more likely to get the goal-line opportunities and West scored a pair of touchdowns on Sunday.

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2. Mike Gillislee, Buffalo Bills (23 percent)

Gillislee missed Week 12 with a hamstring injury and he's a clear second to LeSean McCoy on the depth chart. That said, he is starting to see a steady rise in workload and he's been highly productive in the red zone.

Not only does Gillislee have a minimum of eight carries in each of his past four games, but he now has six touchdowns in his past seven games played. With a minimum of 7.2 fantasy points in four consecutive games, Gillislee has finished as a top-15 weekly performer in three of those four weeks.

The Bills have a pair of fantasy-friendly matchups coming up against the Steelers and Browns. Both teams rank among the top-six in terms of fantasy points allowed to opposing running backs this season.

3. Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans (45 percent)

Expected to be part of a 1-2 rushing attack with DeMarco Murray, it has been more of a 1-1 attack with Murray followed by some more Murray. That said, Henry now has eight-plus carries in three of four games. (Of course, the exception was a Week 11 goose egg.)

In his most recent game (Week 12 before their bye), Henry had eight carries for 60 yards and a touchdown against the Bears. Henry now has two touchdowns in his past four games and the team has talked about getting Henry more involved in short-yardage situations.

4. Charles Sims, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (13 percent)

Sims is eligible to return from IR this week and the team plans to activate him in time to return for Sunday's game against the Saints. Sims has been productive in a third-down, change-of-pace role for the Bucs and Doug Martin has historically struggled with durability. The Bucs get a pair of matchups against the Saints (Weeks 14 and 16) and the Cowboys (Week 15) in the fantasy playoffs.

5. Justin Forsett, Denver Broncos (six percent)

With Devontae Booker struggling with efficiency (3.29 YPC or worse in five consecutive games) and Kapri Bibbs sent to IR, the Broncos claimed Forsett off waivers. Considering Forsett had the best season of his career playing for Gary Kubiak in Baltimore, it's possible that he earns some opportunities sooner than later. That said, he hasn't been all that effective with the Ravens or the Lions this season.

6. Rex Burkhead, Cincinnati Bengals (five percent)

Burkhead lost a fumble last week, but he had 12 touches -- eight carries and four receptions -- for 66 yards. The Bengals get a favorable matchup in Week 14 against the Browns, who have allowed the second-most fantasy points to opposing running backs after the 49ers.

7. Jerick McKinnon, Minnesota Vikings (44 percent)

Scoring his second touchdown on the season, McKinnon had 55 yards from scrimmage and a score on 14 touches on Sunday. He now has 12-plus touches in three consecutive games. Adrian Peterson may or may not return this season, but both McKinnon and/or Matt Asiata lack upside as the Vikings are averaging a league-low 3.0 YPC this season.

8. Shane Vereen, New York Giants (three percent)

Designated as the team's player to return from IR, Vereen is eligible to return in Week 14 and is expected to resume practicing on Wednesday. Vereen is worth a look in PPR formats.

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December 04, 2016

Week 13 NFL Picks Against the Spread (Hanson)

Every week, four of our contributors pick between two and five games each and assign a number of units (one to five) to their selection based on their confidence in the pick.

With that said, here are my Week 13 NFL picks against the spread:

New York Giants +6 over Pittsburgh Steelers (3 Units)

The Giants have rebounded from a three-game losing streak to win their past six games. Granted, their level of competition has been low (Browns, Bears, Rams, etc.) during that winning streak, but Eli Manning has thrown multiple touchdowns in five of those six games. While the Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers play better at home, I do think that the Giants can keep this game within a touchdown. Pittsburgh's pass defense ranks in the bottom half of the league in yards per game (263, 23rd) and yards per attempt (7.4, 21st).

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Buffalo Bills +3 over Oakland Raiders (3 Units)

I love what the Raiders have done so far this season and think they are for real. As a fan of an NFC team, I'm actually "rooting" for the Raiders to represent the AFC in Super Bowl 51. That said, I like Tyrod Taylor, LeSean McCoy and Sammy Watkins to be able to score some points and to keep this game within a field goal. Not that they are necessarily looking ahead, but the Raiders will face all three of their division rivals on the road in the final four weeks and have a short turnaround as they face the Chiefs this upcoming Thursday.

Baltimore Ravens vs. Miami Dolphins, Under 40.5 (3 Units)

The Dolphins are on a six-game winning streak powered by Jay Ajayi, but they will face the league's best rush defense as the Ravens allow 74.9 rush yards per game. On the other hand, Joe Flacco and the Ravens offense leave a lot to be desired. Only the Brock Osweiler-led Texans and Jared Goff-led (or Case Keenum-led) Rams have scored fewer touchdowns per game than the Ravens. It looks like the Dolphins could very well be without DeVante Parker, who has stepped up recently, so I could see this game being a 20-17 or lower-scoring type of game.

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December 03, 2016

Week 13 Fantasy Football: Tight Ends Start'em, Sit'em

Ultimately, the decision of which player to start is largely determined by the composition of your roster (as well as your league's settings).

As an example, C.J. Fiedorowicz is listed below as a "start" for Week 13. And I'd feel comfortable going into Week 13 with him as one of my starting running backs.

That said, he may be a sit for your team.

In other words, if you owned both Jimmy Graham and Fiedorowicz, you should start Graham -- and in turn, bench Fiedorowicz.

So while you won't find absolute start-sit recommendations below (use my Week 13 Fantasy Football Rankings for that instead), the goal here is to highlight some players that I like (and would feel comfortable starting) as well as some players that I dislike for this week (and would prefer to keep on my bench).

Week 13 Fantasy Football TE Start'em

TE - C.J. Fiedorowicz, Houston Texans (at GB)

As much as the Texans offense, particularly the pass offense, has struggled this season, Fiedorowicz has emerged as a steady and consistent option. The third-year tight end now has a streak of eight games with at least five targets and he's averaged 6.88 per game over that stretch with a line of 4.63/52.75/0.38 and 7.53 fantasy points per game.

The matchup this week is favorable as the Packers have allowed the seventh-most fantasy points this season. On the year, only the Bills and Buccaneers have allowed more Y/R to opposing tight ends than the Packers (13.2 Y/R). Over their past four games, they have allowed four tight ends to exceed six fantasy points.

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TE - Vance McDonald, San Francisco 49ers (at CHI)

With the exception of his first start, Colin Kaepernick has consistently targeted McDonald, who has six-plus targets in five consecutive games. In his past four games, McDonald has finished as a top-four weekly tight end twice. In his past four games, he has a minimum of 46 yards each week and a total of 240 yards and two touchdowns.

There are a number of top tight ends out this week. Not only will Rob Gronkowski miss the next two months following back surgery, but Jordan Reed has been ruled out as well and Delanie Walker is on bye. While it's hard to trust any of San Francisco's wide receivers on a weekly basis, McDonald is certainly a viable streamer this week and he's owned in only 19 percent of Yahoo! leagues as of Saturday morning.

TE - Cameron Brate, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (at SD)

Over his past five games, Brate has scored a touchdown and finished as a top-12 weekly tight end in three of those games. In addition, he has five-plus targets in four of those games. With less than 50 yards in four of those five games, Brate is a TD-dependent option at tight end, but Jameis Winston often looks his way in the red zone and he's just inside my top-12 tight ends this week.

Week 13 Fantasy Football TE Sit'em

TE - Dennis Pitta, Baltimore Ravens (vs. MIA)

Even though Pitta ranks fifth among tight ends in targets (74) this season, he has finished as fantasy's weekly TE14 (or worse) in nine consecutive games. During that span, he has scored an average of 3.31 fantasy points per game in standard-scoring formats.

In addition, Pitta's volume of targets has decreased recently with just 19 (4.75/G) over his past four games compared to 8.14/G in the first seven games of the year. Pitta gets a favorable matchup as the Dolphins allow the 11th-most fantasy points per game to opposing tight ends, but the likelihood that Pitta is able to exploit it is fairly low.

TE - Jared Cook, Green Bay Packers (vs. HOU)

In typical Cook fashion, he went from being fantasy's top-scoring tight end one week to the TE50 the next. In Week 11 against the Redskins, Cook had six catches for 105 yards and a touchdown on 11 targets. In Week 12, he had one catch for seven yards on two targets. With a matchup against the Texans, typically stingy against opposing tight ends, Cook is merely a roll of the dice in DFS tournaments than anything more than that.

TE - Jack Doyle, Indianapolis Colts (at NYJ)

A viable streamer at times this season, Doyle has scored the 14th-most fantasy points among tight ends (12th-most in PPR formats) on the year. That said, Doyle has exactly two targets in back-to-back games and three of fewer in three of his past four games. With Dwayne Allen back for the past three games, neither tight end is reliable enough to trust as a starter in 12-team leagues.

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Week 13 Fantasy Football: Wide Receivers Start'em, Sit'em

Ultimately, the decision of which player to start is largely determined by the composition of your roster (as well as your league's settings).

As an example, Jamison Crowder is listed below as a "start" for Week 13. And I'd feel comfortable going into Week 13 with him as one of my starting running backs.

That said, he may be a sit for your team.

In other words, if you owned Julio Jones, Larry Fitzgerald and Crowder and can only start two receivers, you should start Jones and Fitzgerald -- and in turn, bench Crowder.

So while you won't find absolute start-sit recommendations below (use my Week 13 Fantasy Football Rankings for that instead), the goal here is to highlight some players that I like (and would feel comfortable starting) as well as some players that I dislike for this week (and would prefer to keep on my bench).

Week 13 Fantasy Football WR Start'em

WR - Jamison Crowder, Washington Redskins (at ARI)

What a season it has been for Crowder! Crowder has finished as a top-33 fantasy wide receiver in seven consecutive games and in nine of his past 10. On the year, Crowder has actually been better in standard-scoring formats (11th-most fantasy points) than he has in PPR formats (14th-most).

Either way, he has vastly exceeded expectations.

During that 10-game span since Week 2, he has scored less than 8.8 fantasy points only once (Week 4) and he has averaged 10.85 per game over that stretch. And he's been even better over his past five games with three 100-yard outings with a total of 31 catches for 442 yards and three touchdowns on 41 targets.

With Jordan Reed out and Tyrann Mathieu doubtful, it helps Crowder for different reasons. Reed's absence could/should lead to more targets and Mathieu's absence improves an otherwise difficult matchup.

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WR - Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints (vs. DET)

Thomas is coming off a 9/108/2 game, but he has been consistent despite being a rookie playing in a spread-it-around type of offense. Thomas has a minimum of four catches and 40 yards in every game this season. There are only three players that have 11 games of 4/40 this season: Mike Evans, Larry Fitzgerald and Thomas.

Since Week 3, Thomas has an average of 6.1/75.0 on 8.1 targets per game with seven TDs in nine games so there is plenty of upside in addition to his established floor. With no team is projected to score more points this week and given how well Drew Brees and the Saints offense play at home, all of the Saints should be popular plays in daily fantasy this week.

WR - Julian Edelman, New England Patriots (vs. LA)

With Rob Gronkowski (back surgery) out for two months, Edelman should be peppered with targets by Tom Brady all game long. That's what happened with Gronk sidelined two weeks ago when Edelman had a season-high 17 targets (44.74% target share).

In fact, Edelman now has double-digit targets in back-to-back games. Not only does Edelman have seven-plus catches in three consecutive games, but each of his three highest weekly yardage totals this season have come in those three games.

Expecting him to get double-digit targets (12 or so) in a plus matchup (vs. LA, 8th-most FPA to WRs) for a team with the second-highest implied total from Vegas odds, Edelman could finish as a top-10 receiver this week.

WR - Michael Crabtree, Oakland Raiders (vs. BUF)

Crabtree was limited in practice this week by an ankle injury, but he's a low-end WR1/high-end WR2 this week. Crabtree has been a little boom-or-bust lately. Over his past five games, Crabtree has 8/96 or better in three games, but only 27 and five yards in the other two games. That said, the two duds were against tough pass defenses (Denver and Houston). During that five-game span, Crabtree has averaged 10.6 targets per game.

Week 13 Fantasy Football WR Sit'em

WR - Kelvin Benjamin, Carolina Panthers (at SEA)

Benjamin began the season with a bang -- 13/199/3 in his first two games. Since then, his best weekly finish has been the WR23 (last week). During that nine-game span, Benjamin has averaged 3.89 catches and 59.67 yards per game and has scored just two touchdowns. Even though he doesn't always shadow, I'd expect Richard Sherman to shadow Benjamin as he's the team's clear-cut WR1, which makes Benjamin more of a fantasy WR3 this week than a must-start.

WR - Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers (vs. HOU)

Over his past four games, Cobb has finished as fantasy's WR34, WR59, WR28 and WR68, respectively. With the running back on the roster getting healthier, the Packers were more run-pass balanced last week than they have been in a long time. Against the low-powered Texans offense, Aaron Rodgers may not need to sling it all over Lambeau Field either.

When he has recently, however, Cobb has not been as big of a factor in the passing game as he was earlier in the season. In the first six games of the season, Cobb had 20-percent target share five times. Since then, however, he's been at 4.76, 14.55, 11.63 and 18.42 percent, respectively. Meanwhile, the Texans have allowed the third-fewest fantasy points to opposing receivers this season.

WR - Jarvis Landry, Miami Dolphins (at BAL)

It seems as though DeVante Parker (listed as "questionable") will miss Sunday's game against the Ravens. “Right now, this moment, we got to make sure we have a plan in place if he doesn’t make it,” [OC Clyde] Christensen said.

Parker's absence would give Landry a boost, but the previously target-dominant Landry has gone from double-digit targets in each of his first four games to an average of 6.29/G since then. Part of Landry's diminished role in the passing game has been due to Parker's increased role, but the team has transformed themselves into a run-first team lead by Jay Ajayi.

Right now, Landry is ranked in the 35-40 range of my wide receiver rankings. Assuming Parker sits, he'd get bumped up to the 25-30 range, but he'd still be outside of my top-24 wideouts for Week 13, making him a WR3.

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Week 13 Fantasy Football: Running Backs Start'em, Sit'em

Ultimately, the decision of which player to start is largely determined by the composition of your roster (as well as your league's settings).

As an example, Latavius Murray is listed below as a "start" for Week 13. And I'd feel comfortable going into Week 13 with him as one of my starting running backs.

That said, he may be a sit for your team.

In other words, if you owned Le'Veon Bell, Melvin Gordon and Murray and can only start two running backs, you should start Bell and MG3 -- and in turn, bench Murray.

So while you won't find absolute start-sit recommendations below (use my Week 13 Fantasy Football Rankings for that instead), the goal here is to highlight some players that I like (and would feel comfortable starting) as well as some players that I dislike for this week (and would prefer to keep on my bench).

Week 13 Fantasy Football RB Start'em

RB - Jordan Howard, Chicago Bears (vs. SF)

With the exception of Week 7 against the Packers, Howard has a minimum of 15 carries in his other seven games since Week 4. During that span, he has four 100-yard rushing games and the odds of him rushing for 100-plus yards this week is high.

Not only have the 49ers allowed the most fantasy points to opposing running backs this season, but no team has allowed more yards per carry to opposing running backs than the 49ers (5.18). The Raiders are a distant second at 4.61 YPC to RBs. In addition, the 49ers have allowed RBs a league-high 14 rushing touchdowns and a total of 17 touchdowns. Meanwhile, the 49ers have allowed eight 100-yard rushers this season.

Given the teams injuries and/or suspensions on offense, we should see Howard get north of 20 carries and possibly 25 touches in this game provided it remains close.

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RB - Spencer Ware, Kansas City Chiefs (at ATL)

Ware hasn't been great recently with 60-70 rushing yards and no touchdowns in his three games since returning from a concussion. That said, Ware has 16, 19 and 19 touches, respectively, and I would expect Kansas City to try to control the clock as much as possible against the high-powered Falcons offense on the road. Regardless of whether Jeremy Maclin suits up or not, the Chiefs aren't built to win shootouts.

As far as the matchup goes, it's favorable for Ware. Only the 49ers (see above) and the Browns (on bye) have allowed more fantasy points to opposing running backs so far this season. No team has allowed more receptions to opposing running backs than the Falcons and Ware has multiple receptions in six consecutive games and even had a 7/129 receiving line in Week 1.

RB - Latavius Murray, Oakland Raiders (vs. BUF)

Since missing a couple of games earlier in the season, Murray has a minimum of 16 touches in five consecutive games. During that five-game span, he carried the ball 80 times for 299 yards (only 3.74 YPC). That said, Murray has scored six touchdowns and added 16 receptions for 142 yards on 22 targets over that stretch.

Far from efficient, Murray's volume (19.2 touches per game over his past five), role as a receiver and opportunities near the goal line make him a top-12 play this week. Only five other teams are projected to score more points than the Raiders, who are three-point home favorites.

RB - Carlos Hyde, San Francisco 49ers (at CHI)

In many weeks, Hyde is a mid- or back-end RB2 in my rankings, but he's solidly inside the top-10 this week. It's not often that the 49ers are favorites and even though they are on the road this weekend, San Francisco is currently a two-point favorite against the Bears.

Even in losses, Chip Kelly has shown his commitment to the running game. Provided this game stays close or that 49ers play with a lead, Hyde could see 25-plus touches.

And while the matchup may not look great on paper as Chicago has allowed the sixth-fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs, the team has been decimated by injuries and/or suspensions. I currently have Hyde projected for 21 touches, 91 yards and a touchdown.

Week 13 Fantasy Football RB Sit'em

RB - Terrance West, Baltimore Ravens (vs. MIA)

The matchup against the Dolphins isn't great, as they have limited opposing running backs to the 13th-fewest fantasy points this season. More concerning for West's outlook, however, is the role (or specifically the rise of it) for Kenneth Dixon. The Ravens have said they would get their fourth-round rookie more involved -- and they have.

Not only did Dixon have one more touch than West last week, but he played more snaps (31 to 23) than West as well. In addition, the Ravens have the fourth-lowest run-to-pass play percentage in the NFL this year. With the trend not favorable for West, it's hard to trust him as anything more than a flex option at this point.

RB - James White, New England Patriots (vs. LA)

If I were to start a Patriots running back, it would be LeGarrette Blount. In fact, the Blount is flirting with RB1 territory in a game where the Patriots are expected to blow out the Rams. If I were to start two Patriots running backs, it would be Blount and Dion Lewis. Since returning to action, Lewis has had five and six carries in addition to roughly 14 percent of the team's target share. On the other hand, White has maintained a role as a receiver (10/85/1 on 15 targets), but he has zero carries in his past two games.

RB - T.J. Yeldon, Jacksonville Jaguars (vs. DEN)

Even with Chris Ivory ruled out this week and Yeldon active last week, it's unlikely that he sees a large enough workload to warrant RB2 consideration. With Ivory leaving early last week, Yeldon had just six carries for 17 yards and one three-yard reception on two targets. Meanwhile, Denard Robinson had 13 carries for 39 yards and he's expected to get a sizable workload this week.

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Week 13 Fantasy Football: Quarterbacks Start'em, Sit'em

Ultimately, the decision of which player to start is largely determined by the composition of your roster (as well as your league's settings).

As an example, Colin Kaepernick is listed below as a "start" for Week 13. And I'd feel comfortable going into Week 13 with him as my starting quarterback.

That said, he may be a sit for your team.

In other words, if you owned both Aaron Rodgers and Kaepernick, you should start Rodgers -- and in turn, bench Kaepernick.

So while you won't find absolute start-sit recommendations below (use my Week 13 Fantasy Football Rankings for that instead), the goal here is to highlight some players that I like (and would feel comfortable starting) as well as some players that I dislike for this week (and would prefer to keep on my bench).

Week 13 Fantasy Football QB Start'em

QB - Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers (at CHI)

If you need a Week 13 streamer, Kaepernick is available in more than half of Yahoo! leagues as of Saturday morning. But at this point, Kaepernick has become much more than just a weekly streamer in a favorable matchup.

Since San Francisco's Week 8 bye, few quarterbacks have been more productive than Kaepernick. During that four-game span, Kaepernick has scored a minimum of 19.44 fantasy points every week, averaged just shy of 25 per game as he finished no worse than fantasy's QB8 in any of those four weeks.

In a week where Drew Brees accounted for a total of five touchdowns, San Francisco's dual-threat quarterback actually led all signal-callers in fantasy points as he just missed a 300/100 game by a mere four passing yards. Kaepernick threw for 296 yards and three touchdowns and rushed 10 times for 113 yards to score 33.14 fantasy points.

Taking over as the starter in Week 6, Kaepernick has 46 carries for 373 yards and a touchdown in six games. From his rushing stats alone, Kaepernick has averaged 7.22 fantasy points per game. Those rushing numbers both buoy his fantasy floor and maximize his fantasy ceiling.

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QB - Tyrod Taylor, Buffalo Bills (at OAK)

With a minimum of five rush attempts in every game except Week 2, Taylor has averaged 7.0 carries for 44.78 yards since Week 3. In addition, he has rushed for a score in four of his past five games.

Taylor threw a season-low 18 times last week for 166 yards and a touchdown, but he still managed to score over 20 fantasy points due to his 7/38/1 rushing line. In fact, he has thrown for less than 200 yards in five of his past seven games yet he has finished outside the top-15 weekly fantasy quarterbacks only once during that span.

While Sammy Watkins is supposedly still dealing with a broken bone in his foot, he is expected to play on Sunday and he had three catches for 80 yards in his return last week. Because of the concerns about his foot, I wouldn't start Watkins at wide receiver this week, but his presence gives Taylor a boost. In addition, the Raiders have allowed the sixth-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season.

QB - Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions (at NO)

It's been more than a month since Stafford has finished as a weekly top-15 fantasy quarterback. Over his past four games, Stafford has finished as fantasy's QB19, QB17, QB23 and QB24, respectively. That said, they were four challenging matchups -- Texans, Jaguars and Vikings twice.

While the Saints are playing better defense lately, this week's matchup is more favorable than any of his previous four. Even though the Lions are six-point underdogs, they have the 12th-highest implied total based on Vegas odds in what is expected to be a shootout (highest over/under of the week).

Week 13 Fantasy Football QB Sit'em

QB - Eli Manning, New York Giants (at PIT)

After throwing just five touchdowns in his first five games this season, Manning has thrown multiple touchdowns in four consecutive games and in five of his past six. That means that Eli has also scored a minimum of 17 fantasy points in those five games with multiple scores.

During the team's six-game winning streak, however, Manning has thrown multiple interceptions three times and he has failed to throw for more than 257 yards in five consecutive games. Over his past five games, he's averaging just 222.8 passing yards per game.

While they haven't faced many elite quarterbacks (and even Andrew Luck sat last week with a concussion), the Steelers have allowed the seventh-fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season.

QB - Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals (vs. WAS)

Palmer has thrown for 300-plus yards and/or multiple scores in five consecutive games. That's the good news. The bad news is that he has just one top-12 performance since Week 3 to show for it.

Not only does Palmer have six interceptions in his past four games combined, but the Cardinals offensive line has struggled to protect him. Only the Browns (104) and Colts (90) have allowed more QB hits than the Cardinals (88) this season. Until further notice, Palmer more of a QB2 than a QB1.

QB - Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars (vs. DEN)

The Jags have numerous injuries on offense with Chris Ivory and Allen Hurns already ruled out and Julius Thomas doubtful (likely out). Over their past five games, Bortles has thrown multiple touchdowns every week although much of his production continues to come in garbage time to salvage an otherwise poor performance.

One way that I could see Bortles having a productive day is on the ground like last week when he ran eight times for 81 yards, but no team has allowed fewer fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks than the Broncos.

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November 26, 2016

Week 12 NFL Picks Against the Spread (Trifone)

Every week, four of our contributors pick between two and five games each and assign a number of units (one to five) to their selection based on their confidence in the pick.

With that said, here are my Week 12 NFL picks against the spread:

Jacksonville Jaguars +7.5 over Buffalo Bills (4 Units)

This just feels like too big of a spread. Blake Bortles has been awful this year, and the Bills have a solid defense. Still, the Jags pass defense is actually pretty good, and the Bills have some injuries on the offensive end. Robert Woods is out, and though Sammy Watkins just got taken off IR, it's unlikely he plays much or that he's as effective as he normally would be just yet. LeSean McCoy is good to go, but he did have thumb surgery last week. I like the Bills to win here, but the Jags to cover.

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Arizona Cardinals +5 over Atlanta Falcons (5 Units)

This is a game where I think the Cardinals are better than they've shown of late, and the Falcons are not as good as they've been, so I will definitely take the five points here. Matt Ryan had his first pretty pedestrian game of the season against the Eagles two weeks ago, coming off a bye this week. I think Ryan regresses the second half of the season to something closer to what his career output has been. Atlanta may be good enough to win here at home, but I like a close game so give me the Cardinals with the points.

New York Jets +8 over New England Patriots (3 Units)

Call me crazy but I like the big division home underdog here. The Patriots offense is so schematically good and Tom Brady is still playing at an incredibly high level. The defense has been very mediocre, though, and the Jets do have some weapons in Brandon Marshall and Matt Forte. The Jets season may be done, but I think they still get up for the game against the Pats and I like them with the points at home.

Green Bay Packers +4 over Philadelphia Eagles ( Units)

The Packers have been an incredible disappointment this year, but they still have a very potent offense and Aaron Rodgers has still shown flashes of being Aaron Rodgers. The defense is awful, but Carson Wentz and Philly have come back down to earth after a hot start that got everyone excited. I think GB matches up well with Philly and will be able to score points against them, and I don't think the Eagle offense will be able to keep up. I like the Packers to win outright in Philly, so I'll certainly take four.

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November 24, 2016

Week 12 Fantasy Football: Tight Ends Start'em, Sit'em

Ultimately, the decision of which player to start is largely determined by the composition of your roster (as well as your league's settings).

As an example, C.J. Fiedorowicz is listed below as a "start" for Week 12. And I'd feel comfortable going into Week 12 with him as one of my starting running backs.

That said, he may be a sit for your team.

In other words, if you owned both Jimmy Graham and Fiedorowicz, you should start Graham -- and in turn, bench Fiedorowicz.

So while you won't find absolute start-sit recommendations below (use my Week 12 Fantasy Football Rankings for that instead), the goal here is to highlight some players that I like (and would feel comfortable starting) as well as some players that I dislike for this week (and would prefer to keep on my bench).

Week 12 Fantasy Football TE Start'em

TE - Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles (vs. GB)

After sustaining a rib injury in the season opener, Ertz missed a couple of games and returned following their Week 4 bye. In his first four games back, he was frustratingly under-utilized with four or fewer targets in the first four games back. In fact, he had just nine catches for 92 yards over that four-game span.

Since then, however, Ertz has become much more involved in the offense again. With a minimum of seven targets and a total of 26 over his past three games, Ertz has six-plus catches in three consecutive games and has finished as a top-10 fantasy tight in two of those three games. And he could have had an even better performance last week if an unnecessary penalty did not negate a touchdown of more than 50 yards.

With a great matchup against the Packers this week, Ertz could be in store for another strong performance. The Packers have allowed the sixth-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends this season. Only the Bills (13.89 Y/R) and Buccaneers (13.84) have allowed more yards per reception than the Packers (13.20) this season.

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TE - C.J. Fiedorowicz, Houston Texans (vs. SD)

Barely used as a receiver in the team's first three games, Fiedorowicz has become much more involved in the passing offense since then. The third-year tight end now has five targets in seven consecutive games.

Over that seven-game span, Fiedorowicz has averaged 7.0 targets per game and has posted a 33/380/3 line during that stretch including 6/82 on 10 targets on Monday Night Football in Mexico City. Fiedorowicz now has at least 24-percent target share in two of his past three games.

The Chargers have been solid at defending tight ends, 12th-fewest fantasy points to the position, but Fiedorowicz is still a top-12 option due to his volume. If you're looking for a streamer, Fiedorowicz was on my list of waiver-wire options to target as he was owned in roughly one-fifth of Yahoo! leagues as of Tuesday this week.

TE - Eric Ebron, Detroit Lions (vs. MIN)

After being sidelined for a few games, Ebron has been highly productive over his past three games. During that stretch, he has finished as fantasy's weekly TE12, TE11 and TE2, respectively, with a minimum of 70 receiving yards in each game.

Over that three-game span, Ebron has 17 catches for 241 yards on 23 targets and had a one-yard touchdown run last week as well. In his first game against the Vikings (Week 9), Ebron had seven catches on eight targets for a season-high 92 yards and I expect another productive outing from him on Thanksgiving.

TE - Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers (at HOU)

Over his past four games, Gates has a minimum of nine targets. Going back five games, Gates has a minimum of 20-percent target share. The matchup this week against the Texans isn't favorable, but one thing that we know for sure is that Gates will be targeted heavily by Philip Rivers.

And of course, Gates is still one of the better red-zone weapons in the NFL. With a touchdown in three consecutive games, Gates has finished as the TE7, TE4 and TE5, respectively, over that span.

Week 12 Fantasy Football TE Sit'em

TE - Julius Thomas, Jacksonville Jaguars (at BUF)

Thomas has been a huge disappointment this season. Healthy going into his second season with the Jaguars, Thomas has 28 yards or less in every game played since Week 3.

Even though he has a touchdown in three of his past five games, he kills your fantasy team when he doesn't score -- 2/21 (TE29) in Week 9 and 3/12 (TE36) in Week 11. More TD-dependent than any other position in general, Thomas is one of the most TD-dependent players at the most TD-dependent position.

TE - Jared Cook, Green Bay Packers (at PHI)

Returning from a multi-month absence, Cook had six catches for 105 yards and a touchdown on a team-high 11 targets on Sunday Night Football. It was clearly his best performance as a Packer, but hopefully it's a sign of what may be to come.

In his first three games with the Packers, however, Cook had just 53 total yards on six catches and 11 targets. And the Packers have a Week 12 matchup against the Eagles, who have allowed the third-fewest fantasy points to opposing tight ends this season.

As inconsistent as Cook has been over his career and given the difficult matchup this week, he's outside my top-12 fantasy tight ends for Week 12.

TE - Gary Barnidge, Cleveland Browns (vs. NYG)

I listed Barnidge as a sit last week and I wrote, "he's going to score a touchdown at some point this season and perhaps that's this week, but ..." (Naturally, he scored his first touchdown of the season last week.) So, perhaps listing Barnidge on this side of the post once again will lead to another score for him.

That said, he is a TD-dependent option this week. In his past three games including last week's performance, Barnidge has finished with 3/23 (TE27), 1/8 (TE40) and 2/23/1 (TE9).

TE - Coby Fleener, New Orleans Saints (vs. LA)

In the first five games of the season, Fleener had a pair of TE2 performances (and three outside the top-25). Since then, he has finished somewhere between the weekly TE12 (last week) and TE31 in five consecutive games.

The good news is that Fleener had both of his TE2 outings at home and the Saints are at home this week, but the bad news is that his matchup against the Rams isn't a favorable one. The Rams have allowed the sixth-fewest fantasy points to the position this season.

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Week 12 Fantasy Football: Wide Receivers Start'em, Sit'em

Ultimately, the decision of which player to start is largely determined by the composition of your roster (as well as your league's settings).

As an example, Rishard Matthews is listed below as a "start" for Week 12. And I'd feel comfortable going into Week 12 with him as one of my starting running backs.

That said, he may be a sit for your team.

In other words, if you owned Jordy Nelson, Amari Cooper and Matthews and can only start two receivers, you should start Jordy and Cooper -- and in turn, bench Matthews.

So while you won't find absolute start-sit recommendations below (use my Week 12 Fantasy Football Rankings for that instead), the goal here is to highlight some players that I like (and would feel comfortable starting) as well as some players that I dislike for this week (and would prefer to keep on my bench).

Week 12 Fantasy Football WR Start'em

WR - Jordan Matthews, Philadelphia Eagles (vs. GB)

Here's the bad news: Matthews has finished as a top-24 fantasy wide receiver in just two of his 10 games played. And one of those weeks, his better performance of the two, was all the way back in Week 1. Of course, if you own Matthews, you already know this.

That said, there are a couple of favorable factors for his outlook for Week 12. First of all, the volume has been there -- double-digit targets in four consecutive games. During that four-game span, only three receivers -- Stefon Diggs (49), Allen Robinson (47) and Mike Evans (46) -- have more targets than Matthews, who's tied for fourth with Jordy Nelson at 45 targets over that stretch.

The other factor that bodes well for Matthews is the matchup. No team has allowed more fantasy points to opposing wide receivers than the Packers. The Packers have allowed 30-plus (real) points in four consecutive games and are the only team other than the 49ers to do so this season.

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WR - Doug Baldwin, Seattle Seahawks (at TB)

Baldwin may not throw any (more) touchdowns to a quarterback this week, but the former Stanford wideout has now finished as a top-seven (WR1 and WR7) fantasy wide receiver in back-to-back games. The biggest concern with Baldwin is the lack of huge volume upside -- six or fewer targets in five of his past seven games.

That said, Russell Wilson seems healthier, the duo has outstanding rapport and Baldwin gets a favorable matchup this week. The Buccaneers have allowed the sixth-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers this season.

WR - Rishard Matthews, Tennessee Titans (at CHI)

Matthews has scored in five of his past seven games and he has a total of six touchdowns over that span. Even though he has five or fewer targets in four of those seven games, Matthews red-zone success has allowed him to score at least 9.2 fantasy points in all but one game over that stretch. Even though he didn't score in Week 11, Matthews had nine catches for 122 yards on 13 targets, all of which were season highs.

The Titans get the Bears in Week 12, which sets up Matthews to continue to his high level of play. The Bears have allowed the third-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers this season. Earlier in the season, it was hit or miss as far as which Titans receiver would have the most productive outing, but Matthews has clearly separated himself from the rest of the group.

WR - Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints (vs. LA)

The rookie out of Ohio State has finished as the weekly WR35 or worse in two consecutive games and in three of his past four games, but he has more than 60 yards in five of his last six games. Looking back over a slightly longer stretch, however, Thomas has finished as a top-22 fantasy wide receiver in five of his past eight games.

During that eight-game span, he has averaged a 5.75/70.88/0.62 statistical line. With Drew Brees and the Saints passing offense typically playing better at home than on the road, Thomas is a top-20 fantasy wide receiver for me this week.

Week 12 Fantasy Football WR Sit'em

WR - Marvin Jones, Detroit Lions (vs. MIN)

Things have gone downhill for Jones after a 23/482/2 first month as a Lion. Since that four-game span, Jones has 37 yards or less in five of six games and back-to-back games held to just one catch including Week 9 against the Vikings.

Jones has 3.3 fantasy points or less in each of his past three games. Meanwhile, the Vikings have allowed the second-fewest fantasy points to opposing wide receivers this season; only the Broncos have allowed less. In fact, Golden Tate, who has been much more productive recently, is outside of my top-30 fantasy wide receivers for the week as well.

WR - Allen Hurns, Jacksonville Jaguars (at BUF)

A few weeks back, Hurns had 7/98/1 on 11 targets in Week 8 against the Titans. That game seems so long ago as Hurns has just three catches for 22 yards since then. In Week 11 against the Lions, he had only one nine-yard catch on two targets.

With the emergence of Marqise Lee in the secondary role to Allen Robinson, the team's clear No. 1 receiver, Hurns is not even inside my top-50 receivers this week. In addition, the matchup isn't great as the Bills have allowed the 12th-fewest fantasy points to the position and the Jags are one of six teams projected to score fewer than 19 points this week.

WR - Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers (at PHI)

Cobb had just five targets in Week 11 against the Redskins although he finished with 84 yards on three receptions. With Davante Adams becoming more involved in the passing offense, the duo of receivers are in the WR3/flex range (both just outside my top-30) of my Week 12 rankings. The Packers have only a 22.0 implied total, which is the 20th-most this week.

WR - Donte Moncrief, Indianapolis Colts (vs. PIT)

Normally, Moncrief is a top-24 fantasy wide receiver and a solid WR2 type when both he and Andrew Luck are healthy. In fact, Moncrief has a touchdown in nine of 11 games that both he and Luck have played.

With Luck forced to miss Thursday night's game with a concussion, however, it's hard to trust Moncrief or any part of the passing game. In other words, the switch has downgraded my outlook of T.Y. Hilton from a WR1 to a WR2, Moncrief from a WR2 to a WR3/flex, etc.

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Week 12 Fantasy Football: Running Backs Start'em, Sit'em

Ultimately, the decision of which player to start is largely determined by the composition of your roster (as well as your league's settings).

As an example, Rashad Jennings is listed below as a "start" for Week 12. And I'd feel comfortable going into Week 12 with him as one of my starting running backs.

That said, he may be a sit for your team.

In other words, if you owned Le'Veon Bell, Jay Ajayi and Jennings and can only start two running backs, you should start Bell and Ajayi -- and in turn, bench Jennings.

So while you won't find absolute start-sit recommendations below (use my Week 12 Fantasy Football Rankings for that instead), the goal here is to highlight some players that I like (and would feel comfortable starting) as well as some players that I dislike for this week (and would prefer to keep on my bench).

Week 12 Fantasy Football RB Start'em

RB - Rashad Jennings, New York Giants (at CLE)

Jennings has exceeded 100 yards from scrimmage and has now finished as a top-12 fantasy running back in back-to-back games. In addition, Jennings has scored double-digit fantasy points in three of his past four games. Coming off his best game of the season, Jennings carried the ball 21 times for 85 yards and a touchdown and added five catches for 44 yards on six targets in Week 11 against the Bears.

Only the 49ers have allowed more fantasy points to opposing running backs than the Browns, who have been especially bad the past five weeks. Granted, they have faced some elite backs like Le'Veon Bell, Ezekiel Elliott, etc., but they have allowed four top-five running backs in the past five weeks and a total of 13 top-24 running backs in their past eight games.

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RB - Thomas Rawls, Seattle Seahawks (at TB)

In his return on Sunday, Rawls carried the ball 14 times for 57 yards and added three catches for 31 yards. The numbers by themselves aren't spectacular, but he didn't show any ill effects from the injury or rust, which inspires confidence about his ability to handle an expanded workload going forward.

And that's what he should get in Week 12. With C.J. Prosise suffering what could turn out to be a season-ending injury, Rawls shouldered more of the load than expected last week and is in line for a major workload in his second game back with Seattle favored by nearly a touchdown.

RB - Spencer Ware, Kansas City Chiefs (at DEN)

Since returning from a concussion that sidelined him in Week 9, Ware has had a couple of modest performances -- 72 and 85 yards from scrimmage on 16 and 19 touches, respectively, with no touchdowns. Even though the Chiefs are projected to score the second-fewest points this week based on implied totals from Vegas odds, the matchup for Ware is much more favorable than those for Kansas City's other skill-position players.

The Broncos have allowed opposing running backs to average 4.30 yards per carry, 11th-most to the position, and they have surrendered the eight-most fantasy points to running backs. Assuming the score stays relatively close, the Chiefs should stay committed to the run and Ware could approach or exceed 20 touches in Week 12.

RB - Devontae Booker, Denver Broncos (vs. KC)

After getting 11 touches in Week 9 in the loss to the Raiders, there was some concern that Kapri Bibbs would eat into Booker's role as lead back with C.J. Anderson out for the rest of the year. While Bibbs had seven touches in Week 10 (compared to just three in Week 9), it was Booker that dominated backfield touches (26).

In his past three games, Booker has 53 carries for 152 yards (only 2.87 YPC) and eight catches for 50 yards. Despite the inefficiency, Booker has finished as a top-17 fantasy running back in two of those three starts. Assuming that Booker gets 20-plus touches again, he should finish as a solid RB2 with upside for much better if he can improve upon his efficiency.

Week 12 Fantasy Football RB Sit'em

RB - Chris Ivory, Jacksonville Jaguars (at BUF)

Predicting Ivory's workload has been virtually impossible. Over the past four games, Ivory has gone from five to 19 to 11 to 23 touches. Especially if T.J. Yeldon (ankle) sits, Ivory should get another large workload with should being the operative word.

Then again, the Jaguars are more than a touchdown underdog on the road and projected to be one of this week's lowest-scoring teams. Given the struggles of Blake Bortles, it's hard to trust Ivory or any Jag, especially if they get off to another notoriously slow start.

RB - James Starks, Green Bay Packers (at PHI)

With a larger workload in his second game (14 touches) back from his knee injury compared to his first (10), Starks totalled 71 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown to finish the week as a top-10 fantasy running back. Not only has Starks scored in back-to-back games, but he has a total of 10 targets (eight receptions) in the passing game.

Averaging a mediocre 3.63 YPC in his two games back, however, Starks is a TD-dependent fantasy option this week especially if Christine Michael makes his Packers debut. I would expect Starks to get more touches than Michael, but losing some touches to him and/or Ty Montgomery eats a bit into his upside.

RB - Jerick McKinnon, Minnesota Vikings (at DET)

The good news is that McKinnon had 17 touches in Week 11. Although he was trending up (seven and nine in Weeks 9 and 10, respectively), that was his most, by far, since Week 5. The not-so-good news is that he could only must 41 YFS on those 17 touches.

The Vikings have been a historically bad run offense this year as no team has averaged fewer yards per carry than the Vikings (2.70) since 1970. Only three other teams -- 1994 Patriots (2.79), 1992 Colts (2.91) and 1986 Patriots (2.93) -- have averaged less than 3.0 YPC over the past 45 seasons.

RB - Terrance West, Baltimore Ravens (vs. CIN)

Despite being a home favorite in a plus matchup against the Bengals, who have allowed running backs to average 4.48 YPC, it's hard to trust West this week. One week after saying that Kenneth Dixon would be more involved, West had just nine touches.

The Ravens did lose by 10 points, but West's volume has been inconsistent on a week-to-week basis: 27, eight, 16, 22 and nine over his past five games. Due to a split in playing time with Dixon, West is more of a flex option than a RB2 in a game with one of the week's lowest over/unders (40.5).

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Week 12 Fantasy Football: Quarterbacks Start'em, Sit'em

Ultimately, the decision of which player to start is largely determined by the composition of your roster (as well as your league's settings).

As an example, Eli Manning is listed below as a "start" for Week 12. And I'd feel comfortable going into Week 12 with him as my starting quarterback.

That said, he may be a sit for your team.

In other words, if you owned both Drew Brees and Manning, you should start Brees -- and in turn, bench Eli.

So while you won't find absolute start-sit recommendations below (use my Week 12 Fantasy Football Rankings for that instead), the goal here is to highlight some players that I like (and would feel comfortable starting) as well as some players that I dislike for this week (and would prefer to keep on my bench).

Week 12 Fantasy Football QB Start'em

QB - Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys (vs. WAS)

Breaking the record previously held by Tom Brady for most pass attempts without an interception to begin a career, Prescott has played beyond his years yet within himself. It helps to have one of the best offensive line units, perhaps ever, and an outstanding running game, but Prescott has been nearly flawless in his own right.

With back-to-back 300-yard passing games, Prescott has accounted for multiple touchdowns (passing and rushing) in eight consecutive games. During that eight-game span, he has finished as a weekly top-12 fantasy quarterback in all but one week (QB13, Week 6 at Lambeau). In addition, he has a minimum of 17.48 fantasy points in every game since Week 2 (at Washington) and has averaged 21.27/G over that stretch.

Thursday begins the first time that he will face an opponent for a second time in the same season. Perhaps this is the week that he will look like a rookie (since he is one).

Or perhaps he has another 25-point fantasy performance like last week. Based on implied totals from Vegas odds, no team is projected to score more real points this week than the Cowboys.

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QB - Marcus Mariota, Tennessee Titans (at CHI)

The last time that Mariota finished outside the top-12 weekly fantasy quarterbacks was October 2nd in Houston. Mariota completed only 13-of-29 for 202 yards and no touchdowns in that game, but since then, he has thrown multiple touchdowns in every game.

In fact, he has 19 passing touchdowns and only three interceptions in those seven games. If you count his two rushing scores, he's averaging exactly three scores per game. During that span, he has completed 67.58 percent of his pass attempts for 8.43 Y/A and a passer rating of 116.8.

QB - Eli Manning, New York Giants (at CLE)

The good times should continue to roll for Eli. While he had a Week 7 dud against the Rams, Eli has scored at least 17 fantasy points in his other four out of five most recent games. With the exception of the London game against the Rams, Manning has thrown multiple touchdowns in the other four games over that stretch.

This week, Manning should be thankful for one of the best matchups on the schedule.

Cleveland has allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season. Not only have the Browns allowed the highest passing TD% (6.58 percent), but they have allowed the third-most Y/A (7.96) this season.

QB - Tyrod Taylor, Buffalo Bills (vs. JAX)

It was a brutal week for Taylor, from a fantasy perspective, as the Bills won 16-12 over the Bengals and he threw for just 166 yards and no touchdowns. Taylor has fewer 200-yard games (four) than he has with less than 200 yards (six games), but there is the potential that he gets Sammy Watkins back this week.

Even if I wouldn't start Watkins if he's active due to an expected limit in snaps, the presence of a true weapon can only help the passing attack overall. Despite the lack of gaudy passing stats, Taylor has performed as a weekly top-15 fantasy quarterback in eight of his 10 games played this season.

Of course, he derives much of his production from his rushing numbers. The dual-threat quarterback has averaged 6.2 rush attempts per game and has at least five carries in all but one game (Week 2). On the season, he has 401 rushing yards and four touchdowns, which equates to 6.41 fantasy points per game from his rushing stats alone.

Week 12 Fantasy Football QB Sit'em

QB - Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars (at BUF)

It's been a disappointing season for the Jags, Bortles and his fantasy owners. As bad as he's been, Bortles has thrown multiple touchdowns in four consecutive games, but the majority of his production has come in garbage time. With no teams on bye this week, it will be tougher for one-quarter (or one-half) of garbage-time production from Bortles to lead to a productive outing.

The Jaguars are one of six teams projected to score fewer than 19 points this week, according to implied totals from Vegas odds. In addition, the Bills have allowed the ninth-fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season.

QB - Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (vs. SEA)

In his past five games, Winston has thrown for either 300-plus yards and/or multiple touchdowns in every game. During that span, he has averaged 19.44 fantasy points with a minimum of 17.44 in each game. This week's matchup agains the Seahawks isn't great, although injuries in the secondary could make it less daunting than usual. Either way, there are more than 12 better options than Winston this week.

QB - Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers (at HOU)

Rivers had finished outside of the top-12 weekly fantasy quarterbacks in five consecutive games prior to his Week 10 bye. During that five-game span, Rivers had averaged 283.4 yards per game with nine touchdowns, but he has also thrown eight interceptions including four of them in Week 10 against Miami. Going on the road in Week 12, Rivers will face the Texans, who have allowed the fifth-fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks and the fourth-fewest passing yards this season.

QB - Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions (vs. MIN)

After throwing for 300-plus yards in two of his first three games this season, Stafford has failed to reach the 300-yard mark in seven consecutive games. And after finishing as a top-10 weekly quarterback in five of his first seven games, Stafford has failed to do in each of his past three games.

Stafford has averaged 13.16 fantasy points per game over his past three with a max of 14.76 (QB17) in Week 9 against the Vikings. Part (read: much) of that production came in the fifth as Stafford threw a game-winning touchdown to Golden Tate in overtime.

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2016 Fantasy Football TE Strength of Schedule (SOS): Weeks 12 to 16

Curious which tight ends have the most (or least) favorable strength of schedule for the rest of the season?

Based on the average fantasy points allowed per team, our 2016 Fantasy Football Strength of Schedule ranks all 32 teams based on the average fantasy points surrendered by the remaining opponents on their schedule.

A Fantasy SOS may not be the most important factor in determining which player(s) to add off of the waiver wire (our Week 12 waiver-wire post) or evaluating trade proposals, but it gives you an idea of which players will have the best weekly matchups over the rest of the season.

Five most favorable Fantasy SOS for TEs (Weeks 12-16):

1. Minnesota Vikings (Kyle Rudolph): 9.07
2. San Diego Chargers (Antonio Gates, Hunter Henry): 8.97
3. Chicago Bears: 8.90
4. Dallas Cowboys (Jason Witten): 8.75
5. Houston Texans (C.J. Fiedorowicz): 8.69

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Five least favorable Fantasy SOS for TEs (Weeks 12-16):

28. New England Patriots (Rob Gronkowski, Martellus Bennett): 6.27
29. Atlanta Falcons (Austin Hooper): 6.19
30. Tennessee Titans (Delanie Walker): 6.15
31. Green Bay Packers (Jared Cook, Richard Rodgers): 6.10
32. Miami Dolphins (Dion Sims): 5.63

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2016 Fantasy Football WR Strength of Schedule (SOS): Weeks 12 to 16

Curious which wide receivers have the most (or least) favorable strength of schedule for the rest of the season?

Based on the average fantasy points allowed per team, our 2016 Fantasy Football Strength of Schedule ranks all 32 teams based on the average fantasy points surrendered by the remaining opponents on their schedule.

A Fantasy SOS may not be the most important factor in determining which player(s) to add off of the waiver wire (our Week 12 waiver-wire post) or evaluating trade proposals, but it gives you an idea of which players will have the best weekly matchups over the rest of the season.

Five most favorable Fantasy SOS for WRs (Weeks 12-16):

1. Chicago Bears (Cameron Meredith): 25.65
2. San Francisco 49ers (Jeremy Kerley): 24.91
3. Seattle Seahawks (Doug Baldwin): 24.58
4. Miami Dolphins (Jarvis Landry, DeVante Parker): 24.44
5. Atlanta Falcons (Julio Jones): 24.34

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Five least favorable Fantasy SOS for WRs (Weeks 12-16):

28. Tennessee Titans (Rishard Matthews, Tajae Sharpe): 22.02
29. Green Bay Packers (Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, Davante Adams): 20.88
30. Kansas City Chiefs (Jeremy Maclin): 20.71
31. Indianapolis Colts (T.Y. Hilton, Donte Moncrief): 20.32
32. Jacksonville Jaguars (Allen Robinson, Allen Hurns, Marqise Lee): 18.97

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2016 Fantasy Football RB Strength of Schedule (SOS): Weeks 12 to 16

Curious which running backs have the most (or least) favorable strength of schedule for the rest of the season?

Based on the average fantasy points allowed per team, our 2016 Fantasy Football Strength of Schedule ranks all 32 teams based on the average fantasy points surrendered by the remaining opponents on their schedule.

A Fantasy SOS may not be the most important factor in determining which player(s) to add off of the waiver wire (our Week 12 waiver-wire post) or evaluating trade proposals, but it gives you an idea of which players will have the best weekly matchups over the rest of the season.

Five most favorable Fantasy SOS for RBs (Weeks 12-16):

1. Los Angeles Rams (Todd Gurley): 21.28
2. Carolina Panthers (Jonathan Stewart): 20.08
3. San Diego Chargers (Melvin Gordon): 19.95
4. Buffalo Bills (LeSean McCoy, Mike Gillislee): 19.94
5. Kansas City Chiefs (Spencer Ware): 19.82

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Five least favorable Fantasy SOS for RBs (Weeks 12-16):

28. Minnesota Vikings (Matt Asiata, Jerick McKinnon, Adrian Peterson): 16.91
29. New Orleans Saints (Mark Ingram, Tim Hightower): 16.57
30. Denver Broncos (Devontae Booker): 16.38
31. Seattle Seahawks (Thomas Rawls): 16.00
32. Washington Redskins (Robert Kelley): 14.55

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2016 Fantasy Football QB Strength of Schedule (SOS): Weeks 12 to 16

Curious which quarterbacks have the most (or least) favorable strength of schedule for the rest of the season?

Based on the average fantasy points allowed per team, our 2016 Fantasy Football Strength of Schedule ranks all 32 teams based on the average fantasy points surrendered by the remaining opponents on their schedule.

A Fantasy SOS may not be the most important factor in determining which player(s) to add off of the waiver wire (our Week 12 waiver-wire post) or evaluating trade proposals, but it gives you an idea of which players will have the best weekly matchups over the rest of the season.

Five most favorable Fantasy SOS for QBs (Weeks 12-16):

T1. New York Jets (Ryan Fitzpatrick, Bryce Petty): 18.55
2. Chicago Bears (Matt Barkley): 18.55
3. Minnesota Vikings (Sam Bradford): 18.46
4. Los Angeles Rams (Case Keenum): 18.16
5. Houston Texans (Brock Osweiler): 18.15

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Five least favorable Fantasy SOS for QBs (Weeks 12-16):

28. Tennessee Titans (Marcus Mariota): 15.60
29. Detroit Lions (Matthew Stafford): 15.51
30. New England Patriots (Tom Brady): 15.22
31. Green Bay Packers (Aaron Rodgers): 14.97
31. Jacksonville Jaguars (Blake Bortles): 14.82

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2016 Fantasy Football TE Waiver-Wire Options Heading Into Week 12

Every week, we examine players that may be available on your league's waiver wire that could help your team in the short- and/or long-term.

For a player to be listed, he must be owned in 50 percent (or less) of Yahoo! leagues. The goal is to provide recommendations of players that have a greater chance of being available on your league's waiver wire.

With that said, here are some tight end waiver-wire options that I like heading into Week 12 (Yahoo! ownership in parenthesis):

[Note: Players listed below are sorted by my preference to add.]

1. Jared Cook, Green Bay Packers (12 percent)

Returning from a multi-month absence, Cook had six catches for 105 yards and a touchdown on a team-high 11 targets on Sunday Night Football. It was clearly his best performance as a Packer, but hopefully it's a sign of what may be to come.

In his first three games with the Packers, however, Cook had just 53 total yards on six catches and 11 targets. And the Packers have a Week 12 matchup against the Eagles, who have allowed the third-fewest fantasy points to opposing tight ends this season.

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2. C.J. Fiedorowicz, Houston Texans (21 percent)

Barely used as a receiver in the team's first three games, Fiedorowicz has become much more involved in the passing offense since then. The third-year tight end now has five targets in seven consecutive games.

Over that seven-game span, Fiedorowicz has averaged 7.0 targets per game and has posted a 33/380/3 line during that stretch including 6/82 on 10 targets on Monday Night Football in Mexico City. Fiedorowicz now has at least 24-percent target share in two of his past three games.

3. Dennis Pitta, Baltimore Ravens (38 percent)

Once. Week 2.

That's how often (and when) Pitta has finished as a top-12 fantasy tight end this season. In Week 2 against the Browns, Pitta had nine catches for 102 yards on 12 targets.

Since then, he has a minimum of five targets in all but one game and averaged 6.88 targets over that eight-game stretch.

Once again, however, Pitta gets a favorable matchup in Week 12 as the Bengals have allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to the position. Can he exploit the matchup? We'll see ...

4. Hunter Henry, San Diego Chargers (17 percent)

Bad news first: Henry has 16 yards or less and a total of five catches in his past three games played. That said, he has four touchdowns in his past six games and he had a four-game streak of 60-plus yards before his recent three-game cold streak.

Clearly, Antonio Gates is the team's tight end to trust with 20-percent target share in five consecutive games, but it wouldn't surprise me if Henry (knee) becomes more involved again as he approaches full health.

In addition, if Gates were to miss time at all, Henry would immediately become a top-10 option with a great schedule in the fantasy playoffs -- Panthers, Raiders and Browns in Weeks 14, 15 and 16, respectively. All three of those teams rank in the top-eight in terms of most fantasy points allowed to tight ends.

5. Vance McDonald, San Francisco 49ers (eight percent)

With 20-percent target share in back-to-back games, McDonald now has six targets in four consecutive games. McDonald has 204 yards and two touchdowns in those four games and has averaged 8.1 fantasy points per game during that stretch. He's still TD-dependent -- TE3/TE4 in the two weeks he scored, TE20/TE22 in the two weeks he didn't, but he has become a viable streamer in plus matchups down the stretch.

6. Will Tye, New York Giants (two percent)

For the third consecutive week following the team's Week 8 bye, Tye had five-plus targets and now has a total of 20 targets in his past three games. It's disappointing that he turned his five targets into only two catches for 12 yards last week, but he did score his first touchdown of the season.

In addition, Tye has some exploitable matchups on the horizon with the Browns in Week 12 first up. Only the Lions -- his Week 15 opponent -- have allowed more fantasy points to tight ends this season than the Browns.

7. Charles Clay, Buffalo Bills (13 percent)

The last time that Clay scored three or more fantasy points was Week 6 against the 49ers. In his past four games, however, he has had just 29, six, nine and 23 yards, respectively.

On a positive note for Clay (and potentially his fantasy owners), the team has had numerous injuries at wide receiver although Sammy Watkins is eligible to return this week. That said, it's far from a sure thing that he returns and it now appears that Robert Woods, the team's No. 2 wide receiver (after Watkins), will miss time with a knee injury.

8. Lance Kendricks, Los Angeles Rams (12 percent)

Kendricks followed up a disappointing one-catch, zero-yard performance in Week 10 with four catches for 38 yards on Sunday. Those numbers are not great, but Kendricks had seven targets and now has seven-plus targets in four of his past five games. The upcoming schedule is positive for Kendricks with the Saints, Patriots and Falcons up over the next three weeks.

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2016 Fantasy Football WR Waiver-Wire Options Heading Into Week 12

Every week, we examine players that may be available on your league's waiver wire that could help your team in the short- and/or long-term.

For a player to be listed, he must be owned in 50 percent (or less) of Yahoo! leagues. The goal is to provide recommendations of players that have a greater chance of being available on your league's waiver wire.

With that said, here are some wide receiver waiver-wire options that I like heading into Week 12 (Yahoo! ownership in parenthesis):

[Note: Players listed below are sorted by my preference to add.]

1. Sammy Watkins, Buffalo Bills (41 percent)

One of the most talented receivers in the league, when healthy, Watkins is eligible to return in Week 12 and there appears to be at least a chance that he returns this week. Or at least a "hope." Even if Watkins isn't ready for Week 12, Rex Ryan's comments suggest that his return may not be far behind.

Watkins played in only two games (six catches for 63 yards) this season, but Watkins broke out last year with a 60/1,047/9 line last season and was especially productive down the stretch. Exceeding 100 yards four times over his final six games, Watkins had 35 catches for 679 yards and six touchdowns during that six-game stretch. Fantasy owners shouldn't expect a similar six-game stretch if Watkins returns this week, but there is no other player on the waiver wire that could put a team over the top like Watkins.

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2. Tyler Boyd, Cincinnati Bengals (four percent)

In terms of receptions, A.J. Green (66) and Giovani Bernard (39) rank first and second on the Bengals and now the team will be without both for a significant period of time. Not only did Green tear his hamstring, but Bernard was lost to a torn ACL.

While I'd expect to see a lot more Jeremy Hill and Tyler Eifert, the biggest beneficiary among the team's wide receivers should be Boyd. The rookie out of Pittsburgh had six catches Sunday for 54 yards and a score on eight targets. Not only did he tie season highs in both receptions and targets, but he scored his first touchdown of his career.

Boyd, Brandon LaFell and the Bengals receivers have a favorable upcoming schedule with the Ravens, Eagles and Browns in Weeks 12 to 14. The Ravens have allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers and the Eagles and Browns are both within the top-12 most generous fantasy defenses to the position this season.

3. Eli Rogers, Pittsburgh Steelers (23 percent)

From Weeks 4 to 8, Rogers played in only one game (Week 6), but he has emerged as the team's No. 2 receiver after Antonio Brown. Rogers caught four-of-six targets on Sunday for only 20 yards, but it was a difficult weather situation with high sustained winds.

Before that, Rogers had six catches for 103 yards on 10 targets in Week 9 and four catches for 42 yards and a score on five targets in Week 10 to finish as a top-30 fantasy performer in each week.

The Steelers will visit the Colts on Thursday Night Football this week in what should be a shootout. The Steelers are three-point favorites and the over/under currently sits at 54.

4. Marqise Lee, Jacksonville Jaguars (six percent)

Blake Bortles and the Jaguars offense has regressed this season, but Lee has taken a huge step forward in his third season. Lee scored his first touchdown of the season last week, but he now has a minimum of four catches and six targets in eight of nine games since Week 2. In addition, Lee has at least 50 receiving yards in five of his past six games.

The biggest concern with Lee is lack of targets in the red zone, but at this point of the season, I'd trust Lee more than I'd trust Allen Hurns, who has just three catches for 22 yards in his past three games combined. Lee is on pace for 67 catches and 870 receiving yards.

5. Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs (41 percent)

In his past five games, Hill has scored double-digit fantasy points three times and has finished as a top-40 fantasy wide receiver in all but one game during that span. During that five-game span, Hill has seven carries for 71 yards and 23 receptions for 289 yards and two touchdowns on 30 targets.

Dangerous in the open field and used in the vertical passing game more than a 5-foot-10 receiver typically would, Hill is a big play waiting to happen. On the season, Hill ranks second in punt return average (15.8) and he would rank eighth in kickoff return average (23.3) if he had enough returns to qualify among league leaders.

For as long as Jeremy Maclin (groin) continues to miss time, Hill should remain in the WR3 mix. That said, the Chiefs face the Broncos in Week 12.

6. Tajae Sharpe, Tennessee Titans (12 percent)

Sharpe began the season with a 7/76 performance on 11 targets, but that was the exception to the rule over the first month and a half of the season. In his next five games, Sharpe failed to reach 50 receiving yards and averaged only 22.6/G over that span.

Since then, however, he has become more productive. The rookie out of UMass has a minimum of 58 receiving yards in three consecutive games and four of his past five. In addition, he has scored in back-to-back games.

The Titans are a run-first team and Delanie Walker and Rishard Matthews are the team's top-two pass-catching options, but Sharpe could be useful down the stretch in Marcus Mariota's breakout season.

7. Adam Thielen, Minnesota Vikings (four percent)

In general, it's a low-volume pass offense for the Vikings, but Thielen has been productive over the past month-plus. In his past six games, Thielen has 24 catches for 373 yards and three touchdowns and has averaged 9.4 fantasy points per game over that stretch.

The Vikings have a favorable matchup on Thanksgiving against the Lions and Stefon Diggs (knee) was listed as "limited" on Monday. Even though the Vikings did not practice on Monday and Diggs is expected to play, it's something to watch.

8. Brandon LaFell, Cincinnati Bengals (11 percent)

LaFell's production and efficiency has been inconsistent, but his volume of targets is sure to increase with the injury to Green. While he finished with only four catches for 32 yards on Sunday, LaFell's nine targets were his second-most as a Bengal. Going forward, he should consistently see six-plus targets.

9. Kendall Wright, Tennessee Titans (13 percent)

It's hard to trust any Titans receiver too much, but Wright -- like Sharpe and Matthews -- has played well over the past month and a half, which corresponds to Mariota's hot streak. With a minimum of five fantasy points in five of six games, Wright has a total of 22/353/3 during that six-game stretch. The concern, though, is that he has exceeded five targets in only two of those games.

10. Dorial Green-Beckham, Philadelphia Eagles (four percent)

For the second time in three games, Green-Beckham finished with five catches, 50-plus yards and at least eight targets. Of course, it isn't great that he didn't get his second catch in this game until the fourth quarter, but garbage-time stats count just the same as first-quarter stats.

A big-bodied receiver, DGB scored just his second touchdown of the season last week, but both scores have occurred in the past month. The team's 2015 first-round pick, Nelson Agholor, has been a bust and DGB should at least move ahead of him in the pecking order for playing time and snaps.

11. Cordarrelle Patterson, Minnesota Vikings (five percent)

Patterson had just two targets in his first three games combined, but since then, he has averaged six per game and he has eight in two of his past three games. Patterson has finished as a top-24 fantasy wide receiver in three of those seven games, (not-so) coincidentally when he scored, but he's at least worth a look in deeper leagues.

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2016 Fantasy Football RB Waiver-Wire Options Heading Into Week 12

Every week, we examine players that may be available on your league's waiver wire that could help your team in the short- and/or long-term.

For a player to be listed, he must be owned in 50 percent (or less) of Yahoo! leagues. The goal is to provide recommendations of players that have a greater chance of being available on your league's waiver wire.

With that said, here are some running back waiver-wire options that I like heading into Week 12 (Yahoo! ownership in parenthesis):

[Note: Players listed below are sorted by my preference to add.]

1. Chris Ivory, Jacksonville Jaguars (48 percent)

Let's try this again. A couple of weeks ago, Ivory topped this list as he rushed 18 times for a season-high 107 yards.

The expectation was that the Jags would be more committed to the run, to Ivory in particular, in Week 10. Instead, Ivory had nine carries (just 42.86 percent of the team's attempts) for 31 yards and two catches for 10 yards.

With T.J. Yeldon (ankle) leaving Sunday's game early, it was back to another heavy workload for Ivory, who finished with 17 carries for 39 yards and six catches for 75 yards against the Lions.

Yeldon's injury is considered to be day-to-day, but it sounds like his status for Week 12 is in doubt. If Yeldon is forced to sit out Week 12, Ivory should once again get a sizable workload.

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2. Mike Gillislee, Buffalo Bills (25 percent)

LeSean McCoy (thumb surgery) may or may not play in Week 12, and if not, it would obviously open up more opportunities for Gillislee. Per Pro Football Talk, McCoy is expected to play in Week 12 "barring something unexpected." Then again, coach Rex Ryan was less certain as he said, "we'll see."

In their past three games, Gillislee has rushing lines of 12/85/1, 8/32/1 and 14/72 in addition to five catches for 13 yards. In those three games, he has finished as the weekly RB9, RB15 and RB34, respectively.

3. Kenneth Dixon, Baltimore Ravens (28 percent)

Going into Sunday's game, the expectation was that Terrance West would continue to start, but that Dixon's carries would increase. While they didn't increase in absolute numbers, Dixon saw a season-high 37.5 percent of the carries on Sunday.

Dixon now has at least six carries in three consecutive games and he has a total of 78 yards on 12 carries (6.5 YPC) in his past two games with another five catches for 42 yards. Based on talent, Dixon is capable of bigger and better things and is certainly worth a stash for all fantasy owners.

4. Wendell Smallwood, Philadelphia Eagles (two percent)

Both Ryan Mathews (knee) and Darren Sproles (fractured rib) exited Sunday's game with injuries and Smallwood led the team with 17 touches for 79 yards. At this point in the week, it sounds as if both Mathews and Sproles will play.

Even when all of the backs were healthy in Week 10, Smallwood had 13 carries for 70 yards as well. If Mathews and/or Sproles were to miss Week 12, Smallwood would be the biggest beneficiary against the Packers, who have been bleeding production to opposing running backs over the past month.

Over the past four games, the Packers have surrendered 90/452/7 rushing and 13/109/1 receiving to opposing running backs. Not only have they surrendered a total of 114.5 fantasy points to position, they have allowed a running back to score 17-plus fantasy points in four consecutive games.

5. Jerick McKinnon, Minnesota Vikings (38 percent)

Based on talent, McKinnon is clearly more talented than Matt Asiata. Neither have been all that efficient and Sunday was no different. That said, the shift in workload has continued as McKinnon had 17 touches for 41 yards in Week 11.

McKinnon was inactive in Week 8, but he had seven and nine touches in the previous two games, respectively. On the other hand, Asiata's volume has declined from 16 touches in Week 8 to 11, 10 and six over the past three weeks, respectively.

Asiata has scored in back-to-back games and remains the best best for goal-line opportunities. But if McKinnon is going to continue to dominate backfield touches, he is the preferred option in this duo going forward. And if Adrian Peterson is available, it appears that he has a shot to return as early as Week 15.

6. Bilal Powell, New York Jets (41 percent)

Powell had one of his best games of the season before the bye as he totalled 89 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown on 11 touches including seven receptions, both of which were season highs. While he's better in PPR formats and his upside is capped as long as Matt Forte is healthy, Powell has now finished as a top-12 weekly fantasy performer (standard scoring) in two of his past three games. Powell has finished as a top-26 PPR running back in six of his past eight games.

7. Dwayne Washington, Detroit Lions (three percent)

Far from efficient on a per-touch basis, Washington's usage rate continues to be a positive. For a second consecutive game, he had double-digit carries and Washington (15) had more touches this week than Theo Riddick (12).

Washington managed only 0.14 fantasy points per touch as he gained only six yards on his 13 carries and added two catches for 15 yards. Riddick had 10 targets in the passing game and remains the preferred option among the team's running backs, but the expanded role is at least a positive for Washington.

The remaining schedule isn't great as only the Saints in Week 13 are a plus matchup, but if he maintains his role through Thursday's tough matchup against the Vikings, he could be a low-end RB2/flex option for fantasy owners in Week 13.

8. Rex Burkhead, Cincinnati Bengals (zero percent)

Not only did the Bengals lose the game (in score), they lost two of the most-talented weapons to lengthy injuries as A.J. Green tore his hamstring and Giovani Bernard tore his ACL. While others will benefit more than Burkhead, he should see a fairly significant bump in playing time due to the injuries.

Before the season, there was some talk that Burkhead would see some playing at wide receiver so both injuries have the potential to create additional opportunities for Burkhead. On the year, however, Burkhead has just six carries for 39 yards and two catches for 24 yards. At a minimum, he's at least worth a look for deep-leaguers.

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November 19, 2016

Week 11 Fantasy Football: Tight Ends Start'em, Sit'em

Ultimately, the decision of which player to start is largely determined by the composition of your roster (as well as your league's settings).

As an example, Eric Ebron is listed below as a "start" for Week 11. And I'd feel comfortable going into Week 11 with him as one of my starting running backs.

That said, he may be a sit for your team.

In other words, if you owned both Jordan Reed and Ebron, you should start Reed -- and in turn, bench Ebron.

So while you won't find absolute start-sit recommendations below (use my Week 11 Fantasy Football Rankings for that instead), the goal here is to highlight some players that I like (and would feel comfortable starting) as well as some players that I dislike for this week (and would prefer to keep on my bench).

Week 11 Fantasy Football TE Start'em

TE - C.J. Fiedorowicz, Houston Texans (at OAK)

Barely used as a receiver in the team's first three games, Fiedorowicz has become much more involved in the passing offense since then. Even though he had just three catches for 26 yards in Week 10, the third-year tight end now has five targets in six consecutive games.

Over that six-game span, Fiedorowicz has averaged 6.5 targets per game and has posted a 27/298/3 line during that stretch. Brock Osweiler has been awful and last week was no different (14/27 passing, 99 yards and two touchdowns). While Fiedorowicz had five targets, the team's other tight ends also had five targets total and caught both of Osweiler's touchdowns.

In other words, I feel much more confident in starting a Texans tight end like Fiedorowicz than I do in starting one of the team's wide receivers, even one as talented as DeAndre Hopkins. Considering the Raiders have allowed the eighth-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends this season, Fiedorowicz is a top-10 option at the position for me this week.

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TE - Martellus Bennett, New England Patriots (at SF)

The only concern with Bennett this week is that the Patriots use him more as a blocker than a receiver, which is something that we've seen at points this season. In other words, it has led to some boom or bust weeks.

Bennett has as many 100-yard games (three) as he has games with less than 15 receiving yards. With Rob Gronkowski ruled out this week and no team projected to score more points this week, however, Bennett's upside is huge. He's a top-four fantasy tight end for me.

TE - Eric Ebron, Detroit Lions (vs. JAX)

Ebron has missed multiple games this season, but he has been especially productive in his past two outings. On a total of 18 targets, Ebron has seven catches for 79 yards and seven catches for 92 yards in his past two games, respectively.

This season, he has a minimum of four catches and 42 yards in all six games that he has played. On a per-game basis, he has averaged 5.33 catches for 63.5 yards on 7.17 targets per game.

Even though the Jaguars have allowed the 10th-fewest fantasy points to opposing tight ends, the Lions are projected to score the fourth-most points this week.

Week 11 Fantasy Football TE Sit'em

TE - Dennis Pitta, Baltimore Ravens (at DAL)

Here's the good news: Pitta has averaged 7.33 targets per game this season and has three games with double-digit targets. Here's the bad news: Pitta has 42 yards or less in all but one game (Week 2). In fact, Week 2 was the only time that Pitta finished a week as a top-12 fantasy tight end.

Even though he has the second-most targets (66) amongst tight ends behind only Greg Olsen (78), he ranks just 25th in fantasy points scored. (Due to volume, he's more productive in PPR formats, TE15.) Pitta has yet to score a touchdown and is averaging just 8.15 Y/R.

TE - Gary Barnidge, Cleveland Browns (vs. PIT)

Barnidge had a five-game streak with at least 57 receiving yards, but he has failed to reach that level of production in each of his past three games. In fact, he has just three catches for 23 yards and one catch for eight yards in his past two games with a total of just seven targets in those two outings.

In addition, Barnidge has yet to score a touchdown this season. Of course, he's going to score a touchdown at some point this season and perhaps that's this week, but until he's more involved in the offense again, he's nothing more than a roll of the dice.

TE - Dwayne Allen, Indianapolis Colts (vs. TEN)

The Colts had a Week 10 bye, but Allen returned in Week 9 and finished with one catch for 15 yards on two targets. Meanwhile, Jack Doyle had five catches for 61 yards on nine targets in that game. The Titans have been generous to opposing tight ends (ninth-most fantasy points allowed), but I would prefer to start Doyle over Allen if I had to choose a Colts tight end to start this week.

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Week 11 Fantasy Football: Wide Receivers Start'em, Sit'em

Ultimately, the decision of which player to start is largely determined by the composition of your roster (as well as your league's settings).

As an example, Stefon Diggs is listed below as a "start" for Week 11. And I'd feel comfortable going into Week 11 with him as one of my starting running backs.

That said, he may be a sit for your team.

In other words, if you owned Odell Beckham, Amari Cooper and Diggs and can only start two receivers, you should start OBJ and Cooper -- and in turn, bench Diggs.

So while you won't find absolute start-sit recommendations below (use my Week 11 Fantasy Football Rankings for that instead), the goal here is to highlight some players that I like (and would feel comfortable starting) as well as some players that I dislike for this week (and would prefer to keep on my bench).

Week 11 Fantasy Football WR Start'em

WR - Golden Tate, Detroit Lions (vs. JAX)

Things could not have started much worse for Tate as he totaled only 17 catches for 134 yards and no touchdowns on 31 targets in his first five games this season. That's a per-game average of 3.4/26.8 on 6.2 targets. Since then, however, Tate has a total of 32 catches for 379 yards and two touchdowns on 43 targets -- or 8.0/94.75/0.5 on 10.75 targets per game.

The matchup against the Jags isn't great as they allow the ninth-fewest fantasy points to opposing receivers and both Amukamara and Ramsey shadow, but Tate's recent usage keeps him in the WR2 mix. Not only are the Lions projected to score the fourth-most points this week, according to Vegas odds, but Tate has double-digit targets in three of his past four games.

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WR - Stefon Diggs, Minnesota Vikings (vs. ARI)

Like Tate, Diggs has a poor matchup. In fact, it's worse (than Tate's). The Cardinals have allowed the fourth-fewest fantasy points to opposing wide receivers and Patrick Peterson will shadow Diggs.

That said, Diggs has a minimum of 13 targets in three consecutive games and exactly 13 receptions in back-to-back games. Last week, he parlayed those 13 catches into 164 yards. Primarily based on volume, Diggs should be able to overcome a challenging individual matchup.

WR - Donte Moncrief, Indianapolis Colts (vs. TEN)

With this week's highest over/under, this game should be a shootout and the Colts are favored by a field goal. With a rare combination of size and athleticism, Moncrief has scored in three of four games played this season. The lone exception was Week 2 against the Broncos when he left early due to injury.

In fact, Moncrief has now scored in eight of 11 games that both he and Andrew Luck have played together. It's a favorable matchup for Moncrief, T.Y. Hilton and the Colts receivers as the Titans have allowed the 11th-most fantasy points to opposing wideouts. Only the Patriots are projected to score more points than the Colts this weekend.

WR - Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers (at WAS)

Even with a traditional running back returning last week, Adams had nine targets that resulted in six catches for 156 yards last week. Over his past four games, he has a total of 35 catches for 403 yards and three touchdowns on 47 targets. With a minimum of eight targets in each game, Adams has 100-plus yards in two of his past four.

With Josh Norman likely to shadow Jordy Nelson, it bodes well for both Adams and Randall Cobb. So far this season, Adams has been targeted six times inside the 10-yard line and only six players have more such targets. In fact, Nelson is tied with Emmanuel Sanders for the NFL lead (10).

Week 11 Fantasy Football WR Sit'em

WR - Ty Montgomery, Green Bay Packers (at WAS)

With James Starks returning in Week 10, Montgomery was relegated to a secondary role last week. Getting only five touches (three carries and two receptions), he finished with 20 yards from scrimmage as fantasy's WR65. Not only is Starks now one more game removed from his knee injury, the team claimed Christine Michael off waivers. I still expect Montgomery to get a few carries and a few targets, but it's difficult to envision him being a significant factor in the team's offensive game plan on Sunday.

WR - Marvin Jones, Detroit Lions (vs. JAX)

In a bit of a role reversal with Tate, Jones has seen his major role over the first four games turn into a bit role over the past five. With a minimum of 74 receiving yards in each of his first four games, Jones racked up a 23/482/2 statistical line in the first month of the season.

Since then, however, Jones has a total of only 14 catches in five games for 179 yards and two touchdowns. His only top-24 weekly performances occurred in Weeks 2 and 3 of the season. With a lesser role in a not-so-favorable matchup, Jones is outside of my top-24 fantasy receivers once again.

WR - Will Fuller, Houston Texans (at OAK)

Fuller began his career with a bang -- back-to-back 100-yard games to start the season. In Houston's inefficient passing offense, it's been all downhill from there. He has 31 receiving yards or less in four of five games since Week 3 and hasn't played since Week 8. He's expected to return this week, but he's a game-time decision and plays on Monday Night Football. Even with a soft matchup against the Raiders, Fuller isn't worth the risk this week.

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Week 11 Fantasy Football: Running Backs Start'em, Sit'em

Ultimately, the decision of which player to start is largely determined by the composition of your roster (as well as your league's settings).

As an example, Theo Riddick is listed below as a "start" for Week 11. And I'd feel comfortable going into Week 11 with him as one of my starting running backs.

That said, he may be a sit for your team.

In other words, if you owned Le'Veon Bell, LeGarrette Blount and Riddick and can only start two running backs, you should start Bell and Blount -- and in turn, bench Riddick.

So while you won't find absolute start-sit recommendations below (use my Week 11 Fantasy Football Rankings for that instead), the goal here is to highlight some players that I like (and would feel comfortable starting) as well as some players that I dislike for this week (and would prefer to keep on my bench).

Week 11 Fantasy Football RB Start'em

RB - LeGarrette Blount, New England Patriots (at SF)

No player has more rushing touchdowns this season than Blount (12), who has scored in every game other than their Week 4 shutout with Tom Brady suspended. With the highest implied total from Vegas odds, there could very well be multiple scoring opportunities for Blount this week.

Perhaps atypical for a Belichick-coached team, Blount has been the recipient of a consistent workload this season. Not only does he have a minimum of 15 touches in every game, but he has averaged 20.89 per contest even though he is little-used as a receiver.

This week's matchup for Blount is as good as it gets. While their streak of 100-yard rushers allowed ended at seven last week, the 49ers have allowed the most fantasy points to opposing running backs this season and no team has allowed more yards per carry (5.26) or rushing scores (13) to the position.

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RB - Robert Kelley, Washington Redskins (vs. GB)

Emerging as the team's lead back over the past two games, Kelley carried it 21 times for 87 yards and a touchdown in Week 8 and 22 times for 97 yards in Week 10. (The team had its bye in Week 9.) With 69.84 percent of the running back touches in those two games, Kelley should once again approach 20 carries as the team is a home favorite against the Packers in Week 11.

Even though the matchup appears tough on paper, as the Packers have allowed the 11th-fewest fantasy points to running backs, they have been more generous lately. In their past three games, they have allowed three consecutive top-six fantasy performances — Devonta Freeman (Week 8), Frank Gore (Week 9) and DeMarco Murray (Week 10).

RB - Theo Riddick, Detroit Lions (vs. JAX)

No longer just a change-of-pace option due to injuries, Riddick has a minimum of 15 touches in his past six games. On the season, he has averaged 81.4 yards from scrimmage and 5.0 receptions per game with a total of five touchdowns.

In his past three games, Riddick has finished as fantasy's weekly RB6, RB4 and RB17 against the Eagles, Texans and Vikings, respectively. Against the Jags this week, the Lions are projected to score the fourth-most points according to implied totals from Vegas odds.

RB - Frank Gore, Indianapolis Colts (vs. TEN)

Gore has finished as a top-20 fantasy running back in all but two games this season -- Week 1 (RB30) and Week 5 (RB25). Averaging 18.78 touches per game, Gore has scored seven touchdowns in his nine games.

Even though the Titans allow the ninth-fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs, Gore had 83 yards and a touchdown on 22 touches in their first matchup and no game has a higher over/under this week. In fact, only the Patriots are projected to score more points than the Colts this week.

Week 11 Fantasy Football RB Sit'em

RB - James Starks, Green Bay Packers (at WAS)

In the first game back from his knee injury, Starks had a total of 44 yards and a touchdown on 10 total touches. The workload and efficiency weren't great, but the score led to a productive fantasy outing.

With Ty Montgomery still an option to steal a couple of carries and the addition of Christine Michael off waivers, it's unclear how much Starks will see his workload expand this week. Even though he has a favorable matchup against the Redskins, who have allowed the eighth-most fantasy points to opposing running backs, Starks is more of a flex option than a solid RB2 this week.

RB - Chris Ivory, Jacksonville Jaguars (at DET)

How many touches will Ivory get this week? Who knows? One week after getting 19 touches and having his most productive outing of the season, Ivory saw only 11 touches last week. On the year, here are his weekly touches: 13, eight, 13, seven, five, 19 and 11.

With the exception of his 19-touch outing, Ivory has less than 50 rushing yards in every game played. As underdogs to the Lions, who allow the sixth-fewest fantasy points to the position, it's hard to trust that Ivory will get a sufficient workload to allow him to finish as a top-24 fantasy running back this week.

RB - Jerick McKinnon, Minnesota Vikings (vs. ARI)

In his past two games, McKinnon has seven carries for eight yards and then six carries for 16 yards. Granted, he also added three catches for 17 yards last week, but the lack of work and inefficiency means that McKinnon (and Matt Asiata) should remain on your bench. Without a touchdown, neither will be in the RB2 mix against the league's stingiest defense to fantasy running backs as the team is averaging a league-low 2.7 yards per carry this season.

RB - Thomas Rawls, Seattle Seahawks (vs. PHI)

There are a few different reports on how Rawls will be used in his first game back from injury. Considering how well C.J. Prosise played last week, however, it would make sense to ease Rawls back in. Prosise turned 24 touches into 153 yards from scrimmage last week and he is the preferred Seahawks running back to start -- at least, for Week 11.

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Week 11 Fantasy Football: Quarterbacks Start'em, Sit'em

Ultimately, the decision of which player to start is largely determined by the composition of your roster (as well as your league's settings).

As an example, Kirk Cousins is listed below as a "start" for Week 11. And I'd feel comfortable going into Week 11 with him as my starting quarterback.

That said, he may be a sit for your team.

In other words, if you owned both Andrew Luck and Cousins, you should start Luck -- and in turn, bench Cousins.

So while you won't find absolute start-sit recommendations below (use my Week 11 Fantasy Football Rankings for that instead), the goal here is to highlight some players that I like (and would feel comfortable starting) as well as some players that I dislike for this week (and would prefer to keep on my bench).

Week 11 Fantasy Football QB Start'em

QB - Marcus Mariota, Tennessee Titans (at IND)

Not only did Mariota extend his streak of weekly top-12 fantasy performances to six consecutive weeks, but the second-year quarterback scored more fantasy points than any other quarterback in Week 10. In fact, Mariota has finished as a top-four weekly producer four times during that six-game span.

Even though he has thrown less than 30 pass attempts in four of those six games, Mariota has accounted for multiple touchdowns in all six of those games. With a total of 19 scores (17 passing and two rushing), Mariota has thrown a touchdown every 10.65 pass attempts during that stretch.

The Colts have allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to the position and Mariota threw for 232 yards and two touchdowns in his first matchup against the Colts this season. Even though that was his worst game during his recent hot stretch, Mariota still finished that week as fantasy's QB11.

After running for 60-plus yards in back-to-back games (Weeks 5 and 6), Mariota hasn't run the ball much (14 rushing yards or less in four straight). That said, few quarterbacks have as much upside as Mariota does due to his TD efficiency and dual-threat abilities in a potential shootout (highest over/under of week).

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QB - Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins (vs. GB)

Cousins has averaged more than 300 passing yards per game (301.78) this season. Including a rushing score in Week 7, he has averaged exactly two scores over his last seven games played. Starting in Week 2, Cousins has been consistent with a minimum of 17 fantasy points in all but one game (Week 5).

This week, he gets a favorable matchup against the Packers, who are just one of four teams this season to allow three passing touchdowns in at least four games on the year. Only the Browns (7.27%) and Lions (6.39%) have allowed a touchdown on a higher percentage of pass attempts than the Packers (6.08%). In addition, only the Browns (8.31 Y/A) and Bills (8.27) have allowed more yards per attempt than the Packers (8.21).

QB - Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys (vs. BAL)

Playing beyond his years, Prescott and the Cowboys are the only remaining one-loss team this season and their lone loss was by one point in Week 1. Even though the Cowboys are a run-first team, Prescott has multiple touchdowns -- both passing and rushing -- in seven consecutive games.

Atypical for a rookie, Prescott has been incredibly consistent with a minimum of 17.48 fantasy points in every game since Week 2. While he threw for a career-high 319 yards last week against the Steelers, he has yet to throw for fewer than 227 in any game.

Even though the Ravens have allowed the sixth-fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season, Prescott has finished as the weekly QB12 (or better) in all but one game over his past seven. In fact, the one exception was a QB13 performance and I expect another top-12 performance from him this week.

Week 11 Fantasy Football QB Sit'em

QB - Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals (at MIN)

Good news first: Palmer has thrown for more than 340 passing yards in three consecutive games. Not only is it the longest such streak this season, but only four other quarterbacks have done it in back-to-back games this year -- Drew Brees, Tom Brady, Eli Manning and Andy Dalton.

So, why is he listed on the Sit'em side of this post?

Despite averaging 360.3 yards over his past three games, he has scored 15-plus fantasy points in only one of those outings. In addition, he has more than one touchdown in just one of his past six games.

While Cousins finished as fantasy's QB12 last week against the Vikings, it was the first time this season that the Vikings have allowed a top-12 weekly quarterback. On the season, they have allowed the third-fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks.

QB - Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals (vs. BUF)

Ending a streak of four games with 19-plus fantasy points before the bye, Dalton threw for only 204 yards and one touchdown in Week 10 against the Giants to finish as fantasy's QB21. Playing on a short week, Dalton and the Bengals will face the Bills, who have allowed the 11th-fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season.

QB - Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (at KC)

In terms of fantasy production, Winston has been productive with a 10:2 TD-INT ratio and average of 19.95 fantasy points over his past four games. During that span, he has finished as the weekly QB13 or better each week.

On the year, Winston has been better at home (19.14 fantasy points per game) than he has on the road (16.05/G) and the Bucs head to the difficult road environment at Arrowhead this week. Based on implied totals from Vegas odds, the Buccaneers are projected to score the fifth-fewest points (18.5) this week.

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November 13, 2016

Week 10 Fantasy Football: Tight Ends Start'em, Sit'em

Ultimately, the decision of which player to start is largely determined by the composition of your roster (as well as your league's settings).

As an example, Antonio Gates is listed below as a "start" for Week 10. And I'd feel comfortable going into Week 10 with him as one of my starting running backs.

That said, he may be a sit for your team.

In other words, if you owned both Rob Gronkowski and Gates, you should start Gronk -- and in turn, bench Gates.

So while you won't find absolute start-sit recommendations below (use my Week 10 Fantasy Football Rankings for that instead), the goal here is to highlight some players that I like (and would feel comfortable starting) as well as some players that I dislike for this week (and would prefer to keep on my bench).

Week 10 Fantasy Football TE Start'em

TE - C.J. Fiedorowicz, Houston Texans (at JAX)

Barely used as a receiver in the team's first three games, Fiedorowicz scored a total of 0.7 fantasy points in Weeks 1 to 3. Since then, however, he has become much more involved in the offense.

Even with Brock Osweiler and the passing offense struggling, Fiedorowicz has been able to flourish. The third-year tight end out of Iowa has at least seven targets in four consecutive games and a total of 24 receptions for 272 yards and three touchdowns on 34 targets over his past five.

This week's matchup isn't great, as the Jags have allowed the seventh-fewest fantasy points to the position, but he is a viable starting tight end given his expanded role.

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TE - Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers (vs. MIA)

Even with Melvin Gordon so productive in the red zone, Gates maintains great rapport with Philip Rivers and he's always a threat to score a touchdown or two even if he has lost a step (or two) in his advanced age (for his occupation).

In each of his past four games, Gates has had at least 20-percent target share. Since Week 6, no other tight end has as many games with 20-percent target share and only Jimmy Graham and Delanie Walker have at least three.

Only the Cardinals and Patriots are projected to score more points this week. Not only is Gates a strong start this week, but rookie Hunter Henry is just outside my top-12 fantasy tight ends for the week and is worth consideration if you're looking for a streamer assuming he's active this week.

[Henry is owned in only 22 percent of Yahoo! leagues, as of Saturday evening.]

TE - Zach Miller, Chicago Bears (at TB)

After scoring three touchdowns in two games, Miller has at least six receptions and eight targets in three of his past four games. In fact, he has double-digit targets in two of his past three games. Over his past six games, Miller has averaged 5.5/57.67/0.5 on 7.5 targets per game. Meanwhile, the Buccaneers have allowed the 11th-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends this season and three touchdowns to the position in their two most recent games.

Week 10 Fantasy Football TE Sit'em

TE - Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings (at WAS)

The good news is that Rudolph scored a touchdown last week. The bad news is that he set a season-low in targets (three) and finished with only one catch for one yard in a dream matchup against the Lions. So, even with the touchdown, Rudolph only finished as fantasy's TE17 in Week 9.

Compared to the first four games (19/221/3 on 33 targets), Rudolph has just 13/102/1 on 24 targets in his most-recent four games. In those games, he has finished as the weekly TE25, TE8, TE25 and TE17, respectively. Until (or unless) things get better, Rudolph is a risky start and better left on your bench.

TE - Coby Fleener, New Orleans Saints (vs. DEN)

Not only does Fleener have 44 yards or less in three consecutive games and four of his last five, but here's his target percentage in those five games: 13.89%, 14.58%, 4.26%, 11.43% and 15.38%. There are 16 tight ends that have a higher team target percentage than Fleener (13.74%) this season. Even though the Broncos are a little more generous to tight ends (11th-fewest FPA to TEs) than to wide receivers (fewest FPA to WRs), it's hard to trust Fleener with Drew Brees spreading the ball around.

TE - Julius Thomas, Jacksonville Jaguars (vs. HOU)

The Jaguars offense has been a huge disappointment as Blake Bortles has taken a step backwards this season. Entering the season healthy, there were high expectations for Thomas, but he has less than 30 receiving yards in five consecutive games. During that five-game span, he's averaged 2.4/22.0 on 4.8 targets per game, but he has scored twice. At this point, Thomas has merely a TD-dependent fantasy option and the Texans have allowed the third-fewest fantasy points (and only one touchdown) to opposing tight ends this season.

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November 12, 2016

Week 10 Fantasy Football: Wide Receivers Start'em, Sit'em

Ultimately, the decision of which player to start is largely determined by the composition of your roster (as well as your league's settings).

As an example, Tyrell Williams is listed below as a "start" for Week 10. And I'd feel comfortable going into Week 10 with him as one of my starting running backs.

That said, he may be a sit for your team.

In other words, if you owned Julio Jones, Larry Fitzgerald and Williams and can only start two receivers, you should start Julio and Fitz -- and in turn, bench Williams.

So while you won't find absolute start-sit recommendations below (use my Week 10 Fantasy Football Rankings for that instead), the goal here is to highlight some players that I like (and would feel comfortable starting) as well as some players that I dislike for this week (and would prefer to keep on my bench).

Week 10 Fantasy Football WR Start'em

WR - Tyrell Williams, San Diego Chargers (vs. MIA)

It's been boom or bust for Williams over the past five weeks. Correction: It's been a boom-Broncos-boom-Broncos-boom weekly alternating cycle. The good news is that Williams won't face the Broncos this week (or again this season). In his past three games against a team other than Denver, Williams has finished as the weekly WR11, WR12 and WR14.

Excluding the two dud performances against the Broncos, Williams has a combined 18 catches for 322 yards and two touchdowns in his three most recent games. With Travis Benjamin (knee, doubtful) all but ruled out for Week 10, Williams has the potential to once again finish as a top-15 wideout.

As well as Melvin Gordon has played, it's possible that he dominates the game plan, but the Chargers (26.75) are projected to score the third-most points this week after the Cardinals (30.75) and Patriots (28.50), based on implied totals using Vegas odds. In other words, there could be plenty of scoring opportunities for all of the team's top offensive weapons.

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WR - Emmanuel Sanders, Denver Broncos (at NO)

One week after giving up 398 passing yards to Colin Kaepernick and the low-flying 49ers offense, the Saints get Trevor Siemian and the Broncos this week. Regardless of your opinion about Siemian, he has much better weapons than Kaep does so there is reason for some optimism for Denver's passing attack in this soft matchup.

It was disappointing that Sanders, Demaryius Thomas, etc. did not exploit a great matchup against the Raiders last week and Sanders has only one 100-yard game this season. In fact, he has finished as the weekly WR30 (or worse) in five consecutive games.

The good news, though, is Sanders has a minimum of eight targets in all but one game (Week 6) and is averaging 9.56 per contest. With that type of volume, Sanders could have a breakout type of game this week.

WR - Jordan Matthews, Philadelphia Eagles (vs. ATL)

Speaking of volume, Matthews had 14 targets in Week 8 and 10 targets in Week 9. Those were his first two games with double-digit targets since he did so in Week 1 against the Browns.

In what should be one of the highest-scoring games of the weekend (no game has a higher over/under), Matthews could see double-digit targets once again as they try to keep up with Matt Ryan, Julio Jones and the league's top-scoring offense.

WR - Stefon Diggs, Minnesota Vikings (at WAS)

Diggs is better in PPR formats as the Vikes should once again pepper him with targets in the short passing game. After getting 13 targets against the Bears in Week 8, Diggs saw a season-high 14 targets last week as he finished with 13 catches for 80 yards. The matchup may not be great, but Josh Norman shouldn't shadow Diggs when he runs routes out of the slot, something I'd expect Diggs to do on at least half of his routes.

Week 10 Fantasy Football WR Sit'em

WR - Willie Snead, New Orleans Saints (vs. DEN)

Not only is the matchup against Denver difficult, but both Michael Thomas are the team's top two wide receivers now. Even though he has seven-plus targets in six of seven games played this season, Snead has finished as the weekly WR78, WR63, WR33, WR49 and WR60 in his past five games, respectively. Coincidentally (or not-so-coincidentally), Thomas has flourished with double-digit fantasy points in five of his past six games.

WR - Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers (at TEN)

In Weeks 7 and 8, Adams hauled in a combined 25 receptions for 206 yards and two touchdowns on 30 targets. Last week, his production was more subdued -- four catches for 41 yards and a score on eight targets. With James Starks back and Randall Cobb healthy, Adams may see closer to eight targets (or even less) than the 14-plus he had in the previous couple of weeks.

For the record, Adams isn't a horrible play and Aaron Rodgers likes to target him in the red zone. But for the first time in a couple of weeks, Adams is outside of my top-24 receivers (but still inside my top-30). In other words, he's a fine WR3/flex, but certainly not a must-start for those that start two wide receivers.

WR - Michael Floyd, Arizona Cardinals (vs. SF)

The matchup is great. And the Cardinals are projected to be the week's highest-scoring team. Yet if you still own Floyd for some reason, he should be on your bench. Or, more accurately, on your league's waiver wire.

His role in the offense continues to diminish as J.J. Nelson has moved into the starting lineup and Floyd played a target-less 40.8 percent of the team's offensive snaps in Week 8. He has now played less than 50 percent of the offensive snaps in four of his past five games.

WR - DeVante Parker, Miami Dolphins (at SD)

Parker was inactive for the opener and targeted 13 times in Week 2 against the Patriots to finish with a statistical line of 8/106 in that game. Since then, however, Parker has seen a target share of less than 17 percent in all but one game. In addition, he has 28 yards or less in four of his past five games.

With Ryan Tannehill and the Dolphins offense relying much more on Jay Ajayi as their workhorse back, there has not been many targets to go around. In fact, Ajayi has nearly as many carries (77) as Tannehill has pass attempts (85) since Week 6. Even Jarvis Landry has averaged only 6.5 targets per game over his past four games.

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Week 10 Fantasy Football: Running Backs Start'em, Sit'em

Ultimately, the decision of which player to start is largely determined by the composition of your roster (as well as your league's settings).

As an example, Darren Sproles is listed below as a "start" for Week 10. And I'd feel comfortable going into Week 10 with him as one of my starting running backs.

That said, he may be a sit for your team.

In other words, if you owned Le'Veon Bell, DeMarco Murray and Sproles and can only start two running backs, you should start Bell and Murray -- and in turn, bench Sproles.

So while you won't find absolute start-sit recommendations below (use my Week 10 Fantasy Football Rankings for that instead), the goal here is to highlight some players that I like (and would feel comfortable starting) as well as some players that I dislike for this week (and would prefer to keep on my bench).

Week 10 Fantasy Football RB Start'em

RB - Darren Sproles, Philadelphia Eagles (vs. ATL)

In a potential shootout against the Falcons (highest over/under of the week at 51.0), there should be plenty of offense on both sides as the Falcons and Eagles both rank inside the top-nine in terms of implied totals from Vegas odds. Emerging as the team's lead running back over the past couple of weeks, Sproles is a top-15 play this week with upside for much more.

Sproles has 20 and 16 touches in Weeks 8 and 9, respectively, which equates to 65.46 percent of the running back touches over that two-game span. In addition, he has 16 of the 19 running back targets.

The Falcons have been relatively stingy in terms of yards per carry allowed to opposing running backs (3.83, eighth-lowest in NFL), but opposing backs have done plenty of damage as receivers out of the backfield. So far this season, only the Chargers (73) have allowed more receptions to running backs than the Falcons (71).

- Related: Sproles was among our favorite Week 10 DraftKings plays

RB - Jay Ajayi, Miami Dolphins (at SD)

Before the season began, the Dolphins tried to sign restricted free agent (at the time) C.J. Anderson and then later signed Arian Foster, who has since retired. In half of a season, Ajayi has gone a long way -- from Week 1 inactive to 30%-owned waiver-wire back less than a month ago to an every-week must-start workhorse now.

While he didn't rush for 200-plus yards for a third consecutive game, Ajayi rushed 24 times for 111 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's win over the Jets. With 529 yards and four touchdowns on 78 carries (6.78 YPC), the Dolphins have won three consecutive games. Despite being a road underdog, Ajayi is a top-five option at the position this week.

RB - Spencer Ware, Kansas City Chiefs (at CAR)

After leaving Week 8 early with a concussion and missing Week 9, Ware returns to the starting lineup in Week 10. The matchup against the Panthers isn't great, but I expect the Jeremy Maclin-less Chiefs to rely heavily on Ware as long as the game is close. (And it should be a fairly close game as the spread is only three points.)

Over their past three games, the Panthers have allowed only 141 rushing yards on 45 carries (3.13 YPC) to opposing running backs. That said, they have allowed 24 catches for 198 yards to the position during that same three-game span.

In his past 16 games, Ware has 906 rushing yards on 172 carries (5.27 YPC), 318 receiving yards on 23 receptions (13.83 Y/R) and a total of 10 touchdowns -- eight rushing, one receiving and one return.

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RB - Jordan Howard, Chicago Bears (at TB)

It had appeared that Howard's role was diminishing as he ceded touches to Ka'Deem Carey prior to his monster performance in Week 8 against the Vikings. Prior to his Week 9 bye, Howard posted a 26/153/1 rushing line while adding four catches for 49 yards.

With two top-three weekly finishes in his past four games, all signs point to another big week for the rookie out of Indiana. At least for this week, I'm optimistic that the Bears stick with Howard after his 202-yard game in Week 8 despite recent comments by Dowell Loggains.

“You don’t have Matt Forte who was the Workhorse, the No. 1 back,” offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains told WGN Radio. “We keep saying ‘running back by committee,’ well Jordan has been the workhorse the last five weeks, but we’re getting (Langford) back healthy and the carries — however it works out — could end up balancing out a little bit.”

Week 10 Fantasy Football RB Sit'em

RB - Rashad Jennings, New York Giants (vs. CIN)

Playing in five games (and missing a few others), Jennings saw his second-lowest share of the carries in Week 9 (45.83 percent). His lowest share (40.63 percent) occurred in Week 2 when he left the game early with a thumb injury. Since Week 2, Jennings has 46 carries for 93 yards (2.02 YPC) in four games. As Paul Perkins sees a larger share of the workload, Jennings remains someone to avoid in fantasy even with four teams on bye.

RB - Ryan Mathews, Philadelphia Eagles (vs. ATL)

In each of the past two weeks, Mathews has been saved by a rushing touchdown, but he had four carries for 10 yards and five carries for 15 yards against the Cowboys and Giants, respectively. With only 20 percent of the RB touches -- 11 of 55 -- over the past two games, Mathews belongs on your bench.

RB - Matt Asiata/Jerick McKinnon, Minnesota Vikings (at WAS)

When Adrian Peterson went on Injured Reserve with a knee injury, it wasn't necessarily clear which running back would benefit the most -- Asiata or McKinnon. Neither have been great, though. Or even good.

Since Week 2, they both have finished as a top-24 running back once each -- Week 4 for McKinnon and Week 5 for Asiata. The duo has combined to rush for 452 yards on 146 carries (3.10 YPC) this season.

Even in a favorable matchup against the Redskins, who have allowed the sixth-most fantasy points to opposing running backs, neither McKinnon nor Asiata can be trusted. In fact, it wouldn't be a surprise if Ronnie Hillman was the team's most productive back as the trio split carries last week.

[For what it's worth, Asiata had 10 carries for 26 yards the last time (2014) he faced Washington. Three of those 10 carries were touchdowns.]

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Week 10 Fantasy Football: Quarterbacks Start'em, Sit'em

Ultimately, the decision of which player to start is largely determined by the composition of your roster (as well as your league's settings).

As an example, Marcus Mariota is listed below as a "start" for Week 10. And I'd feel comfortable going into Week 10 with him as my starting quarterback.

That said, he may be a sit for your team.

In other words, if you owned both Aaron Rodgers and Mariota, you should start Rodgers -- and in turn, bench Mariota.

So while you won't find absolute start-sit recommendations below (use my Week 10 Fantasy Football Rankings for that instead), the goal here is to highlight some players that I like (and would feel comfortable starting) as well as some players that I dislike for this week (and would prefer to keep on my bench).

Week 10 Fantasy Football QB Start'em

QB - Marcus Mariota, Tennessee Titans (vs. GB)

After a slow start to the season, Mariota has been one of the best fantasy quarterbacks in the league and has scored the seventh-most fantasy points on the year. Over his past five games, Mariota has averaged 24.16 fantasy points per game and finished as fantasy's weekly QB1, QB4, QB11, QB11 and QB4, respectively.

During that five-game span, the dual-threat quarterback has thrown 13 touchdowns and rushed for two more. In addition, he has averaged 252.4 passing yards and 32.6 rushing yards per game over that stretch.

So far this season, the Packers have allowed only two top-12 fantasy quarterbacks -- Matthew Stafford in Week 3 and Matt Ryan in Week 8 -- even though their defense has been banged up. That said, their pass defense has been more generous away from Lambeau Field. In three road games, opposing quarterbacks have completed 74-of-105 pass attempts (70.48 percent) for 894 yards (8.51 Y/A), six touchdowns and only one interception.

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QB - Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys (at PIT)

Playing beyond his years, Prescott has finished as a top-12 weekly fantasy quarterback in five of his past six games. In fact, the lone exception was a QB13 performance. Since Week 2, Prescott has scored a minimum of 17.48 fantasy points in every game.

Prescott benefits from the plays he makes with his legs, especially near the goal line (four rushing scores), but he has now thrown multiple touchdown passes in three consecutive games and in four of his past five. Even though he hasn't posted gaudy yardage totals, he's been consistent with at least 227 passing yards in all eight games.

Like with Mariota and the Titans, Dak and the Cowboys want to utilize a run-heavy approach. Prescott has averaged just 29.0 pass attempts per game over their seven-game winning streak and he has thrown 30 or fewer times in five of those games. As small underdogs, however, it's possible that Prescott is forced to throw more often than he otherwise would.

QB - Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars (vs. HOU)

If you went into the season with Bortles as your starting quarterback, you've undoubtedly been disappointed. The third-year quarterback has regressed as a "real" quarterback -- and as a fantasy one as well.

With that said, he's been better in fantasy terms in his past two games (largely due to garbage time). Scoring 27.68 fantasy points (QB4) in Week 8 and 21.48 fantasy points (QB11) in Week 9, Bortles has completed 55-of-95 for 589 yards, five touchdowns and an interception with 10 carries for 76 yards in the past two games.

The Texans have allowed the fourth-fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks, but they have intercepted a league-low three passes so perhaps he'll have a few more opportunities to try to sustain drives. Bortles is just inside my top-12, but if you roster him, my advice would be to not watch until around 3:15 (i.e., roughly when the fourth quarter begins).

Week 10 Fantasy Football QB Sit'em

QB - Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals (at NYG)

Dalton has finished as a weekly top-12 fantasy quarterback in each of his past four games. Including both passing and rushing scores, Dalton has multiple touchdowns in four consecutive games. And having Tyler Eifert back and healthy certainly helps Dalton.

With that said, the Giants have allowed the fifth-fewest fantasy points to the position and only one top-12 fantasy QB this season (Kirk Cousins in Week 3). Dalton has historically struggled in stand-alone games and he is just outside my top-12 fantasy quarterbacks for the week.

QB - Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins (vs. MIN)

With Week 5 being the exception, Cousins has scored more than 17 fantasy points in six of his past seven games. In his past two games, Cousins has finished as the weekly QB5 and QB7, respectively, and racked up a total of 759 passing yards. This weekend, he faces the Vikings, who have allowed the third-fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season.

QB - Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins (at SD)

Going into the season, Tannehill was one of my favorite QB2 options and I had him ranked in the 13th-15th range. Admittedly, that was way too high for him. Either way, he's barely a QB2 in a two-QB league these days.

The Dolphins have employed a run-heavy game plan fueled by Jay Ajayi's recent production, but Tannehill has thrown 25, 18, 32, 25 and 28 pass attempts in his past five games, respectively. In addition, he has thrown only three touchdowns during that span and finished with 10.38 fantasy points (or fewer) in four of those five games.

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November 09, 2016

DFS Roundtable: Favorite DraftKings Plays for Week 10

Every week of the 2016 NFL season, our contributors will provide their favorite DraftKings play of the week and share their thoughts in our weekly DFS Round Table post.

In some cases, the play is intended for tournaments (i.e., Guaranteed Prize Pools or GPPs); in other cases, it's for cash games (e.g., head-to-heads and 50-50's). Or both.

Who is your favorite DraftKings play for Week 10?

Sean Beazley: Alshon Jeffery, WR, Chicago Bears ($6,600)

I am assuming most people will target David Johnson this week, so you are going to need to be very wise with how you spend the rest of your salary. The price point I am looking at for my WRs is between $5,500-$7,000. There are a bunch of great tournament plays in this group that could have the same type of ceiling as some of the top options this week.

One of the players that I am interested in this week is Alshon Jeffery. I really like the Jay Cutler/Jeffery stack vs. a Tampa defense that is ranked 27th in the NFL vs. the pass. Alshon finally looks healthy and he has seen 32 targets in his past three games.

We have seen what Jeffery’s ceiling is in the past. I could see a 8/140/2 type of game here. I definitely will be overweight on Alshon this week.

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Kevin Hanson: David Johnson, RB, Arizona Cardinals ($8,400)

Perhaps my final ownership will be less than 100 percent, but there will be no other time this season that I will come this close to 100-percent ownership on a player than this specific week and with this specific player. The only concern is the massive spread (nearly two TDs) and that the Cardinals take their proverbial foot off the gas, but no team has a higher implied total than the Cardinals (31.0).

Not only have the 49ers surrendered the most fantasy points to opposing running backs, but they have allowed seven consecutive 100-yard rushers. The 49ers are allowing RBs a league-most 5.48 YPC and only the Browns and Saints (14 each) have allowed more total touchdowns to RBs (13).

So, how much will an elite running back like Johnson rack up this week? Well, he was one of those seven rushers and had 27 carries for a season-high 157 yards and two touchdowns with three catches for 28 yards in his first matchup against them in Week 5.

Perhaps he won't match his Week 5 performance, but no player has a higher floor and ceiling this week than DJ.

John Trifone: Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee Titans ($5,700)

Early on, there doesn't appear to be a ton of great value, so paying down at QB is a good way to give yourself some extra spending. Mariota has been outstanding the last few weeks and has at least 17 DK points in each of his last five games. Tennessee is at home against Green Bay this week, in what should be one of the higher-scoring games of the week. I like Mariota to easily pay off his salary, but also offer the high upside of some of the top-tier QBs this week.

Brendan Donahue: Darren Sproles, RB, Philadelphia Eagles ($4,300)

This is the second week in a row I'm picking Sproles even after he let me down a bit last week with a somewhat disappointing performance. The good news is that Coach Pederson reiterated that Sproles is the lead back and that was evidenced by him getting 60 snaps to just eight for Ryan Mathews. It is also encouraging that he was targeted nine times even though he was only able to catch one-third of them. In what should be a shootout with Atlanta, I expect him to get at least that many targets again, if not more. It seems that DraftKings has not properly factored in his new usage into their pricing as he is only $4,300 this week, which is the 33rd-priced RB and one of the best values of the week.

Dan Yanotchko: Jordan Howard, RB, Chicago Bears ($6,000)

This week, I like Jordan Howard of the Bears as he has a great matchup against the Buccaneers. Howard is rested off a bye, but he gashed an excellent Vikings defense for 202 yards from scrimmage two weeks ago. The Buccaneers have been soft against the run giving up 118 yards per game 4.1 yards per carry, and eight touchdowns on the year. Howard will be under the radar this week with Jay Ajayi, David Johnson, and Ezekiel Elliot having favorable matchups, but I love his matchup.

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2016 Fantasy Football TE Strength of Schedule (SOS): Weeks 10 to 16

Curious which tight ends have the most (or least) favorable strength of schedule for the rest of the season?

Based on the average fantasy points allowed per team, our 2016 Fantasy Football Strength of Schedule ranks all 32 teams based on the average fantasy points surrendered by the remaining opponents on their schedule.

A Fantasy SOS may not be the most important factor in determining which player(s) to add off of the waiver wire (our Week 10 waiver-wire post) or evaluating trade proposals, but it gives you an idea of which players will have the best weekly matchups over the rest of the season.

Five most favorable Fantasy SOS for TEs (Weeks 10-16):

1. New York Giants (Will Tye): 8.88
T2. San Diego Chargers (Antonio Gates, Hunter Henry): 8.87
T2. Kansas City Chiefs (Travis Kelce): 8.87
4. Buffalo Bills (Charles Clay): 8.75
5. Pittsburgh Steelers (Jesse James, Ladarius Green): 8.61

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Five least favorable Fantasy SOS for TEs (Weeks 10-16):

28. New England Patriots (Rob Gronkowski, Martellus Bennett): 6.51
29. Denver Broncos (Virgil Green): 6.38
30. Atlanta Falcons (Jacob Tamme, Austin Hooper): 6.31
31. Miami Dolphins (Dion Sims): 6.20
32. Green Bay Packers (Richard Rodgers, Jared Cook): 5.88

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2016 Fantasy Football WR Strength of Schedule (SOS): Weeks 10 to 16

Curious which wide receivers have the most (or least) favorable strength of schedule for the rest of the season?

Based on the average fantasy points allowed per team, our 2016 Fantasy Football Strength of Schedule ranks all 32 teams based on the average fantasy points surrendered by the remaining opponents on their schedule.

A Fantasy SOS may not be the most important factor in determining which player(s) to add off of the waiver wire (our Week 10 waiver-wire post) or evaluating trade proposals, but it gives you an idea of which players will have the best weekly matchups over the rest of the season.

Five most favorable Fantasy SOS for WRs (Weeks 10-16):

1. Chicago Bears (Alshon Jeffery, Cam Meredith): 24.84
2. San Diego Chargers (Tyrell Williams, Travis Benjamin): 24.82
3. San Francisco 49ers: 24.62
4. Atlanta Falcons (Julio Jones, Mohamed Sanu): 24.51
5. Los Angeles Rams (Kenny Britt, Tavon Austin, Brian Quick): 24.41

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Five least favorable Fantasy SOS for WRs (Weeks 10-16):

28. Baltimore Ravens (Mike Wallace, Steve Smith Sr.): 22.84
29. Kansas City Chiefs (Jeremy Maclin): 22.07
30. Green Bay Packers (Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, Davante Adams, Ty Montgomery): 21.77
31. Indianapolis Colts (T.Y. Hilton, Donte Moncrief): 21.23
32. Jacksonville Jaguars (Allen Robinson, Allen Hurns, Marqise Lee): 18.80

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2016 Fantasy Football RB Strength of Schedule (SOS): Weeks 10 to 16

Curious which running backs have the most (or least) favorable strength of schedule for the rest of the season?

Based on the average fantasy points allowed per team, our 2016 Fantasy Football Strength of Schedule ranks all 32 teams based on the average fantasy points surrendered by the remaining opponents on their schedule.

A Fantasy SOS may not be the most important factor in determining which player(s) to add off of the waiver wire (our Week 10 waiver-wire post) or evaluating trade proposals, but it gives you an idea of which players will have the best weekly matchups over the rest of the season.

Five most favorable Fantasy SOS for RBs (Weeks 10-16):

1. Arizona Cardinals (David Johnson): 20.43
2. Buffalo Bills (LeSean McCoy, Mike Gillislee): 20.30
3. Carolina Panthers (Jonathan Stewart); 20.29
4. Los Angeles Rams (Todd Gurley): 20.04
5. San Diego Chargers (Melvin Gordon): 19.73

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Five least favorable Fantasy SOS for RBs (Weeks 10-16):

T27. Green Bay Packers (James Starks, Ty Montgomery): 17.01
T27. Detroit Lions (Theo Riddick): 17.01
29. Minnesota Vikings (Jerick McKinnon, Matt Asiata): 16.62
30. San Francisco 49ers (Carlos Hyde, DuJuan Harris): 16.12
31. Seattle Seahawks (Christine Michael, Thomas Rawls): 15.90
32. Washington Redskins (Rob Kelley, Chris Thompson, Matt Jones): 14.42

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2016 Fantasy Football QB Strength of Schedule (SOS): Weeks 10 to 16

Curious which quarterbacks have the most (or least) favorable strength of schedule for the rest of the season?

Based on the average fantasy points allowed per team, our 2016 Fantasy Football Strength of Schedule ranks all 32 teams based on the average fantasy points surrendered by the remaining opponents on their schedule.

A Fantasy SOS may not be the most important factor in determining which player(s) to add off of the waiver wire (our Week 10 waiver-wire post) or evaluating trade proposals, but it gives you an idea of which players will have the best weekly matchups over the rest of the season.

Five most favorable Fantasy SOS for QBs (Weeks 10-16):

1. San Diego Chargers (Philip Rivers): 18.33
T2. Los Angeles Rams (Case Keenum, Jared Goff): 18.21
T2. Buffalo Bills (Tyrod Taylor): 18.21
4. Houston Texans (Brock Osweiler): 17.91
5. Carolina Panthers (Cam Newton): 17.80

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Five least favorable Fantasy SOS for QBs (Weeks 10-16):

28. Cincinnati Bengals (Andy Dalton): 15.56
29. Detroit Lions (Matthew Stafford): 15.54
30. Washington Redskins (Kirk Cousins): 15.30
31. Jacksonville Jaguars (Blake Bortles): 14.92
32. Green Bay Packers (Aaron Rodgers): 14.82

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2016 Fantasy Football WR Waiver-Wire Options Heading Into Week 10

Every week, we examine players that may be available on your league's waiver wire that could help your team in the short- and/or long-term.

For a player to be listed, he must be owned in 50 percent (or less) of Yahoo! leagues. The goal is to provide recommendations of players that have a greater chance of being available on your league's waiver wire.

With that said, here are some wide receiver waiver-wire options that I like heading into Week 10 (Yahoo! ownership in parenthesis):

[Note: Players listed below are sorted by my preference to add.]

1. Steve Smith Sr., Baltimore Ravens (50 percent)

Returning from a multi-game absence, Smith had four catches for 47 yards on seven targets plus a two-point conversion to finish the week as fantasy's WR39. The even better news is that he didn't seem limited as he was on the field for more than 80-percent of the team's offensive snaps and he has been removed from the injury report ahead of Thursday's dream matchup against the Browns.

Granted, the Ravens offense has been extremely sluggish this season. The Ravens (4.807) average the third-fewest yards per play; only the Vikings (4.6771) and Texans (4.7194) have averaged fewer yards per play.

With that said, only the Cardinals and Patriots are projected to score more points this week than the Ravens. The Browns have allowed the eighth-most fantasy points to wide receivers, but Cleveland has allowed 12 receivers to score double-digit fantasy points in just nine games this season.

In fact, 10 of those receivers -- including seven in the past five games -- have finished as a weekly top-15 fantasy wide receiver this season. No team has allowed more yards per reception to opposing receivers than the Browns (15.15 Y/R) and they have allowed the fourth-most receiving touchdowns (12) to the position as well.

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2. J.J. Nelson, Arizona Cardinals (16 percent)

From Weeks 1 to 6, Nelson had just four catches for 51 yards on six targets. In the two games prior to the bye, however, Nelson had become much more involved in the offense as he's moved into the starting lineup. One week after a 3/84 performance on seven targets against the Seahawks in Week 7, Nelson had 8/79/2 on 12 targets and finished the week with the second-most fantasy points (19.9).

Coming out of the bye, the Cardinals get a soft matchup against the 49ers. I expect David Johnson to rush for 300 yards or so (ok, maybe less but still ...) against a defense that has now allowed seven consecutive 100-yard rushers, but Nelson and the Cardinals are projected to score a league-high 31.0 points this week based on Vegas odds.

So, in other words, even if the team is taking their foot off the gas in the fourth quarter, the (fantasy) damage may have already been done.

3. Rishard Matthews, Tennessee Titans (31 percent)

Matthews set season highs in targets in both absolute terms (10) and relative terms (24.39-percent market share) in their Week 9 loss to the Chargers. Matthews turned those 10 targets into a 6/63/2 line and finished the week as fantasy's WR4.

The overall volume of targets has been a bit of concern in the team's run-dominant offense, but Matthews has now scored a total of five touchdowns in his past five games. During that five-game span, he has 21 catches for 240 yards and five scores on 28 targets. In addition, Matthews has eight-plus fantasy points in five of his past six games.

The team's wideouts get a favorable matchup this week against the Packers, who have allowed the 10th-most fantasy points to the position this season, and then the Colts and Bears before their Week 13 bye.

4. Sammy Watkins, Buffalo Bills (31 percent)

When healthy, Watkins is one of the most physically-gifted wide receivers in the league. Currently on Injured Reserve, Watkins is eligible to return as early as Week 12 and there is some hope that he may be able to do so. Certainly if you have the room and patience to stash him, he's the biggest per-game difference-maker at any position among players owned in 50 percent or less of Yahoo! leagues.

5. Sammie Coates, Pittsburgh Steelers (42 percent)

Over the past month (three games and a bye), Coates has one catch for four yards on 10 targets. Just as bad for his fantasy owners, Coates dropped a touchdown pass last week. Immediately prior to that three-game stretch, the second-year speedster had a 6/139/2 line as he finished as the top-scoring fantasy receiver in Week 5. There is plenty of boom-or-bust with Coates, but as he (hand) and Ben Roethlisberger (knee) get healthier, there is the potential for more big games in his future.

6. Robert Woods, Buffalo Bills (11 percent)

Woods had the best game of his career against the Seahawks on Monday Night Football as he finished with 10 catches for 162 yards on 13 targets. The Bills head into their bye, but Woods now has at least six targets in six consecutive games played. During that six-game span, he has 34 catches for 422 yards on 50 targets, but he has scored only one touchdown this season.

Even though the Bills are on bye this week, Woods has a favorable schedule down the stretch: Bengals, Jaguars, Raiders, Steelers, Browns, Dolphins and Jets. Five of those seven matchups are against teams that are among those that have surrendered the 13th-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers this season.

7. Dontrelle Inman, San Diego Chargers (four percent)

Inman finished Week 9 with six catches for 56 yards on nine targets and now has six-plus targets and 56-plus yards in three consecutive games. With Travis Benjamin battling a knee injury, it's possible that Inman continues to flourish along with Tyrell Williams. Benjamin left Sunday's game early and the team has a bye in Week 11 so it's also possible that they rest Benjamin.

When all three receivers are healthy (or on the field), it's more difficult to trust Inman. But if Benjamin is inactive this week, Inman will have some appeal as a WR3/flex option against the Dolphins.

8. Brian Quick, Los Angeles Rams (10 percent)

Teammate Kenny Britt is owned in 51 percent of Yahoo! leagues, but he would rank near the top of this list if he were at 50 percent or less. Either way, Quick has been quietly productive for most of the season. Against the Panthers on Sunday, Quick had four catches for 48 yards, a six-game low, and has averaged 62.33 yards per game over his past six games.

9. Marqise Lee, Jacksonville Jaguars (four percent)

For the second time in three games, Lee had eight targets and 80-plus yards. In addition, the third-year wide receiver now has four-plus catches and six-plus targets in six of his past seven games. During that seven-game span, Lee is averaging 60.0 receiving yards per game, but he has yet to score a touchdown this season.

10. Adam Thielen, Minnesota Vikings (five percent)

Thielen is a low-upside but solid PPR option for those in deeper leagues. With 24 targets over his past four games, Thielen has 16 catches for 287 yards and a touchdown. That said, his best game (7/127/1) happened with Stefon Diggs out of the lineup and the team's first-round pick, Laquon Treadwell, got his first reception last week.

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2016 Fantasy Football RB Waiver-Wire Options Heading Into Week 10

Every week, we examine players that may be available on your league's waiver wire that could help your team in the short- and/or long-term.

For a player to be listed, he must be owned in 50 percent (or less) of Yahoo! leagues. The goal is to provide recommendations of players that have a greater chance of being available on your league's waiver wire.

With that said, here are some running back waiver-wire options that I like heading into Week 10 (Yahoo! ownership in parenthesis):

[Note: Players listed below are sorted by my preference to add.]

1. Chris Ivory, Jacksonville Jaguars (33 percent)

When the Jags initially signed Ivory, most expected the team to utilize a run-heavy game plan -- or at least more run-pass balanced than last season -- and for Ivory to get the larger share of the workload split with T.J. Yeldon. Instead, the Jaguars have been the most pass-heavy team (67.83 percent of plays) through Week 9.

Of course, the team has vastly underperformed expectations, largely due to regression from third-year quarterback Blake Bortles, which has led to the team mostly playing from behind this season. So, even if the plan was to run the ball more frequently, plans change when you get punched in the face to paraphrase boxing great Mike Tyson.

While Jacksonville lost to Kansas City this past weekend, Ivory had his best game, by far, as a Jaguar. Although it could have been even better without a lost fumble into the end zone, Ivory carried the ball 18 times for 107 yards and finished the week as fantasy's RB16.

From Week 3 to 8, it was a nearly identical split in workload between Ivory (46) and Yeldon (47). In his first game with Nathaniel Hackett as the team's offensive coordinator, Ivory had 19 touches to Yeldon's 12.

The Jaguars are early 1.5-point home underdogs this week to the Texans, who have allowed the 10th-most fantasy points to opposing running backs this season. The Texans offense has really struggled with efficiency this season -- only the Vikings average fewer yards per offensive play -- so I'd expect this to be another run-heavy game for the Jags.

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2. Rob Kelley, Washington Redskins (30 percent)

Prior to the bye, Kelley drew the start with Matt Jones inactive and racked up 21 carries for 87 yards and a touchdown. With Jones set to return this week, it's Kelley that will once again get the "bulk of carries."

The matchup this week isn't great as the Vikings have allowed the 10th-fewest fantasy points to the position. Not only have they limited running backs to 4.07 yards per carry this season, only the Lions (one) have allowed fewer rushing touchdowns to the position than the Vikings (two).

After this week, the Redskins face the Packers, Cowboys and Cardinals, all three of whom rank among the sixth stingiest fantasy defenses to opposing running backs.

3. Dion Lewis, New England Patriots (33 percent)

Set to return after beginning the season on the PUP list, Lewis was highly productive prior to his injury last season. In only seven games last season, Lewis had 234 rushing yards, 388 receiving yards on 36 receptions and four total touchdowns. With Lewis out, James White has been productive. Over his past 15 games going back to last season, White has 61/610/7 receiving and 40/143/2 rushing.

Given Bill Belichick's unpredicatability when it comes to running backs, it'd be too risky to start either White or Lewis in Week 10 against the Seahawks. Depending on how the playing time and workload is allocated, however, all of the Patriots running backs get a dream matchup in Week 11 against the 49ers, who have allowed seven consecutive 100-yard rushers.

4. Kenneth Dixon, Baltimore Ravens (12 percent)

Coming out of their Week 8 bye, the plan was to get Dixon more involved in the offense. And they did. The problem is that Dixon wasn't any more efficient than he was in limited work before the bye. In Sunday's win, Dixon carried the ball nine times for 13 yards and had two receptions but for no yards.

In four games, Dixon has a total of 23 rushing yards on 15 carries (1.533 YPC). If there's a positive (aside from his bump in volume), Terrance West hasn't been efficient in his past two games either. West has 8/10 and 15/21 rushing in his past two games, respectively.

The Ravens are double-digit favorites in a fantastic matchup against the Browns, who have allowed the second-most fantasy points to opposing running backs this season. In addition, only the Cardinals and Patriots are projected to score more points this week as well based on implied totals from Vegas odds.

Will either (or both) back(s) be able to exploit it?

5. Peyton Barber, Tampa Bay Buccaneers ( percent)

Perhaps Barber will get another start in Week 10 after drawing the start on Thursday Night Football against the Falcons last week. In that start, Barber had 11 carries for 31 yards and added four catches on five targets for 24 yards.

Not only was Antone Smith placed on IR, but Jacquizz Rodgers appears to be a "long shot" to return in Week 10 against the Bears, who have allowed the fourth-fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs. In addition, Doug Martin sat out Monday's practice and hasn't practiced since Week 2.

Even though the matchup isn't great, Barber could get 15-plus touches again this week considering the team's health at the position.

6. James Starks, Green Bay Packers (19 percent)

With Eddie Lacy placed on IR and Starks sidelined since having knee surgery several weeks back, the Packers have lacked a running game with either Aaron Rodgers or Ty Montgomery leading the team in rushing in each of the past three weeks. There is a good chance that Starks returns to the field this week.

Given the effectiveness of Montgomery, who has averaged 5.67 yards per carry on his 21 carries, however, it's unclear what type of volume Starks may see in his first game back from injury. At some point though, Starks should get the largest share of the running back workload.

7. Kapri Bibbs, Denver Broncos (seven percent)

Devontae Booker dominated running back touches on Sunday Night Football against the Raiders, but he was unproductive for a second consecutive game. Booker had 10 carries for 22 yards (2.2 YPC) and one catch for eight yards in Week 9 after rushing 19 times for 54 yards (2.84 YPC) and a touchdown with five catches for 30 yards in Week 8.

Meanwhile, Kapri Bibbs played only nine snaps (to Booker's 46) on SNF)and had just three touches -- two carries for 11 yards and a 69-yard touchdown reception. His role is expected to increase going forward, though.

8. DuJuan Harris, San Francisco 49ers (33 percent)

Starting in place of injured Carlos Hyde (shoulder), Harris had a massive 142 yards from scrimmage -- 59 rushing and 83 receiving -- and a touchdown. Even though he lost a fumble, Harris finished the week as fantasy's RB7 (RB4 in PPR). While Hyde is expected to return this week, I'd expect Harris to continue to be the team's back with the most usage and production other than Hyde.

9. C.J. Prosise, Seattle Seahawks (17 percent)

One week after racking up more than 100 yards from scrimmage, the rookie out of Notre Dame had just 15 yards on four touches. Neither Prosise nor Christine Michael was very productive on Monday Night Football, but it's interesting that Prosise (26-of-47, 55%) out-snapped Michael (18-of-47, 38%). Even when Thomas Rawls returns, Prosise should maintain a significant role within the offense.

10. Chris Thompson, Washington Redskins (33 percent)

With Jones out, Thompson remained in his change-of-pace role as Kelley drew the start. While it was a disappointing performance -- only 41 yards on 12 touches -- for Thompson, he now has 12-plus touches in three consecutive games. On the season, Thompson is a top-35 fantasy running back in standard-scoring formats and top-30 in PPR and has already had his bye.

11. Paul Perkins, New York Giants (six percent)

The good news is that Perkins set career highs in touches (14) after never getting more than five in a game before that. Both Perkins and Rashad Jennings split the workload evenly -- 11 carries and three catches each, but never running back was all that efficient. Perkins had 47 yards from scrimmage; Jennings had 39 YFS.

12. Thomas Rawls, Seattle Seahawks (38 percent)

Rawls won't play in Week 10 against the Patriots, but the team is "shooting for a return" against the Eagles in Week 11. And once he returns, it's unclear how the workload will be allocated.

If Christine Michael continues to struggle in Week 10, however, it's possible that Rawls gets the majority of early-down touches sooner than later. Over his past five games, Michael has 67 carries for 215 yards -- 3.21 YPC -- and 12 catches for 56 yards -- 4.67 Y/R.

13. Bilal Powell, New York Jets (48 percent)

With roughly a 75-25 split in touches in favor of Matt Forte, Powell's value in standard-scoring formats would rely on an injury to Forte. That said, Powell has some RB2/flex value in PPR formats as he has finished as a top-26 weekly PPR running back in five of his past seven games. During that seven-game span, Powell has four games of a season-high 10 touches, but a total of 26 receptions over that span.

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November 05, 2016

Week 9 Fantasy Football: Quarterbacks Start'em, Sit'em

Ultimately, the decision of which player to start is largely determined by the composition of your roster (as well as your league's settings).

As an example, Colin Kaepernick is listed below as a "start" for Week 9. And I'd feel comfortable going into Week 9 with him as my starting quarterback.

That said, he may be a sit for your team.

In other words, if you owned both Aaron Rodgers and Kaepernick, you should start Rodgers -- and in turn, bench Kaep.

So while you won't find absolute start-sit recommendations below (use my Week 9 Fantasy Football Rankings for that instead), the goal here is to highlight some players that I like (and would feel comfortable starting) as well as some players that I dislike for this week (and would prefer to keep on my bench).

Week 9 Fantasy Football QB Start'em

QB - Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys (at CLE)

Over the past five games, Prescott has finished the week as a top-12 fantasy quarterback four times with a QB13 finish being the lone exception. In addition, Prescott has scored a minimum of 17.48 fantasy points every week since Week 2.

While Prescott has yet to throw for 300 yards in a game, he has thrown a total of five touchdowns in back-to-back games against the Packers and Eagles. And even though he is unlikely to post gaudy passing stats in any game this season, the return of Dez Bryant (knee) last week gives him a full complement of passing-game weapons at his disposal.

More than anything, his dual-threat ability boosts his floor. Prescott has rushed for a touchdown in four of his past six games. Even though the Cowboys are on the road this week, only the Packers and Saints are projected to score more points than the Cowboys this week, based on Vegas odds.

Last but not least, the Browns have allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season.

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QB - Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers (vs. NO)

Kaepernick has been brutal as a passer -- 46.03 completion percentage and 5.24 Y/A. While he's started just two games, he has thrown for only 187 and 143 yards against the Bills and Buccaneers, respectively. As a rusher, however, he is averaging 8.82 YPC and 75 rushing yards per game.

In a matchup against Drew Brees where neither defense offers much resistance, Kaepernick has plenty of upside this weekend. Even though the 49ers are home underdogs, they are still projected to score the ninth-most points this week based on Vegas odds.

- Related: Kaepernick is QB of our collaborative DraftKings tournament lineup

QB - Marcus Mariota, Tennessee Titans (at SD)

The past four games have gone differently for Mariota than have his first four games.

In his first four games, Mariota threw four touchdowns and five interceptions, averaged only 11.55 fantasy points per game and he finished outside of the top-12 fantasy quarterbacks every week. In his past four games, Mariota has thrown 10 touchdowns to only one interception, rushed for 149 yards and a touchdown and has finished as a QB11 or better in all four games.

Mariota's efficiency has also been much better over the past month. Over his past four games, he has completed 68.75 percent of his pass attempts for 8.47 Y/A, which compares to 58.82 percent for 6.80 Y/A in his first four games.

While the Titans would like to use a run-heavy game plan against the Chargers, there are underdogs on the road so hopefully that leads to a few extra pass attempts for Mariota.

Week 9 Fantasy Football QB Sit'em

QB - Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders (vs. DEN)

Sure, it's hard to put a guy that threw for more than 500 yards and four touchdowns the previous week on your bench. And Carr has been playing extremely well this season. On the year, only Matt Ryan and Andrew Luck have scored more fantasy points among quarterbacks.

So far this season, Carr has either finished as a top-eight fantasy quarterback (five times) or as a QB20 or worse (three times). Based on my rankings (QB14), this will be the first time that he finishes in between QB9-19.

Despite facing plenty of top quarterbacks -- Cam Newton, Andrew Luck, Matt Ryan, Philip Rivers (twice), etc., the Broncos have allowed only three 200-yard games (out of eight played). The only quarterback to finish as a top-16 fantasy quarterback was Newton, who rushed for 54 yards and a touchdown in Week 1.

Since Week 2, the Broncos have limited all opposing quarterbacks to less than 15 fantasy points in every game and an average of 11.0/G. Opposing quarterbacks complete only 53.52 percent of their pass attempts for an average of 5.7 Y/A, both of which are league lows.

QB - Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions (at MIN)

Not quite Denver's defense, but the Vikings have actually limited opposing quarterbacks to the fewest fantasy points per game this season. They allow 12.22/G compared to 12.27/G for Denver. No quarterback has finished as a top-12 quarterback against them this season.

Like Carr, Stafford has had several strong performances -- five top-10 weekly finishes -- and a few not-so-strong performances -- three weeks at QB19 or worse. Based on implied totals using Vegas odds, no team is projected to score fewer points this week than the Lions.

In a week where some lesser fantasy quarterbacks (Prescott, Kaepernick, etc.) have more favorable matchups, Stafford is a sit for me this week.

QB - Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars (at KC)

Whereas the Lions are projected to score the fewest points this week, the Jaguars are projected to score the second-fewest (tied with Buffalo). One of the biggest problems with the Jaguars (aside from Bortles in general) is their inability to score points early. The Jags rank dead last in the NFL in first-half scoring (6.7/G).

There is always the chance that Bortles puts up some fantasy points in garbage time as Jacksonville ranks fourth in fourth-quarter scoring (9.3/G), but he has taken a major step back this season. Bortles led the NFL in interceptions thrown (18) last season, but he's currently on pace to throw even more (20.6).

QB - Tyrod Taylor, Buffalo Bills (at SEA)

Since Week 2, Taylor has finished as a top-15 fantasy quarterback every week. Even though he has thrown for less than 200 yards in five games this season, Taylor has 319 rushing yards and three touchdowns. In other words, he avearges 6.24 fantasy points per game due to his rushing stats alone.

Even though the Seahawks have allowed an average of 300.75 passing yards per game over their past four, it's hard to trust Taylor in such a tough matchup with such a poor group of weapons. Speaking of his weapons, it's at least an interesting story that Percy Harvin has "unretired" and his first game back in the NFL will be against his former team.

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November 02, 2016

2016 Fantasy Football QB Strength of Schedule (SOS): Weeks 9 to 16

Curious which quarterbacks have the most (or least) favorable strength of schedule for the rest of the season?

Based on the average fantasy points allowed per team, our 2016 Fantasy Football Strength of Schedule ranks all 32 teams based on the average fantasy points surrendered by the remaining opponents on their schedule.

A Fantasy SOS may not be the most important factor in determining which player(s) to add off of the waiver wire (our Week 9 waiver-wire post) or evaluating trade proposals, but it gives you an idea of which players will have the best weekly matchups over the rest of the season.

Five most favorable Fantasy SOS for QBs (Weeks 9-16):

1. Los Angeles Rams (Case Keenum, Jared Goff): 18.26
2. San Diego Chargers (Philip Rivers): 18.21
3. Houston Texans (Brock Osweiler): 18.00
4. Buffalo Bills (Tyrod Taylor): 17.81
5. Minnesota Vikings (Sam Bradford): 17.69

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Five least favorable Fantasy SOS for QBs (Weeks 9-16):

28. Washington Redskins (Kirk Cousins): 15.34
T29. Cincinnati Bengals (Andy Dalton): 15.18
T29. Detroit Lions (Matthew Stafford): 15.18
31. Green Bay Packers (Aaron Rodgers): 15.05
32. Jacksonville Jaguars (Blake Bortles): 14.94

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2016 Fantasy Football RB Strength of Schedule (SOS): Weeks 9 to 16

Curious which running backs have the most (or least) favorable strength of schedule for the rest of the season?

Based on the average fantasy points allowed per team, our 2016 Fantasy Football Strength of Schedule ranks all 32 teams based on the average fantasy points surrendered by the remaining opponents on their schedule.

A Fantasy SOS may not be the most important factor in determining which player(s) to add off of the waiver wire (our Week 9 waiver-wire post) or evaluating trade proposals, but it gives you an idea of which players will have the best weekly matchups over the rest of the season.

Five most favorable Fantasy SOS for RBs (Weeks 9-16):

1. Arizona Cardinals (David Johnson): 20.20
2. Carolina Panthers (Jonathan Stewart): 20.04
3. Buffalo Bills (LeSean McCoy, Mike Gillislee): 19.83
4. Baltimore Ravens (Terrance West, Kenneth Dixon): 19.71
5. Cincinnati Bengals (Jeremy Hill, Giovani Bernard): 19.52

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Five least favorable Fantasy SOS for RBs (Weeks 9-16):

28. Detroit Lions (Theo Riddick): 17.22
29. Philadelphia Eagles (Darren Sproles, Ryan Mathews): 16.88
30. Minnesota Vikings (Matt Asiata, Jerick McKinnon): 16.76
31. Seattle Seahawks (Christine Michael, Thomas Rawls): 16.45
32. Washington Redskins (Matt Jones, Rob Kelley, Chris Thompson): 14.49

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2016 Fantasy Football WR Strength of Schedule (SOS): Weeks 9 to 16

Curious which wide receivers have the most (or least) favorable strength of schedule for the rest of the season?

Based on the average fantasy points allowed per team, our 2016 Fantasy Football Strength of Schedule ranks all 32 teams based on the average fantasy points surrendered by the remaining opponents on their schedule.

A Fantasy SOS may not be the most important factor in determining which player(s) to add off of the waiver wire (our Week 9 waiver-wire post) or evaluating trade proposals, but it gives you an idea of which players will have the best weekly matchups over the rest of the season.

Five most favorable Fantasy SOS for WRs (Weeks 9-16):

1. Miami Dolphins (Jarvis Landry, DeVante Parker): 25.12
2. San Diego Chargers (Tyrell Williams, Travis Benjamin): 24.98
3. Los Angeles Rams (Tavon Austin, Kenny Britt, Brian Quick): 24.93
4. San Francisco 49ers (Torrey Smith, Jeremy Kerley): 24.89
5. Denver Broncos (Demaryius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders): 24.88

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Five least favorable Fantasy SOS for WRs (Weeks 9-16):

28. Indianapolis Colts (T.Y. Hilton, Donte Moncrief): 21.94
29. Baltimore Ravens (Mike Wallace, Steve Smith): 21.90
30. Oakland Raiders (Amari Cooper, Michael Crabtree): 21.28
31. Green Bay Packers (Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, Ty Montgomery, Davante Adams): 21.15
32. Jacksonville Jaguars (Allen Robinson, Allen Hurns): 19.70

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2016 Fantasy Football TE Strength of Schedule (SOS): Weeks 9 to 16

Curious which tight ends have the most (or least) favorable strength of schedule for the rest of the season?

Based on the average fantasy points allowed per team, our 2016 Fantasy Football Strength of Schedule ranks all 32 teams based on the average fantasy points surrendered by the remaining opponents on their schedule.

A Fantasy SOS may not be the most important factor in determining which player(s) to add off of the waiver wire (our Week 9 waiver-wire post) or evaluating trade proposals, but it gives you an idea of which players will have the best weekly matchups over the rest of the season.

Five most favorable Fantasy SOS for TEs (Weeks 9-16):

1. San Diego Chargers (Antonio Gates, Hunter Henry): 8.74
2. Buffalo Bills (Charles Clay): 8.37
T3. New York Giants (Will Tye, Larry Donnell): 8.33
T3. Minnesota Vikings (Kyle Rudolph): 8.33
5. Baltimore Ravens (Dennis Pitta): 8.32

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Five least favorable Fantasy SOS for TEs (Weeks 9-16):

28. Seattle Seahawks (Jimmy Graham): 6.27
29. Cincinnati Bengals (Tyler Eifert): 6.20
30. Atlanta Falcons (Austin Hooper, Jacob Tamme): 6.17
31. Detroit Lions (Eric Ebron): 6.14
32. Miami Dolphins: 5.97

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November 01, 2016

2016 Fantasy Football WR Waiver-Wire Options Heading Into Week 9

Every week, we examine players that may be available on your league's waiver wire that could help your team in the short- and/or long-term.

For a player to be listed, he must be owned in 50 percent (or less) of Yahoo! leagues. The goal is to provide recommendations of players that have a greater chance of being available on your league's waiver wire.

With that said, here are some wide receiver waiver-wire options that I like heading into Week 9 (Yahoo! ownership in parenthesis):

[Note: Players listed below are sorted by my preference to add.]

1. Corey Coleman, Cleveland Browns (42 percent)

On Halloween, Coleman (hand) gave his fantasy owners a "treat," so to speak, as he was cleared to practice in full. In other words, Coleman, the 15th-overall pick and first wide receiver selected in the 2016 NFL Draft, is expected return in Week 9 against the Cowboys. Coleman has missed every game since Week 2, but the ex-Baylor Bear is an explosive playmaker that had 2/69 and 5/104/2 in his only two games played.

2. Jamison Crowder, Washington Redskins (50 percent)

With back-to-back 100-yard games, Crowder set season highs with nine catches and 13 targets in Week 8. In addition, he scored a touchdown for the fourth time this season. Beginning with Week 2, Crowder has finished as a top-30 fantasy wide receiver and scored nine-plus fantasy points in six of seven games. Crowder and the Redskins have a Week 9 bye following their cross-atlantic trip to London, but it wouldn't surprise me if he continues to be the team's most productive fantasy receiver the rest of the way.

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3. Quincy Enunwa, New York Jets (45 percent)

Enunwa has now scored in back-to-back games, he set a three-game high in receptions (four) and a season high in yards (93). He also tied his season high in targets (11). In a favorable matchup against the Dolphins, Enunwa could be in store for another productive outing, especially considering six teams are on bye.

4. Kendall Wright, Tennessee Titans (six percent)

In the team's past three games, Wright has had two big outings -- 8/133/1 (19.3 fantasy points, weekly WR7) and 4/84/1 (15.9, WR6). While Wright had just five targets last week, that equated to 21.74 percent of the team's total. In a run-dominant offense, it's unlikely that we can trust any of the team's receivers as anything more than a WR3, but Wright should lead the group the rest of the way.

5. Kenny Britt, Los Angeles Rams (39 percent)

Second on the team in target share behind Tavon Austin (27.35%), Britt (20.51%) had just three catches (on eight targets) for 43 yards against the Giants before the bye. Through seven games, Britt is averaging 4.71/76.43/0.29 on 6.86 targets per game. Only 28 years old, the former first-round pick is on pace for 76 catches for 1,223 yards this season.

The team's quarterback play, run-heavy philosophy and lack of scoring opportunities will limit Britt's upside, but he should be a solid, if not spectacular, option for the remainder of the season. And depending on your bye-week situations, Britt could make for an excellent streamer with the Panthers, Jets, Dolphins and Saints on the schedule over the next month.

6. Sammie Coates, Pittsburgh Steelers (42 percent)

Coates has just one catch for four yards on five targets in the past two games and he suffered a hand injury prior to the bye. Especially once Ben Roethlisberger (knee) returns, Coates has WR3 upside as a vertical threat in the passing offense. In the first five games of the season, Coates had 19 catches for 421 yards (22.2 Y/R).

7. Brian Quick, Los Angeles Rams (seven percent)

Even though he has exceeded 20-percent target share in only one game this season, Quick has been productive and consistent with five consecutive games of more than 50 receiving yards. During that five-game stretch, he has a total of 326 yards and three touchdowns including a 4/92 stat line in Week 7.

Due to volume of targets, I'd prefer Britt over Quick, but it's close. And as noted above, the duo has an extremely favorable schedule with the Panthers, Jets, Dolphins and Saints on deck. In fact, only the Dolphins and Chargers wide receivers have a more favorable fantasy strength of schedule the rest of the way.

8. Dorial Green-Beckham, Philadelphia Eagles (five percent)

There was talk earlier in the season about getting Green-Beckham more involved in the offense and he had a season-high nine targets in Week 8. In fact, it was more than double what he had in any other game as an Eagle. As a big-bodied receiver with an expanding role, DGB is worth adding as bench stash. It's a little too early to trust that he will see nine targets per week, however.

9. Rishard Matthews, Tennessee Titans (24 percent)

Matthews has 80-plus yards and/or a touchdown -- and at least eight fantasy points -- in four of his past five games. That's the good news. The bad news is that he has four or fewer targets in four of those games, coincidentally the ones in which he had nine-plus fantasy points. Without a boost in volume, however, it's unlikely that he continues his recent run of solid production. As noted above, I'd prefer Wright over any other Titans receiver.

10. Jeff Janis, Green Bay Packers (two percent)

With Randall Cobb and Ty Montgomery both out on Sunday, Janis had four catches for 30 yards and a touchdown. While he is a physical freak, he has never seemed to earn the trust of either Aaron Rodgers or the coaching staff. But if his offensive involvement continues to expand (probably unlikely, though), he has plenty of upside.

11. Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs (three percent)

While he's one of the smallest receivers in the league, Hill is a big play waiting to happen. Finishing as the WR5 in Week 8, Hill had five catches for 98 yards and a touchdown and added a seven-yard run. There's always the potential for him to return one to the house (currently second in punt return average and eighth in kickoff return average), but Hill has been involved as both a runner (six carries) and a receiver (19/223/4) this season. Even so, he's more of a deep-league consideration in Kansas City's low-volume pass offense.

12. Cordarrelle Patterson, Minnesota Vikings (12 percent)

Patterson has three-plus catches in four consecutive games, but he has less than 40 yards in all but one of those outings. In a favorable matchup against the Lions in Week 9, there is some reason for optimism. But the overall lack of volume and his place in line for targets behind (at least) Stefon Diggs and Kyle Rudolph would make him a very risky start in any week.

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2016 Fantasy Football RB Waiver-Wire Options Heading Into Week 9

Every week, we examine players that may be available on your league's waiver wire that could help your team in the short- and/or long-term.

For a player to be listed, he must be owned in 50 percent (or less) of Yahoo! leagues. The goal is to provide recommendations of players that have a greater chance of being available on your league's waiver wire.

With that said, here are some running back waiver-wire options that I like heading into Week 9 (Yahoo! ownership in parenthesis):

[Note: Players listed below are sorted by my preference to add.]

1. Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans (48 percent)

Going into the season, it was expected that DeMarco Murray and Henry would form a 1-2 "exotic smashmouth" backfield that would wear down opposing defenses. Instead, Murray has run away (literally) with the job. Murray a minimum of 18 touches and 12.5 fantasy points in all eight games with an average of 23.5 touches and 17.66 fantasy points per contest. Only Arizona's David Johnson has scored more fantasy points among running backs this season.

In Week 8, however, Henry finally got a sizable share of the workload. Henry had more touches (20) last week than he had in his previous four games combined (15). The big bruising back carried the ball 16 times for 60 yards and a score while adding four catches for 37 yards.

While it would be unrealistic to expect many more 20-touch games as long as both Murray and Henry are healthy, it's possible that his role becomes more fantasy-relevant the rest of the way. Over the next four weeks, the Titans will face the Chargers, Packers, Colts and Bears. San Diego and Indianapolis both rank among the six-most fantasy-friendly defenses to running backs this season.

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2. Charcandrick West, Kansas City Chiefs (nine percent)

Spencer Ware left Sunday's game with a concussion and Jamaal Charles (knee) was inactive last week so West finished Sunday with 14 carries for 52 yards and two catches for eight yards. Depending on how Ware progresses through the concussion protocol, it's possible that West ends up starting against the Jaguars in Week 9. Based on early odds, the Chiefs are nearly double-digit home favorites (-9), which sets up for a run-dominant game script for West and the Chiefs.

3. Dion Lewis, New England Patriots (33 percent)

The Patriots are on bye in Week 9, but perhaps Lewis returns following the bye. Lewis returned to practice last week and the Patriots will have up to 21 days to activate him from the PUP list.

At least initially, the biggest fantasy impact of the move would be to hurt the outlook of James White as opposed to being able to trust Lewis as a starter. That said, he has shown how good he could be when healthy and with Tom Brady under center.

4. Rob Kelley, Washington Redskins (35 percent)

With Matt Jones (knee) sidelined in Week 8, Jones led Washington's backfield with 21 carries for 87 yards and a score. Before Jones missed Week 8, he had lost a fumble in two of his previous three games and was essentially benched in Week 7. But it's unclear how much of the workload Kelley would have received in Week 8 if all three of the team's primary backs (Kelley, Jones and Chris Thompson) were healthy.

In games that Jones can't play, however, Kelley should get the bulk of the early-down work with Thompson maintaining a change-of-pace role. The Redskins are on bye in Week 9 and then get a pair of challenging matchups following their bye against the Vikings and Packers. Then again, Jordan Howard just racked up 200-plus yards from scrimmage and a touchdown against the Vikings defense on Monday Night Football.

5. Antone Smith, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (one percent)

Playing on a short week, it's likely that the Buccaneers will be without their top-three running backs as Jacquizz Rodgers left Sunday's game late with a foot injury. Tampa Bay Times writer Greg Auman tweeted it's "[s]afe to say" that Rodgers won't play on Thursday.

Considering that Smith had more snaps and touches than Peyton Barber on Sunday, it's reasonable that Smith gets the majority of touches in a plus matchup this Thursday night. The Falcons have allowed the ninth-most fantasy points to opposing running backs this season.

6. Bilal Powell, New York Jets (37 percent)

After getting 21 receptions over a four-game stretch, Powell has only one reception in his past two games. Thanks to a long touchdown run, however, Powell had a nice fantasy performance in Week 8 with 6/76/1 rushing and 13.9 fantasy points.

Meanwhile, Matt Forte has had massive workloads in each of the past two games with 34 touches in Week 7 and 27 in Week 8. In those two games, Forte has 55/182/3 rushing (3.31 YPC) and 6/70/1 receiving. I'd expect Powell to become more involved as a receiver once again, but he's at least worth a stash/handcuff for Forte owners.

7. Tim Hightower, New Orleans Saints (five percent)

A fumble by Mark Ingram led to a massive workload for Hightower, who carried the ball 26 times for 102 yards against the Seahawks on Sunday. How much of that was a one-game statement to Ingram? We'll see, but Payton said that Hightower will "definitely" get more carries going forward. Depending on his Week 9 workload, there is plenty of upside against the NFL's most fantasy-friendly defense (49ers) to opposing running backs this week.

8. Kenneth Dixon, Baltimore Ravens (12 percent)

Dixon began his NFL career on the sidelines with a knee injury and he has been far less than spectacular since making his debut a few weeks ago. In his three NFL games, Dixon has six carries for 10 yards (1.67 YPC) and three catches for six yards (2.0 Y/A). He's even seen one less touch per game -- four to three to two, respectively.

That said, Dixon is much more talented than his production suggests. Not only was the team high on him when they selected him in the fourth round of this year's draft, so was I. Apparently, the plan remains to get him more involved in the offense.

Over the next three weeks, the Ravens get the Steelers, Browns and Cowboys.

9. C.J. Prosise, Seattle Seahawks (two percent)

Prosise broke the 100-yard mark with four carries for 23 yards and four catches for 80 yards. It's unlikely that he repeats that production at any point with Thomas Rawls set to return in a couple of weeks, but he is at least worth monitoring.

10. Don Jackson, Green Bay Packers (five percent)

If you're absolutely desperate, Jackson may be worth a look. Through two games, Jackson has managed only 16 yards on six carries (2.67 YPC), but the team cut Knile Davis and Ty Montgomery may not be available again this week either. The matchup is favorable against the Colts, who have allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing running backs, although it wouldn't be a surprise if Aaron Rodgers once again led the team in rushing.

11. Kapri Bibbs, Denver Broncos (seven percent)

It seems likely that Devontae Booker (shoulder) will be ready to go for Week 9, but the rookie running back will go through some more tests on Monday. Bibbs had next to nothing (two carries for four yards) on Sunday, but the Broncos face the Raiders and Saints over the next two weeks and could have some value if Booker isn't cleared for whatever reason.

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2016 Fantasy Football QB Waiver-Wire Options Heading Into Week 9

Every week, we examine players that may be available on your league's waiver wire that could help your team in the short- and/or long-term.

For a player to be listed, he must be owned in 50 percent (or less) of Yahoo! leagues. The goal is to provide recommendations of players that have a greater chance of being available on your league's waiver wire.

With that said, here are some quarterback waiver-wire options that I like heading into Week 9 (Yahoo! ownership in parenthesis):

[Note: Players listed below are sorted by my preference to add.]

1. Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins (22 percent)

With Jay Ajayi running for 200-plus yards in back-to-back games, Tannehill has thrown the ball 25 times or less for 204 yards or less in three of his past four games. During that four-game span, he has averaged 209 passing yards per game and thrown more interceptions (three) than touchdowns (two).

That said, Tannehill gets a favorable matchup in Week 9 against the Jets, who have allowed the ninth-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season. The recent lack of volume is a concern for Tannehill's outlook, but the Jets have a stout run defense so Ajayi shouldn't run for another 200-yard game.

In a week with six quarterbacks (Tom Brady, Carson Palmer, Andy Dalton, etc.) on bye, Tannehill makes for a decent streamer this week.

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2. Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs (42 percent)

Smith exited Sunday's game against the Colts twice to be checked for a concussion and ruled out after the second time. Aside from the concussion, the other concern with Smith in any week is the potential for the Chiefs to call a run-heavy game plan that limits his upside.

If he's cleared in time for Week 9, he gets a favorable matchup against the Jaguars, who have allowed the 13th-most fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks. As nearly double-digit home favorites (-9), however, there is the potential for the Chiefs to dial up run plays more than Smith drops back to pass.

After this week, Smith gets two even better matchups against the Panthers and Buccaneers, both of whom are among the seven most fantasy-friendly defenses to fantasy quarterbacks this season.

3. Ryan Fitzpatrick, New York Jets (30 percent)

If you need a spot starter, Fitzpatrick is a viable streamer. While he didn't post gaudy statistics against the Browns, he has now thrown 48 pass attempts over the past two games with no interceptions. The Jets are small road underdogs (-3.5) in Miami and we could see a higher volume of attempts this week.

Considering he was benched once already for Geno Smith, it's possible that Fitzpatrick gets benched again in favor of the young quarterbacks on their roster if the season is completely lost. Despite the difficult schedule to begin the season, Fitzpatrick gets a more favorable schedule from here on out as the Jets quarterbacks have the sixth-most favorable fantasy football strength of schedule.

4. Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens (23 percent)

Here's the good news: Flacco has thrown 44-plus pass attempts in four consecutive games and 40-plus pass attempts in six straight. The bad news is that the pass offense has been terribly inefficient. Flacco has just two passing touchdowns in his past five games and is averaging just 13.25 fantasy points per game this season.

In Week 9, Flacco and the Ravens face the Steelers, who have allowed four top-12 weekly performances over the past six weeks. In Week 10, Flacco faces the winless Browns, who have allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to the position this season.

5. Trevor Siemian, Denver Broncos (12 percent)

Siemian has finished as the weekly QB1 (Week 3), QB17 (Week 6) and outside the top-20 fantasy quarterbacks in every other game he has played. Siemian has thrown twice as many touchdowns (eight) as interceptions (four), but he is averaging only 6.95 yards per attempt. With that said, he is a fringe top-12 fantasy quarterback with a pair of top-10 matchups against the Raiders and Saints the next two weeks.

6. Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers (7 percent)

In two starts, Kaepernick has completed only 46.03 percent of his past attempts at 5.24 Y/A. In those same two games, however, he has rushed 17 times for 150 yards (8.82 YPC). While he may not throw for 300-plus yards, his Week 9 matchup against the Saints lends itself to posting a big fantasy day.

7. Sam Bradford, Minnesota Vikings (16 percent)

Many of the bottom-tier fantasy quarterbacks have favorable matchups in Week 9 and Bradford is one of them. Bradford has completed 66.5 percent of his pass attempts with an 8-to-1 TD-INT ratio, but the Vikings rank just 26th in pass-play percentage. Not only does Bradford get the Lions, who have allowed the second-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks, but the Lions have been particularly vulnerable to defending tight ends. Considering how often Bradford targets Kyle Rudolph, that bolsters his fantasy appeal as a streamer in Week 9.

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Week 8 Fantasy Football: Wide Receivers Start'em, Sit'em

Ultimately, the decision of which player to start is largely determined by the composition of your roster (as well as your league's settings).

As an example, Michael Crabtree is listed below as a "start" for Week 8. And I'd feel comfortable going into Week 8 with him as one of my starting wide receivers.

That said, he may be a sit for your team.

In other words, if you owned Julio Jones, T.Y. Hilton and Crabtree and can only start two receivers, you should start Jones and Hilton -- and in turn, bench Crabtree.

So while you won't find absolute start-sit recommendations below (use my Week 8 Fantasy Football Rankings for that instead), the goal here is to highlight some players that I like (and would feel comfortable starting) as well as some players that I dislike for this week (and would prefer to keep on my bench).

With that said, here are some players to potentially start in Week 8:

WR - Ty Montgomery, Green Bay Packers (at ATL)

Regardless of whether he's listed/eligible as wide receiver or running back in your league(s), Montgomery is worth a start this week. Due to the injuries in Green Bay's backfield, Montgomery has seen his usage rate skyrocket recently and he's set up for another high volume of work in Week 8.

Getting only two touches in the first four games of the season, Montgomery has exactly 10 receptions in back-to-back games for a total of 164 yards on 25 targets. In addition, he has 12 carries for 66 yards including 9/60 rushing in last week's game. It's certainly possible that Montgomery approaches the 19 touches he had last week once again.

Green Bay's other receivers should benefit from the team's best cornerback, Desmond Trufant, likely shadowing Jordy Nelson as well. For Montgomery, however, his fantasy floor gets a boost from his rushing stats and the matchup (from a fantasy running back standpoint) is outstanding as only six teams, two of whom are on bye, have allowed more fantasy points to opposing running backs than the Falcons.

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WR - Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers (at ATL)

Like Montgomery, Cobb got some work as a rusher in Week 7 with five carries for 21 yards. With or without the carries, however, Cobb has been heavily involved in the passing game over the past three weeks.

During that three-game span, Cobb has 9/108/0 (11 targets), 7/53/1 (11 targets) and 11/95/1 (15 targets), respectively. A pass-heavy approach and a few carries gives Cobb a strong fantasy outlook for Week 8.

WR - Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals (at CAR)

Here's the bad news first: Fitzgerald has finished as the weekly WR36 (or worse) in four his past five games. In his other three games, however, he has finished as a top-12 fantasy performer. Compared to the team's other receivers, Fitzgerald is the one for whom we can safely project a steady volume of work.

Not only does he have double-digit targets in four of seven games, but he has a minimum of seven targets in every game this season. On the year, Fitzgerald has 71 targets (10.14/G) and a total of five touchdowns. Fitzgerald has 25.45 percent of the team's targets; no other Cardinals receiver has more than 16.13 percent.

So far this season, the Panthers have allowed the 10th-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. In their past three games, the Panthers have allowed five receivers to score double-digit fantasy points (standard scoring).

WR - Michael Crabtree, Oakland Raiders (at TB)

With six touchdowns in seven games, Crabtree has been consistent -- nine-plus fantasy points in all but one game. On the year, he has scored the seventh-most fantasy points among receivers. Crabtree has double-digit targets in three of the past five games. Projected to score the sixth-most points based on Vegas odds, both Amari Cooper and Crabtree are ranked inside my top-10 Week 8 fantasy wide receivers.

Here are some players to potentially sit in Week 8:

WR - Jeremy Maclin, Kansas City Chiefs (at IND)

It's been a disappointing season for Maclin and his fantasy owners. Through Week 7, Maclin has scored the 52nd-most fantasy points among wide receivers (50th in PPR formats).

Maclin has had some great matchups and yet has finished with less than 50 receiving yards in three of his past four games. Over the past five weeks, Maclin has finished, as follows, in weekly fantasy production: WR46 (at HOU), WR61 (vs. NYJ), WR36 (at PIT), WR56 (at OAK) and WR52 (vs. NO).

The Colts have bled fantasy points to both running backs and tight ends, but they have been stingier against wide receivers -- fifth-fewest FPA to the position. Even though the Chiefs are on the road, this sets up to be Spencer Ware and perhaps Travis Kelce game more than a Maclin one.

WR - Jordan Matthews, Philadelphia Eagles (at DAL)

Only the Bears are projected to score fewer points this week than the Eagles, who head to Dallas for the Sunday Night Football matchup. Outside of Week 1 (7/114/1 on 14 targets), Matthews has finished no better than the weekly WR28 and he's coming off his worst performance (3/10 on four targets) of the season. Matthews is more of a WR3 or flex option this week than a WR2.

WR - Travis Benjamin, San Diego Chargers (at DEN)

Benjamin averaged 7.8 targets per game over the team's first five games, but he has just five targets in each of the past two games. In those two games, he has a total of seven catches for 71 yards and no touchdowns. In fact, he hasn't scored a touchdown since Week 2.

On the other hand, Tyrell Williams had a season-high 10 targets in Week 7 and he now has a pair of 100-yard games over the past three weeks. Considering the Broncos have allowed the fewest fantasy points to opposing wide receivers this season, it would be unrealistic to expect a productive outing for Benjamin (or Williams) this week.

WR - Michael Floyd, Arizona Cardinals (at CAR)

As noted above, Fitzgerald is the clear leader among the team's receivers. Nearly halfway through the season, Floyd has yet to finish any better than the weekly WR29. On average, he has finished as the weekly WR47.

Floyd had five catches for 65 yards on seven targets last week, but the team was without John Brown. With Brown set to return this week, Floyd's volume will most likely be too low to trust his as a top-24 fantasy receiver.

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Week 8 Fantasy Football: Running Backs Start'em, Sit'em

Ultimately, the decision of which player to start is largely determined by the composition of your roster (as well as your league's settings).

As an example, Jacquizz Rodgers is listed below as a "start" for Week 8. And I'd feel comfortable going into Week 8 with him as one of my starting running backs.

That said, he may be a sit for your team.

In other words, if you owned Ezekiel Elliott, Spencer Ware and Rodgers and can only start two running backs, you should start Zeke and Ware -- and in turn, bench Quizz.

So while you won't find absolute start-sit recommendations below (use my Week 8 Fantasy Football Rankings for that instead), the goal here is to highlight some players that I like (and would feel comfortable starting) as well as some players that I dislike for this week (and would prefer to keep on my bench).

With that said, here are some players to potentially start in Week 8:

RB - Devontae Booker, Denver Broncos (vs. SD)

Both C.J. Anderson and Booker had big games against the Texans on Monday Night Football. Booker rushed 17 times for 83 yards and a score and added a four-yard reception while CJA gained 107 yards with a score on 16 carries.

With Anderson placed on Injured Reserve, however, Booker will dominate touches in the backfield going forward even though he had seen his workload expand on a weekly basis for much of the season. Since Week 3, Booker's percentage of carries has increased every week: 17.39% (W3), 21.88% (W4), 25.00% (W5), 31.25% (W6) and 48.57% (W7). With the potential to rank near the NFL leaders in RB touches from Weeks 8 to 17, Booker has also been productive on a per-touch basis (4.78 YPC).

Getting a fantasy-friendly matchup in Week 8 against the Chargers, who have allowed the sixth-most fantasy points to opposing running backs, Booker is a top-seven fantasy running back this week.

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RB - Christine Michael, Seattle Seahawks (at NO)

The workload has been there for Michael, who has a total of 85 touches -- 77.98 percent among the team's RBs -- in his past four games. In a tough defensive battle against the Cardinals last week that resulted in a 6-6 tie, Michael struggled on a per-touch basis (59 yards on 19 touches). Before that, however, Michael had a total of 284 YFS and five touchdowns in his previous three games and finished as a top-12 weekly producer in each game.

Even though the Seahawks are on the road this week, the Seahawks are projected to be one of the top-five scoring teams of the week based on Vegas odds. Plus, the matchup couldn't be any better as no team has allowed more fantasy points to opposing running backs this season than New Orleans.

In addition, no team has allowed more touchdowns (12) to running backs than New Orleans, who has also allowed the highest rate as well. Running backs have scored a touchdown on 6.99 percent of their carries. (San Diego is second in that statistic at 5.80 percent.)

RB - Spencer Ware, Kansas City Chiefs (at IND)

With Jamaal Charles already ruled out this week, it should be some Ware and some more Ware against the soft Colts run defense. Over the past two seasons with the Chiefs, Ware has 167 carries for 895 yards (5.36 YPC), 21 catches for 290 yards (13.81 Y/R) and nine total touchdowns. Averaging 18.3 touches per game, Ware has scored 19-plus fantasy points in three of six games this season. On the year, he ranks eighth in fantasy points scored among running backs (10th in PPR).

As noted above, the Chiefs are projected to score the third-most points this week so a Ware touchdown (or two) is certainly possible (likely). The Colts have allowed the fifth-most YPC (4.83) to opposing RBs and the fourth-most Y/R (10.05). In addition, no team has allowed more receiving touchdowns (four) to RBs. The Colts have allowed six top-10 (eight top-17) weekly fantasy RBs in seven games.

RB - Jacquizz Rodgers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (vs. OAK)

In back-to-back games, Rodgers has exceeded the 100-yard rushing mark on a total of 56 carries in addition to having six receptions as well. With both of Tampa's top-two running backs still sidelined, Rodgers should once again get 20 or more touches in a plus matchup against the Raiders.

While quarterback Jameis Winston had 50-plus pass attempts in back-to-back games earlier this season, the Bucs have been much more committed to running the football in their past two games. As noted in my Week 8 Fantasy Football QB Start'em, Sit'em, the Bucs have run the ball on 54.9 percent of their plays over the past two games. The Raiders have allowed the 10th-most fantasy points to opposing running backs this season.

Here are some players to potentially sit in Week 8:

RB - Jordan Howard, Chicago Bears (vs. MIN)

From Weeks 3 to 6, Howard finished as a top-24 weekly fantasy running back and averaged 13.68 fantasy points over that four-game span. During that four-game stretch, Howard rushed for 308 yards (4.89 YPC) on 63 carries, added 12 catches for 119 yards and scored two touchdowns.

With Ka'Deem Carey healthy now, however, Howard has seen his workload decrease over the past two weeks. After getting 19 touches in Week 5 against the Colts, he had 17 and seven in Weeks 6 and 7 against the Jaguars and Packers, respectively. Meanwhile, Carey had two carries in Week 5, nine in Week 6 and 11 in Week 7.

In a difficult matchup against the Vikings, who have allowed the seventh-fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs, with his usage rate going in the wrong direction, Howard isn't worth the risk even in a week with six teams on bye. In addition, the Bears are projected to be the lowest-scoring team based on Vegas odds this week.

RB - Ryan Mathews, Philadelphia Eagles (at DAL)

On the season, Mathews has averaged 12.33 touches per game, but his weekly volume has been inconsistent. With a pair of lost fumbles over the past three games including one that essentially cost the Eagles a win in Detroit, Mathews could see a lower-than-average usage rate this week.

Over the past three weeks, Mathews has 16 touches (64.0% of RB usage) in Week 5, nine touches (42.86%) in Week 6 and 14 touches (62.5%) in Week 7. (Mathews lost fumbles in Weeks 5 and 7.) Not only did he see a dip in touches on an absolute and relative basis in the game following his first lost fumble, Mathews played only 21 percent of the snaps in Week 6.

It's certainly possible that Mathews sees another dip in usage/snaps this week following last week's lost fumble. Perhaps you have no other choice considering six teams are on a bye, but Mathews is just outside my top-24 fantasy running backs (RB26) for the week.

RB - Knile Davis, Green Bay Packers (at ATL)

On a short week, Davis had just two carries in his first game as part of the Packers organization. With additional time to get familiar with the offense, Davis will see more work this week as coach Mike McCarthy has essentially said so. McCarthy recently said of Davis: "[H]e's part of the game plan. I think the extra time he spent with Ben Sirmans [RB coach] over the weekend, getting ready. So, yeah, I like what he brings to the table. ... He's making progress."

In a favorable matchup against the Falcons, there are worse lottery tickets than Davis if you're desperate at the position. I'd rather take a wait-and-see approach, however, and he could be a viable start next week in another plus matchup (Colts) depending on how much his workload increases this week.

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Week 8 Fantasy Football: Tight Ends Start'em, Sit'em

Ultimately, the decision of which player to start is largely determined by the composition of your roster (as well as your league's settings).

As an example, Kyle Rudolph is listed below as a "start" for Week 8. And I'd feel comfortable going into Week 8 with him as one of my starting running backs.

That said, he may be a sit for your team.

In other words, if you owned both Rob Gronkowski and Rudolph, you should start Gronk -- and in turn, bench Rudolph.

So while you won't find absolute start-sit recommendations below (use my Week 8 Fantasy Football Rankings for that instead), the goal here is to highlight some players that I like (and would feel comfortable starting) as well as some players that I dislike for this week (and would prefer to keep on my bench).

With that said, here are some players to potentially start in Week 8:

TE - C.J. Fiedorowicz, Houston Texans (vs. DET)

In his first three games this season, Fiedorowicz was a non-factor. In those games, he had a total of two catches for seven yards on four targets. Since then, however, his role has expanded considerably.

Through Monday Night Football against the Broncos, Fiedorowicz has four-plus catches in four straight games. In his past three games, Fiedorowicz has a minimum of seven targets per game. In the four games from Weeks 4 to 7, Fiedorowicz has a total of 19 catches for 229 yards and two touchdowns on 27 targets.

Perhaps his rate of production will slow ... eventually, but this week's matchup sets up for another productive game. With six teams on bye, Fiedorowicz is a viable streaming option this week against the Lions, who allow the third-most fantasy points to the position.

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TE - Cameron Brate, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (vs. OAK)

Over his past four games, Brate had 10/113/2 on 18 targets in the first two and just 4/67/0 on six targets in the past two games. In a game with an over/under a tad shy of 50 points, there should be plenty of offense for both teams and the matchup is favorable for Brate. So far this season, the Raiders have allowed the sixth-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends.

TE - Jack Doyle, Indianapolis Colts (vs. KC)

Over the past two weeks, Doyle has four catches for 53 yards and a touchdown against the Texans (weekly TE6) and nine catches for 78 yards and a score against the Titans (weekly TE3). With Dwayne Allen out for another week, Doyle should be the team's top-targeted tight end once again.

If there's a concern with Doyle, however, it's that the Chiefs have allowed the seventh-fewest fantasy points to the position this season and only one tight end (Jesse James, TE12 in Week 4) has finished as a top-12 fantasy TE against the Chiefs in 2016. In addition, both Donte Moncrief and Phillip Dorsett are expected to return this week to provide Andrew Luck with more talented options in the passing game.

TE - Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings (at CHI)

So far this season, Rudolph has seven-plus targets and finished as a top-12 weekly tight end in five of six games. Rudolph had just five catches for 55 yards last week, but he had a season-high 11 targets. Rudolph is on pace for a career-best 69/776/8 and 128 targets this season.

With 24.49 percent of Minnesota's targets, Rudolph has the largest target share at the position aside from Carolina's Greg Olsen (26.43%). The matchup this week isn't great as the Bears have limited opposing tight ends to the 10th-fewest fantasy points this season, but Rudolph's volume makes him a mid-tier (or better) TE1 in almost any matchup this season.

Here are some players to potentially sit in Week 8:

TE - Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles (at DAL)

Since returning from a two-game absence, Ertz has finished as the weekly TE19, TE31 and TE26 over his past three games, respectively. During that three-game span, he has a total of five catches for 73 yards and no touchdowns and exactly three targets in each game.

At some point (hopefully soon for Ertz owners), he will become more involved in the passing offense and more productive. But given the past three duds, I prefer to be a week late than (perhaps several) too early. In one league with 11 offensive starters, I've actually benched Ertz in favor of Jimmy Graham and Fiedorowicz this week.

TE - Zach Miller, Chicago Bears (vs. MIN)

The volume for Miller has been excellent -- 44 total targets and 6.29 per game. That has allowed Miller to score the seventh-most fantasy points among tight ends (third-most in PPR formats) through the first seven weeks of the 2016 NFL season. That said, Miller & Co. get a difficult matchup against the Vikings in Week 8. No team is projected to score fewer points than the Bears (based on Vegas odds) and the Vikings have limited opposing tight ends to the ninth-fewest fantasy points this season.

TE - Coby Fleener, New Orleans Saints (vs. SEA)

In a difficult matchup against the Chiefs last week, Fleener had just two catches for 44 yards on two targets. Fleener has had some big games, finishing as a top-two fantasy tight end twice over his past four games, but he has less than three fantasy points in three games this season as well. Given the challenging matchup and his up-and-down season, Fleener is just outside of my top-12 fantasy tight ends for Week 8.

TE - Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys (vs. PHI)

Historically, Witten has been productive against the Eagles with six-plus catches in six of his past eight games over the last four seasons including 7/56 and 6/43 in 2015. Since his hot start in Week 1 (9/66 on 14 targets), however, Witten has finished outside the weekly top-15 fantasy tight ends in his other five games this season. With the Eagles allowing the third-fewest fantasy points to opposing tight ends, Witten isn't a strong consideration in standard-scoring formats, especially with Dez Bryant set to return this week.

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Week 8 Fantasy Football: Quarterbacks Start'em, Sit'em

Ultimately, the decision of which player to start is largely determined by the composition of your roster (as well as your league's settings).

As an example, Derek Carr is listed below as a "start" for Week 8. And I'd feel comfortable going into Week 8 with him as my starting quarterback.

That said, he may be a sit for your team.

In other words, if you owned both Aaron Rodgers and Carr, you should start Rodgers -- and in turn, bench Carr.

So while you won't find absolute start-sit recommendations below (use my Week 8 Fantasy Football Rankings for that instead), the goal here is to highlight some players that I like (and would feel comfortable starting) as well as some players that I dislike for this week (and would prefer to keep on my bench).

With that said, here are some players to potentially start in Week 8:

QB - Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (vs. OAK)

Even without their top-two running backs healthy, the Bucs have been run-heavy (54.9 percent of plays) over the past couple of games -- both wins. While I still expect another heavy workload for Jacquizz Rodgers, this matchup could lead Winston to throw it more often. Earlier in the season, Winston had back-to-back 50-attempt games.

With the Bucs having their bye already, Winston has played six games and been highly productive in three of them. In the three games where he didn't finish as a top-12 fantasy quarterback, they were mostly poor matchups -- ARI, DEN and CAR.

When given a favorable matchup, however, Winston has generally exploited them -- Falcons (QB5, Week 1), Rams (QB5, Week 3) and 49ers (QB6, Week 7). This week, Winston and the Bucs will face a Raiders secondary that has allowed the seventh-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season.

In addition, the Raiders have allowed three games of 350 passing yards and three-plus touchdowns. The only other team to allow more than one 350/3 games is Carolina (two).

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QB - Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks (at NO)

With the exception of a Week 4 matchup against the Jets (309 yards, three TDs and no INTs), Wilson has thrown for 270 yards or less in his other five games with a combined two touchdowns. TWO!

While he's on pace to throw a career-high 552 pass attempts this season, Wilson's rushing production has been nearly non-existent. Through six games, he has 22 carries for 33 yards (1.5 YPC). Much of that has to do with the injuries (knee, ankle, etc.) he had sustained earlier this season that would have sidelined the typical quarterback.

Either way, Wilson has finished as the QB4 in his game against the Jets and QB14 against the 49ers in Week 3. Other than that, he has finished as the QB22 (or worse) every week.

The good news is that if you've been disappointed by another slow start for Wilson this season, he gets an incredibly soft matchup against the Saints to help him begin a second-half breakout again. The Saints have allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season.

The only concern is that the Seahawks (Christine Michael) should have a lot of success running the ball and perhaps that reduces the production that Wilson will have through the air. I still expect Drew Brees to put up more points at home than a Seahawks defense would typically allow so perhaps that forces Wilson and the passing offense to keep up.

QB - Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals (vs. WAS)

In an underrated way, Dalton has been playing well this season. The only quarterbacks (min: 100 pass attempts) that are averaging more yards per attempt than Dalton (8.39 Y/A) this season are Tom Brady (9.94) and Matt Ryan (9.62).

Even though Josh Norman (concussion) is expected to play on Sunday and shadow All-World receiver A.J. Green, Dalton will get a more-involved Tyler Eifert this week. Limited in his return last week, Eifert should be much more involved in Week 8.

Only the Falcons (28.0), Patriots (27.25) and Chiefs (26.5) are projected to score more points than the Bengals (26.25) this week based on Vegas odds. While it's a better matchup for Cincinnati's backfield than their passing attack, Dalton should finish as a top-12 fantasy quarterback for a fourth consecutive week.

QB - Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders (at TB)

The Bucs pass defense has been solid (17th-most fantasy points allowed to quarterbacks), but their past four matchups were against the Rams, Broncos, Panthers (game Cam Newton missed) and 49ers. In Weeks 1 and 2 against Matt Ryan and Carson Palmer, respectively, they allowed 24-plus fantasy points, 300-plus passing yards and multiple touchdowns to both.

Even though they haven't faced any QBs that fantasy owners would have started over their past four games, the Bucs are still allowing 7.80 Y/A, eighth-most, and 5.21 TD percentage, seventh-most, this season. The Bucs have a relatively tough run defense, top-10 in terms of YPC allowed to opposing running backs, so I think we see enough passing volume for Carr to have a nice game.

In terms of weekly consistency, it's been an up-and-down season for Carr. Through seven games, Carr has finished as a top-eight fantasy QB in four games and as the QB20 (or worse) in three games including each of the past two. On the season, however, Carr has the fifth-most fantasy points among quarterbacks and he has posted a 13:3 TD-INT ratio.

Here are some players to potentially sit in Week 8:

QB - Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers (at DEN)

Once again, Rivers has had to deal with a disproportionate share of injuries, but he continues to produce in spite of that. On the season, he has scored the 10th-most fantasy points while throwing for 2,022 yards, 13 touchdowns and only four interceptions in seven games.

In fact, Rivers has thrown for 320-plus yards in four of his past five games. The exception? Week 6 vs. Denver (178 yards). Of course, all QBs struggle against the Broncos defense.

Denver is allowing 193.1 passing yards per game with four passing touchdowns allowed and five interceptions. The only two quarterbacks to exceed the 200-yard passing mark against them this season was Andy Dalton (206) and Matt Ryan (267).

If you're a glass-half-full person, Rivers will have both of his Denver matchups out of the way after this weekend and he gets the best fantasy playoff schedule -- Panthers, Raiders and Browns in Weeks 14 to 16.

QB - Tyrod Taylor, Buffalo Bills (vs. NE)

Since a Week 1 matchup against his former team (Baltimore), Taylor has finished as a top-15 fantasy quarterback in six consecutive weeks including the first time he faced the Patriots (QB14 in Week 4). Given the injuries among the team's skill-position players, however, it's hard to imagine Taylor doing much better than that QB14 performance he had the first time around. His rushing ability -- 271 yards and two TDs in seven games -- provides fantasy owners a floor to go along with plenty of upside, but there are at least 12 better options this week than Taylor.

QB - Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles (at DAL)

After a pair of top-12 performances in his first three games, Wentz has not played as well lately. Over the past three games, he has more turnovers (four) than touchdowns (three). In addition, he has back-to-back games with less than 200 passing yards and has finished as the QB29 in both weeks.

The matchup isn't as challenging this week against the Cowboys, who allow the 13th-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks, but Wentz should remain on your bench this week. Only the Bears are projected to score fewer points this week based on Vegas lines.

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October 26, 2016

2016 Fantasy Football TE Strength of Schedule (SOS): Weeks 8 to 16

Curious which quarterbacks have the most (or least) favorable strength of schedule for the rest of the season?

Based on the average fantasy points allowed per team, our 2016 Fantasy Football Strength of Schedule ranks all 32 teams based on the average fantasy points surrendered by the remaining opponents on their schedule.

A Fantasy SOS may not be the most important factor in determining which player(s) to add off of the waiver wire (our Week 8 waiver-wire post) or evaluating trade proposals, but it gives you an idea of which players will have the best weekly matchups over the rest of the season.

Five most favorable Fantasy SOS for TEs (Weeks 8-16):

1. San Diego Chargers (Antonio Gates, Hunter Henry): 8.56
2. Los Angeles Rams (Lance Kendricks): 8.41
3. Baltimore Ravens (Dennis Pitta): 8.36
4. Kansas City Chiefs (Travis Kelce): 8.30
5. New York Giants (Will Tye, Larry Donnell): 8.23

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Five least favorable Fantasy SOS for TEs (Weeks 8-16):

28. New England Patriots (Rob Gronkowski, Martellus Bennett): 6.11
29. Tennessee Titans (Delanie Walker): 6.06
30. Cincinnati Bengals (Tyler Eifert): 5.90
31. Miami Dolphins (Jordan Cameron): 5.87
32. Detroit Lions (Eric Ebron): 5.79

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2016 Fantasy Football WR Strength of Schedule (SOS): Weeks 8 to 16

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Based on the average fantasy points allowed per team, our 2016 Fantasy Football Strength of Schedule ranks all 32 teams based on the average fantasy points surrendered by the remaining opponents on their schedule.

A Fantasy SOS may not be the most important factor in determining which player(s) to add off of the waiver wire (our Week 8 waiver-wire post) or evaluating trade proposals, but it gives you an idea of which players will have the best weekly matchups over the rest of the season.

Five most favorable Fantasy SOS for WRs (Weeks 8-16):

1. Denver Broncos (Emmanuel Sanders, Demaryius Thomas): 25.28
2. Miami Dolphins (Jarvis Landry, DeVante Parker): 24.93
3. San Francisco 49ers (Torrey Smith, Jeremy Kerley): 24.83
4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Mike Evans): 24.77
5. Los Angeles Rams (Tavon Austin, Kenny Britt, Brian Quick): 24.29

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Five least favorable Fantasy SOS for WRs (Weeks 8-16):

28. Baltimore Ravens (Mike Wallace, Steve Smith): 21.75
29. Green Bay Packers (Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, Davante Adams, Ty Montgomery): 21.21
30. Oakland Raiders (Amari Cooper, Michael Crabtree): 21.19
31. Kansas City Chiefs (Jeremy Maclin): 20.80
32. Jacksonville Jaguars (Allen Robinson, Allen Hurns): 20.47

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2016 Fantasy Football RB Strength of Schedule (SOS): Weeks 8 to 16

Curious which quarterbacks have the most (or least) favorable strength of schedule for the rest of the season?

Based on the average fantasy points allowed per team, our 2016 Fantasy Football Strength of Schedule ranks all 32 teams based on the average fantasy points surrendered by the remaining opponents on their schedule.

A Fantasy SOS may not be the most important factor in determining which player(s) to add off of the waiver wire (our Week 8 waiver-wire post) or evaluating trade proposals, but it gives you an idea of which players will have the best weekly matchups over the rest of the season.

Five most favorable Fantasy SOS for RBs (Weeks 8-16):

1. Oakland Raiders (Latavius Murray, DeAndre Washington): 20.26
2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Doug Martin, Jacquizz Rodgers): 20.13
3. Cincinnati Bengals (Jeremy Hill, Giovani Bernard): 19.71
4. Arizona Cardinals (David Johnson): 19.67
5. Carolina Panthers (Jonathan Stewart): 19.64

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Five least favorable Fantasy SOS for RBs (Weeks 8-16):

28. Seattle Seahawks (Christine Michael): 17.26
29. Detroit Lions (Theo Riddick, Zach Zenner, Dwayne Washington): 16.94
30. Philadelphia Eagles (Ryan Mathews, Darren Sproles): 16.49
31. Minnesota Vikings (Jerick McKinnon, Matt Asiata): 15.84
32. Washington Redskins (Matt Jones, Chris Thompson): 14.67

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2016 Fantasy Football QB Strength of Schedule (SOS): Weeks 8 to 16

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Based on the average fantasy points allowed per team, our 2016 Fantasy Football Strength of Schedule ranks all 32 teams based on the average fantasy points surrendered by the remaining opponents on their schedule.

A Fantasy SOS may not be the most important factor in determining which player(s) to add off of the waiver wire (our Week 8 waiver-wire post) or evaluating trade proposals, but it gives you an idea of which players will have the best weekly matchups over the rest of the season.

Five most favorable Fantasy SOS for QBs (Weeks 8-16):

1. Houston Texans (Brock Osweiler): 18.40
2. Los Angeles Rams (Case Keenum, Jared Goff): 17.94
3. New York Jets (Ryan Fitzpatrick): 17.85
4. Minnesota Vikings (Sam Bradford): 17.69
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Jameis Winston): 17.54

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Five least favorable Fantasy SOS for QBs (Weeks 8-16):

28. New England Patriots (Tom Brady): 15.25
29. Detroit Lions (Matthew Stafford): 15.09
30. Green Bay Packers (Aaron Rodgers): 14.92
31. Cincinnati Bengals (Andy Dalton): 14.65
32. Jacksonville Jaguars (Blake Bortles): 14.63

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October 25, 2016

2016 Fantasy Football TE Waiver-Wire Options Heading Into Week 8

Every week, we examine players that may be available on your league's waiver wire that could help your team in the short- and/or long-term.

For a player to be listed, he must be owned in 50 percent (or less) of Yahoo! leagues. The goal is to provide recommendations of players that have a greater chance of being available on your league's waiver wire.

With that said, here are some tight end waiver-wire options that I like heading into Week 8 (Yahoo! ownership in parenthesis):

[Note: Players listed below are sorted by my preference to add.]

1. Jack Doyle, Indianapolis Colts (30 percent)

With Dwayne Allen -- and receivers Donte Moncrief and Phillip Dorsett -- sidelined, Doyle finished with nine catches for 78 yards and a touchdown on 10 targets in Week 7. Doyle now has four touchdowns on the season including scores in back-to-back games and has the third-most fantasy points through Week 7. While Allen is expected to miss multiple games, Doyle gets a difficult matchup in Week 8 against the Chiefs, who have allowed the seventh-fewest fantasy points to opposing tight ends this season.

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2. Vernon Davis, Washington Redskins (22 percent)

One week after finishing with two catches for 50 yards and a touchdown against the Eagles, Davis caught all six of his targets for 79 yards. In the two games that Jordan Reed (concussion) has missed, Davis has finished as the weekly TE7 and TE5, respectively. With Reed expected to miss another game, Davis remains a viable starting option available in about three-quarters of fantasy leagues.

3. C.J. Fiedorowicz, Houston Texans (seven percent)

Through last night's Monday Night Football matchup against the Broncos, Fiedorowicz now has four catches in four straight games. During that four-game span, he has a total of 19 catches for 229 yards and two touchdowns on 27 targets. With a favorable matchup in Week 8 against the Lions, who allow the third-most fantasy points to the position, Fiedorowicz is a viable streaming option this week.

4. Cameron Brate, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (31 percent)

Since getting a total of 18 targets in back-to-back games against the Broncos and Rams, Brate has only three targets in his two most-recent games against the Panthers and 49ers. Over that four-game span, he has a total of 18 catches for 180 yards and two touchdowns.

5. Charles Clay, Buffalo Bills (27 percent)

I expected more from Clay in Week 7 than two catches for 29 yards, but he had five catches in each of his previous three games. Over his past four games, Clay has a total of 201 receiving yards. He has yet to score a touchdown this season, but he has finished as a top 10-18 fantasy tight end in the past four weeks.

6. Lance Kendricks, Los Angeles Rams (one percent)

The Rams have a bye following their Week 7 loss to the Giants in London, but Kendricks has been a bigger part of the passing offense over the past couple of weeks. In his past two games combined, he has a total of 17 targets, 12 receptions, 89 yards and a touchdown. In fact, he has five-plus receptions and seven-plus targets in three of his past four games. He's at least worth a look in deeper leagues.

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2016 Fantasy Football WR Waiver-Wire Options Heading Into Week 8

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For a player to be listed, he must be owned in 50 percent (or less) of Yahoo! leagues. The goal is to provide recommendations of players that have a greater chance of being available on your league's waiver wire.

With that said, here are some wide receiver waiver-wire options that I like heading into Week 8 (Yahoo! ownership in parenthesis):

[Note: Players listed below are sorted by my preference to add.]

1. Corey Coleman, Cleveland Browns (41 percent)

Unlikely to return from his hand injury, Coleman may not be able to practice this week, according to coach Hue Jackson. That said, it appears that he isn't too far away from returning to the field.

Before the injury, Coleman had a 5/104/2 performance on eight targets against the Ravens in Week 2. Over the next four weeks, the Browns face the Jets, Cowboys, Ravens and Steelers.

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2. Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers (18 percent)

Given the injuries at running back for the Packers, Aaron Rodgers dropped back 58 times (including two sacks) and targeted Adams a season-high 16 times. It was an unusual night as three different Green Bay receivers recorded double-digit receptions and none were Jordy Nelson, but Adams led all receivers in fantasy points last week with a 13/132/2 line.

We shouldn't expect 56 pass attempts from Rodgers every week, but the injuries to Eddie Lacy (IR) and James Starks (multiple weeks) should lead to a higher pass-run split than would otherwise be the case. On the season, Adams has a total of five touchdowns and the 20th-most fantasy points among wide receivers so far.

3. Jamison Crowder, Washington Redskins (36 percent)

With 7/108 on nine targets in Week 7, Crowder now has at least nine fantasy points in three consecutive games and five of his past six. On the season, Crowder has the 21st-most fantasy points in standard-scoring and 20th-most in PPR-scoring formats. The upcoming matchups aren't great -- CIN, bye, MIN -- so maybe Crowder comes back down to earth, but he is worth an add in all leagues, especially PPR formats.

4. Quincy Enunwa, New York Jets (32 percent)

Enunwa had a productive outing (13.3 fantasy points, WR13) in a favorable matchup, but the disappointing news is that he had just two receptions on four targets, both of which were season lows. Before last week's performance, Enunwa had finished outside of the top-40 weekly fantasy receivers in four consecutive games. He does have at least 17-percent target share in all but one game, however, and the next couple of weeks give the Enunwa and the Jets (and his fantasy owners) incredible matchups against the Browns and Dolphins, respectively.

5. Brian Quick, Los Angeles Rams (seven percent)

Quick has a bye in Week 7, but then he gets several plus matchups against the Panthers, Jets, Dolphins and Saints over the next four weeks. Posting season highs in targets (eight) and yards (92) on four receptions in London, Quick now has five consecutive games with 50-plus yards.

6. Brandon LaFell, Cincinnati Bengals (12 percent)

The good news is that LaFell has been a scoring machine over the past three weeks. The team's No. 2 receiver has scored in each game with a total of four touchdowns over that span. One thing that is good for the Bengals (and Andy Dalton's fantasy outlook) is the return of Tyler Eifert. That said, it isn't a favorable thing for LaFell's fantasy outlook as the tight end has thrived in the red zone and LaFell has finished as the WR57 on average in games that he hasn't scored.

7. Devin Funchess, Carolina Panthers (14 percent)

Before the team's bye, Funchess had two receptions for 28 yards and a touchdown on a season-high six targets. After playing less than 40 percent of the team's offensive snaps in Weeks 4 and 5, Funchess played on 55.6 percent of the snaps in Week 6. With Kelvin Benjamin likely to draw shadow coverage from Patrick Peterson, the big-bodied second-year receiver could to see an expanded role in the passing offense in Week 8.

8. Marqise Lee, Jacksonville Jaguars (two percent)

Lee has yet to score a touchdown this season, but the other receiver drafted in the second round with Allen Robinson had seven catches for 108 yards on eight targets, all of which were season highs, in Week 7. In Week 6, Lee had 6/61 and he now has six-plus targets in five consecutive games.

Given how poorly Blake Bortles has played this season, the Jaguars have not taken the step forward many had anticipated. At least in terms of fantasy production, that could lead to more garbage-time opportunities for Lee and the team's pass-catchers.

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2016 Fantasy Football RB Waiver-Wire Options Heading Into Week 8

Every week, we examine players that may be available on your league's waiver wire that could help your team in the short- and/or long-term.

For a player to be listed, he must be owned in 50 percent (or less) of Yahoo! leagues. The goal is to provide recommendations of players that have a greater chance of being available on your league's waiver wire.

With that said, here are some running back waiver-wire options that I like heading into Week 8 (Yahoo! ownership in parenthesis):

[Note: Players listed below are sorted by my preference to add.]

1. Devontae Booker, Denver Broncos (36 percent)

Both C.J. Anderson and Booker had big games against the Texans on Monday Night Football. Booker rushed 17 times for 83 yards and a score and added a four-yard reception while CJA gained 107 yards with a score on 16 carries.

While it's the first time that Booker (18) had more touches than Anderson (16) and won't likely be the norm when both backs are healthy, Booker has seen his share of the workload steadily increase up to this point.

Since Week 3, Booker's percentage of carries has increased every week: 17.39% (W3), 21.88% (W4), 25.00% (W5), 31.25% (W6) and 48.57% (W7). In addition, Booker has been productive on a per-touch basis (4.78 YPC).

With a fantasy-friendly matchup in Week 8 against the Chargers, who have allowed the sixth-most fantasy points to opposing running backs, both CJA and Booker will be viable starts this week.

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2. Chris Thompson, Washington Redskins (12 percent)

With Matt Jones losing a fumble, it was Thompson that saw the largest share of work in Washington's backfield in Week 7. Thompson had a season-high 19 touches -- 12 carries and seven receptions -- for a total of 113 yards from scrimmage. On pace for 50 receptions, Thompson has finished as a top-33 fantasy running back in five of seven weeks and has scored the 31st-most fantasy points among running backs this season.

Washington and Cincinnati play in London this week and the Bengals have allowed the 12th-most fantasy points to opposing running backs this season.

3. Ka'Deem Carey, Chicago Bears (two percent)

Carey has a total of 19 carries for 98 yards (5.16 YPC) and one reception for nine yards in his past two games. This week, Carey (11) out-touched rookie Jordan Howard (seven touches). With the workload for Carey and Howard going in opposite directions, it's certainly possible (or likely) that Carey leads the team's backfield in usage once again. That said, the Bears get a tough matchup on Monday Night Football against the Vikings.

4. Matt Asiata, Minnesota Vikings (20 percent)

Asiata led the Vikings in touches (18) in Week 7 with 12 carries for 55 yards and six catches for 25 yards on eight targets. It was the second game in a row that he has at least 17 touches. While the Bears have been more generous to fantasy receivers than running backs, the Vikings are 5.5-point favorites this week so we should see a heavy dose of Asiata and Jerick McKinnon.

5. Knile Davis, Green Bay Packers (36 percent)

With Eddie Lacy placed on IR and James Starks out several weeks following knee surgery, the newly-acquired Davis has an opportunity to get a sizable workload in one of the better offenses in the league. It's unclear how much larger his role will grow for the Week 8 matchup against the Falcons, but Atlanta has allowed six touchdowns -- five rushing and one receiving -- to running backs in their past two games.

6. Peyton Barber, Tampa Bay Buccaneers ( percent)

Not only did Jacquizz Rodgers get 26 carries for 154 yards, but Barber rushed 12 times for 84 yards and a touchdown against the 49ers on Sunday. With Doug Martin (hamstring) sidelined, Quizz has a total of 62 touches in his past two games. It's unclear how much more time, if any, Martin will miss, but the Bucs have a few favorable matchups coming up against the Raiders, Falcons and Bears over the next three weeks.

7. Chris Ivory, Jacksonville Jaguars (48 percent)

In games that he has played, Ivory had a season-low five carries on Sunday for 48 yards (9.6 YPC) and he now has 36/123/1 rushing through four games played. Ivory and T.J. Yeldon have a near identical split in usage. Since Ivory made his Jaguars debut in Week 3, he has 41 touches and Yeldon has 40.

8. DeAndre Washington, Oakland Raiders (29 percent)

Not only did Latavius Murray (turf toe) return from a two-week absence, but Murray had a season-high 20 touches (64.52-percent RB usage rate). In addition, it was the most for any Raiders running back this season. Washington did get the second-most touches (six), but it will take (another) injury to Murray for Washington to become fantasy-relevant in 12-team leagues. If Washington (5.11 YPC) continues to be more efficient than Murray (3.98 YPC), it's possible earns a larger role down the stretch.

9. Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans (46 percent)

Expected to form a 1-2 punch with DeMarco Murray, it's been more of a 1-1 punch with Murray and more Murray. Murray has more than 20 touches in five consecutive games and a total of 166 through Week 7. That puts him on pace for 379 touches for the season. As productive as Murray has been this season, he has struggled with durability in the past.

Henry has seen his role diminish with only one carry in Week 7 and four or fewer touches in three of the past four games. For now, the talented second-rounder is purely bench stash, but there would be enormous upside if anything were to happen to Murray.

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2016 Fantasy Football QB Waiver-Wire Options Heading Into Week 8

Every week, we examine players that may be available on your league's waiver wire that could help your team in the short- and/or long-term.

For a player to be listed, he must be owned in 50 percent (or less) of Yahoo! leagues. The goal is to provide recommendations of players that have a greater chance of being available on your league's waiver wire.

With that said, here are some quarterback waiver-wire options that I like heading into Week 8 (Yahoo! ownership in parenthesis):

[Note: Players listed below are sorted by my preference to add.]

1. , Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs (38 percent)

In back-to-back favorable matchups, Smith has thrown just 22 and 24 pass attempts against the Raiders and Saints, respectively. With a couple of touchdown tosses against the Saints, Smith scored the 10th-most fantasy points among quarterbacks this week.

There is always the possibility that a Smith-led offense will employ a run-heavy offense despite a fantasy-friendly defensive matchup and disappoint his fantasy owners. That said, Smith has four favorable matchups on the horizon against the Colts, Jaguars, Panthers and Buccaneers. In other words, he's a viable streaming option every week over the next month, especially considering that the number of teams on bye increases this week.

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2. Ryan Fitzpatrick, New York Jets (19 percent)

With Geno Smith (torn ACL) knocked out of Sunday's game early, the Jets turned back to the guy that Smith had replaced. In relief of Smith, Fitzpatrick completed nine-of-14 pass attempts for 120 yards and a touchdown and (perhaps more importantly) no interceptions. With Smith out for the season, Fitzpatrick gets two exploitable matchups against the Browns and Dolphins over the next two weeks. The last three QBs to face the Browns have finished as the weekly QB2, QB4 and QB7, respectively, and only one starter facing the Browns finished worse than the weekly QB13 this season.

3. Brock Osweiler, Houston Texans (14 percent)

Osweiler has yet to finish any better than the weekly QB16 this season. On the year, he has as many interceptions (eight) as touchdowns (eight) and he is averaging only 219 passing yards per game. Following Monday night's difficult matchup against the Broncos, however, things get much easier for Osweiler and the pass offense going forward. Over the next eight weeks, the Texans face the Lions, Jaguars (twice), Raiders, Chargers, Packers and Colts in addition to their bye in Week 9.

4. Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins (24 percent)

In a low-scoring week for fantasy quarterbacks, Tannehill managed to finish the week as the QB13 despite throwing for 204 yards and one touchdown. His 16.36 fantasy points were the second-lowest total for the QB13 in the first seven weeks of the season.

Before this week, Tannehill had finished as the QB25 or worse for three consecutive weeks and he has a bye in Week 8. That said, Tannehill gets a favorable matchup against the Jets coming out of his bye. The Jets have allowed the 10th-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season.

5. Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles (48 percent)

In his past two games, Wentz has completed only 27 (54.0 percent) of 50 pass attempts for 317 yards (6.34 Y/A) and one touchdown. With three turnovers -- two interceptions and a fumble lost -- on Sunday, Wentz has now scored less than eight fantasy points in back-to-back games. Next week's matchup against the Cowboys isn't great, but it's certainly not as difficult as Sunday's matchup against the Vikings was.

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October 22, 2016

Week 7 Fantasy Football: Running Backs Start'em, Sit'em

Ultimately, the decision of which player to start is largely determined by the composition of your roster (as well as your league's settings).

As an example, Jacquizz Rodgers is listed below as a "start" for Week 7. And I'd feel comfortable going into Week 7 with him as one of my starting running backs.

That said, he may be a sit for your team.

In other words, if you owned DeMarco Murray, Melvin Gordon and Rodgers and can only start two running backs, you should start Murray and MG3 -- and in turn, bench Rodgers.

So while you won't find absolute start-sit recommendations below (use my Week 7 Fantasy Football Rankings for that instead), the goal here is to highlight some players that I like (and would feel comfortable starting) as well as some players that I dislike for this week (and would prefer to keep on my bench).

With that said, here are some players to potentially start in Week 7:

RB - DeMarco Murray, Tennessee Titans (vs. IND)

Clearly the lead dog of the team's exotic smashmouth offense, Murray (76.67 percent of RB usage) has 138 touches -- 114 carries and 24 receptions -- through six games. Not only is the overall volume high, but Murray has a minimum of 18 touches every week and 21-plus touches in four consecutive games.

While I expected Derrick Henry to see his workload expand as the season progressed, some others thought that he may actually lose his featured-back role to the rookie at some point. It's actually gone in the opposite direction -- Henry has 27 combined touches in his first three games and only 14 touches in the past three games.

At this point in the season, Murray is an obvious start. I list him here, however, because he is the RB1 in my Week 7 rankings for the first (perhaps only) time this season. The Titans are projected to score the sixth-most points this week based on Vegas implied point totals and Murray gets a soft matchup to exploit.

Only the Saints have allowed more fantasy points to opposing running backs this season. The Colts have allowed 4.95 yards per carry (fifth-most) to opposing running backs, 352 receiving yards (fourth-most) and a total of nine touchdowns (tied for second-most) -- five rushing and four receiving -- to the position. In addition, the Colts have allowed seven top-16 fantasy running backs in only six games.

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RB - Devonta Freeman, Atlanta Falcons (vs. SD)

In our Week 7 DFS Round Table post, Freeman was my choice as favorite DraftKings play for Week 7. Here's what I wrote earlier this week: "Freeman (59.44% of team's RB usage) is getting the larger share of the workload than Coleman (38.33%). Not only does Freeman have a minimum of 15 touches in all six games this season, but he has five targets in three of the past four games. So far this season, no team has allowed more receptions to RBs than the Chargers (54) and only the Saints (10) have allowed more TDs to RBs than the Chargers (nine)." Freeman is a top-four running back in both standard and PPR-scoring formats for Week 7.

- Related: We paired Freeman with Tevin Coleman in our DraftKings Tournament "Draft" for Week 7

RB - Jacquizz Rodgers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (at SF)

Playing a starting running back against the 49ers has been a profitable strategy in both season-long and daily fantasy this season. Allowing 140 yards and three touchdowns to LeSean McCoy last week, the 49ers have now allowed five consecutive 100-yard rushers. Only the Redskins (5.22 YPC) have allowed more yards per carry to opposing running backs than the 49ers (5.13) this season. And only the Saints (10) have allowed more rushing touchdowns to RBs than the 49ers (nine).

Before the bye, Rodgers filled in for Doug Martin and Charles Sims (IR) as the starter. Rodgers had 30 carries for 101 yards and five catches for 28 yards in that game against the Panthers. While I don't expect 35 touches for Quizz this week, he should dominate touches (20-plus or so) as Martin (hamstring) had an injury setback and will miss (at least) another game.

RB - Spencer Ware, Kansas City Chiefs (vs. NO)

As noted a few times above, the Saints defense is not good against the run. (Or in general, for that matter.) Therefore, Ware and Jamaal Charles are both starts this week. Favored by nearly a touchdown at home, only the Falcons are projected to score more points this week than the Chiefs.

Like in last week's blowout win against the Raiders, it's certainly possible that Ware sees another massive workload. Ware had 24 carries for 131 yards and a touchdown plus two catches for 32 yards even though Charles had 11 touches last week. On the season, Ware has averaged 5.32 YPC and 17.77 Y/R.

RB - Mike Gillislee, Buffalo Bills (at MIA)

Assuming that McCoy misses this week's game, Gillislee should handle the bulk of the team's running back workload in Week 7. One report suggested that McCoy would miss multiple weeks, but he is listed as a game-time decision this week. The good news is that the Bills play at 1 PM so we will have plenty of time to adjust, if necessary. During their current four-game winning streak, the Bills have run the ball on 51.72 percent of their plays and there is no reason for them to deviate from their run-heavy approach as road favorites in Miami.

Here are some players to potentially sit in Week 7:

RB - Matt Forte, New York Jets (vs. BAL)

The Ravens rush defense is one of the best in the league and they have allowed the following rushing stats to opposing running backs: 110/393/2 (3.57 YPC). They've also limited opposing backs to only 6.76 Y/R; the league-average is 7.96 Y/R to opposing running backs.

After getting 59 combined touches in the first two games of the season, Forte has seen his usage decline to 17, 16, 14 and 10 over the past four weeks, respectively. All four of those games have been double-digit losses and this week's game is a pick'em, but Forte's involvement in the passing game has been dwarfed by that of Bilal Powell.

Over the past four weeks, Powell has 28 targets that he has converted into 21 receptions for 148 yards. During that same span, Forte has been targeted only nine times and those targets have resulted into 25 yards on seven receptions.

RB - Latavius Murray, Oakland Raiders (at JAX)

After missing the past two games with turf toe, Murray is expected to return this week even though he is listed as questionable. Given how the workload was allocated prior to his injury, Murray deserves to remain on your fantasy bench. In his four games played, Murray had 15, 14, 11 and 10 touches, respectively.

Not only was his volume heading in the wrong direction before the injury, he has been less efficient (4.30 YPC) than both DeAndre Washington (5.34 YPC) and Jalen Richard (6.10 YPC) this season. More than anything, this is a running back situation to avoid for Week 7.

RB - Ryan Mathews, Philadelphia Eagles (vs. MIN)

Effective on a per-touch basis (60 yards on nine carries) in a favorable matchup against the Redskins, Mathews had just nine total touches last week. Mathews may get a larger workload this week, but it won't be easy to produce. The Vikings have allowed running backs to average just 3.51 YPC, fifth-lowest in the NFL, and only one rushing touchdown.

RB - Arian Foster, Miami Dolphins (vs. BUF)

Foster returned from a multi-game absence last week, but he had just five touches for 15 yards. Meanwhile, teammate Jay Ajayi ran wild (25/204/2) and finished as the week's top-producing fantasy running back. Perhaps the workload differential won't be so vast between these two backs in Week 7, but I would expect Ajayi to maintain his current lead-back role this week (and perhaps for the rest of the season).

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October 21, 2016

Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS): DraftKings Tournament "Draft" for Week 7

Sean Beazley and I collaborated recently on putting together a tournament lineup for DraftKings main slate (Sunday games only) of Week 7 games.

Essentially, it was a draft with each of us alternating picks for the lineup. Sean had the first and odd-numbered picks; I had the second and even-numbered picks.

Below we will include analysis of each pick, but here is how the final roster shaped up:

QB - Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars ($6,200)
RB - Devonta Freeman, Atlanta Falcons ($5,900)
RB - Tevin Coleman, Atlanta Falcons ($4,900)
WR - Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers ($7,800)
WR - A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals ($8,600)
WR - Allen Robinson, Jacksonville Jaguars ($7,300)
TE - Jack Doyle, Indianapolis Colts ($2,500)
FLEX - Mike Gillislee, Buffalo Bills ($3,000)
DST - Minnesota Vikings ($3,700)

Below are the players in the order they were "drafted" (with comments by boths us):

1. Sean - Mike Evans, WR, Buccaneers ($7,800): There are so many WRs that I want to play this week in this price range, and I think it will be the chalk build with so many cheap options at RB this week. Evans target average goes up from 8.5 with Vincent Jackson to 12.5 without him. Jackson is on IR, and Evans has a great matchup vs. the 49ers. Evans should be a top-three WR this week.

Comments by Kevin: I love Evans this week! Evans has double-digit targets in four consecutive games, five receptiosn every week and a touchdown in four of five games. Like in Week 2 (17 targets), Evans has shown to be a type of receiver that could approach 20 targets in a given week. Since last season, Evans is tied with Antonio Brown for most 15-target games (four) behind Julio Jones (seven). With V-Jax out, this could easily be another 15-target game for Evans in a favorable matchup against a bad and fast-paced 49ers team. It wouldn't surprise me if Evans finished with 100-plus yards and two scores this week.

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2. Kevin - Devonta Freeman, RB, Falcons ($5,900): Freeman is my favorite, or one of my favorite plays, this week and here's part of what I wrote in our DFS Round Table post: "Freeman (59.44% of team's RB usage) is getting the larger share of the workload than [Tevin] Coleman (38.33%). Not only does Freeman have a minimum of 15 touches in all six games this season, but he has five targets in three of the past four games. So far this season, no team has allowed more receptions to RBs than the Chargers (54) and only the Saints (10) have allowed more TDs to RBs than the Chargers (nine)." As home favorites in the game with the largest over/under and this week's highest Vegas implied total, Freeman is a safe play with enormous upside.

Comments by Sean: This is the highest total game of the week, and San Diego’s defense is pretty bad. This is a game I will be stacking. I won't make the mistake this week to leave Matty Ice out of my Falcons stack like I did when they faced the Panthers. Freeman is priced in the middle of the pack still, and could get overlooked with everyone wanting to jump on board the Julio Jones express. I love Freeman for both cash and tournaments.

3. Sean - Jack Doyle, TE, Colts ($2,500): Doyle comes in at the minimum of $2,500. Dwayne Allen will be out this week, which should increase Doyle’s targets. There is a concern that that Colts offensive line is so bad that Doyle will be left in to block, but It also could mean Andrew Luck is forced to throw quick short passes. Tennessee is very aggressive blitzing on defense, which could lead to a lot of quick check downs to Doyle. For the minimum, I think Doyle is a great play who could push to be a sneaky top 5-7 TE this week.

Comments by Kevin: Based on salary, Doyle should easily exceed value. The Colts have shown a propensity to target their TEs, especially in the red zone, so Doyle has plenty of upside. Even with Dwayne Allen in the lineup, we saw that upside in Week 1 when he led all tight ends in fantasy production. Aside from the concern noted above by Sean about possibly keeping him in to block often, the other concern is a possible high ownership.

4. Kevin - Allen Robinson, WR, Jaguars ($7,300): Robinson has underperformed compared to expectations this season with his most recent outing in a favorable matchup (Chicago) being a complete dud (3/49). Ownership levels should be very low considering some of the other high-priced receivers in great matchups. That said, A-Rob has 17 TDs in his past 20 games, a favorable matchup against the Raiders and double-digit targets in three of five games this season. Could this be the week that he breaks out with a monster game?

Comments by Sean: The Raiders rank last in the NFL in yards allowed in the air this year, and what's even more amazing is that they have played some pretty inept passing attack teams (Titans, Chiefs, Ravens) this season. Robinson should absolutely eat against this secondary.

5. Sean - Blake Bortles, QB, Jaguars ($6,200): I think Andy Dalton will be the highest-owned QB this week as he has the safest floor facing the Browns, but if the Bengals get up big we could see them take their foot off the gas. As noted with A-Rob, the Raiders have the worst pass defense in the league. If this game shoots out, Bortles could be a top-three scorer this week.

Comments by Kevin: Given the upside of the QBs priced right below Bortles (Marcus Mariota, Dalton, etc.), many could skip right over Bortles. We have seen a lot of fantasy QBs have big games against the Raiders and Bortles scored the fourth-most fantasy points last season so the upside is there even if he is off to a relatively slow start this season.

6. Kevin - Tevin Coleman, RB, Falcons ($4,900): I expect Freeman to be a popular pick in all contests this weekend, but Coleman could be very low-owned. For $600 less, you could get Jacquizz Rodgers, who should get a monster workload (35 touches in Week 5 before the bye) and has an ideal matchup against the 49ers (five consecutive 100-yard rushers allowed). Given the other injuries at RB in Buffalo, San Francisco, etc., there are plenty of bargain-basement options at the position.

It's not common that you could (or should) roster two running backs from the same team in a GPP, but I think both backs could be in store for a big game. Back in Week 3, the duo finished as the top-two weekly RBs in a favorable matchup against the Saints. In a less favorable matchup against the Broncos in Week 5, the duo finished as a pair of top-eight PPR RBs. I'd expect less than one percent of lineups to have both backs in the same lineup and Coleman could be less than 5%-owned overall.

Comments by Sean: The Freeman/Coleman combo has worked in the past for Atlanta. If you are going to fade Julio, then this is a perfect leverage play to get extra exposure to the Falcons skilled players. Coleman disappointed many owners last week, so I expect his ownership to be low. This is a high risk/reward play.

7. Sean - A.J. Green, WR, Bengals ($8,600): Well, we have three of my favorite WRs plays this week in this GPP lineup. All three have the upside to be the days No. 1 scorer. It also would not be a horrible strategy to play all three of them as a core and rotate in some of the low-value plays. I have two concerns this week with Green, which will probably lead me to be a little underweight on him. The blowout factor mentioned above, and the possible return of goal-line machine Tyler Eifert. Green still has enormous upside and should not be overlooked this week.

Comments by Kevin: Green has a pair of 170-yard games this season in great matchups against the Jets and Dolphins. This week, he gets a great matchup against the Browns. It's certainly possible that this is one of those 30-point fantasy outings for Green. My main concern is that the Bengals jump out to an early lead as 10-point favorites and we see a lot of the running game this week, but I still like AJG a lot.

8. Kevin - Mike Gillislee, RB, Bills ($3,000): Assuming that LeSean McCoy is out this week (one report suggests a multi-week absence, another says that he'll be a GTD), Gillislee is going to be one of the chalk plays at running back this week. Priced at only $3,000 in a soft matchup against the Dolphins, the Bills should continue to utilize a run-heavy game plan with Gillislee. Obviously, Gillislee is a talent downgrade from McCoy, but the Bills have 135 rush attempts for a league-high 847 yards (6.27 YPC) and seven TDs in their past four games since making a change at offensive coordinator.

Comments by Sean: LeSean McCoy missed practice again today with a hamstring injury. If he is out, Gillislee will be one of the most popular value plays of the week. You really only need about 12-15 points here from him to pay off, and given the workload he will see, he should have no problem paying that off.

9. Kevin - Minnesota Vikings DST ($3,700): With enough salary left to select any defense, I'm going with my top-ranked fantasy defense of the week. The Vikings have a minimum of 8.0 DK points in all five games and double-digit fantasy points in four of those five games. Not only do the Vikings have four defensive TDs, they have 19 sacks, seven interceptions and five fumble recoveries this season. They have also limited opposing offenses to 16 points or fewer in all games. With the Eagles dealing with issues on the offensive line and coming off their bye, they are in a good spot despite being on the road.

Comments by Sean: Defenses are a crap shoot each week basically because anyone can return a kick for a TD or get a couple of defensive scores. I really don't like paying up for them in tournaments because of this. I'd rather use my cap space on players where I can predict point totals better. I won't have much exposure to Minnesota D this weekend.

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October 19, 2016

2016 Fantasy Football TE Strength of Schedule (SOS): Weeks 7 to 16

Curious which quarterbacks have the most (or least) favorable strength of schedule for the rest of the season?

Based on the average fantasy points allowed per team, our 2016 Fantasy Football Strength of Schedule ranks all 32 teams based on the average fantasy points surrendered by the remaining opponents on their schedule.

A Fantasy SOS may not be the most important factor in determining which player(s) to add off of the waiver wire (our Week 6 waiver-wire post) or evaluating trade proposals, but it gives you an idea of which players will have the best weekly matchups over the rest of the season.

Five most favorable Fantasy SOS for TEs (Weeks 7-16):

1. New York Giants (Will Tye, Larry Donnell): 9.43
2. Washington Redskins (Jordan Reed, Vernon Davis): 9.12
3. San Diego Chargers (Antonio Gates, Hunter Henry): 9.06
4. Philadelphia Eagles (Zach Ertz): 8.26
5. Dallas Cowboys (Jason Witten): 8.16

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Five least favorable Fantasy SOS for TEs (Weeks 7-16):

28. Tennessee Titans (Delanie Walker): 6.50
29. Indianapolis Colts (Dwayne Allen, Jack Doyle): 6.37
30. Denver Broncos (Virgil Green): 5.90
31. New England Patriots (Rob Gronkowski, Martellus Bennett): 5.42
32. Miami Dolphins (Jordan Cameron): 5.03

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2016 Fantasy Football WR Strength of Schedule (SOS): Weeks 7 to 16

Curious which quarterbacks have the most (or least) favorable strength of schedule for the rest of the season?

Based on the average fantasy points allowed per team, our 2016 Fantasy Football Strength of Schedule ranks all 32 teams based on the average fantasy points surrendered by the remaining opponents on their schedule.

A Fantasy SOS may not be the most important factor in determining which player(s) to add off of the waiver wire (our Week 6 waiver-wire post) or evaluating trade proposals, but it gives you an idea of which players will have the best weekly matchups over the rest of the season.

Five most favorable Fantasy SOS for WRs (Weeks 7-16):

1. Dallas Cowboys (Dez Bryant, Cole Beasley): 25.77
2. Chicago Bears (Alshon Jeffery, Cam Meredith): 25.41
3. Washington Redskins (DeSean Jackson, Jamison Crowder): 25.32
4. Philadelphia Eagles (Jordan Matthews): 24.98
5. Minnesota Vikings (Stefon Diggs): 24.92

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Five least favorable Fantasy SOS for WRs (Weeks 7-16):

28. Jacksonville Jaguars (Allen Robinson, Allen Hurns): 22.20
29. New York Jets (Brandon Marshall, Quincy Enunwa): 22.13
30. New England Patriots (Julian Edelman): 21.78
31. Oakland Raiders (Amari Cooper, Michael Crabtree): 21.63
32. Kansas City Chiefs (Jeremy Maclin): 21.57

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2016 Fantasy Football RB Strength of Schedule (SOS): Weeks 7 to 16

Curious which quarterbacks have the most (or least) favorable strength of schedule for the rest of the season?

Based on the average fantasy points allowed per team, our 2016 Fantasy Football Strength of Schedule ranks all 32 teams based on the average fantasy points surrendered by the remaining opponents on their schedule.

A Fantasy SOS may not be the most important factor in determining which player(s) to add off of the waiver wire (our Week 6 waiver-wire post) or evaluating trade proposals, but it gives you an idea of which players will have the best weekly matchups over the rest of the season.

Five most favorable Fantasy SOS for RBs (Weeks 7-16):

1. Cincinnati Bengals (Jeremy Hill, Giovani Bernard): 20.11
2. Carolina Panthers (Jonathan Stewart): 20.04
3. Green Bay Packers (Eddie Lacy): 19.87
4. Dallas Cowboys (Ezekiel Elliott): 19.72
5. Philadelphia Eagles (Ryan Mathews, Darren Sproles): 19.68

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Five least favorable Fantasy SOS for RBs (Weeks 7-16):

28. Jacksonville Jaguars (Chris Ivory, T.J. Yeldon): 17.00
29. Minnesota Vikings (Jerick McKinnon): 16.90
30. Seattle Seahawks (Christine Michael, Thomas Rawls): 16.88
31. Indianapolis Colts (Frank Gore): 16.38
32. Washington Redskins (Matt Jones, Chris Thompson): 15.86

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2016 Fantasy Football QB Strength of Schedule (SOS): Weeks 7 to 16

Curious which quarterbacks have the most (or least) favorable strength of schedule for the rest of the season?

Based on the average fantasy points allowed per team, our 2016 Fantasy Football Strength of Schedule ranks all 32 teams based on the average fantasy points surrendered by the remaining opponents on their schedule.

A Fantasy SOS may not be the most important factor in determining which player(s) to add off of the waiver wire (our Week 6 waiver-wire post) or evaluating trade proposals, but it gives you an idea of which players will have the best weekly matchups over the rest of the season.

Five most favorable Fantasy SOS for QBs (Weeks 7-16):

1. New York Giants (Eli Manning): 18.52
2. Houston Texans (Brock Osweiler): 18.31
3. Minnesota Vikings (Sam Bradford): 18.30
4. Washington Redskins (Kirk Cousins): 18.28
5. Philadelphia Eagles (Carson Wentz): 18.04

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Five least favorable Fantasy SOS for QBs (Weeks 7-16):

28. Jacksonville Jaguars (Blake Bortles): 15.25
29. Denver Broncos (Trevor Siemian): 15.21
30. Indianapolis Colts (Andrew Luck): 14.90
31. New England Patriots (Tom Brady): 14.19
32. Miami Dolphins (Ryan Tannehill): 13.93

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2016 Fantasy Football TE Waiver-Wire Options Heading Into Week 7

Every week, we examine players that may be available on your league's waiver wire that could help your team in the short- and/or long-term.

For a player to be listed, he must be owned in 50 percent (or less) of Yahoo! leagues. The goal is to provide recommendations of players that have a greater chance of being available on your league's waiver wire.

With that said, here are some tight end waiver-wire options that I like heading into Week 7 (Yahoo! ownership in parenthesis):

[Note: Players listed below are sorted by my preference to add.]

1. Hunter Henry, San Diego Chargers (34 percent)

With or without Antonio Gates in the lineup, Henry has been highly productive over the past four weeks. With more than 60 receiving yards in each of those games, Henry has also scored a touchdown in three consecutive outings. During that four-game span, Henry has a total of 18 catches (on 24 targets) for 290 yards and three scores.

The good times should continue to roll for Henry with a couple of favorable matchups coming up. Henry, Gates and the Chargers next face the Falcons, who have allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to the position this season. After Atlanta in Week 7, the Chargers get a rematch against the Broncos and Henry just had a 6/83/1 line against them on Thursday Night Football last week.

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2. Cameron Brate, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (19 percent)

Prior to Tampa's Week 6 bye, Brate had just one catch for 38 yards on three targets against the Panthers. Before that, however, Brate had five catches in back-to-back games and a total of 113 yards and two touchdowns on 18 targets over that two-game span.

While he may not get eight-plus targets like he had in Weeks 3 and 4, Brate gets a nice stretch of favorable matchups with San Francisco, Oakland and Atlanta next up on the schedule. All three of those teams rank in the top-12 most fantasy-friendly defenses to opposing tight ends this season.

3. Charles Clay, Buffalo Bills (24 percent)

Since firing their offensive coordinator, the Bills have won four consecutive games in large part to their success in the running game. With Sammy Watkins (foot) sidelined, however, Clay has emerged as a more integral component of the passing game.

In each of his past three games, Clay has a minimum of five receptions. While he has yet to score a touchdown this season, he gets a fantasy-friendly matchup against his former team (Dolphins) in Week 7. The Dolphins have allowed the 10th-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends this season.

4. Vernon Davis, Washington Redskins (four percent)

Davis has the potential to make for an excellent Week 7 streamer for Greg Olsen or Jason Witten owners -- both tight ends on bye in Week 7. With Jordan Reed (concussion) out in Week 6, Davis got the start and was productive with a 2/50/1 performance.

Given Reed's troubling history with concussions, it's certainly possible that this turns into a multi-game absence for him. If so, Davis and Washington's tight ends get a favorable matchup against the Lions, who have allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends this season.

5. C.J. Fiedorowicz, Houston Texans (one percent)

Fiedorowicz has gone from barely used (two catches for seven yards) in his first three games to finishing as the weekly TE7, TE13 and TE3, respectively, over the past three weeks. During that three-game span, he has 14 catches for 194 yards and two touchdowns. Following a Week 7 matchup against the Broncos, Fiedorowicz has a great schedule in the second half.

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2016 Fantasy Football WR Waiver-Wire Options Heading Into Week 7

Every week, we examine players that may be available on your league's waiver wire that could help your team in the short- and/or long-term.

For a player to be listed, he must be owned in 50 percent (or less) of Yahoo! leagues. The goal is to provide recommendations of players that have a greater chance of being available on your league's waiver wire.

With that said, here are some wide receiver waiver-wire options that I like heading into Week 7 (Yahoo! ownership in parenthesis):

[Note: Players listed below are sorted by my preference to add.]

1. Kenny Britt, Los Angeles Rams (13 percent)

Britt scored his first touchdown, and second, on Sunday, but he has been consistently productive all season. With a minimum of 67 yards in five of six games, Britt now has a total of 30 catches for 492 yards and two scores.

From 1999 to 2007, it was an annual tradition for the Rams to have one (or two) 1,000-yard receivers every year with Torry Holt and/or Isaac Bruce. Not only is Britt on pace to become the team's first 1,000-yard receiver in nearly a decade, he's currently on pace for 1,312 yards. Only four other receivers in franchise history have ever reached the 1,300-yard mark.

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2. Cole Beasley, Dallas Cowboys (45 percent)

Not only has Beasley scored double-digit PPR fantasy points in every game this season, he has been productive in standard-scoring formats as well. Through Week 6, Beasley has scored the 19th-most fantasy points (15th-most in PPR) and has averaged 5.5/64.8/0.5 per game during that span.

The team is on bye in Week 7 and Beasley's weekly production will likely dip once Dez Bryant returns (likely following their bye), but he's worth picking up in all formats and league sizes. While Tony Romo (back) may be ready to return following the bye, Dak Prescott is playing well and Beasley has shown plenty of chemistry with the rookie signal-caller.

3. Corey Coleman, Cleveland Browns (39 percent)

Coleman had 104 yards and two touchdowns in Week 2 and has missed the past four games with a broken hand. Although he hasn't yet been cleared to practice, he will immediately become a WR3 (or better) once he's able to return.

4. Quincy Enunwa, New York Jets (47 percent)

On the season, Enunwa is averaging 5.0/56.0 on 7.33 targets per game, but he had his lowest number of targets (five, 14.71% target share) in Week 6. He now has finished outside the top-40 fantasy wide receivers in four consecutive weeks. With Eric Decker (shoulder) out for the season and better matchups on the horizon, however, we should expect more production going forward.

5. Ty Montgomery, Green Bay Packers (one percent)

Lining up often in the backfield and getting three carries, Montgomery had a team-high 12 targets, 10 catches and 98 receiving yards. With no other catches this season, we obviously shouldn't expect double-digit receptions from Montgomery every week, but Davante Adams (concussion) is unlikely to play on a short week against the Bears. In addition, James Starks (knee) will miss roughly a month.

6. Robert Woods, Buffalo Bills (22 percent)

Over the past four weeks, Woods has a minimum of six targets every week and five-plus catches in three of four games. While he has converted 20-of-30 receptions into 210 yards and a score during that span, Woods has exceeded 51 receiving yards only once this season. With Sammy Watkins sidelined, Woods is the team's top receiving option albeit in a run-dominant offense.

7. Torrey Smith, San Francisco 49ers (25 percent)

With Colin Kaepernick taking over as quarterback, it's certainly a positive for Smith. With the Blaine Gabbert under center, the speedster was virtually invisible. In Kaepernick's first game, Smith had a 25-percent target share for only the second time this season. (In the previous two games, he was targeted on 8.7 and 3.23 percent of Gabbert's pass attempts, respectively.)

Smith turned his seven targets into three catches for 76 yards and a touchdown and finished the week as a top-10 fantasy receiver. While I wouldn't expect another top-10 finish, the 49ers face the Buccaneers in Week 7. Tampa has allowed the sixth-most fantasy points to opposing receivers this season.

8. Jamison Crowder, Washington Redskins (29 percent)

Even though he has three or fewer receptions (and four or fewer targets) in each of his past three games, Crowder continues to be productive. The diminutive receiver has now finished as a top-30 wide receiver (standard scoring) in four of his past five games.

Crowder and the Redskins receivers have a favorable matchup in Week 7 against the Lions, who have allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing receivers.

9. Anquan Boldin, Detroit Lions (20 percent)

Boldin reached the 50-yard mark for the first time in Week 6, but the veteran wideout has a minimum of four catches in five consecutive games. In addition, he has scored a touchdown in three of those five games. With the bulk of bye weeks on the horizon, Boldin provides some consistent bye-week production.

10. Rishard Matthews, Tennessee Titans (19 percent)

Here's the good news: Matthews has 70-plus yards and/or a touchdown in three consecutive games. In those games, he has finished as the weekly WR32, WR28 and WR11, respectively.

What's the bad news? Even though he has a 100-percent catch rate during that stretch, Matthews has only nine targets in those three games. Unless his production is followed by an increase in volume, it's unlikely that he continues to maintain his recent level of production.

11. Brian Quick, Los Angeles Rams (nine percent)

Quick had a season-high five catches in Week 6, but he now has 50-plus yards in four consecutive games. Over that four-game span, the ex-Appalachian State receiver has 12 catches for 234 yards and three touchdowns. While I'd prefer Britt or Tavon Austin over Quick, he's worth a look in deeper leagues.

12. Breshad Perriman, Baltimore Ravens (four percent)

Perriman had a season-high eight targets in Week 6 and turned those targets into three catches for a season-high 48 yards. If Steve Smith Sr. misses another game, Perriman is a deep-league flier in Week 7 versus a poor Jets secondary that allows a league-high 9.2 yards per pass attempt.

13. Kendall Wright, Tennessee Titans (three percent)

Coming off his best game of the year, Wright is unlikely to come anywhere close to his Week 6 production (8/133/1 on nine targets). While his upcoming matchups won't all be as good as his last week's against Cleveland, Wright and the Titans receivers have a favorable schedule upcoming -- Colts, Jaguars, Chargers, Packers, Colts (again) and Bears.

14. Pierre Garcon, Washington Redskins (14 percent)

With Jordan Reed (concussion) sidelined, Garcon had a season-high 11 targets last week. He turned those 11 targets into six catches for 77 yards. As noted above, Washington gets a top-five fantasy matchup this week against the Lions.

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2016 Fantasy Football RB Waiver-Wire Options Heading Into Week 7

Every week, we examine players that may be available on your league's waiver wire that could help your team in the short- and/or long-term.

For a player to be listed, he must be owned in 50 percent (or less) of Yahoo! leagues. The goal is to provide recommendations of players that have a greater chance of being available on your league's waiver wire.

With that said, here are some running back waiver-wire options that I like heading into Week 7 (Yahoo! ownership in parenthesis):

[Note: Players listed below are sorted by my preference to add.]

1. Jay Ajayi, Miami Dolphins (30 percent)

Clearly, you shouldn't expect a 200-yard, two-TD game every week from Ajayi. That said, Ajayi has now been usable in three of the past four weeks as he has finished as the RB25, RB38, RB17 and RB1, respectively. Given that Arian Foster (hamstring) returned in Week 6 but had just five touches, it wouldn't surprise me if Ajayi once again dominated backfield touches in Week 7 and perhaps even longer if he continues to be effective. That said, the Dolphins have a bye in Week 8.

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2. Chris Ivory, Jacksonville Jaguars (43 percent)

Following Jacksonville's bye, Ivory had 11 carries for 32 yards and a touchdown and added two catches for three yards. While it wasn't an efficient performance, he did get nearly twice as many touches (13) as teammate T.J. Yeldon (seven). Ivory now has 13 touches in two of three games since returning from an undisclosed condition that sidelined him for the first two weeks of the season. Perhaps difficult to trust as a starter, Ivory (and Yeldon) have a favorable matchup in Week 7 against the Raiders, who have allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing running backs this season.

3. Devontae Booker, Denver Broncos (27 percent)

After getting 20-plus touches in three of the first four games, C.J. Anderson has a season-low 14 touches in back-to-back games. In terms of workload share with CJA, Booker has gone from 25.5 percent of the touches (28 of 110) in the first four games combined to 37.8 percent (17 of 45) over the past two games.

While I'm not sure that his share will increase to much better than a 60/40 split as long as both backs are healthy, Booker could certainly maintain his current usage rate going forward. In addition, the volume of overall RB touches should increase considering the Broncos have back-to-back losses.

4. Dion Lewis, New England Patriots (25 percent)

It's unclear when Lewis might return, but Lewis has shown how productive he can be in a Tom Brady-led offense. Once he returns, he's likely to get the majority of passing-down snaps sooner rather than later. Lewis is technically eligible to return now, but a return following their Week 9 bye is probably the most-likely scenario.

5. Jacquizz Rodgers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (23 percent)

After missing the previous three games, Doug Martin (hamstring) is expected to return against the 49ers in Week 7. If he does, he gets a great matchup against a team that has allowed a 100-yard rusher in five consecutive games. If he doesn't, Rodgers should get another massive workload.

Before the bye, Quizz had 30 carries for 101 yards and five catches for 28 yards against the Panthers. Either way, Rodgers will fill the change-of-pace role once Martin is healthy considering Charles Sims was placed on Injured Reserve.

6. Kenneth Dixon, Baltimore Ravens (28 percent)

Terrance West has been highly productive with three strong performances since the Ravens have released Justin Forsett. In those three games, West has 55 carries for 295 yards (5.36 YPC) and three touchdowns plus six catches for 30 yards. In other words, Dixon's opportunity to take over as lead back may only come from an injury to West.

In Week 6, West had 27 of 35 RB touches. Appearing in only his second NFL game since sustaining a preseason knee injury, Dixon has the talent to create a larger role as the season progresses.

7. Bilal Powell, New York Jets (37 percent)

So far this season, only Matt Forte (72.5 percent) and Powell (27.5) have RB touches for the Jets. After getting only eight combined touches in the first two weeks of the season, Powell has double-digit touches in three of his past four games.

If Forte were to miss time, Powell has plenty of upside all league formats. With Forte healthy, however, Powell has been useful in PPR formats with 11-plus fantasy points in three of his past four games. During that four-game span, Powell has 21 receptions for 148 yards on 28 targets.

8. DeAndre Washington, Oakland Raiders (45 percent)

With Latavius Murray (toe) out another week, Washington had a team-high and season-high 10 carries for 49 yards against the Chiefs. Washington has been efficient (5.341 yards per carry) and has been a deeper-league flex option as a top-38 performer in four of the past five weeks. Once Murray returns, Washington will likely get a lighter workload, but he's worth owning in all league sizes.

9. Dwayne Washington, Detroit Lions (11 percent)

Not only is Ameer Abdullah on Injured Reserve, but Theo Riddick and Dwayne Washington were inactive in Week 6. The only two running backs to get touches for the Lions in Week 6 were Zach Zenner (77 yards on 16 touches) and newly-signed Justin Forsett (five yards on five carries).

Washington did participate in a limited practice on Friday of last week before being declared inactive so it's possible that he returns for next week's matchup against the Redskins. The Redskins have allowed the seventh-most fantasy points to opposing running backs this season.

10. Chris Thompson, Washington Redskins (eight percent)

Thompson has been productive so far this season -- RB33 in standard, RB29 in PPR. Thompson has not had any big games, but he has been consistently productive. He has finished as a top-40 weekly running back (standard scoring) in all but one game this season. Thompson is worth a look by owners in deep(er) standard leagues as well as 12-team PPR leagues.

11. Zach Zenner, Detroit Lions (one percent)

Depending on the health of the rest of the backfield, Zenner may be in line for another heavy workload. Against the Rams, he gained 58 yards on 14 carries and added 19 yards on two receptions. As noted above, the Lions have a favorable matchup against the Redskins this week.

12. Matt Asiata, Minnesota Vikings (17 percent)

Asiata had a season-high 17 touches in a lopsided win over the Texans prior to his Week 6 bye. It was the first time that he had more than eight touches in a game this season, but Asiata now has a touchdown in back-to-back games. Considering Week 5 was the first time he rushed for more than 15 yards in a game this season, Asiata remains a TD-dependent boom-or-bust option.

13. Rob Kelley, Washington Redskins (one percent)

Even though Matt Jones has exceeded 100 rushing yards in two of the past three games, Kelley could see his role in the rushing attack continue to expand as the season progresses. The UDFA had five carries for 59 yards, both of which were season highs, against the Eagles in Week 6.

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2016 Fantasy Football QB Waiver-Wire Options Heading Into Week 7

Every week, we examine players that may be available on your league's waiver wire that could help your team in the short- and/or long-term.

For a player to be listed, he must be owned in 50 percent (or less) of Yahoo! leagues. The goal is to provide recommendations of players that have a greater chance of being available on your league's waiver wire.

With that said, here are some quarterback waiver-wire options that I like heading into Week 7 (Yahoo! ownership in parenthesis):

[Note: Players listed below are sorted by my preference to add.]

1. Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs (27 percent)

Bad news first: Smith failed to exploit a favorable matchup against the Raiders. Part of that lack of fantasy production should be attributed to the run-heavy game plan (40 of 64 offensive plays were runs) in the team's double-digit win on an inclimate weather day. While Smith completed an efficient 19-of-22 pass attempts (86.36 percent) for 224 yards (10.18 Y/A), but he failed to reach nine fantasy points.

Going forward, Smith has a number of favorable matchups to (potentially) exploit. Most immediately, Smith and the Chiefs will host the Saints, who have allowed the seventh-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. Following that matchup, he faces the Colts, Jaguars, Panthers and Buccaneers -- all of whom rank in the top half in terms of favorable matchups to the position.

Of course, the concern is that the Chiefs will take the air out of the ball in any game where they have a commanding lead. As we are about to enter the heart of the bye weeks, however, Smith provides streaming value as a fringe top-12 weekly fantasy quarterback nearly every week from Weeks 7 to 11.

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2. Brian Hoyer, Chicago Bears (20 percent)

While Hoyer failed to throw a touchdown, he extended his streak of 300-yard passing games to four. Not only is that the longest such streak this season, but Philip Rivers is the only quarterback with a three-game streak of 300-yard games. There is a quick turnaround this week, but the Bears will face the Packers, who have allowed the 10th-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season. At some point, the Bears may turn back to Jay Cutler, but Hoyer is a potential plug-and-play for owners in need of a starter this week.

3. Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers (eight percent)

Starting for the first time this season, Kaepernick was a better fantasy -- than real -- quarterback as he completed only 13-of-29 pass attempts for 187 yards. That said, the dual-threat quarterback scored a total of 18.08 fantasy points and nearly finished inside the top-12 (QB14) fantasy quarterbacks in Week 6. In the next three weeks, the 49ers face the Buccaneers, have a bye and then get the Saints. Kaep has plenty of upside in both of those matchups vs. leaky NFC South secondaries.

4. Ryan Fitzpatrick, New York Jets (31 percent)

In his past four games, Fitzpatrick has thrown just two touchdowns and 10 interceptions. It's been a brutal stretch of matchups for Fitzpatrick (and he was even benched at the end of Monday night's loss to the Cardinals). Coach Todd Bowles has said that Fitzpatrick will continue to start and it's about to get better (from a schedule standpoint) with Baltimore, Cleveland and Miami up over the next three weeks.

The Ravens haven't allowed a lot of yards (260 or less in their first five games), but Eli Manning threw for 403 yards and three scores against them in Week 6. In addition, they have allowed a total of 12 passing touchdowns in five games since Week 2. Meanwhile, the Browns and Dolphins have allowed the third- and 15th-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks, respectively.

5. Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens (29 percent)

The good news is that Flacco has thrown 40-plus pass attempts in five consecutive games and has averaged 46.2 over that five-game stretch. The bad news is that he has only two passing touchdowns over his past four games (186 pass attempts) and he has finished as a top-15 fantasy quarterback only once this season despite several favorable matchups.

But, if you're in need of a streamer, Flacco is worth a roll of the dice against the Jets. The Jets have allowed the sixth-most fantasy points this season to the position.

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October 15, 2016

Week 6 NFL Picks Against the Spread (Trifone)

Every week, four of our contributors pick between two and five games each and assign a number of units (one to five) to their selection based on their confidence in the pick.

With that said, here are my Week 6 NFL picks against the spread:

Cincinnati Bengals +9 over New England Patriots (3 Units)

This is really just a case of the line being too large in my opinion. The Patriots are pretty clearly the best team in the league with Tom Brady back, and the angry-Brady narrative will likely lead to the Pats spreads being more inflated than normal. It's tough to bet against them, but the Bengals are a pretty good team, and there's just too many ways that they cover nine points. It's possible they keep it fairly close - it's also possible they're trailing much of the game and sneak into a back-door cover. Either way, I think there's too much value on the Bengals getting nine not to take them.

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Miami Dolphins +7.5 over Pittsburgh Steelers (3 Units)

This is another line that's too high. Miami has not been good - in fact they've been one of the worst teams in the league. They're coming off a bad loss to the Titans at home, while the Steelers are coming off a big 31-13 win over the Jets. It's a week-to-week league, though, and Ben Roethlisberger has historically been much better at home than on the road. I like Le'Veon Bell to have a huge game, but I think Miami bounces back from last week and keeps this one close.

San Francisco 49ers +9 over Buffalo Bills (5 Units)

Ok - I know this is my third game taking a ton of points - but this line is perhaps the most egregious of them all. The Bills have gotten hot since firing their offensive coordinator, with big wins over the Cardinals and Patriots. Last week's win over the Rams was more expected, but they've clearly been playing pretty well of late. The 49ers, on the other hand, have been going in the wrong direction since a Week 1 thrashing of the Rams and have made the switch to Colin Kaepernick. Buffalo is likely to win the game, but I think the quarterback switch gives the 49ers a bit of a spark, and this one won't be decided until late. Take the nine.

Washington Redskins +3 over Philadelphia Eagles (5 Units)

The Redskins have righted the ship since an 0-2 start, and have an important division game at home this week. Carson Wentz finally threw his first interception in the final minute of the game last week, and the Eagles suffered their first loss of the year. Although they've been quite impressive, I expect some regression from Philadelphia. The defense looks legit, but Wentz is likely to make a few more mistakes. I don't think the level they've played at in the first four games of the year is truly reflective of how good they are. By season's end, I think Philly will be a more middle-of-the-road team, and Washington will be the team on top of the division. I like the Redskins to win at home outright - even without Jordan Reed, who is likely out with a concussion, so I'll certainly take the three.

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October 13, 2016

DFS Round Table: Favorite DraftKings Plays for Week 6

Every week of the 2016 NFL season, our contributors will provide their favorite DraftKings play of the week and share their thoughts in our weekly DFS Round Table post.

In some cases, the play is intended for tournaments (i.e., Guaranteed Prize Pools or GPPs); in other cases, it's for cash games (e.g., head-to-heads and 50-50's). Or both.

Who is your favorite DraftKings play for Week 6?

Sean Beazley: Jeremy Maclin, WR, Kansas City Chiefs ($6,300)

Roster construction last week was cheap RB and pay up for WR. This week, I expect it to be the exact opposite as there are so many high priced RBs in great matchups. Cam Meredith will likely be one of the highest-owned players to get those stud RBs in. I think this week a more balanced approach will be key to differentiate yourself from the pack. One of those targets I like this week is Jeremy Maclin. Maclin is priced outside the top 20 this week, and he gets a very juicy matchup vs. the Raiders, who can’t stop anyone. Maclin has had success in the past vs. the Raiders (12/149/3 last season) and I think he has top-five upside this week. Fire him up in GPPs.

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Kevin Hanson: Allen Robinson, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars ($7,500)

There are plenty of players that I considered, but I absolutely love Allen Robinson this week. While there are six other receivers priced higher than A-Rob, the third-year wideout is my second-ranked receiver after Antonio Brown ($10,000) this week. The volume of targets has been there for Robinson, who has double-digit targets in three of four games. After leading (tied) the league with 14 touchdowns last season, Robinson has three touchdowns in his past two games before the bye. That said, the immensely talented receivers has yet to have that monster game that he's capable of producing and it wouldn't surprise me if it happened against a beatable Bears secondary that just gave up 10/171/1 last week to T.Y. Hilton.

Brendan Donahue: Sammie Coates, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers ($4,700)

While I don't expect Coates to duplicate exactly what he did last week, he is certainly trending in that direction. In the past two weeks, he has 12 catches for 218 yards and two touchdowns on 19 targets. He actually had a few drops last week that cost him an even bigger day and an easy touchdown, but Ben Roethlisberger is clearly gaining confidence in him. In a great matchup against the Dolphins defense that ranks 29th against WRs, he is a great value at only $4,700.

John Trifone: Robert Woods, WR, Buffalo Bills ($4,200) and Cam Meredith, WR, Chicago Bears ($4,100)

My DK pick this week is going to go back to some value options and I'm going to give two WRs in the same range: Robert Woods for $4,200 and Cam Meredith for $4,100. Woods is coming off a poor game, catching only two of his six targets this past week. However, he's got a good matchup coming up and is the Bills top wideout option with Sammy Watkins out. His performance this past week should keep his ownership down.

Meredith also has a good matchup at home against the Jags this week. He played almost the entire game, replacing Kevin White's role, and the presence of Eddie Royal and Alshon Jeffrey on the field did not hurt his production. In the limited time he has played, he's been heavily targeted and made the most of his opportunities. Both wideouts are great value options to open up your lineup to some of the more expensive guys.

Dan Yanotchko: Lamar Miller, RB, Houston Texans ($6,600)

This week, I really like Lamar Miller of the Texans, as he has a great matchup against the Colts. Miller has averaged 74 yards per game, and added 14 receptions as well, as I believe he will be focal point of their offense this week. The Colts have allowed 109.6 yards per game, 4.6 yards per carry, and five touchdowns on the ground. This week will be a breakthrough for Miller, against a really bad Colts front seven.

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October 11, 2016

2016 Fantasy Football TE Strength of Schedule (SOS): Weeks 6 to 16

Curious which quarterbacks have the most (or least) favorable strength of schedule for the rest of the season?

Based on the average fantasy points allowed per team, our 2016 Fantasy Football Strength of Schedule ranks all 32 teams based on the average fantasy points surrendered by the remaining opponents on their schedule.

A Fantasy SOS may not be the most important factor in determining which player(s) to add off of the waiver wire (our Week 6 waiver-wire post) or evaluating trade proposals, but it gives you an idea of which players will have the best weekly matchups over the rest of the season.

Five most favorable Fantasy SOS for TEs (Weeks 6-16):

1. Washington Redskins (Jordan Reed): 9.37
2. New York Giants (Will Tye, Larry Donnell): 8.94
3. Minnesota Vikings (Kyle Rudolph): 8.68
4. San Diego Chargers (Antonio Gates, Hunter Henry): 8.35
5. Dallas Cowboys (Jason Witten): 8.33

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Five least favorable Fantasy SOS for TEs (Weeks 6-16):

28. Denver Broncos (Virgil Green): 5.94
29. Cleveland Browns (Gary Barnidge): 5.82
30. Oakland Raiders (Clive Walford): 5.45
31. New England Patriots (Rob Gronkowski, Martellus Bennett): 5.04
32. Miami Dolphins (Jordan Cameron): 4.49

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2016 Fantasy Football WR Strength of Schedule (SOS): Weeks 6 to 16

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Based on the average fantasy points allowed per team, our 2016 Fantasy Football Strength of Schedule ranks all 32 teams based on the average fantasy points surrendered by the remaining opponents on their schedule.

A Fantasy SOS may not be the most important factor in determining which player(s) to add off of the waiver wire (our Week 6 waiver-wire post) or evaluating trade proposals, but it gives you an idea of which players will have the best weekly matchups over the rest of the season.

Five most favorable Fantasy SOS for WRs (Weeks 6-16):

1. Dallas Cowboys (Dez Bryant, Cole Beasley, Terrance Williams): 25.46
2. Washington Redskins (DeSean Jackson, Jamison Crowder): 25.36
3. New York Giants (Odell Beckham, Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz): 25.04
4. Philadelphia Eagles (Jordan Matthews): 24.83
5. Minnesota Vikings (Stefon Diggs): 24.77

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Five least favorable Fantasy SOS for WRs (Weeks 6-16):

28. Miami Dolphins (Jarvis Landry, DeVante Parker): 22.17
29. Los Angeles Rams (Kenny Britt, Tavon Austin): 22.13
30. New England Patriots (Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan): 21.73
31. San Diego Chargers (Travis Benjamin, Tyrell Williams): 21.28
32. New York Jets (Brandon Marshall, Quincy Enunwa, Eric Decker): 20.51

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2016 Fantasy Football RB Strength of Schedule (SOS): Weeks 6 to 16

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Based on the average fantasy points allowed per team, our 2016 Fantasy Football Strength of Schedule ranks all 32 teams based on the average fantasy points surrendered by the remaining opponents on their schedule.

A Fantasy SOS may not be the most important factor in determining which player(s) to add off of the waiver wire (our Week 6 waiver-wire post) or evaluating trade proposals, but it gives you an idea of which players will have the best weekly matchups over the rest of the season.

Five most favorable Fantasy SOS for RBs (Weeks 6-16):

1. Philadelphia Eagles (Ryan Mathews, Darren Sproles): 20.31
T2. Cincinnati Bengals (Jeremy Hill, Giovani Bernard): 19.85
T2. Oakland Raiders (Latavius Murray, DeAndre Washington, Jalen Richard): 19.85
4. Green Bay Packers (Eddie Lacy, James Starks): 19.43
5. Arizona Cardinals (David Johnson): 19.02

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Five least favorable Fantasy SOS for RBs (Weeks 6-16):

28. Chicago Bears (Jordan Howard, Jeremy Langford): 17.00
29. Minnesota Vikings (Jerick McKinnon, Matt Asiata): 16.97
30. Miami Dolphins (Arian Foster, Jay Ajayi): 16.59
31. Washington Redskins (Matt Jones): 16.35
32. Indianapolis Colts (Frank Gore): 15.98

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2016 Fantasy Football QB Strength of Schedule (SOS): Weeks 6 to 16

Curious which quarterbacks have the most (or least) favorable strength of schedule for the rest of the season?

Based on the average fantasy points allowed per team, our 2016 Fantasy Football Strength of Schedule ranks all 32 teams based on the average fantasy points surrendered by the remaining opponents on their schedule.

A Fantasy SOS may not be the most important factor in determining which player(s) to add off of the waiver wire or evaluating trade proposals, but it gives you an idea of which players will have the best weekly matchups over the rest of the season.

Five most favorable Fantasy SOS for QBs (Weeks 6-16):

1. Minnesota Vikings (Sam Bradford): 18.98
2. Washington Redskins (Kirk Cousins): 18.90
3. Houston Texans (Brock Osweiler): 18.80
4. New York Giants (Eli Manning): 18.04
5. Philadelphia Eagles (Carson Wentz): 17.80

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Five least favorable Fantasy SOS for QBs (Weeks 6-16):

28. Cleveland Browns (Cody Kessler, Charlie Whitehurst): 14.89
29. Jacksonville Jaguars (Blake Bortles): 14.87
30. Indianapolis Colts (Andrew Luck): 14.28
31. New England Patriots (Tom Brady): 14.01
32. Miami Dolphins (Ryan Tannehill): 13.16

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2016 Fantasy Football QB Strength of Schedule (SOS): Weeks 4 to 16

Curious which quarterbacks have the most (or least) favorable strength of schedule for the rest of the season?

Based on the average fantasy points allowed per team, our 2016 Fantasy Football Strength of Schedule ranks all 32 teams based on the average fantasy points surrendered by the remaining opponents on their schedule.

A Fantasy SOS may not be the most important factor in determining which player(s) to add off of the waiver wire (our Week 4 waiver-wire post) or evaluating trade proposals, but it gives you an idea of which players will have the best weekly matchups over the rest of the season.

Five most favorable Fantasy SOS for QBs (Weeks 4-16):

1. Philadelphia Eagles (Carson Wentz): 17.72
2. Chicago Bears (Brian Hoyer, Jay Cutler): 17.26
3. Minnesota Vikings (Sam Bradford): 17.22
4. Houston Texans (Brock Osweiler): 16.70
5. Washington Redskins (Kirk Cousins): 16.62

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Five least favorable Fantasy SOS for QBs (Weeks 4-16):

28. Jacksonville Jaguars (Blake Bortles): 13.34
29. New England Patriots (Tom Brady, Jimmy Garoppolo, Jacoby Brissett): 13.19
30. Indianapolis Colts (Andrew Luck): 12.83
31. Oakland Raiders (Derek Carr): 12.75
32. Miami Dolphins (Ryan Tannehill): 12.36

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2016 Fantasy Football RB Strength of Schedule (SOS): Weeks 4 to 16

Curious which running backs have the most (or least) favorable strength of schedule for the rest of the season?

Based on the average fantasy points allowed per team, our 2016 Fantasy Football Strength of Schedule ranks all 32 teams based on the average fantasy points surrendered by the remaining opponents on their schedule.

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Five most favorable Fantasy SOS for RBs (Weeks 4-16):

1. Green Bay Packers (Eddie Lacy): 20.39
2. Philadephia Eagles (Ryan Mathews, Darren Sproles): 19.65
3. Oakland Raiders (Latavius Murray): 18.78
4. Carolina Panthers (Jonathan Stewart, Cameron Artis-Payne, Fozzy Whittaker): 18.56
5. Detroit Lions (Theo Riddick, Dwayne Washington): 18.30

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Five least favorable Fantasy SOS for RBs (Weeks 4-16):

28. New England Patriots (LeGarrette Blount): 15.53
29. New York Giants (Rashad Jennings): 15.52
30. Miami Dolphins (Arian Foster, Jay Ajayi): 15.10
31. Buffalo Bills (LeSean McCoy): 14.90
32. Indianapolis Colts (Frank Gore): 13.72

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2016 Fantasy Football WR Strength of Schedule (SOS): Weeks 4 to 16

Curious which wide receivers have the most (or least) favorable strength of schedule for the rest of the season?

Based on the average fantasy points allowed per team, our 2016 Fantasy Football Strength of Schedule ranks all 32 teams based on the average fantasy points surrendered by the remaining opponents on their schedule.

A Fantasy SOS may not be the most important factor in determining which player(s) to add off of the waiver wire (our Week 4 waiver-wire post) or evaluating trade proposals, but it gives you an idea of which players will have the best weekly matchups over the rest of the season.

Five most favorable Fantasy SOS for WRs (Weeks 4-16):

1. Philadelphia Eagles (Jordan Matthews): 24.29
2. Dallas Cowboys (Dez Bryant): 24.27
3. New York Giants (Odell Beckham, Sterling Shepard): 24.24
4. Chicago Bears (Alshon Jeffery): 23.57
5. Washington Redskins (DeSean Jackson): 23.43

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Five least favorable Fantasy SOS for WRs (Weeks 4-16):

28. Atlanta Falcons (Julio Jones): 19.13
29. New Orleans Saints (Brandin Cooks, Willie Snead): 18.72
T30. New York Jets (Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker): 18.64
T30. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Mike Evans, Vincent Jackson): 18.64
32. Oakland Raiders (Amari Cooper, Michael Crabtree): 18.56

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2016 Fantasy Football TE Strength of Schedule (SOS): Weeks 4 to 16

Curious which tight ends have the most (or least) favorable strength of schedule for the rest of the season?

Based on the average fantasy points allowed per team, our 2016 Fantasy Football Strength of Schedule ranks all 32 teams based on the average fantasy points surrendered by the remaining opponents on their schedule.

A Fantasy SOS may not be the most important factor in determining which player(s) to add off of the waiver wire or evaluating trade proposals, but it gives you an idea of which players will have the best weekly matchups over the rest of the season.

Five most favorable Fantasy SOS for TEs (Weeks 4-16):

1. Washington Redskins (Jordan Reed): 8.79
2. New York Giants (Larry Donnell, Will Tye): 8.77
3. Philadephia Eagles (Zach Ertz, Brent Celek, Trey Burton): 8.38
4. Arizona Cardinals (Darren Fells): 8.15
T5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Cameron Brate): 7.85
T5. Minnesota Vikings (Kyle Rudolph): 7.85

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Five least favorable Fantasy SOS for TEs (Weeks 4-16):

28. Cleveland Browns (Gary Barnidge): 5.46
29. New England Patriots (Rob Gronkowski, Martellus Bennett): 5.36
30. Indianapolis Colts (Dwayne Allen, Jack Doyle): 5.10
31. Miami Dolphins (Jordan Cameron): 4.53
32. Oakland Raiders (Clive Walford): 4.45

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2016 Fantasy Football TE Waiver-Wire Options Heading Into Week 4

Every week, we examine players that may be available on your league's waiver wire that could help your team in the short- and/or long-term.

For a player to be listed, he must be owned in 50 percent (or less) of Yahoo! leagues. The goal is to provide recommendations of players that have a greater chance of being available on your league's waiver wire.

With that said, here are some wide receiver waiver-wire options that I like heading into Week 4 (Yahoo! ownership in parenthesis):

[Note: Players listed below are sorted by my preference to add.]

TE - Zach Miller, Chicago Bears (40 percent)

Scoring a pair of garbage-time touchdowns, Miller finished as fantasy's TE1 in Week 3 with an 8/78/2 stat line against the Cowboys. Miller won't score multiple touchdowns every week, of course, and his Week 3 production was as much as he had in Weeks 1 and 2 combined.

That said, Miller is set up for success in Week 4 with a favorable matchup against the Lions. Through three weeks, no team has allowed more fantasy points to opposing tight ends than the Lions. Miller is an excellent streaming option this week.

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TE - Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings (41 percent)

Through the first three weeks of the season, only Greg Olsen has scored more fantasy points than Rudolph. In each of his first three games, Rudolph has finished with at least 65 yards and/or a touchdown and he has finished as a top-12 fantasy tight end every week.

Not only is he second behind only Olsen (27) among tight ends in targets (26), but Rudolph has a minimum of eight targets in each game. Even though the Giants have defended tight ends better this season, he gets a favorable matchup in Week 4 and is a strong streaming option.

TE - Cameron Brate, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (two percent)

After being targeted four times in each of the team's first two games, Brate was targeted 10 times on Sunday and turned those targets into five catches for 46 yards and two touchdowns. Jameis Winston threw it 58 times on Sunday after throwing 52 pass attempts in Week 2. In other words, it's possible that Brate sees a consistent stream of targets, especially with Austin Seferian-Jenkins recently released following a DUI arrest. That said, his next two matchups aren't great as the Bucs will face the Broncos and Panthers in Weeks 4 and 5, respectively.

TE - Jack Doyle, Indianapolis Colts (10 percent)

With Donte Moncrief sidelined four to six weeks, we should see a higher volume of two-TE sets for the Colts over the next month. Since leading all tight ends in fantasy production in Week 1 with his two-TD performance, Doyle has been targeted five-plus times in the past two games with a total of 10 catches for 102 yards over that two-game span.

TE - Hunter Henry, San Diego Chargers (six percent)

Starting in place of the injured Antonio Gates (hamstring), Henry caught all five of his targets for 76 yards in Sunday's loss to the Colts. Unfortunately, he lost a key fourth-quarter fumble, but he's in a great spot if Gates misses another game. The Chargers will face the Saints and Raiders in Weeks 4 and 5, respectively.

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2016 Fantasy Football WR Waiver-Wire Options Heading Into Week 4

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With that said, here are some wide receiver waiver-wire options that I like heading into Week 4 (Yahoo! ownership in parenthesis):

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WR - Terrelle Pryor, Cleveland Browns (21 percent)

What didn't Pryor do on Sunday? The converted wide receiver and former quarterback threw for 35 yards, ran for 21 yards and a touchdown to go along with eight catches for 144 yards on 14 targets on Sunday.

With Josh Gordon suspended for one more week and Corey Coleman (hand) out for several more, Pryor will be the focal point of Cleveland's offense in Week 4 against Washington. Pryor has double-digit targets in back-to-back games and 31 through three games.

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WR - Steve Smith, Baltimore Ravens (39 percent)

In Sunday's win, Smith had eight receptions for 87 yards on 11 targets. Through three weeks, he now has 16 catches for 170 yards on 25 targets. Smith and his fellow Ravens receivers have a favorable matchup in Week 4 against the Raiders, who have allowed the most fantasy points to the position this season.

WR - Quincy Enunwa, New York Jets (34 percent)

Enunwa had only four receptions for 37 yards on Sunday, but he had a team-high 11 targets. Through three games, only Brandon Marshall (27) has more targets than Enunwa (25, 22.12 percent market share). Enunwa leads the Jets in receptions (17) and only Eric Decker (194) has more yards (183). Week 4's matchup (vs. Seattle) isn't great, but Enunwa figures to be a key component of the Jets offense for the entire season.

WR - Cole Beasley, Dallas Cowboys (20 percent)

Beasley should be owned in all PPR leagues as the Cowboys slot receiver has shown great rapport with rookie quarterback Dak Prescott. In his three games, Beasley has a minimum of five catches, six targets, 65 yards and 12.5 PPR points every week. Beasley has the 31st-most fantasy points in PPR formats (43rd-most in standard). The Cowboys face the 49ers in Week 4.

WR - Jamison Crowder, Washington Redskins (15 percent)

Through three weeks, Crowder has 16 catches for 175 yards and two touchdowns on 25 targets. That puts Crowder on a full-season pace of 85.3/933.3/10.7 on 133.3 targets. Of course, the 5-foot-8 Crowder is unlikely to score double-digit touchdowns, but he is tied with Jordy Nelson for the most red-zone targets (eight) through Sunday's games. Crowder currently has the 28th-most fantasy points in standard-scoring leagues (WR24 in PPR).

WR - Robert Woods, Buffalo Bills (one percent)

It's unclear whether Sammy Watkins (foot) will play in Week 4 after being inactive in Week 3. If he's out another week, however, Woods should lead the team's receivers in targets like he did last week. Woods had six catches for 51 yards on eight targets against the Cardinals on Sunday.

WR - Dorial Green-Beckham, Philadelphia Eagles (eight percent)

The Titans were quick to give up on the second-year, second-round receiver, but the Eagles plan to get Green-Beckham more involved in the offense. Coach Doug Pederson recently said, "... we'd love to obviously get him a little more involved from a standpoint of getting more targets thrown in his direction." DGB had just 3/33 on four targets in Week 3, but it wouldn't surprise me if he finishes the rest of the season as a top-50 receiver with upside for much better.

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2016 Fantasy Football RB Waiver-Wire Options Heading Into Week 4

Every week, we examine players that may be available on your league's waiver wire that could help your team in the short- and/or long-term.

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With that said, here are some running back waiver-wire options that I like heading into Week 4 (Yahoo! ownership in parenthesis):

[Note: Players listed below are sorted by my preference to add.]

RB - Jordan Howard, Chicago Bears (21 percent)

Navigating the running back injury minefield can be tricky and Jeremy Langford is the latest starter set to miss multiple games. Per ESPN's Adam Schefter, Langford will miss the next four to six weeks with an ankle injury.

With Langford sidelined, Howard is set to take over as the team's lead back. Howard has 12 carries for 67 yards (5.58 yards per carry) and six catches for 58 yards so far this season.

Howard gets a pair of favorable matchups in Weeks 4 and 5 against the Lions and Colts. The Lions have limited opposing running backs to the eighth-fewest fantasy points, but they have allowed opposing running backs to average 5.31 YPC this season. Meanwhile, the Colts have allowed the second-most fantasy points to the position.

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RB - Darren Sproles, Philadelphia Eagles (39 percent)

Earlier this summer, Philadelphia's current (and San Diego's former) offensive coordinator Frank Reich asked the following question in reference to Sproles: "How can we get this guy the football?" (And then sometimes, this happens.)

Carrying the ball only twice for negative one yard on Sunday, Sproles caught all six of his targets for 128 yards and a touchdown. On pace for close to last year's 55 catches (current pace: 53.3), Sproles is a top-25 running back early this season. (Last year, he finished as the RB25 in PPR.)

RB - Dwayne Washington, Detroit Lions (23 percent)

Washington (10) and Theo Riddick (10) split carries evenly although Riddick added seven receptions on nine targets as well. Considering the Lions were down by as much as 31-3 at one point in the second half, it's natural for Riddick to get a larger share of the workload. In games that are close, I'd still expect Riddick to lead the team's backfield in touches, but I'd expect Washington to get a little more work than he had in Week 3. More importantly, he remains the goal-line back.

RB - Orleans Darkwa, New York Giants (three percent)

With Shane Vereen (torn triceps) placed on IR, Darkwa would get the start if Rashad Jennings (thumb) is unable to go in Week 4. It seemed likely that Jennings would be ready for Week 3 so it's possible that Jennings misses more time. On Sunday, Darkwa had 10 carries for 53 yards and a touchdown in addition to a nine-yard reception on Sunday.

RB - Kenneth Dixon, Baltimore Ravens (12 percent)

With a three-down skill set, Dixon rushed for 1,000-plus yards in three out of four seasons and posted 30-plus catches in back-to-back seasons at Louisiana Tech. Dixon has missed the team's first three games with a knee sprain, but he has the talent to emerge as the team's lead back at some point this season. It's possible that he makes his debut in Week 4. If not, he should be getting close.

RB - Jay Ajayi, Miami Dolphins (37 percent)

Arian Foster (groin) missed Week 3 and the Dolphins have a short turnaround as they face the Bengals on Thursday Night Football. And it appears likely that Foster will miss at least one more game.

Technically, Kenyan Drake got the start for the Dolphins, but Ajayi scored the game-winning touchdown in overtime. It would be difficult to trust any of Miami's backs, but I expect Ajayi to lead the group in workload and fantasy production.

RB - DeAndre Washington, Oakland Raiders (11 percent)

Through three weeks, it's been a 50/25/25 split between starter Latavius Murray (40 touches) and backups Jalen Richard (20) and Washington (20). On a per-touch basis, Washington has been efficient -- 6.88 YPC and 7.0 Y/R -- and that has led to back-to-back top-36 weekly performances. Unless or until he sees an increase in usage, Washington is worth stashing on your bench.

RB - Cameron Artis-Payne, Carolina Panthers (19 percent)

Fozzy Whittaker deserves to be listed as well, but it was Artis-Payne that led the team in workload (13 touches), as expected, over Whittaker (10) with Jonathan Stewart sidelined. Stewart is expected to miss a couple more weeks, but both CAP and Whittaker are relatively low-upside options.

RB - Terrance West, Baltimore Ravens (21 percent)

The good news is that West has double-digit touches in all three games this season. The bad news is that he has yet to finish as a weekly top-30 fantasy running back. Through three weeks, he has 148 yards from scrimmage on 37 touches and no touchdowns. At some point, I expect Dixon to emerge as the lead guy (as mentioned above) in Baltimore's backfield.

RB - Wendell Smallwood, Philadelphia Eagles (one percent)

With Ryan Mathews (ankle) aggravating an ankle injury in Sunday's win over the Steelers, Smallwood handled nearly half of the running back touches (17, 48.6 percent). Productive in his expanded role on Sunday, Smallwood finished with 79 rushing yards (4.65 YPC) and a touchdown. The team has a Week 4 bye and Mathews appears likely to return in Week 5, but Smallwood should get the largest share of the workload if Mathews misses Week 5 (or any time in the future).

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2016 Fantasy Football QB Waiver-Wire Options Heading Into Week 4

Every week, we examine players that may be available on your league's waiver wire that could help your team in the short- and/or long-term.

For a player to be listed, he must be owned in 50 percent (or less) of Yahoo! leagues. The goal is to provide recommendations of players that have a greater chance of being available on your league's waiver wire.

With that said, here are some quarterback waiver-wire options that I like heading into Week 4 (Yahoo! ownership in parenthesis):

[Note: Players listed below are sorted by my preference to add.]

QB - Carson Wentz