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November 19, 2016

Week 11 NFL Picks Against the Spread (Yanotchko)

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 11 NFL picks against the spread:

Jacksonville Jaguars +6 over Detroit Lions (3 Units)

So, this isn't the surprise season that everyone thought Jacksonville would have, and also it certainly appears that after four years of futility that coach Gus Bradley will be out the door as well. I think if only for a week, Blake Bortles can get back on track against a really bad Detroit Lions pass defense.

The Lions allow 259 yards per game to opposing quarterbacks, at 74% completion percentage, and have allowed 20 touchdowns through the air as well. Compound this with Jacksonville's improving pass defense that only gives up 204 yards per game, which is good for fourth in the league.

I really think that the Lions will win this game outright at home, but the way that they can't stop the pass and Allen Robinson has some momentum coming into this game, it will be a close one.

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New York Giants -7.5 over Chicago Bears (4 Units)

This is the type of game that New York will struggle in, and also Chicago will find a way to win, but I really think this season is just a lost cause for the Bears right now. The worst possible thing for the Bears happened this week with Alshon Jeffrey being suspended, and as he is the go-to guy for Jay Cutler this offense will be anemic.

The Bears will not only be toothless on offense, but their passing defense is just too weak for the likes of Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr. and Sterling Sheppard at home. The Bears allow 243 yards per game to opposing passers and a robust 66.7 completion percentage as well. I like the Giants at home here, as Chicago just doesn't have any mismatches available against New York.

Miami Dolphins -2 over Los Angeles Rams (4 Units)

This will certainly be an odd game, as finally the No. 1 pick in Jared Goff will make his season debut, and I am certain that this call is coming in from above Jeff Fisher's head. I don't know what else there is to really say about one of the most average coaches in league history having Goff start the year at number 3 on the depth chart.

The other reason that I like Miami in this game is the Ryan Tannehill might actually have a chance to stand in the pocket, and not be killed by a surprisingly weak Rams pass rush. The Rams haven't surrendered many yards to opposing quarterbacks, but they have only compiled 16 sacks and five interceptions on the year.

Combine Todd Gurley's struggles, the Dolphins loading up the box, and a No. 1 pick waiting 11 weeks to start due to ability in practice ... I'm going Miami here.

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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 16, 2016

DFS Roundtable: Favorite DraftKings Plays for Week 11

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 11?

Sean Beazley: Allen Robinson, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars, $7,400

Targets and touches equal fantasy points. My play this week is a receiver who has had double-digit targets the past three weeks (40 total). He plays for an offense that is pass-heavy. His team actually leads the NFL with a 66-percent pass-run ratio. The game script is favorable as they are almost 7-point underdogs. He just came off his best game of the season last week. This WR is Allen Robinson.

The last time I wrote up A-Rob was Week 3 vs. the Ravens and he had a two-touchdown game. Hopefully I am the A-Rob Whisperer! Robinson is sandwiched between two WRs that I think will draw higher ownership this week in T.Y. Hilton and Dez Bryant. Robinson could be a good low-owned play this week.

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Kevin Hanson: LeGarrrette Blount, RB, New England Patriots, $6,400

Not only will Blount be one of my lineup staples in Week 11, but I'd be comfortable going with the running back stack of Blount and James White (especially if Dion Lewis is once again inactive). Coach Belichick said that Lewis was healthy enough to play, but he was inactive.

Blount has scored a touchdown in all but one game (Week 4 without Tom Brady), but he has scored every other game this season and has a league-high 12 rushing touchdowns on the season. Favored by nearly two TDs, there should be plenty of scoring opportunities for Blount and the Patriots, who have this week's highest implied total (32.0) using Vegas odds.

No team has allowed more fantasy points to opposing running backs this year. No team has allowed opposing running backs to score more rushing touchdowns (13) or average more yards per carry (5.26) than the 49ers. Before this past week, the 49ers had allowed seven consecutive 100-yard rushing games.

Brendan Donahue: Martellus Bennett, TE, New England Patriots, $3,700

Although it hasn't been officially announced yet, I highly doubt Rob Gronkowski plays this week and that will most likely make Bennett a popular DFS play, but perhaps too big of a value to pass up. In the four games this year that Bennett has gotten at least six targets, his points on Draftkings have been 25.4, 18.9, 30.7, and 20.2, respectively, for an average of 23.8 per game. In a relatively favorable matchup against the Niners this week, I see Bennett having a rather high ceiling, making him a great value at just $3,700.

John Trifone: Theo Riddick, RB, Detroit Lions, $5,100

There are already some decent value options early this week, with guys like Cam Meredith and C.J. Prosise underpriced, but I'm going with a sneaky good tourney play this week. The Lions are coming off a bye, so recency bias should give them some lower ownership. Additionally, Riddick had been a little banged up and lost a costly fumble in Week 9, which produced a poor fantasy game.

He was over 25 DK points in the prior two weeks, though, and has been heavily targeted in Detroit's passing game. As long as Riddick hasn't lost his spot on the depth chart, which I'm not too worried about but would suggest monitoring throughout the week, he has a ton of upside against the lowly Jags this week. As a value play in the low-mid range, he is well worth some tournament exposure for sure, and could possibly be a cash consideration.

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November 13, 2016

Week 10 NFL Picks Against the Spread (Yanotchko)

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 10 NFL picks against the spread:

Houston Texans +2.5 over Jacksonville Jaguars (3 Units)

The Texans are going to need this game plain and simple to stay in front of a tightened AFC South race, and they have the Jags on tap this week, who they have recently dominated. The Texans have posted an impressive 4-1 mark against the spread in their last five, but what's more telling is the fact that you have to go back to December of 2013 to find the last time the Jaguars beat them straight up. The Jaguars have certainly found a decent secondary to work with, but I am looking for Houston to attack Jacksonville on the ground, as Brock Osweiler just cannot be trusted. I love the matchup of Lamar Miller going up against a rushing defense that allows 116 yards per game and 4.0 yards per carry. I like the Texans to continue their recent dominance on the road.

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Green Bay Packers -3 over Tennessee Titans (3 Units)

This is a Packers team that just hasn't looked right all year, but I think they will be fine come playoff time, and they have to pick up these games against AFC South opponents. While everyone has said that Aaron Rodgers just doesn't look right this year, and I tend to agree, but the Pack has been winning games with defense. This week, I predict a low total for DeMarco Murray, as the Packers lead the league in rushing defense only allowing 3.3 yards per carry, and 75.8 yards per game. The Titans have been a great story, and I think Marcus Mariota has been the most improved player in the league this year, but I just don't see them knocking off the heavyweights of the league just yet.

New England Patriots -8 over Seattle Seahawks (3 Units)

Wow, this is certainly not the gap we would expect between these two teams, but I really think this will be one of the classic Patriots prime time blowouts. The deck is already stacked against Seattle, as they are flying across the country, playing on a short week, and oh the Patriots had their bye last week as well. Tom Brady has been playing like a man possessed, and I think he will still attack a Seahawks secondary that allows a 62.4% completion percentage to opposing QBs. Another benefit in the Patriots favor, is the absence of Michael Bennett, who can take over a game just by himself, and also this will be the first time in a month that Kam Chancellor has played as well. I think the Patriots have the right matchup of quickness inside with Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola, and the Seahawks still can't matchup with Rob Gronkowski. It's a big number, but all the factor arrows point to New England.

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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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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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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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Week 9 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, Donte Moncrief is listed below as a "start" for Week 9. And I'd feel comfortable going into Week 9 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 Jordy Nelson, Jarvis Landry and Moncrief and can only start two receivers, you should start Jordy and Jarvis -- and in turn, bench Moncrief.

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 WR Start'em

WR - Donte Moncrief, Indianpolis Colts (at GB)

When a player returns from a multi-game absence, I usually take a wait-and-see approach. With Moncrief playing the majority of snaps and getting nine targets (25.71-percent target share) in his return, there is absolutely no hesitation this week.

With a rare combination of size (6-2, 222) and athleticism (4.40 forty and 39.5-inch vertical at Combine), Moncrief has been especially productive in the red zone when Andrew Luck is healthy. As I noted in our Week 9 DFS Round Table post, he has seven touchdowns in 10 games that both he and Luck have played.

Facing a banged-up Packers secondary as TD underdogs in a game that should be a shootout, Moncrief has plenty of upside. The Packers have allowed the 11th-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers this season.

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WR - Jarvis Landry, Miami Dolphins (vs. NYJ)

Landry is almost never a "sit," but he has finished outside the top-24 weekly fantasy receivers in each of his past four games played. Peppered with double-digit targets in each of the first four weeks of the season, Landry has only 20 total targets in his past three games.

One of the main reasons for the drop in targets has been the success of the running game led by Jay Ajayi. While Ajayi is coming off back-to-back 200-yard rushing games, the Jets have a stingy run defense and generous pass defense.

The Jets have allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing receivers this season. In addition to Landry, both DeVante Parker and Kenny Stills are upside plays as the Jets have been highly susceptible to big plays.

WR - Ty Montgomery, Green Bay Packers (vs. IND)

Whether you view/list him as a running back or a wide receiver, Montgomery is expected to play this week and barring a surprise inactive status, he should be in your starting lineup wherever he fits.

Montgomery sat out last week, but before that, he had 20 receptions on 25 targets for 164 yards plus 12 carries for 66 yards in his previous two games combined. Especially if Randall Cobb (hamstring) is unable to go, Montgomery will get a massive usage rate this week.

In addition, Montgomery gets a favorable matchup against a bad Colts run defense. They have allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing running backs this season.

WR - Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints (at SF)

Not listed on the injury report, Thomas will be ready to go for a favorable matchup against the 49ers. While his weekly volume of targets has fluctuated a bit, the rookie is averaging 7.86 per game with two games of double-digit targets over his past five.

During that five-game span, Thomas has finished as the weekly WR13, WR21, WR12, WR8 and WR34, respectively. Thomas has a minimum of four catches in every game this season and more than 55 yards in all but one.


Week 9 Fantasy Football WR Sit'em

WR - Marvin Jones, Detroit Lions (at MIN)

The last time Jones finished as a weekly top-24 wide receiver, it was September -- Week 3 (at Packers). Granted, Jones went off for 6/205/2 and finished as the top-scoring fantasy wide receiver that week. Since then, however, he has finished as the weekly WR37, WR26, WR39, WR27 and WR64, respectively.

After getting 29 targets in the first three weeks of the season, Jones has 30 targets in the past five games. In those first three games, Jones had a target share of 27.03%, 28.21% and 20.00%, respectively. In his past five games, he's reached the 20-percent mark only once.

Jones is ranked inside my top-30 fantasy wide receivers this week, but he is outside of my top-24. Perhaps November will be more like September for Jones, but the Lions are projected to be the lowest-scoring team of the week based on implied totals from Vegas.

WR - Jeremy Maclin, Kansas City Chiefs (vs. JAX)

Like Jones, Maclin is inside my top-30 receivers but outside my top-24 for the week. Maclin saw double-digit targets last week and he scored a touchdown for the first time since the opener. But he barely finished the week as a top-24 wideout (WR24) in Week 8. Maclin now has less than 50 yards in three consecutive games and four of his past five.

Given that the Chiefs are big home favorites, we should see a lot of Charcandrick West this week, which could lead to fewer targets for Maclin. In addition, Jalen Ramsey should spend most of the game shadowing Maclin.

WR - Allen Hurns, Jacksonville Jaguars (at KC)

Hurns was productive with 7/98/1 on 11 targets last week and now has 11 targets in two of his past three games. While there should be some garbage-time opportunities this week, Blake Bortles has played too poorly this season to trust Hurns in an unfavorable matchup.

WR - Torrey Smith, San Francisco 49ers (vs. NO)

Productive in his first game with Colin Kaepernick, Smith had just one catch for 17 yards on two targets before his bye. Smith now has 1.7 fantasy points in four of seven games this season and two or fewer targets in three of his past four games. Even with a great matchup against the Saints, Smith is nothing more than a dice roll regardless of which quarterback is under center.

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Week 9 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 9. And I'd feel comfortable going into Week 9 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, DeMarco Murray and Riddick and can only start two running backs, you should start Zeke and Murray -- and in turn, bench Riddick.

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 RB Start'em

RB - Theo Riddick, Detroit Lions (at MIN)

After missing a pair of games, Riddick returned in Week 8 and set or tied season highs in carries (11), rushing yards (56), receptions (eight), targets (11) and receiving yards (77). Not only did he have a season-high 78.57 percent of the carries, but it was only the second time this season that he was above 50 percent.

In addition, he now has at least 26 percent of the team's targets in each of his past two games. While he's better in PPR formats, Riddick has now finished as a top-four weekly fantasy running back (standard scoring) in three of six games this season.

This week's matchup isn't great, as the Vikings allow the 13th-fewest fantasy points to the position and the Lions are projected to be the lowest-scoring team this week based on implied totals from Vegas odds.

That said, the Vikings allow the second-highest Y/R (11.18) to opposing running backs. Given Riddick's abilities and involvement as a receiver, he's a fringe top-12 fantasy running back this week.

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RB - Devontae Booker, Denver Broncos (at OAK)

Even before C.J. Anderson landed on Injured Reserve, Booker's role in the offense was expanding. Now that CJA is done for the year, Booker should rank near the top of the league in touches the rest of the way.

In his first game without Anderson, Booker had 19 carries for a pedestrian 54 yards and a lost fumble, but he scored a touchdown and added five catches for 30 yards. The Broncos go on the road to Oakland this week, and it's a top-10 matchup for Booker and the Broncos running backs this week.

RB - Charcandrick West, Kansas City Chiefs (vs. JAX)

No Jamaal Charles. No Spencer Ware. Lots of Charcandrick West.

ESPN's Adam Teicher referenced West's 24 carries and 110 rushing yards in two different games last season by writing "[k]eep those numbers ready for easy reference." In other words, it's possible that he gets more work and more yards against the Jaguars this Sunday.

The Jags have been middle of the road in terms of fantasy production allowed to opposing running backs, but this is a great spot for West. The Chiefs are more than touchdown favorites at home this week.

- Related: West was 'drafted' to our DraftKings tournament lineup

RB - Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints (at SF)

An intended one-quarter punishment turned into Ingram sitting on the pine for the rest of the game. After a losing a fumble, his second in as many games, Ingram watched as Tim Hightower shouldered the load (26/102) against the Seahawks. Even when getting work, Ingram has not been efficient -- career-low average of 3.81 yards per carry -- this season.

That said, this matchup is so good and with six teams are on bye, both Ingram and Hightower are potential starts. Or stated differently, both are inside of my top-24 fantasy running backs for Week 9.

No team has allowed more fantasy points or yards per carry (5.33) to opposing running backs this season. Before their Week 8 bye, the 49ers allowed a 100-yard rusher in six consecutive games. Those six RBs have a total of 131/795/8 (6.07 YPC) rushing, 12/94 receiving and an average of 22.48 fantasy points per game. (That excludes any production from teammates of the six 100-yard rushers.)

Only the Packers are projected to score more points this week and as long as Ingram doesn't fumble, both backs should get work and be productive. In fact, if either were guaranteed the lion's share of the work, they would be a top-five back for the week.


Week 9 Fantasy Football RB Sit'em

RB - Ryan Mathews, Philadelphia Eagles (at NYG)

This season, Mathews has three games with 15-plus touches and four games with 10 or fewer including just five touches last week against the Cowboys. Fortunately for his fantasy owners, Mathews scored a touchdown despite managing only 11 yards from scrimmage. That helped to salvage an otherwise poor performance.

The Giants have allowed 3.76 YPC to opposing running backs, ninth-lowest in the NFL, and Mathews has more than one target in only one game this season. Given his inconsistent yet declining role and lack of passing-game involvement, Mathews is a sit even in a week with six teams on bye.

In turn, teammate Darren Sproles is inside my top-24 fantasy running backs and worth consideration as a "start" this week.

RB - Chris Ivory and T.J. Yeldon, Jacksonville Jaguars (at KC)

Over the past two weeks, Ivory and Yeldon have each had seven touches or less in both games. In a game where the Jags are projected to score the second-fewest points (based on Vegas odds), both backs remain too unreliable to start. If you were desperate, I'd prefer Yeldon over Ivory since he should be more involved as a receiver and the Jags are more than touchdown underdogs and often playing in garbage time. But again, the preference is to continue to sit both.

RB - Matt Asiata, Minnesota Vikings (vs. DET)

Asiata has 16-plus touches in three consecutive games, but Jerick McKinnon is expected to return this week. The team has significant issues on their offensive line and neither back has been efficient -- 3.226 YPC for Asiata and 3.191 YPC for McKinnon.

Even though the Lions are allowing 4.71 YPC to opposing running backs on the season, they have been better recently. From Weeks 1 to 4, they allowed a pair of 100-yard rushers (Eddie Lacy and Jordan Howard) and an average of 5.05 YPC to opposing running backs. From Weeks 5 to 8, they have limited opposing running backs to just 4.38 YPC. In addition, they have allowed only one touchdown on 167 carries (a league-low 0.60% of rush attempts) over the course of the entire season.

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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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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.

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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

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 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

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 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 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

DFS Round Table: Favorite DraftKings Plays for Week 7

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 7?

Sean Beazley: DeMarco Murray, RB, Tennessee Titans ($7,200)

One of my favorite DK plays this week is Titans RB DeMarco Murray. Murray is the fourth-highest priced RB this week, and has an extremely favorable matchup vs. the Colts. Murray has had 20-plus touches in each of his last four games, and I expect another heavy workload for him this week.

Last week, DeMarco was the chalk, and he disappointed many owners. This week, I think he will get overlooked. David Johnson is only priced $200 higher than Murray and is coming off a great game In prime time. I think the majority of players will click DJ’s name even with the bad matchup over DeMarco in an elite matchup.

I would estimate ownership being 10-15% higher on DJ this week. Recency bias at its finest, and this is the week to capitalize. I think DeMarco will be the highest-scoring RB this week.

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Kevin Hanson: Devonta Freeman, RB, Atlanta Falcons ($5,900)

One of my GPP strategies will be to start both Freeman and Tevin Coleman in the same lineup. Normally it wouldn't make sense to pair running backs from the same team in the same GPP lineup, but the Falcons are home favorites with the highest implied point total of the week. The duo has shown that they have the potential to BOTH perform as top-eight PPR running backs in the same week twice in their past four games.

With all that said, 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).

Brendan Donahue: DeMarco Murray, RB, Tennessee Titans ($7,200)

Murray is the clear workhorse in Tennessee and is even getting more carries as the year goes on as evidenced by his 73 carries and seven catches over the past three weeks. With that type of volume and talent going against the 30th-ranked defense against opposing RBs this year, I think Murray has a chance to be the top-scoring RB of the week. At $7200, I think he's as safe an option to build a lineup around.

John Trifone: Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee Titans ($6,000)

At $6K, Mariota is one of the cheaper viable quarterback options this week and he's got a great matchup at home against the Colts. He's rushed for over 60 yards in each of his last two games and has thrown six TDs and rushed for one in those games. Mariota should easily pay off value but also has tremendous upside, and as a lower-cost option, will allow you to spend up in other spots.

Dan Yanotchko: Allen Hurns, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars ($5,000)

This week, I really like Allen Hurns going up against the worst pass defense in the league, the Oakland Raiders. Hurns is due for a breakout game, as he has complied 200 yards on 20 receptions, but he has been targeted 38 times in those five games. The Raiders allow 313 yards passing per game, and 12 touchdowns as well, so Hurns is a great add this week.

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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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October 18, 2016

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

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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 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 16, 2016

Week 6 NFL Picks Against the Spread (Yanotchko)

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 Dan Yanotchko's Week 6 NFL picks against the spread:

Jacksonville Jaguars +1.5 over Chicago Bears (3 Units)

The Jaguars have not totally made the leap that most projected this year, but they are finally showing signs of being competent on defense, especially against the pass. The Jaguars have actually been sort of a no fly zone team, as they have only allowed opposing quarterbacks 199 yards passing per game, and they have also compiled 11 sacks so far this year.

I also like them coming into this game refreshed off of a bye week, and I think the two-headed monster of Chris Ivory and T.J. Yeldon will spell trouble for a Bears front-seven that gives up 118 yards per game, and 4.0 yards per carry. I like this young frisky Jags defense going up against backup Bears QB Brian Hoyer this week, even if they are on the road.

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Philadelphia Eagles -3 over Washington Redskins (4 Units)

The Eagles so far have been one of the surprise teams of the year, and I think they will get back on track this week with a trip to Washington. Washington has struggled on offense this year, and it doesn't get much better on Sunday, as they will be facing one of the league's most complete units.

The Eagles defend both the pass -- only allowing 194 yards per game and they can pressure the quarterback with 14 sacks in four games -- and is also masterful against the run. They only allow 73 yards per game and 3.9 yards per carry on the ground. On the other hand, Washington is very bad against the run, as they allow 130 yards rushing per game, and 5.1 yards per carry to opposing running backs. I like the Eagles on the road here, as their defense will be able to carry them through.

Kansas City Chiefs -2.5 over Oakland Raiders (3 Units)

While amazing as it sounds, the Raiders look up and find themselves in first place in the AFC West heading into this game, but I don't think it will last long. First off, the Raiders have been historically bad against KC in Oakland, as the Chiefs have posted a mind boggling 10-3 record against the spread in their last 13 visits to the Alameda County Coliseum.

The Raiders have also been getting quite lucky, as their defense is statistically one of the worst in the league on both sides of the ball. The Raiders allow 122 rushing yards per game, and 4.9 yards per carry to opposing running backs. But wait, it gets worse, as they allow opposing passers to average 331 yards per game, and they certainly can't pressure the QB with only seven sacks on the year. I think the Chiefs, after a bye, will smash their rivals on the road.

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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

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 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

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 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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September 27, 2016

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.

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 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

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.]

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.

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 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, Philadelphia Eagles (19 percent)

Wentz and the Eagles go into their Week 4 bye with a perfect 3-0 record and the games haven't been close (+65 scoring differential). Playing beyond his years, the rookie from North Dakota State has finished as a top-12 fantasy quarterback in two of three weeks and has thrown five touchdowns with no turnovers. In fact, the Eagles are the only team with no turnovers yet this season.

As is typical for a rookie, Wentz is sure to have some ups and downs (eventually), but he has vastly exceeded expectations so far. A strong streaming option in favorable matchups, Wentz gets the Lions out of his bye in Week 5. No team has allowed more fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season than the Lions.

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QB - Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins (44 percent)

Tannehill threw for 319 yards and three touchdowns (as well as two interceptions) in Sunday's overtime win over the Browns to finish as the weekly QB10. Tannehill has now finished as a weekly top-10 fantasy quarterback in back-to-back games and would have done so in all three games had Kenny Stills not dropped a wide-open 70-yard touchdown in the opener against the Seahawks. Either way, Tannehill has thrown for 708 yards and five touchdowns (with four interceptions) in his past two games and has scored the eighth-most fantasy points early this season.

Next week's matchup isn't great against the Bengals, but they just allowed Denver's Trevor Siemian to throw for 312 yards and four touchdowns as fantasy's Week 3 QB1. Actually, the Bengals have allowed a total of nine passing touchdowns in their first three games and the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks so far this season.

QB - Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys ( percent)

Completing two-thirds of his pass attempts (66 of 99), Prescott has played efficiently in leading the Cowboys to a one-point loss away from a perfect 3-0 start. Finally throwing his first touchdown of the season in Week 3, Prescott has also rushed in a score in back-to-back weeks. While he uses his mobility primarily to buy more time as a passer, he has the potential to pick up fantasy points with his legs.

Prescott and the Cowboys get a favorable matchup in Week 4 against the 49ers, who have allowed more than 48 fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks in their past two games.

QB - Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens (29 percent)

Flacco has had a favorable schedule so far this season but has yet to capitalize on his opportunities as he has finished as the weekly QB23, QB19 and QB21 against the Bills, Browns and Jaguars, respectively. Ranking near the top of the league in pass attempts (118), Flacco has thrown more interceptions (four) than touchdowns (three) in this young season.

With a top-three Week 4 matchup, Flacco faces a Raiders defense that has allowed a league-high 1,020 passing yards through three weeks. While Drees Brees (423 yards and four TDs) and Matt Ryan (396 yards and three TDs) lit them up, they played much better against Marcus Mariota (214 yards, no TDs and two INTs) in Week 3.

QB - Brian Hoyer, Chicago Bears (two percent)

Filling in for an injured Jay Cutler, Hoyer threw for 319 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in a loss to the Cowboys on Sunday Night Football to finish as fantasy's weekly QB11. Much of that production occurred in garbage time as the Cowboys had a commanding lead for most of the game, but the Bears have a favorable schedule over the next few weeks.

If Cutler misses another game, Hoyer will draw a start against the Lions, who have allowed the most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks through Week 3. The Bears will then face the Colts, Jaguars and Packers in Weeks 5 to 7.

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September 25, 2016

Week 3 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.

So far, so good through two weeks -- 4-2 ATS. With that said, here are my Week 3 NFL picks against the spread:

Tampa Bay Buccaneers -4 over Los Angeles Rams (3 Units)

This game "features" the past two No. 1 overall picks in the NFL Draft: Jameis Winston (2015) and Jared Goff (2016). Of course, Goff is holding a clipboard for Case Keenum, who has completed 53.8 percent of his pass attempts at 5.7 Y/A with no touchdowns and two interceptions.

Even though they have scored a league-low nine points (all field goals), the Rams are 1-1 (appropriate for a Jeff Fisher-coached team). Despite the immense physical talent of running back Todd Gurley, he has managed only 98 rushing yards (2.72 YPC) on 36 carries through two weeks.

Gurley has talked about how it feels like he's facing 12 defenders and things may not get much better this week. The Bucs have limited opposing running backs to 2.98 YPC, fourth-lowest in the NFL, through Week 2.

I like the Bucs to bottle up Gurley once again and I trust Winston much more than I trust Keenum to make plays in the passing game. The Bucs open up their home schedule in bounce-back fashion.

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Pittsburgh Steelers -4 over Philadelphia Eagles (2 Units)

Like the saying goes, you can only play/beat the teams on your schedule and the Eagles have done that. That said, their first two wins have come against the Browns and Bears, two of the bottom-three teams in my Week 3 NFL Power Rankings. In other words, they will get a real test this week against the Steelers.

Even without Le'Veon Bell, the Steelers have had plenty of success running the ball as 33-year-old DeAngelo Williams leads the NFL in rushing through Week 2. The Steelers have one of the better run defenses in the league and they will force Carson Wentz to beat them. The rookie has played incredibly well with no turnovers, but he faces his toughest test in his young career today.

Jacksonville Jaguars +2 over Baltimore Ravens (1 Unit)

All that hype. All those expectations. A team on the rise? It certainly hasn't looked that way so far as the Jags were pummeled into submission last week by Philip Rivers and the Chargers. As they return home and try to right the ship, they will host the 2-0 Ravens. This is more of a hunch call than anything, but I think the Jags play better football in Week 3 and get their first W.

The Ravens overcame a 20-0 first-half deficit against the Browns last week. Granted, they scored 25 unanswered points and won. But 20 first-half points to the Browns?! Maybe Blake Bortles and the Jaguars will score some points before garbage time this week.

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Week 3 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, Travis Benjamin is listed below as a "start" for Week 3. And I'd feel comfortable going into Week 3 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 both Julio Jones, Amari Cooper and Benjamin (and could only start two receivers), you should start Jones and Cooper -- and in turn, bench Benjamin.

So while you won't find absolute start-sit recommendations below (use my Week 3 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 3:

WR - Jarvis Landry, Miami Dolphins (vs. CLE)

With double-digit targets in each of the team's first two games, Landry has a total of 17 catches for 196 yards going into Week 3. Not only do the Dolphins have one of the highest implied point totals this week, but he gets a favorable matchup against the Browns. So far, Cleveland has allowed the ninth-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers.

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WR - Eric Decker, New York Jets (at KC)

Brandon Marshall may be on a snap count so it could lead to a few more targets for Decker this week. Either way, Decker has been incredibly consistent. Extending his touchdown streak to six games, Decker led the Jets in receiving with 6/126/1 last week. Decker has now scored a touchdown in 15 of his past 18 games. In addition, he has 80-plus yards and/or a touchdown in 18 consecutive games.

WR - Travis Benjamin, San Diego Chargers (at IND)

Given the season-ending ACL injury to Keenan Allen, the Chargers will rely on Benjamin as their No. 1 receiver. In addition, Danny Woodhead, who led RBs in receptions last year, is out for the season and Antonio Gates (hamstring) is doubtful for Week 3. Especially if Vontae Davis (questionable) sits once again in Week 3, Benjamin has plenty of upside. Only the Saints/Falcons have a higher over/under this week than the Chargers/Colts. Catching all six of his targets, Benjamin had 115 yards and two touchdowns in Week 2 against the Jags.

WR - Marvin Jones, Detroit Lions (at GB)

With Golden Tate and Jones described as 1(a) and 1(b) options, Jones is clearly the 1(a) out of the duo with 12 catches on 21 targets for 203 yards, all of which are team highs, and a touchdown. Averaging 16.9 Y/R, Jones has at least 85 yards in each game this season. The Packers have a number of key defensive players ruled out for Week 3 including cornerback Sam Shields (concussion).

Here are some players to potentially sit in Week 3:

WR - Golden Tate, Detroit Lions (at GB)

Even though Jones has more targets, the good news is that Tate has a total of 16 targets (20.25 percent target share) through two games. The bad news is that Tate has turned those targets into only 54 yards on nine catches. Averaging just 6.0 Y/R, Tate's long reception so far is only 11 yards. Tate is more of a WR3/flex than a must-start WR2.

WR - Emmanuel Sanders, Denver Broncos (at CIN)

Sanders has exactly eight targets in each of his first two games, but Sanders has finished as the WR60 (or worse) with 5/49 and 3/39 lines. The Bengals have limited opposing receivers to the 12th-fewest fantasy points early this season. One of eight teams projected to score less than 20 points this week based on Vegas odds, things may not be much better for Sanders this week.

WR - Kevin White, Chicago Bears (at DAL)

Like Sanders, White has finished as the WR60+ in both of his first two games. With a total of 13 targets in those games, White had 3/34 against Houston and 4/36 against Philadephia. With a rare skill set that made him a top-seven draft pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, White has all of the physical tools to one day develop into a dominant (real and fantasy) receiver. For now, however, he should remain on your bench.

WR - John Brown, Arizona Cardinals (at BUF)

Finishing with 1,003 yards in his second NFL season (2015), Brown has played less than half of the team's offensive snaps (49.6 percent) through the first two weeks of the 2016 season. Targeted a total of seven times, Brown has only one catch in each game. Until Brown's role and snaps increases, I'd take a wait-and-see approach with him and keep him on the bench.

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Week 3 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, Charles Sims is listed below as a "start" for Week 3. And I'd feel comfortable going into Week 3 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 C.J. Anderson, Matt Forte and Sims, you should start CJA and Forte -- and in turn, bench Sims.

So while you won't find absolute start-sit recommendations below (use my Week 3 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 3:

RB - Melvin Gordon, San Diego Chargers (at IND)

His rookie season was a year to forget as Gordon averaged a pedestrian 3.48 yards per carry with zero touchdowns on 217 touches. Things are off to a much better start for the sophomore back. Rushing for a career-high 102 yards last week, MG3 scored his third touchdown of this young season. Finishing as a top-10 fantasy running back in both games, Gordon has scored the fourth-most fantasy points among running backs through Week 2.

With Danny Woodhead (ACL) out for the season, MG3 had a total of 27 touches in Sunday's rout of the Jaguars. Given the team's injuries on offense, Gordon should be a lock for a massive workload each and every week. Two weeks into the season, the Colts have already allowed a trio of top-10 fantasy running backs and no team has allowed more fantasy points to opposing running backs.

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

The other running back in this game has upside as an RB2 this week as well. With the 20th-most fantasy points through two weeks, Gore is averaging only 3.81 YPC but he has at least 16 touches in each game. Only seven teams allow more fantasy points to the position this season than the Chargers, who allowed the fourth-most to opposing running backs last season. As home favorites, Gore and the Colts are projected to score the third-most points this week based on Vegas odds.

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RB - Charles Sims, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (vs. LA)

As a change-of-pace option to Doug Martin last season, Sims finished as fantasy's RB22 (RB17 in PPR) in 2015. With Martin (hamstring) out this week (and expected to miss a few games), Sims will lead the backfield in usage over the next few weeks. Among running backs that ranked inside the top-40 running backs last season, no running back averaged more yards per touch (6.90) than Sims. Favored by 5.5 points at home against the low-powered Rams, Sims could benefit from positive game flow, but his receiving prowess should keep him on the field regardless of the score.

RB - DeMarco Murray, Tennessee Titans (vs. OAK)

Through two weeks, Murray has the eighth-most fantasy points (RB4 in PPR) with 222 yards from scrimmage, an RB-high (tied with T.J. Yeldon) 12 receptions and two touchdowns. While their pass defense has been lit up by Drew Brees and Matt Ryan, the Titans will likely rely on a ground-and-pound game plan with Murray and rookie Derrick Henry and should have plenty of success. Allowing an average of 517.5 yards and 34.5 points per game, the Raiders have allowed 4.40 YPC (eighth-most) to opposing running backs so far this season.

RB - Christine Michael, Seattle Seahawks (vs. SF)

Through two weeks, Michael has 25 carries for 126 yards (5.04 YPC) and five receptions for 31 yards. With Thomas Rawls out this week, the Seahawks will rely on Michael as their lead back. Nearly double-digit favorites, positive game flow should lead to a heavy workload (and perhaps multiple scoring opportunties) for C-Mike. Coach Pete Carroll said (via the Seattle Times): "He’s had 20-something carries so far. He’s ready to carry the ball 20-something times in a game. He could be fine with that."

Here are some players to potentially sit in Week 3:

RB - Jerick McKinnon, Minnesota Vikings (at CAR)

The Star Tribune's Matt Vensel has projected that McKinnon could handle the "65" part of a 65/35 split with Matt Asiata in Adrian Peterson's absence. Most of McKinnon's yardage will likely come between the 20's, however, as the team seems to trust Asiata more in the red zone. In fact, Asiata has a league-high three games with three-plus rushing scores since 2013. While I'd prefer not to use McKinnon or Asiata as my RB2, both are in the flex mix for me.

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

The good news is that Yeldon had a total of 40 touches in Weeks 1 and 2 as Chris Ivory was a scratch. The bad news for Yeldon fantasy owners is that he generated an inefficient 107 YFS on those touches -- 21/39 rushing (1.86 YPC) in Week 1 and 8/10 receiving (1.25 Y/R) in Week 2. Due to his passing-game volume, Yeldon finished as the RB18 in PPR last week despite finishing as the RB46 in standard-scoring formats. With Ivory due to make his Jacksonville debut this week, Yeldon (and Ivory) should remain on your bench.

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

Productive in the opener, Hyde had 25 touches and scored two touchdowns as he finished as fantasy's RB5, but he managed only 3.83 YPC in Week 1. Even less efficient in Week 2 against the Panthers, Hyde averaged just 2.43 YPC and he also lost a fumble.

Things won't get any easier in Week 3 as the 49ers head north to Seattle. Only the Packers (1.84) and Vikings (2.65) have allowed fewer yards per carry to opposing running backs than the Seahawks (2.86) this season.

Facing a tough Seahawks defense, no team is projected to score fewer points than the 49ers this week based on Vegas odds. Nearly double-digit underdogs, game flow could limit Hyde's opportunities if the 49ers get down early, as expected.

RB - Matt Jones, Washington Redskins (at NYG)

Jones had 13 carries for 61 yards and a touchdown last week against Dallas as he scored the 14th-most fantasy points among running backs in Week 2. That said, the matchup isn't great for Jones in Week 3 as a road underdog against a revamped Giants defense. Not only have the Giants allowed the sixth-fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs, but they have allowed only 3.18 YPC to opposing backs as well.

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Week 3 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, Ryan Tannehill is listed below as a "start" for Week 3. And I'd feel comfortable going into Week 3 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 Tannehill, you should start Brees -- and in turn, bench Tannehill.

So while you won't find absolute start-sit recommendations below (use my Week 3 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 3:

QB - Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons (at NO)

Through the first two weeks of the 2016 NFL season, no quarterback has scored more fantasy points than Ryan (52.2). Throwing for a total of 730 yards and five touchdowns, Ryan has finished as the weekly QB6 and QB2, respectively.

Aside from his career 5-10 record against the Saints, Ryan has played well against the Saints. In the previous 10 games (over five seasons), Ryan has averaged 329.5 passing yards with 17 touchdowns and only four interceptions against the Saints. In addition, he has thrown for less than 290 yards only once over that 10-game (five-year) span.

Granted, I was low (perhaps too low) on Ryan entering the season, but he's a top-five play at the position for me in Week 3.

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

Starting your quarterback against the Raiders has been a profitable strategy so far this season. Through two weeks, no team has allowed more fantasy points per game than Oakland. One week after Drew Brees lit them up for 423 yards and four scores, Ryan threw for 396 yards and three touchdowns against them.

While I don't expect that type of production through the air from Mariota, the favorable matchup puts him inside of my top-12 quarterbacks for the week. Through two weeks, Mariota has thrown for 509 yards and four touchdowns and added 30 rushing yards.

QB - Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins (vs. CLE)

The NFL schedule makers did not do the Dolphins any favors by scheduling the Seahawks and Patriots on the road to start the season. But things get easier, much easier, in Week 3 as Miami makes their home debut against the Browns.

Double-digit favorites, the Dolphins have an implied point total of 25.75 based on Vegas odds; only three teams (Saints, Packers and Colts) have a higher total for Week 3. In two games, the Browns have allowed a total of 580 passing yards and four passing touchdowns.

Through two weeks, Tannehill is the QB11 and he would have been much higher on his list if Kenny Stills did not drop a wide-open 70-yard touchdown pass against the Seahawks in Week 1. Even though much of last week's production occurred in garbage time, Tannehill finished as Week 2's QB7 in fantasy and that's my ranking for him this week as well.

- Related: Tannehill was the QB in our DraftKings tournament "drafted" lineup

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

We saw some garbage-time Jags and Bortles last week as they were blown out in San Diego and didn't score any points until the fourth quarter. There was plenty of optimism about the Jaguars heading into the season, but they have been a major disappointment thus far. (No team has a worse scoring differential and they are 31st in my NFL Power Rankings.)

Tied for the league lead in pass attempts (89) through Week 2, Bortles has thrown for 320-plus yards in each of his first two games. On paper, the Ravens have a stingy pass defense -- fourth-fewest fantasy points allowed to opposing quarterbacks -- but that was against the Bills and Browns. Josh McCown showed in the first half how vulnerable Baltimore's secondary can be.

Even though Bortles has finished as the QB19 and QB15 in each of his first two games, respectively, I expect him to finish as a top-10 perfomer in Week 3 as the offense starts to get on track.

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

With a league-high 732 passing yards through Week 2, Dalton has thrown exactly 366 yards in each of his first two games. Holding Cam Newton (194) and Andrew Luck (197) to less than 200 passing yards in Weeks 1 and 2, respectively, the Broncos will provide Dalton with a stiffer challenge in Week 3. Despite passing volume, Dalton has managed to throw only one touchdown per game. Even though the Bengals are favored by 3.5 points on Sunday, they are still projected to be one of the bottom-half scoring offenses in Week 3.

QB - Tyrod Taylor, Buffalo Bills (at ARI)

Shortly after Taylor threw for 297 yards and three touchdowns as the Bills put up 31 yards, the Bills fired offensive coordinator Greg Roman. While a tweet from Sammy Watkins (foot) on Saturday night suggested he may give it a go, ESPN's Adam Schefter has reported that Watkins will sit on Sunday. Through two weeks, the Cardinals have allowed the third-fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks and intercepted Jameis Winston four times last week.

QB - Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins (at NYG)

In back-to-back losses to the Steelers and Cowboys, Cousins has thrown the ball a total of 89 times for 693 yards, but he has only one touchdown to three interceptions. Spending heavily on the defensive side of the ball in free agency, the Giants have limited opposing quarterbacks to the sixth-fewest fantasy points through the first two weeks of the season.

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September 24, 2016

Week 3 NFL Picks Against the Spread (Beazley)

Here are my Week 3 NFL picks against the spread:

Jacksonville Jaguars +1 over Baltimore Ravens (3 Units)

I like the Jags to get in the win column this week and beat the overrated Ravens at home. The Ravens will not have an answer for Allen Robinson and the Jags passing attack. Jags win, 30-17.

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Tennessee Titans vs. Oakland Raiders, Under 47 (2 Units)

The Raiders defense has been shredded the past two weeks, but the Titans do not have the firepower that New Orleans or Atlanta had. Delanie Walker is questionable for the game with a hamstring injury and it wouldn't surprise me to see him sit out. (He missed practice Friday.) I think the Titans will go ground and pound just like they did versus the Raiders during the preseason. Titans 20, Raiders 19.

Pittsburgh Steelers -3.5 over Philadelphia Eagles (5 Units)

I’d go 10 units here if I could. I like this game as much as I liked the Carolina game last week. The Eagles have beat the Browns and the Bears. Pittsburgh is clearly the better team and I expect them to win big. Steelers 38, Eagles 17.

Chicago Bears +7 over Dallas Cowboys (4 Units)

No Jay Cutler, no defense, no win right? This is the NFL baby, and I think the Bears come to play for backup QB Brian Hoyer and shock the world and beat the Cowboys! Bears 23, Cowboys 20.

[Editor's note: "Shock the world." LOL]

Indianapolis Colts -1.5 over San Diego Chargers (4 Units), Over 51.0 (4 Units)

One more time on Andrew Luck and the Colts. I am a glutton for punishment I guess. This game should be a shootout as both teams have no defense. This is one to stack in DFS. Colts 44, Chargers 31.

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September 23, 2016

Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS): DraftKings Tournament "Draft" for Week 3

Sean Beazley and I collaborated recently on putting together a tournament lineup for DraftKings main slate (Sunday games only) of Week 3 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 - Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins (vs. CLE), $6,200
RB - Melvin Gordon, San Diego Chargers (at IND), $5,800
RB - Matt Asiata, Minnesota Vikings (at CAR), $3,000
WR - Allen Robinson, Jacksonville Jaguars (vs. BAL), $7,500
WR - Jarvis Landry, Miami Dolphins (vs. CLE), $6,600
WR - Phillip Dorsett, Indianapolis Colts (vs. SD), $4,400
TE - Jordan Reed, Washington Redskins (at NYG), $6,500
FLEX - Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys (vs. CHI), $6,900
DST - Green Bay Packers (vs. DET), $3,000

Below are the players in the order they were "drafted" (with comments by both of us):

1. Sean - Allen Robinson, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars, $7,500: I wrote up Robinson as my favorite DK play this week. I absolutely love him in this matchup vs. Baltimore. Jason Verrett and the San Diego secondary shut down Robinson last week so giving recency bias I am hoping Robinson gets overlooked this week. I am projecting Robinson to be the No. 1 WR this week in fantasy. I think a line of 8-140-2 is definitely attainable.

Comments by Kevin: It's been a slow start for Robinson (nine catches for 126 yards), but he has 20 targets through two games and a more favorable matchup in Week 3. One of the most talented young receivers in the NFL, I expect bigger and better things from A-Rob both this week and the rest of the season. With lots of upside, his ownership levels should be relatively low due to his slow start. I like this pick.

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2. Kevin - Ryan Tannehill, QB, Miami Dolphins, $6,200: Projected to score the fifth-most points (tied) based on Vegas odds, the Dolphins enter Week 3 as the biggest favorites of the week. Through two weeks, the Browns have allowed 580 passing yards and four touchdowns to rookie Carson Wentz and Joe Flacco. DeVante Parker (hamstring) was limited in yesterday's practice, but he had a strong debut (8/106) last week. The trio of Jarvis Landry, Parker and Kenny Stills should give the Browns secondary fits.

Comments by Sean: Tannehill and Dolphins stacks this week will not be sneaky. That being said, most multi-entry GPP players pick a core group of players and rotate in different QB/WR stacks. Ownership will never be too high on a QB. Tannehill has a great matchup vs. the Browns this week. Tannehill also has the ability to rush one in, which is huge. I think Tannehill should pay off this price tag.

3. Sean - Jarvis Landry, WR, Miami Dolphins, $6,600: Landry is the safe WR to stack with Tannehill, but safe doesn't necessarily rule out a good GPP play. Landry should be targeted heavily as Arian Foster will miss this week's game. Jay Ajayi and Kenyan Drake are not backs I would trust to move the chains even in a potential blowout. I think a 10/120/1 game is quite possible this week for Landry.

Comments by Kevin: In a full-PPR format like DraftKings, I'm fine with Landry here as the option to pair with Tannehill. Landry has double-digit targets in both games and a total of 17 catches through two weeks. With Arian Foster expected to miss this week's game, the Dolphins could end up using the short passing game with Landry to substitute for some of their running game.

4. Kevin - Melvin Gordon, RB, San Diego Chargers, $5,800: With Danny Woodhead out for the year, the Chargers will rely heavily on Gordon (like they did last week). MG3 had a 24/102/1 rushing line last week and has a total of three scores through two weeks. In a favorable matchup against the Colts, who have allowed the most PPR fantasy points to opposing running backs, MG3 should get 20-plus touches and easily exceed value on his $5,800 salary.

Comments by Sean: Gordon is the mega chalk at RB this week facing the Colts, who just bleed yardage and points. The only thing that could worry me here is if the Colts get up big early. We could see the Chargers abandon the ground game. Given his salary and opportunity, Gordon should produce enough to pay off. I will have a lot of shares of Gordon on Sunday.

5. Sean - Phillip Dorsett, WR, Indianapolis Colts, $4,400: This game has the highest total of the slate and without Donte Moncrief this week, Dorsett’s targets should increase. T.Y. Hilton plays about 60 percent of his snaps from the slot, which could result in more Jason Verrett coverage for Dorsett, but I’m willing to take the gamble here. I will be targeting both wideouts heavily this week. The Colts defense cannot stop anyone, so I expect Andrew Luck to throw the ball 40-plus times.

Comments by Kevin: With Donte Moncrief (shoulder) out for a month-plus, Dorsett will start in two-receiver sets opposite T.Y. Hilton. At only $4,400, the speedy second-year receiver always has the potential for a big play or two and should be more involved overall.

6. Kevin - Matt Asiata, RB, Minnesota Vikings, $3,000: As weird as it feels to pick Asiata, I think the potential reward is big. The matchup isn't great and there are a lot of other cheap RBs this week including Asiata's teammate. I think his ownership level should be fairly low despite the bargain-basement price tag. Given that the Vikings trust him at the goal line and in pass protection, there could be opportunities for a score (or three) and some receptions. From 2013 to 2016, the leader in games with three rushing TDs is ... you guessed it ... Asiata (three such games). All three of those games came in an 11-game span overlapping the 2013 and 2014 seasons.

Comments by Sean: Matt YOLO Asiata! We know what the negative factors are here with this play. (Matchup, less workload than Jerick McKinnon). The positive play is that this is the perfect pivot off McKinnon. It worked great last week if you faded the chalk, Danny Woodhead, for MG3. Also, I expect the ownership to be high on Stefon Diggs as well since his salary was released before the monster game on Monday night. Asiata should get all the goal-line carries as well. He could be very sneaky this week. I'm on board for $3K.

7. Sean - Jordan Reed, TE, Washington Redskins, $6,500: My final pick was Jordan Reed. Paying up at a position most people pay down at is optimal GPP strategy. The Giants defense is one of the worst defenses vs. the TE. The Redskins are 0-2, so I think they go back to what got them to the playoffs last year; a heavy dose of Reed. Reed will be the No. 1 TE in fantasy this week.

Comments by Kevin: It's been a somewhat slow start for Reed, but he has 18 targets and 12 catches through two games. Reed is tied for the positional lead in both categories. In two games against the Giants last year, Reed had 14 catches for 194 yards on 18 targets. There is plenty of upside here.

8. Kevin - Ezekiel Elliott, RB/Flex, Dallas Cowboys, $6,900: Things haven't gone as well as most had hoped so far with Elliott, who has a total of 139 yards on 44 touches. Favored by a touchdown at home in a favorable matchup against the Bears, however, Elliott should get another hefty workload (assuming he holds onto the ball) with the potential for some goal-line opportunities.

Comments by Sean: Zeke has scored in both of his first two NFL games this year, but hasn’t looked great in either game. Perhaps wearing a full jersey is what is slowing him down this year. He is only averaging 3.3 YPC behind arguably the best O-line in football. I’m not high on Elliott this week, but game script looks good here with the Cowboys being a 7.5-point favorite. Paying up for RB this week is contrarian as well as most will spend down for the injury replacements.

9. Kevin - Green Bay Packers DST, $3,000: With the Packers and Dolphins priced the same ($3,000), the majority of owners will choose Miami in this spot. So, Green Bay's defense should be very low-owned.

Comments by Sean: The Dolphins are going to be the highest-owned defense of the week, and it's probably not even going to be close. A pivot here to Green Bay could make or break this GPP lineup as I would imagine if you are stuck on this price point, 99 percent of the players will take Miami.

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September 21, 2016

DFS Round Table: Favorite DraftKings Plays for Week 3

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 3?

Sean Beazley: Allen Robinson, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars (vs. BAL), $7,500

There is a ton of value this week giving the plethora of injuries this past week. Getting one of your top-end options correct is going to be very important this week. One of those players I really like is the Jaguars receiver Allen Robinson at $7,500.

When you look for WRs, looking at targets is probably one of the most important factors. A-Rob has 20 targets in his first two games and leads the team. Robinson was shut down last week by Jason Verrett, who I think is a top-three CB in the league, so his ownership should be lower than normal.

The matchup is great vs. the Ravens despite the Ravens giving up the least amount of passing yards in the NFL this season. I hope the casual DFS player overlooks the fact that the Ravens first two games were versus Tyrod Taylor and Josh McCown. My bold call is that Robinson is the No. 1 WR this week in DFS. Get him in your lineups.

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Kevin Hanson: Melvin Gordon, RB, San Diego Chargers (at IND), $5,800

Talent? Check. Heavy workload? Check. Favorable matchup? Check. What's not to like about Gordon this week? The 13th-most expensive running back this week, MG3 offers his owners plenty of value this week. Through two weeks, Gordon has three touchdowns after failing to score any as a rookie, and he had 27 touches in Sunday's win over Jacksonville. MG3 should be one of the staples of your cash-game lineups and he has some upside for GPPs as well.

Brendan Donahue: Melvin Gordon, RB, San Diego Chargers (at IND), $5,800

Even though the Chargers added Dexter Mccluster this week, I don't see him stealing too many snaps from Gordon. With Gordon getting the bulk of the work against the defense that's currently allowing the most points per game to opposing RBs, Gordon has a great chance to surpass last week's performance that returned 24 points for his owners.

John Trifone: Melvin Gordon, RB, San Diego Chargers (at IND), $5,800

The Chargers continue to offer value through injuries. It's early in the week and several RB injuries this past weekend are likely to open up some great cheap options, but at this point, Melvin Gordon already looks like one of the better plays. He's averaging over 20 DK points through two games, and with Danny Woodhead's injury, Gordon should get even more usage.

He had 24 carries for over 100 rushing yards, and has another great matchup with Indianapolis coming up. Gordon has looked more like the guy that San Diego thought he would be when they drafted him, and he should get plenty of opportunities to continue that trend.

Dan Yanotchko: Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals (at BUF), $6,900

I really like Larry Fitzgerald of the Cardinals this week, as he's turned back the clock to 2009 and he gets to play the Bills. Fitzgerald has 168 yards receiving on 14 receptions on 22 targets and three touchdowns. The Bills have given up 295 yards passing per game and just look woeful in the secondary after letting Ryan Fitzpatrick carve them up.

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September 20, 2016

2016 Fantasy Football WR Waiver-Wire Options Heading Into Week 3

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 3 (Yahoo! ownership in parenthesis):

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

WR - Tyrell Williams, San Diego Chargers (49 percent)

As the team's No. 3 receiver entering the season, the 6-foot-3 speedster had some sleeper appeal. With Keenan Allen lost for the season in the opener, however, it has immediately opened up opportunities for the rest of the team's pass-catchers including Williams.

With a commanding lead (21-0 at the half and 35-0 after three quarters), the Chargers threw the ball only 25 times on Sunday. Tied with Travis Benjamin, Williams was targeted a team-high six times in the win. Williams turned those targets into three catches for 61 yards, which included an impressive 44-yard touchdown.

Williams and the Chargers receivers have a phenomenal three-game schedule upcoming with the Colts, Saints and Raiders in Weeks 3 through 5.

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WR - Phillip Dorsett, Indianapolis Colts (42 percent)

How much time Donte Moncrief (shoulder) will miss is unclear? But it seems that he will miss some time even though he hasn't officially been ruled out for Week 3 yet.

With Moncrief expected to miss time, Dorsett will move into the No. 2 receiver role behind T.Y. Hilton. The second-year speedster has played 83.6 percent of the team's offensive snaps in Week 2 after playing 72.9 percent in Week 1. Dorsett converted only one-of-five targets for 30 yards against Denver on Sunday.

The next few matchups are favorable. Not only do I expect Jason Verrett to shadow Hilton this week, but the Colts face the Jaguars and Bears in Weeks 4 and 5.

WR - Quincy Enunwa, New York Jets ( percent)

Once again, Enunwa had at least six catches. Once again, Enunwa appears on my receiver waiver-wire list.

Different than Week 1, however, the team's dynamic duo of Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker both exceeded the 100-yard mark as well in Week 2. Through two games, Enunwa has a total line of 13/142/1 on 14 targets.

WR - Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints (48 percent)

Through two weeks, Thomas has had two solid games: 6/58 and 4/56. Playing in a Drew Brees offense with a bad defense, it wouldn't surprise me if Thomas approaches 900 receiving yards on the season. (Based on his average through two games, Thomas is on pace for 80/912/0.)

WR - Victor Cruz, New York Giants (37 percent)

With the Giants often using three-WR sets, the trio of Odell Beckham, Sterling Shepard and Cruz have all played greater than 90 percent of the team's offensive snaps. Given the durability concerns entering the season as he returned from his patellar tendon injury in 2014, Cruz has looked healthy. Cruz has a total of eight catches (on 12 targets) for 125 yards and a touchdown through two games.

WR - Cole Beasley, Dallas Cowboys (10 percent)

Beasley is worth an add in PPR formats. Through two weeks, the slot receiver has 13 catches for 140 yards on 18 targets. Beasley's 18 targets is tied with Jason Witten for a team high. The Cowboys get a favorable matchup in Week 3 against the Bears.

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2016 Fantasy Football RB Waiver-Wire Options Heading Into Week 3

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 3 (Yahoo! ownership in parenthesis):

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

RB - Jerick McKinnon, Minnesota Vikings (24 percent)

Adrian Peterson left Sunday night's game with a knee injury that has been diagnosed as a torn meniscus. While it could have been worse, Peterson is likely to miss a few games with the injury.

In his absence, it will be Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata that handle the workload. Matt Vensel of the Minneapolis Star Tribune projects a "65/35 split" in favor of McKinnon with Asiata getting the valuable goal-line opportunities assuming AP misses time.

On 168 career rushing attempts, McKinnon has averaged 4.9 yards per carry. The upcoming matchups aren't great as the Vikings face the Panthers, Giants and Texans over the next three weeks.

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RB - Jay Ajayi, Miami Dolphins (27 percent)

A healthy scratch in Week 1, Ajayi had five carries for 14 yards in Week 2 as Arian Foster left Sunday's game early with a groin injury. It appears likely that Foster will miss Miami's Week 3 favorable matchup against Cleveland, but usage for Ajayi may be more committee-like even with Foster sidelined. Given Foster's durability track record, however, Ajayi deserves to be owned in all leagues.

RB - Cameron Artis-Payne, Carolina Panthers (percent)

Artis-Payne has been a healthy scratch in each of the past two games, but he appears to be the favorite for touches (based on coach Ron Rivera's comments) assuming that Jonathan Stewart (hamstring) misses time.

"I've got a tremendous amount of faith in who CAP can be for us, and in knowing that you've got a good change-of-pace guy in Fozzy and a guy who can play situational football for you in Mike Tolbert," Rivera said. "CAP is a stout inside runner who runs the ball very well and has good vision. He makes good cuts, but he more plants the leg and drives straight ahead. Fozzy is more nifty, a little better lateral movement as you saw when he got outside, though he also ran inside a couple of times."

RB - Kenneth Dixon, Baltimore Ravens (eight 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 sustained a left knee sprain in Baltimore's third preseason game so he may still miss a few more games.

Javorius Allen has been a healthy scratch and neither Justin Forsett or Terrance West has lit the world on fire in the first two games. SI's Peter King wrote before the season that he wouldn't be surprised if Dixon (knee) is the starter by the middle of the October.

(Me either.)

RB - Terrance West, Baltimore Ravens (26 percent)

It's been a nearly even split between West (23/74, 3.2 YPC) and Justin Forsett (24/78, 3.3 YPC) through two weeks, but neither back has been all that inspiring. West has added three catches for 21 yards as well. With a couple of favorable matchups upcoming against Jacksonville, Oakland and Washington, West (and Forsett) could enter the flex discussion especially until Dixon is able to make his debut.

RB - Matt Asiata, Minnesota Vikings (two percent)

As noted above, Asiata is the favorite for goal-line opportunities for as long as Peterson is sidelined. Even though he has never averaged four yards per carry in a season, Asiata scored double-digit touchdowns -- nine rushing and one receiving -- in 2014 when Peterson was suspended for 15 games.

RB - Dwayne Washington, Detroit Lions (one percent)

With Ameer Abdullah exiting Sunday's loss with a foot injury and scheduled to see a specialist today, Washington appears to see an expanded workload in the near future. In addition, Washington will continue to get the important goal-line touches.

RB - Fozzy Whittaker, Carolina Panthers (three percent)

With Stewart leaving Sunday's win early, Whittaker carried the ball 16 times for 100 yards and added three catches for 31 yards as well. Based on comments from Rivera (see above), however, the Panthers expect Whittaker to stay in a change-of-pace role (behind CAP).

RB - Shane Vereen, New York Giants (19 percent)

Rashad Jennings (hand) played less than half of the team's snaps last week and Vereen had more touches (17) than Jennings (14) in Week 2. Through two weeks, Vereen has a total of 127 yards from scrimmage on 20 carries and six receptions. Jennings should be ready to go in Week 3, but he has long had a shaky durability history.

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2016 Fantasy Football QB Waiver-Wire Options Heading Into Week 3

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 3 (Yahoo! ownership in parenthesis):

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

QB - Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins (28 percent)

Nearly overcoming a large deficit, Tannehill finished with 389 yards on 32-of-45 passing with two touchdowns and two interceptions on Sunday. In addition, he added 35 rushing yards on six carries. Granted, (almost) all of that production was in garbage time, but there are a couple of reasons to be optimistic.

Not only did Jarvis Landry exceed the 100-yard mark, but DeVante Parker made his season debut on Sunday and the second-year receiver finished with eight catches for 106 yards. Tannehill has finished as the weekly QB17 and QB7 in his first two games, respectively, and was a Kenny Stills dropped 70-yard touchdown in Week 1 away from a pair of top-10 outings.

And after a pair of road games against the Seahawks and Patriots, Tannehill gets a more favorable matchup in Week 3 as the Dolphins host the Browns. The Browns have given up 25-plus points and multiple passing touchdowns in each of their past two games.

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QB - Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens (29 percent)

It was far from an efficient outing (25-of-45 passing and two interceptions), but Flacco led the Ravens to a come-from-behind win over the Browns as he threw for 302 yards and two touchdowns. And while I expected more fantasy production in a favorable Week 2 matchup, Flacco has a pair of top-five matchups coming up in Weeks 3 and 4.

The Ravens visit the Jags in Week 3 and host the Raiders in Week 4. Not only have the Raiders allowed at least 396 passing yards in each game, but the two defenses have combined to allow a total of 13 passing touchdowns to only one interception through Week 2.

QB - Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys (45 percent)

Prescott showed good poise in the team's come-from-behind win on the road over their division rivals in Week 2. Prescott completed 22 of 30 pass attempts (73.3 percent) for 292 yards (9.73 Y/A) and added a six-yard rushing touchdown as well. In Week 3, the rookie gets a favorable matchup at home against the Bears, who will be playing on a short week.

QB - Ryan Fitzpatrick, New York Jets (41 percent)

On a short week, Fitzpatrick threw for 374 yards and a touchdown against his former team to score 21.06 fantasy points. Fitzpatrick, who finished as fantasy's QB11 in 2015, will have plenty of opportunities for streamers, but his upcoming schedule is pretty brutal. Over the next four weeks, Fitzpatrick and the Jets face the Chiefs, Seahawks, Steelers and Cardinals. Three of those four teams finished among the six stingiest defenses to opposing quarterbacks in 2015.

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Week 2 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, Jason Witten is listed below as a "start" for Week 2. And I'd feel comfortable going into Week 2 with him as my starting tight end.

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

In other words, if you owned both Greg Olsen and Witten, you should start Olsen -- and in turn, bench Witten.

So while you won't find absolute start-sit recommendations below (use my Week 2 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 2:

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

Targeted only twice in Week 1, it was a goose-egg performance for Barnidge in the opener. We never like to see injuries, but the injury to RG3 benefits the fantasy outlook for Barnidge, who was sensational with Josh McCown under center last season.

In the seven games that McCown had double-digit pass attempts, Barnidge racked up a total of 43 catches for 603 yards and six touchdowns on 64 targets. That's an average of 6.14/86.14/0.86 on 9.14 targets on a per-game basis.

Two of those games with McCown last season were against the Ravens last season. In those games, Barnidge had 8/139/1 and 7/91 with double-digit targets in both.

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TE - Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys (at WAS)

No tight end had more receptions (nine) or targets (14) than Witten had in Week 1 against the Giants. The Giants struggle in defending tight ends, but it's clear that Witten is a trusted security blanket for rookie starter Dak Prescott. Given the volume of targets that Witten should/could get this week, he has a chance to once again finish as a top-10 fantasy tight end.

TE - Julius Thomas, Jacksonville Jaguars (at SD)

Thomas got off to a good start as he caught all five of his targets for 64 yards and a touchdown in Week 1. Thomas is in a good spot this week as well. Since signing with the Jags last offseason, his best game was last year's performance (9/116/1) against the Chargers. The nine catches tied his career high and it is one of only four 100-yard games in his career.

Here are some players to potentially sit in Week 2:

TE - Jimmy Graham, Seattle Seahawks (at LA)

At one point in his career, Graham was an obvious no-brainer start along with Gronk. That has no longer been the case since Graham has joined the Seahawks. After a devastating patellar tendon injury last season, it's great that Graham was active and played in Week 1. That said, he played only 17 (or 21.0 percent) of the team's offensive snaps.

His snap count is expected to increase in Week 2, but he should still remain on your bench. Not only is he still less than 100 percent, but the Rams are one of the league's better teams at defending the tight end position.

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

Load up Cook in DraftKings tournaments at his bargain $2,900 price tag was my thought last week. What a mistake that turned out to be!

Cook is a physical freak at the position, but he was not a major factor in the offensive game plan in Week 1. Playing roughly half of the team's offensive snaps (52.0 percent), Cook was targeted only twice and finished with one catch for seven yards.

Facing one of the best defenses in the league, the Vikings have an outstanding safety in Harrison Smith as well as athletic linebacker corps.

TE - Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (at ARI)

The good news: Seferian-Jenkins scored on a 30-yard touchdown. The bad news: It was his only target.

Seferian-Jenkins is the most-talented of the team's tight ends, but he played on only 28 percent of the team's offensive snaps. Perhaps as (or if) his relationship with head coach Dirk Koetter improves, ASJ will become worth considering as a starter. But it's unlikely he finishes as a top-five fantasy tight end (like last week) playing only a quarter of the snaps.

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Week 2 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, Jordan Matthews is listed below as a "start" for Week 2. And I'd feel comfortable going into Week 2 with him as one of my starting receivers.

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

In other words, if you owned A.J. Green, Amari Cooper and Matthews and could only start two receivers, you should start AJG and Cooper -- and in turn, bench Matthews.

So while you won't find absolute start-sit recommendations below (use my Week 2 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 2:

WR - Kelvin Benjamin, Carolina Panthers (vs. SF)

Expected to play 35 snaps in the opener, Benjamin instead led all of the team's wide receivers in offensive snaps (52, 71.0 percent) in Week 1's loss to the Broncos. With a team-high 36.4 percent of the targets, Benjamin posted a 6/91/1 stat line against the talented Broncos secondary and finished the week as fantasy's WR13.

In a (much) softer matchup against the 49ers, the only concern for Benjamin is that it could turn into an early blowout as Carolina is favored by nearly two touchdowns. If the game gets out of hand early, however, it's certainly possible that Benjamin will have already done enough damage to have a productive fantasy outing.

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WR - Jordan Matthews, Philadelphia Eagles (at CHI)

The only wide receiver targeted more often than Matthews (14) in Week 1 was Jacksonville's Allen Robinson (15). Matthews converted those 14 targets into seven catches for 114 yards and a touchdown against the Browns. Showing good early chemistry with rookie quarterback Carson Wentz, Matthews is positioned for another productive outing in a favorable matchup against the Bears.

WR - DeSean Jackson, Washington Redskins (vs. DAL)

A big play waiting to happen, his lone career 200-yard game came against the Cowboys several years ago, but he's been productive against the Cowboys more recently as well. Since signing with Washington, Jackson has at least 80 yards in each game and has scored in two of three Washington-Dallas games (he didn't play in Week 17 last year). In those three games, D-Jax has a combined line of 14/302/2 (21.57 Y/R).

- Related: D-Jax was "drafted" onto our DraftKings Tournament Lineup for Week 2

WR - Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals (vs. TB)

Starting Fitzgerald early in the season has been beneficial for fantasy owners over the past couple of seasons. Getting off to a hot start in Week 1 against the Patriots, Fitzgerald had eight catches for 81 yards and two scores on 10 targets. The Buccaneers have an underrated run defense so I would expect Arizona's game plan to focus on exploiting a relatively weak pass defense.

Here are some players to potentially sit in Week 2:

WR - Donte Moncrief, Indianapolis Colts (at DEN)

In a shootout against the Lions, Moncrief opened the season with six catches for 64 yards and a touchdown to finish with the 15th-most fantasy points among receivers in Week 1. In the eight games that Andrew Luck has played over the past two seasons, Moncrief has a total of six touchdowns. Moncrief was one of my favorite receivers entering the season, but expectations should be lowered in such a difficult Week 2 matchup against the Broncos. Outside my top-24 fantasy receivers for Week 2, Moncrief is still a WR3/flex for me this week, but expectations should be lowered.

WR - Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos (vs. IND)

Listed as questionable on the injury report, Thomas (hip) will likely be a game-time decision for the Broncos on Sunday. If he suits up, it's unclear how effective he'll be and it's possible that he'll be used primarily as a decoy. Given the favorable matchup against a Vontae Davis-less Colts secondary, it's disappointing for Thomas' fantasy owners, but I expect Emmanuel Sanders to be more productive on Sunday.

WR - Tavon Austin, Los Angeles Rams (vs. SEA)

The good news? Austin was one of seven receivers to get 12-plus targets in Week 1. The bad news? He managed only 13 yards (on four receptions). Austin also had a rush attempt and had 15 total yards -- 3.0 per touch.

Perhaps he's more efficient in Week 2, but the matchup is terrible. In five career games against the Seahawks, Austin has a total of 45 receiving yards and 46 rushing yards.

WR - Torrey Smith, San Francisco 49ers (at CAR)

Not only is Smith a "sit," he's a "drop." In a week where the 49ers had the second-most offensive plays (77), Smith was targeted only six times and finished with two catches for 13 yards. That followed up a catch-less preseason where he was targeted only once. I wouldn't be surprised if Jeremy Kerley, 11 targets last week, had more production than Smith this week.

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Week 2 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 2. And I'd feel comfortable going into Week 2 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 Lamar Miller, C.J. Anderson and Jennings and could only start two running backs, you should start Miller and CJA -- and in turn, bench Jennings.

So while you won't find absolute start-sit recommendations below (use my Week 2 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 2:

RB - Rashad Jennings, New York Giants (vs. NO)

While Eli Manning (as noted in my QB Start'em, Sit'em), Odell Beckham and the passing offense have a phenomenal matchup against New Orleans' inexperienced secondary, Jennings and the rushing attack do as well. In addition, only the Panthers are projected to score more points than the Giants this week based on Vegas odds.

In the season opener, Jennings carried the ball 18 times for 75 yards and added a reception for three yards. Going back to last season, he has a total of 81 touches in his past four games. With a large workload virtually guaranteed in arguably the best matchup of the weekend, Jennings is certainly a top-10 play for me this week.

- Related: I "drafted" Jennings in our Week 2 DraftKings tournament "draft"

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

In the season opener, Ware led the team in both rushing and receiving as he racked up 199 yards from scrimmage and a score. The 230-pound running back had three 20-yard receptions (45, 28 and 20 yards). With Jamaal Charles doubtful for Week 2, Ware should lead the team's backfield in touches and production once again.

Although the matchup is less favorable than last week's and it would be unreasonable to expect another 200-yard game, Ware is continuing to make a case for a large role even when all of the backs are healthy. Over the past two seasons (12 games) with the Chiefs, Ware has 83 carries for 473 yards (5.70 YPC) and seven touchdowns.

RB - DeAngelo Williams, Pittsburgh Steelers (vs. CIN)

This is an obvious start for those who own him, but it's amazing how productive he has been as the featured back with Le'Veon Bell out. In Monday's opener, Williams carried the ball 28 times for 143 yards and two touchdowns and added six catches for 28 yards.

The oldest running back in the NFL, the 33-year-old continues to be an absolute must-start any time that Bell misses time. Excluding a meaningless Week 17 matchup vs. the Browns last season, here are Williams' fantasy outings in games without Bell: RB12, RB1, RB1, RB27, RB4, RB15, RB4, RB16 and RB1.

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RB - Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers (vs. SF)

As noted above, the Panthers are projected to be this week's highest-scoring team. In addition, they are favored by nearly two touchdowns. Last year, Stewart (eight) had the second-most games with 20-plus carries after Minnesota's Adrian Peterson (nine).

Stewart (ankle) is listed as questionable on the injury report, but he is expected to play this week. This game should feature a heavy dose of The Daily Show. There is always a concern that Cam Newton will vulture Stewart's touchdown opportunities, but Stewart is a top-12 fantasy running back in my rankings this week.

Here are some players to potentially sit in Week 2:

RB - Frank Gore, Indianapolis Colts (at DEN)

Getting 75 percent of the team's 24 running back touches in Week 1, Gore had 14 carries and four receptions for 78 yards from scrimmage in Sunday's high-scoring loss to the Lions. Gore should once again dominate the opportunities for the backfield, but he faces a much tougher defense on the road this week. The Broncos allowed a league-low 3.08 YPC to opposing running backs last season.

RB - Matt Jones, Washington Redskins (vs. DAL)

Washington ran the ball on a league-low 21.82 percent of the plays in a 22-point loss to the Steelers in Week 1. Returning from a shoulder injury he suffered in the preseason, Jones had just eight touches for 33 total yards. Washington is a small favorite at home this against Dallas so Washington should run the ball more often, but Jones is more of a RB3/flex option (outside my top-24 running backs) against the Cowboys this week.

RB - Ameer Abdullah, Detroit Lions (vs. TEN)

Both Theo Riddick and Abdullah finished as top-10 fantasy running backs in Week 1. While the Titans offense gave up two defensive touchdowns to Minnesota, their defense did an excellent job of limiting Peterson and Minnesota's rushing attack. Tennessee allowed a total of 50 rushing yards to Minnesota's backs on 24 carries (2.08 YPC).

The Titans allowed only 3.91 YPC to RBs last season (10th-lowest) and were tied with the Browns for allowing the fewest receptions (56) to RBs as well. Like Jones, Abdullah is more of a flex than RB2 option for me this week.

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

Like in 2015, Hyde started the 2016 season with a huge multi-TD performance. Finishing as a top-five fantasy running back with 25 touches, Hyde rushed for 88 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries and added two catches for five yards.

Last week, the Niners led the game wire to wire in their 28-0 shutout of the Rams. The game script won't be nearly as favorable for Hyde this week as the 49ers are double-digit underdogs and projected to score the second-fewest points of the week.

Although Hyde had three of the five backfield targets, it wouldn't surprise me if the 74-26 split between Hyde and Shaun Draughn last week is closer to 60-40 this week if the 49ers get down big early. Hyde is the highest-ranked back (RB27) among the "sits," but he's not an RB1/2 in 12-team leagues for most owners this week.

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Week 2 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, Matthew Stafford is listed below as a "start" for Week 2. And I'd feel comfortable going into Week 2 with him as my starting quarterback.

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

In other words, if you owned both Cam Newton and Stafford, you should start Newton -- and in turn, bench Stafford.

So while you won't find absolute start-sit recommendations below (use my Week 2 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 2:

QB - Eli Manning, New York Giants (vs. NO)

With three touchdowns in the season opener, Manning now has a total of 68 touchdown passes in 33 games since 2014. Only three quarterbacks have more -- Aaron Rodgers (71), Tom Brady and Drew Brees (69 each) -- during that span. If recent history (and the matchup) is any indication, Manning will add multiple touchdowns to that total this week.

The last time these two teams met, they combined to score a total of 101 points in a 52-49 shootout at the Louisiana Superdome. In that game, Manning threw for 350 yards and six touchdowns. Coincidentally, the Giants have scored 101 points in their last two matchups against the Saints as Eli has a total of 10 touchdown passes in those two games.

Based on Vegas odds, only the Panthers are projected to score more points than the Giants this week. Helping Eli's cause, the normally generous Saints defense lost their best cornerback last week in their 35-34 shootout against the Raiders.

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

Winning a shootout against a bad and banged-up Colts defense, Matthew Stafford completed 31-of-39 pass attempts for 340 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions in Week 1. In his past seven games, Stafford has thrown 20 touchdowns and one interception. As six-point favorites over the Titans, only three teams -- Panthers, Giants and Cardinals -- are projected to score more points than the Lions this week.

QB - Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens (at CLE)

Appearing on my list of waiver-wire options for Week 1, Flacco makes for an excellent streaming option in Week 2. Flacco and the Ravens threw it only 33 times in a 13-7 win in the opener, but Sunday's matchup should be a higher-scoring affair.

Given up 29 points to Carson Wentz in his NFL debut last week, the Browns surrendered 270 yards and two touchdowns through the air as Wentz finished as a top-12 fantasy QB in Week 1. It may be difficult to isolate which of the team's pass-catchers to play, but Flacco is ranked inside my top-12 signal-callers in Week 2.

Here are some players to potentially sit in Week 2:

QB - Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers (vs. JAX)

As one would expect, Rivers' numbers without his No. 1 receiver are not nearly as good as those with his No. 1 receiver. Last year, Keenan Allen played the first eight games and then missed the final eight games with a kidney injury. Rivers averaged 21.05 fantasy points per game with Allen; only 14.52/G without him.

The matchup isn't terrible. In fact, Rivers threw for 300 yards and four touchdowns against the Jags last November AND was without Allen. That said, Rivers is just outside my top-12 fantasy quarterbacks for Week 2 at No. 13.

QB - Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons (at OAK)

Ryan threw for 334 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's loss to the Bucs and finished as fantasy's QB7 in Week 1. The Raiders defense had a rough showing against the Saints, but I expect to see a better effort at home in Week 2. Most defenses have a bad showing against Drew Brees and the Saints at the Superdome. In addition, Ryan averaged just 14.53 fantasy points per game on the road last season. If you're in a standard one-QB league, I'd keep Ryan on your bench.

QB - Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals (at PIT)

Sacked as many times (seven) as he threw incompletions, Dalton was 23-of-30 on Sunday for 366 yards and a touchdown. All-World talent A.J. Green accounted for more than half of that production (12/180/1).

Just outside my top-12 fantasy quarterbacks for the week, Dalton's matchup isn't terrible. In fact, the Steelers pass defense is much more vulnerable than their run defense. AJG has torched the Steelers secondary with 45/649/3 in his past five regular-season games vs. the Steelers.

Despite Green's production against their division rivals, Dalton has had limited fantasy success against the Steelers. Not only has he thrown more interceptions (five) than touchdowns (three) in his past three games vs. Pittsburgh, he has thrown for less than 250 yards in three of his past four (full) matchups.

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September 17, 2016

Week 2 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 2 NFL picks against the spread:

Carolina Panthers -13.5 over San Francisco 49ers (5 Units)

Vegas expects this game to be a blowout; everyone expects this game to be a blowout. Are 13.5 points too much? Nope. In fact, I expect this game to be a 38-9 type of game.

Not only are the 49ers playing on a short week (Monday Night Football) and traveling across the country for a 1 PM start, but the Panthers have a mini-bye coming off a Thursday Night Football loss in a Super Bowl 50 rematch.

With a dink-and-dunk offense that can't (or won't) try to stretch the field, it's going to be a long day for Blaine Gabbert, Carlos Hyde, etc. Unlike last week, the 49ers won't be able to move the ball as well as they did against the Rams and I can envision plenty of three-and-outs. I expect Cam Newton and Jonathan Stewart to wear San Francisco's defense down quickly.

If I could go with more than five units here, I would. This is a mortgage-your-house type of opportunity. [Please don't mortgage your house to make a bet, but you get the point.]

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Arizona Cardinals -7 over Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2 Units)

If at first you don't succeed, try and try again, I suppose. I went 2-1 ATS last week with the Cardinals as my lone loss. With no Tom Brady or Rob Gronkowski, it seemed like a slam-dunk opportunity for the Cardinals. Granted, it's never good when Bill Belichick has five months to game plan for you, but Arizona is one of the most-talented teams in the NFL and Bruce Arians is one of the best coaches.

Fast forward one week, I expect the Cardinals to bounce back.

Since 2013 (when Arizona hired Arians), the Cardinals are 31-21 (59.6 percent) ATS and 8-5 ATS after a loss. The Buccaneers have a stout run defense, but their secondary is exploitable. With a talented trio of receivers and one of the league's best young running backs, I expect Carson Palmer to have a big game.

Jacksonville Jaguars +3 over San Diego Chargers (2 Units)

One of the more popular "sleeper" teams this season, the Jaguars opened the season with a loss to Aaron Rodgers and the Packers. This week, they take on another talented quarterback in San Diego. That said, Philip Rivers has had more success with Keenan Allen than he has had without him. (Of course, all quarterbacks are going to be less productive without their No. 1 receiver.)

The Chargers have one of the league's best young cornerbacks in Jason Verrett, but Verrett is 5-foot-9 and Jacksonville's stud 23-year-old receiver Allen Robinson is 6-foot-3. Verrett won't shadow him on every snap, but I think he has a better game than expected given the matchup vs. Verrett.

That said, the Jaguars have two other favorable matchups with Julius Thomas, who had his best game (9/116/1) as a Jag against the Chargers last season. And with safety Eric Weddle now in Baltimore, the matchup is even better. The other favorable matchup is for T.J. Yeldon, who struggled last week with an inefficient 21/39/1 rushing line. That said, the Chargers allowed a 199-yard performance to Spencer Ware last week while being gashed at a clip of 4.98 yards per RB carry last season.

Not only do I think the Jags keep this game close, but I expect them to win the game outright.

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September 15, 2016

2016 NFL Power Rankings: Week 2



Here are our Week 2 NFL Power Rankings:

1. New England Patriots (Record: 1-0; Last: 3)

With Tom Brady suspended and Rob Gronkowski (hamstring) inactive, things went better for Jimmy Garoppolo and the Patriots than anyone could have expected as they escaped with a road win in the desert. There is a chance that the Patriots emerge from Brady's suspension with a 4-0 record as they have three winnable home games against the Dolphins, Texans and Bills over the next three weeks.

2. Seattle Seahawks (Record: 1-0; Last: 1)

It took a last-minute touchdown from Russell Wilson to Doug Baldwin (31 seconds to go) to avoid a home loss to the Miami Dolphins in Week 1. There was some worry that Wilson (ankle) might miss Week 2, but he has returned to practice and is considered a "full go" for Week 2.

3. Pittsburgh Steelers (Record: 1-0; Last: 4)

Once again, no Le'Veon Bell, no problem. The oldest running back in the NFL at 33, Williams racked up 171 yards from scrimmage and scored twice in the team's MNF win. Not that it's a good thing to be without a talent like Bell, but perhaps the suspension will turn out to be a blessing in disguise -- keeping him fresh for a full season (once he returns).

4. Green Bay Packers (Record: 1-0; Last: 5)

Aaron Rodgers threw for only 199 yards, but he accounted for three touchdowns -- two passing (one to