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Fantasy football Week 15 waiver wire pickups: Jalen Hurts, Chad Hansen

It’s Week 15 and the first week of the fantasy football playoffs is in the rearview mirror. Congratulations to those who made it through Week 14 (or had a first-round bye).

This is when things really get interesting. With everything on the line in these final two (or three) weeks, make sure to check out some Week 15 streaming options, injury fill-ins and rising stars.

Below you will find players at each position who are all rostered in fewer than 50% of leagues that are worth targeting this week on the waiver wire.

Players are ranked by roster percentage on Yahoo and all fantasy points are calculated in half PPR scoring.

Quarterbacks

Jalen Hurts, Philadelphia Eagles (18% rostered)

Hurts far outperformed expectations in his first NFL start in Week 14. The 2020 second-round pick completed 17 of 30 attempts for 167 yards, one touchdown, zero interceptions, and 18 rushes for 106 yards in the Eagles’ improbable win over the Saints. He sees the Cardinals and Cowboys on the road over the next two weeks, neither of whom are nearly as fearsome as the Saints defense. His rushing gives him a safe floor and he should put up at least high-end QB2 numbers with QB1 upside.

Mitch Trubisky, Chicago Bears (11%)

Trubisky had another fantastic outing in Week 14 and finished as a top-7 quarterback for the second straight week. He completed 24 of 33 attempts for 267 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions against the Texans. He has one of the easier three-game stretches coming up with the Vikings, Jaguars and Packers on deck in Weeks 15 through 17. He should put up solid QB2 numbers this week and flirt with QB1 status in Week 16 against Jacksonville.

Running backs

Gus Edwards, Baltimore Ravens (33% rostered)

Rookie J.K. Dobbins led the Ravens in rushing and attempts (13-53-1) in the Ravens’ shootout Week 14 win over the Browns, but Edwards was given a nice workload as well. He saw seven carries for 49 yards, two touchdowns, and caught a pass for four yards and posted a solid fantasy finish for the second week in a row. The Ravens’ backfield gets a cakewalk Week 15 matchup against the Jaguars, who are giving up the fourth-most fantasy points to running backs this year. Edwards and Dobbins should both be fantasy-relevant heading into this week.

DeAndre Washington and Lynn Bowden Jr., Miami Dolphins (23% / 2%)

Washington took on a big role in the Dolphins’ Week 14 game against the Chiefs after it was announced that Myles Gaskin was placed on the COVID-19/reserve list. He saw 13 carries for 35 yards and caught two of four passes for 17 yards, which isn’t exactly exciting. That said, Washington’s workload should continue into Week 15 if Gaskin misses this week which would keep him in the RB3/flex consideration.

Bowden also saw additional work. The versatile player saw one rush for two yards and caught seven of nine targets for 82 yards. He has dual eligibility in both Yahoo and ESPN and would be a very interesting PPR option in deeper leagues.

Jeff Wilson Jr., San Francisco 49ers (19%)

Wilson split carries with Raheem Mostert in Week 14 and saw 11 attempts for 31 yards, one touchdown and caught a pass for 13 yards. He has seen impressive involvement since returning from injury in Week 12 ahead of Tevin Coleman and Jerick McKinnon and gets the Cowboys in Week 15, whose defense has given up the sixth-most fantasy points to running backs and an NFL-worst 30.8 total points per game this year. Mostert should continue to lead this backfield now that he’s healthy, but head coach Kyle Shanahan seems committed to making this a committee with Wilson sprinkled in. He should be an interesting flex option for the remainder of the year and is a highly valuable handcuff for Mostert.

Wide receivers

KeKe Coutee and Chad Hansen, Houston Texans (45% / 2% rostered)

Coutee and Hansen posted decent stat lines in the Texans’ Week 14 loss to the Bears with Brandin Cooks inactive for this game (and Will Fuller suspended for the year). Hansen led the team in targets and caught all seven targets for 56 yards, while Coutee reeled in all three of his targets for 24 yards, one touchdown and a fumble. Both are attractive flex plays in this depleted Texans receiving corps, even with the Colts defense on deck.

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Tim Patrick and K.J. Hamler, Denver Broncos (28% / 3%)

Patrick and Hamler scored in the Broncos’ Week 14 matchup against the Panthers. Hamler led the team in receiving with 86 yards and caught two of three targets, both of which were touchdowns, while Patrick hauled in three of five targets for 36 yards and a touchdown. The pair appears to have eclipsed Jerry Jeudy in terms of fantasy-relevance. Patrick — who has finished as a top 35 wide receiver in eight of his last ten games (one of which was opposite Kendall Hinton) — is the preferred add given his consistent target share this year, but Hamler is widely available and a nice deep league add as well.

Rashard Higgins, Cleveland Browns (13%)

Higgins posted his second consecutive strong fantasy performance in a tough Week 14 matchup against the Ravens. He caught six of ten targets for 68 yards and a touchdown on the heels of a 95-yard, one touchdown game in Week 13. The Browns have a favorable schedule down the stretch against the Giants and Jets in Weeks 15 and 16. Higgins will have flex appeal as the Browns try to hold onto their wild-card spot.

Russell Gage, Atlanta Falcons (11%)

Gage will be a popular waiver add after a strong Week 14 performance against the Chargers and star receiver Julio Jones’ health uncertain heading into this week. Gage reeled in five of seven passes for 82 yards and threw a 39-yard touchdown pass to fellow receiver Calvin Ridley. The Falcons face the Buccaneers and Chiefs to finish out the season which aren’t the easiest matchups, but those game scripts should favor passing. Gage will be an intriguing flex play if Jones misses any time moving forward.

Gabriel Davis, Buffalo Bills (7%)

Davis caught three of eight passes for 19 yards and a touchdown in a tough Week 14 matchup against the Steelers. The 2020 fourth-round pick from UCF has seen an impressive target share with John Brown sidelined. He is flex-worthy in deeper leagues with the Broncos and Patriots on deck.

Tight ends

Irv Smith Jr., Minnesota Vikings (6% rostered)

Smith hauled in all four of his targets in Week 14 for 63 yards and a touchdown and finished as TE3. He’s a worthwhile streaming option heading into Week 15 against the Bears, who are giving up the sixth-most fantasy points to tight ends this season.

Cole Kmet, Chicago Bears (6%)

Kmet saw seven targets for the second game in a row in a Bears offense that appears to have found its stride with Trubisky under center. The rookie tight end caught four passes for 41 yards and has the Vikings and Jaguars to look forward to in Week 15 and 16. His usage gives him a high-end TE2 floor.

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UAE extends fine waiver for visa violators till December 31



The UAE’s Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship announces the extension of the period of exemption for “all violators” of the Law on Entry and Residence of Foreigners until the end of the current year (December 31, 2020).

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Overstaying Filipinos in Dubai urged to avail fine waiver before November 17


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Dubai: Philippine Consul General Paul Raymund Cortes has reminded his kababayan (compatriots), whose visa – visit, tourist or residency – had expired before March 1, to avail of the UAE immigration fine waiver before November 17.

“Please take note of the deadline and abide by the host (UAE) government rules and policies. I urge those with immigration issues to consider this opportunity for them to rectify their status,” Cortes told Gulf News in an exclusive interview on Tuesday.

Under the scheme, which began on May 18 and was supposed to end on August 18 but was extended until November 17, all overstaying fines will be waived off, provided the violators leave the country.

UAE authorities have called on offenders to take advantage of the opportunity and leave the country or legalise their status without facing penalties. The scheme applies to all who have been illegally staying in the country after their visa – visit, tourist or residency – expired before March 1. It does not, however, cover UAE residents who lost their jobs and their residency visas were cancelled after March 1.

Those who want to avail of the amnesty and leave the UAE must have a valid passport and a return flight ticket. Authorities said no ban will be imposed on the offenders and they can still return to the UAE. Those with questions related to the scheme can call toll-free number 800-453.

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Cortes, meanwhile, strongly urged overstaying Filipinos who have other cases like bank and loan issues, bounced cheques or unpaid rent and other disputes to resolve their cases at the earliest to make themselves eligible for the scheme.

“They can request assistance through our Assistance to Nationals (ATN) Section via email at [email protected] or through WhatsApp +971 56 417 7558 so that we could help them rectify their cases in the soonest possible time considering the November 17 deadline for amnesty,” Cortes noted.

Cortes, however, clarified that the Philippine government can only extend legal assistance to Filipinos in distress but will not be able to pay for any bank loans, credit card debts or rent.

On Monday, Cortes noted 50,000 Filipinos from Dubai and the Northern Emirates have left the country since June for various reasons brought about by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Of the total amount, the Philippine Consulate in Dubai has provided free tickets and assistance to more than 2,600 distressed Filipinos, including 143 Filipinos who were repatriated from Dubai on October 31.

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Based on reports, back in 2018, over 3,000 Filipinos availed of the UAE’s general programme. They were provided with free tickets by the Philippine government and were each given $100 (Dh365) as “welfare assistance”.



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Fantasy football: Waiver wire rife with long-term injury replacements



Being successful at fantasy football isn’t just about wins and losses each week. That may be the primary factor to making your playoffs, but long-term success is about studying which waiver claims project multiweek value as opposed to chasing the points of a rotating group of one-week wonders.

Most waiver wires have been picked clean over the first eight weeks of the season, but new injuries from Week 8 have revealed a few names you may want to consider.

When Lions wide receiver Kenny Golladay left Sunday’s game with a hip injury, there was genuine concern regarding both the severity and longevity of the injury. He has already been ruled out for Week 9 and is set to undergo a barrage of tests. That put Marvin Jones back on the map for fantasy owners — Sunday he hauled in his first touchdown catches since Week 2. Jones had been dropped in most leagues, but with Golladay’s near-future status up in the air, Jones has time to reconnect with his quarterback and regain the trust of fantasy owners everywhere.

But Jones isn’t the only Detroit receiver you should keep on your radar, especially with Minnesota’s porous secondary next on the schedule. Marvin Hall provides a deep threat for the Lions, and he proved more than capable this past week with four catches for 113 yards. Without Golladay, Hall’s snaps and subsequent on-field opportunities are going to get a major increase.

Keep tabs on Tim Patrick’s hamstring, as it sounds like a multiweek issue as well. DaeSean Hamilton and rookie K.J. Hamler will see plenty of work, with the Broncos facing the Falcons and Raiders over the next two weeks. And though N’Keal Harry might be back on the field next week, Julian Edelman will not, and that puts Jakobi Meyers in play for more action.

And, while you’re at it, why not add tight end Ross Dwelley to your list, with George Kittle now out for eight weeks due to a broken bone in his foot?

It’s easy to keep tabs on the injuries around the league. Interpreting which ones take longer to come back from is the key. Find those, and setting up your waiver targets becomes much easier each week.

Howard Bender is the VP of operations and head of content at Fantasy-Alarm.com Follow him on Twitter @rotobuzzguy and catch him on the award-winning “Fantasy Alarm Radio Show” on the SiriusXM fantasy sports channel weekdays from 6-8 p.m. Go to FantasyAlarm.com for all your fantasy football advice.





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Fantasy football: Take advantage of these waiver wire mistakes


Staying ahead of your competition is paramount to your fantasy football success. Between the rash of injuries and all the latest COVID-19 updates, we spend so much time reacting to the latest news that few people are looking beyond this week’s matchups. You need to be smarter than that, and the best way to do it is to settle on this week’s lineup and make roster moves before players lock at the start of Sunday’s games.

With bye weeks in full swing, many fantasy owners are dropping players who are off this week in an effort to potentially fill in gaps on their rosters. Some are dealing with a rash of injuries, but more often than not, they are hoarding players to cater to their indecision.

How many times have you seen someone ask a fantasy analyst a question on social media and wonder why they would even roster some of these players? Well, while they’re fumbling through choices between Dontrelle Inman versus the Cowboys or Andy Isabella against the Seahawks, you can settle on your starting lineup now and scour the waiver wire for drops that shouldn’t have been made.

It takes some gumption to make hard and fast decisions, but rather than keep that third tight end or sixth wide receiver, why not grab J.K. Dobbins off the waiver wire? Though he’s not playing this week, Mark Ingram is expected to miss multiple weeks, which puts Dobbins, a highly-coveted prospect on draft day, in line for more work. If he finds success with increased usage, the competition to acquire him will be immense. Make the move now and you’re ahead of the game.

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The Colts have a favorable matchup against the Lions in Week 8, and fantasy owners everywhere are dropping their defense and receivers like Zach Pascal, both productive assets prior to their bye. And though we don’t know how productive Tua Tagovailoa will be, Preston Williams is available and likely to remain a strong target.

The formula is simple: Settle on your Week 7 lineup. Then scour the waiver wire. Grab your Week 8 assets now and dominate.

Howard Bender is the VP of operations and head of content at Fantasy-Alarm.com. Follow him on Twitter @rotobuzzguy and catch him on the award-winning “Fantasy Alarm Radio Show” on the SiriusXM fantasy sports channel weekdays from 6-8 p.m. Go to FantasyAlarm.com for all your fantasy football advice.





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Fantasy football Week 7 waiver wire pickups: Travis Fulgham, Dallas Goedert


Bye weeks are in full swing with the Ravens, Colts, Dolphins and Vikings off in Week 7, and there were multiple injuries to key players in Week 6.

This means fantasy managers may find themselves scrambling to the waiver wire for one-week replacements for Lamar Jackson, Adam Thielen, Jonathan Taylor and Mark Andrews, or potentially longer-term replacements for Miles Sanders, Zach Ertz, Mark Ingram and Raheem Mostert.

Below you will find players who are all rostered in fewer than 50% of leagues that are worth targeting this week on the waiver wire..

Players are ranked by roster percentage on Yahoo and all fantasy points are calculated in half PPR scoring.

Quarterbacks

Teddy Bridgewater, Carolina Panthers (45% rostered)

Bridgewater was a recommended sit in Week 6 and was indeed a dud against a very tough Bears defense. He completed 16 of 29 attempts for 216 yards, zero touchdowns and tossed two interceptions. There aren’t many widely available Week 7 quarterback options, which could be a product of this year’s volatility and more managers rostering a backup QB than in years past. That said, Bridgewater has proven to be a trustworthy streamer in the right matchups and is in a decent spot to bounce back against the Saints, whose defense is not nearly as strong as the Bears’.

Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco 49ers (27%)

Garoppolo was dropped in many leagues after an injury held him out of two games and he posted negative fantasy points in his Week 5 return against the Dolphins. He looked much healthier and bounced back big time in Week 6 against the Rams, completing 23 of 33 attempts for 268 yards and three touchdowns. He will face a difficult challenge on the road this week in Foxborough against his former squad, but is still worth an add as a bye-week replacement or streaming option.

Running backs

La’Mical Perine, New York Jets (20% rostered)

Most of the Jets were unremarkable on Sunday in their 24-0 shutout loss to the Dolphins. Perine posted seven carries for 27 yards and caught two of three passes for 9 yards. That said, the 2020 fourth rounder’s workload should increase now that he’s healthy and Le’Veon Bell is gone. He’s worth an add this week on waivers, but temper expectations for his ceiling, as any player on this team is going to be hampered by the Jets’ lackluster offensive capabilities.

Boston Scott, Philadelphia Eagles (15%)

Lead running back Miles Sanders went down with an ankle injury during Sunday’s loss to the Ravens and is expected to miss at least this week’s matchup against the Giants. Scott has been barely featured leading up to this point, but he should see ample opportunities to rectify that with Sanders sidelined and two mouth-watering matchups on deck against the Giants and Cowboys ahead of the Eagles’ Week 9 bye.

J.D. McKissic, Washington Football Team (12%)

McKissic posted another solid outing during Sunday’s loss to the Giants. He had eight carries for 41 yards and caught all six targets for 43 yards, which eclipsed Antonio Gibson’s nine carries for 30 yards and four catches for 25 yards. McKissic is another player with limited upside playing for a less than exciting offense, but he does have a sweet Week 7 matchup on deck against Dallas.

Gus Edwards, Baltimore Ravens (3%)

Edwards led the Ravens in touches on Sunday after Mark Ingram went down early with an ankle injury. He tallied 14 carries for 26 yards and a touchdown ahead of rookie J.K. Dobbins’ nine carries for 28 yards and two catches for 1 yard. The backfield is crowded, but Edwards is a speculative add this week with the Ravens on a bye in case Ingram were to miss any time.

JaMycal Hasty, San Francisco 49ers (1%)

Raheem Mostert is banged up once again after missing time earlier this season with an MCL sprain. He suffered a high ankle sprain in Sunday’s win over the Rams and head coach Kyle Shanahan says he is “most likely” headed to injured reserve. Surprisingly, it was Hasty, not Jerick McKinnon (67 percent rostered), who saw an increased workload after Mostert exited in the second half. The 2020 undrafted free-agent had nine attempts for 37 yards to McKinnon’s six carries for 18 yards. He is worth an add this week, especially in an offense that favors the run as much as the 49ers.

Wide receivers

Christian Kirk, Arizona Cardinals (40% rostered)

Kirk has been fairly lackluster up until his two-score game on Monday night against the Cowboys. He capitalized on just three targets and caught two passes for 86 yards and the pair of touchdowns. He has another favorable matchup this week against the Seahawks, who are allowing an average of 27.2 points per game. Kirk is a high-upside Week 7 flex, especially with four teams on bye this week.

Travis Fulgham, Philadelphia Eagles (31%)

Fulgham has burst onto the scene with much of the Philadelphia receiving corps injured and has finished as WR25, WR2 and WR9 in the three games he has played. He caught six of 10 targets in Week 6 for 75 yards and picked up his third score in three games in a relatively difficult matchup against the Ravens. He has a solid chance to extend that streak into the next two weeks with the Giants and Cowboys on deck, even if the Eagles get any of Alshon Jeffery, DeSean Jackson or rookie Jalen Reagor (eligible for return from IR this week) back.

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Preston Williams, Miami Dolphins (25%)

Wideout DeVante Parker suffered a groin injury in Week 6 against the Jets and has been dealing with on-and-off hamstring issues this year. This could mean an increased target share for Williams, who hasn’t been the breakout candidate many hoped he would be to this point, but he has scored in two games in a row, and three times in the past four games. The Dolphins are on bye in Week 6, but he is worth a bench stash if you have room, especially with Parker’s health status frequently up in the air.

Tim Patrick, Denver Broncos (18%)

Patrick posted another 100-yard performance in New England in Week 6, indicating that perhaps his Week 4 coming-out-party in primetime wasn’t merely an optical illusion or a byproduct of playing the Jets. He led the team in targets and receiving, catching four of eight passes for 101 yards. He’s quickly emerging as one of the top options in this offense, especially if Noah Fant continues to miss time.

Tight ends

Dallas Goedert, Philadelphia Eagles (41% rostered)

Zach Ertz suffered an ankle injury in Week 6 in the latest blow to the Eagles’ pass-catching corps. He is expected to miss at least Week 7 in a juicy matchup against the Giants on Thursday night. The good news is Goedert — who has missed the last three weeks on IR with an ankle fracture — could return as early as this week. Goedert has been highly productive even as the TE2 in this offense and if healthy, should see a significant role with Ertz sidelined.

Trey Burton, Indianapolis Colts (22%)

Burton is an intriguing bench stash with the Colts headed into their Week 7 bye. He caught four of five passes for 58 yards and a touchdown and added a 1-yard run out of the wildcat with Mo-Alie Cox out. Even if Alie-Cox returns in Week 8, Burton appears to be the best option among this Indianapolis tight-end group ahead of Jack Doyle.



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Loan moratorium: Implement interest waiver as soon as possible, says SC


New Delhi, October 14 

The Supreme Court Wednesday said the Centre should implement “as soon as possible” interest waiver on loans of up to Rs 2 crore under the RBI moratorium scheme in view of the COVID-19 pandemic, saying the common man’s Diwali is in the government’s hands.

The apex court sought know from the Centre as to whether the benefit of loan interest waiver for borrowers of up to Rs 2 crore during the moratorium period has “percolated” to the common man.

The court, which observed that it is concerned about how benefit of interest waiver would be given to borrowers, said the Centre has taken a “welcome decision” by taking note of plight of common man but authorities have not issued any order in this regard.

“Something concrete has to be done,” a bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan said, adding, “Benefits of waivers to borrowers up to Rs 2 crore must be implemented as soon as possible.”

The top court, which posted the matter for hearing on November 2, told the advocates appearing for the Centre and banks that “Diwali is in your hand”.

The Centre recently told the apex court that going any further than the fiscal policy decisions already taken, such as waiver of compound interest charged on loans of up to Rs 2 crore for six months moratorium period, may be “detrimental” to the overall economic scenario, the national economy and banks may not take “inevitable financial constraints”.

The top court is hearing a batch of petitions which have raised issues concerning the six-month loan moratorium period announced due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The bench, also comprising Justices R S Reddy and M R Shah, said when authorities have decided something then it has to be implemented.

“The government has taken a welcome decision taking note of the plight of common man. But you have not issued any order to anybody. You have simply given us the affidavit,” the bench told Solicitor General Tushar Mehta.

“We are now concerned about how waiver benefit will be given,” the bench said, adding, “We are only asking whether the loan interest waiver has percolated or not.”

During the hearing conducted through video-conferencing, Mehta told the bench that the Centre has taken an “informed decision” and has taken a “huge burden”.

“When Central Government says on an affidavit that it will be implemented then there should not be any apprehensions,” Mehta said. “There is diversity in lending and different modalities are required to be followed.”

He said banks would waive interest on interest and then will be compensated by the government and calculation will have different modalities.

“We are telling you that it is a welcome decision but they want some concrete things,” the bench observed, adding, “We welcome the decision of the Centre, only thing it should be translated practically.”

The bench said the Centre may take steps to implement its decisions referred to in the affidavits filed in the court.

Senior advocate Harish Salve, appearing for banks association, told the bench that banks would implement whatever decision have been taken by the government.

Senior lawyer Rajeev Dutta, appearing for one of the petitioners, said the banks are capitalizing by taking interest on interest on existing loans.

“We are small people with small loans (less than Rs 2 crore). They should not compound the interest in these cases,” Dutta said.

To this, the bench said it has already ordered that banks cannot declare NPAs.

“We have already passed an order prohibiting classification of NPA’s and without a fiscal policy, proposals cannot be altered,” it said, while asking the Centre and banks association as to when the benefits would be implemented.

“For these modalities you require one-month time,” the bench asked.

Salve said, “The complexity is such, it requires time”.

The bench, however, said that the decisions taken by the authorities should be implemented now.

The top court is hearing the petitions, including the one which has sought a direction to declare the portion of an RBI notification, issued on March 27, “ultra vires to the extent it charges interest on the loan amount during the moratorium period…”  

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has recently filed an affidavit in the apex court recently saying that loan moratorium exceeding six months might result in “vitiating the overall credit discipline”, which will have a “debilitating impact” on the process of credit creation in the economy.

These affidavits were filed following the top court’s October 5 order asking them to place on record the K V Kamath committee recommendations on debt restructuring because of the COVID-19 related stress on various sectors as well as the notifications and circulars issued so far on loan moratorium.

It has also said the apex court’s interim order of September 4, restraining classification of accounts into non-performing accounts in terms of the directions issued by the RBI, may kindly be vacated with immediate effect.

The Kamath panel had made recommendations for 26 sectors that could be factored by lending institutions while finalising loan resolution plans and had said banks could adopt a graded approach based on the severity of the coronavirus pandemic on a sector.

Initially, the RBI on March 27 had issued the circular which allowed lending institutions to grant a moratorium on payment of instalments of term loans falling due between March 1, 2020, and May 31,2020, due to the pandemic.

Later, the period of the moratorium was extended till August 31 this year. — PTI





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Fantasy football Week 6 waiver wire pickups: Alexander Mattison, Chase Claypool


A chaotic Week 5 of the 2020 NFL season was full of surprises that left many fantasy football managers scrambling at the last minute to fill out their rosters. Patriots-Broncos was rescheduled after multiple players tested positive, Bills-Titans will be played on Tuesday night and quarterback Dak Prescott suffered a season-ending compound ankle fracture against the Giants.

The schedule shuffling, in conjunction with the injuries to key players, will leave managers running to the waiver wire once again in Week 6. Below you will find players who are all rostered in fewer than 50% of leagues that are worth targeting.

Players are ranked by roster percentage on Yahoo and all fantasy points are calculated in half PPR scoring.

Quarterbacks

Andy Dalton, Dallas Cowboys (3% rostered)

Dalton will be a top waiver add this week for managers who rostered Prescott and either don’t have better options on waivers or don’t want to make a trade. He completed 9 of 11 attempts for 111 yards in relief on Sunday. He should have better days ahead surrounded by a talented cast of Amari Cooper, CeeDee Lamb, Michael Gallup and Ezekiel Elliott, which is arguably the strongest set of skill position players in the league. Dallas faces Arizona, Washington and Philadelphia next, none of which are very fearsome opponents on defense. He should fall in the high-end QB2 range next week versus the Cardinals.

Running backs

Justin Jackson, Los Angeles Chargers (44% rostered)

Jackson was a popular Week 5 waiver add after Austin Ekeler went down with a hamstring injury. He proved himself on Monday and had 15 rushing attempts for 71 yards and caught five of six targets for 23 yards. Perhaps more importantly, he finished with more touches than Joshua Kelley, who had 11 carries for 29 yards and one catch for 9 yards. Ekeler is on IR and is out until at least Week 8, but there is a good chance he misses more time than that. The Chargers are on bye in Week 6 thanks to some schedule shuffling, but Jackson is still worth a high waiver claim or FAAB bid.

Alexander Mattison, Minnesota Vikings (41%)

Dalvin Cook left Sunday’s game against the Seahawks with a groin issue. He returned to the game, but was clearly limited as he saw no additional touches after his injury. Mattison came in and finished with 20 carries for 112 yards and caught all three passes he was targeted on for 24 yards.

Cook underwent an MRI exam on Monday which head coach Mike Zimmer said “went pretty well.” As we continue to monitor the situation, Mattison is worth an add as he has proven to be an extremely valuable handcuff with some standalone value as well.

 

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Brian Hill, Atlanta Falcons (21%)

Hill had six attempts for 39 yards and caught both targets for 15 yards. His value is limited as Todd Gurley’s backup, but with the running back waiver wire thin this week and the uncertain nature of this season, it’s not a bad idea to consider stashing Hill in deeper leagues.

J.D. McKissic, Washington Football Team (6%)

McKissic had one rush for 3 yards and reeled in six of eight targets for 46 yards in Sunday’s loss to the Rams, good enough for a top-24 finish among running backs. This is his second game in a row with eight targets and it appears he is establishing himself as a pass-catching threat in this offense. He is worth a look, especially in PPR formats and/or if you need additional depth at the position.

Wide receivers

Mecole Hardman, Kansas City Chiefs (40% rostered)

Receiver Sammy Watkins went down with a hamstring injury during the team’s Week 5 loss to the Raiders and will miss time. Hardman and Demarcus Robinson would be next up behind Tyreek Hill. Hardman is worth an add as a member of the explosive Chiefs offense.

Laviska Shenault Jr., Jacksonville Jaguars (34%)

Shenault caught a season-high seven of eight targets for 79 yards in Houston on Sunday. The rookie’s targets have been trending upward as the season has progressed, and could continue to increase should receiver D.J. Chark miss any time with his ankle injury. Shenault should be rostered in all leagues as a high-floor WR3/flex option. 

Chase Claypool, Pittsburgh Steelers (16%)

Claypool had a fantastic Week 5 and finished as the top wide receiver for the week. He caught seven of 11 targets for 110 yards, ran three times for 6 yards and scored four total touchdowns. His staggering target share could have been impacted by the absence of Diontae Johnson, who suffered a back injury early. That said, whether or not Johnson is healthy, it appears this exciting rookie has established a role in this offense and could the the Steelers’ No. 2 option behind JuJu Smith-Schuster moving forward. Claypool is worth a significant bid or waiver claim this week, especially with his bye out of the way.

Travis Fulgham, Philadelphia Eagles (3%)

Fulgham was close behind Claypool as the No. 2 receiver for the week. He scored for the second week in a row and reeled in 10 of 13 targets for 152 yards. He saw 36 percent of Carson Wentz’s targets, well ahead of J.J. Arcega-Whiteside and Greg Ward, and passed the eye test. The Eagles have Baltimore on deck in Week 6, but in light of the copious injuries to this receiving corps, Fulgham, who is widely available, should see healthy targets moving forward.

Tight ends

Jimmy Graham, Chicago Bears (40% rostered)

Graham caught three of five passes for 33 yards and a touchdown on Thursday night against the Buccaneers and has posted three top-13 finishes among tight ends. Like many at the position, he remains a touchdown-dependent option. He is a borderline TE1 in Week 6 against the Panthers.

Cameron Brate, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2%)

Brate and Rob Gronkowski split targets evenly on Thursday with 2017 first-rounder O.J. Howard out for the season. Brate caught five of six targets for 44 yards while Gronkowski reeled in three of six targets for 52 yards. Brate is a TE2 option and deeper-league add, especially with the staggering injuries to the Buccaneers’ offense.



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Fantasy football Week 5 waiver wire pickups: D’Ernest Johnson, Justin Jackson


It’s Week 5 of the 2020 NFL season and hopefully you made it through the first week of tumultuous COVID-19 news and postponements just in time for the first week of byes.

A few fantasy stars suffered serious injuries in Week 4 including Nick Chubb and Austin Ekeler, meaning you may need a fill-in for one week with the Packers and Lions on their bye; six weeks if you had Chubb or Ekeler; or perhaps even for the rest of season if you have some underwhelming players rostered.

The Chargers’ Justin Jackson and the Browns’ D’Ernest Johnson will be top priorities to add in what should be a busy week for waiver transactions. Below you will find players who are all rostered in fewer than 50% of leagues who should be worth targeting.

Players are separated by position and ranked by rostership percentages from Yahoo. Any fantasy points are calculated in half PPR scoring.

Quarterbacks

Teddy Bridgewater, Carolina Panthers (19% rostered)

Bridgewater had his best performance as a Panther in Sunday’s surprise win over the Cardinals. He completed 26 of 37 pass attempts for 276 yards, two touchdowns and one interception and had six carries for 32 yards and a rushing touchdown. He should be in the conversation as a low-end QB1 streaming option in Week 5 against a putrid Falcons defense that is allowing an average of 34.5 points per game.

Justin Herbert, Los Angeles Chargers (16%)

Herbert has been extremely impressive since his unplanned NFL debut in Week 2 when he was tapped minutes before the game after a team doctor punctured Tyrod Taylor’s lung. Since then, he has finished as QB13 (vs. KC), QB19 (vs. CAR) and QB6 (vs. TB). It looks like it’s Herbert’s job to lose at this point. He has week-to-week streaming upside and potentially season-long value with a number of potent weapons.

Running backs

Chase Edmonds, Arizona Cardinals (35% rostered)

The Edmonds-Kenyan Drake dynamic has reared its head once again this season. Drake was touted as a blue-chip RB1 entering the season after his breakout performance in 2019 where he eclipsed David Johnson for the starting role in Arizona. This year, he has totaled 254 rushing yards and is averaging under 3.8 yards per carry. He had 13 carries for 35 yards in Sunday’s plush matchup against the Panthers and exited with a chest injury. The injury wasn’t serious, and with Edmonds showing he’s the more efficient runner, Drake’s absence left some managers wondering if he had been in essence benched by head coach Kliff Kingsbury. Edmonds should be rostered in almost every format.

Justin Jackson, Los Angeles Chargers (6%)

Austin Ekeler went down early in an injury-laden 38-31 loss to the Buccaneers. He had to be helped off the field and will miss four-to-six weeks with a hamstring injury. Neither Jackson nor Joshua Kelley (55% rostered) had a good game opposite Tampa’s stout run defense, however. Jackson had six carries for 9 yards and caught two passes for 12 yards, and Kelley had nine carries for 7 yards and caught three passes for 26 yards. Jackson should see more involvement in the weeks to come with Ekeler sidelined and is a flex play in the right matchups, especially in PPR.

Ke’Shawn Vaughn, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6%)

The Buccaneers entered the season with one of the messier backfields with Vaughn, Ronald Jones II, Leonard Fournette, LeSean McCoy, and Kenjon Barner. Fournette missed Sunday’s game with an ankle injury, and McCoy and Barner both exited with injuries of their own. The Buccaneers also lost O.J. Howard (Achilles) for the season and may not get Chris Godwin back in time for Week 5. Vaughn, a 2020 third-round pick, had a disappointing training camp and was a healthy scratch in Weeks 1 through 3. That said, Vaughn could see an increased workload behind Ronald Jones with so many injuries across the board.

D’Ernest Johnson, Cleveland Browns (3%)

Johnson took over a much bigger role in Sunday’s game against the Cowboys after star running back Nick Chubb went down with a knee injury. The 2018 undrafted free agent who had a brief stint with the now-defunct Orlando Apollos of the AAF tallied 13 carries for 95 yards in the high-scoring affair. It’s worth noting that his usage could have been game script-dependent, with all 13 attempts coming when the Browns were up by at least 11 points, and ten of 13 when the team was leading by two scores.

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Browns’ D’Ernest Johnson and Chargers’ Justin JacksonGetty Images

Chubb was placed on injured reserve on Monday with a MCL injury is expected to miss six weeks according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Johnson should see a significantly increased workload in that time, but should take a backseat to Kareem Hunt, especially during closer games. He is widely available and will be a very popular waiver add this week.

Wide receiver

Tee Higgins, Cincinnati Bengals (33% rostered)

Higgins put up solid numbers in Week 4 on the heels of a breakout two-touchdown performance in Week 3. He caught four of seven targets for 77 yards against the Jaguars, trailing just Tyler Boyd in receiving. The 2020 second-rounder from Clemson is emerging as the Bengals’ No. 2 option ahead of A.J. Green, who caught one pass for 3 yards last week and is is droppable in shallower leagues. Higgins will be a popular add among receivers and offers decent upside as a flex in favorable matchups.

Tre’Quan Smith, New Orleans Saints (27%)

Smith has carved out a role in the Saints offense ahead of Emmanuel Sanders while star wideout Michael Thomas has been sidelined since Week 1 with a high ankle sprain. He caught four of four passes for 54 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday’s wild win over the Lions and will finish as a WR1. It’s unclear if Thomas will return for Week 5 against the Chargers, but if he sits out another week, Smith would probably fall into the high-upside WR3 tier.

Laviska Shenault Jr., Jacksonville Jaguars (24%)

The versatile, 2020 second-rounder had his best game of the year and caught five of six targets for 86 yards. He trailed D.J. Chark in receiving and is emerging as the Jaguars’ No. 2 option ahead of Keelan Cole (4-5-46-0) and Chris Conley (3-4-44-0). He is a WR3/flex play this week against the Texans.

Tim Patrick, Denver Broncos (2%)

Patrick had a breakout game on Thursday night against the Jets. Yes, it’s the Jets, so future expectations should be tempered, but he did surpass 2020 first-rounder Jerry Jeudy in receiving. Patrick reeled in six of seven passes for 113 yards and scored for the second straight week. He’s worth a look in deeper PPR leagues, especially with Courtland Sutton on IR.

Tight ends

Robert Tonyan, Green Bay Packers (29% rostered)

Tonyan has scored a whopping five times in three weeks, three of which came in Week 4 against the Falcons. He also caught six of six targets for 98 yards. The Packers are on bye in Week 5, but if you have the space, Tonyan is a nice bench stash in a Green Bay offense that will be without Allen Lazard indefinitely, and could be without Davante Adams again.



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Fantasy football Week 4 waiver wire pickups: Justin Jefferson, Myles Gaskin


Week 4 is upon us, and injuries to key players through the first three weeks of the 2020 NFL season have left many fantasy managers desperate for a warm body to fill out their decimated lineups.

With attrition comes opportunities for young stars to break out, including a slew of 2020 first- and second-round wideouts. Justin Jefferson (round 1, pick 22), Tee Higgins (round 2, pick 33), Brandon Aiyuk (round 1, pick 25) and Chase Claypool (round 2, pick 49) will all be hot waiver wire adds this week.

Below you will find players who are all rostered in fewer than 50% of leagues that should be worth targeting.

Players are ranked by Yahoo rostership percentages within their respective positions, and all fantasy points are calculated in half PPR scoring.

Quarterbacks

Ryan Fitzpatrick, Miami Dolphins (7% rostered)

Quarterbacks have been spared by the injury bug for the most part, but for those looking to stream at the position, a case could be made to add Fitzpatrick. He was near-perfect against the Jaguars last Thursday and completed 18 of 20 attempts for 160 yards and two touchdowns. He also had seven carries for 38 yards and a rushing touchdown. It’s unlikely the 37-year-old repeats that performance, but he does have a plush Week 4 matchup against the Seahawks, whose porous secondary may lose former Jets star Jamal Adams after the All-Pro safety suffered a groin strain in Week 3.

Running backs

Myles Gaskin, Jacksonville Jaguars (47% rostered)

Gaskin is emerging as the top option in the Miami backfield ahead of Matt Breida and Jordan Howard, who vultured a touchdown in Thursday’s win over the Jaguars. You hate to see it. In the game, Gaskin saw 27 touches for 95 total scrimmage yards which far eclipsed Breida and Howard’s six combined touches. He is an interesting flex this week against the Seahawks permeable run defense.

Jeff Wilson Jr., San Francisco 49ers (23%)

Wilson saw an increased role in Week 3 in light of staggering injuries to his teammates, including Raheem Mostert (MCL) and now Jerick McKinnon (ribs). He rushed 12 times for 13 yards and caught three of targets for 54 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Much of that workload came after McKinnon went down, so if he misses time, Wilson would be next in line to take over in the backfield.

Carlos Hyde, Seattle Seahawks (19%)

Hyde hasn’t impressed thus far, though he did score in Week 1. That said, his value could see a significant uptick if star running back Chris Carson misses any time. Carson appears to have evaded any serious injury at this time and there is “a chance” he could be ready to play this week. If he sits, Hyde would be a solid start against an unimpressive Miami run defense.

Rex Burkhead, New England Patriots (12%)

Burkhead finished as RB2 in Week 3 and tallied six rushes for 49 yards, seven catches on nine targets for 49 yards and a whopping three touchdowns. It’s difficult to say if his role will continue once James White returns, but for now, it looks like he is the Patriots’ top option in a complicated committee.

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Wide receivers

Justin Jefferson, Minnesota Vikings (32% rostered)

Jefferson had a breakout performance in Week 3 and finished as the No. 2 wide receiver in fantasy. The 2020 first-round pick reeled in seven catches on nine targets for 175 yards and a touchdown and was a bright spot amid the Vikings’ crushing loss to the Titans. He has a good schedule coming up against the exploitable secondaries of the Texans, Seahawks and Falcons and could emerge as a high-upside flex play in the right matchup.

Brandon Aiyuk, San Francisco 49ers (28%)

Aiyuk caught five of eight targets for 70 yards, adding three rushes for 31 yards and a touchdown. His workload could take a hit with George Kittle and Deebo Samuel nearing returns, but he is still worth a speculative add in light of the numerous 49ers injuries.

Chase Claypool, Pittsburgh Steelers (14%)

Claypool was a dud in Week 3 and caught one pass on four targets for 24 yards on the heels of his Week 2 coming out party. He led the Steelers in snaps on Sunday and may see more opportunities moving forward with Diontae Johnson in the concussion protocol. He is a high-upside stash for now in the Steelers’ pass-heavy offense.

Tee Higgins, Cincinnati Bengals (5%)

Higgins finished just shy of the WR1 numbers in his breakout performance in Week 3. He caught five of nine targets for 40 yards and two touchdowns and it appears he has taken over the WR3 role in this offense ahead of John Ross, who was a healthy scratch for this game. He is widely available and worth an add in deeper leagues, offering similar upside to Jefferson and Claypool.

Tight ends

Dalton Schultz, Dallas Cowboys (32% rostered)

Schultz has delivered solid TE2 numbers for two weeks with Blake Jarwin out for the season with a torn ACL. He finished with just seven fantasy points in Week 3 on the heels of a massive, 10-target game in Week 2. He should be a hot waiver add in Week 4 with high-end TE2/low-end TE1 upside.

Eric Ebron, Pittsburgh Steelers (27%)

Ebron had a fantastic Week 3 and finished as a top-three tight end after two anemic performances with his new team. He reeled in five of seven passes for 52 yards and a touchdown and could also benefit from Diontae Johnson’s absence should he not progress out of the concussion protocol. He has similar boom-or-bust potential to Schultz and should be rostered in most formats.

Mo Alie-Cox, Indianapolis Colts (10%)

Jack Doyle returned to the field in Week 3, but it was Alie-Cox who finished with the stronger statline. He caught three of three targets for 50 yards and a touchdown — good enough for a TE5 finish — and could see an uptick in work with Parris Campbell (knee) and Michael Pittman Jr. (leg) out.



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