The parade of injuries to high-profile players over the NFL this weekend was shocking. From a fantasy football perspective, this will be the most competitive dash to the waiver wire in recent memory.

Consensus top fantasy draft picks Christian McCaffrey and Saquon Barkley are sidelined, as are other numerous key contributors at quarterback, wide receiver, running back, and on defence. While it’s impossible to fully replace some of these superstars, I’ll do my best to provide insight on some of the best possible options.

Below are my top waiver wire pickups at multiple positions. As always, ask me any fantasy

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Denny Hamlin has joined Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan to form a NASCAR team with Bubba Wallace as the driver, a high-profile pairing of a Black majority team owner and the only Black driver at NASCAR’s top level.

The partnership was announced Monday night in co-ordinated social media posts by Jordan and Hamlin, with Wallace adding his own comment. The posts showed a picture of Jordan alongside a firesuit-clad Hamlin in a motorhome at a race track.

“Historically, NASCAR has struggled with diversity and there have been few Black owners,” Jordan said in his statement. “The timing

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INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Colts have played two games and lost two starters with torn Achilles tendons.

Coach Frank Reich announced Monday that safety Malik Hooker would miss the rest of this season after tearing his Achilles in Sunday’s 28-11 victory, the same injury running back Marlon Mack suffered on opening day.

“We feel awful for him,” Reich said. “He had a great off-season, he was really playing well. It’s tough news for him but I believe the best is still ahead of him and hopefully he’ll go through this recovery very quickly.”

Hooker limped off the field early in

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Welterweight star Colby Covington made a triumphant return to the Octagon this past weekend, earning a technical knockout victory over rival and former champion Tyron Woodley.

Covington was in full control of the main event bout, landing 232 of the 311 strikes he threw and getting the better of the grappling exchanges before Woodley sustained a painful rib injury early in the fifth round that forced the referee to step in and stop the fight.

Covington (16-2) hadn’t fought since losing to current 170-pound champion Kamaru Usman at UFC 245 in December in their title match. It was Covington’s first

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ROME — Fifteen days after he was defaulted from the U.S. Open, Novak Djokovic had plenty to celebrate on Monday.

Djokovic beat Diego Schwartzman 7-5, 6-3 to win his fifth Italian Open title; he passed childhood idol Pete Sampras for the second-most weeks at No. 1 with 287 — trailing only Roger Federer’s 310 weeks in the top spot — and he re-asserted his dominance before the French Open starts in six days.

“I don’t think I played my best tennis throughout the entire week but I think I found my best tennis when I needed it the most, in

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SEATTLE — Russell Wilson continued his sizzling start throwing five more touchdown passes. Unheralded second-year defensive end L.J. Collier made the play that assured those five TD tosses came in a victory.

Collier stuffed Cam Newton at the 1-yard line on the final play, and the Seattle Seahawks held off the New England Patriots 35-30 on Sunday night.

Wilson and Newton — two of the premier quarterbacks in the NFL — claimed the spotlight in a wild primetime showcase. Wilson was masterful, leading Seattle to a 35-23 lead with less than 5 minutes remaining.

But Newton took over the final

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HARRISON, N.J. — Romell Quioto put the Montreal Impact ahead. Then he put them down.

Kacper Przybylko scored late in the first half and early in the second to help the Philadelphia Union beat the 10-man M Impact 4-1 on Sunday night at Red Bull Arena.

Quioto scored the match’s first goal for Montreal (5-6-1) in the fifth minute, but he was ejected in the 15th minute for elbowing Mark McKenzie in the face — leading to the Union scoring four straight goals.

“Romell didn’t control himself. We had to fight with 10 players again and it cost us. It’s

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