If you’re reading this I’m assuming that you are in your Fantasy Football championship or third place game. Either way you are still playing for some kind of prize.
In Week 16 there are usually not many players that you are picking up since your team should be pretty set by this point, but there have been a ton of injuries the last two weeks. To name a few:
- Adrian Peterson
- LeSean McCoy
- Jonathan Stewart
- A.J. Green
- T.J. Yeldon
Of course you can’t forget about the one game suspension to Odell Beckham Jr. for his antics on the field with Josh Norman on Sunday. This is a huge blow to owners in their championship week. You just won’t be able to replace the production he gives you from the waiver wire.
All that said I’m going to keep this one short and sweet this week since as mentioned above most of you probably have your lineups pretty much set. But I realize some of you might have advanced and had one of these injuries or Beckham’s suspension impact you, so I give you the best options to help you win your league championship.
Week 16 Waiver Wire Targets
Sam Bradford, Philadelphia Eagles (17 percent owned)
This really is a desperate play and I hope you have a better quarterback on your roster already, although I do realize some of you are streaming quarterbacks.
If you do not, or you do and its Drew Brees or Carson Palmer and they wind up missing this week due to injury (note: keep an eye on both of them), then you could do much worse than Bradford.
He gets the Redskins, who are a much worse team on the road, having allowed 23.8 Fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks on the road compared to 16.2 at home. Keep this in mind too, Bradford already put up 24.2 points against this same team in Week 4 and that was in Washington.
Cameron Artis-Payne, Carolina Panthers (6 percent owned)
Last week CAP was passed over in waivers for Fozzy Whittaker because we were all led to believe that he was going to be the lead back.
That clearly did not happen and Artis-Payne led the way with 16 carries. I was really surprised given the fact that CAP had been inactive more times than not this year.
Either way a great matchup awaits him, with the Atlanta Falcons, who rank 29th against running backs this season.
Jerick McKinnon, Minnesota Vikings (4 percent owned)
This is really for the Adrian Peterson owners only. If you AP you must, I repeat MUST, handcuff him now with McKinnon.
If you aren’t aware Peterson suffered a sprained ankle on Sunday and despite the Vikings and AP coming out saying he will play in Week 16 you have to handcuff him. This is just in case he suffers a setback during practice or anything else screwy happens and he does not play.
Christine Michael, Seattle Seahawks (8 percent owned)
Here we go again. I feel like Christine Michael has been hyped up this year way too many times. This time, however, I believe the hype is a little more controlled, thanks to many weeks of disappointment.
I still think this could wind up being a bust pickup, since there it is very possible Seattle goes with the hot hand between Bryce Brown or Derrick Coleman. But if I had to pick one to start between the three, I would choose Michael.
Donald Brown, San Diego Chargers(0 percent owned)
Melvin Gordon has been placed on season ending IR due to a knee injury which opens the door for a lot of carries to go elsewhere.
Danny Woodhead led the way in Week 15 blowing up for four touchdowns, but Brown had a good game as well rushing 12 times for 90 yards. We have seen in the past that in short spurts Brown has been a valuable play. The Chargers have proven they won’t ride Woodhead exclusively so this makes Brown a viable option in Week 16 against the Oakland Raiders.
Markus Wheaton, Pittsburgh Steelers (22 percent owned)
Wheaton has really turned things around after a slow start to the season, scoring in three of his last four games.
This week the Steelers get to face off against the Ravens who have allowed the third most points to opposing wide receivers, so if there is ever a week to use Wheaton this is it.
Dwayne Harris, New York Giants (10 percent owned)
With Odell Beckham Jr. suspended, Harris in my opinion is the direct beneficiary of this, even more so than Reuben Randle.
Minnesota is average against WR1, ranking No. 16 according to Defense-adjusted Value Over Average (DVOA). Although for WR2 they rank No. 25. This is exactly the spot that Harris will step into.
We have seen Harris have success in the past when given targets and without ODB there the targets should return and then some.
I would still rather start Wheaton, but if you own ODB you may be desperate.
Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings (24 percent owned)
This is not a great option, but there really are not many good options left available at this point.
If you are streaming tight ends, then I like the matchup for Rudolph who has proven he can have good games against below average defenses. You can’t get much better of a matchup than the New York Giants who rank next to last against opposing tight ends.
Detroit Lions (16 percent owned)
The Lions have a fantastic matchup this week against the 49ers, who I will pick on any chance I get. The front line is legit for the Lions, even though they have not gotten a lot of sacks the past few weeks. Although there is good reason for that. They played Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees and the Rams who gave a heavy dose of Todd Gurley.
Just think about this. The 49ers allowed the Browns defense to score 15 Fantasy points two weeks ago. I should not have to say anymore.
That does it for the Week 16 waiver wire report. Good luck in your Championship or third place matches.
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