This week’s waiver wire article will be a bit of a different format, since if you’re in the championship, chances are you only need to fill in one position, maybe two for Week 16. If I don’t think a player is too usable for Week 16, I won’t be listing them here.
Week 16 RB Streamers
Anderson is owned in most leagues, but he could have been dropped in yours because of how unusable he has been for most of the season. Anderson has been the clear workhorse in the Broncos backfield over the last few weeks. Can that change in an instant? Sure, and that’s why he’s still risky. They could’ve given CJ the load the entire season, but didn’t decide to do it until now, and they can easily change their minds. Nevertheless, his carry totals went up from 15 to 22 to 30 over the last 3 weeks, with the latter two a credit to their defense and being able to have a positive game script throughout those games. This week they go up against Washington, whose offense has been struggling to get anything going lately; they have’t scored more than 20 points over the last 4 weeks. This is a matchup that CJ can continue to carry the load.
With Rex Burkhead’s injury, there is a clear opportunity for White to resume a larger share in the backfield. If you think the guy is Gillislee, remember, Rex Burkhead wasn’t the reason Mike Gillislee became unusable for fantasy, as he was already not on the field for a majority of snaps for the Patriots and wasn’t getting all goal line carries. The Pats don’t want to use one back, so Dion Lewis will be forced to leave the field in potential passing situations for White. White should have a solid floor this week against Buffalo, who is allowing the most fantasy points to RBs, depending on your format. A large share of the Patriots passing attack is to the RBs, so if you’re in any form of PPR, White can be a plug and play for you.
Stewart did exactly what we expected him to do last week, and that was to come back to earth. He was getting some real TD opportunity in the weeks prior to Week 15, but it was all Christian McCaffrey against the Packers. This week against Tampa Bay can be a bit different, as Carolina should be up the entire game and be able to pound the rock at home. Nevertheless, Stewart is TD dependent, but he has a good shot against a Bucs defense who have allowed 7 rushing TDs to RBs over the past 4 weeks.
Elijhaa Penny/Kerwynn Williams
Who? Kerwynn Williams suffered a quad injury on Sunday, so Elijhaa Penny took over and ran for 45 yards on 10 carries. If Williams can’t go this week, Penny can get some volume in a good matchup against the Giants at home. If you’re really desperate, Penny can be a decent flex option. They’re both available in the majority of leagues.
The Seahawks were destroyed at home last week, but the Seahawks shouldn’t be in much of a negative game script at all against the Cowboys. I would throw last week’s game out, and not take much away from it because of how lopsided it was. In the previous 2 games, Davis saw 16 carries against a tough Philly run defense who doesn’t allow a ton of carries per game, and then saw 15 carries in a mostly negative game script against Jacksonville. I’m fine using Davis in Week 16.
Week 16 WR Streamers
Bryant hasn’t been dependable this year, but no Antonio Brown plus the Houston Texans can mean good things for Bryant’s fantasy outlook this week. The Texans have given up 3 more 40+ passing plays than any other team, so we should expect for Ben to take his shots in this game. If you need a ceiling to catch up to your opponent who’s the favorite, you should consider Bryant to help you get there.
Davante Adams probably won’t play this week due to his second concussion of this season, so that leaves Jordy Nelson left on the outside for Xavier Rhodes to potentially shadow. If that happens, Randall Cobb becomes someone who can get some extra opportunity in this game. He gets a big bump if Rodgers plays, and should still see volume with Hundley in what should be a positive game script for Cobb.
Kendall Wright became Mitch Trubisky’s favorite target overnight two weeks ago, and it seems like there’s been a concerted effort to get Wright the ball. Those target numbers are serious, and it comes with Trubisky throwing the ball 30+ times in 6 of the last 7 games. If you’re in a deep PPR league, and you lost AB, or you lost trust in some of your players, and you want to plug in a guy off of the waiver wire, Wright should be one of your desperate options. Going into Week 15, the Browns were giving up the 11th most fantasy points to slot WRs in the previous 4 weeks, so Wright can continue to produce with some volume. Just keep in mind that those targets can vanish when you’re not expecting it.. we’ve seen it with this team before this year.
Keelan Cole/Dede Westbrook
The Jaguars offense has another good matchup in San Francisco this week, and with Marqise Lee likely out this week, Dede and Cole should be the leading receivers in this game. Dede was inexplicably uninvolved last week, but with Lee out, Bortles should be looking for him and he should continue to see closer to the 9 targets he was averaging in the three games before last week.
Jeremy Maclin is likely out this week for the Ravens, which leaves them with just Mike Wallace. Wallace has been their #1 WR anyway, and his usage has been inconsistent, but he’s found ways to get it done lately. He saw 10 targets last week, and is averaging 76 yards over the past 5 games, and 92 over the past 3. He should be a solid WR3 this week, especially if Maclin is out.
Week 16 Tight End Streamers
Clay saw a season-high 9 targets last week, but we saw the Patriots shut this offense down in Buffalo. This week they’re in New England, so yes, Clay should be Tyrod’s #1 option, but there’s a chance this offense gets shut down again.
Ebron has been surprisingly consisteny lately in PPR leagues. Consistent doesn’t necessarily mean good, but at least you know he won’t give you a zero. He’s averaging 9 targets over the past 2 weeks, with 94 yards two weeks ago and a TD last week. Cincinnati is pretty banged up right now, so I would put Ebron in my lineup if I have a need at tight end this week.
Watson had a big game last week, catching all 4 of his targets for 74 yards and a TD. This week, he goes up against the Colts, who can’t stop much in the passing game. Jeremy Maclin can be out, so that will boost Watson as a pass-catcher this week.
OJ Howard suffered an ankle injury and was seen in a walking boot after the Monday night game, so Cameron Brate would potentially see a ton of snaps. We know how much Jameis loves his tight end, so Brate can be back in the TE1 conversation, even in a tough matchup.
Week 16 QB Streamers
I hope you already have your QB for this week, but here are a couple more options who might be available.
He threw 4 TDs against the Giants last week, and has another good matchup in Oakland. Dak Prescott looked great against the Giants too, but then couldn’t get it done against the Raiders the following week. The Eagles are a better team than the Cowboys, so the supporting cast can help Foles have a good game this week.
Bortles has been on a roll lately, throwing 7 TDs with no picks over the last 3 games. This week the Jags travel for the first time in three weeks to San Francisco, who were able to make Marcus Mariota and TJ Yates look good over the past 2 weeks.
Winston is going up against the Panthers in Carolina this week, so he will likely need to throw the ball to keep up with Carolina, who have been on fire on offense lately. The Panthers secondary has not been good, so Winston and Mike Evans can make things happen in this game. It makes me very uneasy to start Winston in my championship week, but you can do worse.
Los Angeles Chargers @ NYJ
The Jets did well against the Saints last week, but the Chargers are a bit of a different animal. If the Jets can establish the run, they might be able to keep the game close, but if not, the Chargers pass rush against the Jets protection is one to target this week.
Washington Redskins vs Denver
The Broncos QB decision will be made at the end of the week, but whoever it is, chances are that they will turn the ball over. The Redskins have a decent pass rush and can cause a bit of havoc in the Denver backfield, potentially causing some turnovers at home.
Kansas City Chiefs vs Miami
Jay Cutler hasn’t played well outside of Miami, and the Chiefs have played surprisingly well at home the past few weeks. Their secondary is definitely vulnerable, and Kansas City is a tough place to play, especially for QBs who struggle on the road. When Cutler plays bad, it’s bad, so if he can’t get it together, the Chiefs defense can put up a big game.
Chicago Bears vs Cleveland
With the Bears back at home and favored by almost a TD, with such a low scoring projected total, the Bears should be able to give you a solid day. They’ve given up an average of 14 points over the last three weeks, so they’ll be a decent option if none of the others remain. They probably have the least chance of giving you a zero out of these options, but they probably don’t have the ceiling the others do.