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Must Pickups

Ronald Jones – Leonard Fournette suffered a hamstring strain on Sunday night, and he might be out for a couple of weeks. He had to be helped by trainers to the locker room. Ronald Jones becomes the priority waiver wire pickup this week. Giovani Bernard was placed on IR last week, so an every down workload is in the cards, especially with Ke’Shawn Vaughn looking like he doesn’t belong on a football field on Sunday night. The early down/goal line role on a good offense is definitely his at the very least if the Bucs choose to keep Vaughn’s role as the passing down back. If you can make to Week 17, Jones can win you your championship against the Jets.

RB Pickups

Samaje Perine – Joe Mixon suffered an ankle injury last week, came back in the game, and then aggravated it late in the game. If Mixon misses this week, Perine would be a 3-down back and a borderline RB1 play.

Justin Jackson – If Austin Ekeler misses time, Jackson would be the guy to pick up to start if you’re choosing between Chargers RBs. He’s the one who ran a majority of routes outside of Ekeler, and on a pass heavy offense, that’s what you want.

Jeff Wilson – Check if Wilson is available in your league. It’s possible Elijah Mitchell isn’t ready to go by Thursday due to his knee injury; he is out of the concussion protocol.

Ameer Abdullah – Expect Abdullah to be on the field more often than Chuba Hubbard once again against the Bucs. He got it done in the pass game last week against the Bucs in a negative game script, and came through with a TD. The Bucs have allowed the most receptions to RBs this year, so Abdullah can be a PPR flex for you.

Craig Reynolds – I would only consider Reynolds if Jamaal Williams isn’t back, because if he is, this backfield can be a mess. With that said, Reynolds has looked really good over the past two weeks with his opportunities. He has a decent matchup against Atlanta, and the Lions can remain in a neutral/positive game script for the early down back(s) to rack up volume.

Duke Johnson – I’m a big Duke Johnson fan, but I won’t be chasing this situation. Myles Gaskin just came off the COVID list, and Johnson got all the practice reps this week. Can’t be surprised with anything that happens in Miami’s backfield this year. Not only can be not predict how this backfield shapes up for Week 16, but they go up against the Saints and the Titans. I’m good.

Mike Davis – Davis is available in almost 50% of Yahoo leagues, and the Falcons go against the Lions in Week 16. It’s possible there will be enough to go around for both Cordarrelle Patterson and Davis.

RB Stashes:

  1. Samaje Perine
  2. Darrel Williams
  3. Jeff Wilson
  4. Justin Jackson
  5. Alexander Mattison
  6. D’Ernest Johnson
  7. Rhamondre Stevenson
  8. Devontae Booker
  9. Khalil Herbert
  10. Dontrell Hilliard

WR Pickups

Antonio Brown – I know a lot of people have inexplicably dropped Antonio Brown because of his suspension. He’s unrostered in 30% of Yahoo leagues, so please check. If he is available, drop all your FAAB for him and start him as a WR1 in Week 16.

Russell Gage – He’s probably rostered in most competitive leagues, but believe it or not, he’s still only 50% rostered in Yahoo leagues. He’s averaging almost 9 targets and 80 receiving yards per game over the last 5 games. Good matchup against Detroit this week. Borderline WR2.

Amon-Ra St Brown – He’s probably rostered in most competitive leagues, but believe it or not, he’s still only 50% rostered in Yahoo leagues. He’s averaging almost 12 targets, 9 catches, and 83 yards over the last 3 games. Keep starting him as a borderline WR2. Great matchup against Atlanta.

Gabriel Davis – Davis blew up with the new opportunity given the Emmanuel Sanders knee injury. It’s possible Sanders misses another week. Tough matchup against New England this week, but Stefon Diggs will get the tougher matchup against JC Jackson. Davis would be in the WR3 conversation. Cole Beasley was also placed on the COVID list on Tuesday. Since he’s unvaccinated, he’ll be out this week.

Tyler Johnson – Antonio Brown is likely coming back in Week 16, but Tyler Johnson should take Chris Godwin’s role in the slot. My guess is that it will be him in the slot, AB on the outside, and Perriman rotating with Scotty Miller opposite AB. This offense does favor the slot, and Tom Brady has as well in his career, so Johnson can be a usable PPR option going forward. The Panthers have been a bit vulnerable to slot WRs over the last several weeks.

KJ Osborn – Just in case Adam Thielen misses a third week, Osborn will be in play. The Vikings had a terrible outing against the Bears offensively, but it won’t be how they look every week. Osborn will be a low-end WR3 in Week 16 if Thielen can’t go.

Laquon Treadwell – If you’re looking for a safe floor in PPR leagues, Treadwell has been pretty consistent over the last four weeks. Decent matchup against the Jets this week.

Byron Pringle – Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce have been placed on the COVID list, and if they can’t make it back by Sunday, Pringle will be my choice to play as a desperate flex option in a good matchup against the Steelers. Pringle and Demarcus Robinson ran the most routes last Thursday night behind Hill, but Robinson’s increase in playing time was because Josh Gordon’s placement on the COVID list in Week 15. Pringle was already running a route on a far majority of Patrick Mahomes’ drop backs over the last few weeks.

Allen Lazard – MVS was placed on the COVID list on Tuesday, so Lazard is a deep add and start. Lazard is not the most trustworthy option even with a shortage at the position, because Aaron Rodgers can easily go elsewhere; more targets for Adams, or most targest for his RBs. Lazard will be a flex play in Week 16 if MVS can’t go.

Josh Reynolds – Reynolds has been relatively consistent for the last few weeks, so if you need a deep flex, not a bad option in a good matchup against Atlanta in Week 16.

TE Pickups

Cole Kmet – Has gotten relatively consistent targets over the last several weeks. Solid matchup against Seattle in Week 16.

CJ Uzomah – Uzomah is running a route on nearly every dropback, and he has a great matchup against the Ravens this week.

James O’Shaugnessy – Great matchup against the Jets and is involved in the offense enough to put him in serious streaming consideration.

Albert Okwuegbunam – Albert O has been pretty involved in Denver’s offense behind Noah Fant, so he’s in streaming consideration in a good matchup against the Ravens.

Gerald Everett – Everett’s route participation went back up this week to 76%. He’ll be streamable in Week 16 against Chicago, although it’s not a particularly great matchup.

QB Pickups

Tua Tagovailoa – Getting Jaylen Waddle back, Tua will have all of his weapons. Miami is already a pass heavy team, and they are going up against a pass funnel defense. He’s a solid start this week.

Justin Fields – Fields has been putting up solid fantasy performances lately, and he has upside for more. Even in a tough matchup on paper, Fields can come through.

DEF Streams

Philly vs NYG

Chargers vs Houston

Cincinnati vs Baltimore

Seattle vs Chicago