Week 16 Waiver Wire (Fantasy Football)

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Week 16 Waivers! Below is a list of the players to target if you need a Week 16 pickup. Listen or watch today’s Week 16 Waivers episode of The Fantasy Footballers podcast for a full breakdown of these waiver adds. Don’t forget to CHECK YOUR LEAGUE’S WAIVER DAY! We had a weird Week 15 with COVID-19 causing problems across the NFL.

Wide Receivers

Player Roster % Upcoming
Antonio Brown 73% @ CAR
@ NYJ
vs CAR
DeVante Parker 64% @ NO
@ TEN
vs NE
Russell Gage 54% vs DET
@ BUF
vs NO
Amon-Ra St. Brown 35% @ ATL
@ SEA
vs GB
Gabriel Davis 20% @ NE
vs ATL
vs NYJ
Marquez Valdes-Scantling 38% vs CLE
vs MIN
@ DET
Tyler Johnson 6% @ CAR
@ NYJ
vs CAR
Breshad Perriman 9% @ CAR
@ NYJ
vs CAR
Jalen Guyton 7% @ HOU
vs DEN
@ LV
Donovan Peoples-Jones 30% @ GB
@ PIT
vs CIN
Josh Reynolds 7% @ ATL
@ SEA
vs GB

If by some miracle either Antonio Brown or DeVante Parker are available in your league… run, do not walk, to your device and put a claim in for them now. Right now. Don’t wait.

However, it’s likely they are already rostered so here are a few players who can help you for the remainder of the playoffs.

First, Amon-Ra St. Brown has continued to impress in the Lions’ offense and has seen double-digit targets in his last three games. He turned 11 targets into eight receptions for 90 yards and a touchdown and Jared Goff has been looking his way for big plays. Detroit has nothing left to play for but pride, which is dangerous for opposing teams if they don’t expect a fight from the Lions. Just ask the Cardinals. Their remaining schedule is excellent for both running backs and wide receivers as they take on the Seahawks and then the Packers in Weeks 16 and Week 17. The concern is that Goff isn’t cleared from the reserve/COVID-19 list in time for Week 16’s game.

Sometimes it’s difficult to get excited about a wide receiver who isn’t the designated number one on an offense, but that doesn’t apply to Gabriel Davis and the Bills. QB Josh Allen was able to spread the ball around, thanks to the dearth of a run game, and Davis benefitted with two touchdowns on Sunday. Their schedule favors the Bills and their offense as they face off against Atlanta and the Jets.

Russell Gage could fall into the category of being rostered, but at 50%, he has a better chance than Brown or Parker to be available. He has finally turned his target share into production as Atlanta struggles to win games down the stretch. There is still an opportunity for Gage to continue to have a decent fantasy finish against the Bills and then the Saints to finish out the season.

Listen or watch today’s Week 16 Waivers episode to hear how The Fantasy Footballers are prioritizing these wideouts and who you can drop to pick them up!

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Running Backs

Team Player Roster % Upcoming
BUF Devin Singletary 68% @ NE
vs ATL
vs NYJ
SF Jeff Wilson 55% @ TEN
vs HOU
@ LAR
TB Ronald Jones 42% @ CAR
@ NYJ
vs CAR
CIN Samaje Perine 17% vs BAL
vs KC
@ CLE
MIA Duke Johnson 2% @ NO
@ TEN
vs NE
LAC Justin Jackson 7% @ HOU
vs DEN
@ LV
LAC Joshua Kelley 5% @ HOU
vs DEN
@ LV
DET Craig Reynolds 6% @ ATL
@ SEA
vs GB
CAR Ameer Abdullah 3% vs TB
@ NO
@ TB

Usually, the waiver wire options this time of year for running backs are just plain bad. However, there are some players who could step up in the next two weeks. First, Leonard Fournette suffered a hamstring injury that took him out of the game against the Saints. Ronald Jones immediately took his place despite the shutout loss. He is roughly 42% rostered but is the clear backup in Tampa Bay if Fournette is unable to go. The last update from the Buccaneers was that Fournette was likely to miss at least one or two games.

The Bengals Joe Mixon also suffered an injury over the weekend with a sprained ankle. Like Jones, Samaje Perine was the clear backup to Mixon and took over as the volume leader in the backfield. He is more widely available at only 17% rostered and should be a priority add. It is unclear if Mixon will miss time or not (at the time of this article) but having Perine on your roster in case of emergency is the safest play.

Get the full breakdown of these RBs on today’s Week 16 Waivers episode.

Tight Ends

Team Player Roster % Upcoming
WAS Ricky Seals-Jones 11% @ DAL
vs PHI
@ NYG
CHI Cole Kmet 35% @ SEA
vs NYG
@ MIN
JAX James O’Shaughnessy 2% @ NYJ
@ NE
vs IND

The tight-end landscape has both looked better but has also looked far worse. My favorite pickup is Ricky Seals-Jones who plays tonight for WFT against Dallas. Washington has divisional matchups throughout the remainder of the fantasy playoffs which means gritty fights for both teams. Seals-Jones may not have the best showing tonight without his starting quarterback (COVID-19), but he could have a much smoother road in Week 16 against the Eagles and in Week 18 against the Giants.

If you’re doing the TE dumpster dive this week, listen/watch The Fantasy Footballers discuss these options on today’s Week 16 Waivers show.

Team DEF/ST

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Team Roster % Upcoming
San Francisco 49ers 51% @ TEN
vs HOU
@ LAR
Philadelphia Eagles 41% vs NYG
@ WAS
vs DAL
Denver Broncos 29% @ LV
@ LAC
vs KC
Los Angeles Chargers 34% @ HOU
vs DEN
@ LV
Chicago Bears 35% @ SEA
vs NYG
@ MIN
Kansas City Chiefs 15% vs PIT
@ CIN
@ DEN
Jacksonville Jaguars 6% @ NYJ
@ NE
vs IND

QB Streamers

Team Player Upcoming
BAL Tyler Huntley @ CIN
vs LAR
vs PIT
SF Jimmy Garoppolo @ TEN
vs HOU
@ LAR
IND Carson Wentz @ ARI
vs LV
@ JAX
CHI Justin Fields @ SEA
vs NYG
@ MIN

Get the reasoning behind the QB Streamer picks from The Fantasy Footballers on the Week 16 Waivers episode! Good luck on your waiver claims!

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