Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 16 Pickups

A huge thank you to everyone who liked, read, and shared our fantasy posts this season.  I hope you found a few fantasy gems reading my articles, and maybe learned a little more about the game.  Without further delay, these are your potential picks for your championship performance. 
- Quarterback (QB) -
Teddy Bridgewater, Minnesota Vikings (currently owned in 15.6% of all ESPN leagues): At least, Bridgewater is a streaming option with decent receiving options this week against a horrible Giants secondary.  The Vikings may be shifting their offensive strategy, betting the game on the throwing arm of Bridgewater, or they may have been forced to throw screens to his backs while Peterson was being checked out for an injury.  Either way, Bridgewater is a decent streaming option with upside potential this week.
Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins (currently owned in 25.1% of all ESPN leagues): Captain Kirk will look to lead his team in the hunt for an NFC playoff spot.  He has developed a rapport with Jordan Reed, throwing 16 passes to Reed for 204 yards and 3 scores in the past 2 games.  With all of the effort being given to stopping DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garcon, and the run, Cousins could have another big day throwing to his tight end.  Buyer beware, Cousins has a pretty low floor, throwing only 1 touchdown per game in 4 or his last 6 games.  Nevertheless, he remains a high-end QB2 with potential upside this week.
- Runningback (RB), Wide Receiver (WR), FLEX -
Bilal Powell, RB, New York Jets (currently owned in 31% of all ESPN leagues): Powell has come on strong in the past 3 weeks and, at the very least, deserves a look in all PPR leagues.  In the past 3 games, he has caught 20 passes, scored in each of those games, and has 269 total yards on 35 total touches.  With Ivory struggling lately, Powell should continue to see consistent usage as the primary receiving and change-of-pace back, and could see additional passing-catching duties if the Jets fall behind early.
Donald Brown, RB, San Diego Chargers (currently owned in 0.1% of all ESPN leagues): The other Chargers backup back rushed 12 times for 90 yards and caught 2 for 14 against a dismal Dolphins defense after starter Melvin Gordon left the game with an injury.  Gordon will be placed on IR, which means Brown will probably start against a decent Raiders defense.  Brown also seems like a better fit for the Chargers' offensive scheme, giving him potential upside potential. 
Karlos Williams, RB, Buffalo Bills (currently owned in 35.7% of all ESPN leagues): In his first week back from a shoulder injury, Williams rushed 4 times for 41 yards, ceding most of his carries to Mike Gillislee.  Williams may have seen his workload limited because he may not have been 100%.  However, with McCoy listed as day-to-day with a minor MCL sprain, Williams might be worth stashing.  Whether or not he was 100%, he was still explosive, averaging a little over 10 yards per carry. 
Mike Gillislee, RB, Buffalo Bills (currently owned in 0.3% of all ESPN leagues): Gillislee was the beneficiary when McCoy went down with a knee injury last week.  He rushed 4 times for 81 yards and a score, and caught 2 for 2 yards.  If McCoy can't go, and Williams' shoulder hinders his performance, Gillislee would be the Bills' lead back. 
Jerick McKinnon, RB, Minnesota Vikings (currently owned in 4.4% of all ESPN leagues): The Vikings bet the game on the arm of Bridgewater this past week, but didn't leave him without options.  He threw to that option, McKinnon, 4 times for 76 yards and a score.  With Peterson struggling and possibly injured, the Vikings will need something else to get the offense going.  Buyer beware, McKinnon's usage will depend largely on Peterson's health. 
Terrence West, RB, Baltimore Ravens (currently owned in 0.3% of ESPN leagues): Keep an eye on the status of Buck Allen.  Allen has struggled lately, literally dropping the ball twice in the last 2 games.  If Baltimore decides to bench Buck, West would be the next man up.  He ran the ball 7 times for 35 yards and caught 2 passes for 11.  Pick him up as a dart throw in standard leagues of 14 or more teams.
Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Tennessee Titans (currently owned in 17.1% of all ESPN leagues): The 6'5" 237lb rookie looks like he's the Titans' new WR1.  He has topped 100 yards in 2 of his last 3 contests, and seems to be learning his job well.  He'll give the struggling Titans passing game another big redzone target if Delanie Walker finds himself in heavy coverage.  If you desperately need a dart-throw wideout, pick up Green-Beckham.  Buyer beware, the Titans face the tough front 7 of a desperate Texans team that's still in the hunt for a playoff spot.
Markus Wheaton, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers (currently owned in 22.4% of all ESPN leagues): Wheaton has gotten hot in recent weeks, totaling 177 yards and 2 scores in his past 3 weeks.  This fantasy darling from last year could get hot again this week against a soft Ravens secondary. 
- Tight End (TE) -
Will Tye, New York Giants (currently owned in 13.3% of all ESPN leagues): The G-men may have found someone to catch the receptions vacated by Larry Donnell.  They'll look to get the ball out quick, and Will Tye seems like a viable option.  With O'Dell Beckham Jr. suspended for one game, Tye could see his workload increase as his team prepares for a tough matchup in Minnesota this week. 
Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles (currently owned in 52% of all ESPN leagues): If Ertz is still available in your league, snag him now.  As one of the more reliable Eagles receiving targets, he should see his workload increase.  The Eagles will look to put up points quick and get one step closer to clinching a playoff spot against an average Redskins defense.

1 comment:

  1. That is so good to start the game when every player on its place.