2016 NFL Week 16 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups

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Running Back (RB)

Ty Montgomery, RB/WR, Green Bay Packers (currently owned in 57.9% of all ESPN leagues):
Montgomery made some big plays against their archrival Chicago Bears.  He rushed 16 times for 162 yards (that's right, 16.2 yards per carry), and 2 touchdowns.  He'll look to repeat at home against a normally stout Vikings defense that just gave up 2 rushing scores to the Colts.  He has been the leading and most consistent rushing option for the Packers since losing Eddie Lacy early in the season.  Monty should be added in all leagues, but he could have a tough time finding openings with his offensive line dinged up.

Kenneth Dixon, RB, Baltimore Ravens (currently owned in 52.9% of all ESPN leagues):
Although West received 17 total touches to Dixon's 9, it was Dixon who got in the endzone, not West.  Look for Dixon to stay  involved this week against the Steelers' formidable front with the division title on the line.

Derrick Henry, RB, Tennessee Titans (currently owned in 41.3% of all ESPN leagues):
The Titans have been on a roll lately, and Henry has been a part of that success.  He's vultured at least 1 touchdown in 2 of his last 3 games from lead bacl DeMarco Murray, and it bodes well for Henry and his owners that Henry got in the endzone, twice, not Murray.  If this trend continues, Henry should find the endzone against the Jaguar's below-average run defense.

Ronnie Hillman, RB, San Diego Chargers (currently owned in 3.0% of all ESPN leagues):
If you need a deep-league flier, Hillman could be your guy.  He was more productive on a per-carry basis than Kenneth Farrow.  Farrow also lost a key fumble in the game, dropping the ball for both himself and his team.  With nothing left to play for, the Chargers may choose to rest their starter, Melvin Gordon, and put the ball in the hands of the veteran Hillman.  At the very least, Hillman could see some garbage time minutes if the Chargers build a big lead.  The Browns rank dead-last in rushing defense, making this a good speculative add in all leagues.

Justin Forsett, RB, Denver Broncos (currently owned in 19.3% of all ESPN leagues):
Forsett, now playing on his third NFL team this season, got more touches than the rookie Booker who had recently started.  Forsett carried the ball 10 times for 37 yards, and caught another 4 passes for 16 yards.  While he may be a deep-league ppr asset at this point, he may be the Broncos' back to own.  He found success under head coach Kubiak's system before.

Wide Receiver (WR)

Ty Montgomery, WR/RB, Green Bay Packers (currently owned in 57.9% of all ESPN leagues):
**more details in the running back section above.**

Dontrelle Inman, WR, San Diego Chargers (currently owned in 40.5% of all ESPN leagues):
Inman failed to find the endzone for the first time in 4 games.  He still led all Charders wideouts with 5 catches for 68 yards.  His continued involvement in the Chargers' passing attack makes him worthy of an add in all leagues.  This week's juicy matchup (on paper) against the winless Browns gives Inman a flex floor with WR2 upside.  Grab him if he's available.  If Gordon is unavailable again, the Chargers may throw the ball more than usual.

Robby Anderson, WR, New York Jets (currently owned in 5.7% of all ESPN leagues):
Anderson has emerged as one of the Jets' most productive targets since Bryce Petty started at quarterback.  In the last 3 weeks, he's caught 14 passes for 240 yards and 2 touchdowns, and scored 10 or more points in standard leagues.  His prpduction may drop this week against a tough Patriots defense.  Nevertheless, his rapport and relationship with the Jets' current starter could place him in flex consideration.

Cameron Meredith, WR, Chicago Bears (currently owned in 23.9% of all ESPN leagues):
Meredith's performance as a wideout is about the only thing that's heating up in Chicago.  In his last 3 games, he's had 3 for 67, 6 for 72 and a score, and 9 catches for 104 yards,  respectively.  Rookie quarterback Matt Barkley looked like he was finally somewhat on the same page as his wide receivers.  Meredith's budding rapport with Barkley could lead to additional usage, especially since leading wideout Alshon Jeffery will be matched up with Josh Norman, and the Bears could be chasing points.

Ted Ginn Jr., WR, Carolina Panthers (currently owned in 20.4% of all ESPN leagues):
Ginn has come on strong in the past 5 games, reaching the endzone in 4 of his last 5 games.  While Josh Norman did a good job shutting down Kelvin Benjamin, Ginn took the top off of the Redskins' secondary, catching 4 passes for 64 yards and a touchdown.  He could be a big part of the Panthers' offense again in this week's matchup against the Falcons.

Pierre Garcon, WR, Washington Redskins (currently owned in 46.6% of all ESPN leagues):
Garcon has been a part of Washington's air attack and a consistent target of Kirk Cousin.  He'll face a soft Chicago Bears secondary on Christmas Eve, and could see more targets than usual.  Chicago has been very successful running the ball, and could control the scoreboard and time of possession, making the Redskins chase points.

Tight End (TE)

Hunter Henry, TE, San Diego Chargers (currently owned in 29.5% of all ESPN leagues):
Henry found the endzone again against the Raiders.  He's scored a touchdown in 4 of his last 5 games, and has a chance to score again this week against a Browns team that gave up 7 catches for 79 yards and a touchdown to Charles Clay.  The Browns have had trouble against slot receivers and tight ends.  They'll face 2 of the best in the business this week in Hunter Henry and Antonio Gates.  Speaking of which, buyer beware, if the Chargers decide to set up Gates for a career day, Henry may not see much action.  Nevertheless, Henry is this week's streaming option.

Dion Sims, TE, Miami Dolphins (currently owned in 0.3% of all ESPN leagues):
A relative unknown in the NFL, Dion Sims is the 4th year tight end out of Michigan State.  He's come back from injury and caught 2 of Matt Moore's 4 touchdown passes, and has scored in 3 of his last 4 games.  He could be this week's sleeper and a key component in the Dolphins' offense as as they take on the Bills' above-average pass defense.  At 6'4", 271lbs, he's a big body that could be a valuable redzone target for Moore.

Quarterback (QB)

Matt Moore, QB, Miami Dolphins (currently owned in 1.1% of all ESPN leagues): Maybe Matt Moore is playing like he has something to prove this season.  Maybe he's a better fit for head Coach Adam Gase's system.  Either way, he picked apart the Jets' struggling secondary for 236 yards, 4 touchdowns and an interception.  He'll look to keep things rolling when he and the Dolphins take on their division foe Buffalo Bills in a matchup with playoff implications.  The Bills' stout front will stop Jay Ajayi, so Moore will need to throw for the win.

Colin Kaepernick, QB, San Francisco 49ers (currently owned in 36.4% of all ESPN leagues):
Kaep has crashed down to earth after soaring to stratosphere earlier this season.  Last week, he threw for 183 yards for 2 scores, and added another 21 yards on 3 carries.  This week, he'll face a soft Rams secondary that has given up big plays through the air.  Buyer beware: the Rams have a fierce defensive front lead by pass-rusher Aaron Donald.  Kaep could put up big numbers through the air, but only if his offensive line gives him enough time.

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