2019 NFL Fantasy Football Week 16 Waiver Wire Pickups

NFL Week 16 Fantasy Football waiver wire and injury help is here!

RUNNING BACKS: Raheem Mostert, Mike Boone, Alexander Mattison

WIDE RECEIVERS: A.J. Beown, Anthony Miller, Deebo Samuel, Breshad Perriman, Greg Ward Jr

TIGHT ENDS: Dallas Goedert, Kyle Rudolph, Jack Doyle, Jacob Hollister

QUARTERBACKS: Ryan Fitzpatrick, Dwayne Haskins, Eli Manning

DEFENSE / SPECIAL TEAMS: Denver Broncos, Indianapolis Colts



RUNNINGACK (RB)

Raheem Mostert, RB, San Francisco 49ers (currently owned in % of all ESPN leagues):
Mostert is the hottest running back in the 49ers backfield.  His big play potential has helped him find paydirt four weeks in a row and he has 5 touchdowns in his last four games.  The biggest thing to note in last week's matchup against the Falcons is that he had more touches than Coleman and Brenda combined even though both were healthy.  Mostert should be rostered in all formats and is worth flexing this week against a stout Rams front.

Mike Boone, RB, Minnesota Vikings (currently owned in % of all ESPN leagues):
Boone stepped in as the next man up for a Vikings backfield that didn't have Alexander Mattison.  Dalvin Cook left the game with a shoulder injury.  Boone had 13 carries for 56 yards and a pair of touchdowns.  While he wasn't involved in the passing game, he could get additional touches if Diggs and Cook are sidelined.  The Vikings need to generate offense and the 5'10", 206lb sophomore from the University of Cincinnati Bearcats could play a big role against a Packers defense that has struggled to stop the run.  He's worth rostering and starting if Mattison can't go.

Alexander Mattison, RB, Minnesota Vikings (currently owned in % of all ESPN leagues):
Mattison came in to spell Cook occasionally throughout the year and has looked good doing it.  The Vikings said they would dedicate themselves more to the run this year and have done just that, making Dalvin Cook one of the league's leading rushers.  However, Cook left last week's game against the Chargers with a shoulder injury, and the extent of his injury is unclear.  Mattison also remained sidelined with an ankle issue of his own.  If Cook can't go, Mattison would be the next man up.  Mattison should've been owned by most Cook owners as a handcuff given Cook's injury history, but he's even more valuable now with Cook sidelined.  Monitor Cook's injury before starting Mattison this week.

WIDE RECEIVER (WR)

A.J. Brown, WR, Tennessee Titans (currently owned in 69.9% of all ESPN leagues):
Brown has turned into a true number one wideout for the Titans.  He's scored 4 touchdowns in 4 games and his target share nearly doubled from last week.  He brought in 8 of his 13 targets for 114 yards and a pair of scores against a porous Texans secondary.  He coul face stiffer competition from a relatively strong Saints pass defense, but he's tough to bring down with the ball in his and racks up the yards after the catch.  He's worth a start this week.

Anthony Miller, WR, Chicago Bears (currently owned in 24.9% of all ESPN leagues):
Miller was heavily targeted again in the passing game.  He’s been surging rapidly throughout the last month and he was a key part of the Bears offense after they fell behind early in last week's do or die matchup in Green Bay.  He topped 100 yards for the second time in three weeks and he's found the endzone 2 weeks in a row.  He was targeted on 15 of Trubisky's 53 pass attempts which is over 28%.  He's worth picking up off the waiver wire and getting into starting lineups. 

Breshad Perriman, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (currently owned in 9.1% of all ESPN leagues):
Perriman might be the ultimate boom or bust fantasy player.  He's struggled with injuries for most of his career and he's a bit of a one trick pony.  Nevertheless, speed kills and Perriman has plenty of it.  He's now with his third NFL team in 5 years.  Funny thing is he doubled his career touchdown total with this season, including three of them in the last matchup with the Lions.  He should see additional targets with Mike Evans and Chris Godwin sidelined at the moment.  Bruce Arians doesn't really use his tight ends as pass catchers which gives Perriman additional upside.  He's a flex flier against a soft Texans secondary if Evans (hamstring) and Godwin (hamstring) are unable to go. 

Deebo Samuel, WR, San Francisco 49ers (currently owned in 55.6% of all ESPN leagues):
Samuel basically laid an egg last week against the Falcons.  He caught just one of his 3 targets last week for 29 yards.  However, he's used in quick underneath routes and uses his speed to rack up yards after the catch.  Kittle and Sanders could draw Jalen Ramsey in coverage this week which could free up Deebo.  The 49ers may also choose to dump it off to Samuel to try and negate Aaron Donald and company.  His target share may be inconsistent, but his big play potential certainly contributes to his upside. 

Greg Ward Jr, WR, Philadelphia Eagles (currently owned in 3% of all ESPN leagues):
Yes, that's right, the Eagles are down to their second and third string receiving options.  With Alshon seemingly done for the year and Agholor questionable, it was Greg Ward who stepped up for Philly to fill the role.  Wentz needs someone to throw the ball to and Ward caught 7 of his 9 targets for 61 yards and a touchdown.  He could continue to be targeted with Ertz, Goedert, and Arcega-Whiteside drawing most of the coverage in a home game against the Cowboys.  Bear in mind that this is a total dart throw.

TIGHT END (TE)

Dallas Goedert, TE, Philadelphia Eagles (currently owned in 42.9% of all ESPN leagues):
Goedert has become a tight end to own especially in PPR leagues.  Pederson loves using his tight ends and the Eagles are rapidly running out of viable receiving options.  Goedert has averaged 6.6 targets, 4.8 catches, and 46 per game in his last 5 games and could get an even larger workload if Agholor remains sidelined this week, especially against a fierce Cowboys pass rush.

Kyle Rudolph, TE, Minnesota Vikings (currently owned in 63.6% of all ESPN leagues):
He blocks and he catches which means Rudolph is on the field for most of the Vikings' offensive snaps.  Diggs' injury could mean that Rudolph could see additional targets next week against the Packers.  Cousins will need to dump the ball off early which means Rudolph would be a big, friendly receiving options working the middle of the field.  Diggs' will have an extra day to recover before a Monday night matchup against Green Bay with playoff implications.  Nevertheless, Rudolph is worth rostering and starting if Diggs can't go. 

Jack Doyle, TE, Indianapolis Colts (currently owned in 66.3% of all ESPN leagues):
It's no secret that the Colts are short of receiving options.  Ebron is done for the year and Hilton seems to be questionable just about every week.  Doyle has been one of Brissett's go-to targets and should remain at the top of the pecking order.  He’s caught just 4 passes for 48 yards in his last 2 games, but he’s due to bounce back against a Panthers coverage unit that’s looked leaky at best.

Jacob Hollister, TE, Seattle Seahawks (currently owned in 44.7% of all ESPN leagues):
Hollister has worked himself into the Seahawks' offense.  The Cardinals are also one of the worst teams defending against tight ends which means Hollister could have a big night if the Seahawks choose to exploit this weakness.  This is a matchup-based high-risk, high-reward streaming option with upside that could pay dividends.  Hollister has averaged 5 targets, 3.75 catches and 30.75 yards per game in his last 4 games.

QUARTERBACK (QB)

Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Miami Dolphins (currently owned in 15.7% of all ESPN leagues):
Fitzmagic has gotten on a roll lately slinging it all around the field.  He's linked up with DeVante Parker for 4 touchdowns in their last three games now.  The Bengals have an underrated coverage unit but Fitzpatrick has looked better and better with every game.  He appears more and more comfortable in Miami's offense and with his receivers.  He could be a sneaky start in some championships this week.

Dwayne Haskins, QB, Washington Redskins (currently owned in 2% of all ESPN leagues):
The Haskins to McLaurin connection is as real now as it was during their time at Ohio State together.  Haskins faces a Giants coverage unit that looked leaky at best with Janoris Jenkins.  Big Blue’s defense will struggle even more now with Jackrabbit waived and now a part of the Saints’ defensive backfield.  Haskins completed 19 of his 28 attempts for 261 yards, 2 TD’s and no picks last week.  He could be a sneaky start this week.

Eli Manning, QB, New York Giants (currently owned in 10.3% of all ESPN leagues):
If Daniel Jones can’t go this week, Eli could be back for potentially the last NFC East division showdown of his career.  He would sling it against a Redskins coverage unit that surrendered 266 yards and 3 touchdowns to the Eagles just a week ago.  Washington's secondary has looked lost all year and the Giants have arguably better receiving options than the Eagles.  Eli could have a big day if the Redskins try to stop the run first.

DEFENSE / SPECIAL TEAMS (D/ST)

Denver Broncos (currently owned in 18.8% of all ESPN leagues):
The Lions travel to Mile High Stadium to take on a team with a head coach that knows them well.  Vic Fangio was the Defensive Coordinator that coached an underrated Bears unit from 2015 to 2018.  The Broncos’ home field advantage, the Possible start of  the Lions’ third string QB, and Fangio’s knowledge of the Lions’ offensive players and their weaknesses could make this defense a sneaky start this week.

Indianapolis Colts (currently owned in 41.1% of all ESPN leagues):
The Colts got steamrolled on Monday night at the Superdome.  Their defense couldn’t stay off the field and surrendered 34 points to a high powered Saints offense without recording a single turnover.  They’ll have a much softer matchup at home this week against the Panthers’ third string QB Will Grier.  It’ll be tough to stop Christian McCaffery, but the Panthers could still be reeling from the loss of their head coach as well as a 6 game losing streak.  The Colts defense is a solid streaming option this week.

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