Week 16 Waiver Wire: Fantasy Finals Edition
Week 16 Waiver Wire: Fantasy Finals Edition
Welcome to the Week 16 waiver wire. This is the final edition of the season. If you have been following along all year, thank you! The hope is that this series helped you out at some point over the past 15 weeks. You are likely here again because you are still fighting for something, so congratulations. We have got you covered if you are here for a Chris Godwin or Dalvin Cook replacement for your title match.
The basis of this weekly article is to point out key players at every position who are readily available (less than 40% owned) in Yahoo! and ESPN leagues that you may be able to add to your roster for upside. Percent owned is shown in parentheses.
Keep in mind, each fantasy team and league format is unique, as are scoring and roster formats. Think of this as a road map to your team’s success. Factor in whether or not your league uses PPR scoring, allows you to play two quarterbacks or other variables that impact your decisions to claim a player off of waiver. Let us get started.
We begin the Week 16 waiver wire report with just a couple of notes on the signal-caller position. Not much has changed on the quarterback landscape.
Notable Quarterback Fantasy Nuggets
- Ryan Fitzpatrick (25% Yahoo!, 15.3% ESPN) continues to be heavily under-owned. You can read more about him here. Heading into Monday Night Football, the Harvard grad is the QB6 on the week. He just keeps producing and a matchup versus the one win Cincinnati Bengals is on tap.
- Gardner Minshew (15% Yahoo!, 15.9% ESPN) put up solid numbers in Week 15 and has a matchup against the Atlanta Falcons who allow the fourth-most fantasy points to the position. Expect the rookie to throw more than the 29 times he did against the Oakland Raiders this past week in a game that could be a shoot out.
- If you are desperate, Dwayne Haskins (3% Yahoo!, 2.0% ESPN) had his best game as a pro in Week 16 and faces a New York Giants team that gives up 19.84 fantasy points per week to the quarterback position. This is not a play for the faint of heart, however.
The Week 16 Waiver Wire continues with the running back position. If you own Dalvin Cook and advanced, well done. That injury did open up a potential fill-in for finals week though.
Alexander Mattison/Mike Boone-Minnesota Vikings
If Alexander Mattison (39% Yahoo!, 27.3% ESPN) can get back on the practice field, then he is the preferred add here. However, he did not practice a all last week with a bum ankle. Enter Mike Boone (2% Yahoo!, 0.2% ESPN). The second-year pro made the most of his opportunity when Cook went down in Week 15. In the second half alone, the former Cincinnati Bearcat went for 17.60 PPR points.
There is a chance that Cook or Mattison play this week, but pick up Boone on the off chance that they both sit. The matchup is one that can be exploited. The Green Bay Packers surrender the sixth-most points to the running back position. With the Minnesota Vikings in the driver’s seat for a playoff birth, they may decide to rest their top two rushers. The college numbers do not jump off the chart but keep in mind, it was a crowded backfield during his senior season in 2017.
Notable Running Back Fantasy Nuggets
- Boston Scott (8% Yahoo, 8.3% ESPN) had a second consecutive solid showing. The Louisiana Tech grad has firmly supplanted Jay Ajayi on the depth chart and we do not know when Jordan Howard is coming back. Scott has had 24.80 and 13.50 points respectively over the past two games.
- Wes Hills (0% Yahoo!, 0% ESPN) can safely be avoided. The recent practice squad player saw extra work when Bo Scarborough left with an injury. The latter is expected to play this week. Kerryon Johnson is also close to a return. Do not waste a claim on the small school feel-good story.
Up next in the Week 16 waiver wire report, we have the wideouts. Injuries were a big story at the position once again for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Breshad Perriman-Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Could Breshad Perriman (12% Yahoo!, 9.1% ESPN) finally be getting the opportunity to live up to his draft stock? The former first-round pick showed what he is capable of in Week 15. The Central Florida alum went off for 113 yards and 3 touchdowns against the Detroit Lions. Injuries to Mike Evans and Chris Godwin have blown the door wide open in an offense that has more pass attempts than every team not named the New England Patriots.
Perriman has already seen the second-most targets (49) of his career in Tampa and could surpass his career-high (66) over the final two weeks. Matchups loom against the Houston Texans and Atlanta Falcons. With no one but Scotty Miller and Justin Watson to battle for targets, look for Jameis Winston to look his way often. Perriman has done well with his opportunities when he has gotten them. This is evidenced by the point per receiving opportunity chart courtesy of FFStatistics.
Notable Wide Receiver Fantasy Nuggets
- Anthony Miller (26% Yahoo!, 24.9% ESPN) was the WR5 on the week and had his fifth straight double-digit game. The Memphis grad saw a whopping 15 targets against the Packers in Week 15. A potential shootout is on the horizon against the Kansas City Chiefs.
- Greg Ward (2% Yahoo!, 3.0% ESPN) saw 9 targets for the second straight week. With all of the injuries to the Philadelphia Eagles wideouts, look for that trend to continue in Week 16.
We close the week 16 waiver wire report with the quagmire that is the Tight End position. Here are just a few nuggets to consider when scouring for a fill in if you are still in need at the spot.
Notable Tight End Fantasy Nuggets
- Jonnu Smith (13% Yahoo!, 6.9% EPSN) had a bit of a coming-out party in Week 15. The big tight end hauled in all five of his targets for 60 yards and also rushed for another 57 yards for good measure.
- Mike Gesicki (28% Yahoo!, 25.7% ESPN) continues to be up and down. It is worth noting that the former Nittany Lion did see eight targets in Week 15 and has a matchup with the Bengals on deck.
- David Njoku was a surprise inactive in Week 15 against the Arizona Cardinals in what would have been a dream matchup.
It has been an honor and a privilege to write this series this season. I appreciate the time you have taken to read whether it was every week or you are just finding this. We still need to be active on the wire during the playoffs to stay competitive. The hope is that this article helps make your waiver wire decisions a little bit easier. Come back every Tuesday for the latest rendition of this series to help you build your fake team into a contender if you happened to miss on some draft picks. Injuries play a vital role in fantasy and one of the biggest advantages you can have is to be active on the wire every week. Good luck on your playoff push for the next couple of weeks.