Fantasy Football Week 16 Waiver Wire: Essential pickups for championship games
We're just a win away, friends. Let's get this trophy. If your fantasy roster needs patching, we are here for you. All of the players recommended below (with one exception) are available in at least 50 percent of the Yahoo Leagues. All are approved for immediate use.
Running backs who can win us a ring
Tony Pollard, Dallas Cowboys (46%)
Ezekiel Elliott couldn't have done better.
Okay, it's possible the 2016 version of Zeke could have done better, but definitely not the 2020 model.
Pollard played and celebrated to the relief of the injured Elliott on Sunday. He carried the ball a dozen times for 69 yards and two points and added six catches for an additional 63 yards on nine targets. Zeke's understudy broke the plane on a 1-yard jump in the first quarter and later gave his team a two-point lead with that ridiculous touchdown in the fourth quarter ...
This is as good as anyone else we saw on Sunday. Pollard averaged 4.9 YPC in two NFL seasons so his explosiveness was already well established. If Elliott is postponed or restricted when Dallas takes on Philly next week, Pollard has a clear chance of becoming a league winner.
Suggested deal assuming a $ 100 budget: you can't put it in 2021 folks. Spend it all to get everything you need. This is title week.
Salvon Ahmed, Miami Dolphins (34%)
Almost all injury news in Miami was horrific by week 15, but at least Ahmed was able to return from his shoulder problem. Ahmed reclaimed the prominent role in the team's backfield, contributing 22 times for 123 yards and a 1-yard score. He also gave us a 5 yard reception and 2 point tag which was very much appreciated. The dolphins simply ran over the Patriots on Sunday when Matt Breida soared 86 yards and the team ended up on the ground with a whopping 250 yards.
Ahmed is not banned from holding the role featured in Week 16 as Myles Gaskin should be returning from the reserve / COVID-19 list soon. But he definitely played well enough to deserve extra snaps and touches. Miami heads to Vegas next week to face a raiders defense that allows 4.6 yards per carry and 125.8 rushing yards per game.
Offer: See above. It's championship week folks. Get your boys.
Le'Veon Bell, Kansas City Chiefs (54%)
Bell is technically just under our 50 percent availability threshold, but we can't ignore the Kansas City backcourt after rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire's ugly injury on Sunday. (CEH was fielded after the late injury as he couldn't put any weight on his left leg. Not good.) Bell is also the rare player to be dropped in competitive leagues rather than the occasional fantasy pools at least one chance that You can find him on the wire. He had a productive game in a difficult situation in New Orleans, converting 16 strokes into 76 yards, including a walk-in score from a radio button ...
You don't need an expert to tell you that a Kansas City queuing for double-digit touches is a reasonable fancy option. Bell deserves attention ahead of next week's game against Atlanta. We should note that Darrel Williams held a minor supporting role in the Chiefs' backfield throughout the season and could see additional usage in week 16.
Offer: SPEND IT. Yahoo will not reimburse your unspent FAB.
Other Interesting RBs: Jeff Wilson Jr. (just in case he's still in your league despite being 56 percent in the squad; Raheem Mostert left the game in Dallas, which is still affected by his ankle injury) , Benny Snell Jr. and Jaylen Samuels (either or both might get interesting if James Conner battles a quad problem), Sony Michel (worn ten times for 74 yards on Sunday, Damien Harris paused with an ankle injury), Trayveon Williams (for Cincinnati mostly hopeless on the track) but worth noting that in week 14 he handled 12 transfers against Dallas.
Quarterbacks for championship hunting
Jalen Hurts, Philadelphia Eagles (39% on roster)
Whatever you thought, Hurts still had to prove he was week 15, he checked those boxes on Sunday. He was fantastic in a 33:26 shootout with Kyler Murray and the cards, a game that wasn't decided until a series of deep end zone shots were knocked away. The pain passed for 338 yards and three TDs associated with nine different receivers, and he rushed for 63 yards and one more score. Two of his three points went to Greg Ward, both perfectly placed.
Hurts has run 169 yards over its two starts, which is basically a Lamar-level production. He's getting Dallas next week, so you can get him to the ground for another 80 yards before we even think about his temporary potential. Get him if you can. Even if you don't have a need at quarterback, you don't want to go up against hurts in week 16.
Mitchell Trubisky, Chicago Bears (12%)
Well, he landed the plane to Chicago on Sunday, but not without incident. It is rarely a clinic with Trubisky as we may have mentioned in previous weeks. And yet we are here. The Bears are now 7-7, winners of their last two games, and travel to Jacksonville for another brilliant matchup. Trubisky has thrown eight touchdown passes (along with three interceptions) in his last four games while running 73 yards (and losing a few fiddles). The Jaguars have many incentives to lose and the team's defense allows for a league-worst 8.2 yards per try.
Various other QB options: Marcus Mariota (not an ideal matchup against Miami, but he threw a few pennies Thursday night and we know he has an uptrend), Baker Mayfield (who still qualified below the 50% mark TD game and he's facing the jets), Andy Dalton (ridiculous guns at his disposal and a not so scary matchup with Philly).
Broad recipients for title-winning rosters
Russell Gage, Atlanta Falcons (24%)
Gage has caught or thrown a touchdown pass in each of his last three games, ending Sunday with five catches for 68 yards, including that short score ...
He's scored 10 goals in the Tampa loss and seen 42 chances in the last five games so volume doesn't matter. The upcoming matchup with Kansas City should also be relatively imaginative.
Julio Jones was sidelined again last week with a hamstring injury, despite not throwing in the towel in his 2020 season. When it returns to the mix, it returns as a target magnet. Still, Gage remains a recipient of interest for any type of PPR format.
Rashard Higgins, Cleveland Browns (25%)
As soon as the Browns stopped playing their games in monsoon conditions, Higgins began producing at a level useful for fantasy purposes. He has received 239 yards and two touchdowns on 16 catches in his last three games, and exceeded 60 yards in five of his last eight games. He's just a good player with highlight catching skills who has been producing essentially at Odell Beckham's level since OBJ in week 7. Beckham averaged 3.8 receptions and 53.2 yards per game for the first six weeks of the season. Higgins has averaged 3.8 receptions and 61.4 yards per game over the past eight games.
Hollywood will be classified as a viable WR3 in a friendly with the Jets next week. Keep him in your waiver plans.
Additional WRs to Consider: Lynn Bowden Jr. (caught six of his seven goals against the Patriots, added a 9 yard run), A.J. Green (he reappeared in Week 14 with six catches for 62 yards and a score on seven goals), Tyron Johnson (he has nine catches for 116 yards and two points in his last two games, with chances increasing due to various LAs injuries Receiving Corps), Keke Coutee (touchdowns in consecutive games and seven goals on Sunday), Darnell Mooney (one more point on Sunday and the Jaguar defense on deck).
Tight ends on the wire: Austin Hooper (he hit five of his six goals, including a touchdown, on Sunday night; this week he's given a Jets defense that allows 13 TDs in the league to hit tight ends), Dawson Knox (one another week) Dan Arnold (he's produced 142 yards and three TDs in his last three games, which is more than enough to get fantasy relevant at TE in 2020).
Cardinals of Arizona (34%)
Despite the fact that Jalen Hurts was about to face Arizona Supernova, card defense actually had a decent day in terms of imagination thanks to the six sacks. This team is fourth in the NFL with 43 sacks (11.0 by Haason Reddick) and the unit only allows 6.9 yards per pass attempt. It's a respectable group that we can't necessarily say for every defensive streaming option. Arizona gets the Niners' remains at week 16. We don't yet know who will be behind downtown San Francisco, but it won't intimidate anyone. Nick Mullens has thrown 12 picks and fumbled six times in his 10 games this season.
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