Waiver Wire Pickups Week 16
Running Back 8.3% owned
Strictly a PPR option for those of you in deeper leagues, Scott has stepped up in Jordan Howard’s absence, catching 13 balls in the past two weeks for 108 yards while rushing for a touchdown and another 85 yards. His value is strictly tied to the health of Howard, as he would most likely go back to being irrelevant if Howard is able to play this week. Next up is the most important game of the year for the Eagles as they battle for the NFC East crown and a playoff spot, so they will need all hands on deck when they take on Dak and the Cowboys.
Running Back 0.2% owned
With Alexander Mattison out and Dalvin Cook going down, Boone stepped up for the Vikes in the form of 56 yards and two touchdowns. Early indications are that Cook has a very good chance of suiting up, so I would only add Boone as an end of bench stash in the off-chance that Cook does end up missing.
Wide Receiver 24.9% owned
For some reason, Miller is still available in over 75% of leagues. He has been on an absolute tear this past month and kept the momentum going with a nine catch 118-yard performance with a touchdown. Next week he gets a tougher matchup against Kansas City but his snap rate and target share has been too good to ignore. Going against Pat Mahomes, there is a very good chance that the Bears are going to be playing from behind for most of the game, which is good news for Miler and the Bears passing game.
Wide Receiver 9.1% owned
The hero of Week 15, Perriman should be called upon early and often next week against the Houston Texans and their porous pass defense as Chris Godwin and Scotty Miller went down with injury. Add that on top of the already injured Mike Evans and Perriman will be the Buccaneers number one receiver next week. While Miller is a question mark, Godwin is most definitely out for the remainder of the season. Teammate Justin Watson is also a name worth monitoring in deeper leagues as it should be him and Perriman starting in all two-receiver sets. OJ Howard is also a name to watch, coming off a season-high 8 targets. He and Brate will be more involved with all the injuries to the wide receivers.
Tight End 44.7% owned
This is the obligatory “Tight End playing the Arizona Cardinals” notification. Ricky Seals-Jones just ripped the Cardinals for two touchdowns this week and now in championship week, Hollister could do the same for your team in the finals. Josh Gordon just got suspended indefinitely which will open up a few more looks Hollister’s way when Russ is looking for a bigger body not named DK Metcalf. Fire up Hollister as a Top 8 TE this week with confidence.
- Greg Ward is looking like the best bet at receiver for the Eagles. If you are in a deeper league, he could provide a nice floor in PPR leagues where you may be hurting for contributors due to injuries or whatnot.
- John Ross will be an intriguing option next week against the Dolphins. He is available in about 89% of leagues right now.
- Keep an eye on DJ Charks’ status, if he were to miss, Chris Conley would again be a nice flex play after scoring twice this past weekend. Next up is a very beatable Atlanta secondary.
- Danny Amendola quietly paced the Lions with 13 targets against the Bucs and converted them into eight catches for 102 yards. With Marvin Jones out of the picture, Amendola could make for a solid PPR flex championship week.
- In addition to Jacob Hollister and Oj Howard as I stated in my Breshad Perriman piece, other TE streamers this week include Noah Fant, Mike Gesicki, Dallas Goedert, Jonnu Smith and Jack Doyle.
Brandon aka @Doublehfantasy1 has been playing fantasy football (and winning championships) since 2002. He has a special place in his heart for larger leagues and lives by the motto, “If you’re in a 10 team league, first thing you should do as commissioner is add more people”. Brandon is dedicated to providing deeper analysis on players after years of seeing useless vanilla takes all over the mainstream fantasy world for years. Brandon is a life long South Jersey resident but the only thing he loves more than a good beer is the Buccaneers. Go Bucs!