Hard to believe the season is already drawing to a close, but here it is week 16 and for many readers this means the fantasy super bowl week (aka championship round). Congratulations to those of you who made it this far, and while I don’t aim to disappoint you will find few options on your league’s waiver wire at this point in the season…
All players appearing in my waiver wire article are under 50% ownership on Yahoo
Week 16 Waiver Wire Pickups
Jordan Todman – Jacksonville Jaguars – RB (0% owned)
One of the few (if not the only) must adds this week is Jordan Todman of the Jacksonville Jaguars. This is obviously contingent on MJD’s health, so keep an eye on the reports about Jones-Drew’s hamstring, but the Jaguars have little incentive to rush MJD back in a losing season, and quite a bit of incentive to see what they have at running back in Todman. Jordan looked explosive against the Bills in week 15 as he racked up 109 yards on the ground on 25 carries, and if he draws the start again in week 16 Todman can be considered a decent flex option against the Tennessee Titans for owners that have been relying on inconsistent options like Riley Cooper or Nate Burleson.
Kirk Cousins – Washington Redskins – QB (10% owned)
In a 2 quarterback league and not sure about your second option? Kirk Cousins is busy putting on an audition for every team in the NFL that is in need of a QB, and astute fantasy owners can benefit. In week 15 against the Falcons Cousins threw for 381 yards to go with 3 TD’s and 2 INT’s. While the INT’s are obviously cause for concern, there is no denying that the Redskins defense will continue to give up points in bunches, leaving it up to the QB to dig the team out of the hole that has been created. Oh… did I mention the Redskins get the Cowboys in week 16?
Andre Caldwell – Denver Broncos – WR (1% owned)
One of the more surprising performances in week 15 came from Andre Caldwell as he led the Broncos in receptions (6) and caught the only 2 TD’s thrown by Peyton Manning on the day. Andre clearly benefited from the absence of Wes Welker, and with the Broncos looking to secure homefield advantage you can be sure they will be eager to get their stud slot receiver back on the field, so keep an eye on Wes’ status, but if you need to gamble at WR (Victor Cruz owners?) Caldwell could be your guy.
Doug Baldwin – Seattle Seahawks – WR (24% owned)
Another week, another TD for Doug Baldwin of the Seahawks. Doug recorded 6 catches for 71 yards and a TD in week 15 against the Giants, giving him 5 scores on the season. Many readers will want to know why I don’t have him higher in my recommendations, so I will give my brief reasoning. Over his past 4 games (MIN, NO, SF, NYG) Baldwin is averaging just 62 yards per game, albeit with scores in 3 out of 4 contests. With touchdowns being one of the hardest things to predict in fantasy sports I wouldn’t want to bet on Baldwin finding the end zone against the Cardinals in week 16.
The curiosity section
Edwin Baker – Cleveland Browns – RB
Baker came out of nowhere to record 8 carries on Sunday (courtesy of Willis McGahee being on the shelf) but with the New York Jets stifling run defense on deck, no Browns RB should be considered a viable option in week 16
Matt Asiata – Minnesota Vikings – RB
All week it was assumed that either Adrian Peterson or Toby Gerhart would be healthy enough to record the carries in week 15, but with both guys on the shelf it was Matt Asiata who was called in to carry the mail. Asiata received an astounding 30 carries, and lumbered (rolled?) his way to 51 yards and 3 huge scores. Either Peterson or Gerhart should be active in week 16, leaving Asiata with a cool story to tell his grandkids about the one time he scored 3 TD’s in the NFL.