Well folks we’ve finally made it. After 4 short months week 16 of the fantasy football season is here. For many this will be championship week, and the good news is that there weren’t any major injuries to report coming out of this past week’s games. This also means that the waiver wire will be bare once again, but at this point you should have a pretty good idea of which players on your roster you can count on. Dontrelle Inman leads a rather underwhelming group of pickups this week. If you have any questions at all, feel free to post them here below the article, and I’ll be happy to help!
I will cover the guys who I consider the top week 16 waiver wire add at each position. There will also be a list below each position highlighting other players of interest. For the most part I recommend starting the lineup that got you to this point.
All players listed are owned in 50% or fewer of Yahoo leagues
Inman headlines Week 16 Waiver Wire Pickups
Dontrelle Inman – San Diego Chargers (36% owned)
Over his last 8 games Inman has averaged 7.1 targets per game. If you’re in a competitive league hopefully he has already been scooped up, as Dontrelle will now be facing the lackluster Cleveland Browns defense in week 16. Over his last 4 weeks Inman has been even more electric for the Chargers as he scored 3 times, while racking up 307 yards (76.75 per game). For owners in any type of PPR format Dontrelle Inman has been a must add for a while now. If he is still available for some reason in your league, and either you or your opponent need a WR be sure to scoop him up.
Assuming Inman is long gone, the next best WR waiver acquisition appears to be Robby Anderson from the New York Jets. Robby is Bryce Petty’s favorite target, and it looks like Petty should be ok for week 16.
Other Options: Robby Anderson (7% vs NE), Tyler Lockett (43% vs ARI), Marqise Lee (16% vs TEN), J.J. Nelson (27% @ SEA), John Brown (43% @ SEA), Michael Floyd (44% vs NYJ)
Justin Forsett – Denver Broncos (19% owned)
Hopefully you’re not in a situation where you need to add a running back. There are currently no great options available, but if you do need someone Forsett is probably your best option. Justin saw more touches than Booker for the second straight week, seeing 10 carries for 37 yards compared to Booker’s 6 for 17. Forsett also saw more receptions (4) than Booker (2). Now, for the bad. This will clearly remain a timeshare for the remainder of the season. The Broncos O-line is not getting any better, meaning both running backs will find it hard to gain significant yardage. Trevor Siemian’s play is unlikely to improve in the final week, and the Broncos are facing a tough defense in Kansas City week 16. If you absolutely have to have a running back, Forsett is your guy. Otherwise I’d move along to another position.
Other Options: Dwayne Washington (16% @ DAL), Paul Perkins (13% @ PHI), Ronnie Hillman (3% vs CLE)
Ryan Griffin – Houston Texans (2% owned)
If you go after Ryan Griffin, make sure you pick up the right guy as there is also a Ryan Griffin (QB) for Tampa Bay. C.J. Fiedorowicz remained in the concussion protocol this past Sunday which gave Ryan Griffin an increased workload against the Jaguars. Despite a tough TE matchup on paper, Griffin was able to post 8 receptions for 85 yards with a combo of Osweiler and Savage at QB. The TE position has been heavily targeted all year for Houston, and this game was no fluke. If Fiedorowicz is out again in week 16, Ryan Griffin stands to see 6+ targets with a decent shot at the end zone vs the Bengals. If you need TE help and are considering guys in a timeshare like Jack Doyle or Hunter Henry, my first look would be at Ryan Griffin. Keep in mind if C.J. Fiedorowicz comes back Griffin will once again be waiver wire fodder.
Other Options: Hunter Henry (19% vs CLE), Charles Clay (12% vs MIA)
Defense / Special Teams
San Diego Chargers (29% owned)
There will surely be a mad scramble to add the Chargers defense this week, as they head in to Cleveland to take on the Browns. San Diego has now recorded at least 1 sack and 1 INT in 4 straight games. Streaming against the Browns has been a viable strategy for most of the season, and that should continue as we head into the championship week. If you’re looking to pick up a DST off waivers the Chargers would be my first target.
Dallas Cowboys (48% owned)
The Cowboys are playing like Super Bowl contenders this season with solid production on both offense and defense. In week 16 they will face a Detroit Lions squad that was just shut down by the New York Giants. (NYG 12 fantasy points last Sunday). Dallas has now recorded at least 3 sacks in 3 straight games, while also totaling 4 INTs and 4 Fumble recoveries over that time span. If you are unable to pick up San Diego, then Dallas should be your next best bet.
Other Options: Cincinnati (40% @ HOU), Green Bay (37% vs MIN)
That wraps up our week 16 waiver wire pickups. Always happy to answer any questions you may have in the comments section below. Good luck winning your championship this year!