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Waiver Wire Week 16: Duke Johnson, Amon-Ra St. Brown, James O'Shaughnessy

If Jared Goff is active, look to start Amon-Ra St. Brown in Week 16
Tua Tagovailoa, Miami Dolphins

If you need a quarterback for Week 16, consider adding Tua Tagovailoa

Fantasy managers who were able to win in Week 15 get to advance to Week 16 … perhaps without any of their Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It was a brutal week for fantasy, between games being moved because of COVID-19 and players underperforming. However, every week needs to be played and a winner is determined, even if that is a winner who started Duke Johnson in Week 15. If you are moving on to Week 16, be sure to adjust your lineup to be the best possible. There may be some players to add from your waiver wire who can get you a win in Week 16.


Tua Tagovailoa, QB Miami Dolphins (47 percent rostered)

It's hard to trust Tagovailoa, but for those who are desperate, he might be a decent fantasy option. The Dolphins play the New Orleans Saints, who looked good against the Bucs in Week 15 but also allowed Tom Brady to throw four touchdowns against them the first time they met up. Tagovailoa should have Jaylen Waddle back in Week 16. Even without Waddle, he threw for two touchdowns in Week 15. He'll be ranked as a QB2 this week.

Running Backs

Duke Johnson, RB, Miami Dolphins (2 percent rostered)

Myles Gaskin was never the answer, but that's not to say that Johnson is either. However, in his one week, Johnson's 127 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns were more than Gaskin has had in a single game yet this season. While the Dolphins may choose to utilize both backs, Johnson is the one to own for Week 16 at least. The Dolphins face the Saints, and Johnson will be an RB2 for that matchup.

Ronald Jones II, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (35 percent rostered)

Leonard Fournette left the Week 15 game with a hamstring injury, which will likely cost him Week 16. His replacement will be Jones, who clearly is not at the same level as Fournette. Jones had eight carries for 63 yards in Week 15. He added two receptions for eight yards. Ke'Shawn Vaughn will also be in the picture, and both backs may end up splitting work. The Bucs play Carolina in Week 16, and Jones is only an RB3 for that match-up.

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Wide Receivers

Amon-Ra St. Brown, WR, Detroit Lions (30 percent rostered)

St. Brown has had double-digit targets in each of the past three games. He's caught 26 passes in those three games and has two touchdowns. The Lions face the Atlanta Falcons in Week 16, which is a good match-up. Fantasy managers should just keep an eye on Jared Goff's status, as he was added to the COVID list today. While it is easier for players to get off that list, if Goff is out, St. Brown's value goes down.

Gabriel Davis, WR, Buffalo Bills (19 percent rostered)

While Davis' big games have come when Emmanuel Sanders has been out, the Bills look to be without Cole Beasley for Week 16 (the unvaccinated Beasley tested positive for the virus). Sanders was doubtful for Week 15 after not practicing, so it doesn't look great for him to return either. The absence of both wideouts paves the way for Davis, who has four touchdowns in the past three weeks. He also has five receptions in each of the past two games, and his target share is on the rise. Assuming he wasn't breathing the air near Beasley, Davis will be a WR3 against the Patriots in Week 16.

Tight End

James O'Shaughnessy, TE, Jacksonville Jaguars (2 percent rostered)

O'Shaughnessy caught all four of his targets in Week 15 for 60 yards. He has had at least four targets since the bye week, although he hasn't done a lot with them. His 60 yards are the most so far this season. However, the Jags face the New York Jets in Week 16. While that sounds like a dull game to watch, it certainly provides opportunities for fantasy players. O'Shaughnessy is a decent streaming option.

Defense/Special Teams (DST)

Seattle Seahawks (35 percent rostered)

For those looking, the Philadelphia Eagles and the Los Angeles Chargers are also good streaming options this week, but both are at about 50 percent rostered. A DST that is more widely available is the Seahawks, who face the Chicago Bears in Week 16. The Bears are a great matchup for opposing DSTs, as Justin Fields takes sacks and the Bears don't put up a lot of points. The Bears have given up multiple sacks in 12 of 14 games this season. They are also known for an interception or two. The Seahawks are a nice streaming option.

— Written by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.