In Week 16, fantasy owners are looking to put together the best possible lineup with the pieces that they have left of their roster. By this point of the season, many of the players originally drafted are no longer on fantasy rosters.
Whether it is because they are injured or just underperforming, fantasy owners should take a long look at the waiver wire to see if there is anyone out there that may lead their fantasy team to a championship.
Josh Allen, QB, Buffalo Bills (23 percent owned)
Allen’s fantasy value is entirely dependent on his rushing ability. However, in the past four games, he’s either had 100 rushing yards or a rushing touchdown. He’s had four TD passes in that span as well. The Bills face the New England Patriots in Week 16, and while Allen is a risky start for the fantasy championship, he does have QB2 value.
Nick Foles, QB, Philadelphia Eagles (7 percent owned)
It has already been announced that Foles will be the Week 16 starter for the Eagles. With Carson Wentz dealing with a stress fracture in his back, Foles proved that he was more than capable in Week 15. Foles had a connection with Alshon Jeffrey and led the team to victory. For fantasy owners, Foles’ Week 15 numbers were disappointing: 270 passing yards, no touchdowns and an interception. However, the Eagles face the Houston Texans in Week 16. They have allowed seven touchdowns to opposing quarterbacks in the last four weeks (and that quarterback list is: Marcus Mariota, Baker Mayfield, Andrew Luck and Sam Darnold). Foles is a QB2.
Elijah McGuire, RB, New York Jets (33 percent owned)
After Isaiah Crowell went on injured reserve, the running back job went to McGuire. His stat line over the past two weeks has been similar: 17 and 18 carries respectively, 60 and 42 yards and a touchdown in each of the games. He's also had three receptions in each and 23 and 29 receiving yards. The matchup against the Green Bay Packers is a decent one, and McGuire should be picked up as a low RB2 in all formats.
Jamaal Williams, RB, Green Bay Packers (17 percent owned)
The Green Bay Packers just added Kapri Bibbs (2 percent owned) to their roster. This does not bode well for the availability of Aaron Jones for the rest of the season. He left Week 15 with a knee injury, and Williams will be the lead back for Week 16. In Week 15, Williams had 12 carries for 55 yards and a touchdown, and he added four receptions for 42 yards. If Jones' owners didn’t handcuff him, be sure to grab Williams from the waiver wire. He’s a Week 16 starter on a team that will run the ball.
Kalen Ballage, RB, Miami Dolphins (2 percent owned)
It’s not clear why an injury to Frank Gore is what was needed to get Ballage involved, but so be it. Gore is likely done with a sprained foot and even though Kenyan Drake is still there, look for Ballage to see plenty of work. In Week 15, he had 12 carries that he turned into 123 yards and a touchdown. (Drake had one carry for six yards.) Ballage is an RB3 with upside for Week 16.
Robert Foster, WR, Buffalo Bills (14 percent owned)
Foster probably should have been in the waiver wire column heading into Week 15. Savvy fantasy owners grabbed him and were rewarded with 108 yards and a touchdown. He’s had either a touchdown or 100 yards in four of the past five games. Josh Allen seems to have established a nice connection with Foster, who should be a WR3 for Week 16.
Tim Patrick and DaeSean Hamilton, WRs, Denver Broncos (3 and 22 percent owned)
With Emmanuel Sanders out for the season, fantasy owners thought Courtland Sutton would be the one to step up. However, it’s been Patrick and Hamilton leading the way for the Broncos. In Week 15, Hamilton had the most targets (12) and receptions (7), and Patrick had the most total yards (65). In Week 14, both receivers each had seven receptions. Patrick had 10 targets, Hamilton had nine (and a TD). Both have value, but Hamilton in the slot is the better bet in PPR formats. They are both WR3s.
Gerald Everett, TE, Los Angeles Rams (19 percent owned)
For those that need a tight end, Everett is likely available. He had five receptions for 46 yards in Week 15, and that followed a 4/29/0 stat line in Week 14. He’s not a great tight end, but the position is so weak, that he’s likely going to be ranked in the top 20 for Week 16. The matchup (at Arizona) isn’t great but Everett likely is the best tight end option on the waiver wire.
Vernon Davis, TE, Washington Redskins (9 percent owned)
At this point, most fantasy owners are sticking with their tight end. Davis was a disappointment in Week 15, when he should have had a good game. He did leave for a bit with a neck/head injury, but that doesn’t explain the two receptions for 16 yards on three targets. The Redskins face the Tennessee Titans in Week 16, who are giving up the fewest fantasy points to opposing tight ends. Davis should bounce back in Week 16 (assuming Jeremy Sprinkle doesn’t get another touchdown), but he’s a desperation-only fantasy option.
Defense/Special Teams (DSTs)
Tennessee Titans (50 percent owned)
The Titans face the Washington Redskins in Week 16. Even though Josh Johnson looked decent in Week 15, the team as a whole is just so injured, it’s hard to imagine them putting up points. The Titans DST has come through in good matchups, and this certainly falls into that category.
Indianapolis Colts (26 percent owned)
Since the Titans are owned in half of fantasy leagues, they may not be available for those looking to stream a DST in the fantasy championship. The Colts just held Dak Prescott and the Cowboys to zero points. While that’s not likely going to happen against Eli Manning and the Giants, the Colts DST is a solid 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.