Best fantasy football waiver wire pickups for Week 16
Welcome to the Week 16 waiver wire, where you’ve come to try and find the final inspiration you need to win your fantasy football championship in Week 16 (or get yourself to a final if you play 17 weeks). No matter your situation, we’re here for you. In general, you’ve probably have a stacked team if you made it this far, but injuries could open up a few sleeper opportunities worth exploiting.
We’ll start with the Tampa Bay wide receiving corps. That’s where Mike Evans and Chris Godwin have hurt their hamstrings in consecutive weeks (and Scotty Miller, who caught a touchdown Sunday, got hurt, too). That leaves Breshad Perriman, a former first-round pick who caught three touchdowns in Week 15, as maybe the top available guy on the waiver wire. He’s joined by former SPARQ testing standout Justin Watson in two-wide sets, and we know Jameis Winston will just keep on throwing. Add in a good matchup with the Texans and if you’re looking for a receiving and a Godwin replacement, it should probably just come from the same team.
Similarly, things have opened for the Jaguars passing game with DJ Chark (foot) out. Chris Conley scored twice and Keelan Cole led the team in yards (76) in Week 15. With a matchup against the Falcons on deck for Week 16, both are in play.
Running back help might come from Minnestota, Detroit and Miami. We know, yuck on the last two. But the Lions did that ride the no-name routine again with a guy named Wes Hills, who went to Slippery Rock and had two Sunday touchdowns. He might not matter with Kerryon Johnson (knee) eligible to return from IR, though, and if Kerryon is back, you should add him. For the Dolphins, both Patrick Laird and Myles Gaskin got double-digit touches, and they play the Bengals in Week 16. For the Vikings, it’s unclear who will start next week with Dalvin Cook (shoulder) exiting early last week and Alexander Mattison (ankle) not even suiting up, but Mike Boone handled the bulk of the second-half carries for the Vikings, so both him and Mattison are worth looks.
You’ll also find the usual slew of quarterback and tight end streaming options below, along with a lot of possible D/ST streams. We’ll single out O.J. Howard here in the intro, as the injuries to Tampa Bay’s receivers helped him lead TB in targets last week with eight, which was a season high. You won’t get a more talented TE on the waiver wire this late in the season.
Check back with this list through Tuesday evening, as we’ll be updating it based on injury news, Monday night action and any news that comes out about playing time and late-season shutdowns.