The Waiver Wire “Playoff Edition” – Week 16

It’s Super Bowl week for so many of you who are reading this week’s Waiver Wire article and I am so honored that you have chosen us to put the finishing touches on a championship run. Week 16 is going to mark the end to so many fantasy leagues across this great country and beyond but for a select few week 16 is just the beginning or 2nd round of a championship pursuit. Either way, the TFFGurus are here for you the entire way and look forward to helping all our week 17 warriors to a Super Bowl win. Outside of the drama that is Julio Jones and his toe sprain (sat out week 15 his second week in a row) the injury report to key fantasy contributors is rather light. Terrelle Pryor Sr. hurt his finger and will most likely need off-season surgery to fix it but will suit up this weekend unless he has a major setback during the week of practice. Sproles will be back in the lineup Thursday night and good old Julio will test his toe Wednesday in a controlled full speed workout. Fingers crossed he can lace them up for you come the weekend.

Just a quick PSA announcement because of Christmas falling on a Sunday this year, the NFL’s main slate of games is going to be held on Saturday on top of their traditional Thursday night & Monday night games. Sunday the NFL is going to have two special Christmas day games; Ravens vs Steelers & Broncos vs Chiefs in Sunday Night Football in America. Don’t forget to set those lineups Friday night or Saturday morning.

For the playoffs, I will give you the best choices at each position (plus bonus’s from time to time). This is ranked in order of who I would target first to third. At the end of the day you control your waiver rankings, so go get the guy you want! Without further hesitation let’s dive right into this weeks The Waiver Wire.

Quarterback: 

  1. Tyrod Taylor (ESPN 65% / Yahoo 70%) – I was able to pull out a victory using TyGod last week even with a sub-par performance against the Cleveland Browns but with another juicy matchup at home against the Miami Dolphins leaky secondary Taylor’s potential is too hard to pass up this week. If Sammy can stay on the field more this week I think Taylor has the potential to blow up and ruin the Dolphins chances of a playoff berth.
  2. Colin Kaepernick (ESPN 37% / Yahoo 33%) – I get it Colin Kaepernick is tough to trust especially when you’re you’re faced with the opportunity to win your league championship but with another cupcake matchup in front of him Colin Kaepernick is a viable fantasy option in week 16. Kaepernick had a respectable game last week against Atlanta on the road throwing for 183 yards 2 touchdowns and adding 21 yards on the ground. The Rams are all over the place so to understand how they’re going to come out and play at home is almost impossible but Kaepernick of all people might just win you your league championship this weekend.
  3. Matt Barkley (ESPN 2% / Yahoo 3%) – Who would have ever thought that Matt Barkley would be on this list and might help you win your league championship this weekend? Well, it’s time to recognize how well Barkley has been playing the man is throwing the ball a ton. The last two games Barkley has thrown the ball 75 times and has three touchdowns and also, unfortunately, three interceptions during that same span. This week a cupcake matchup against the Leaky Washington Redskins defense which has giving up 300 yards passing in three straight games is almost too good to pass up on.

Running Back: 

  1. Ty Montogomery (ESPN 58% / Yahoo 60%) – Ty Montgomery is hands-down the number one this week coming off another performance where he found the end zone 2 times, totaling 162 yards on the ground on 16 carries. Green Bay has finally found their running game and with the amount of volume that Montgomery is going to get in week 16 and potentially week 17 no other running back is as valuable at this moment in time on the waiver wire. Minnesota will be a tough matchup but they were just gashed by the Indianapolis Colts last week.
  2. Derrick Henry (ESPN 41% / Yahoo 44%) – Derrick Henry’s involvement in the Tennessee Titans offense continues to grow and he has seen an increased workload over the last two weeks with a total of 21 carries for 100 yards and 2 touchdowns. Jacksonville Jaguars have the 21st ranked rushing defense and they just gave up a double-digit performance to Lamar Miller last week. Henry might just pay off in a big way helping you run your way to league championship.
  3. Dion Lewis (ESPN 43% / Yahoo 48%) – Dion Lewis finally showed the form that made him a fantasy Superstar last year gaining 95 yards on 18 carries against the Denver Broncos last week. Lewis’s value, as well as all New England Patriot positional players, takes a tremendous increase versus the lonely New York Jets who are in off-season mode already.

BONUS: 

  1. Tim Hightower (ESPN 60% / Yahoo 51%) – The Saints are at home which increases Tim Hightower’s value tremendously and Tampa Bay showed last week against the Dallas Cowboys and that amazing offensive line that they can be run on. Don’t expect an Ezekiel Elliott type of performance from Hightower but he might just be able to sneak in a goal-line touchdown or two for ya.
  2. Justin Forsett (ESPN 19% / Yahoo 19%) – Denver’s running game is bad but one thing that can make a bad running game good again is facing the Kansas City Chiefs. As good as the Chiefs have been they’ve been susceptible to the run giving up 17 points in weeks 14 & 15 and 14 points last week to DeMarco Murray in standard leagues. Forsett has Flex Appeal in deeper leagues.

Wide Reciever: 

  1. Tyler Lockett (ESPN 24% / Yahoo 43%) – Tyler Lockett is on fire right now posting 7 catches for 130 yards and a touchdown in the Thursday night Massacre against the Los Angeles Rams. Seattle is throwing the ball as well as they have all year and Lockett is seeing plenty of volume. You mix that with the Arizona Cardinals coming into Seattle this weekend and you have a recipe for success. Lockett is the clear number 1 WR to target on the waiver wire this week.
  2. Dontrelle Inman (ESPN 41% / Yahoo 36%) –  The San Diego Chargers are playing the Cleveland Browns that’s all I should really have to say. Inman has seen increased volume in the passing game and has great potential to find the end zone this week against the worst team in the NFL.
  3. Cameron Meredith (ESPN 24% / Yahoo 33%) – The move to the slot has really paid off for Cameron Meredith who has seen a dramatic increase in targets over the last two weeks. Over that same time, Meredith has been targeted 21 times and has racked up 186 yards receiving and a touchdown. A juicy matchup against the Washington Redskins makes Meredith a prime waiver-wire target.

BONUS: 

  1. Robby Anderson (ESPN 6% / Yahoo 7%) – Robby Anderson continues to ball with three straight double-digit fantasy performances Anderson is clearly Bryce Petty’s number one target and the NY Jets best fantasy option next to Bilal Powell. It looks like Petty will be able to play this weekend against the Patriots which will continue to keep Anderson’s value High. WR3 / Flex appeal for Anderson against a much improved Patriots secondary.
  2. Kenny Stills (ESPN 13% / Yahoo 12%) – If you’re looking for a boom or bust candidate then Kenny Stills is your man. Still’s fantasy value is completely dependent on his ability to find the end zone but he’s been able to do so 3 over the last 4 weeks. Unfortunately, he faces a very tough Buffalo Bills secondary this weekend on the road. The Dolphins need a win to keep their playoff hopes alive and Stills is always a threat for a deep bomb.  
  3. Ted Ginn Jr (ESPN 20% / Yahoo 27%) – Ted Ginn jr. might be the best wide receiver on the Carolina Panthers right now. With 4 touchdowns over his last 5 games, Ginn is seeing healthy target numbers and is turning those opportunities into touchdowns. Looking to the dash the Falcons playoff hopes I like Ginn’s chances of finding the end zone again at home this week.

Tight End: 

  1. Hunter Henry (ESPN 30% / Yahoo 20%) – The Chargers are playing the Browns and the Browns give up the most points to tight ends in the league. Over the last two weeks, the Browns have given up 16 & 13 standard scoring performances and even though Hunter Henry is the second TE option in San Diego I still like his chances to score a touchdown this week.
  2. Charles Clay (ESPN 10% / Yahoo 13%) – Clay found the end zone for the 2nd straight week and posted seven catches for 72 yards against the worst defense in the NFL the Cleveland Browns. Another favorable matchup faces Clay at home versus the Miami Dolphins who have given up 24 passing touchdowns this year. Clay is once again a great tight end streaming option this week.
  3. Ryan Griffen (ESPN 3% / Yahoo 2%) – Griffen came in for an injured CJ Fiedorowicz who sustained a concussion in Sunday’s game versus the Jacksonville Jaguars. Griffen immediately had a great rapport with backup quarterback Tom Savage. Griffen could see the start Saturday night if Fiedorowicz is not able to clear concussion protocol in a short week. Griffen has a fantastic matchup versus a Bangles secondary at home who have given up the 3rd most fantasy points to tight ends this year.

Defense:

  1. San Diego Chargers (ESPN 37% / Yahoo 30%) – They are playing the Browns!
  2. Los Angelas Rams (ESPN 23% / Yahoo 53%) – They are playing the 49ers!
  3. Tennessee Titans (ESPN 16% / Yahoo 11%) – They are playing Jacksonville!

Kicker: 

  1. Caleb Sturgis (ESPN 43% / Yahoo 30%) – Sturgis has made 7 FGs over the past 2 weeks and faces a Giants defense that has given up the 7th most fantasy points to kickers this year.
  2. Chris Boswell (ESPN 10% / Yahoo 42%) – Boswell connected on all 6 of his FG attempts Sunday and finally gets to go home to face their divisional rivals the Ravens. Baltimore’s inability to stop the pass could lead to plenty of opportunities for Boswell Sunday.
  3. Will Lutz (ESPN 23% / Yahoo 10%) – Lutz has been money all year at home and the Saints looked great on Sunday on the road in Arizona. Lutz should have plenty of opportunities Saturday on the fast track in New Orleans.

Well there you have it week 16 of The Waiver Wire Playoff Edition is in the books. I will see you all next Tuesday for our last article of the season! Remember to send us your lineup questions on Twitter @TFFGurus, @DaFantasyFather, @TheFantasyBoys, and @DecoyLife. Or if you want to go old school shoot us an email at insider@tffgurus.com or check out our Facebook page called The Fantasy Football Gurus.  We’re here to help you, and if you need more Guru help, be sure to listen to our weekly podcasts by checking out Trophy Time on Google Play, Stitcher Radio, and iTunes

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