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Through The Wire - Week 16
12/19/16; Updated: 12/20/16 Users...
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Targeting weekly waiver picks is a completely subjective business, but this column hopes to point out some obvious and not-so-obvious selections to help your team from week to week while you strive to collect fantasy wins, reach your league playoffs and win the elusive title that your friends say is out of your grasp. While I’m a big proponent of making trades to bolster your roster, the waiver wire can be an almost limitless resource when it comes to discovering fantasy value in strange places. Each week, I’ll highlight some of the popular (and not-so-popular) players who can help your squad and may still be available in your league.

Feedback is always welcome, appreciated and encouraged. I’ll get to as many e-mails as I can.

Tom Savage is likely to be the Texans QB moving forward after Brock Osweiler was benced in Week 15.


Tyrod Taylor, BUF – The Dolphins have played well recently, but the Bills passing game has looked better as well, and Taylor can do a lot more with his legs than the other QBs the Dolphins have faced. But Colin Kaepernick (another mobile QB) lit them up for 296-3-1 and 113 rushing yards in Week 12.

Joe Flacco, BAL – UPDATE: Flacco is just a high-end QB2 this week, but if you’re desperate and need someone who’s reliable and available in a majority of leagues, Flacco is that dude.

Tom Savage, HOU – Who knows? Maybe Savage, who led the Texans to a comeback victory over the Jaguars in Week 15, can figure out how to get the ball to DeAndre Hopkins and solve what has been a solid Cincy secondary the past few weeks. He hasn’t been named the new starter just yet, but it wouldn’t be a surprise if that news came in the next couple of days.

UPDATE: Savage is getting the call in Week 16. This should be interesting.


Alex Smith, KC – Once again, Smith took what should have been a favorable matchup and hosed his owners, throwing for 163-0-1 and adding a rushing TD that represented about half of his fantasy value. He’s not on the radar for Week 16 against the Broncos.

Sam Bradford, MIN – Okay, well now I’m 0-for-2. Bradford tied his worst fantasy output of the season with 291-0-1 and a lost fumble. I didn’t anticipate the Vikings having Adrian Peterson available this week, but even he struggled mightily against a relatively weak Colts defense.

Matt Barkley, CHI – Yikes. It’s a good thing Barkley threw for 362 passing yards and two TDs, because the four turnovers (three INT, one lost fumble) would have been difficult to stomach otherwise. Hopefully your QBs were healthy with decent matchups and you didn’t have to start any of these bums.

Running Backs

Dion Lewis, NE – Lewis (50-75 percent owned) rushed for 95 yards on 18 carries and added 2-9-0 receiving. He’s the Pats’ best all-purpose back and could get more touches in the coming weeks. He’s got added upside and value in PPR leagues as well.

Paul Perkins, NYG – Perkins (25-40 percent owned) didn’t get the majority of touches versus the Lions (Rashad Jennings has 18 carries for 38 yards), but he looked better running the ball, totaling 56 rushing yards on just 11 carries. He’ll likely shoulder a larger workload against the Eagles in Week 16.

UPDATE: Shane Vereen re-injured his triceps in Week 15, so it looks like it’ll be just Perkins and Jennings this week.

Justin Forsett, DEN – Forsett is the lead back going forward, and he had 37 rushing yards in 10 carries (and 4-16-0 receiving) against the Pats. Devontae Booker can be dropped in some redraft leagues.

Darren McFadden, DAL – UPDATE: So it appears McFadden will be the first to get the call should Elliott get rested in either of the final two games. He’d be an RB1 in Week 17 if the Cowboys clinch home field and Elliott sits.


Adrian Peterson, MIN – Peterson practiced well enough to be active for the Week 15 game, receiving six carries in the loss to the Colts. He totaled 22 yards on the ground and a lost fumble, but should find more success in his second week back against the Packers. Consider him an RB2 with moderate upside.

Dwayne Washington, DET – The Giants run defense looked stellar against the Lions, holding Washington to just 31 yards on 14 carries. The rookie back added 2-9-0 on four targets and has a tough matchup against Dallas in Week 16, when lead back Theo Riddick may also return.

Charles Sims, TB – Sims had just 4 yards on three carries but added 3-15-0 receiving in the loss to Dallas. He’s a low-upside, PPR-specific RB3 going forward.

Bilal Powell, NYJ – Powell was sharp in Saturday night, rushing for 84 yards on 16 carries and adding 11-78-0 on 12 targets from Bryce Petty. Matt Forte as active but got very little work. Powell is an RB2 with tons of upside in PPR formats.

Kenneth Farrow, SD – Farrow’s 39 rushing yards on 15 carries (and 2-14-0 on three targets) was a disappointment considering the favorable matchup against Oakland. He’ll have an easier time against the Browns in Week 16.

UPDATE: Melvin Gordon could return for Week 16, so stay tuned to see if Farrow retains any value. He’d obviously be next to worthless as a fantasy option if Gordon is back in the fray.

Wide Receivers / Tight Ends

Tyler Lockett, SEA – I feel like I should get an award for staying bullish on Lockett throughout his tumultuous 2016 season, because he waited about 13 weeks before giving us anything of value (fantasy-wise) and now he’s red hot just in time for the fantasy playoffs. Lockett finished Thursday night with 7-130-1 on eight targets, and he gets the Cards in Week 16. Giddyup.

TE Ryan Griffin, HOU – Griffin was popular target on Sunday and Savage seems to look his way often. His value and fantasy prospects moving forward depend on the availability of C.J. Fiedorowicz (concussion, missed Week 15), but Griffin’s 8-85-0 was impressive.

UPDATE: There’s chatter that C.J. might be ready for Week 16, so stay tuned to the injury report as it develops.

Deonte Thompson, CHI – The Matt Barkley Era (can I call it that?) has been a confounding one from a fantasy perspective, with different favorites coming into the game plan each week – and this Sunday’s flavor was Deonte, who had 8-110-0 on 10 targets for the Bears QB. He’s a risk-reward option going forward but is getting more looks in this offense.

Brandon LaFell, CIN – If A.J. Green is back for Week 16, he’s probably not a great play, but I suspect Green will be held out until he’s healthy. LaFell had 7-91-0 in Week 15 and has 39 targets in the last five games.

Aldrick Robinson, ATL – If Julio Jones is active in Week 16, you can probably disregard this recommendation, but Robinson had a nice game Sunday filling in for the injured superstar, hauling in 4-111-0 on five targets.

Robby Anderson, NYJ – UPDATE: He’s a risky play against a tough team like the Pats, but he’s seen 29 targets over his last three games and had 4-80-1 last week against Miami. He and Petty have decent rapport, so you’ll have to check to see Petty’s availability before plugging him in.


Dontrelle Inman, SD – Inman is getting consistent work in the Chargers passing game and tallied 5-68-0 on eight targets Sunday.

UPDATE: Inman has really stepped up with Tyrell Williams struggling, and he’s got a decent floor to go along with his TD-laden upside. Get him active for Week 16.

Sammy Watkins, BUF – With LeSean McCoy and Mike Gillislee running effectively, there was not much need for Watkins (1-10-0) to push it. He’ll be a decent WR3/flex play against the Dolphins.

Taylor Gabriel, ATL – Gabriel had another good week, hauling in 3-60-1 on six targets. He’s now snagged six receiving TDs and one rushing TD over his last seven games.

TE Zach Ertz, PHI – Ertz did not disappoint on Sunday (6-80-0 on eight targets) though he failed to reach the end zone. The Giants pass defense has been good, but they’re not great at stopping opposing TEs.

WR J.J. Nelson, ARI – Nelson provided some more plug-n-play value in Week 15 following the release of Michael Floyd, catching 5-38-1 on 11 targets from Carson Palmer. He’s a WR3 with upside.