Fantasy Football Week 16: Waiver Wire

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The pickings are pretty slim on the waiver wire this late in the season, but there are still a few useful players owned in less than 50% of Yahoo leagues that could help you win your league, get your money back in a 3rd place game, or win the toilet bowl if your league carries a last place penalty (it should). I’ll cover this week’s injuries and some waiver targets below. Good luck in the playoffs!

Week 15 Injury recap:

– He almost made it through a whole season without injury (still might), but the league leading 351 carries finally caught up to RB DeMarco Murray when he broke a bone in his hand Sunday night. His status in uncertain for this week’s game, but if he can’t go RB Lance Dunbar and RB Joseph Randle are worth stashing. Your guess is as good as mine on which one would get more carries. Randle is the bigger back, but Dunbar got 6 touches on Sunday while Randle got just 2.

– Chargers WR Keenan Allen has a broken collarbone and is out this week and possibly the rest of the season as well. It’s a tough loss for Allen owners (myself) but he hasn’t done much the last two weeks anyway. I guess WR Malcolm Floyd and WR Eddie Royal get a slight bump, but neither are worth owning.

– Colts WR T.Y. Hilton suffered a hamstring injury during the game this week, but was able to play through it. His production clearly suffered though and it’s unknown whether he will suit up in week 16. If not, WR Donte Moncrief and maybe even that bum WR Hakeem Nicks are worth consideration for your roster. It’s a must win game for the Colts if they want to secure a bye week in the playoffs.

– Giants RB Rashad Jennings hurt his ankle again and is questionable this week. I don’t see why the Giants would risk a more serious injury to Jennings when they have nothing to play for, which means rookie RB Andre Williams should get close to 20 carries this week.

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Every week on Tuesday, I will be posting my top waiver pick ups for the week. Only players owned in under 50% of Yahoo leagues will qualify. There are all sorts of leagues out there with different levels of competition and varying player pool depths, so I will have a few picks with under 50% ownership, a few under 30%, 15%,  and at least one super sleeper under 5%. Most weeks I also be listing a few players that may be popular waiver adds that I think you should pass on (the Kevin Ogletrees) and I’ll give you my reasons why of course. If there are any players you have a specific question about feel free to hit me up in the comments or on Twitter.

Week 11 Waiver Wire:

WR Jarvis Landry, Dolphins (46%) – Apparently a bunch of owners dropped Landry after his mediocre week 14 (6-55) so he’s back on the list. After Landry’s 8-99 performance against Darrell Revis this week, his ownership should jump considerably. Landry is the Dolphins #1 receiver and should be owned in all leagues.

RB Carlos Hyde, 49ers (35%) – Frank Gore is out this week, but Hyde might be as well. The Niners are testing Hyde’s ankle and back this week and we should know soon if he’s going to play on Sunday vs a mediocre Chargers run D. If both Gore and Hyde are sidelined, Alfonso Smith is the next man up and would be in line for 15-20 touches.

RB Joseph Randle, Cowboys (13%) – If DeMarco Murray is out then either Joseph Randle or Lance Dunbar is going to take over behind one of the best O-lines in the league. Randle is the bigger back and should get goal line and base package work, while Dunbar is better in pass protection and should see most of the 3rd down work. If I had to pick one, I’m going with Randle.

RB Matt Asiata, Vikings (38%) – There were rumors that Ben Tate would take over as the Vikings primary RB, but Asiata got 33 more snaps than Tate this week and looks like the RB to own in the Vikings backfield. He doesn’t provide much upside, but could vulture a couple TDs if he gets any touches inside the 5 yard line.

RB Toby Gerhart (32%) – Led all Jags RBs with 15 carries and has an ideal match up against the Titans pathetic run D this week. Similar to Asiata, he’s a low upside option who could vulture a TD or two if he gets goal line touches.