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Week 16 Waiver Wire/Free Agent Targets

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QB

Jimmy Garoppolo

Jimmy is playing the best ball of his career. He offers a high floor and will visit the Titans on the short week for TNF in Week 16. The Titans have been below average on defense while the Niners are white hot. With a full arsenal of weapons, I expect Jimmy G to have another great performance here.

Tua Tagovailoa

The Jets punched Miami in the mouth in Week 15 but Tua still found a way to get the Dolphins the win. The Saints have surprisingly been very bad against the pass recently as they have sold out to stop the run. I trust the Saints ability to put up some points and keep Tua pushing the gas against them. It will be fresh in everyone’s head how Brady just got destroyed on SNF so Tua should be available.

Tyler Huntley

I have to throw his name at the top here just in case Lamar Jackson misses another week. From all reports, it looked like Lamar ALMOST played against the Packers Sunday but instead he sat out. I think it’s likely Lamar is back but if he is not, Huntley is Lamar Jr. He threw for 215 yards and 2 TDs adding 73 yards rushing and 2 TDs on the ground. I don’t expect a repeat of that but he certainly can take over a box score with his rushing abilities. 

Justin Fields

Fields is not progressing as a passer but his legs can’t be ignored. He offers a great floor due to his ability to just hold it and run. Going into Seattle won’t be an easy feat. Even being out of contention Seattle fans will show up and make it difficult on the rookie QB. 

Matt Ryan

Even if this is a shell of the former MVP, Ryan will get the Lions at home this week. I don’t envision the Lions repeating their Week 15 defensive performance this week.

 

RB

Ronald Jones

Ronald is the hot waiver add for the week with Leonard Fournette getting hurt. As usual, keep an eye on Fourmette’s injury as more should come out as the week progresses. If Fournette is good to go, Ronald is not worth a claim. If Fournette misses time, Ronald Jones will eat up all of the carries for the Bucs. I do not expect him to be nearly involved in the passing game as Fournette was.

Justin Jackson

Over the last 2 weeks the Chargers seem to be conserving Ekeler a little bit by mixing in Jackson at nearly a 50/50 clip. Last week Jackson actually saw two more snaps than Ekeler and 1 more carry. Bringing FLEX appeal to the table,  also offering premium handcuff upside. Ekeler was added to the COVID report yesterday but it is believed he will be cleared in time for the Chargers’ Week 16 matchup at Houston. If Ekeler misses, Jackson is a fantastic play that could lead you to a title game opportunity. 

Craig Reynolds

Last week I didn’t put enough respect on Craig Reynolds’ name. He was mentioned late in chat and as I dug into him, he was a solid play. Even then, I didn’t expect 26 carries for 112 yards. With Swift expected back in Week 16, it is hard to envision the Lions throwing Reynolds to the side. Dan Campbell promotes this type of stuff and will reward those who ball out. I still expect Reynolds to get some run with Swift taking almost all of the air work. They will find ways to get Swift involved and may even line him up at WR with Reynolds in the backfield. They play the atrocious Falcons defense in Week 16. Reynolds is a FLEX with Swift in, RB2 with him out.

Samaje Perine

Mixon was limited for most of the Bengals’ Week 15 win over the Broncos with Perine actually playing more down the stretch as Mixon was out with his injuries. The coaching staff clearly respects Perine and expect a lot out of him. If Mixon misses Sunday, Perine is an immediate RB2 play.

Duke Johnson

This one left me scratching my head. I get riding the hot hand but man Duke just came out of nowhere and dominated this game. Duke has always had talent and it did surprise me it took so long for him to catch on with a team but I didn’t expect him to just dominate this backfield with a healthy Gaskin. I am treating this as a hot hand approach moving forward with Duke nipping on Gaskin’s heels. I do think Gaskin starts against the Saints Week 16. I can’t trust either right now but Duke is certainly worth an add if he steals the backfield down the stretch.

 

WR

Amon-Ra St. Brown

St. Brown just can’t be stopped. For the third week in a row he saw 11 targets. He is now game script proof as the Lions dominated the Cards 30-12. Campbell has taken the pedal to the metal approach right from the get go. They are putting together well orchestrated, long productive drives consistently. I don’t see anything letting up and I can confidently fire up St. Brown as a WR2/3 in Week 16.

Gabriel Davis

Davis has been the king of efficiency but with the Sanders injury and the age concerns of Sanders and Beasley both being over 32, Davis has a clear path to production the remainder of the season. Davis is a red zone threat who is now getting intermediate action along with deep ball opportunities. Even at full strength, I am viewing Davis as the WR2 for the Bills. 

Marquez Valdes-Scantling

It seems that MVS is earning the trust of Rodgers even as a WR2 rather than just a deep threat. He now has target totals of 10, 9, 5, & 7 the last 4 weeks. I would confidently play MVS against the Browns in Week 16.

Tyler Johnson

Tyler Johnson is going to have himself an opportunity to prove himself for the remainder of the season as Chris Godwin is now done with a Torn ACL. Mike Evans also got hurt on SNF but the extent of his injury is unknown. Antonio Brown is now slated to return in Week 16 and AB is immediately a WR1. If Evans is out, Johnson offers some nice FLEX appeal as the Bucs are running out of reliable pass catchers.

 

TE

Evan Engram

Engram gets the Eagles in Week 16 which has been the best matchup for TEs all year long. With a lack of any competition for pass catchers, Engram should be a low end TE1 here in this spot.

James O’Shaughnessy

Having 21 targets in his last 4 games, O’Shaughnessy pulled in all 4 of his Week 15 targets for 60 yards. Not only is he a good outlet for Lawrence but seems to be actively involved in the weekly game plan. The Jags play the Jets in Week 16.

Zach Gentry

Gentry is the last man standing for the Steelers at TE after Pat Freiermuth suffered a concussion on Sunday. If Friermuth is clear, Gentry is not worth a roster spot. If he is out, Gentry is a solid streaming option as he should see decent volume around 4-5 targets and a redzone look or two.

 

DST

LAC

The Chargers play extreme splits to stop the pass. Davis Mills has actually been very good for them but I don’t see him having much success here if the Texans can’t get a ground game going. 

SEA

Justin Fields has shown nothing of the sort that he is making any strides. He looked awful on MNF and now Fields is the proud owner of higher INT%, Sack% & most fumbles overall. The Seahawks aren’t burning down anything on Defense but they should be able to get to Fields here and force some mistakes.

PHI

The Eagles get the Mike Glennon led Giants. The Giants OL is awful and none of their pass catchers can stay healthy.

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