Week sixteen of the 2020 NFL season is the finish line. If you made it this far, you are either in the finals or a terrible league. Christian McCaffery still isn’t back, and you foolishly dropped Mike Davis, thinking everything would be fine. But it is not fine. You’ve managed to make it this far, despite all your obvious shortcomings. Lucky for you, Football Absurdity is here to provide options. If I don’t mention someone whom you think I should be talking about, just know there are many reasons why I overlooked them. Maybe they are owned in most leagues. Maybe they are so bad I don’t even consider them. Or maybe it’s because your opinions cannot be trusted. After all, you are here. So let us examine our best week sixteen waiver wire players for your championship week…
Week Sixteen Waiver Wire QBs
Mitchell Trubisky, Chicago Bears (16% rostered)
While his week fifteen numbers don’t necessarily reflect it, Mitchell Trubisky has looked much improved the last couple of weeks. 202 yards passing, 1 touchdown, and 1 interception are not what you need from your quarterback in the fantasy finals. However, in week sixteen, Trubisky is facing a Jacksonville Jaguars team that is giving up the third-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. If you need a home run to win your league, Mitch might be the guy.
Jalen Hurts, Philadelphia Eagles ( 36% rostered)
The number one fantasy quarterback of week fifteen was Jalen Hurts. He did all the little things that Eagles fans yearn for. Hurt threw for 338 yards. He scored 4 touchdowns. He wasn’t Carson Wentz. In week sixteen, Jalen Hurts faces the Cowboys. While not an ideal match-up, Hurts has shown he has the skill-set to win fantasy games.
Week Sixteen Waiver Wire RBs
Salvon Ahmed, Miami Dolphins ( 29% rostered)
Last week, when I said DeAndre Washington was the only healthy running back left on Miami, I did not account for the speedy recovery of Salvon Ahmed. It was so fast, Ahmed rushed for 122 yards and 1 touchdown against the New England Patriots. If Myles Gaskins misses week sixteen and you find yourself needing a running back, Salvon Ahmed against a Las Vegas Raiders team that gives up the third-most fantasy points to opposing running backs is a complete no-brainer.
Tony Pollard, Dallas Cowboys (41/% rostered)
A lot of what was said about Salvon Ahmed can be said for Tony Pollard. With Ezekiel Elliott injured, Tony Pollard torched the San Francisco 49ers for 132 all-purpose yards and 2 touchdowns. If Zeke misses week sixteen, Pollard doesn’t have as tasty a match-up as Ahmed, but he is a pretty great consolation prize.
Week Sixteen Waiver Wire WRs
Keke Coutee, Houston Texans (36% rostered)
Since Will Fuller was suspected, Keke Coutee has 19 targets, 16 catches, 218 yards, and 2 touchdowns. Coutee has also gotten double-digit fantasy points in two of those three weeks. In week sixteen, Keke Coutee faces a Cincinnati Bengals team coming off of a short week. Coutee is a nice combination of high-floor AND high-ceiling. If you need an emergency receiver for week sixteen, Coutee should be your number one priority.
Russell Gage, Atlanta Falcons (23% rostered)
Julio Jones has missed the last two weeks. During that span, Russell Gage has 17 targets, 10 catches, 150 yards, and 1 touchdown. Without Julio, Gage becomes the de facto number two receiver on an offense that throws the ball a lot AND constantly plays from behind. I can’t imagine the Falcons are in a rush to bring Jones back for a lost season, so Russell Gage is worth rostering if you are desperate for wide receiver help.
Week Sixteen Waiver Wire TEs
Austin Hooper, Cleveland Browns (49% rostered)
In week sixteen, the Cleveland Browns will be playing the Ghost of Christmas Past, AKA the New York Jets. The Jets have given up the most fantasy points to opposing tight ends. Hooper is second on the Browns in receptions on the season. In week fifteen, Austin Hooper had 5 catches for 41 yards and 1 touchdown. If you need a tight end, Hooper is your safest bet.