2021 Fantasy Football Week 16 Waiver Wire Cheat Sheet

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Week fifteen of the 2021 NFL season is over and you only thought you knew pain. Imagine working hard to make your fantasy football playoffs, just to experience week fifteen. If you drafted them, they probably have COVID. If they didn’t get COVID, it doesn’t matter because they got hurt anyway. If you somehow managed to have a roster full of healthy, non-COVID-having players, it doesn’t matter because you finished the season 2-11, so why are you reading this article anyway? (Thank you for reading this article.) Whether your team is sick or dead, we have the content that might revive your desiccated roster. 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 the best week sixteen waiver wire players for your championship run…

Week Sixteen Waiver Wire Quarterbacks
Tua Tagovailoa, Miami Dolphins (50% rostered)

At this point in the season, if you are looking for a quarterback, it is because you are desperate. And nothing says desperation than Tua Tagovailoa. I’d like to preface this by saying that if Taysom Hill is on your waiver wire, grab him instead. Odds are, he is rostered in most leagues. However, after his past week’s performance, he might become available. If you can’t get in on the Taysom Hill, Tua is a decent streaming option in week sixteen. The Saints have given up the ninth-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. While he isn’t exciting, Tua has a decent floor.

Week Sixteen Waiver Wire Running Backs
Justin Jackson, Los Angeles Chargers (5% rostered)

In week fifteen, Justin Jackson had 99 all-purpose yards. Looking at those numbers probably doesn’t make you want to jump out and grab Jackson. What should have you targeting him is the fact that Austin Ekeler is on the COVID list. That coupled with his ankle injury helped contribute to Jackson’s biggest workload of the season. In week fifteen, the Chargers are playing a Houston Texans team that is giving up the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing running backs. If you need running back help, and since it is week sixteen you absolutely do, grab Justin Jackson.

Ronald Jones, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (30% rostered)

With that the Bucs putting Leonard Fournette on IR, Ronald Jones has to be a priority waiver addition in week sixteen. This is a pretty simple addition when you consider that the Bucs have the number one scoring offense and run the fourth-most offensive plays. High-powered offense and opportunity are a pretty big deal when you need a running back. And even if you don’t need a running back, (you do) you don’t need your opponents grabbing one.  Get Ronald Jones.

Week Sixteen Waiver Wire Wide Receivers
Gabriel Davis, Buffalo Bills (16% rostered)

In week fifteen, Gabriel Davis had 5 catches for 85 yards and 2 touchdowns. Gabriel Davis might be my favorite wide receiver waiver-wire option in week sixteen. Over his last four games, Davis is the WR16. During that span, Davis has four touchdowns. More importantly, in the last two weeks, Gabriel Davis has the second-most snaps at wide receiver for the Bills, just behind Stefon Diggs. Also during that two-game span, Davis has 15 targets.  It looks like the second-year receiver is coming into his own and he is definitely worth rostering.

Amon-Ra St. Brown, Detroit Lions (27% rostered) 

The reason why I said Gabriel Davis might be my favorite waiver wire wide receiver is that Amon-Ra St. Brown exists. Last week, St. Brown had 8 catches for 90 yards and 1 touchdown. The rookie receiver has been balling out over the last four weeks. He is seventh in receptions and twenty-first in yards at the position while getting at least 11 targets in each of the last three games. In that same stretch, Amon-Ra St. Brown has two top-ten fantasy finishes at wide receiver. The only real thing he has working against him is that he plays for the Detroit Lions.

Week Sixteen Waiver Wire Tight Ends
Cole Kmet, Chicago Bears (40% rostered)

In week fifteen, Cole Kmet had 6 catches for 71 yards. I’ll be honest, if you are looking for a tight end to stream, Cole Kmet is probably your best option. Kmet isn’t a sexy pick, but he is a safe one. On the one hand, over the last four weeks, Kmet leads the Bears offense in targets, is second in receptions, and he is third in yards. This provides a nice PPR floor for him. Unfortunately, because he plays for the Bears, the chances he gets a touchdown are slim. The best thing Kmet has going for him is that he is playing a Seattle Seahawks team in week sixteen that gives up the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends.


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