2022 Week 16 Waiver Wire Cheat Sheet

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Week fifteen of the 2022 NFL season is over and if you are reading this, congrats on making your playoffs! If you have made it this far, your choices become significantly more important. With most trade deadlines past, the only way you can win the battle of attrition that is fantasy football is on the waiver wire. So, I’m going to provide you with the best options available. 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 five waiver wire players for your championship run…

Week Sixteen Waiver Wire Quarterbacks
Daniel Jones, New York Giants (55% rostered) 

I’m going to break my 50% rule again because if you need to stream a quarterback for your fantasy playoffs, you are already screwed. Daniel Jones is easily the best option available in leagues. In week sixteen, Jones will be playing a Vikings defense that gives up the most passing yards, the eighth-most rushing yards, and the sixth-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. Basically, this will be the only week you actually feel good about starting Daniel Jones.

Week Sixteen Waiver Wire Running Backs
Khalil Herbert, Chicago Bears (34% rostered)

Khalil Herbert was just activated off of injured reserve this week for the Chicago Bears and he should be your top waiver wire addition if you need running back help. Before his injury, Herbert was averaging 10.4 points per game, which puts him solidly in flex territory. Herbert also plays on an offense that runs more than anyone. There is no running back you can get now that will have a higher floor, and with teams keying in on Justin Fields, Herbert could find himself in some very good fantasy spots.

Zack Moss, Indianapolis Colts (2% rostered)

If you can’t grab Herbert, Zack Moss is a decent consolation prize. When Jonathan Taylor went down for the season against the Vikings, Zack Moss ended up getting the lion’s share of the work.  In week fifteen, Moss ended up with 24 carries for 81 yards.  Those pedestrian numbers are why he isn’t number one on this list. We all know what Zack Moss is. He’s just a guy. But he also happens to be just a guy who is a lead back for an NFL offense. A bad NFL offense, but at this point in the season, beggars can’t be choosers.

Week Sixteen Waiver Wire Wide Receiveers
Treylon Burks, Tennesse Titans (42% rostered)   

Tell me if you’ve heard this one before. I recommend you grab Treylon Burks because he will be awesome, but he doesn’t clear concussion protocol. Yeah, I’m advocating for Burks again because he will be back eventually and when he is, he will be awesome.

Noah Brown, Dallas Cowboys (2% rostered)

If Burks isn’t available, Noah Brown is an interesting option. In week fifteen, Brown had 6 catches for 49 yards and 2 touchdowns, finishing as the WR6. Over the past two weeks, he has 10 catches for 134 yards. Brown led the team in targets. While the sample size is small, Brown looks like he is passing by Gallup when it comes to opportunities, which could make Noah Brown a sneaky value for the fantasy playoffs.

KJ Osborn, Minnesota Vikings (3% rostered) 

KJ Osborn was a crucial part of the greatest comeback in NFL history this past Saturday, with 10 catches for 157 yards and 1 touchdown. In week fifteen, Osborn finished as the WR2 for the week. Over the last couple of weeks, Osborn has also seen an increase in his usage. With how poorly the Vikings play on defense, there should be plenty of opportunity for KJ Osborn to accrue stats, so if you need a receiver as a desperation play, Osborn could be an interesting option if my other two guys aren’t available.

Week Sixteen Waiver Wire Tight End
Cameron Brate, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1% rostered)

If you need a tight end, you are looking for a miracle. And if you need a miracle from your tight end, you want the guy playing the Arizona Cardinals. That guy is Cameron Brate. The Arizona Cardinals give up the most catches, yards, and touchdowns to opposing tight ends. So while Cameron Brate isn’t very impressive, neither are the Arizona Cardinals when it comes to stopping tight ends.


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