Fanspeak Fantasy Football: Waiver Wire Pick Ups Week 16
By Ryan Gerrity
Congratulations to all of you who have made it to week 16 of your fantasy football playoffs! First piece of advice, “if its not broken, don’t fix it” meaning if you have stuck with the same lineup and it has gotten you this far, do not change it. Now if you are lacking in some areas or looking for sleepers here are some players to consider on the waiver wire.
- Kirk Cousins, QB, Washington Redskins
After RGIII was benched for the rest of the year, Cousins came in and calmly threw for 381 yards and 3 touchdowns. The best part is that the Redskins and Cousins will face the worst defense against the pass right now, the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys have struggled all year and Cousins can exploit their weaknesses.
2. Jordan Todman, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars
Maurice Jones-Drew was out and his backup, Todman, showed he could play by rushing for over 100 yards and 44 receiving yards. MJD could return this week, which could mean a smaller role for Todman but he could still have an impact. I would give Todman consideration for a flex position on your roster this week.
3. Julian Edelman, WR, New England Patriots
The fact that Edelman is owned in only 55% of fantasy leagues right now is a bit ridiculous. He has put up tremendous numbers the past four weeks, totaling over 10 fantasy points in each game. With Gronkowski out for the year, Brady will target Edelman more than ever.
4. Ryan Tannehill, QB, Miami Dolphins
Against the New England Patriots Tannehill threw for 312 yards and 3 touchdowns. Over the past three games Tannehill has thrown for 8 touchdowns. If you are having quarterback issues I would give Tannehill serious consideration after Kirk Cousins. Especially playing against an average Baltimore Ravens secondary this week.
5. Doug Baldwin, WR, Seattle Seahawks
The New York Giants tried to stop Baldwin this week but could only hold him to 6 receptions for 71 yards and a touchdown. Baldwin has scored in three of the last four games and is becoming one of Wilson’s favorite targets. Baldwin is definitely worth a look for a wide receiver or flex position against the Cardinals secondary.
6. Jay Cutler, QB, Chicago Bears
Cutler is only owned in 19.5% of NFL.com fantasy leagues. After returning this week he threw for 265 yards and 3 touchdowns. It took Cutler a couple of series to get his rhythm back, but Marc Trestman made sure he got comfortable with his receivers. The matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles next week favors Cutler.