If you’re looking for key waiver wire pickups in Week 16, sorry. Ideally, your team is cruising to the championship. If it is, the players you have starting every week are likely better than anyone you’re going to find on the wire. However, we’ll quickly highlight one player per position that could make a difference in the title game.
1. Jackie Battle, RB, Chargers
Ryan Mathews broke a clavicle in Week 15 and is out for the year. That leaves a void at RB1 for the Chargers, and Battle is the guy most likely to fill it (despite Curtis Brinkley’s workload in Week 15). He has a good matchup against the Jets, who give up the seventh-most fantasy points to RBs in the league, according to Yahoo! You could definitely do worse as a flex back.
2. Brandon Gibson, WR, Rams
The Bucs give up the most fantasy points to receivers in the league, and that means we could have a banner day from Gibson. Danny Amendola had a nice game in Week 15 and yet Gibson managed six catches for 76 yards. He’s another good flex option and potentially a solid WR3.
3. Sam Bradford, QB, Rams
In a related note, the Bucs also give up the most fantasy points to QBs. His great numbers in Week 15 were partly thanks to the Rams digging a hole early and Bradford passing 55 times, but it also helped to have Amendola back in the fold. He’s not a bad desperation play at quarterback. You could also consider Ryan Tannehill at home against another bad secondary, that of the Bills.
4. Dennis Pitta, TE, Ravens
Can there be any other? Pitta dominated in garbage time in Week 15, and with Torrey Smith’s status up in the air due to a concussion, Pitta could be in for a nice one again this week. The Giants are in the middle of the pack in terms of defending tight ends this year, but this is more about situation than matchup.
5. San Diego, D/ST, Chargers
The Chargers go to New York to (mercifully) face Greg McElroy. Remember him? No? That’s because he was taken in the seventh round five years ago. The totality of his NFL experience was the seven passes and four rushes he had in Week 12 in the Jets’ thrilling 7-6 win over the Cardinals. Enjoy your meal, Chargers D.
6. Graham Gano, K, Panthers
Digging deep for a kicker? How about Gano, who gets to face an Oakland team that’s still allowing the most points to kickers of any team despite blanking the Chiefs in Week 15.
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