Fantasy Football waiver wire The best options to search for reinforcements in the virtual grid
Week 16 is normally the championship week in NFL Fantasy. Whether it’s final in a week or two, the title fight begins.
If you are at that height, you probably have a very good team, but that does not mean that you cannot prop up some position to scratch a couple of points that could be the difference. And in years like 2020, when there were injuries to first-round players in week 15, the waiver can give you the championship.
As always, we seek options that are in less than 50% of teams on NFL.com, and we begin with the great dilemma of the season: a quarterback.
I’ll say it ad nauseam: a good QB in Fantasy is not necessarily a good QB in the NFL. Josh Allen in his early years is the clear example. He did not complete 60% of his passes, but since he ran a lot and the rushing yards are worth two and a half times more, while rushing touchdowns are worth 50% moreYou have an extra production that makes them options even if they can’t hit the sea while on the beach.
Every year there is a QB out of nowhere who runs and does things in the Fantasy Playoffs. I fondly remember the mythical Tyler Thigpen in 2008 (no, it is not a made up name). The 2020 dilemma: Jalen Hurts (QB PHI, 21.5%).
The Eagles rookie has run for 106 and 63 in his two starts, throwing 4 touchdown passes and one on the ground. 19.28 points against Saints, 37.82 against Arizona. His running potential puts him on a higher ceiling than statues like Brady, Matt Ryan. I wouldn’t take it above the Top 9 this season (Kyler, Mahomes, Allen, Rodgers, Wilson, Deshaun, Tannehill, Herbert and Lamar), but above the rest, yes, against the poor defense of Dallas. And if you made it to the final with any other QB, it looks like you have a blunderbuss in all positions except QB, and Hurts would be the final piece.
Le’Veon Bell (RB KC, 43.6%). Clyde Edwards-Helaire was injured, so Le’Veon could be THE player to tip the balance in championship week. Note that he was also half beaten on the last play at the Superdome, so Darrel Willams (RB KC, 1.5%) could speculatively be worth an add.
Tony Pollard (RB DAL, 8.3%). Zeke Elliott missed a game through injury for the first time in his career, being ruled out at the last minute. We had recommended Pollard at the time last week as a good safety net and boy did he answer: BEST RB of the week with 31.2 points.
Jeff Wilson (RB SF, 15.6%). Mostert came out again due to injury and Wilson is the one to take off in one of the offenses that uses his RBs the most in the league. Flex or even RB2 this week against Arizona.
On Monday it transpired that Cam Akers will be out with a sprained ankle, So once again, the Rams’ running back picture gets tangled, because they have two options. There are basically 4 games that the rookie did not play, and in them it was Darrell Henderson (RB LAR, 64.1%) the most used, with the most snaps and yards in three of them. Henderson has two problems: that he is available in less than half the leagues and that Malcolm Brown (RB LAR, 12%) he has performed better in short-yardage situations, including two touchdowns in Game 1 against Seattle. They both have some appeal for Flex, with Henderson having a bigger roof … but oddly, reliant on yards, not touchdowns like Brown.
Salvon Ahmed (RB MIA, 6.9%). Myles Gaskin fell on the Covid list and Ahmed came back from a couple of weeks out and shone with 21.7 points. If Tua is still without several of his weapons, it looks like there could be another big day against Las Vegas.
Sony Michel (RB NE, 19.8%). Damien Harris did not play and Michel had a solid day with 9.2 points. He doesn’t participate in pass play, so his ceiling is flex, but the Pats are going against Buffalo, who is struggling against the run, so that would have to be considered if Harris is still out.
Coutee Cake (NEW WR, 16.6%). The best receiver for the Texans since injuries, cuts and suspensions. Three weeks of at least 9 points, and that in two he had fumbles that lowered him a couple of points.
Russell Gage (WR ATL, 15.1%). Julio Jones missed the game and Gage benefits. He had 10 passes in his direction, caught 5 for 68 yards and a TD. If Julio is still out, against KC they will have to pitch a lot because they will surely lose, opening the doors for a good day in Fantasy.
One of my favorite strategies, looking to attack the worst teams in the league. Every year passes: if you choose a defense that that week goes against the worst teams in the league, you have a Top 5 defense at the end of the year.
The Jets are are exploitable every week. Also they Jaguars, now leaders in the Tanking For Trevor Lawrence. The Bengals after the Joe Burrow injury they have been terrible. The 49ers They are a delivery machine, Pats they don’t score even to save their life. Many better options than trying to make your defense survive Mahomes …
Texans (4.8%). Houston has a fabulous TWO 5-plus games this year, but Brandon Allen and Ryan Finley are the remedy for all ills. Defenses who have played Cincy since Burrow’s injury have yielded 9, 14 and 18 points leading up to Monday night against the Steelers.
Cardinals (30.1%). The Niners are a delivery machine: only three dirty games, but since Week 7, AT LEAST TWO in every game.
Bears (46.4%). Khalil Mack and company gambling their playoff options against the Jaguars, in first position in the tanking by Trevor Lawrence. Of course, a small detail: the Florida heat hits at the end of the year.