Waiver Wire Week 16 NFL

Well Rush Nation, that got a bit weird last night. Arizona, The Bucs, The Bengals, etc all pretty much stinking the place up. The value they brought us throughout the season, has almost all been washed away with this Week 15 performance. Especially if your teams suffered elimination as a result. However, if you are still alive, then the Waiver Wire Week 16 offers fresh outlook and options to get a roster refresh.

And so, without further hesitation, is my Waiver Wire Week 16 picks.


Jimmy Garoppolo- 19.8% Owned @TEN Week 16

Jimmy G didn’t have his best game Sunday. However, if you have a need for a backup QB, for the 2 remaining games on the schedule, he remains the best bet. He is a relatively high floor, low ceiling play over the next 2 weeks. If you don’t have a backup QB, I would be adding him now to avoid a COVID headache as we approach the final two weeks.

Matt Ryan- 28.9% Owned Vs. DET Week 16

I was slightly more confident on this one before the Lions manhandled the Cardinals. However, Ryan did have an average sort of day against the 49ers on Sunday. This former NFL MVP has been poor at times this season and led us to question his arm strength. However, he could provide an alternative option to Jimmy G. He does have Buffalo in Week Seventeen however.

Running Back

Craig Reynolds- 3.1% Owned @ATL Week 16

Reynolds had himself another game on Sunday. He rushed 26 times for 112 yards, as well as having 1 reception for 5 yards. His ability to put up these numbers is massively dependant on the health of D’Andre Swift and Jamaal Williams. However, one thing we know for sure, is that Reynolds can hold down the fort on his own. And that means no need for the Lions to rush back guys who aren’t fully fit. He is well worth a speculative add right now.

Ronald Jones- 23.2% Owned vs CAR Week 16

With Fournette going down injured at the start of the second half, Jones stepped in admirably, rushing for 63 yards on just 8 carries. As of right now, we have no idea as to the health of Leonard Fournette. However, since it is his hamstring, and he has hamstring issues in the past, I would expect Fournette to miss this week at the very least. That makes Jones an attractive option for Week 16.

Wide Receiver

Gabriel Davis- 12.2% Owned @ NE Week 16

Davis delivered in Week 16. The man who I expected big things from in a friendly matchup, really came up clutch when it mattered. If you listened and picked him up last week, you are welcome. Enjoy having him again this week. Whilst I don’t expect Davis will go 5-85-2 again this week against the Patriots, I do expect he will match that 7/8 targets he has had in recent weeks. In additional, I would expect those red zone looks to continue also.

Amon-Ra St. Brown- 24% Owned @ ATL Week 16

Once again, another pickup from last week, and the week before is still here. Because, he is still under 30% owned! 8-90-1 with a rushing carry for 5 yards on top is exactly why we add these guys to our roster before the playoffs. You might not have played him. However, he is on your bench. Now, it’s a free for all, with whoever having the most FAAB left is likely to get this talent. His last 3 weeks in PPR Scoring- 24.8, 15.3, 23.5. The secret is out. Amon-Ra St. Brown is the Lions WR1. And I expect that won’t change in 2022.

Tight End

James O’Shaughnessy- 1% Owned @ NYJ Week 16

If you still need someone as a backup Tight End in fantasy football going forward, all I can say is good luck! This is literally the best of a bad bunch. It is an absolute wasteland. 19 Tight Ends are over 30% Owned. That’s too much in my opinion. Which is why you are looking at James O’Shaughnessy as an unlikely savour. The one thing I will say about him is this: He will get 4/5 targets a game. And Lawrence will need to offload the ball quickly and look for his safety blanket. But that’s all I can really give you in the way of hope here.


Evan McPherson- 29.5% Owned Vs. BAL Week 16

Weirdly, McPherson’s ownership went down by almost 3% this week. Imagine dropping him this week!  His 13 points makes him the K4 on the week. And that was with the Bengals offense having a down week. Add McPherson now. You won’t regret it.


New York Jets- 2.4% Owned Vs JAC Week 16

First of all, I whiffed on the Jags D again. As I expected it to blow up in my face, I still didn’t expect Houston to look that good on offense. This week, however, I pick a home D who looked very good against the Dolphins on Sunday. And, they should take advantage of a team who now have an incentive to lose. The Jaguars, without a Head Coach playing for his job, now are in pole position for back to back #1 overall picks. Push in on the Jets this week. I expect turnovers.

Don’t forget, all of my Waiver Wire Week 16 picks come from those owned under 30% on ESPN.com Fantasy Football. Also, if you want to hear other suggestions, subscribe to the 5 Yard Rush Podcast and listen to the Waiver Wire Podcast for other suggestions.

Also, tune into listen to all our podcasts this week as we work with you to deliver a ship for you this season. However, until next week Rush Nation, where I will be back for Week Four picks, Keep Rushing!

– Murf (@Murf_NFL

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