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As the Fantasy Football season reaches the Super Bowl round, many fantasy owners are looking for that last second boost to uplift their roster. Luckily, there are seven stupendous fantasy options to start in week sixteen. In fact, some surprising players land on this list due to injuries coupled with favorable matchups. Even though Darius Slayton and Ryan Tannehill are no longer considered fantasy sleepers, there are some great alternatives whom you can find on the waiver wire list.
Mike Boone is one of the most valuable running backs to pick up in week 16. Given that Dalvin Cook and Alexander Mattison, are currently hobbled with injuries, it’s likely that head coach Mike Zimmer will opt to have Boone be the lead back. If so, Boone will have an excellent opportunity to be a great RB1 option against a shoddy Packers defense that allows over 120 rushing yards and 27.3 fantasy points per game to running backs. You would have to be crazy to refrain from adding Boone to your roster, especially considering that he went off for 56 yards and 2 TDs last week against the Chargers.
For the second straight year, Breshad Perriman has become a late-season fantasy sleeper who can bolster your team in the playoffs. Last week, Perriman exploded for five receptions, 113 yards, and three TDs (34.6 points). With Mike Evans and Chris Godwin presumably injured for the rest of the season, Perriman quickly asserts himself as Jameis Winston’s no. 1 wideout. Over his last two games, Perriman has been a WR1 candidate who’s averaging 25.3 fantasy points. You can expect Perriman to record a large amount of receiving yards since Jameis Winston has thrown for 250+ yards for nine weeks in a row.
Ryan Fitzpatrick has a great matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals defense this Sunday. Throughout this year, the Bengals have been a weak unit that is allowing the ninth-most fantasy points to quarterbacks. Over his last four games, Fitzmagic has been balling out while averaging over 21 fantasy points per game. Therefore he is a QB1 who is owned by less than 23% of all fantasy leagues.
Chris Conley is coming off an outstanding game in which he excelled for over 20 fantasy points after recording two touchdown receptions in week 15. Conley and the Jags’ receivers are likely to have many chances to go off when they play against an Atlanta Falcons’ secondary that is allowing over 250 passing yards per game. If his teammate, D.J. Chark, is unable to suit up, then Chris Conley will be amongst the Jaguars’ leaders in targets, which will increase his ceiling even more. If you have the chance to pick him up in your fantasy league, he would be a decent flex with a high upside.
Since week 13, Greg Ward has seen his role with the Eagles increase every week. Due to the plethora of injuries to Eagles wide receivers in recent weeks, Ward has become one of the only two healthy wide receivers that are currently on the roster. If both Nelson Agholor and J.J. Arcega Whiteside are inactive this Sunday, Ward would undoubtedly be a top-three target for Carson Wentz against the Cowboys. Given that Ward and Wentz seemed to develop a rapport that led Ward to score nearly 20 fantasy points last week, he will continue to have WR2/flex status in week 16.
Over his last three weeks, Adrian Peterson has solidified himself as the Redskins’ lead back for the rest of the season. Since week 13, Peterson has been a reliable flex option, which is averaging almost 16 fantasy points. Given that Dwayne Haskins is still learning how to be an NFL quarterback, it’s safe to say that the Skins will lean on Peterson to take some pressure off of Dwayne. Therefore, you can expect Peterson to continue his production, especially against a weak Giants front seven that is surrendering nearly 115 rushing yards to opposing backfields.
After having one of the league’s most disappointing fantasy seasons, O.J. Howard has witnessed an uptick in his receiving yards and targets. With both Chris Godwin and Mike Evans being out for the remainder of the season with injuries, O.J. Howard is primed to be one of the Buccaneers’ top receivers. This week, O.J. Howard and the Bucs will compete against a Houston Texans defense that is surrendering the eighth-most fantasy points this year. If you are desperate for a tight end, Howard has the potential to be a decent TE2/3.
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