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The fantasy season is quickly drawing to a close. If you’re in need of a couple extra points in your next matchup, look no further. There are a lot of great options still on the waiver wire, and some could have breakout games. Here’s some recommendations for who to pick up off of the waiver wire for week 16.
It appears that Mostert has become the starting back for the 49ers. Last week he had 14 carries compared to the 4 that both Breida and Coleman had, and he had 10 in week 14, 6 more than Breida, so it’s safe to say that Mostert is running the backfield. Mostert has had two 20+ point games in PPR leagues over the past three weeks and has been very effective for the 49ers. The 49ers are up against the Rams this week, who have been a top half of the league run defense. However, I still expect Mostert to see quite a few carries against the Rams and based on his track record over the past few weeks I think he’d do well for your fantasy squad.
Boone is the backup to the backup in Minnesota. Dalvin Cook left the game with a shoulder injury last week and is still questionable for week 16. Mattison, his backup, missed week 15 with an ankle injury. If Cook is out but Mattison is healthy I’d recommend picking him up, but if they’re both down for the count on Sunday Boone is a good pick. His offensive line is very strong which makes any running back on the Vikings a good pickup. He ran for 56 yards off of 13 carries (4.3 yards per carry) and scored 2 touchdowns against the Chargers for a 17.6-point performance in PPR leagues. They’re matched up against the Packers this week who allow an average 120.9 rushing yards per game, the 9th most in the league. Boone would be a great pickup if both Cook and Mattison are out.
With both Mike Evans and Chris Godwin facing injuries over the past couple of weeks, Perriman has been one of the top receivers for the Buccaneers and saw a huge game last week. He had 5 receptions for 113 yards and 3 touchdowns, plus one carry for 3 yards for a 34.6-point performance in PPR leagues. The Buccaneers throw for an average 308.8 yards per game, the most in the league. They’re going up against a Texans defense that has been easier to throw against lately so I think Perriman is a top choice off of the waiver wire this week.
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Greg Ward Jr.
Greg Ward Jr. was a breakout in Philadelphia’s last game. He had 7 receptions off of 9 targets for 61 yards and a touchdown for 19.1 fantasy points. He caught the game winning touchdown, proving to his team that he can be a clutch receiver. A clutch receiver is exactly what they need after a season of receiver trouble, and it’s especially what they’re going to need in their big matchup against the Cowboys this week. I think Ward is going to see a similar amount of targets against the Cowboys and I think he’ll be able to capitalize on them.
Higbee has been seeing pretty consistent play after the Rams made some changes to their offense. Over the past three weeks he’s posted 23.7, 18.6, and 23.1 point fantasy games. The Rams are going into a tough matchup against a 49ers defense that allows the fewest passing yards per game, but it’s clear that Higbee has cemented his place in the Rams offense. He had 8, 11, and 14 targets over the last three weeks so he has clearly been trending up in use as well. I think he could have a big game against the 49ers and would be a great tight end pickup if you’re looking for one.
Despite his 3-interception game last week, I think Rivers is a good pickup for week 16 if you’re in need of a new quarterback. The Chargers are going up against the Raiders who have been a very favorable team for opposing quarterbacks. In week 13 Mahomes put up 19.5 points, Tannehill put up 27.5 in week 14, and Minshew just had an 18.7 point game. The Chargers throw for an average 278.8 yards per game, the 5th most in the league, so I’m expecting them to put up a lot of yards against the Raiders, who allow an average 262.4 yards per game through the air (6th most in the league).
If you’re looking for a defense to pick up in week 16, the Colts might be your answer. I know this sounds counterintuitive considering the Saints just put up 34 points on them last week, but they have a much better matchup this week against the Panthers. While the Colts are a pretty middling defense, ranking 16th best in interceptions and 17th in fumbles and sacks, rumors report that the Panthers might be starting Will Grier at quarterback this week. This will be Grier’s first NFL start, and he will be starting behind an offensive line that has allowed 51 sacks on the season, tied with the Titans for the most. I think the Colts could get a lot of sacks and maybe a couple of turnovers against Grier, which gives them potential for a big game on Sunday.
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