Waiver Wire Watch: Week 16

Week 16 is here, so it’s do or die time for most fantasy owners. I wouldn’t imagine that there are too many championship-caliber teams out there scouring on the waiver wire for guys to start in the title game, so I’ll make this WWW relatively brief. Here are a few guys that could help fantasy owners that are in a pinch at a particular position. Remember, to be eligible for the WWW, a player needs to be owned in no more than 50% of ESPN leagues.

* Alex Smith (37.2) didn’t have a very good game against the Eagles, but with Lions coming to town, he is very much startable in Week 16.

* Vince Young (27.1) has thrown nine TD in the last six games and is also making plays with his feet. The Chargers are just a so-so matchup, but the Titans will have to throw to keep up.

* Jason Campbell (30.6) doesn’t have the greatest matchup in the world (DAL), but he has played pretty well of late and is usable in a pinch.

* Jerome Harrison (9.9) went nuts against the Chiefs and has another great matchup with the Raiders coming to town.

* Jason Snelling (51.2) isn’t quite eligible for the WWW but I’m going to make an executive decision and include him. Michael Turner ran the ball once in his comeback against the Jets and left the game. Snelling ended up with 19 touches for 64 yards, and with a great matchup against the Bills’ porous rush defense, he should have a nice Week 16.

* Darren McFadden (51.2) had 12 carries for 74 yards in Week 15, and with a great matchup with the Browns in Week 16, he’s usable in a RB2/flex role. Michael Bush (14.9) had 18 carries for 133 yards and TD, and probably earned himself 15 or so touches in Week 16 as well.

* Quinton Ganther (47.7) doesn’t have a great matchup (DAL), but he was terrific in Week 14 and posted 40 yards and a TD in Week 15, even though the Redskins were playing catch up the entire time.

* Chris Chambers (49.8) doesn’t have an ideal matchup (CIN), but he’s been red hot lately, posting an average of 4.0-71-0.6 over the last seven games.

* Josh Morgan (38.8) has 22 catches (and two TD) in the last four games, and with his great Week 16 matchup against Detroit, he’s startable as a WR3/flex.

* Austin Collie (30.9) has a TD in each of his last three games. The matchup is bad (NYJ), but Collie could see extra snaps as the Colts rest their starters.

* Fred Davis (18.6) continues to progress in the Redskins offense, as evidenced by the 17-211-5 that he has posted over the last 4 weeks.

* Jermichael Finley (20.8) has a bad matchup (SEA) but it doesn’t matter. With 31 catches in the last five weeks, Finley is very startable.

* Now that the Saints have lost, don’t expect the team to rush Jeremy Shockey back from injury, and that means David Thomas (1.8) should continue to be Drew Brees’s checkdown option. This makes him starter-quality in PPR leagues.


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