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2017 Fantasy Football Week 16 Waiver Wire

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And we’re finally here. All those long hours poring over depth charts, tweets from beat writers, and various fantasy advice websites (mostly ours I hope) has led up to this final weekend. Unless you played against Todd Gurley, Kareem Hunt, Keelan Cole, or Robbie Gould (!). Then your luck probably wasn’t as good. But if you either avoided those matchups or persevered through them, this final weekend is your reward. One last matchup for all the glory. All the trash-talking rights until next season. Your team name engraved on the trophy. Let’s get it!

We’re down to a one-week season, so this might as well be a Start/Stream column. We’re going to look at every standout player on the Week 16 Waiver Wire with less than 35% ownership in ESPN leagues who might make an immediate impact.

2017 Fantasy Football Week 16 Waiver Wire

Players are listed in order of priority of pickup.

Quarterbacks

Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens (8.5%)

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Last week there were three obvious quarterback streamers that all paid off. Blake Bortles, Jimmy Garappolo, and Nick Foles all finished as top-10 quarterback plays in Week 15. Another guy on that list? Joe Flacco.

Flacco has come alive in his last three games, averaging 275.33 yards per game with six total touchdowns and only one interception. He’s averaged 19.1 fantasy points over these last three. In another cake matchup against the Indianapolis Colts, he could easily repeat those numbers. The Colts give up the 9th most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. In their last two non-blizzard games, they gave up 25.06 and 25.46 fantasy points to Blake Bortles and Brock Osweiler.

Running Backs

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Wayne Gallman, New York Giants (6.1%)

The lone bright spot for the Giants in Week 14, Gallman shined along with the rest of the offense in Week 15. With Eli Manning playing his best game of the season, Gallman was able to add 79 yards on 14 touches, including six catches. While Shane Vereen was involved, Gallman was a crucial pass-catcher for Manning. Gallman has had back-to-back games of 6+ catches and 75 plus yards.

If you’re in a tough spot, Gallman isn’t a terrible PPR flex play against a Cardinals defense that gives up the 8th most receptions to enemy running backs. However, I’d rather have the next guy on this list in standard leagues.

Peyton Barber, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (15.7%)

With Doug Martin a surprising late-minute scratch on Monday night, Barber stepped into the starting gig. He wasn’t overly impressive, with only 68 yards and a lost fumble, but showed some burst and tough running. Perhaps Dirk Koetter is looking for a spark for this offense that has severely disappointed this season.

Unfortunately, while the opportunity is there, he draws a terrible matchup in Week 16 in Carolina. The Panthers allow the 5th fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs. Barber is a flex play based on volume alone, but there’s no ceiling for him in this fantasy championship week.

T.J. Yeldon, Jacksonville Jaguars (9.7%)

Obviously, Yeldon is only in consideration in Leonard Fournette is unable to go. Chris Ivory is nominally ahead of Yeldon on the depth chart, but was ineffective and left Week 15 with an injury. Yeldon is only two years removed from being a first-round pick and has been impressive in his limited action. If Fournette misses this game, Yeldon is an intriguing upside play in Week 16 against the Niners with a decent floor in PPR leagues due to his pass-catching ability.

If Fournette AND Ivory miss Week 16, Yeldon is a potential league-winner.

Wide Receivers

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Mike Wallace, Baltimore Ravens (34.4%)

After a disappointing start to the season, Wallace has really picked it up as of late. It’s no surprise that Joe Flacco’s hot run has coincided with Wallace putting up 92.33 yards per game in that same span. Chicken or the egg? Either way, Flacco has abandoned Jeremy Maclin and Wallace is once again the focal point of this passing attack. He has the 6th most air yards and 34 targets over the last four games. He’s a solid championship start against a struggling Colts secondary that allows the 10th most points to opposing wide receivers.

Keelan Cole/Dede Westbrook, Jacksonville Jaguars (1.2/30.8%)

In Week 15, Cole had the game that many of us were hoping for from Westbrook. He racked up 7/186/1 and finished as the WR1 on the week. Westbrook cooled down from his fast start, but should have a bounce back week since I’m not expecting big things from Jaydon Mickens again.

With Marqise Lee looking unlikely for Week 16, I’d play Cole and Westbrook as lower end WR3s this week at home against the 49ers.

Tight End

Eric Ebron, Detroit Lions (30.9%)

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Well, he did it again. Ebron again out-played a bad matchup with the Chicago Bears in Week 15 after busting a bad matchup in Week 14 against the Buccaneers. We’ll see if he can keep it rolling in a slightly better matchup with the Vontze Burfict-less Bengals in Week 16. They have given up a touchdown to a tight end in each game that he has missed this season. Outside of last week, Ebron has only scored twice all season, but against predictably soft matchups (@Giants and vs CLE).

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A concern with Ebron is usually his lack of targets. However, with all the weapons around him, Ebron has actually led the Lions in targets over these last two games.


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About Kevin Huo

Kevin is a fantasy football writer for Fantasy Six Pack. He considers every angle - whether statistical or theoretical - when weighing his options and isn't afraid to be a contrarian. You can follow him on Twitter: @KevinH_F6P

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