2020 Fantasy Football Week 16 Waiver Wire

by Jonathan Chan
2020 Fantasy Football Week 4 Start-Sit

Welcome to the 2020 Fantasy Football Week 16 Waiver Wire. Where I'll take credit for any champions that took my advice. You're welcome!

But seriously. Thank you to everyone that stuck with me throughout the year, I really appreciate you taking the time to read my thoughts on our stress-inducing game.

After a couple of heartbreaking semi-final losses, I can actually watch Week 16 without worrying about my point totals. Meaning I can get back to my favorite activity, screaming into a void about Josh Gordon.

No matter how many times he comes back, I will always bring the hype for the guy that brought so much excitement to the 2013 season.

Now 13 pounds heavier than his listed weight on NFL.com, Flash could be bringing a new, more physical style of play to complement the D.K. Metcalf and Tyler Lockett. Either way, I know what game I'm going to be glued to this week.

There were a few injuries to big names over the weekend, make sure you check out the Week 15 Injury Impact article to see who got hurt and their outlook for championship weekend.

The 2020 Fantasy Football Week 16 Waiver Wire will try to focus on players rostered in under 35% of Yahoo leagues. Players listed in the “other options” section are between 35 and 50 percent rostered.

2020 Fantasy Football Week 16 Waiver Wire

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Jalen Hurts, Philadelphia Eagles (37% Rostered)

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Going a little over the rostered limit for Hurts. Simply, because he could be a league winner.

The rookie was incredible in his second career start, passing for 338 yards and three touchdowns while adding 63 rushing yards and another touchdown on the ground. His 37.82 points just squeaked past Josh Allen and made Hurts the top performer of Week 15.

The Philadelphia offense looks rejuvenated with Hurts under center and will look to continue its solid run in Week 16 against the Cowboys. Hurts' dual-threat ability gives him a Kyler Murray-esque high floor-high ceiling combination.

Managers were slow to react after his performance against the Saints but there should be a mad rush to add the Eagles starter after his breakout performance.

Tua Tagovailoa, Miami Dolphins (21% Rostered)

Unlike Justin Herbert, Tagovailoa was able to overcome Bill Belichick and his history of terrorizing rookie quarterbacks.

In his first start against New England, Tua scored a solid 19.70 Fantasy points, mostly a product of his two rushing scores. His modest passing numbers were to be expected in a game where he was without four of his top offensive weapons.

Tagovailoa showed plenty of poise in taking what was given to him in order to grind out a tough win. Week 16 should once again see him put up respectable numbers against an awful Raiders defense.

Running Backs

Salvon Ahmed, Miami Dolphins (33% Rostered)

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The Dolphins leaned heavily on the run game, and Ahmed, in Week 15. The 21-year-old rushed for 122 yards and one touchdown on a career-high 23 carries. He also came half a yard away from another touchdown but was stopped just short before Tagovailoa called his own number on the next play.

Playing for the first time since Week 11, Ahmed looked quick and elusive, gaining chunk yardage against a very tired and slow looking Patriots defense. If Myles Gaskin remains out of the lineup, Ahmed should have similar success against a Las Vegas defense that has allowed over 200 rushing yards in two of their last three games.

Sony Michel, New England Patriots (19% Rostered)

Damien Harris missed Sunday's game with an ankle so injury so Michel took back the lead duties. Despite going up against a solid Miami defense, the former first-rounder played well. Michel rushed 10 times for 74 yards and caught one pass for another eight.

If Harris misses another game, Michel will see double digit carries against a much more forgiving Bills defense. The newly crowned AFC East champions rank 20th in the league, allowing 121 rushing yards per game. In their Week 8 matchup, the Patriots ran for 190 yards and two touchdowns. The running backs (Harris and Burkhead) combined for 128 yards and a touchdown.

New England will need to lean on it's running game to have any hope of winning this game. Michel has had Bill Belichick's trust in the past and should see a decent workload if Harris remains out.

Other Options: Tony Pollard (45% Rostered), Le'Veon Bell (54% Rostered)

Wide Receivers

Russell Gage, Atlanta Falcons (24% Rostered)

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Gage has taken full advantage of Julio Jones missing time. Over his last three games Gage has caught 14 passes for 201 yards and two touchdowns. His role as the No.2 receiver is well established, as he's seen 25 targets, second behind Calvin Ridley.

Gage has surpassed double-digit fantasy points in each of these three games and has a good chance for a fourth as Atlanta takes on Kansas City this week. The Chiefs continue to put up big numbers and the Falcons will need to throw a ton to stay competitive.

Mecole Hardman, Kansas City Chiefs (23% Rostered)

Hardman might be the poster boy for boom-bust fantasy options. However, the speedster did tie a season high with nine targets against the Saints on Sunday. It's not a surefire sign that his role in the KC offense is expanding but it is encouraging that he saw more targets than Sammy Watkins and Demarcus Robinson combined.

With a matchup against the Falcons coming up, Hardman only needs one play to put up a good fantasy day. Atlanta has allowed a league-leading 55 "explosive" pass plays this season, or on 10 percent of their plays, 29th worst in the league.

Clyde Edwards-Helaire will be out next week and some of his targets could be funneled to Hardman. Playing Hardman is a risky play but could pay off in a big way for managers who need a ceiling performance to capture their title.

Other Options: Keke Coutee (41% Rostered), Tyron Johnson (7% Rostered), Jalen Guyton (1% Rostered)

Tight Ends

Jordan Reed, San Francisco 49ers (21% Rostered)

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Reed has been up and down since taking over for George Kittle but despite his low yardage totals, he has managed to find the endzone. The former Washington tight end has scored in two of his last three games. The touchdowns alone put him on the TE1 borderline despite a total of 63 yards over that span.

The Niners' defense has been poor over the last three weeks, allowing a total of 98 points. If Kyler Murray can build off his incredible performance against the Eagles, San Francisco will need to throw to stay in the game.

Dan Arnold, Arizona Cardinals (2% Rostered)

Arnold has slowly put himself in the fantasy circle of trust, finishing as TE4 over the last three games. He has clearly earned Murray's trust and is looking like the No.2 passing option behind DeAndre Hopkins.

Murray rewarded Arnold's solid play with a season high five targets against the Eagles. As he continues to carve a larger role in the offense, he has moved from being more of a streamer and into low-end TE1 territory.

Deep League Special

Greg Ward, Philadelphia Eagles (3% Rostered)

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As managers see more game tape on Hurts, a pattern develops on who he will throw to. Ward saw five targets in Sunday's loss but caught two of them for touchdowns. The slot receiver has received five targets in each of his last three games and caught three touchdowns in that span.

Hurts looked great as a passer on Sunday and should open things up for more Eagles receivers outside of Dallas Goedert and Zach Ertz. Ward seems to be a red zone favorite for the rookie and is worth a dart throw in deep leagues.

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