2021 Fantasy Football Week 16 Waiver Wire

by Jonathan Chan
2021 Fantasy Football Week 16 Waiver Wire

Week 15 gave us one of the biggest upsets of all time.

Not only was it insane to watch the one-win Detroit Lions dominate the 10 win Arizona Cardinals, but it was also another level of fun knowing that 99% of survivor pools got flipped on their heads.

Fantasy-wise, it was great to see the continued emergence of Amon-Ra St. Brown and the likely elimination of many Kyler Murray managers.

Hopefully, you made it through (or will make it through after tonight’s games) to the next round. Good luck.

The 2021 Fantasy Football Week 16 Waiver Wire will try to focus on players rostered in under 35% of Yahoo leagues.

2021 Fantasy Football Week 16 Waiver Wire

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Quarterbacks

Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers (22% rostered)

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Newton has a nice bounceback Week 15 after a pair of poor performances against, scoring 24 Fantasy points against a tough Bills defense. The former MVP threw for 156 yards and a touchdown while adding 71 rushing yards and another score on the ground.

Newton’s struggles through the air are well documented, as evidenced by the fact he managed just over 150 passing yards on 38 attempts. However, Newton still has incredible upside thanks to his rushing ability and the fact that he is the Panthers’ top goal-line option.

Carolina will host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 16, an opponent who has allowed the fourth-most Fantasy points to quarterbacks this season.

Sam Darnold could be ready to return this week and Matt Rhule has not said who will start. If Newton gets the start, he could put up low-end QB1 numbers this week.

Other options: Justin Fields, Chicago Bears (26% rostered) Jared Goff, Detroit Lions (7% rostered)

Running Backs

Duke Johnson, Miami Dolphins (2% rostered)

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Welcome back, Duke.

After spending most of the season on the Dolphins and Jacksonville Jaguars’ practice squads, Johnson was thrust into action thanks to Miami’s struggles with COVID.

As the Dolphins’ lead RB, Johnson rushed 22 times for 107 yards and two touchdowns, adding one reception for 20 yards. Fresh off the COVId list, Myles Gaskin got 10 carries, gaining 54 yards.

Gaskin should get some of his workload back next week against the New Orleans Saints, but Johnson did more than enough to earn a share of the workload, as the Dolphins signed him to the active roster on Monday.

Craig Reynolds. Detroit Lions (13% rostered)

Reynolds is another practice squad running back who has impressed in his spot starts. In Week 15’s upset of the Cardinals, Reynolds rushed 26 times for 112 yards, building off a solid Week 14 performance where he rushed for 83 yards on 11 carries.

D’Andre Swift (shoulder) and Jamaal Williams (COVID) have missed the past two games and it’s unclear when either will return. With the Lions playing for nothing but pride (get it, because they’re lions?) there’s no need to rush either player back.

If Reynolds gets another start, he will be in an excellent spot in a matchup against the Atlanta Falcons, who just let Jeff Wilson Jr. steamroll them for 110 yards and a touchdown.

Ronald Jones, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (35% rostered)

Leonard Fournette was one of many Bucs players to leave Sunday night’s game due to injury. It’s been reported that he avoided a serious injury to his hamstring but he will still miss some time.

Jones will step in and become the starter, a role he should be familiar with. The Tampa Bay offense could struggle a bit next week as it will be missing Chris Godwin (torn ACL) and could be missing Mike Evans (hamstring) in addition to Fournette.

Despite the depleted personnel, the Bucs offense should be good enough to support Jones as an RB2 as long as he is the starter.

Other Options: Justin Jackson, Los Angeles Chargers (6% rostered)

Wide Receivers

Gabriel Davis, Buffalo Bills (19% rostered)

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The injury to Emmanuel Sanders has made Davis one of the best late-season pickups of the season. The veteran sustained a sprained MCL two weeks ago and did not play in Week 15 against the Panthers, leaving Davis as the team’s WR2.

The second-year receiver had one of the best games of his career, catching five passes for 85 yards and two touchdowns. The 22-year-od has now caught a touchdown in three-straight games and is seeing more opportunities as the season goes on.

If Sanders is unable to play, Davis will once again be in for a heavy workload in a massive Week 16 showdown with the New England Patriots. Davis managed to snag a touchdown in the windy conditions during their Week 13 matchup, so a FLEX-worthy performance is not out of the question, despite a tough Pats secondary.

Update: Davis was placed on the COVID list and will not play against the Patriots.

Amon-Ra St. Brown, Detroit Lions (29% rostered)

Volume is king.

With the rest of the Lions’ main weapons out of the lineup, St. Brown has been the team’s No.1 receiver. Against the Cardinals, the rookie caught 8-of-11 targets for 90 yards and a touchdown.

Over the past three weeks, he’s caught 26-of-35 targets for 249 yards and three touchdowns. T.J. Hockenson is out for the rest of the season after undergoing hand surgery so St. Brown will continue to see plenty of targets moving forward.

He is a must-add in all leagues and will be especially valuable in PPR leagues thanks to the volume he’s been seeing.

Other Options: Tyler Johnson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1% rostered)

Tight Ends

Evan Engram, New York Giants (31% rostered)

The Giants’ tight end hasn’t produced a ton this season but has seen five or more targets in four of his past five games. A matchup with the Eagles is on tap for Week 16 could be good for Engram. Philadelphia has struggled to defend tight ends this season, having allowed the most Fantasy points to the position.



Engram’s floor is low thanks to the issues the Giants are having at quarterback. However, a good matchup makes him a low-end streamer in Week 16.


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2021 Fantasy Football Week 16 Start-Sit - Fantasy Six Pack December 24, 2021 - 1:31 pm

[…] The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been crushed by injuries with Chris Godwin out for the season and now Mike Evans (hamstring) ruled out. That leaves Tom Brady with Antonio Brown, Breshad Perriman and Tyler Johnson as his top wide receivers if you are looking for a warm body now that Waivers have cleared. […]

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