2023 Fantasy Football Week 16 Waiver Wire

by Dylan Clemons

Hello Fantasy nerds! NFL Week 15 has wrapped up, so it is time to discuss the 2023 Fantasy Football Week 16 Waiver Wire, as we head into round two of the fantasy playoffs.

What a wild ride Week 15 was. Unfortunately, it was a tough week for injuries once again. We lost two running backs this week including Zack Moss to an arm injury, and Keaton Mitchell getting injured with a devastating knee injury. We also lost JaMar Chase to a separated shoulder, so it will be interesting to see if he suits up. If you want to the full injury report, check out Michael Bonni's Injury Impact article.

We are now in the second round of the playoffs, likely the final four. If you are still reading this I am assuming you are still left and congrats on that. But is the time of year when we need to lock in to give you the best advice to lead you to your championships.

In this article, we will target players on the waiver wire who are under 50% on the FantasyPros consensus roster percentage.

At this point in the season, we have gotten a larger sample size, so finding that waiver wire darling can be harder because the cupboards are bare. I am here to help with that. Now let's jump into the 2023 Fantasy Football Week 16 Waiver Wire!

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2023 Fantasy Football Week 16 Waiver Wire

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Top Waiver Adds

Ty Chandler, RB, Minnesota Vikings (49% Rostered)

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I am kicking myself for not having Ty Chandler in this part of the article last week, but I did have him in the best of the rest section. He looked fantastic as the lead back getting the majority of the work. He saw 23 carries for 132 yards and a touchdown, while also catching three of his four targets for 25 yards. Chandler finished as the RB4 with 24.7 PPR points on the week and most likely won you your playoff matchup.

We are uncertain if Mattison will be back for this matchup against the Detroit Lions. However, if he is, we have to believe Chandler just took his job after that outing. He should be the lead back once again either way in my opinion. The Lions are much better against the run than the pass ranking second in the league in fantasy points allowed to running backs.

If Mattison is out, I would still play Chandler, if he is in, maybe think about leaving Chandler on the bench because of the matchup.

Curtis Samuel, WR, Washington Commanders (39.6% Rostered)

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Curtis Samuel has had a solid year for the Commanders and our fantasy teams. He got caught in a lull in the midway point of the season but has been very solid over the last three games. Samuel has finished as a top-36 wide receiver in the last three games, including two top-17 finishes in the least three games.

Over those past three games, Samuel has seen 26 targets which is tied for the team lead with Terry Mclaurin. The matchup against the Jets isn't a great one on paper. However, the Jets season has spiraled out of control and their defense surrendered 30 points. If you are in a pinch, plug Samuel in and feel okay about it in a pass-heavy option.

Noah Brown, WR, Houston Texans (40.2% Rostered)

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It has been an absolute roller-coaster season for Noah Brown this year. He has three finishes this season as a top-10 wide receiver including this past week. Brown took advantage of Nico Collins and Tank Dell being out with injuries seeing 11 targets and catching eight of them for 82 yards and a touchdown.

Noah Brown did that with the backup quarterback Case Keenam in for the injured starter C.J. Stroud. With Stroud back this week hopefully, we expect this offense to be much better as a whole. It is a tough matchup against the Browns who have allowed the second-fewest fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. However, if Brown is the number one guy in this offense once again this week, you can still start him in a pinch.

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Jerick McKinnon, Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, (38.9% & 36.2% Rostered)

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Looking over my list of options today it surprised me that both Chiefs running backs are still rostered under 50% with Isiah Pacheco being out. With McKinnon dealing with an injury throughout the game it was Clyde Edwards-Helaire who led the backfield in snaps 40-22.

If you started started either of these guys you were absolutely pleased. Jerick McKinnon once again found the end zone, this time twice, one passing, and one on the receiving end as well. He finished as RB12 on the Week in PPR formats. CEH was not efficient on the ground seeing 12 carries for just 37 yards, but it was the work in the passing game. He caught all four of his targets for 64 yards and an awesome receiving touchdown finishing as RB8.

The matchup against the Raiders is fine as they are middle of the road against opposing running backs. What we do like is they have allowed 10 touchdowns to running backs which is sixth most. That bodes well for both backs here if Pacheco is still out.

Zamir White, RB, Las Vegas Raiders (11.2% Rostered)

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Zamir White was a good plug-and-play option last week in a good matchup against the Chargers. He also put fantasy owners who played him at ease with an early touchdown on the first drive of the game.

White saw 17 carries for 69 yards and a touchdown, while also catching three of his four targets for 16 yards finishing as RB11 with 17.5 points in PPR formats. He lost some work to Ameer Abdullah but he still out-snapped him 45-17 which you love to see.

This play is only an option if Josh Jacobs sits out once again with the quad injury. However, what would be the point of rushing him back at this point when the Raiders want to see what these young guys have? The matchup against Kansas City is fine as they are middle of the pack against opposing running backs. Every Chiefs game seems to be a close one, so you also do not have to worry about White being game-scripted out. If Jacobs is out once again, play White.

Zay Jones, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars (32.8% Rostered)

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The first guy who very well could have made the top part of this article is Zay Jones. With Christian Kirk out Jones has seen eight targets in three straight games, for a total of 30. He has finished as a top-30  wide receiver in two of those three games.

The matchup for Zay Jones and the Jaguars wide receivers is a fantastic one against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Tampa Bay has allowed the fourth most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. I expect both Calvin Ridley and Zay Jones to have big weeks this week, as they need to get their season back on track.

Update: Zay Jones is now week-to-week with a hamstring injury. If he misses time, Parker Washington could be an option in deeper leagues. If Tyler Boyd is available, he is a solid option as well with Ja'Marr Chase expected to miss some time.

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