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Fantasy Football Championship Week (Week 16) Waiver Wire Pickups

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Ladies and gentleman…you did it! You made it to championship week. Or, perhaps, you’re like me and you faced off against Jamal Charles in week 15 and now you’re playing for 3rd place. Either way, it’s time to put up or…well, you know the rest. You can throw caution to the wind this week and just worry about your starting lineup (unless you’re in a dynasty or keeper league). In fact, you should consider some defensive maneuvers this week, something I would only contemplate during the fantasy playoffs. Or, perhaps you have been streaming quarterbacks all season and you need a gem for the championship. Or maybe you’re sporting Andrew Luck and you’d rather not roll him out on the road against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Either way, I got you covered. Let’s check out this week’s pickups…
Andy Dalton (QB – CIN) Owned in 50% ESPN, 77% Yahoo
Somehow, Dalton is only owned in 50% of ESPN leagues, which is a bit insane at this point in the season. Sure, he’s had his ups and downs, but he has an amazingly juicy matchup in week 16 against Minnesota at home. If you’re in the market for a QB for your title (or 3rd place) game, Dalton should put up big numbers against the Vikings horrible pass defense. Also, Dalton appears to be on one of his upswings, scoring almost 50 fantasy points in his last 2 games combined. If you consider the fact that to the fact that Minnesota just got torched by Nick Foles, Joe Flacco, and Josh McCown the last three week, I you’ve found your week 16 starter.

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Kirk Cousins (QB – WAS) Owned in 3% ESPN, 11% Yahoo
If you miss on Dalton, take a look at Cousins as an equally good alternative. Sure, the entire Washington franchise is a mess,but  Cousins put up good numbers against a bad Falcons defense in week 15 and faces an even worse pass defense this week when the Dallas Cowboys come to town on Sunday. The Cowboys seem to be in another one of their trademark, end-of-season nosedives and have been dreadful all season against the opposing fantasy quarterbacks. Even though Washington’s season is over, you should expect them to play inspired football against their most hated rival knowing that a loss to Washington and a Philly win would eliminated the Cowboys from the playoffs.

Bobby Rainey (RB – TB) Owned in 50% ESPN, 71% Yahoo
Rainey was devastating to fantasy owners in week 15, putting up only 27 rushing yards and three and a half fantasy points. But he’s not playing San Francisco again in week 16…instead, he’s playing the St. Louis Rams who have given up a whopping 16 touchdowns in 14 games this season. They haven’t given up huge yardage totals in the past five games, but they still give up touchdowns. Rainey should be good for at least one score, and you may be able to scoop him up AFTER waivers as previous owners dump him after his poor outing against the 49ers.

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Jordan Todman (RB – JAX) Owned in 2% ESPN, 19% Yahoo
Maurice Jones-Drew’s status is still a question mark for this week, and Todman filled in admirably for him in week 15. Some may say (myself included) that Todman looked like the better back in Jacksonville. Jones-Drew is in a contract year, so he may try to rush back for an audition since it’s nearly a fore-gone conclusion that he will not return to Jacksonville next year. However, from the Jaguars point of view, it makes more sense to see what they have in Todman rather than trot out a known, departing, and diminishing commodity like Jones-Drew. If Jones-Drew is out again this week, Todman is a very good RB2 against Tennessee’s painfully poor run defense.

Wide receiver is pretty bare this week, although there are a few guys you can grab if you’re desperate at the position.

Doug Baldwin (WR – SEA) Owned in 17% ESPN, 24% Yahoo
Rod Streater (WR – OAK) Owned in 7% ESPN, 25% Yahoo
Andre Holmes (WR – OAK) Owned in 0% ESPN, 5% Yahoo

Defenses

Cleveland Browns (DST) vs. New York Jets
Two weeks ago notwithstanding, the Jets have been mana for every fantasy defense in the league this season. The Browns have proved to be middle of the pack this season, but they should feast on the turnover-happy Jets who have also been giving up 4 sack games to teams like it’s their job. I have Cleveland locked into my DST in two of my own championship games, you should consider doing the same.

Miami Dolphins (DST) vs. Buffalo Bills
The Bills are another “get right” offense to for fantasy defenses, and Miami did a pretty good job on Tom Brady in week 15 for three and a half quarters. Also, the game is in Buffalo which means weather could be a factor. They aren’t a lock, but if you’re in a tough spot, the Dolphins could bail you out.

Tennessee Titans (DST) vs. Jacksonville
I cringe recommending the Titans’ DST again, but it’s hard to ignore the matchup against the Jags. They’ve had a terrible last two weeks against Denver and Arizona, and Jacksonville has been playing better as of late. Only use them as a supreme desperation play.

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About Keenan Keeling

Keenan is the Fantasy Football daily expert of Fantasy Six Pack. He plays on FanDuel (hvillethugg) and on DraftKings (theleafnode). If you see his games out there don't hesitate to pick them up.

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