RotoExperts: Waiver Wire Rankings (Week 16)
Adam Zdroik ranks all the major positions on the waiver wire for Week 16.
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These rankings encompass all major positions, and whether you’re in an easy living 10-teamer or ‘My team has no depth’ 14-player league, you’ll find who you’re looking for. I’ll even throw in some lesser-known commodities for those in 20-team leagues.
Robert Griffin III missed last week, but luckily for your Fantasy team there are still plenty of QBs available on waivers. If for some reason you are blaming your playoff loss on RGIII being hurt, you did something wrong long before that. Sam Bradford and Russell Wilson were two of the best QBs last week and were still available in most leagues.
- Nick Foles (CBSports.com: 21%, NFL.com: 2.5%)– As long as the Eagles don’t self-implode again, Foles should have a decent game against a very beatable secondary.
- Sam Bradford (CBS: 44%, NFL: 10.2%)– Bradford tossed for more than 375 yards and three TDs last week. It’s very doubtful the defunct Bucs will be able to stop him with a healthy receiving core.
- Russell Wilson (CBS: 62%, NFL: 22.1%)– I’m 100 percent sure he won’t repeat last week’s performance. The 49ers will be trouble for Wilson even though he’s playing really well.
- Chad Henne (CBS: 23%, NFL: 1.5%)– He’s done nothing lately, but the Patriots pass defense did not look at that good on Sunday night.
- Jake Locker (CBS: 23%, NFL: 36.1%)– The Packers are still a little beat up on defense and Locker has options to exploit that.
- Ryan Tannehill (CBS: 20%, NFL: 9.7%)– He had a really solid game against the Jags last week and the Buffalo Bills are ready for the season to be over.
- Kirk Cousins (CBS: 5%, NFL: 0.9%)– He’s definitely capable, but this is only if RGIII misses another game.
There are no exciting RBs to grab off waivers this week, unless you count one of the Chargers backs. In that case, we still don’t know who will get the majority of carries and they aren’t a good running team anyways.
- Vick Ballard (CBS: 82%, NFL: 34.8%)– The Chiefs were killed on the ground last week against the Raiders. Ballard had 100 yards on the Texans last week and the Colts will try and run more this game to gain momentum going into the season finale.
- David Wilson (CBS: 84%, NFL: 70.7%) – He was a little overrated last week, considering everyone knew he wasn’t going to be the only one getting carries. The Ravens cannot stop the run right now and even if Ahmad Bradshaw returns, Wilson can bust some loose.
- Curtis Brinkley (CBS: 1%, NFL: 0.1%)– Ryan Mathews is done for the season, which means someone will have to step in. Brinkley had nine touches against the Panthers and did the most work of any Chargers back. If Ronnie Brown misses another game, that will only help.
- Bilal Powell (CBS: 33%, NFL: 5.6%)– Powell continues to get carries and red zone work. The only problem is the Jets have to get there first.
- Joique Bell (CBS: 66%, NFL: 9.7%)– Bell is getting touches, but the Lions are falling apart. He should get some rushes and find work in the passing game against the Falcons.
- Jackie Battle (CBS: 18%, NFL: 9.1%)– Battle is also in line for some touches in San Diego, but he hasn’t really done anything all season when given the chance.
- Montell Owens (CBS: 34%, NFL: 3.1%)– The Jags could easily get run out of their own stadium in this one. It’s unlikely they’ll be able to establish a run game against the Patriots.
- Jacquizz Rodgers (CBS: 73%, NFL: 40%)– If Beanie Wells can run past the Lions, so can Rodgers. A possible problem could be Jason Snelling, who saw more time against the Giants last week.
- Alex Green (CBS: 60%, NFL: 18.4%)– The Packers will want to try and get their running game going before the playoffs, which is very possible against the Titans.
- Ben Tate (CBS: 58%, NFL: 54%)– Tate was back to being the full-time backup against the Colts, as Justin Forsett didn’t touch the ball. Down the road, Tate might see some more time.
- LaMichael James (CBS: 7%, NFL: 1.7%)– This is more of a Week 17 play because you probably don’t want to use James against the Seahawks.
- Robert Turbin (CBS: 20%, NFL: 0.7%) – He is another player you’ll probably wait to use until Week 17.
The waiver options at wide receiver look a lot like the RBs – pretty thin. I put a few more guys that aren’t widely owned so anyone looking for some real deep options, here you go.
- Jacoby Jones (CBS: 3%, NFL: 1.4%) – The Giants can be beat and Torrey Smith has a minor concussion. If Smith doesn’t miss this game, Jones moves down the list.
- Jason Avant (CBS: 9%, NFL: 1.5%)– Avant is getting looks, which is good, and now he’ll get the Redskins and their very weak secondary.
- Dwayne Harris (CBS: 1%, NFL: 0.1%)– You know Tony Romo will have to be slinging the ball in this one. Harris is now the No. 3 WR for the Cowboys and he could be in for a surprising game.
- Brandon Gibson (CBS: 24%, NFL: 1.7%)– Well, that’s two good weeks in a row and now he gets the Bucs, who can’t stop anyone in the passing game.
- Rod Streater (CBS: 7%, NFL: 1%) – The Panthers have actually been playing really good defense, but Streater has been Oakland’s top WR of late.
- Dexter McCluster (CBS: 4%, NFL: 1.2%) – The Colts can’t stop much of anyone in the passing game and McCluster is the Chiefs main target, now that Dwayne Bowe is out.
- Riley Cooper (CBS: 3%, NFL: 0.3%)– He’s not going to put up huge numbers, but with his size, he’ll remain a red zone threat.
- Golden Tate (CBS: 64%, NFL: 17.1%)– The 49ers were beaten all day long by Brandon Lloyd, so maybe Tate can replicate that performance. Yes, I know, that’s a very big stretch.
- Chris Givens (CBS: 50%, NFL: 4.7%)– He does have two straight bad weeks, but are you telling me the Bucs will be able to contain Givens and the long ball? There will be some chances.
- Alshon Jeffery (CBS: 19%, NFL: 3%)– Jeffery did nothing against the Packers, but maybe with Patrick Peterson on Brandon Marshall, he’ll get a few more looks.
- Michael Preston (CBS: 0%, NFL: 0%)– With Damian Williams and Kendall Wright out, there’s always a chance.
Dennis Pitta was on my list last week, but I definitely didn’t project him to reach 100 yards and two touchdowns. The tight end position has been a mess this year in Fantasy with the best value guys being Tony Gonzalez and Heath Miller.
- Dennis Pitta (CBS: 63%, NFL: 17.5%)– Maybe the new OC’s idea is to get the ball to the tight end more. If so, Pitta should have another big week against the Giants.
- Tony Scheffler (CBS: 17%, NFL: 3%) – There’s not much you can say about the Lions, but at least Scheffler will get targets.
- Dallas Clark (CBS: 46%, NFL: 6.3%) – He was great in PPR leagues (eight catches) against the Saints, let’s see if he can get a TD this time around.
- Tony Moeaki (CBS: 4%, NFL: 0.7%)– Brady Quinn doesn’t have many people to throw to and the Colts don’t have a very good pass defense.
- Marcedes Lewis (CBS: 31%, NFL: 5.8%) – Henne will be forced to throw a lot, which gives hope to Lewis.
- Lance Kendricks (CBS: 3%, NFL: 1.5%) – The Rams should be able to pass just fine on the Bucs, and Kendricks gets looks in the red zone.
There were three shutouts last weekend and at least two of those defenses were definitely available in your league. That’s how unpredictable things can be. My options of the Rams and Lions turned into what defenses you shouldn’t use. Some games just don’t make sense, though.
- Carolina Panthers (CBS: 22%, NFL: 6.8%)They have on and off games, but completely dominated the Chargers last week and the Raiders are no better. Opponent: Raiders
- St. Louis Rams (CBS: 50%, NFL: 8.1%)– The Rams defense was a huge disappointment last weekend. Usually at home, they at least get a few sacks and maybe a turnover over or two. Instead, they did neither of those things; they were killed for 36 points against the Vikings. The Bucs offense has done nothing for two straight weeks, so there’s hope. Opponent: Bucs
- Indianapolis Colts (CBS: 10%, NFL: 3.8%)– Did you see the Chiefs offense last week? Neither did I because its existence is waning. The Colts should be able to do at least something for your Fantasy squad this week. Opponent: Chiefs