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Week 16 IDP Waiver Wire Pickups (2021 Fantasy Football)

by Raju Byfield | @FantasyContext | Featured Writer
Dec 21, 2021

Week 15 is still underway but with waivers still running tonight in most leagues, IDP managers are furiously scouring the waiver wire for impact additions. The playoffs are finally here and it is time to add reinforcements in hopes of winning your league title. There are some new and some old options to consider, some of which will be impact IDP starters for the entire playoffs. The names below all seem to qualify and may very well be available in your leagues. We will update this article after tonight’s games. Let’s take a look at some of the names that are worth some of your free agent budget. 

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Charles Harris (DE/LB – DET): 11% rostered on Yahoo
Charles Harris has been going off lately. He was near elite in Week 15, racking up seven solos, five assists, 1.5 sacks, and three tackles for loss. He now has 3.5 sacks in his last three games and may finally be making good on the talent that got him drafted in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft. After a six week power outage, Harris is up to 7.5 sacks on the season and needs to be respected as a DL2 option. Week 16 gives him a plus matchup against an Atlanta Falcons team allowing the sixth-most fantasy points to outside linebackers. Add and start Harris where possible. 

Cameron Jordan (DE – NO): 11% rostered on Yahoo
Cam Jordan always gets up for Tom Brady. The veteran pass rusher has a disappointing six sacks on the season, but three of them have come against Tom Brady. He recorded five solos, two sacks, and two tackles for loss in Week 15 and probably has the coaching staff wishing that they had more Brady on the schedule. Jordan gets a plus matchup in Week 16 against a Miami Dolphins team surrendering the 16th most fantasy points per game to the defensive end position. Cam may never push his way back into DL1 territory but is a rock-solid DL2 option in the right matchups. As Week 15 proved, he’s still got it. Add and start Jordan were possible. 

Emmanuel Ogbah (DE – MIA): 6% rostered on Yahoo
While the game was more competitive than most would have imagined, Emmanuel Ogbah still made good on the plus matchup. Ogbah racked up two solos, one sack, one tackle for loss, one pass defended, and one fumble recovery against the New York Jets in Week 15. He has been inconsistent this year but is still on track to best the career-high marks he set last year. He has a strong Week 16 matchup against a New Orleans Saints team allowing the 16th most fantasy points to the defensive end position, and should be in the DL2 conversation for fantasy managers. Start him where needed as an upside DL2/3. Add Ogbah where possible. 

Marcus Davenport (DE – NO): 4% rostered on Yahoo
Marcus Davenport has been excellent when healthy this season. He is up to 6.5 sacks in eight games and figures to keep the good times rolling against the Miami Dolphins. Davenport recorded three solos, one sack, and two tackles for loss in Week 15 and now has at least one sack in each of his last five games. 5.5 of his sacks have come in those five games. There are few pass rushers as hot as Davenport right now, so make the add where needed. There is no excuse for him to be floating around on so many waiver wires. Start Davenport as a top-tier DL2 option for the plus Week 16 matchup. 

D.J. Wonnum (DE – MIN): 1% rostered on Yahoo
Wonnum went off against the Chicago Bears on Monday Night Football, recording seven solos, one assist, three sacks, two tackles for loss, and one forced fumble. We have seen Wonnum go off during the stretch run before, but we should be mindful that it will not all be roses and daisies against the Rams in Week 16. Chicago is a much better matchup, but Stafford has been shaky enough to still attack with a hot Wonnum. Wonnum has five sacks in his last four games, recording at least one sack in three of them. Forget what he did or didn’t do for the first 11 weeks of the season. He is hot now when it matters the most. He can be counted as a DL2 option for a plus Week 16 matchup. Start him where possible. 

Nick Bolton (LB – KC): 6% rostered on Yahoo
Nick Bolton has been up and down this season but appears to be on another up swing. He racked up 10 solos, four solos, and three passes defended in Week 15 and has looked like a completely different player when Willie Gay is sidelined. Bolton played 99 percent of the snaps in Week 15, his highest snap count all season and a far cry from the sub44 percent that he had been seeing since Week 9. Bolton has been an excellent IDP option when getting consistent snaps and should be considered a sneaky LB2 option for Week 16. He should put up dominant numbers if he gets a near every down role against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. Add and start him as an LB2 for the plus matchup against a Pittsburgh Steelers team relinquishing the sixth-most fantasy points to the linebacker position. 

Jerome Baker (LB – MIA): 7% rostered on Yahoo
Jerome Baker shined in the plus Week 15 matchup against the Jets, tallying four solos, three assists, two sacks, and two tackles for loss. He has a tougher on-paper matchup against the Saints this week but should be good for LB3 value against a team that will likely be leaning on Alvin Kamara, Mark Ingram, and Taysom Hill. He is worth the add for those who may find themselves in a COVID or injury-related pinch and can be started as an upside LB3 option for Week 16. 

Germaine Pratt (LB – CIN): 6% rostered on Yahoo
Consistency continues to elude Germaine Pratt, but when he is rolling, he is an easy LB2 option. Pratt racked up nine solos, six assists, and 0.5 sacks in Week 15 and has a great Week 16 matchup against the Baltimore Ravens. His playing time has steadied as he has played 97 percent or more of the snaps in each of the last three weeks and should continue to see heavy playing time even if Logan Wilson returns against Baltimore. The Ravens represent a plus matchup regardless of who is under center and have allowed the third-most fantasy points per game to the linebacker position. Fire Pratt up as an LB2 option for Week 16. Add him wherever possible as an instant starter. 

Quincy Williams (LB – NYJ): 13% rostered on Yahoo
Quincy Williams should already be snapped up in most competitive leagues, but his rostered numbers suggest otherwise. Look, I get it. He plays for the New York Jets and has been streaky, but when the fantasy playoffs roll around, you want to roll with who is hot as opposed to relying on brand names who may not be playing to the level expected of them. Quincy has been excellent when playing regular snaps and recorded eight solos and three assists in Week 15. He has five or more solos in four of his last five games, recording 34 over that span. He is locked in as an LB2 regardless of opponent until he cools down and should be a plug-and-play option against his former team in Week 16. Narrative street and recent form collide to create the perfect storm for Quincy to be an IDP difference-maker during semi finals week. Start Quincy where possible. 

Baron Browning (LB – DEN): 6% rostered on Yahoo
Baron Browing was rock solid in Week 15, tallying six solos and four assists. Baron has turned it on over the last four weeks, recording five or more solos in three of his four contests. He gets a Las Vegas Raiders team surrendering the 13th most fantasy points to the linebacker position in Week 16 and should be started as a borderline LB2 option. He may not have the upside of some of the names ranked above and even below him, but there is something to be said about consistency during this time of the year. Add and start Browning as an LB3 with LB2 upside for the plus Week 16 matchup. 

Terrell Edmunds (S – PIT): 3% rostered on Yahoo
Terrell Edmunds was excellent in Week 15, tallying seven solos, three assists, and two tackles for loss. He has remained inconsistent this season, but the surge in tackles for loss have kept him in the DB2 conversation. Week 16 gives him a plus matchup against a Kansas City Chiefs team allowing the seventh-most fantasy points to the safety position, making him a solid DB2 option for semi finals week. Add and start Edmunds where possible. 

Khari Willis (S – IND): 7% rostered on Yahoo
Khari has been rolling since returning from injury and has five solos in both contests. He recorded five solos, four assists, and two tackles for loss in Week 15. Khari has a plus Week 16 matchup against the inconsistent Arizona Cardinals and makes for a solid DB3 with DB2 upside. He is DB2 worthy if you have multiple injuries or COVID cases depleting your team, but fantasy managers should feel better with him as a DB3. Add Khari where possible.

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