Top Waiver Wire Pickups – Week 16
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It’s championship week in fantasy football, and if you aren’t playing for a title but are still reading this, then I’m guessing you are still playing for something important in week 16. Whether it be for pride or a championship, chances are this week’s game is likely to be a big one. Even the team’s good enough to make it to the championship game could still be looking for help on the waiver this week, and now more than ever it’s crucial that the pick up not be a bust. Here are some guys that are likely available and can help you bring home the glory this week.
Christine Michael – Yahoo Ownership 11%
The Seattle running back position has been a next man up situation all season long, and Michael showed in week 15 that he is for the time being the next man. Last week he had 84 yards on 16 carries (nearly double the carries that Bryce Brown received). In a week where matchups are critical, he also faces a Rams defense that is among the top 10 teams in the league in points allowed to opposing running backs. Even though Pete Carroll hasn’t made it clear that Michael will be the lead running back until Marshawn Lynch returns, he is clearly going to be in the mix and the Seahawks like to run the ball. Seattle is second in the league in rushing attempts. So even if Michael is working in a committee, he should get plenty of work again this week. With the favorable matchup and high likelihood of availability, he is clearly a top waiver wire target.
Bilal Powell – Yahoo Ownership 21%
In each of his last three games, Powell has had over 75 total yards and a touchdown. He has also racked up 20 receptions in the last three games. This week he faces a Patriots defense that has given up the 10th most receptions to opposing running backs. In a game where he could easily see more action as the Jets play from behind, Powell has a chance to be really productive (especially in PPR formats).
Dorial Green-Beckham – Yahoo Ownership 23%
In the last three weeks, DGB has gone over 100 yards receiving in two games and has averaged over 10 targets per game. The matchup with Houston is not great unless the Titans end up playing from behind (which is very possible). Still, he is getting a lot of opportunity lately, and if you are looking for a wide receiver he is probably the best option on the wire.
Others to consider: Cameron Artis-Payne (depending on Jonathan Stewart’s status); Markus Wheaton; Jerick McKinnon (depending on AP’s status); Karlos Williams; Jeremy Butler