Waiver Wire Wishlist - Week 16
Let's do this one more time. For the final time in the 2020 season, Nate presents to you, the Waiver Wire Wishlist. As we enter championship weekend, there’s still some moves to be made via the waiver wire. At this point of the season, most teams are set. There isn’t much to improve. There are still exchangeable parts on most rosters and locking in the top option is a much. Even if it’s just to steal that option from an opponent.
I typically like to keep my suggestions around or below the 40-percent owned mark in both Yahoo and/or ESPN leagues. The format I’ll follow is one quarterback, two running backs, two wide receivers and one tight end. As always, the Streamable Defenses of the Week article will drop tomorrow (Tuesday) as scheduled. The remainder of the We Know Fantasy podcasts will continue as normal throughout the season.
Week 15 Results
Jalen Hurts (Philadelphia Eagles) - 37.82 points
DeAndre Washington (Miami Dolphins) - 0 points
Jeff Wilson Jr. (San Francisco 49ers) - 12 points
Nelson Agholor (Las Vegas Raiders) - 8.9 points
Chad Hansen (Houston Texans) - 13.5 points
Lynn Bowden Jr. (Miami Dolphins) - 10.6 points
Dan Arnold (Arizona Cardinals) - 8.4 points
Week 16 Suggestions
Jalen Hurts (Philadelphia Eagles) - Owned in 39% of Yahoo and 33.1% of ESPN leagues
A week after denying his ability via the air, Jalen Hurts went off for 24-44 for 338 yards and three touchdowns. After this 37.82 fantasy points performance against the Arizona Cardinals, Hurts and the Eagles get the Dallas Cowboys, who have allowed the 12th most fantasy points to opposing tight ends. After Hurts impressed with his legs in Week 14 against the New Orleans Saints and with his arm in Week 15 against the Cardinals, Hurts is the recipe for success in route to a fantasy football championship.
Tony Pollard (Dallas Cowboys) - Owned in 46% of Yahoo and 34.9% of ESPN leagues
Going up in a tough matchup with the San Francisco 49ers, Ezekiel Elliott’s backup had himself a game. Pollard ran the ball 12 times for 69 yards and two touchdowns in the Cowboys’ victory. He also caught six-of-nine targets for 63 yards. With Elliott’s status still up-in-air for the Cowboys’ Week 16 matchup with the Eagles, Pollard is a must add. Even if Zeke is to play, the reward of having Pollard on your roster in case Zeke does not go is too much to ignore.
Salvon Ahmed (Miami Dolphins) - Owned in 34% of Yahoo and 24,2% of ESPN leagues
Getting the starting runningback of any team at this point of the season is nearly impossible, but that’s what you’re getting with Salvon Ahmed. Ahmed missed three games due to a shoulder injury, which opened him up to being owned in less than 40-percent of leagues. In his first game back he ran the ball 23 times for 122 yards and a score. What’s the best part of adding Ahmed? He gets the Las Vegas Raiders this week who have allowed the third most fantasy points to opposing runningbacks.
Russell Gage (Atlanta Falcons) - Owned in 24% of Yahoo and 21.3% of ESPN leagues
Julio Jones remains an inconsistent option for Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons. He’s missed three of the Falcons’ last four games. Even if he is to go against the Kansas City Chiefs this week, the lasting effects of his hamstring injury should limit him. On a different page, Gage has been a consistent part of the Falcons’ offense. Gage caught five-of-ten targets this past week against the Buccaneers for 68 yards and a score. Gage has seen seven-plus targets in four of the last five weeks. In a matchup with the Chiefs this week, the Falcons will need to be throwing from behind.
Rashard Higgins (Cleveland Browns) - Owned in 25% of Yahoo and 16.3% of ESPN leagues
Guess what. The Cleveland Browns get the New York Jets in the Championship weekend. Higgins has seen at least five targets in his last three games. He’s also seen at least 11.6 fantasy points in those three games as well. Before his outing with the Giants in Week 15, he scored a touchdown in consecutive games. The Jets have allowed the sixth most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. With the way the Browns are playing, Higgins is a WR3/Flex option this week.
Jordan Akins (Houston Texans) - Owned in 4% of Yahoo and 3.5% of ESPN leagues
Aikns has seen at least six targets in consecutive games. It’s also the time to play Akins as he gets the Bengals this week who have allowed the fourth most fantasy points to opposing tight ends. Even with Brandin Cooks back last week, Akins caught fix-of-six targets for 50 yards. He did this against a very stout Colts’ defense.