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  • Waiver Wire Week 16 Pick-ups: Offense

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    Let’s take a look at who might possibly be left to pick up on the waiver wire Week 16 from @DynastySanta!


    A few reflections from last week prior to the waiver wire Week 16 suggestions:

    D’Onta Foreman, Gabriel Davis, & Amon-Ra St. Brown all smashed from the obvious section. The two main highlighted players, Rashaad Penny & K.J. Osborn are TBD.

    Allen Lazard & Rashod Bateman were misses from the obvious. Frustrating considering both game scripts, Bateman especially after Tyler Huntley hyper-targeted him the previous week. Jalen Guyton salvaged his day with a TD, but even with that did not reach 10 fantasy points.

    From the bold section, Braxton Berrios was a nice little surprise, scoring a rushing TD and catching one 26-yard pass, along with staying active in the special teams’ return game. Royce Freeman was a total bust, as David Johnson AND Rex Burkhead returned healthily. Oops.

    Regretful I hadn’t thrown out Duke Johnson there, but he was a later-in-the-week target for me. I picked him up everywhere but then soured on him when news of Myles Gaskin would be active from COVID. He was benched or dropped Johnson in every league I had picked him up. NOT GREAT! Par for the course during the hell week that Week 15 has been.

    Most of the traps were correct, or haven’t played yet. The biggest miss was Craig Reynolds, but that was based on rumors that D’Andre Swift was returning. He did not. As long as Swift is out, Reynolds seems to be the real deal. I will remain skeptical if or when Swift returns, however.

    The Obvious

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    Duke Johnson, RB, Miami Dolphins

    You HAVE to take the chance that Duke Johnson might have earned a role as a significant RB for the Dolphins to finish out the season. It’s also entirely possible that the Dolphins took it easy with Myles Gaskin just barely getting activated from the COVID/reserve list prior to the game. Who knows at this point. But if there’s any chance Johnson retains the usage he saw in Week 15, he’s absolutely a must-add.

    Gabriel Davis, WR, Buffalo Bills

    Davis was named in this section last week, just not as one of the top-two heavily featured obvious pick-ups. Well, he has touchdowned his way to the feature section by scoring four TDs in the past three weeks. Emmanuel Sanders is likely to remain out, and Davis is obviously a red-zone favorite of Josh Allen. He is not only a top pick-up this week, but should be strongly considered for fantasy WR2 or FLEX duties moving forward.

    Other obvious candidates

    Amon-Ra St. Brown, WR, Detroit Lions – Continues to be a target hog and is scoring now. Yes, there’s going to be week-to-week duplicates here, as waivers are slim pickings and Yahoo tells me St. Brown is somehow still only 30% rostered

    Russell Gage, WR, Atlanta Falcons – Finally producing on a consistent basis. Hopefully, the zero burgers from earlier in the season are over with

    Marquez Valdes-Scantling, WR, Green Bay Packers – I am ready to be hurt again. It’s probably going to be flippy-floppy weeks between MVS and Allen Lazard, so both should probably be rostered (Lazard was named here last week)

    Ameer Abdullah, RB, Carolina Panthers – in PPR he’s in this obvious tier. 1/2 PPR or standard, he’s bold

    Craig Reynolds, RB, Detroit Lions – I wasn’t a believer based on information that D’Andre Swift might come back. It seems more and more likely he might be shut down instead. That puts Reynolds into a league-winner potential category. Hopefully, he can start scoring

    The Bold

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    Jeff Wilson, RB, San Francisco 49ers

    Jeff Wilson lands in this section due to the uncertainty surrounding Elijah Mitchell‘s health status and outlook moving forward. It only took 15 weeks, but it FINALLY paid off holding onto Wilson this year. If Mitchell continues to miss time, Wilson could, similar to Craig Reynolds, enter the league-winner conversation. If Mitchell returns, Wilson becomes a frustrating roster clogger.

    Ronald Jones, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    Thinking about it, Ronald Jones might more appropriately belong in the obvious category. He’s set to take over as the lead back and potentially inherit a bell-cow workload as Leonard Fournette is in danger of missing a game or two. If that in fact happens, ROJO may finally get a second chance to shine after a very productive season in 2020. Temper expectations, however, as this Buccs offense just got decimated by injuries and may not look the same at all moving forward.

    Other bold stash candidates (deep rosters only):

    Marquez Callaway, WR, New Orleans Saints – If he has won over Taysom Hill as his favorite target, he’s worth rostering again

    Justin Jackson, RB, Los Angeles Chargers – Saw a season-high in carries in Week 15 as Austin Ekeler is playing with a nagging injury that could take him down at any time. Jackson should be rostered by Ekeler owners

    James O’Shaughnessy, TE, Jacksonville Jaguars – He continues to see consistent targets. I’d roster and start him over Evan Engram

    Laquon Treadwell, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars – A PPR consistent producer and target leader recently

    Foster Moreau, TE, Las Vegas Raiders – Darren Waller can’t seem to shake this injury. Moreau is talented and should continue to improve with consistent playing time

    Dontrell Hilliard, RB, Tennessee Titans – Monitor D’Onta Foreman‘s injury status, but Hilliard is still getting targets in the passing game regardless

    The Traps

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    These guys I just simply don’t believe in. They are going to be even more inconsistent than the above stash players. Let someone else in your league take the bait.

    Josh Reynolds, WR, Detroit Lions – Hard to trust to keep up consistent production

    Zay Jones + Bryan Edwards, WR, Las Vegas Raiders – I think we all know what we’re dealing with here. #TEAMRENFROW

    Jauan Jennings, WR, San Francisco 49ers

    Tim Patrick, WR, Denver Broncos – Drew Lock takes over, plus he was saved by a TD this week

    Devontae Booker, RB, New York Giants

    Best of luck with your waiver wire Week 16 claims!


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    Steve Tomasin

    After being introduced to fantasy football in 1999 as a wee lad still in middle school, I was hooked. I then began commishing my own keeper league 2 years later as a sophomore in high school, which has been running since. I used a computer program that required me to manually input weekly stats and had to print out summary packets each week to deliver to league owners at the bowling alley. I loved it. Stats and numbers and the competitiveness of being "right" about players was just an incredible high that not many other activities or hobbies have ever provided me. Around 2005 we migrated to the CBS sports site. I found a new love then, writing about our league. Each year after the draft I would "grade" each owner's team. It became almost as anticipated as the draft itself. Also, most weeks I'd recap the league's games and criticize start/sits while boasting my own accolades as long as I won that week. Dynasty, IDP & Superflex are the next evolutions in my fantasy football journey. I'm a Philly suburbs guy, GO BIRDS. Follow me on Twitter @dynastysanta

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