If you're still engaged in fantasy football, it's likely you're readying your roster for championship week.
The waiver wire is a lonely place this time of year, since basically only two people in each league are paying much attention to the activity on the wire, unless your league creates other consolation prizes. Either way, if there are players available on your waiver wire, it's likely you won't have to worry about beating out the other fantasy football owners in getting who you want on the waiver wire.
In anticipation of fantasy football championship week, here's an early look at the week 16 fantasy football waiver wire.
Nick Foles, QB, Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia's offense is really good. And maybe Jeff Fisher should stay away from coaching.
Three former Fisher quarterbacks, who could barely complete a pass during their tenure with Fisher, are top-12 fantasy football quarterbacks heading into week 16 of the fantasy football season. Case Keenum, Jeff Goff and Foles all are viable fantasy football options in week 16, without the assistance of their former coach.
In Carson Wentz's place, Foles threw for four touchdowns and spread around the ball. In week 16, Foles will have that same compliment of weapons against an Oakland team incapable of being a consistently good defense.
If you're looking for a streaming quarterback in your championship round, Foles is your best bet on the waiver wire.
Arizona Cardinals running backs
This spot should be filled by either Kerwynn Williams or Eliijhaa Penny. Williams is the better play. He'll lead the team in carries and get some work in the passing department. However, he left the week 15 loss against Washington with an injury, giving way to Penny, who handled the majority of the work.
Both players aren't as valuable as Le'Veon Bell or Todd Gurley, but they can fill in as a Flex option for your team if necessary. Arizona has a plus-matchup in week 16 at home against the New York Giants, which allow the second-most rushing yards per game in the NFL.
That opens up several opportunities for whoever gets the start as the Arizona running back. Both are available on the majority of waiver wires (especially Penny). Take a look, and if you need that Flex fill-in, the volume will be enough to justify a spot in the starting lineup.
Demiere Byrd, WR, Carolina Panthers
If you're looking at Byrd, your wide receiver corps is not strong.
But that may be the case in a three-receiver fantasy football leagues. The Panthers are having difficulties filling their roster because of injuries. That is leaving open the possibility that Byrd could play a decent role in Carolina's offense.
He had two touchdowns in week 15 against a leaky Green Bay pass defense. The problem is that he only had four targets, giving him a combined nine targets in the last two weeks. That's a better number than he's had all season, but it's not enough to be trusted as a consistent WR1/2. If you're thin at that WR3 position, though, Byrd has a decent streaming matchup in week 16 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, which allow the 18th-most passing yards per game in the NFL.
Kapri Bibbs, RB, Washington Redskins
In a PPR league, Bibbs offers upside in week 16 against the Denver Broncos. Bibbs looked good as that receiver option out of the backfield for the Redskins in week 15.
Quarterback Kirk Cousins is a major producer when it comes to using running backs out of the backfield. Since Chris Thompson left earlier this season due to injury, Cousins hasn't been the same quarterback. He looked a little better in week 15, and Bibbs had a decent outing with 53 total yards and one touchdown.
The Broncos are going to stop the run, so the Redskins are going to have to use their running backs in the passing game. That looks like it will be Bibbs in week 16.
Keelan Cole, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars
It's time to pay attention to Cole, who has touchdowns in each of the last three games.
With Marqise Lee out of the lineup due to injury in week 15, Cole was the top target in the Jaguars offense, which tore open a porous Houston pass defense.
Most importantly, Cole has improved on yardage in each of the last three weeks, and earned nine targets in week 15 when he was the main wide receiver. If he can continue in that role, he has some value in week 16 against San Francisco.
Keep him on your WR3 radar for week 16.
Scott Levine is the Associate Editor for the Clinton Herald. During his free time, he blogs about fantasy sports and handicaps games. Check out more at Against The Chalk.
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