The Waiver Wire: Week 16 Title Dreams and Stashes

Week 16 is upon us For most leagues this is championship week. Thank you for checking in with us every week. Hopefully, we’ve helped you reach your league’s title game. If you didn’t make it to the finals, we’ll also give you players to stash going into the offseason.

And just because the fantasy season is coming to an end doesn’t mean we’re going anywhere. We’ll bring you all the information you need with our offseason content including rookie mock drafts, rookie profiles, trade advice and so much more to help you build a winning roster for 2019. We also have podcasts (I’m partial to the DynastyTradesHQ podcast), IDP and even DFS content for you to check out every week.

Shane Says:


Nick Foles is back under center for the Philadelphia Eagles with the news that Carson Wentz is dealing with a fracture in his spine. Wentz was ruled out of Sunday nights game against the Rams but hasn’t technically been ruled out for the rest of the year. There’s little to no chance Wentz takes another snap this year. The Eagles can’t afford to risk their franchise quarterback being severely injured even if they remain alive for a playoff spot. Foles led the Eagles to a Super Bowl last year, and the Eagles refused to trade him for just this very reason.

Mitch Says: The Super Bowl 52 MVP is back to close out the season! Foles steps into the starting job with just one more week of fantasy football to play. Foles isn’t a recommended start outside of 2 QB leagues though, as he faces the Houston Texans and is still a mediocre QB overall in my mind.

Wide Receiver

Isaiah McKenzie has 14 receptions on 18 targets the three weeks. The diminutive wide receiver is also used in the running game and has 9 rushing attempts, including 2 rushing touchdowns, in his 5 games this year. The Bills are on offense in transition and McKenzie could be a useful weapon for them the rest of this season and perhaps in 2019 as well.

Eli Rogers played his first game this year Sunday after being activated from the PUP. He caught all 4 of his targets for 20 yards on the day. If you’re in 16 team leagues, Rogers is worth a pickup.

Running Back

With Corey Clement lost for the season and Josh Adams having to leave SNF early due to a back injury Wendell Smallwood is a thing yet again. Smallwood rushed for two touchdowns and 46 yards on just 8 attempts, through the 9:24 mark of the 4th quarter. Though Adams was able to get back on the field, his absence during the game allowed Smallwood a chance to shine. If you start 10 or more players every week, Smallwood could worth a play as your last starter next week.

Keith Ford is decidedly in the “stash” column. Ford filled in for Marcus Murphy who was injured against the Lions with 14 carries for 46 yards. Murphy was filling in for LeSean McCoy and Chris Ivory, neither who were able to suit up Sunday due to injury. Ford was a UDFA and is an older rookie (24 years old) after spending five years in college, spending time at both Oklahoma and Texas A&M. With the Bills out of contention for a playoff spot, they may decide to take a look at a player like Ford.


Mitch Says:

Wide Receiver

In redraft leagues, it’s time to roster Robert Foster, excuse the rhyme. Josh Allen has looked downright competent over the past few weeks, and he has been funneling targets and deep balls to Foster, who has converted his extra opportunities into 90+ yards in three of his last four games. He has also hauled in two TDs in that time frame. He’s getting hot at the right time, and that’s big news for fantasy championship contenders with the need for a WR or FLEX.

John Ross is in line for some serious volume with the injury to Tyler Boyd threatening to be a significant one. Ross has failed to live up to his record-setting rookie combine and 9th overall draft pick in the 2017 draft. However, he has all the tools to be an absolute stud. This is his moment to seize a featured role in this offense and carry some momentum into his second offseason. Ross is a dart-throw that probably won’t be utilized outside of the most desperate fantasy owners, but he has serious potential moving forward.

If you need a high-floor player to slot into your FLEX position on Monday Night next week, DaeSean Hamilton is a great option. Hamilton has seen 21 targets over his past two games with Emmanuel Sanders and Courtland Sutton gone. He’ll be an unexciting option, but he’s a near-lock for WR2/3 volume as Denver’s top receiver. He’s still unowned in 78% of Yahoo Leagues.

And Finally, Robby Anderson could be a decent play in DFS or as a desperation FLEX. He’s seen a major uptick in targets, yardage and Red Zone targets over the past two weeks. He’ll represent a potential blowup WR whose promise matches his chance for an absolute flop. The juiciest dart throw of the week, if you have to take a risk this week, Anderson could be a sneaky play.


Running Back

Similar to his experience in college, Kalen Ballage has come out of nowhere to put together a huge effort. With Frank Gore potentially out and Kenyan Drake remaining largely ineffective, the door is open for the rookie to make an impact during the Dolphins’ playoff run. Ballage has flashed huge abilities in his college career, but he has always come with consistency concerns. He’ll be a risky RB3 play, but likely a worthwhile one if Gore remains out for week 16.

Jamaal Williams finds himself in a huge position for success with a probable season-ending injury to Aaron Jones. Williams is far from a slouch at the RB position, as he was outplayed by Jones and slowly ceded control of the team. But he has always had a ton of upside, even when the Packers were trying out 3 RBs for lead-back duties. Williams would become an RB2 moving forward if and when Aaron Jones is announced to be out.

Elijah McGuire is still unowned in 68% of yahoo leagues. He might not be the most sexy option at RB, but he’s going to see a solid amount of carries in this offense that’s devoid of more suitable RB options. He’s a worthwhile pickup if you miss out on Ballage or Williams.

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