Last year when this series debuted, I wanted to help shed light on one of my favorite tricks in Fantasy Football, Waiver Wire Sniping. The strategy is simple. Without compromising your roster (of course), look to see if you have an available roster spot or a player that you were holding as a possible fill-in for a week that is no longer needed. Then look a week or two ahead and see if any of your current starters are on a bye or have a matchup you want to avoid.
By picking up a streaming option or high-end stash before the weekend action, you can “snipe” that player for free and before that player is featured on podcasts (such as the Fantasy Football Fellas podcast – shameless plug) and waiver articles across the fantasy football world. “Sniping” allows you to eliminate the grueling wait on Wednesday or Thursday morning, hoping your Waiver Wire pick-up isn’t grabbed by another team with a lower waiver priority or more FAAB dollars. If the chips fall your way, you may have a very valuable piece for the low-low price of NOTHING.
Each week I’ll be giving you potential steaming options for the week ahead, some stash candidates that are widely available in redraft leagues and highlighting the tough matchups and teams on bye in the coming week.
Well fantasy football fanatics, it’s finally here. Championship week will be upon us with a chance for fantasy football glory on the line. I’m glad to be back this week to preview the players you should add ahead of week 16 to potentially plugin as starts, or at a minimum, block your potential opponent from adding. Best of luck to all of you as you try to bring home a fantasy championship next week.
Week 16 Streaming Options
Dak Prescott vs. TB (67%) – At this time of the year, ownership percentages don’t change as much as fewer and fewer teams remain in contention. For this one, Prescott is fairly owned, but if he’s out there, I’d take a look at him as a starter next week vs. the Bucs. Over the past nine weeks, only two QBs (Alex Smith and Nick Mullens) have failed to get you at least two TDs against this Tampa Bay defense. Add in that Dak has been the #8 QB in fantasy since the Cowboys acquired Amari Cooper six weeks ago and I think you have a safe QB1 next week for your championship matchup.
Baker Mayfield vs. CIN (60%) – The TDs have not been there the last couple weeks for Mayfield, but just three weeks ago, Baker lit up this same Bengals defense for 258/4/0 in Cincinnati. I’m probably leaning Dak over Mayfield next week, but it’s close, and they’re probably both top 12 QBs for week 16.
Josh Allen @ NE (22%) – This is a little riskier as the majority of Allen’s production does come on the ground. However, the game script should lend itself to a good amount of pass attempts as the Bills try to keep pace with New England. I’d take the previous two QBs over Allen, but he could be an option if you (or your opponent) are looking for a boom/bust QB.
Elijah McGuire vs. GB (31%) – McGuire is the only RB you could even consider starting in week 16 that is readily available. With the Jets placing Isaiah Crowell on IR earlier this week, McGuire should see around 18-20 touches per game over the next couple of weeks. The Jets have a tough matchup this week vs. Houston, but the Green Bay matchup in week 16 should be more favorable as they are middle of the pack against RBs on the season.
Curtis Samuel vs. ATL (48%) – A player that has been under the radar a bit as of late is Curtis Samuel. After some ‘fluky’ games in which Samuel found the end zone on some trick plays and limited touches, Samuel has seen some consistent involvement over the past few weeks with the loss of Greg Olsen and the disappearing act of Devin Funchess. Over the past month, Samuel has between 8-11 fantasy points in standard scoring in every game (12-16 in PPR) with 7 or more targets in three of those four games. If the targets are there again, I like him next week against the Falcons.
Robert Foster @ NE (12%) – If you’re in a deeper league and you’re looking for a boom/bust target for next week, I don’t mind Robert Foster. The young Buffalo WR has been solid over the past month with double-digit fantasy points in three of his last four games. He’s risky but has proven to be one of Allen’s favorite targets since his return.
Anthony Firkser vs. WAS (3%) – TEs are always tough, but if you want a deep league dart throw, take a look at Anthony Firkser. With Jonnu Smith done for the year, Firkser might see more opportunities to wrap up the year. Even with Smith on the field, Firkser has had 40+ yards in three of his last four games, which for a TE is a decent enough floor for a streaming option.
TEN vs. WAS (49%) – Any DST vs. the “bag-boy” QB that the Redskins will be rolling out is a great start. The Titans have also been pretty decent as of late, holding four of their last six opponents to under 17 points scored, and averaging 7 fantasy points per game in their last three home games.
Week 16 Potential Matchups to Avoid: DET vs. MIN, LAC vs. BAL, TB @ DAL, SF vs. CHI
*All ownership percentages are direct from Yahoo.
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