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Fantasy Football 2015: Best waiver wire pickups for Week 16

Close out the year with some great acquisitions.

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For most of you, it's Championship Week. This isn't the time to add some season-changing free agents. Now is the time to back up your starters, play chess games with your opponent by grabbing players they could use, and closely examine some exploitable matchups. These are the players we think deserve a spot on your Championship squad.


Teddy Bridgewater, MIN

The quarterback who had been labeled unusable in fantasy for all intents and purposes busted out this week, posting his highest fantasy-scoring game of the season. Bridgewater's four touchdowns and 231 passing yards were good for over 30 points in most leagues. With the Vikings taking the load off Adrian Peterson and ramping up their passing attack amid a playoff push, you can expect Bridgewater to have another good outing against the Giants' league-worst secondary.

Kirk Cousins, WAS

Cousins and the Washington offense are on a roll of late. He's been throwing the ball with confidence, and that's evident by his 300+ passing yards in three of his last four games. The Eagles are also a friendly matchup too, so Cousins is a guy you can plug into your lineup and not worry about.


Cameron Artis-Payne, CAR

Artis-Payne looks like the main man in Carolina's confusing committee. He got 14 carries and 93 all-purpose yards this week, and was the early-down and clock killing back. Look for the Panthers to ride the lukewarm hand and give Artis-Payne the majority of carries in Week 16.

Christine Michael, SEA

Another committee emerged in Seattle too, but the former Seahawk rejoined his old team and struck with a vengeance. His 16 carries were more than those of Derrick Coleman and Bryce Brown combined, and Michael got 84 yards on the ground too. With options sparse at the running back slot, Michael might find his way into your lineup as a RB2.

Jerick McKinnon, MIN

A purely speculative add if Adrian Peterson were to miss time.

James White, NE

In PPR leagues, you need this guy. He's got 21 receptions over the last 3 weeks, and that rate should continue with the Patriots being devoid of receiving options. In a potentially high-scoring game versus the Jets, White could be in for a big game.

Bilal Powell, NYJ

In the same vein, Powell could also be another good PPR pick. He's got 20 receptions and 2 touchdowns over the past three weeks.


Rueben Randle, NYG

With Odell Beckham, Jr. likely being suspended for next week's match, Randle become the de facto number one receiver for the Giants. He caught a touchdown last week, and isn't the worst play ever if he's getting a lot of targets.

DeVante Parker, MIA

Parker's role has greatly increased with his better health and the absence of Rishard Matthews. Parker has been getting plenty of looks lately, and is a nice red zone target. If you're in a bad spot at receiver, Parker could be your savior.


Will Tye, NYG

After Randle, Tye becomes the next man up after Beckham, Jr. Over the last four weeks, Tye has had at least 70 yards or a touchdown. In terms of fantasy points, he's got an average of over eight points over that same time span. You can't ask for much more out of a tight end.

Zach Miller, CHI

With Martellus Bennett out for the year, Miller has done a fine job in his place. He's gotten at least five targets in all but one game since Week 10, and is another consistent option at tight end.


Pittsburgh Steelers

The Steelers are at Baltimore, and we all know just how horrid the offense has been. While the Steeler secondary has been questionable at times, a matchup against a Baltimore quarterback is a good one no matter how you frame it. The Steelers are a great streaming option for this week.

Detroit Lions

The Lions have been pretty awful on defense, scoring double digit fantasy points just two times this year. Thankfully for the Lions, they might be able to make that number go up this week against the 49ers. Streaming the team playing the 49ers has worked pretty good for me thus far, and I don't see why that would change now.