It's championship week in the majority of fantasy football leagues. I wish you all the best of luck by the way. I don't know if you're interested, if you are fortunate enough to be in the finals you likely have a dynamite club, but if you happen to still be playing and be in the market for players this is the article for you. What follows is my weekly look at players that might be available on the waiver-wire. Maybe one of them can help you in Week 16 of the NFL season.
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(Assuming a $100 Budget)
*** NOTE: Many of the below players were also discussed here: In The Trenches: Risk Vs. Reward.
Matt Cassel, Vikings
Well look who looks like an NFL quarterback again. Cassel has thrown for five scores the past three weeks with at least 243 passing yards in each game. The fact he lit up the Eagles for 382 yards and two scores is fantastic, but the truth of the matter is that the Eagles stink against the pass so Cassel should have had success. He faces the Bengals in Week 16 and they have allowed only 15 passing scores while intercepting 14 passes, all the while holding QBs to just 214 passing yards a week. It's not a good matchup.
FAAB BID: 65 percent of your remaining budget
Kirk Cousins, Redskins
The porous Falcons' defense was no match for Cousins as he racked up 381 yards and three scores in a one point loss. For the most part he was very effective, other than the two interceptions, and he got everyone involved in the offense. Things are looking up too as he faces the Cowboys in Week 16, the absolute worst defense in football against the quarterback this season in what has the makings of a dream matchup for those of you willing to take the chance on starting a relatively unproven signal caller during championship week.
FAAB BID: 90 percent of your remaining budget
Ryan Fitzpatrick, Titans
Dude tossed passes for 402 yards and four scores. Wozahs. However it took an overtime game and 58 pass attempts to get there. Fifty eight passing attempts from a guy who averaged 31 the previous two weeks (he completed 36 passes in Week 15). The Jaguars, his Week 16 opponent, are the third worst defense against quarterbacks so the matchup is a good one, but make sure you note Fitzpatrick had thrown four interceptions in Week 13-14 and failed to throw for 225 yards three times in the previous four games.
FAAB BID: 60 percent of your remaining budget
Matt Asiata, Vikings
Thirty carries for 51 yards. Keep repeating that. Or you can repeat the fact that Matt had three carries since in his career before Week 15. Yes he scored three times in Week 15 but he showed no burst, no wiggle, nothing really other than a lot of guts. A.D. and Gerhart could always play in Week 16 throwing even further water onto the fire. Asiata was a superstar in Week 15. That's likely all we'll get from him. Be happy with it.
FAAB BID: 35 percent of your remaining budget
Edwin Baker, Browns
Signed off the Texans practice squad early in Week 15, Baker somehow led the Browns backfield in production in Week 15 (eight carries, 38 yards an a score as well as four receptions for 46 yards through the air). This was the first time in a two year carrier that he touched the football. However, he only picked up two more touches than Chris Ogbonnaya (12 to 10), so it's not like he assumed the lead role in the Browns' backfield. Add in that Fozzy Whitaker was still out there a bit and you've got a situation that is impossible to sort out. Add in the fact that Willis McGahee could return from a concussion as well and you've got a positively dreadful situation to sort out. Regardless, you can't trust any Browns' runner aganist the stout Jets' run defense.
FAAB BID: 40 percent of your remaining budget
Knile Davis, Chiefs
Jamaal Charles ran for 20 yards on eight carries while Davis totted the rock nine times for 34 yards an a score. Oh wait, I forgot to note that Charles scored five times and caught passes for 195 yards didn't I? Davis has scored in the last two weeks while averaging 10 carries, but he's still barely on the desperation flex radar for Week 16.
FAAB BID: 10 percent of your remaining budget
Trent Richardson, Colts
Donald Brown is the “lead” back for the Colts but he suffered a stinger in Week 15 and never returned to the game. Up stepped T-Rich for his best game as a Colt which resulted in 19 carries and 64 yards on the ground which was augmented by four receptions, 38 yards an a TD as a pass catcher. Before you get too excited note the following. (1) Brown could easily return to action in Week 16. (2) T-Rich piled up 50 of his yards in the 4th quarter in a game that the Texans only played three quarters. (3) On 14 of his touches Richardson gained two or fewer yards.
FAAB BID: 80 percent of your remaining budget