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NFL Waiver-Wire Additions For Wk.16

Who can you add in Week 16 to help you win a championship?

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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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FAAB THOUGHTS
(Assuming a $100 Budget)

*** NOTE: Many of the below players were also discussed here: In The Trenches: Risk Vs. Reward.


QUARTERBACKS

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


RUNNING BACKS

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

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WIDE RECEIVERS

Andre Caldwell, Broncos
Jacob Tamme was supposed to be the main guy in the slot for the Broncos. He wasn't with one catch for nine yards. Virgil Green actually started in the slot and he too caught one ball (for two yards). So who led the Broncos out of the slot? Caldwell of course (insert laugh track). Caldwell caught five balls for 59 yards and two scores against the Chargers after entering Week 15 with a total of five receptions for 87 yards and one score on the season. For those of you who don't know who he is Caldwell began his career back in 2008 so you should know who he is. Given that you don't you've got your answer as to whether or not you should pay attention now. Don't get “Tamme-ed” by Caldwell this week. Could be a moot point anyway if Wes Welker returns.
FAAB BID: 25 percent of your remaining budget

Marvin Jones, Bengals
He's scored in back-to-back games, and rather shockingly he has scored nine times this season. Of course four of those scores came in one game back on October 27th, and since then he's only scored twice in six outings. He's also hasn't had a game of 70 yards in that time and has only two contests with even four catches. His value is totally dependent on getting into the end zone. Helping that matter in Week 16 will be the Vikings who have allowed an NFL worst 32 touchdown passes. It should also be mentioned that he did appear on a season high 72 percent of the snaps in Week 15.
FAAB BID: 50 percent of your remaining budget

Santana Moss, Redskins
He certainly seemed to like working with Cousins. Ross had his best game of the season with eight grabs, 64 yards an a score in Week 15. He also faces the Cowboys in Week 16, the 6th worst pass defense against wideouts in a PPR setup this season. He also entered Week 15 with a stretch of 8-straight games of no score with only one effort of 40 yards. New QB or not, do you really want to count on a player like that in the fantasy football championship?
FAAB BID: 50 percent of your remaining budget

Michael Preston, Titans
No one starter Preston. Why? Because everyone wanted Justin Hunter who had gone for 100-yards in two of three games. So why did Preston show up for the tune of two scores in Week 15 (he only caught three balls for 27 yards)? Well Hunter, as well as Damian Williams, were healthy scratches in Week 15 for violating team rules. Don't spend a dollar on Preston who has a total of 10 receptions for 96 yards over 10 games in his two year NFL career.
FAAB BID: 5 percent of your remaining budget

Robert Woods, Bills
Caught five balls for 82 yards an a score in the best game of his season. In three December games he's caught a total of 10 passes on 14 targets, and he's averaging a mere 47 yards a game. He's a great guy to own in a keeper league, but for now he's really not even a desperation play with the inexperienced and underwhelming E.J. Manuel under center.
FAAB BID: 15 percent of your remaining budget


TIGHT ENDS

Zach Ertz, Eagles
He appears to have left Brent Celek in the dust for pass catching duties at the tight end position with the Eagles. At the same time, it's not like he's a lock for production. He caught six balls for 57 yards an a score in Week 15 and he also went bonkers against the hapless Cardinals in Week 13 (5-68-2). However he had a goose egg in Week 14, produced five points in Week 11 (2-31) and zero points in Week 10. He's nothing more than a desperation play given his lack of consistent work in the offense.
FAAB BID: 25 percent of your remaining budget

Marcedes Lewis, Jaguars
In a PPR setup he has scored in the double-digits in 3-straight games, and with the state of tight ends this season that isn't awful. Unfortunately, all of his value is tied up in touchdowns as he's scored once in each of his three games. That means 45 percent of his 39.2 points the last three weeks have come on scores. Lewis has only score three times all year and he scored just four times in 2011-12. He's also had only one game with more than three catches or 45 yards. Not much to see here unless you're desperate.
FAAB BID: 25 percent of your remaining budget

Andrew Quarless, Packers
Well lookie here. In Week 14 Quarless was a beast with six receptions for 66 yards an a score. It was his first game over 35 yards on the year and his first touchdown of the season. What did he do for an encore? He hauled in six passes for 66 yards an a score in Week 15. You got it. Exactly the same. So he's a must add for Week 16? Hold your horses there. It sounds/seems possible that Aaron Rodgers returns this week, and if he does it's no sure thing that Quarless will have such a role as Rodgers is clearly more capable of doing things other than dropping the ball off to the tight end like Matt Flynn.
FAAB BID: 40 percent of your remaining budget

Tim Wright, Buccaneers
He's scored in 2-straight weeks, and went off for seven grabs and 82 yards in Week 15. However, most of those numbers came in garbage time, and he only caught four balls for 38 yards in Week 13-14. He's simply a hit or miss option for an offense that is clearly more interested in running the ball than racking up big passing numbers.
FAAB BID: 60 percent of your remaining budget


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