2017 Fantasy Football Waiver Report: December 19
Steve Pimental looks at the player's who make for solid waiver claims heading into Week 16 of the NFL season.
Hopefully you are still alive this week but don’t need to look at the waiver wire. Of course, if you rode Antonio Brown, Rex Burkhead, Marqise Lee or Davante Adams to the fantasy playoffs, you may need a replacement this week. Unfortunately, it seems like everyone is owned in more than 50 percent of leagues, but there are some interesting players like Martavis Bryant, Randall Cobb and Blake Bortles who are owned in fewer than 60 percent. I would look for those players first before targeting the players below.
The waiver adds listed below include their ownership in Yahoo! fantasy leagues as well as the amount in FAAB I would be willing to spend out of a $100 budget.
10-Team League Waiver Adds
Nick Foles, QB, PHI (28%) – Foles threw four touchdowns Sunday, and while that feels fluky, he could easily get a couple more this week against a weak Oakland defense.
Kendall Wright, WR, CHI (4%) – Over the last two weeks, Wright has 20 receptions on 24 targets for 188 yards. He isn’t particularly good, but he has good hands, and there is no reason to believe Mitchell Trubisky will look elsewhere this week against Cleveland.
Arizona Cardinals DEF (44%) – I’m still not sure how the Giants managed to score 29 points against the Eagles last week, but they will almost certainly have a tougher time against the Cardinals. Eli Manning is always a candidate to throw a couple of interceptions, and none of his weapons are scary.
Eric Ebron, TE, DET (43%) – Ebron will probably turn into a pumpkin sooner or later, but he has at least 6.5 fantasy points in eight consecutive games, including 15 receptions over his last two games.
Wayne Gallman, RB, NYG (5%) – Gallman has finally gotten a chance to shine, leading the Giants’ running backs in touches each of the last two weeks. Shane Vereen and Orleans Darkwa continue to limit his value, but he has 13 receptions over the last two games, which gives him an awfully high floor in PPR leagues.
Chicago Bears DEF (26%) – The Bears have held the 49ers, Bengals and Lions to a combined 42 points over the last three weeks, and Cleveland’s offense isn’t any better than those three. I actually think the Browns could avoid a winless season this week, but you can’t pass up a solid defense facing the turnover machine that is DeShone Kizer.
Mike Gillislee, RB, NE (27%) – I don’t know why his ownership is so high, but I suppose anyone who wasted a high draft pick on Gillislee was probably out of contention so early that it wasn’t even worth dropping him. That being said, Gillislee has a chance to regain his early down and goal line job if Rex Burkhead is out, and that could have significant value.
14+ Team Leagues
Eli Rogers, WR, PIT (1%) – I obviously prefer JuJu Smith-Schuster and Martavis Bryant, but they are both owned in more than 50 percent of leagues. If you lost Antonio Brown in a deep league, Eli Rogers could be a solid alternative, especially in PPR leagues.
Antonio Gates, TE, LAC (14%) – Remember him? Hunter Henry has a small laceration on his kidney, which would pave the way for more snaps and targets for Antonio Gates. He caught his only target for a touchdown last week, and if nothing else, he could still be a red zone target.
Kapri Bibbs, RB, WAS (0%) – Bibbs caught all four of his targets and scored a touchdown Sunday in his first game of the season. Washington hasn’t had a pass-catching back since Chris Thompson went down, and Bibbs could have a lot of value in that role going forward.