By: Matt Hicks @Top2Sports
Waiver Wire Targets
Garoppolo has progressed past a dynasty stash. He finished as QB10 in Week 15; going 31-43 for 381 yards and a touchdown. He’s reenergized a previously flailing 49ers offense and will be their franchise quarterback moving forward. The 49ers have a lot of cap room to fill in the off season, and that can mean the addition of some great offensive weapons for Jimmy G. In the meantime, he’s a stream able option in Week 16. He’s available in 60.6% of ESPN leagues.
The name doesn’t instill confidence in any player savvy enough to be playing in their fantasy championship this week. Savvy players, however, know to look past names; and they’ll see Osweiler looked strong coming in mid-game in Week 15. He completed 70% of his 17 passing attempts for 194 yards and 2 touchdowns, he also had a rushing touchdown. The Jets aren’t an intimidating match-up for anyone in need of a streaming option. He’s available in 99.2% of leagues.
Foles took advantage of a bad Giants defense in Week 15; going 24-38 for 237 yards and 4 touchdowns. Things don’t get much tougher for Foles; he gets the Raiders in Week 16, who have allowed the 6th most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season. Foles performed as the QB3 last week, and is available in 54.8% of leagues.
The Giants have shown an interest in giving Gallman an increased role late in the season. He’s seen 20 carries over the last two weeks, which is 1 less than he had in his previous 4 games combined. He’s averaging a strong 4.9 yards/carry since Week 14 and had caught 13 of his 16 targets in those games. The Giants have bigger concerns in the offseason, and likely won’t focus on the running back position; making this rookie a sneaky stash for dynasty players. He’s available in 94.9% of leagues.
Green is another rookie to keep an eye on. He just began seeing snaps in Week 13, but since then he’s seen 26 carries. He’s averaging 3.8 yards/carry and has a touchdown in those 3 games. The Lions could shake things up in the offseason in their disappointing backfield; which could mean a lot more action for Green moving forward. He’s a deep stash, but don’t be surprised to see Green as the RB2 in Detroit next season. He’s available in 99.9% of fantasy leagues.
Like Green, Cole is an undrafted free agent. Unlike Green, Cole is making his impact now. Cole finished as the WR1 in Week 15; catching 7 of his 9 targets for 186 yards and a touchdown. Since Week 13, Cole has caught 86% of his 15 targets for 234 yards and 3 touchdowns. He’s another piece of a young, dynamic receiving corps in Jacksonville that will be potent next season. Cole is available in 98.8% of leagues and is a must-own for dynasty owners.
With Antonio Brown out for the remainder of the regular season, the Steelers need to fill a void. Bryant is a prime candidate. Bryant has already seen an increase in targets since returning from his one game benching (37 targets since Week 10). In Week 15 he caught 4 passes for 59 yards and pulled in a touchdown. He’s likely to see an increase in targets and red zone opportunities; making him a flex play with high upside in Week 16. He’s available in 57.9% of leagues.
Woods was a must start Week 7-11, before going down with an injury. He came back strong in Week 15; catching 6 of 7 targets for 45 yards and a touchdown. He’s available in 33% of leagues and has the potential to be a difference maker as a WR2 in a championship match-up against a weak Titans defense.
Ebron has put together back to back solid fantasy outings. Since Week 14 Ebron has 15 receptions on 18 targets and has one touchdown. Since Week 12, Ebron has caught 73% of his targets; which indicated that Ebron’s volume should keep increasing. Ebron is available in 69.1% of leagues and is a great streaming option in PPR leagues.
Burton proved in Week 15 that he can be an impact player even with Ertz in the game. Without Ertz, he caught 9 of 13 for 117 yards and two touchdowns. With Ertz, in Week 15, Burton caught both of his targets for just 15 yards, but one of those was a touchdown. I wouldn’t stream his this season, but I’m interested to see how the Eagles can build him into their offense next season. He’s available in 87.4% of leagues.