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Waiver Wire Pickups Week 16

With the championship week coming up, hopefully you don’t need a waiver wire addition to your team – but if you do, we’ve got you covered.

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QB

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Matt Barkley (3%)

The rookie has topped 300 yards in two of his four starts and threw for two touchdowns against the Packers in week 15. While he did throw three interceptions, one of them came on a hail mary play, which had it been completed, would have made his stat line look deceptively better rather than worse. Hopefully you wont need to stream in a consolation or championship game, but if you do, he is a safe bet against the Redskins, who have given up 300 or more passing yards to four of their last five opponents.

Colin Kaepernick (33%)

He is probably the safest quarterback to start under the 50% threshold, but you hopefully wont have to start him if you are playing in the finals. He gets the Rams, who have given up three touchdowns to each of the last two quarterbacks they faced (Matt Ryan and Russell Wilson).

RB

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Ty Montgomery (60%)

At a 60% ownership rate in Yahoo! leagues, he’s probably not available, but if he is, the Green Bay running back should be top priority. He looked like a beast against the Bears, scoring two touchdowns – bouncing to the outside for the first one and taking it up the gut for the second. The Bears had a hard time taking down the 216 pounder, as he gained 10.1 yards after contact. He has clearly taken control of this backfield and will be an RB2 for a very important week 16.

Dion Lewis (48%)

Lewis is the next best man to add if Montgomery is gone. He wasn’t able to find the end zone in week 15, but he did get a touchdown over turned. He went 18 for 95 and had 104 total yards against the Broncos. While it could mean that Lewis is finally fully healthy and will be the main guy from here on out, he is still a risky play with LeGarrette Blount (who stole a touchdown from him) and James White still in the mix.

WR

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Tyler Locket (43%)

His disappointing first half to the season has been put behind him in his last three games. The Seahawks got him more involved in week 15, and he was able to take advantage, catching 7 of 8 targets for 130 yards. One of those catches was a 57 yard gift thanks to a defensive misplay by the Rams that Russell Wilson took advantage of. It’s still nice to see him being used more in two-wide receiver sets, where hey threw him a couple screen passes as well.

Cameron Merideth (37%)

The Redskins defense struggles against slot receivers, which is mainly where Meredith lines up. He’s also led the team in targets and receptions over the last two weeks while also going for 104 yards in week 15. He’s been a reliable option for rookie quarterback Barkley, who will likely look Meredith’s way as long as Josh Norman is on Alshon Jeffrey.

Other notables: Dontrelle Inman (36%), Robby Anderson (7%), Brandon LaFell (25%)

TE

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Charles Clay (12%)

He has now scored in his last two games and is a consistent option in the receiving game for the Bills. He gets the division rival Dolphins who are exploitable with tight ends. He’s one of the safest options you will find on the waiver wire.

other notables: Ladarius Green (57%), Dion Sims (0%)

DEF

San Diego Chargers (30%) at Cleveland Browns

New York Giants (33%) at Philadelphia Eagles

Washington Redskins (13%) at Chicago Bears