Week 17 of the 2016 NFL Season is upon us, and with it comes the last round of fantasy championship matchups. While many leagues end in week 16, some leagues play their final match in the final game of the season. That presents problems for fantasy rosters, as teams begin to rest starters in preparation for the playoffs. I'm losing Le'Veon Bell for my title game this week because the Steelers are giving him a week off (but if you listened to me a few back and grabbed DeAngelo Williams...). Most of the names I list here are desperation plays; you want to roll with the guys who got you to the dance for the most part. However, if you're this late in the season and need some help, here are some thoughts. Hope this helps, and happy streaming!!--Mike B.
P.S. Thank you for following this column this season, and hopefully my posts have been useful! This is the final post of the second season of my Weekly Streamer series, and I look forward to continuing it next year. Best of luck in your title games and in the off-season, and I'll see you on the draft section of the site, along with some random updates here during the offseason!
Matt Barkley, QB, Chicago Bears. I still believe that Barkley can be a solid fantasy quarterback with the Bears. If you lost Carr due to injury and need a quick replacement, he might not be a bad option, even against the Vikings.
Colin Kaepernick, QB, San Francisco 49ers. Kaepernick is always a decent fantasy option just because of his ability as a runner. If you need a desperation plug-in at QB, you could do far worse than Kaepernick this week.
Matt McGloin, QB, Oakland Raiders. Matt McGloin had a nice preseason for the Raiders, and gets the start following the injury to Carr. He's also not afraid to take shots down the field. He's a gamble this week (especially against Denver), but crazier things have happened in the past. He could be worth a desperation start from a fantasy perspective.
Matt Moore, QB, Miami Dolphins. Is it just me, or does Matt Moore look like a fantasy starter right now? Six touchdowns and two interceptions in two games? I'll take that, especially if I'm struggling with injuries. Worth a desperation start.
Tony Romo, QB, Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys could continue to roll with Dak Prescott again this week, but there's also the potential that they might toss in Romo for the start instead. If you're riding Prescott and the waiver wire looks dead, Romo might be a nice insurance policy for you. Then again, he does present an injury risk, so prepare accordingly.
Alfred Blue, RB, Houston Texans. With Lamar Miller recovering from injury and the Texans already in the playoffs, Blue could see the start for Houston in week 17. He's worth stashing and monitoring through the week.
Darren McFadden, RB, Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys may rest Zeke Elliot this week (same with Dak Prescott). McFadden is worth a speculative add at this point just in case. Don't plan on starting him, but if you (or your opponent) has Zeke or Le'Veon Bell, McFadden becomes valuable.
Jacquizz Rogers, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Doug Martin missed last week due to injury. If he misses again this week, Rogers becomes a fantasy asset. Worth a stash.
DeAndre Washington, RB, Oakland Raiders. Washington had a great game against the Colts. The Raiders should rely heavily on the run this week with Carr out due to injury, so Washington could have another big game. Worth holding onto.
DeAngelo Williams, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers. This could be the pickup that wins your title game; DeAngelo Williams gets to start against the Browns? Yes please! Easily a starter.
Anquan Boldin, WR, Detroit Lions. Boldin isn't a guy that's going to put up a ton of yards, but he scores touchdowns. If you want to gamble on big play potential, then Boldin is your man.
Pierre Garcon, WR, Washington Redskins. Garcon has been productive again recently, and if DeSean Jackson or Janoris Jenkins miss week 17, he could have a nice game, especially in PPR leagues.
JJ Nelson, WR, Arizona Cardinals. With Michael Floyd out of town, Nelson becomes a must own in fantasy leagues. If you can get him and need help at the position, go for it.
Steve Smith, WR, Baltimore Ravens. Smith had a great game against the Steelers, and should show up strong against the Bengals in week 17. He's worth a start in most formats this week.
Adam Thielen, WR, Minnesota Vikings. Guess what? This kid is better than anyone thought; he's 40 yards shy of 1,000 yards entering week 17. This week he gets it, and helps your team compete for a title.
Charles Clay, TE, Buffalo Bills. Charles Clay has suddenly found his rhythm, with zero touchdowns until week 14, and 4 receiving touchdowns since. Against the Jets, he's start-worthy in all formats this week.
Houston Texans D/ST. Some owners may have cut the Texans defense after losing JJ Watt. However, this week, the unit gets to face a Titans offense led by Matt Cassel. That makes for a nice matchup play.
Indianapolis Colts D/ST. Bortles is still coughing up the football regularly, and that makes the Colts, who face the Jaguars this week, relevant for fantasy purposes.
Pittsburgh Steelers D/ST. This week the Steelers face the Browns. Enjoy.
Week 16 of the 2016 NFL regular season is upon us. If you're still competing, congratulations on making it to the championship round of your league. You're not likely depending on the waiver wire to get you a win at this point; this late in the year, you roll with who you brought to the dance. That being said, sometimes you can get a value off of waivers this late in the season. If you're looking to roll the dice on a guy or two, maybe you can find someone worth rolling with. Who do I like this week? Here are some thoughts. Hope this helps and happy streaming!--Mike B.
Matt Barkley, QB, Chicago Bears. In a deep or 2 QB league? Give Barkley a shot this week. He's been surprisingly decent for Chicago so far this year, and could put enough fantasy points on the board against the Redskins to be worth a starting role for your team if you're in an extremely deep league.
Matt Moore, QB, Miami Dolphins. Anyone else notice the big game that Moore put up against the Jets? If he can provide another performance of similar caliber this week, he's starter-worthy. As a career backup, note that this is a gamble of course.
Tom Savage, QB, Houston Texans. Savage looked surprisingly good for the Texans in week 15. The Bengals are hit or miss as far as facing opposing quarterbacks, but Savage could put up a nice game against them. Worth a shot if you're desperate for a QB2, or more after he led the Texans to a win against one of the best passing defenses in the NFL.
Dion Lewis, RB, New England Patriots. Did anyone else see Dion Lewis' big day for the Patriots? While he may not be the answer every week (or even this week) in the Patriots backfield, Bill Belichick could rely on him heavily again this week. If you need to fill one last spot on your roster, Lewis could be worth a look.
Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Vikings. I don't know what AP has left in the tank; we could be witnessing the end of a Hall of Fame career right now. That being said, if you're needy at RB, he could still be floating around on waivers after a rough 22 yard 1 fumble game in his first action since his injury. Take a look and if you want to gamble, give him a shot.
Ty Montgomery, RB/WR, Green Bay Packers. Montgomery had a huge game in week 15. Will that continue in week 16? There are no guarantees this late in the year, but Montgomery is one of the best under-owned options out there, especially as a flex play.
Robby Anderson, WR, New York Jets. Anderson has been on a hot streak lately, and has a good relationship with Jets quarterback Bryce Petty. If you need a desperation option at WR, Anderson has been consistent as of late and could help you win a title.
AJ Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals. Green should be back in the Cincinnati Bengals lineup in week 16. If he's available on waivers, give him a look and get him into your lineup if he's healthy.
Alshonn Jeffery, WR, Chicago Bears. Jeffery got cut in your league because of his suspension and nobody picked him up? Go get him, plug him in, and ride him to a win!
Tyler Lockette, WR, Seattle Seahawks. Lockette is extremely big play dependent, but could be an intriguing spot start against a Cardinals team who has been struggling as of late. You'll need a big play or two out of him for starting him to pay off, but if you're in a gambling mood, he could be worth it.
Ryan Griffin, TE, Houston Texans. Griffin had a great game for the Texans in week 15. If he draws the start this week due to Fiedorowicz's injury, he has a great matchup against a Bengals defense that is terrible against TEs.
San Diego Chargers D/ST. The Chargers face the Cleveland Browns this week, and if you're desperate for a D/ST unit this week, the Chargers could be worth a look.
Tennessee Titans D/ST. This week the Titans get to face the Jaguars. This unit has shown lots of potential at times, and the Jaguars are a team in transition after firing head coach Gus Bradley. Start the Titans D/ST this week and enjoy.
Week fifteen of the 2016 NFL Season is upon us! If you're still looking for fantasy help this late in the season, congratulations on making it this far. The playoffs are here, and if you're looking to add one or two players, that means that you are likely in the playoffs. The waiver wire is fairly barren at this point, but there are still some players out there that can help. Who do I like this week? Here are some thoughts. Hope this helps, and happy streaming!--Mike B.
Sam Bradford, QB, Minnesota Vikings. Last week, Bradford was a top 5 fantasy quarterback. This week, he gets to play against the Colts. Could he repeat his performance as a top 5 fantasy option against Indy? It's a possibility. Give him a look this week.
Joe Flacco, QB, Baltimore Ravens. This week, Flacco has a nice matchup coming against the Eagles. He performed better than expected against the Patriots, and could put up big numbers against a weak Philadelphia roster.
Colin Kaepernick, QB, San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers will likely get behind early against the Atlanta Falcons. That means lots of passing attempts to catch up. This could be a good week to start Colin Kaepernick if you're desperate at QB.
Matt Moore, QB, Miami Dolphins. Want to do something crazy? Is your season over but are you still playing for a consolation game? Plug Matt Moore in and see what he does. He once showed potential as a quarterback, but became relegated to a career backup role. He could put up some surprising numbers this week.
Kenneth Farrow, RB, San Diego Chargers. Farrow hasn't put enough on tape to allow for a true evaluation at the NFL level. Still, if Melvin Gordon doesn't play this week, Farrow is the starter for the Chargers in week 15. He's worth a grab and potential start depending on how the injury report plays out.
Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Vikings. If your championship game is in week 17, grab Peterson just in case he plays in the final week of the season. He's worth a stash, but may not play unless the Vikings clinch a playoff berth.
Bilal Powell, RB, New York Jets. Powell is always a flex option, but with Matt Forte injuring his knee in week 14, Powell could have an extremely big game this week. He's worth a look in all leagues this week.
Dwayne Washington, RB, Detroit Lions. If Riddick is out this week, then Washington will likely be the top RB in the Detroit offense. Worth a stash, especially if you're a Riddick owner.
DeAngelo Williams, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers. I never root for an injury, but there is the real potential for Le'Veon Bell to get dinged up heading down the stretch. If it's going to happen, it might be most likely against the Bengals in what should be an intensely physical game. Williams is a worthwhile stash right now.
Taylor Gabriel, WR, Atlanta Falcons. Gabriel is a boom or bust type of prospect, but with the Falcons WRs dealing with injuries, this could be a good game to start Gabriel. He's always a big play threat, but could receive a significant proportion of targets this week.
Pierre Garcon, WR, Washington Redskins. Garcon is gone in most leagues, but check your waiver wire. If you're in a PPR league, he's even more valuable. He's been exceedingly productive the past few weeks, and should put up starter worthy numbers again this week in PPR formats. Well worth a grab.
AJ Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals. Did a desperate AJ Green owner cut AJ in your league when he got injured? Grab him now before he returns. AJ Green could be back in action in time for a week 15 matchup against Pittsburgh.
Ty Montgomery, WR/RB, Green Bay Packers. Montgomery has earned a large number of carries with the Packers in recent weeks. This week, he gets to face the Bears, a team he broke out against in a big way in week 7. Worth an add and start in all formats.
JJ Nelson, WR, Arizona Cardinals. Nelson is a classic boom-or-bust receiver. He's dependent on big plays to put up fantasy value, but if he gets them, he will be a huge help to your team. If you need a flex play, Nelson against the Saints could have a really nice game. He could also put up a dud, so be prepared for either option.
Adam Thielen, WR, Minnesota Vikings. Thielen has been the Vikings leading receiver the past five weeks. That makes him a sneaky option in all formats, but an especially good one in PPR ones. Against a weak Colts secondary, he could have a big game.
Charles Clay, TE, Buffalo Bills. First time I've recommended Clay in a while, but against a Browns team that is exceedingly generous to opposing TEs, Clay could be a worthwhile spot start this week.
Atlanta Falcons D/ST. This week the Falcons play the 49ers. Enjoy.
Baltimore Ravens D/ST. If the Ravens defense is still somehow available in your league, you want them against the Eagles. This is a great matchup for this unit.
Buffalo Bills D/ST. The Bills play the Browns in Buffalo, and RGIII is a pick machine this week. Enjoy.
Miami Dolphins D/ST. The Dolphins pull a nice matchup against the New York Jets this week. The Jets offense has struggled lately, and with Forte potentially out, this could be a great matchup for the Dolphins.
Week 14 of the 2016 NFL season is upon us. Bye weeks are over, and some lucky teams are headed to the fantasy playoffs. Are you looking for an extra bit of help to put your team over the edge, or a replacement for an injured player on your team? There's still help available. Who do I like? Here are some thoughts. Hope this helps, and happy streaming!!-Mike B.
Colin Kaepernick, QB, San Francisco 49ers. I may dislike Colin Kaepernick's way of pushing his political views, but I can't deny his value as a fantasy option at QB. He's probably on waivers after a terrible week last week, and could be start-worthy this week once again if the 49ers can get back on track. He's a bit of a gamble but has some upside.
Brock Osweiler, QB, Houston Texans. I know you're thinking "Osweiler?" However, the Colts have been very generous to opposing QBs. He could be a nice spot start this week.
Rex Burkhead, RB, Cincinnati Bengals. He's not Jeremy Hill. However, Burkhead did outproduce him on fewer carries this week. He could be a sneaky play this week against the Browns.
Tevin Coleman, RB, Atlanta Falcons. Coleman earned a nice role for the Falcons last week. He has the talent to succeed, and if you're hurting at RB, Coleman could be the answer. The Falcons didn't draft him to sit him on the bench forever, and he's finally starting to see more touches.
Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Vikings. Peterson is on waivers in many leagues because of his injury. That being said, he is planning on returning to the Vikings at some point this season. Might as well be for your team! Grab him and hold him just in case. He could help you win a title.
Bilal Powell, RB, New York Jets. Powell is the ultimate waiver wire RB. Snag him off waivers, start him as a flex play, cut him, pick him up when you need him again. Good fantasy piece, but gets no respect amongst owners.
DeAngelo Williams, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers. Handcuff alert. Le'Veon Bell has struggled with injuries in recent years, and if he goes down, Williams will be in line for a huge role in the Steelers offense, and huge fantasy production.
AJ Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals. Green should not be available on waivers, but he is in some smaller leagues. I snagged him up in one of my leagues because the guy that had him dropped him for Tyler Boyd. If you have room on your roster to take a chance on an injured player who might not help this year but who could help you win a title, grab and hold Green.
Dontrelle Inman, WR, San Diego Chargers. Inman is one of the key receivers in one of the best passing attacks in football right now, and he sits on waivers in some leagues. He's worth a grab in all formats, especially PPR.
Malcolm Mitchell, WR, New England Patriots. Mitchell has emerged as a key part of the Patriots passing attack, and with Gronk out for the year and Danny Amendola struggling with an ankle injury, Mitchell needs to be on your radar. He's a worthwhile start as a WR3 or Flex play, at least.
Seth Roberts, WR, Oakland Raiders. Roberts is a boom or bust player at WR, but he's made some big plays in the redzone lately. He may flame out entirely for you, or he could pay big dividends. He's a gamble, but if you're desperate, he's a decent one.
Cameron Brate, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers. This kid is the real deal. First he passed Austin Seferian-Jenkins in camp. Then he took over the starting role. Now he's been on fire from a fantasy perspective. Well worth adding and starting.
Vernon Davis, TE, Washington Redskins. Davis is a worthwhile start as long as Jordan Reed remains injured.
LaDarius Green, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers. Green had a big game for Pittsburgh now that he is healthy. Big things should continue to follow. He's extremely talented when he's on the field, and he could help take your team to a title this season.
Lance Kendricks, TE, LA Rams. Kendricks has been productive all season for the Rams, and continues to ride the waiver wire in many leagues. He could be a nice spot start this week.
Cincinnati Bengals D/ST. This week, the Bengals face off against the Browns. Unless Marvin Lewis entirely drops the ball this week, this should be a great matchup for your fantasy team.
Minnesota Vikings D/ST. The Vikings could be on waivers in some leagues given the fact that the team has struggled in recent weeks. If that's the case, scoop this unit up and start it against Jacksonville.
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