NFL WAIVER WIRE WATCH WEEK 16

2023-12-22 · 4 min read · NFL/Football
Baker Mayfield and Ty Chandler

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QB
Baker Mayfield (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
  • Mayfield has been quietly good all season, but he was exceptional against the Packers on Sunday racking up 381 yards and four touchdowns through the air. That’s 20-plus fantasy points in two straight games. This week Baker gets to go up against a suspect at best, Jaguar’s defense. Since Week 10, Jacksonville has allowed 18-plus fantasy points to five of six opposing QBs (a list that includes Jake Browning and Joe Flacco). A grand total of three teams have allowed more passing yards than the Jaguars on the season (Chargers, Bucs, Commanders). Looks good to me Baker is a high-quality streamer and mid-level QB1 this week.
Gardner Minshew (Indianapolis Colts)
  • Unsurprisingly the Minshew Magic ebbs and flows as Minshew is like the NFL’s Shivering Isles equal marts magic and mania. Over the last few weeks he has two duds (weeks 12,14) and two quality starts (weeks 13,15). Which side of Minshew should we expect this week? It’s hard to tell but I think the best indicator is the opponent. This week he faces the Falcons who have been easy on QB’s all season. With Zach Moss and Jonathan Taylor both questionable, Minshew may be asked to do more than usual. There are QB’s I’d prefer (like Baker or maybe Jake Browning) but Minshew is a quality streaming option this week.
RB
Ty Chandler (Minnesota Vikings)
  • Chandler exploded in the absence of Alexander Mattison last week taking 26 touches for 157 total yards and a goal-line rushing touchdown. He was efficient and explosive (two words rarely used to describe Mattison this season). This week however the situation is more questionable. This week he plays a solid Lions defence but after last week's showing against a solid defensive front should we doubt his ability to deliver? Not if the touches are sure to be there, basically if Mattison is out, start Chandler as a RB2 or Flex with ease, If Mattison is back he becomes more of a frisky flex play.
Chase Brown (Cincinnati Bengals)
  • Instead of trying to find value in an uncertain backfield like the Chiefs or Raiders, let's try to find a smarter play. Over the last three games, Brown has experienced a notable uptick in opportunities. In a Week 14 victory against the quality Colts defence he showcased the best performance of his early career, rushing eight times for 25 yards and catching all three of his targets for 80 yards, including a touchdown. Notably, he exhibited remarkable speed with a 54-yard run on a dump-off, reaching 22.05 miles per hour on the GPS, second only to DK Metcalf this season. In Week 15, he carried the ball seven times for 23 yards and caught all three of his targets for 28 yards. Regarded as one of the league’s most valuable handcuff running backs, Brown could prove to be a league-winner if granted more opportunities or Mixon is suddenly unavailable. His chance to sustain this hot streak comes in a favourable Week 16 matchup against the struggling Pittsburgh Steelers
WR
Noah Brown (Houston Texans)
  • Even without Stroud, the Texans WR1 maintains its status as a highly desired spot. Whether it's Tank Dell, Nico Collins or Noah Brown, your seemingly guaranteed a top 15 WR. Last week Brown was the guy catching eight of his 11 targets for 82 yards and a TD and this was with Case Keenum slinging it. Collins appears likely to return this week and Stroud is questionable, but Brown will have value no matter what. If Collins sits and Stroud returns he's elite. If Collins and Stroud return he's great, if just Collins returns he's good. Regardless of what happens Brown could be started depending on your team.
Josh Palmer (Los Angeles Chargers)
  • With Chargers go to guy Keenan Allen missing 15 Palmer was asked to step up in his first game back from injured reserve. He delivered 113 yards and a score (with much of it coming on a 79-yard TD) Now that he's knocked off the rust, Palmer is the favourite to lead the Chargers' receiving corps for however long Allen stays out of the lineup; he is a risky play, but the ceiling is high here. Even when Allen returns, Palmer would be a flex option in fantasy, but with the Chargers out of playoff contention and missing their QB Allen feels unlikely to return anytime soon.
TE
Hunter Henry (New England Patriots)
  • Weird to see a Pats player on here but this one is easy to explain. Firstly, Henry has scored in five games this season, in these games he averages an astounding 17.3 points (especially for a TE) per game in standard leagues. In the last two weeks he has caught three TD’s (two against the Steelers in week 14, one last Sunday against the Chiefs). Basically, Henry is one of if not the premiere TE, TD streamer. Now this week he goes up against a Broncos defence that is solid but has allowed 9 TDs to TE’s this season; the most in the league. If your streamer TE’s go ahead and fire him up.
D/ST
Indianapolis Colts
  • Once again, it's the Colts I have half a mind to paste last week's blurb here. Last week the Colts rewarded us with 14 points against the Steelers. Now they get the Atlanta Falcons. Atlanta has a let’s say questionable offence with a propensity for turnover regardless of who starts at QB for them. On top of this the Colts can be played again next week against the Raiders in the final week of the fantasy season.
Others to consider - Packers, Bengals
Guys worth a Gander
  • Jake Browning (QB, Cincinnati Bengals)
  • Zamir White (RB, Las Vegas Raiders, if Jacobs is out)
  • Curtis Samuel (WR, Washington Commanders)
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