NFL Waiver Wire – Week 16

December 18, 2018 | insideinjuries | No Comments

Nick Foles QB, PHI

Owned in 12% of  CBS Leagues

While his numbers weren’t great from a fantasy perspective on Sunday night, Foles played very well in place of Carson Wentz. Though he didn’t throw a touchdown, his 270 yards and 8.7 yards per attempt were both impressive and better indicators of his performance. With Wentz already ruled out for Week 16, Foles will get at least one more chance to show what he can do. The match-up against Houston isn’t easy, but the Texans are playing a 2nd consecutive road game, and the touchdowns and fantasy points should come if Foles plays at a similar level to Week 15. Also, while the Eagles haven’t yet sent Wentz to IR, it seems unlikely that he would suit up in Week 17, regardless of circumstance, given that he is a High Injury Risk with a Poor Health Performance Factor due to the fracture in his back. This means that Foles could very well have a juicy match-up at Washington on his radar for the final week of the season.

Jamaal Williams RB, GB

Owned in 20% of CBS Leagues

After disappointing earlier in the season, Williams gets another chance to prove himself with Aaron Jones going down with a knee injury. Jones is dealing with a Grade 1 sprain that is expected to keep him out of Week 16’s game against the Jets, as he is an Elevated Injury Risk with a Below Average Health Performance Factor. In Jones’ place Sunday, Williams had one of his more productive outings as a pro, racking up 55 yards and a touchdown on the ground, as well as 42 yards receiving on 4 catches, all against the Bears vaunted defense. Should Jones indeed miss this week, Williams is a viable flex option in most formats.

Kalen Ballage RB, MIA

Owned in 3% of CBS Leagues

With Frank Gore out Sunday, it was Ballage who received a big uptick in usage in the Miami backfield, and he didn’t disappoint, totaling 123 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries. Gore, who is dealing with a foot sprain, is expected to miss the remainder of the season, meaning that Ballage could be the featured back in Miami over the final two weeks. Kenyan Drake should also see a larger workload, but the Dolphins have seemingly soured on him as a high volume back. Ballage is the better option and is worthy of flex consideration for the rest of the season.

DaeSean Hamilton WR, DEN

Owned in 23% of CBS Leagues

Hamilton continues to be an under the radar producer in PPR, racking up 14 catches the past two weeks. He has obviously carved out a useful role in the Broncos offense after the injury to Emmanuel Sanders The yardage totals aren’t flashy and he’s scored only once, but the target volume (21 over last two games) and the match-up against the Raiders make him a nice value play in PPR leagues this week. He should be rostered in most PPR formats.

Tyrell Williams WR, LAC

Owned in 69% of CBS Leagues

Keenan Allen’s injury completely shakes up the Chargers passing attack, should he miss Week 16. If he does, then Williams instantly becomes a fantasy starter after racking up 12 targets and 71 yards in Thursday night’s win at Kansas City. Mike Williams (75% owned) may have had the bigger night with the 3 touchdowns, but Williams saw more targets and has developed more of a report with Philip Rivers over the past few seasons. Allen, who is dealing with a hip pointer, seems like he’s 50-50 to play at best, as he’s a High Injury Risk with a Below Average HPF. If you can get your hands on with Tyrell or Mike Williams, snatch them up in a heartbeat, even with a tough match-up against Baltimore on tap.

Matt Lacosse TE, DEN

Owned in 7% of CBS Leagues

If you’re looking for a flier at tight end in a deeper league, Lacosse could be your guy given his solid match-up against the Raiders. With Jeff Heuerman and Jake Butt both on IR, Lacosse is the only tight end left standing in Denver, and he’s coming off of his best game against Cleveland in Week 15, in which he finished with 4 catches for 43 yards. Given the 6 catches on 9 targets for 58 yards that Heuerman and Butt combined for against Oakland in Week 2, there is a path here for a decent output from Lacosse in Week 16.