You know it’s fantasy football championship week when fantasy owners are fretting over guys named Mike Boone and Chris Conley. Both will be among the top Week 16 fantasy waiver wire pickups and free agent adds, though it’s not just “no-names” who can go from the waiver wire to your starting lineup this year. Two guys who were relatively high fantasy draft picks back in August, Kerryon Johnson and O.J. Howard, are widely available and in interesting positions for Week 16, while former real-life first-round pick Breshad Perriman is suddenly the most coveted WR in all of fantasy. Those five players should all be claimed, but there are still plenty of other players who could be worth picking up after waivers clear around 4-5 a.m. ET on Wednesday morning in ESPN and Yahoo leagues.
You can find a bunch of streaming recommendations in our full free agent list. The QBs and TEs aren’t exactly inspiring, but there are plenty of WR3s and D/STs who could give your team a boost. We also have Week 16 kicker rankings if you hate your life enough to look at fantasy kicker rankings.
Because we don’t know whether Dalvin Cook will play this week, Boone has a case as the top waiver claim. Perriman is more of a “sure thing”, so if you need a WR3 or FLEX, he’s your guy, but Boone could work as an RB2 or FLEX if your other backs have tough matchups. Johnson fits that mold, too, and Howard could be that TE stream that helps you shore up your one weak spot. Either way, there’s a little something for everyone, so take advantage and don’t hold anything back. Good luck!
Top fantasy football waiver wire pickups and free agent adds for Week 16
Unless otherwise noted, only players owned in fewer than 50 percent of Yahoo leagues considered.
Kerryon Johnson, RB, Lions. Johnson hasn’t played since Week 7 because of a knee injury, but he’s been practicing the past two weeks and proclaimed himself “setback free.” It’s unclear just how many touches he’ll get, but it’s unlikely that the Lions would bring him back for seven or eight carries. He was averaging just 3.3 yards per carry this year, but with an average of 19.2 touches per game, the workload was there. The Broncos are solid against the run, but Johnson had over 10 standard league points in four of five full games, so he can work as a FLEX if he’s available.
Anthony Miller, WR, Bears. With 52 total targets (at least nine in four of five games), 431 yards, and two TDs in his past five games, Miller is finally making good on his preseason sleeper hype. This week’s matchup against Kansas City sounds good, but the Chiefs have actually allowed the fewest receptions to WRs this year. Miller is still the No. 2 on his team, so if you figure Allen Robinson is still going to get his, then there’s only so much left for Miller. He will still likely be a top pickup, but only grab him if you need a high-volume guy in your WR3 spot.
Diontae Johnson/James Washington, WRs, Steelers. Johnson (5-64, eight targets) and Washington (5-83, 11 targets) continued playing well despite a tough matchup in Week 15 against Buffalo. They get a much more favorable matchup in Week 16 against the Jets (ninth-most fantasy points allowed to WRs), making both potential WR3 streamers. Washington has a little more upside than Johnson, but both can work.
O.J. Howard, TE, Buccaneers. There’s rightly a lot of hoopla about Breshad Perriman this week, but Howard actually led the Bucs with eight targets last week. He caught four for 46 yards, and he has a highly favorable matchup against the Texans in Week 16 (sixth-most fantasy points allowed to TEs). Howard is always a letdown waiting to happen, but he’s arguably Tampa’s best or second-best receiver at this point, so he should get his chances.
Mike Boone, RB, Vikings. The latest on Dalvin Cook (shoulder) is that he felt good on Monday, according to Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer. Zimmer also said there “wasn’t any issue with [Cook]”, so who knows what to make of things. There has also been no updates on Alexander Mattison (ankle), so it seems as if Boone is the top handcuff option heading into Monday night’s game against Green Bay, who have allowed the seventh-most fantasy points to RBs. Unfortunately, we probably won’t know much until later in the week, so Boone will likely be the No. 1 or 2 waiver claim in most leagues and it might all be for naught…or it might win you your league.
Check out our full Week 16 waiver list for more waiver and free agent ideas, including Breshad Perriman, Chris Conley, Patrick Laird/Myles Gaskin, and more injury fill-ins and streamers for the fantasy championship round.