Fantasy Football: Top Waiver Wire Pickups For Week 16

Mike Boone and Breshad Perriman are two players to pursue.

December 16, 2019 - 4:05 pm

(670 The Score) Here are my top 10 waiver adds for 10- and 12-member fantasy leagues for Week 16 of the NFL season.

1. Alexander Mattison/Mike Boone (RBs, Minnesota Vikings) – Vikings starting running back Dalvin Cook exited in the third quarter of a win Sunday with a shoulder injury. Mattison was also sidelined by an ankle injury, which gave Boone the chance to fill in admirably with 13 carries for 56 yards and two touchdowns. Dynasty owners know Boone well and have been waiting for him to get his opportunity. He’s a must-add this week while we wait for further clarity on the injuries to Cook and Mattison. If we get wind that either will be back, then Buccaneers receiver Breshad Perriman (see below) would be my top addition. The reality is Boone or Perriman could be your top addition depending on your positional need for this championship week.

2. Breshad Perriman (WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers) – In Week 14, it was Buccaneers receiver Mike Evans who exited with a hamstring injury and was shut down for the remainder of the season. On Sunday, it was Chris Godwin who was carted off the field with a hamstring injury. Perriman went on to crush it, catching five balls for 113 yards and three scores. With the way Tampa Bay throws the ball around the yard, Perriman is locked and loaded as one of the best additions this week. The Buccaneers face the Texans on Saturday, and Houston's secondary is one of the NFL's worst.

3. James Washington (WR, Pittsburgh Steelers) – The Steelers had an ugly loss to the Bills on Sunday night, but Washington was one of the few bright spots. He saw a whopping 11 targets, reeling in five of them for 83 yards. With Devlin Hodges coming back to earth in throwing four interceptions, you may not be comfortable playing Washington, but the Steelers have a nice matchup against the Jets this week -- and Hodges definitely likes to take his deep shots.

4. Anthony Miller (WR, Chicago Bears) – In three of Miller’s last five games, he has seen 11 or more targets. During that span, he has reached the 118-yard mark twice and added two touchdowns. On Sunday, Miller had 15 targets, catching nine for 118 yards as the Bears played catch-up for most of the day in a loss to the Packers. It's likely they’ll be doing more of the same in hosting the Chiefs this week. Mitchell Trubisky has been slinging the rock around the field, and it’s the clear targets are being funneled to Allen Robinson and Miller. 

5. Greg Ward (WR, Philadelphia Eagles) – Ward was second on the Eagles in targets to only Zach Ertz on Sunday. He had nine targets and secured seven of them for 61 yards, including the game-winning touchdown. Philadelphia is relying heavily on its running backs and tight ends in the passing game due to all its injuries, but Ward is stepping up and providing Carson Wentz with a reliable target at the receiver position. 

6. Boston Scott (RB, Philadelphia Eagles) –  Much like Ward, Scott remains one of the few players left on Philadelphia who you can depend on to make some plays in the passing game. He's reminiscent of Darren Sproles in that he can rip off large chunks of yardage on a few touches out of the backfield. Scott a nice addition, especially in PPR leagues as he caught seven balls and recorded 65 total yards Sunday to build off his great game in Week 14. The Eagles are playing at home against the Cowboys in a pivotal matchup that will likely decide each team’s playoff hopes. While Scott is clearly behind Miles Sanders, Philly is going to need every weapon on deck.

7. Patrick Laird/Myles Gaskins (RBs, Miami Dolphins) – Laird had 14 touches and tallied 54 yards while Gaskins turned his 11 touches into 72 yards Sunday. The Dolphins host the Bengals this week, and Cincinnati has been destroyed by opposing running backs this year. Gaskins' role seems to be growing, but Laird is the safer bet for touches as he has led the way since Kalen Ballage went on injured reserve. 

8. Jonnu Smith (TE, Tennessee Titans) – Smith is an explosive player and an athletic freak. We saw that again on his 57-yard rushing scamper Sunday, when he also added five catches for 60 yards. If you’re in need of a tight end, you can do worse that Smith due to his athleticism, big-play ability and Ryan Tannehill’s hot streak. 

9. Scott Miller (WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers) – This is tough to write after so many were high on Justin Watson last week, including myself, but Miller returned from injury to nab all three of his targets for 49 yards and a touchdown Sunday. He had one more target than Watson (two receptions for 17 yards). But in reality, outside of Perriman, it was the tight ends who saw the additional targets. Given a good matchup against the Texans this weekend, Miller and Watson are intriguing additions if you’re desperate.  

10. Wes Hills/Kerryon Johnson (RBs, Detroit Lions) – You might as well toss your hands up and pray if you’re in need of one of these two players, but you never know. Hills was activated Saturday and somehow fell into the end zone twice against Tampa Bay on Sunday. He totaled a gross 22 yards on 12 touches with Bo Scarbrough out with injury, so we will see how that plays out for next week. The more interesting possibility here is whether Detroit opts to bring Johnson back to get some work in prior to the season's end. Keep an eye on the situation, because if Johnson is activated, he’ll likely share duties with Scarbrough or Hills.

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