Baker Mayfield isn’t done punishing Hue Jackson, and Dak looks to bounce back vs. the porous Bucs defense. Breakout Live examines the best waiver wire pickups heading into week 16 of the NFL.
Coming off just a 12 fantasy-point performance in Denver might make Mayfield a tough sell, as recency bias is a real thing. However, keep in mind the last time Mayfield faced the Bengals and Hue Jackson, it was very personal for him. Mayfield put up his best fantasy performance of his rookie season with 25.92 points on 4 touchdown passes. This one is in Cleveland and Mayfield doesn’t seem like the forgive-and-forget type. I stocked Mayfield away on my fantasy team, looking to exploit him against an awful Bengals defense.
Again, recency bias is a real thing, so who in their right mind would start Prescott after the Cowboys were shut out on the road and Dak only put up 6.24 fantasy points? If you started him after his performance against the Eagles in Week 14, this may be a moot point for you, but Prescott did throw for 455 yards and put 24.40 fantasy points on the Eagles. This one is at home vs. the road and the Bucs defense vs. the Colts. If you can get what happened in Indy out of your head and recall the Eagles game fondly, Prescott is a good option in your fantasy final.
If this were Week 8, Jamaal Williams would likely be the top waiver wire add after Aaron Jones went down with a sprained MCL. Williams faced one of the most difficult defenses in their yard running behind a patchwork offensive line, and he came out with 97 combined yards and a touchdown on 55 yards rushing and 42 yards receiving for a staggering 15.70 fantasy points against the Bears. Todd Gurley could only dream of numbers like that inside Soldier Field. Williams sees the Jets on road for the final.
Frank Gore left the Vikings game with an injury and Ballage was the beneficiary, out-touching Kenyan Drake 13-4 in Gore’s absence. Drake received only one carry to Ballage’s 12. Ballage, who rushed for a meager 11 yards for the entire season, netted 123 yards against a stout Vikings defense in Minnesota built mostly on an electric 75-yard touchdown that looked like he was in fast-forward while everyone else was playing at normal speed. 18.10 fantasy points shows Ballage has that Tyreek Hill big-strike potential. He sees Jacksonville in Miami for the finale.
Kudos to those of you either with the fortitude or sheer desperation to play Williams vs. the Chargers. You were richly rewarded with a dream 24.30 fantasy-point output in your fantasy playoff matchup. Can Williams do that again in Seattle against the 12th man? Will Spencer Ware be back? Will Darrel Williams plunder some of Williams workload if Ware isn’t back, as he scored a TD against the Chargers? There are lots of questions that surround whether Damien Williams can replicate his Week 15 performance, but if you have no better option he’s worth another roll of the dice in Seattle.
With Isaiah Crowell shut down for the season, it’s McGuire’s show in the Jets backfield, and McGuire delivered double-digit fantasy points against a tough Texans front with 11.10. His line vs. Houston of 42 rushing, 29 receiving and a touchdown is an encouraging sign as an out-of-the-playoffs Packers team with an 0-7 road record comes to town next. Not only are the Packers now out of the playoffs, but Mike Daniels is on IR and Kenny Clark didn’t play at Chicago. If Clark is out again, McGuire becomes a very tantalizing option against a Packers team that had the last bit of wind go out of their sails in Chicago.
David Williams may get an extended look in Miami. The Jags wanted to take a look at the Broncos 7th rounder they poached from Denver’s practice squad on Sunday, so they shut down Fournette for the 2nd half. The look wasn’t a long one as he only touched it 5 times for 32 yards. Maybe the Jags just wanted to see Williams operate in pass protection as that is one of his strengths. If they’re serious about handing him the ball, a mouthwatering matchup with Miami awaits in Week 16. Jeff Wilson is potentially in line for more work in Week 16 as Matt Breida got injured again late vs. Seattle. However, Wilson would see the Bears defense, making him an incredibly risky option. Keith Ford may end up the Bills starter after injuries to the 3 guys ahead of him.
Will there be any hotter add at WR than Mike Williams? After 3 touchdowns in Kansas City and the memorable 2-point conversion, many are going to rush to add him. Keep in mind Keenan Allen might be back this week and this is the Ravens defense not the Chiefs. Both teams need to win, so both are going to be bringing it in this one.
With Sam Darnold back under center over the last two weeks, Anderson has been targeted a team high 18 times. Anderson has scored in each week and posted 76 or more yards in those contests. His 15.60 fantasy points vs. Houston make him an easy sell against an 0-7 road Packers team with nothing to play for on Sunday.
Foster is coming off back-to-back 100-yard games and had 16.80 fantasy points against the Lions. Foster might be the hottest WR in the NFL as he’s gone for 94 or more yards in 4 of his last 5 outings, including three 100-yard games over that span. He has two touchdowns over his last 5 and gets an angry Patriots team in Foxborough in Week 16. The Bills are likely to be throwing it, not only because they’re going to be behind, but they were down to their 4th running back due to injury against the Lions. Foster has gotten deep over his last several games and it only takes one deep shot to give him a nice fantasy line.
Tim Patrick/DaeSean Hamilton are options if you believe in Christmas miracles, as the Broncos face the Raiders in what might be the last Raiders game in Oakland. Patrick is the yards guy while Hamilton offers the most in PPR with his short-range heavy targeting. Let’s hope you don’t need to consider either.
With the Panthers fighting for a playoff spot vs. a Falcons team with nothing to play for, Thomas looks to be in as good a spot as any for someone on the waiver wire this late in the season.
Hunter Henry is Stephen A. Smith’s number one waiver priority this week. He can’t believe a tight end that has been such a factor for the Chargers all season is available to help you win your fantasy league. Obviously, we’re kidding and just having a little fun at Stephen A’s expense. Lee Smith has caught a touchdown pass in 3 consecutive games but hasn’t gone over 3 yards receiving in any of them.