Week 16 Waiver Wire Targets

December 19, 2017

 

Running Backs

 

 

Dion Lewis (59.8% owned on NFL):

With the injury to Rex Bulkhead this week, Dion Lewis is the favorite to take a bulk of the Patriots snaps in Week 16. Dion Lewis had a productive fantasy day with 14 touches for 80 yards and a touchdown. Gillislee is also likely to be active in Week 16, and could vulture some goal line touchdowns, but after being a healthy scratch the last 6 weeks it seems clear that Bill Belichick has much more faith in Lewis than Gillislee.

 

 

Javorius Allen (29.7% owned on NFL):

After back-to-back 20 point games, Alex Collins’ streak ended this week accruing only 52 yards on 17 touches. Buck Allen was much more efficient getting 14 touches for 74 yards in the Ravens victory over the Browns. Alex Collins will remain a factor in the Ravens offense, and is the favorite for goal line carries getting 6 red zone touches to Allen’s 2, but if you are in a pinch Allen could help out as a Flex play. His snap share trended up sharply last week. He played 35% of the snaps after not eclipsing 23% in any of the last 4 weeks.

 

 

Wayne Gallman (5.9% owned on NFL):

The Giants are rolling into the last two weeks of the season at a dismal 2-12. The coach and GM have already been fired and they are clearly looking to next year at this point. It seems like the Giants are trying to evaluate their younger players, and one of the beneficiaries has been Wayne Gallman. The 2017 4th round pick out of Clemson has led the Giants’ backfield in snaps, touches, production, and efficiency the last two weeks. The Giants should continue to feed Gallman this week as they self-scout for next year. Gallman is a mid level flex this week against the Cardinals this week if you need emergency help at Running Back.

 

 

Peyton Barber (7.2% owned on NFL):

Hopefully you are in the Championship this week and have better options that Barber. Doug Martin was inactive Week 15 for violating team rules and Barber got 16 of the 20 Running Back touches in Week 15. He only was able to compile 68 combined yards and didn’t score. Barber is a lottery-ticket play in Week 16, but should be owned in Dynasty leagues.

 

Wide Receivers

 

 

JuJu Smith-Schuster (58.2% owned on NFL):

With Antonio Brown sidelined for the Fantasy Championship I expect Smith-Schuster to fill in as the Steelers WR1. He played 100% of the Steelers snaps in Week 15 and caught all 6 of his targets for 119 yards. Although most of his receiving yards came on one play in the 4th quarter, JuJu clearly has the trust of Big Ben. Antonio Brown has been averaging over 10 targets a game this season so there will be plenty more opportunities for JuJu this week.

 

 

Martavis Bryant (62.5% owned on NFL):

Similarly to JuJu Smith-Schuster, Bryant should benefit from additional targets with AB sidelined. Bryant only played 57% of snaps last week, but ended the game with the same number of targets as JuJu (6). He hauled in 4 of the targets for 59 yards and a touchdown. Although JuJu is probably the safer play, Bryant’s ceiling is as high. In Week 14, when Smith-Schuster was serving a one game suspension, Bryant was targeted 10 times. I wouldn't be surprised to see him get 10+ targets again this week.

 

 

Randall Cobb (60.6% owned on NFL):

Cobb takes a hit this week with Aaron Rodgers getting placed on IR, but with Davante Adams likely missing Week 16 with a concussion, Cobb should see a lot of targets. He played 100% of the snaps in Week 15 and led the Packers in targets with 14. He caught 7 of the passes for 84 yards and a touchdown. There’s definitely more volatility with Hundley under center, but Cobb still should be able to put up a startle stat line.

 

Dynasty note: Geronimo Allison should be added in Dynasty formats

 

 

Keelan Cole (.4% owned on NFL):

Keelan Cole, an undrafted rookie from Kentucky Wesleyan, is starting to emerge as a solid contributor in the Jaguars offense. With Marquis Lee out Dede Westbrook is a popular name right now, which is merrited, but Keelan Cole I think is the safer play and has a higher ceiling. Cole only played 4 less snaps than Westbrook in Week 15 and was targeted 9 times to Westbrook’s 2. Keelan Cole is a high upside flex this week. 

 

 

Sterling Shepard (26.5% owned on NFL):

Shepard is coming off a monster game with 11 catches for 139 yards and a touchdown. He also had a career high in targets with 16. The game before he only managed to accumulate 16 receiving yards (on 3 targets) so theres definitely some risk with Shepard, but if he continue to get even half the targets he got last week Shepard should put up startable numbers.

 

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