Top Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 16

Top waiver wire pickups for Week 16

12/17/13 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

For the first time this season, my list of top pickups is only concerning players who could make an impact this upcoming week. In all of my other columns, I would consider that a player might get more touches down the road, but with just one week of fantasy football left, I do not have quite as many players on this list as usual. Even so, there still may be some players who can propel you to fantasy football immortality, so here are the top pickups for Week 16:

Note: This list includes only players who are owned in less than 50% of Yahoo leagues.

Quarterbacks

Kirk Cousins (WAS): 
We haven't seen Cousins play a whole lot thus far in his young career, but what we have seen is a kid who can put up numbers. In his lone start of 2012, Cousins put up 329 yards and two touchdowns. Exactly 364 days later, Cousins got his second career start, and his numbers ballooned up to 381 yards and three touchdowns. The second-year backup will host the Cowboys' 32nd ranked pass defense this weekend, and with the Cowboys ranked fourth in scoring offense and the Redskins ranked 32nd in scoring defense, this could very well be a shootout.

Jason Campbell (CLE): Though he did not follow up his great game against the Patriots with a viable Week 15 performance, Campbell has a good shot at bouncing back in Week 16. He'll face a Jets defense that is dominant against the run (ranked first in yards allowed per carry), but is weak in the secondary with the 26th ranked pass defense. The Browns - who can not run the ball - will be forced to go over the top of the Jets' stout front seven, giving Campbell an opportunity for more big numbers.

Running Backs

Dec 5, 2013; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars running back Jordan Todman (30) celebrates after catching a 21-yard touchdown pass thrown by wide receiver Ace Sanders (not pictured) in the third quarter against the Houston Texans at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Phil Sears-USA TODAY Sports
Jordan Todman (JAX): It took Maurice Jones-Drew 13 starts to have a hundred-yard rushing performance this season. As for Todman, he topped Jones-Drew's season-high in rushing yards in the first and only start of his career. With Jones-Drew (hamstring) sidelined in Week 15, Todman exploded for 109 yards on 25 carries, adding 44 more yards on four catches. With MJD slated for free agency at the age of 28 (he'll be 29 in March), the Jaguars may want to see what they have in Todman, regardless of Jones-Drew's health. The Jaguars will face a Titans team whose defensive strength is against the pass. If Jones-Drew can't play, Todman will be worth starting in fantasy championships. If MJD is active, keep an eye on how the coaching staff says the workload will break down.

Dennis Johnson (HOU): Sorry, folks. Not much on the waiver wire in the way of running backs this week. Johnson, however, could end up being a gem. In a contract year, Ben Tate wanted to prove that he was tough and could stay on the field. As a result, he has been playing through four broken ribs for weeks. Reports seem to be indicating that Tate aggravated the injury in Week 15, and with the Texans eliminated from the playoffs, Tate may shut it down and get ready for free agency. That would leave Johnson as the Texans' lead back against the Broncos' solid run defense. Johnson - a rookie - has averaged 4.2 yards per carry on 37 attempts this season. If Tate doesn't play, Johnson will get enough touches to earn consideration as a starter in fantasy lineups.
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