Week 16 Waiver Wire: Championship Push

Week 16 Waiver Wire: Championship Push
Ian O’Connor
December 20, 2022 at 12:53pm

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  • Brock Purdy – SF (22.6% registered ESPN; 21% Yahoo!)
    • Purdy may not be the best quarterback, but Jimmy has paid attention to football in more than 2 of his games since filling the G. He averages just over 200 passing yards per game with six touchdowns (plus a quick touchdown) on just one turnover. , good for the QB10 for the past three weeks. Given the talent around him and the upcoming matchups with Washington (17th highest FPPG allowed for QBs) and Las Vegas (7th highest), Purdy is in the deep/two QB leagues or if you’re looking for someone to replace a Jalen Hurts, it’s a viable option. is the publisher. .
  • Gardner Minshew – PHI (0.2% registered ESPN; 1% Yahoo!)
    • Minshew replaces Jalen Hurts for at least Week 16 rivalry with the Cowboys. Minshew has been in the top 14 of the QB in 14 of her 22 career start-ups, and has been in the top 12 of the QB in 8 of them, including five in the top 10. Dallas may seem like a tough match on the surface, but the Cowboys have only been 24th to pass in their last four games. With AJ Brown, DeVonta Smith, and returning Dallas Goedert, Minshew is a solid pennant against a struggling Cowboy defense in the corner.

running back

  • Zack Moss – IND (0.7% registered ESPN; 3% Yahoo!) and Deon Jackson – IND (11.9% ESPN; 7% Yahoo!)
    • Jonathan Taylor will be out of IR for a year, while Moss and Jackson will share the load the rest of the way. Moss took 24 shots for 81 yards with three goalless touchlines filling up Saturday, while Jackson fired 13 for 55 yards, reaching the end zone once from the air. Moss will likely get most of the early work done, while Jackson has typically been more of a pass catcher when there is no going back. However, both fullbacks saw similar workloads in the first half, and Moss had 13 moves at halftime. The schedule is fine for Moss, however, with the Chargers and Giants on schedule for fantasy semi-finals and finals, though Jackson could also work well enough with Indy playing from behind to be able to live in the deeper leagues if you miss Moss.
  • Halil Herbert – CHI (27.6% registered ESPN; 39% Yahoo!)
    • Herbert should return this week after missing four games due to a hip injury. This season has been more productive and explosive, and the Bears need to gain a role in the rest of the offensive. He may have been relieved in a tough game this week, but a league-winning FLEX game against the Lions in Week 17, but Detroit has been a lot better defensively lately. If available, it’s worth taking, especially if there’s another David Montgomery injury.

Wide Receiver

  • Marquise Goodwin – SEA (1.0% registered ESPN; 3% Yahoo!)
    • Goodwin stepped into the WR2 role for at least a week in Seattle with Tyler Lockett’s toe injury, and it’s a great week to have a major role. The Seahawks take on the Chiefs, who are 25th against the pass and have given wide receivers the 6th most fantasy points this year. This game has the 2nd highest total and the Seahawks are the weakest players in Week 16, so the Seahawks will likely be playing from behind and need to shoot. Goodwin produced limited deals this year, and a solid FLEX game this week.
  • Chris Moore- HOU (17.4% registered ESPN; 19% Yahoo!)
    • Moore has achieved a massive 39.2% target margin in the last two weeks with Brandin Cooks and Nico Collins in the league’s 5th highest positions. While he posted a spoof in a good spot against the Chiefs in Week 15, we can’t ignore the volume. Week 16 has an even bigger matchup against the Titans, who defended the pass at 31st place in their four-game losing streak and 23rd against WR1 this season, giving wide receivers the most fantasy points. With Cooks and Collins potentially out for another week, Moore is a good FLEX option.

Tight End

  • Chigoziem Okonkwo – TEN (14.8% registered ESPN; 29% Yahoo!)
    • Okonkwo has hit more than 5 goals in four games in a row, averaging over 50 yards per game. Okonkwo has been TE3 since Week 12, has the 9th highest share of goals among tough jobs in this range and leads the Titans in Week 15 goals. A team of Cowboys fighting on all levels of defense.
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