Fantasy Week 16 waiver wire pickups: Tony Pollard, Jalen Hurts

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It’s do-or-die in Week 16 in the final week of the fantasy season.

Congratulations to the elite managers, who have navigated player opt-outs, last-minute postponements, COVID-19 outbreaks and a rash of injuries to star players throughout this tumultuous and unprecedented fantasy season.

If you’re playing in the championships this week, don’t forget to check out waivers his week for streaming options and injury fill-ins.

Below you will find players at each position who are all rostered in fewer than 50% of leagues that are worth targeting this week on the waiver wire.

Players are ranked by roster percentage on Yahoo and all fantasy points are calculated in half PPR scoring.

Quarterbacks

Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns (47% rostered)

Mayfield delivered solid numbers against the Giants’ above average defense in Week 15 and completed 27 of 32 attempts for 297 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions, good enough to finish as QB12. He gets a cakewalk matchup against the Jets in the championships, who have a highly exploitable secondary and are giving up the third-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this year.

Jalen Hurts, Philadelphia Eagles (39%)

Hurts shined for the second week in a row and finished as the top quarterback for fantasy in Week 15 against the Cardinals. He completed 24 of 44 passes for 338 yards, three touchdowns, zero interceptions and rushed 11 times for 63 yards and a rushing touchdown. He gets a juicy Week 16 matchup against the Cowboys, whose sieve-like defense is allowing the second-most total points per game (30.9). He is a top play this week and should be started in all leagues.

Running backs

Tony Pollard, Dallas Cowboys (46% rostered)

Pollard vaulted back onto our radar in Week 15 against the 49ers after Ezekiel Elliott was a surprise late scratch. He scored a pair of touchdowns on 12 carries for 69 yards, and caught six of nine targets for 63 yards. At this point, Elliott managers should prefer that he sits given his recent decline and Pollard’s performance. Assuming Elliott sits, Pollard will be a RB1 in Week 16 against the Eagles — who are allowing the ninth-most rushing yards this year.

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Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Pollard, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts
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Salvon Ahmed, Miami Dolphins (34%)

Ahmed returned from a three-game absence with a vengeance in Week 15 against the Patriots and tallied 23 rushes for 122 yards and a touchdown. The undrafted free agent became the Dolphins’ first 100-yard rusher this year and could remain relevant for fantasy if Myles Gaskin — who is on the COVID-19/reserve list — misses this game. He has RB2 potential and is worth an add heading into the final week of the fantasy season.

Lynn Bowden Jr., Miami Dolphins (27%)

Bowden delivered low-end RB3 numbers in Week 15 against the Patriots and saw one rush for nine yards and caught six of seven targets for 37 yards. This week, the versatile player with dual eligibility on most platforms gets a favorable matchup against the exploitable Raiders defense. He has flex appeal, especially in PPR or half-PPR formats.

Devine Ozigbo, Jacksonville Jaguars (< 1%)

Workhorse running back James Robinson suffered an ankle injury in Week 15 against the Ravens. It’s unclear if the injury will keep him from the Jaguars’ Week 16 matchup against the Bears. If he does, Ozigbo (and Dare Ogunbowale) would be next up on the Jacksonville running back depth chart. Robinson has been averaging almost 20 carries per game since Week 7, which means there are plenty of touches to go around. If he is healthy for this game, however, Ozigbo would be a total non-factor for fantasy.

Wide receivers

Rashard Higgins, Cleveland Browns (25% rostered)

Higgins came back down to earth slightly in Week 15 against the Giants. He still managed to catch four of five targets for 76 yards and gets to face off against a weak Jets secondary in Week 16. With Mayfield playing at a very high level of late, Higgins is worth consideration as a WR3/flex play.

Russell Gage, Atlanta Falcons (24%)

Gage delivered once again in Week 15 with Julio Jones out and scored for the third week in a row. He caught five of ten targets for 68 yards and a touchdown and finished as WR16. Jones’ status remains very much up-in-the-air for the remainder of the year, which puts Gage into flex consideration as well. The matchup isn’t stellar against the Chiefs’ strong secondary, but the game script will likely favor passing.

Darnell Mooney, Chicago Bears (10%)

The Bears offense appears to have turned a corner ever since Mitch Trubisky took over again in Week 12. Mooney has been a key part of that over the last two weeks and picked up touchdowns in each of those games. He caught four of five targets for 49 yards against Minnesota and gets an appealing Week 16 matchup against the the Jaguars, who are allowing the fifth-most passing yards this year.

Chad Hansen, Houston Texans (2%)

Hansen was highly efficient in Week 15 and caught two of three targets for 55 yards and a touchdown. He has outperformed KeKe Coutee over the last two weeks and might be the preferred receiver to roster not named Brandin Cooks. He is an interesting, widely available dart throw for deeper leagues this week against Cincinnati, who are middle-of-the-road against the pass.

Tight ends

Austin Hooper, Cleveland Browns (48% rostered)

Hooper saw a healthy six targets in the Browns’ win over the Giants in Week 15 and caught five passes for 41 yards and a touchdown. He is an attractive streamer heading into Week 16 with the porous Jets on deck and could easily finish inside the top 12 among tight ends.

Cole Kmet, Chicago Bears (12%)

Kmet disappointed fantasy managers in a big way in Week 15 and caught two of two targets for 12 yards. In the two games prior, the rookie had seen 14 targets and appeared to have separated himself from Jimmy Graham. The good news is that Kmet played almost every snap last week and is in an excellent bounce back spot against the Jaguars, who are giving up the seventh-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends. He also has streaming potential heading into the championships.



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