2017 Fantasy Football Waiver Report: December 22
Steve Pimental looks at the player's who make for solid waiver claims heading into Week 16 of the NFL season.
If you are still alive in your fantasy playoffs, there has been plenty of news this week that could affect your matchup. Hopefully your team is completely healthy, but if not, there are some last-minute adds that could save you from disaster. The players below are listed roughly in the order I would seek to add them. Each player is listed along with his ownership percentage in Yahoo! leagues.
Antonio Gates, TE, LAC (19%) – Remember him? I’m not 100 percent sure he has anything left in the tank, but we will find out now that Hunter Henry has been placed on IR. If Brate is owned, Gates is a fine play if you need to replace Henry or if you have been streaming tight ends this season.
Kapri Bibbs, RB, WAS (1%) – I mentioned Bibbs as a poor man’s Chris Thompson on Tuesday, but he has a chance to be much more than that after Samaje Perine was injured in practice Thursday. Denver’s defense hasn’t been elite for some time now, and if Bibbs has the running back job to himself, that is quite intriguing.
Elijhaa Penny, RB, ARI (6%) – Kerwynn Williams has not practiced yet this week, and Penny could get the bulk of the running back touches if Williams is out. The Giants have allowed the 9th most fantasy points to running backs this season, and Penny certainly has the size to be effective near the goal line.
Allen Hurns, WR, JAX (19%) – Hurns has been a limited participant in practice the last two days, and with Marqise Lee ruled out, Hurns has a chance to be the No. 1 receiver for Jacksonville against a 49ers defense that is not scary. That being said, he is far from a sure thing even if he plays, as Keelan Cole, Dede Westbrook and even Jaydon Mickens will be involved as well.
Kenny Golladay, WR, DET (9%) – With T.J. Jones on IR, Golladay could see an increase in snaps and targets against a Cincinnati defense that has not looked good the last few weeks. Golladay is averaging 16.8 yards per reception this season, and even a modest increase in targets could prove to be a big deal.
Sam Ficken, K, LAR (2%) – If you have been relying on Greg Zuerlein to this point, his best fantasy replacement is likely on his own team. Zuerlein has scored the most fantasy points of any kicker this season, and it hasn’t even been particularly close. Even if Ficken isn’t as accurate, he should get plenty of opportunities.