Week 16 Waiver Wire Pickup Report

Crabtree has a dream matchup on Monday Night against Atlanta

Crabtree has a dream matchup on Monday Night against Atlanta

Week 16 is here and it’s championship week for a majority of fantasy leagues.  Wes Welker’s status is still unknown for this week and Larry Fitzgerald may be sidelined with a concussion.

It’s time to pick up the missing piece to a fantasy football championship or possibly keep the missing piece away from your opponent. Michael Crabtree, Andre Caldwell and Delanie Walker lead the crop of Week 16 WR – TE waiver wire targets.

Micahel Crabtree (SF – WR)

Michael Crabtree is the answer to a lot of fantasy football owners prayers.  When healthy, he’s an elite receiver playing on a team that’s fighting to get in the playoffs and has a dream Week 16 match-up against the Atlanta Falcons.

Crabtree appeared on the Fantasy Buzzer waiver wire list three weeks ago in large part due to his Week 16 match-up.  Crabtree had tough match-ups the last three weeks (his first of the season) but has shown progress in each game.  Crabtree is coming off his best week of his short season racking up five catches for 45 yards and a touchdown.

Crabtree will be flying off of waivers this week and should be considered a high end WR3 and Flex play this week. Even if you don’t plan on starting him this week, grab him if he’s available to keep away from your opponent.

Andre Caldwell (WR – DEN)

Many owners are scrambling for a replacement for Wes Welker who may be out the rest of the regular season with a concussion.  There is no reason to look any further than his replacement, Andre Caldwell.

Caldwell filled in for Welker on Thursday night and put up really nice numbers hauling in six passes for 59 yards and two touchdowns. Welker’s status is still uncertain but many experts are speculating that Welker won’t play for the remainder of the regular season.  With opposing defenses having to key on three or four other Broncos it’s safe to say that Caldwell will get his share of single coverage opportunities.

Caldwell is a bit of a stretch to start in a championship game but with Peyton Manning throwing him the ball, he’s sure to get several quality targets and is not a bad option in deeper leagues.

Delanie Walker ( TE – TEN)

Delanie Walker has been showing up on the Fantasy Buzzer waiver wire and sleeper list just about every week this season. With the lack of production at the tight end position, owners won’t find a better pickup at the tight end position

Walker has put up double-digit fantasy points in three of the last four games he’s played in.  Walker missed Week 14’s game with a concussion and was kicked to the curb by a lot of owners.  Walker bounced back from the concussion in Week 15 with eight catches for 53 yards and a touchdown and is primed to produce in Week 16.

Walker is only owned in 40% of Yahoo and 22.6% of ESPN fantasy leagues and should be considered as a a top 10 tight end this week playing against the Jaguars who are giving up the second most fantasy points to tight ends in the NFL.

Walker is another player who should be picked up to keep away from an owner struggling at the tight end position.

 

 

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