By Adam Filadelfo (@FNTSYArchitect)
For most owners, this week marks the culmination of the fantasy football
season. The fantasy football championship. By now, every owner's roster
should be set. Of course there's always an injury that pops up along
the way and the waiver wire may just produce one more gem that can help
needy fantasy owners take home the gold. For owners heading over to
their waiver wire, there may just be a player or two waiting to help you
win a championship.
Joseph Randle- Running Back- Dallas Cowboys- With the hand surgery to
DeMarco Murray looming over every Murray owner just in time for
championship week, run to the waiver wire and add Joseph Randle right
now. With one of the best offensive lines in the NFL, Randle could be
the key to winning a championship. While he's clearly no DeMarco Murray,
he is capable of helping Murray owners in need of a running back. The
opponent for week 16 is a favorable match up for any running back as the
Colts are allowing almost 26 fantasy points per week to opposing backs.
In the limited playing time Randle has seen this season, he's rushed
for 237 yards and two touchdowns while catching two balls on two targets
for 13 yards. While he may not be PPR gold, he sure will get Murray
owners out of trouble when they need him most.
Lance Dunbar- Running Back- Dallas Cowboys- For fantasy owners that
weren't able to get Joseph Randle off of their waiver wire, go grab the
next best thing in Lance Dunbar. While it remains to be seen whether
DeMarco Murray plays in week 16 or not, it also remains to be seen which
running back gets the call for week 16 as well if Murray can't go.
While most fantasy owners believe it will be Joseph Randle, Lance Dunbar
is the back that has more value in PPR formats. With 20 targets on the
season in limited playing time, Dunbar has 16 catches for over 200
yards. As of now, the Cowboys have given no answers to the running back
situation for championship week so if you can grab both Randle and
Dunbar, even better. If you miss out on one, you can always grab the
other. Even if you're not a DeMarco Murray owner.
Robert Griffin III- Quarterback- Washington Redskins- While the third
year signal caller has been on waiver wires for most of the season, he
may be ready to help fantasy owners win a championship in week 16. After
coming in for the injured Colt McCoy last week, Robert Griffin III
passed for 236 yards and a touchdown while rushing for another 46 yards
on five attempts. He completed 66.7 percent of his passes and scored
over 20 fantasy points. Of course no fantasy owner had Robert Griffin
III in their starting lineup but looking ahead to week 16, there is
still value in the Washington quarterback and against a Philadelphia
defense that's allowing the second most fantasy points per week to
opposing quarterbacks, he may just help fantasy owners fill a need at
Harry Douglas- Wide Receiver- Atlanta Falcons- If Julio Jones or Roddy
White were to miss week 16 for any reason, Harry Douglas can be counted
on to fill the void. He was a smart play in week 15 when fantasy owners
learned that top wide out Julio Jones would miss the game and Douglas
came through for fantasy owners wise enough to pick him up. He scored
over 13 fantasy points in week 15 and helped propel fantasy owners to
their championship game. He finished with 131 yards and with a week 16
matchup versus a poor Saints defense allowing almost 38 fantasy points
to wide receivers, Harry Douglas will once again come through for
fantasy owners should either White or Jones miss the game to determine
who wins the NFC South.
Doug Martin- Running Back- Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Had I wrote about Doug
Martin being worth a waiver wire add a few weeks ago, I would have been
laughed at. Heading into championship week, Doug Martin just may have
some value yet. After just coming up short in week 15 of scoring double
digit fantasy points, Martin now has two productive games in the last
three weeks with the only dud in those three weeks coming against a top
run defense in the Detroit Lions. In week 16, Muscle Hamster faces a
Green Bay defense allowing almost 23 fantasy per game to the running
back and could help fantasy owners when they need him most,
C.J. Spiller- Running Back- Buffalo Bills- While Spiller is eligible to
come off of the short term injured reserve this week, it remains to be
seen if the Bills will even activate him for the week 16 game. With Fred
Jackson, Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown all on the roster and running
well in the absence of Spiller, fantasy owners may be hesitant to even
take a chance on adding him for the biggest game of the fantasy season.
Those fantasy owners in desperate need of a running back may just want
to make the move of adding Spiller as he is capable of having big games.
The week 16 opponent in the Oakland Raiders doesn't hurt his value
either. The Raiders are the second worst team when it comes to defending
against the run and Spiller hasn't had a better matchup all season.
Ryan Lindley- Quarterback- Arizona Cardinals- Let's face facts here. If
you're a fantasy owner looking to add a quarterback at this juncture,
you probably wouldn't be in this position playing for a championship.
And if you're a fantasy owner looking at Ryan Lindley, you're really in
trouble. Coming in for an injured Drew Stanton last week, Lindley
underwhelmed completing four of his ten passes for a measly 30 yards.
The Cardinals and fantasy owners are in trouble if relying on Ryan
Lindley for any amount of time.
Shonn Greene- Running Back- Tennessee Titans- At this point, adding any
player from the Titans means fantasy owners are desperate and adding
Shonn Greene is further proof of that. Starting tailback and rookie
Bishop Sankey has been a colossal disappointment this season while Shonn
Green has been nothing more than a plodder whose best game for fantasy
purposes has been week three where he scored 9.3 fantasy points. If
fantasy owners are completely desperate heading into week 16, Greene
does have a favorable matchup versus the Jaguars who are allowing the
fifth most fantasy points to the running back. Hopefully it doesn't come
down to needing Shonn Greene to win a championship.
Andre Holmes- Wide Receiver- Oakland Raiders- Let's be honest, what
fantasy owner would want to own any player from the silver and black?
Andre Holmes had 12 targets last week and only managed to bring in five
of them for 70 yards while scoring seven fantasy points in the process.
It's the most fantasy points he's scored since week eight and with Derek
Carr attempting 56 passes last week, still can't be trusted heading
into the biggest game of the season for them. It also hurts Holmes'
value in that he faces a top 12 defense when it comes to shutting down
wide receivers in the Buffalo Bills.