Mike Boone, RB, Minnesota
Boone was the hot pick-up this week after his monster two touchdown effort in Week 15. Dalvin Cook went down late in the first half against the Chargers and since Alexander Mattison was inactive with an ankle injury, it was Boone’s backfield for the rest of the game. He had 13 carries for 56 yards and was running hard the entire second half. Cook is unlikely to play this weekend so it’s looking like Boone will have a full load against the Packers Monday night. He needs to be in your lineup for the fantasy finals if you were lucky enough to get him.
Dak Prescott, QB, Dallas
Prescott hasn’t exactly been playing well over the last month. He has just five touchdown passes and two interceptions over his last four games and his team is 1-3 over that span. Part of the decline in numbers is because Dak is playing with a shoulder injury so the Cowboys have been heavily relying on Ezekiel Elliott to carry the load. I don’t trust Prescott at all this week at Philadelphia in what will most likely be an ugly divisional battle. There are better options on the wire than Dak in Week 16.
Adrian Peterson, RB, Washington
Yes that Adrian Peterson is on the fantasy radar this week since he is the starter for the last few weeks of the season. He filled in admirably for Derrius Guice last week posting 66 yards and a score on 16 carries. Peterson gets an appetizing draw in Week 16 against the Giants terrible defense and should at the very least replicate last week’s output. Treat AP as a low-end RB2 in a plus matchup.
Greg Ward, WR, Philadelphia
Ward was very productive last week by default, but it still counts nonetheless. With Alshon Jeffery, DeSean Jackson and Nelson Agholor all injured, Ward took full control of the opportunity. He caught seven balls for 61 yards and the game-winning touchdown in Week 15 against the Redskins. Ward saw nine targets and was the only other player Carson Wentz looked for other than Zach Ertz. Ertz will lead the Eagles in targets yet again in Week 16, but Ward now has a serious role and should see at least six to eight targets against the Cowboys in a huge game with playoff implications.
Lock of the Week
Marlon Mack, RB, Indianapolis
Mack hasn’t had a good game since Week 11, but that will change in Week 16. It should be pointed out that he didn’t play in Week 12 or 13 and only saw 24 carries combined the last two weeks while the Colts work him back into game shape. What better team to go against hoping for a bounce back than the Panthers. They’ve allowed the most fantasy points on the season to opposing running backs so look for the run-heavy Colts offense to lean on Mack early and often. He should surpass the 100 yard mark and find pay dirt for his owners in the fantasy finals.