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GRAB BAG: Week 16

Are you still with us? Well, welcome to championship week! It’s the time we’ve all been looking forward to. Everything that has happened to this point is irrelevant. Now it’s time to make that final reach for a coveted fantasy league title and bragging rights for the next 8 months. The players that go you here may not be the only players you can count on. Let’s see what we’ve got to add to your team.

RB Jeff Wilson – San Francisco 49ers

** Note: Wilson did suffer an injury that forced him out of the game in the fourth quarter this past week. It’s something we are keeping an eye on. Assuming he can play..

Jeff Wilson took over the lead running back duties when Raheem Mostert went down with an ankle injury. Wilson netted 60 rushing yards on 16 carries and scored against the Cowboys. Aside from Wilson and Mostert, only 5 carries were taken by the other San Francisco runners. The bulk of the carries will go to Wilson should Mostert miss the next game.

Arizona represents a moderate matchup for Wilson and the 49ers in Week 16. The Cardinals haven’t allowed an 80 yard rusher since Week 4 but have allowed 5 running back touchdowns in the last 4 weeks. Wilson can be found on the waiver wire in less than 50% of fantasy leagues. A tough find, but worth it if you can add him this week.

QB Jalen Hurts – Philadelphia Eagles

The rookie quarterback had his big NFL breakout in Week 15 against the Cardinals. He threw for 338 yards and three touchdowns while also running for 63 yards and another touchdown. Jalen Hurts looks like the new future of the Eagles’ passing game for a team with playoff aspirations. His ability to turn a broken passing play into positive yards gives him a really safe floor for fantasy.

Hurts and the Eagles will be heading to Dallas for Week 16. The Cowboys defense has been vulnerable due to the inconsistencies with the offense. Available in more than 60% of fantasy leagues, Hurts is a great streaming option this week. You should even consider adding him just to keep him off of your opponent’s team.

TE Tyler Higbee – Los Angeles Rams

Tyler Higbee’s season has definitely not been what fantasy players were expecting. After scoring three touchdowns in Week 2, he has been very underwhelming. However, he registered a season-high 67 receiving yards in Week 15. In the last three weeks, Higbee is averaging 12.5 yards per catch with two total touchdowns. To cap things off, his routes run have also been significantly higher than Gerald Everett in that span.

Going into Seattle in Week 16 will be interesting for Higbee. His previous season-high of 60 receiving yards was against the Seahawks in Week 10. Higbee is still unrostered in nearly 50% of fantasy leagues. He did well against Seattle once this year and there is no reason to think that he won’t do it again.

WR Russell Gage – Atlanta Falcons

With Julio Jones missing another game this year, Russell Gage stepped into the starting role for the Falcons in Week 15. He caught 5 of 10 targets for 68 receiving yards and a score. He has been targeted 25 times in his last three games. If Jones sits out again, we can expect another game of fantasy goodness from Gage.

Kansas City will host the Falcons in Week 16. The Chiefs have been a tough opponent for fantasy wide receivers this season, but a high scoring shootout is a possibility; making Gage a valuable play. Gage is unrostered in more than 75% of leagues – an easier find. He makes for a very good flex or third wide receiver play for your team.

RB Tony Pollard – Dallas Cowboys

Ezekiel Elliott was held out of the Week 15 game with San Francisco which opened the door for Tony Pollard to be the bellcow for the Cowboys, handling 12 carries and 6 receptions for 132 total yards and two touchdowns. The next most used ball-carrier was Rico Dowdle with 4 hand-offs. If Elliott misses another game, you can lock in Pollard for another big workload.

Week 16 brings the Eagles to town. Philadelphia has allowed over 90 yards to running backs with at least 18 touches in their last 5 games. Pollard is still available in about 55% of Yahoo fantasy leagues and nearly 80% of ESPN fantasy leagues. He could be a league winning running back if Elliott continues to miss time.

About Benjamin Ditlevson

I may be new to the Fantasy Football writing game, but I've been giving winning advice to friends and family for years. I have run numerous leagues including my league of record for 18 years. If I'm not working/studying Fantasy Football, I'm spending time with my wife and my furry, long-eared kids, Cinna and Grayson.