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Published: Dec. 16, 2012 at 11:01 p.m.

NFL fantasy football: Week 16 waiver wire

Need to improve your fantasy football roster? NFL.com has you covered! Each week, we'll offer up the 10 players you need to target off the waiver wire in that never-ending quest for a fantasy league championship. The number listed in parenthesis next to the player's name is the percentage of NFL.com leagues that he is still available as a free agent.

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  • 1. Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks (78.3 percent): 10

    1. Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks (78.3 percent):

    How is Wilson still a free agent in so many leagues? A member of this waiver wire article several times in the last few weeks, the Seahawks quarterback has scored 20-plus fantasy points in four of his last six games and took the Buffalo Bills for 39.40 fantasy points. He faces the San Francisco 49ers in Week 16. (Mike Groll/Associated Press)

  • 2. Cecil Shorts, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars (49.0 percent): 9

    2. Cecil Shorts, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars (49.0 percent):

    A lot of owners put Shorts (concussion) on waivers after he missed Week 14. Let their haste be your reward. The talented wideout returned to action last week, posting 101 yards and his fifth double-digit performance in his last five games. An upcoming matchup against the New England Patriots is favorable. (John Bazemore/Associated Press)

  • 3. Danny Amendola, WR, St. Louis Rams (53.7 percent): 8

    3. Danny Amendola, WR, St. Louis Rams (53.7 percent):

    It seems Amendola has been added and dropped more times this season than almost anyone, and now is the time to add him again. He returned from a bum heel to post 58 yards, one touchdown and 13.80 fantasy points. An even more valuable asset in PPR leagues, Amendola is a viable No. 3 option in Week 16 against the Bucs. (G. Newman Lowrance/Associated Press)

  • 4. T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts (64.4 percent): 7

    4. T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts (64.4 percent):

    Hilton has been in this space for multiple weeks. Still, he remains a free agent in a good number of NFL.com leagues. He has put up double-digit fantasy points four of his last seven games and has found the end zone five times in his last six contests. Hilton also has a great matchup next week in Kansas City. (Eric Gay/Associated Press)

  • 5. Vick Ballard, RB, Indianapolis Colts (65.1 percent): 6

    5. Vick Ballard, RB, Indianapolis Colts (65.1 percent):

    The Colts appear to have given a featured backfield role to Ballard, and he's played well with double-digit fantasy points in each of his last three games. While he's still no more than a flex option, it never hurts to add backfield depth to your fantasy roster during your postseason run to a title. (Dave Einsel/Associated Press)

  • 6. Sam Bradford, QB, st. Louis Rams (89.8 percent): 5

    6. Sam Bradford, QB, st. Louis Rams (89.8 percent):

    A sleeper quarterback on NFL.com last week, Bradford responded with 377 yards, three touchdowns and 27.98 fantasy points against the Minnesota Vikings. He has another great matchup coming up against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who have surrendered an absolute boatload of fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. (Scott Rovak/US Presswire)

  • 7. Dennis Pitta, TE, Baltimore Ravens (82.6 percent): 4

    7. Dennis Pitta, TE, Baltimore Ravens (82.6 percent):

    Pitta, listed a start 'em tight end on NFL.com in Week 14, put up a monster stat line with 125 yards, two scores and 24.50 fantasy points versus the Denver Broncos. He has now scored 10 or more fantasy points in three of his last four games, so owners who need a tight end should grab him for championship week. (Nick Wass/Associated Press)

  • 8. Jackie Battle, RB, San Diego Chargers (90.9 percent): 3

    8. Jackie Battle, RB, San Diego Chargers (90.9 percent):

    Ryan Mathews (broken clavicle) was injured against the Carolina Panthers, so Battle or Curtis Brinkley could start against the New York Jets. Based on this good matchup, the potential starter could have some deep-league appeal. Keep tabs on NFL.com to find out the latest on the Chargers backfield situation. (Kevin Terrell/Associated Press)

  • 9. Dexter McCluster, WR, Kansas City Chiefs (98.8 percent): 2

    9. Dexter McCluster, WR, Kansas City Chiefs (98.8 percent):

    With Dwayne Bowe done for the season, Jonathan Baldwin and Steve Breaston all but invisible and little help from the running game, McCluster caught seven passes and recorded 59 yards against the Oakland Raiders. He will have some PPR value next week against the Colts and their questionable pass defense. (Paul Spinelli/Associated Press)

  • 10. Rod Streater, WR, Oakland Raiders (99.0 percent): 1

    10. Rod Streater, WR, Oakland Raiders (99.0 percent):

    Streater has been on a hot streak, posting double-digit fantasy points in two of his last three games. While he has just 62 yards against the Kansas City Chiefs, Streater still tied Denarius Moore for the team lead in catches. He also has more points than Moore and Darrius Heyward-Bey in the last four weeks. (Kevin Terrell/Associated Press)

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