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Published: Dec. 18, 2016 at 11:27 p.m.
Updated: Dec. 18, 2016 at 11:33 p.m.

Week 16 fantasy football waiver wire

Well, it all comes down to this. If you're reading this column you've likely advanced to a fantasy football championship. Or your league still has you playing into Week 17 (which is insane, by the way). Regardless, congratulations and thanks for reading. Hopefully this column has helped you along the way, and can prove useful to you one last time. I tried to limit my suggestions below to potential plug-and-play spot starts since, well, this is basically the end. Please, hold back your tears. Anyway, this will make writing my Deep Dive column tomorrow quite a task, but oh well. Here's to a wild fantasy season quickly coming to a close. Good luck!

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  • A running back for the first time (officially) this year in our fantasy game, Montgomery delivered with a dominant performance. He racked up a week-leading 162 rushing yards on just 16 carries with two touchdowns to boot. Montgomery played on 83 percent of the offensive snaps and looks to have a clear lead on the featured back duties ahead of Christine Michael. If Montgomery is available, add him immediately. The Vikings just let Frank Gore rack up over 100 total yards against them, so the younger, faster Montgomery could be in line for another solid outing. 10

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    Ty Montgomery, RB, Green Bay Packers - 15 percent owned

    A running back for the first time (officially) this year in our fantasy game, Montgomery delivered with a dominant performance. He racked up a week-leading 162 rushing yards on just 16 carries with two touchdowns to boot. Montgomery played on 83 percent of the offensive snaps and looks to have a clear lead on the featured back duties ahead of Christine Michael. If Montgomery is available, add him immediately. The Vikings just let Frank Gore rack up over 100 total yards against them, so the younger, faster Montgomery could be in line for another solid outing.

  • One week after it looked as if Dixon was going to rip the Baltimore backfield from Terrance West's hands, the veteran came back with a strong performance. Dixon didn't go away, though, and even found the end zone in the team's win over the Eagles. Dixon should be on the radar for owners with a need at running back as the Ravens travel to Pittsburgh next week. While West may be the lead back, Dixon could find success against Pittsburgh through the air. The Steelers allow the third-most receiving yards to backs heading into Week 15. 9

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    Kenneth Dixon, RB, Baltimore Ravens - 21.9 percent owned

    One week after it looked as if Dixon was going to rip the Baltimore backfield from Terrance West's hands, the veteran came back with a strong performance. Dixon didn't go away, though, and even found the end zone in the team's win over the Eagles. Dixon should be on the radar for owners with a need at running back as the Ravens travel to Pittsburgh next week. While West may be the lead back, Dixon could find success against Pittsburgh through the air. The Steelers allow the third-most receiving yards to backs heading into Week 15.

  • Farrow fell far short of expectations filling in for Melvin Gordon with just 53 total yards and a fumble against the Raiders. However, what we're targeting here is opportunity, and Farrow out-touched Ronnie Hillman 17 to 7 and out-snapped him 41 to 13. Next week, Farrow should find the going much easier when the Chargers travel to face the lowly Cleveland Browns, who can't stop the run at all. They allow 4.7 yards per carry on the year and have conceded 19 total touchdowns to running backs. 8

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    Kenneth Farrow, RB, San Diego Chargers - 11.3 percent owned

    Farrow fell far short of expectations filling in for Melvin Gordon with just 53 total yards and a fumble against the Raiders. However, what we're targeting here is opportunity, and Farrow out-touched Ronnie Hillman 17 to 7 and out-snapped him 41 to 13. Next week, Farrow should find the going much easier when the Chargers travel to face the lowly Cleveland Browns, who can't stop the run at all. They allow 4.7 yards per carry on the year and have conceded 19 total touchdowns to running backs.

  • Over the last four games, Inman averages 6.5 targets, 4.75 catches, and 76.5 receiving yards per game. Travis Benjamin is still dealing with a knee injury and Tyrell Williams left Sunday's game with a concussion. As a result Inman could be force-fed targets next week when the Chargers take on the Browns. Those looking for a nice flex play with upside could call up Inman from the waiver wire this week. 7

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    Dontrelle Inman, WR, San Diego Chargers - 8.9 percent owned

    Over the last four games, Inman averages 6.5 targets, 4.75 catches, and 76.5 receiving yards per game. Travis Benjamin is still dealing with a knee injury and Tyrell Williams left Sunday's game with a concussion. As a result Inman could be force-fed targets next week when the Chargers take on the Browns. Those looking for a nice flex play with upside could call up Inman from the waiver wire this week.

  • Stills has been a boom-or-bust fantasy play for most of his career, but lately he's been exploding for fantasy owners -- in a good way as he has a touchdown reception in three of his last four games. In that same span he ranks second on the team in targets (21), and is third in the league in yards per reception (20.2) among players with at least 15 targets. The Bills have allowed 44 receptions of 20 plus yards this year, which ranks in the bottom half of the league. There's obvious risk starting Stills, but the upside is there to chase. 6

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    Kenny Stills, WR, Miami Dolphins - 5.2 percent owned

    Stills has been a boom-or-bust fantasy play for most of his career, but lately he's been exploding for fantasy owners -- in a good way as he has a touchdown reception in three of his last four games. In that same span he ranks second on the team in targets (21), and is third in the league in yards per reception (20.2) among players with at least 15 targets. The Bills have allowed 44 receptions of 20 plus yards this year, which ranks in the bottom half of the league. There's obvious risk starting Stills, but the upside is there to chase.

  • Bryce Petty and Anderson have an obvious on-field connection, as the rookie wideout has accounted for 25.8 percent of Petty's targets in 2016. They connected on four of five targets for 80 yards and a touchdown on Saturday night, though Petty left that game with a chest injury. If Petty is healthy enough to start in Week 16 against the Patriots, Anderson will be in play in fantasy. However, if Ryan Fitzpatrick is back under center Anderson needs to be benched. Since Week 10 Fitzpatrick has targeted Anderson on just 7.4 percent of his attempts. 5

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    Robby Anderson, WR, New York Jets - 0.6 percent owned

    Bryce Petty and Anderson have an obvious on-field connection, as the rookie wideout has accounted for 25.8 percent of Petty's targets in 2016. They connected on four of five targets for 80 yards and a touchdown on Saturday night, though Petty left that game with a chest injury. If Petty is healthy enough to start in Week 16 against the Patriots, Anderson will be in play in fantasy. However, if Ryan Fitzpatrick is back under center Anderson needs to be benched. Since Week 10 Fitzpatrick has targeted Anderson on just 7.4 percent of his attempts.

  • Even with Alshon Jeffery back in the lineup for the Bears, Meredith led the team with 13 targets against the Packers. Over the last four weeks, Meredith has logged 34 targets, 20 receptions, 262 yards and one touchdown. Meredith should largely avoid Josh Norman next week when the Bears face Washington, as he lines up in the slot (where Norman rarely travels) on 63 percent of his snaps over the last month. Meredith started seeing more targets when the Bears fell behind in Week 15, and that could be the case again next week so his volume isn't terribly at risk. 4

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    Cameron Meredith, WR, Chicago Bears - 7.1 percent owned

    Even with Alshon Jeffery back in the lineup for the Bears, Meredith led the team with 13 targets against the Packers. Over the last four weeks, Meredith has logged 34 targets, 20 receptions, 262 yards and one touchdown. Meredith should largely avoid Josh Norman next week when the Bears face Washington, as he lines up in the slot (where Norman rarely travels) on 63 percent of his snaps over the last month. Meredith started seeing more targets when the Bears fell behind in Week 15, and that could be the case again next week so his volume isn't terribly at risk.

  • With C.J. Fiedorowicz out with a concussion, Griffin stepped up as the No. 1 tight end in Houston and caught all eight of his targets against the Jaguars for 85 yards. Over the last month, Griffin has caught 18 of 21 targets for 179 yards and one touchdown. If Fiedorowicz misses next week as well, Griffin will be a top streaming option. He faces a Bengals defense that has allowed more receiving yards to the position (1,010) than any other team in the league. 3

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    Ryan Griffin, TE, Houston Texans - 1.4 percent owned

    With C.J. Fiedorowicz out with a concussion, Griffin stepped up as the No. 1 tight end in Houston and caught all eight of his targets against the Jaguars for 85 yards. Over the last month, Griffin has caught 18 of 21 targets for 179 yards and one touchdown. If Fiedorowicz misses next week as well, Griffin will be a top streaming option. He faces a Bengals defense that has allowed more receiving yards to the position (1,010) than any other team in the league.

  • Henry is still playing behind Antonio Gates but has been dominant in the red zone over the last five games with six targets coming his way which he's turned into four scores. The next closest player in targets has ... two. Coming up for Henry is a Cleveland team that has allowed a league-high 12 touchdowns to tight ends. The Browns are so bad at covering tight ends that they let Charles Clay finish as the TE2 for Week 15 against them, and Clay had just two prior top-10 finishes. Henry will be worth streaming in fantasy championships. 2

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    Hunter Henry, TE, San Diego Chargers - 16.2 percent owned

    Henry is still playing behind Antonio Gates but has been dominant in the red zone over the last five games with six targets coming his way which he's turned into four scores. The next closest player in targets has ... two. Coming up for Henry is a Cleveland team that has allowed a league-high 12 touchdowns to tight ends. The Browns are so bad at covering tight ends that they let Charles Clay finish as the TE2 for Week 15 against them, and Clay had just two prior top-10 finishes. Henry will be worth streaming in fantasy championships.

  • Look, starting Colin Kaepernick in your fantasy championship might seem a bit foolish. OK, probably pretty damn foolish. But depending on who you have as a primary signal-caller, you may want to consider it. Kaepernick has five top-10 weekly fantasy finishes in his last seven games and is set to face a Rams defense that is allowing the third-most fantasy points to quarterbacks over the last month with a 10-to-1 touchdown-to-interception ratio. I'm not saying add him and start him over an elite passer, but if you're rolling the dice at quarterback at least go with the guy who's been successful (in fantasy) of late. 1

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    Colin Kaepernick, QB, San Francisco 49ers - 11 percent owned

    Look, starting Colin Kaepernick in your fantasy championship might seem a bit foolish. OK, probably pretty damn foolish. But depending on who you have as a primary signal-caller, you may want to consider it. Kaepernick has five top-10 weekly fantasy finishes in his last seven games and is set to face a Rams defense that is allowing the third-most fantasy points to quarterbacks over the last month with a 10-to-1 touchdown-to-interception ratio. I'm not saying add him and start him over an elite passer, but if you're rolling the dice at quarterback at least go with the guy who's been successful (in fantasy) of late.