2012 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire: Week 16 Targets to Consider

James Hatfield Correspondent IIIDecember 17, 2012

Dec 16, 2012; Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) meets San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) at midfield after the game at Gillette Stadium. The San Francisco 49ers won 41-34.  Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports
Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Are you still in your playoffs? Here is a list of the top waiver wire targets for Week 16 that can be slotted in for injuries or under-performers.


5 Star Pick-ups

David Wilson (RB, NYG): He's Splitting carries with Lumpkin, but if Bradshaw is out again next week then Wilson will be worth a spot start. Wilson also will be up to receive some catches as well. Wilson plays special teams as well if your league gives you special teams points.

Colin Kaepernick (QB, SF): We have been talking about Kaepernick for a couple weeks now. His play is very similar to Cam Newton and he is dangerous in the air and on the ground. If your QB has been under-performing you can take a chance with Kaepernick.

Vick Ballard (RB, IND): The pass happy Colts may have found an RB. Ballard is getting enough work at this point to potentially be a spot starter. I would imagine he is not on your waiver wire, but if he is then go grab him.


4 Star Pick-ups

James Jones (WR, GB): James Jones has more touchdowns than Brandon Marshall. If you are in a TD league Jones is a very nice spot starter. He is a recommended pick-up for next week.

DeAngelo Williams (RB, CAR): He has found his way on the list the past three weeks, so hoping you at least stashed him. If you are coming up against an RB injury then Williams is fairly serviceable if Stewart remains out.

TY Hilton (WR, IND): Finding a way to put up solid fantasy points every week. Hilton gives you tons of upside in Indy's pass happy offense. Hilton is worth strong consideration in all formats.

Cecil Shorts (WR, JAX): Did someone drop him after his concussion a couple weeks back? If Shorts is available he is worth grabbing especially in PPR leagues.


3 Star Pick-ups

Dennis Pitta (TE, BAL): Again only for PPR leagues, but Pitta is nice in the fact that he does find the end zone. He has been targeted much more recently and is finally giving a bit more consistency. At this point he should only be used as a spot starter.

Brandon Gibson (WR, StL): Bradford stated that he really trusts Gibson, which is a good sign for a team that needs to throw the ball. Gibson is good for five catches a week with TD upside if you are looking for a spot starter.

Curtis Brinkley/Jackie Battle (RB, SD): With Matthews now breaking his other collarbone, Brinkley and Battle will take over. Both backs are not recommended for your playoffs unless you have no other choice. Battle is a safer play while Brinkley has a bit more upside.


2 Star Pick-ups

Josh Gordon/Greg Little (WR, CLE): PPR league owners only apply here; Gordon and Little have been up and down, but they do give you some PPR upside. Cleveland plays from behind frequently so there is a good amount of opportunity for garbage time catches.

Kirk Cousins (QB, WAS): Didn't look too bad against the Browns, but not a recommended pick-up and play at this point unless you are in a two QB league, then you could give him some consideration.


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