Fantasy Football Waiver Wire: Week 16 Targets to Pursue

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistDecember 18, 2012

Fantasy Football Waiver Wire: Week 16 Targets to Pursue

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    Trying to identify the top waiver-wire additions during Championship Week in fantasy football is a bit tricky.

    Folks eliminated from the playoffs generally give up on playing the wire, teams in the championship rounds generally don't have any holes to fill and at this point in the season, most of the hidden gems have been discovered and the market is bare.

    But teams can always use improvements, and there is always help to be had on the waiver wire if you know where to look. So with that in mind, I compiled seven players I think you should at least consider adding this week.

    From two quarterbacks who could give you a bump if you need help at the position to the ultimate high-risk, high-reward receiver, the following players could be the difference between hoisting a fantasy title and finishing another season without a championship to your name.

Joseph Morgan, WR, New Orleans Saints

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    Disclaimer: Joseph Morgan is a risky, boom-or-bust player that should only be added if you are in a deep league, have no depth at wide receiver and don't mind taking a walk on the wild side.

    Now that we got that out of the way, here's what we know: Morgan is barely owned by anyone, and he's reached double-digit fantasy points the past two weeks. However, he's only gotten four receptions and five targets in those weeks. 

    Yes, his value is completely reliant on Drew Brees hitting him down the field. But if you're feeling lucky, Morgan has established himself as a deep threat Brees will look for in the game, and with one play he could make you look very, very smart.

Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks

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    There are so many reasons I don't want to recommend Russell Wilson to you. For one, his epic performance this past weekend knocked me out of my yearly fantasy league I do with my hometown buddies, in a year when my team was atop the standings all season long.

    For another, he plays the San Francisco 49ers this week, a difficult matchup for any quarterback. And truthfully, I don't really trust the Seahawks offense, especially the passing game.

    But one thing I can't deny is that Wilson has become a pretty viable fantasy quarterback. He's scored at least 15 fantasy points in seven of his past nine games. He's eclipsed 20 points four times in that span. Even if he doesn't have a great day passing the ball, he's a very good rushing quarterback.

    Chances are, if you are in the championship you have a better option at quarterback. But if you're really hurting at the position and you feel better trying your luck on the waiver wire, Wilson is worth a look.

Danny Amendola, WR, St. Louis Rams

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    At the start of the season he was one of the hottest fantasy commodities around, impressing owners with his production as the St. Louis Rams' top receiver. Then he got hurt. Then he came back and was en vogue once more. Then—you guessed it—he got hurt again. And now he's back, and fresh off of scoring 13 points for fantasy owners in standard-scoring leagues.

    Perhaps we should start calling him Danny "The Roller-Coaster" Amendola.

    Regardless of what you might call him, Amendola is a great addition to your team if he's available on the waiver wire and you could really use a player to plug into the flex this week. He's still the best receiver on the Rams, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers allow 29.1 fantasy points to opposing wideouts, worst in the NFL.

    Go take a ride on the roller-coaster.

Mark Ingram, RB, New Orleans Saints

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    Trying to figure out the New Orleans Saints backfield from a fantasy perspective is maddening. Darren Sproles is a legitimate option, and Pierre Thomas and Chris Ivory have each spent time as the top gun for the Saints.

    But the guy I think you want these days is Mark Ingram, and there's a good chance you can get him on the waiver wire. He's scored at least six fantasy points in six of the last seven weeks. He has 27 carries in the past two games, including rushing 14 times for 90 yards and a touchdown on Sunday.

    If there is a top first-and-second-down option on this team, it appears to be Ingram. And while his upside is capped, he should give owners who need a fill-in flex play anywhere from 7-12 fantasy points this week against the Dallas Cowboys. 

Dennis Pitta, TE, Baltimore Ravens

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    Suddenly, Dennis Pitta is a part of the Ravens offense again. After disappearing for fantasy owners in the middle of the season, Pitta has scored double-digit fantasy points in consecutive weeks and in four of his past six games.

    For much of the year, Pitta's value has been tied solely to touchdowns, since he doesn't get enough targets or yards to reward owners when he doesn't reach pay dirt. But in the past two weeks, he's caught 12 passes for 171 yards and two touchdowns.

    Hopefully, that signals a new emphasis on getting the talented tight end the ball. If you're hurting at tight end, Pitta is worth a waiver addition.

Vick Ballard, RB, Indianapolis Colts

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    With Donald Brown on the injured reserve, Vick Ballard has now posted three straight weeks of double-digit fantasy points for owners. And this week he faces a Kansas City Chiefs defense that has allowed 19.5 fantasy points to opposing running backs per week, ranking 25th in the NFL.

    This one is pretty simple. If Ballard is available in your league—he's owned by just 65.2 percent of ESPN owners and 50 percent of Yahoo! owners—snag him immediately.

Colin Kaepernick, QB, San Francisco 49ers

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    I don't know why, but Colin Kaepernick is owned in just 54.3 percent of ESPN leagues and 53 percent of Yahoo! leagues. Frankly, I'm disappointed in you, America.

    Kaepernick has scored 18 or more fantasy points in all but one of his starts. He's the wonderful blend of a quarterback that is dangerous on the ground but still steady and reliable as a passer. He's on an offense that utilizes his skills. He's going to be a hot commodity at next year's draft.

    Sure, the Niners play the Seahawks this weekend, so adding him for the championship game is a slight risk. Still, I firmly believe he's a solid addition to your team if you've been toiling with poor quarterbacks all season long, and there's a good chance he's available in your league.