Week 16 Fantasy Football Rankings: Top 5 Players Available on the Waiver Wire
It's come down to this one week in fantasy football leagues across the land, as Week 16 brings with it, in the majority of leagues, that one last contest that will end with one team as champion.... It's Championship Week.
In all honesty, that also likely means that most folks won't be scouring their fantasy league's waiver wire for startable options for their title game, but if you do find yourself backed into that particular corner here are the top handful of players available on most fantasy football league's waiver wires for Week 16.
1. Kyle Orton: QB, Kansas City Chiefs
Week 15 Stats: 23-of-31, 299 yards
The steady play of quarterback Kyle Orton in his first start as a member of the Kansas City Chiefs was big part of their shocking win over the Green Bay Packers last week, and his favorable matchup with an Oakland Raiders team giving up the fifth most fantasy points per game to signal-callers makes Orton worth a look from teams desperate at quarterback.
2. Chris Ivory: RB, New Orleans Saints
Week 15 Stats: 18 carries, 74 yards
With starter Mark Ingram sidelined with a toe injury, the job of between-the-tackles pounder in the New Orleans Saints backfield rotation has fallen to second-year running back Chris Ivory, and while he's likely no better than a low-end RB2 or desperation flex play, fantasy owners with a need at RB may want to roll the dice on him.
3. Randall Cobb: WR, Green Bay Packers
Week 15 Stats: 4 receptions, 53 yards, 1 carry, 4 yards
The absence of Greg Jennings from the Green Bay Packers lineup means additional playing time and targets for rookie wide receiver Randall Cobb, and while the young speedster is a very risky play, the reward could certainly be there if he reels in a long touchdown bomb from Aaron Rodgers
4. Brent Celek: TE, Philadelphia Eagles
Week 15 Stats: 5 receptions, 156 yards, 1 touchdown
Fifth-year tight end Brent Celek exploded last week against the New York Jets, having by far his best game of the 2011 season, and while fantasy owners can't expect those sorts of numbers this week, it did represent his third game in the last five with 60 or more receiving yards, making him easily the best option at his position available on many waiver wires.
5. Seattle Seahawks Defense/Special Teams
Week 15 Stats: 14 points allowed, 4 sacks, 6 takeaways, 2 defensive touchdowns
A large part of the recent success of the Seattle Seahawks can be attributed to the improved play of their defense, and with the 'Hawks returning to the friendly confines of CenturyLink Field this week Seattle is definitely worth consideration from fantasy owners in need of a plug-and-play defense.