Week 16: Waiver Wire Pickups
Players who have been mentioned in this space in the past and are still worth a waiver pickup include: QB Kyle Orton, RB C.J. Anderson, RB Isaiah Crowell, RBTre Mason, RB Latavius Murray, WR Jarvis Landry and TE Kyle Rudolph. Check to see if any of these players are available in your league before consulting this list.MyFantasyLeague availability: 100%
The future of the Vikings' franchise has given Minnesota fans plenty to cheer about lately. Bridgewater's rookie year has been fairly quiet and not without its share of struggles. But in the past couple of weeks, he's flashed the potential the Vikings saw when they chose him in the first round of the 2014 draft. Bridgewater has posted consecutive games with more than 300 passing yards and at least one passing touchdown. In Week 15, he also added 30 rushing yards. Bridgewater has struggled a bit with turnovers over the second half of this season, but the rookie seems to be hitting his stride in Norv Turner's offense. Next week's matchup against the Dolphins in Miami looks tough, but his season finale against Chicago is enticing. Bridgewater should merit consideration in two-QB leagues, and also from owners of elite talents such as Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady, who might find themselves sitting for part of Week 17.MyFantasyLeague availability: 100%
We've known for a while that Polk is the clear backup to LeSean McCoy. Now he's working in on goal-line situations as well. Polk scored twice during the Eagles' Sunday night loss to the Cowboys, both from short range. Those touchdowns marked his only two carries, and starting a goal-line back in fantasy is always a risky proposition. Polk should be left on the bench in most leagues, but for McCoy owners who have a shot at the championship, he'd be a smart addition. In the event McCoy suffers an injury in Week 16, Polk will be a must-start in Week 17 with a great matchup against the Giants. Now, that's a long-shot scenario. But if you've made it this far with McCoy, don't allow a late-season injury to damage your chances. Make sure Polk's on your roster.MyFantasyLeague availability: 100%
Taylor did see some surprisingly strong volume in Week 15. The Cardinals gave the former Stanford Cardinal 14 carries, with which he managed to rush for 61 yards against a solid Rams run defense. He wasn't targeted in the passing game, and it looks as though that role belongs to Williams. But the carries could be split 50-50 here, and that gives Taylor fantasy value. He does face fairly tough matchups versus Seattle and San Francisco in the final two weeks of the season, but Taylor's role makes him worth owning. In very deep leagues, he could even be worthy of a start at the flex position in Week 16.MyFantasyLeague availability: 100%
Williams' share of the Cardinals rushing load actually declined from Week 14 to Week 15, but the former practice squad member still managed respectable stats last Thursday, taking his 15 carries for 75 yards and adding 11 yards on two receptions. It's clear that the Cardinals are eager to involve Williams in the passing game, as evidenced by his five targets. As mentioned, he did give up some carries to Stepfan Taylor, but it appears that Williams is slotted in as this backfield's leader for the remainder of this season. And given the team's much-discussed struggles in the passing game, he's set to be a focal point in this run-heavy offense over the final two weeks as the Cardinals try to hang on to their division lead. Given his role, he'll be in the flex conversation next week at home against the Seahawks.MyFantasyLeague availability: 100%
After a monster game against Green Bay in Week 14, Julio Jonesfound himself held out of practice all week and unable to play Sunday due to a hip injury. Although the Falcons, incredibly, are not out of the playoff running despite a 5-9 record, their chances of winning a Super Bowl are astronomical, and they may not be eager to rush their injury-prone star WR. In Jones' absence Sunday, Douglas performed extremely well. He caught 10 of his 14 targets for 131 yards. That marks his second 100-yard game in three weeks. The other one came when Roddy White couldn't suit up due to an ankle injury. Whenever those starters can't play, Douglas has proven himself to be a high-quality replacement. If Jones is again unable to take the field in Week 16, Douglas should be considered a strong WR3 with a very favorable matchup versus the Saints. Consider him one of the best wideout options on waivers this week.