Our weekly fantasy football waiver wire takes a look at the top pickups for Week 16 of the NFL season. Many of these players are still available in a majority of leagues and could have an immediate impact on your fantasy roster. Others might be worth stashing on your bench or are simply just players to add to your watch list.

Quarterbacks

Blake Bortles JAC | QB

While fantasy owners welcomed back the likes of Aaron Rodgers with open arms this past weekend against the Panthers, the sentiment was short-lived. The Packers announced on Tuesday that Rodgers would be shut down for the remainder of 2017 after the Falcons officially extinguished Green Bay’s bleak playoff hopes, with a win over the Buccaneers on Monday Night. With Rodgers back on the shelf, there’s certainly fantasy owners scrambling around the waiver-wire for a fantasy championship streamer at the quarterback position. Well, look no further than Blake Bortles. After throwing for 4,400 + yards and 35 touchdowns two years ago, Bortles entered last season as a legitimate QB1. Obviously, it didn’t work out that way as he was one of the league’s most inept quarterbacks. After pre-season struggles continued in the early going this season, many thought it was only a matter of time until the Jags pursued other options. However, Head Coach Doug Marrone stuck with his embattled gunslinger and the results has led to the team’s first playoff appearance in a decade. Bortles has been racking up fantasy points in bunches over the past four weeks, a feat that culminated in 326 yards and three touchdowns during Sunday’s 45-7 thrashing of the Texans. This week Bortles gets a burnable San Francisco secondary with a wide receiver corps. apparently deeper than anticipated, with last week’s emergence of Keenan Cole and Jaydon Mickens. Bortles is squarely on the QB1 radar in Week 16 and headlines this week’s waiver-wire list. (about 54% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in all leagues

Nick Foles PHI | QB

One of the biggest story lines leading up to Week 15 was how Nick Foles would play in Carson Wentz’s absence for the Eagles. Well, the verdict is out on Foles after tossing four touchdowns en route to securing a first-round bye for Philadelphia in Sunday’s win over the Giants. He’s officially turning back to the clock to 2013 when filling-in for the injured Michael Vick. While it’ll be tough for Foles to replicate the 27-2 touchdowns-interceptions ratio he posted that season, he’s proven that he’s more capable to help fantasy owners down the stretch. The former Arizona Wildcat demonstrated an uncanny ability to thrive in Doug Pederson’s offense, while being precise in the passing game and seamlessly getting on the same page as his receivers. With the Eagles hosting the Raiders on Monday Night with an opportunity to clinch the overall No. 1 seed in the NFC, you can guarantee Foles will be ready to sling it against a mediocre Oakland pass defense. Fantasy owners should expect about 250 yards in the air and another three touchdowns from Foles this week. (about 28% owned) Recommendation: Should be added in all leagues

Running Backs

Peyton Barber TB | RB

Leading up to Week 15, it was widely expected Peyton Barber’s role would expand in Monday Night’s slate against the Falcons. Hours before kickoff, the Buccaneers ruled Doug Martin as inactive, stemming from an in-house incident. Martin’s absence solidified Barber’s usage that much more, as the undrafted free agent back picked up 68 all-purpose yards on 16 touches. While the Auburn product lost a red-zone fumble, his usage rate should continue to be voluminous next week against a stingy Panthers defense. While fantasy owners still in the playoffs shouldn’t bank on a big game from Barber, he’ll be the Tampa Bay to own for fantasy purposes and retains a solid change to find the end zone in Week 16. (about 34% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Wide Receivers

Dede Westbrook JAC | WR

When the Jaguars snagged Dede Westbrook in the fourth-round of this year’s NFL draft, a lot of people thought Jacksonville got a steal. The reason for Westbrook’s slide was attributed to character questions, after legal issues during his time at the University of Oklahoma. That said, it was always abundantly clear that the rookie’s talent on the field was never in doubt. Westbrook began his rookie season on I.R. with a designation for return. Making his debut in Week 11 against the Browns, the former Sooner turned in his best performance in this weekend’s victory over the Colts, tallying six receptions for 78 yards. With Allen Hurns still battling an ankle injury, Blake Bortles and the Jaguars offense have thrown the rookie receiver into the fire and he’s responded accordingly. Westbrook has a matchup in San Francisco this weekend against a vulnerable 49ers secondary. With Marqise Lee out for this weekend, Westbrook should approach double-digit targets and has the best chance to post gaudy numbers, despite the outbreak from fellow receivers Keenan Cole and Jaydon Mickens in last week’s win. (about 44% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in all leagues

Tight Ends

Vernon Davis WAS | TE

Despite the inconsistent usage and targets over the past few weeks, Washington Tight End Vernon Davis remains a legitimate TE1 for owners in the finals of the fantasy playoffs. With Jordan Reed on season-ending I.R., Davis’ role in the offense moving forward should hypothetically be a constant, despite the frustrating inconsistency to get him involved from the coaching staff. Davis is coming off a 5-59-1 line over the past three weeks, but owners should rest assured that Head Coach Jay Gruden will look to get him more involved at home this week against the Broncos. Denver’s defense has allowed the third most fantasy points to opposing tight ends this season and Washington should make it a precedent to get their veteran tight end more involved at home this weekend. Davis should turn in a solid performance as the Washington receivers have struggled to get anything going. Look for Davis to finish as a top option at the position this weekend. (about 50% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Defenses

Kansas City KC | DEF

The Kansas City Chiefs picked up a crucial divisional win over the San Diego Chargers on last Saturday evening. With the victory, the Chiefs ascended to the top of the AFC West in what has been a tight race. A large reason why Kansas City was able to pickup the win was the play of their defense. The pass rush you come to know from Kansas City was on full display, with Tamba Hali putting constant pressure on Philip Rivers. On the back-end, Marcus Peters looked like the best player on the field, reeling in two interceptions and jarring another ball loose on a monster hit. With the Dolphins coming to town this weekend, the lethal Kansas City pass-rush combined with improved play in the secondary, will be a recipe for disaster for 34-year-old turnover-machine Jay Cutler. The Chiefs will be an elite play for owners in the fantasy championship this weekend. (about 63% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added as Week 16 streamer option