Fantasy football waiver wire advice, Week 16: Hot players with potential downside
Fantasy football is back! So are injuries, and now you may be preparing for a playoff run and looking to upgrade your roster. Here are a few players who are hot on the waiver wire lists, but could have some potential downside.
Fantasy football is back! We bring you our weekly list of players who have some downside as potential waiver wire busts. A few of these players may appear in our waiver wire suggestions, but this list is designed to point out factors that could affect or limit their production.
RB Joseph Randle – Dallas Cowboys (owned in 9 percent of all leagues): Randle and fellow running back Lance Dunbar are hot on the waiver wire due to DeMarco Murray’s broken hand, suffered in Week 15. Murray is undergoing surgery, and his status is up in the air. If Murray misses time, there are some conflicting reports on who will get the start but Randle has the better rushing numbers overall. Randle is averaging 16.9 rushing yards per game with a 7.0 yards per carry average, while Dunbar is averaging 6.5 yards per game and a 3.5 yards per carry average. Dunbar does get work in the passing game where Murray has been very active and has 16 receptions for 207 yards. Randle could easily get the carries while Dunbar gets work in the passing game.
WR Donte Moncrief – Indianapolis Colts (owned in 34 percent of all leagues): Moncrief made the list last week for many of the same reasons he does this week. He is seeing some increase in waiver wire action since T.Y. Hilton left the game late Sunday with a hamstring pull. The MRI Monday was negative but no word yet on whether Hilton will practice this week or play. Hilton’s absence would clearly increase his value, but until then he isn’t getting enough targets to make him more than a desperation play.
RB CJ Spiller – Buffalo Bills (owned in 22 percent of all leagues): Spiller is seeing waiver wire action since he is being activated to the active roster from injured reserve this week. The Bills have averaged almost 100 rushing yards in his absence but could benefit from a healthy Spiller in the passing game. Bills’ coach Doug Marrone has indicated he won’t rush Spiller back and will determine his readiness in practice. He could be a week or two away from any significant playing time.
RB Toby Gerhart – Jacksonville Jaguars (owned in 33 percent of all leagues): Gerhart struggled with injuries this year and was absolutely dreadful early on. He is healthy now, and with Denard Robinson lost for the year, got the bulk of the carries against Baltimore in Week 15. He rushed 13 times for 54 yards — a healthy 4.2 yards per carry. Unfortunately, quarterback Blake Bortles is questionable for Thursday night with a mid-foot sprain. Bortles has struggled, but without him the Jaguars’ offense has been anemic at best. The matchup is at least is favorable as the Jaguars face the Tennessee Titans, who are giving up the fifth most fantasy points to running backs.
QB Robert Griffin III – Washington (owned in 31 percent of all leagues): Griffin has regained the starting role with the injury to Colt McCoy and had very nice game in Week 15 despite the dysfunction that is rampant in Washington. Griffin went 18-of-27 for 236 yards and a touchdown while rushing for 46 yards on five carries. He also had another touchdown called back by a rather archaic possession rule. Griffin is just hard to trust now with the turmoil going on in Washington. It can’t be overlooked that Washington gave up at the end of the Week 15 loss to the New York Giants either. Surely, you have better playoff options.