Fantasy Football Week 16 Waiver Wire: Get Gardner Minshew, Zack Moss, Treylon Burks to help you reach finals


You’re likely in the semifinals of your Fantasy playoffs in Week 16, and we have three major injuries that could impact your lineups. Jalen Hurts (shoulder) is likely out, and we’re not expected to have Jonathan Taylor (ankle) or Tyler Lockett (finger). That stinks.

For Hurts, his backup on the Eagles isn’t a bad streamer in Gardner Minshew (3 percent rostered on CBS Sports), even in a tough matchup at Dallas. Brock Purdy (33 percent) is the other top quarterback to target off waivers as a Hurts replacement, and we’ll get into the details below.

Zack Moss (3 percent rostered) is the best Colts running back to target with Taylor hurt, but Deon Jackson (21 percent) will also be in the mix. And we’ll look at other running backs to add in Tyler Allgeier (55 percent), Chuba Hubbard (48 percent) and Royce Freeman (1 percent).

Marquise Goodwin (19 percent) will have a bigger role in Seattle with Lockett hurt, but he’s not the best wide receiver to target off the waiver wire. Instead, you should add Treylon Burks (63 percent), Jahan Dotson (33 percent) and Mecole Hardman (61 percent) where available.

Noah Fant (26 percent) might benefit more than Goodwin with Lockett out, and he’s a top tight end to add off the waiver wire this week. He’s someone to target, along with Juwan Johnson (25 percent) and Chigoziem Okonkwo (54 percent).

There are likely four teams left competing in your Fantasy League because of the playoffs, so hopefully you can get one or two of the players you need. Injuries at this time of year are frustrating, but there are players on the waiver wire who can help you in Week 16.

Editor’s note: For this waiver wire column, we are only looking at players rostered in less than 65 percent of CBS Sports leagues.

Week 16 waivers

  • Injuries: Jalen Hurts (shoulder), Lamar Jackson (knee), Trevor Lawrence (toe), Russell Wilson (concussion), Mike White (ribs), Ryan Tannehill (ankle) and Kenny Pickett (concussion)
  • Check to see if available: Daniel Jones (83 percent rostered). Jones struggled in Week 15 at Washington with only nine Fantasy points, but prior to that he scored at least 19 points in four of his previous five games. I like his matchup in Week 16 against the Vikings, who have allowed four of their past six opposing quarterbacks to score at least 21 Fantasy points. He’s worth using as a low-end starter in all leagues.

Week 16 Waiver Priority List


running backs

  • Injuries: Jonathan Taylor (ankle), Jeff Wilson (hip), AJ Dillon (concussion), Damien Harris (thigh), DeeJay Dallas (ankle), Clyde Edwards-Helaire (ankle), Khalil Herbert (hip), Dontrell Hilliard (neck) and Caleb HuntleyAchilles
  • Check to see if available: Cam Akers (80 percent rostered), Jerick McKinnon (78 percent), James Cook (80 percent) and Michael Carter (69 percent). Akers just had 100 total yards in Week 15 at Green Bay with a season-high three catches, which is something he can hopefully build on in Week 16 against Denver. Akers is worth using as a flex in all leagues, and he has scored at least 12 PPR points in two of his past three games. … McKinnon has scored at least 13 PPR points in three games in a row, with a whopping 66 PPR points in his past two outings at Denver and at Houston. He has 15 catches for 182 yards and three touchdowns in his past two games on 17 targets, and hopefully that level of involvement continues for the rest of the season as he plays in tandem with Isiah Pacheco. McKinnon is at least a flex in all leagues in Week 16 against Seattle. … Cook caught a touchdown in Week 15 against Miami and now has scored at least 11 PPR points in two of his past three games. He can be a flex option in Week 16 at Chicago. … Carter is only worth a look if Zonovan Knight can’t play on Thursday against the Jaguars. Knight wasn’t listed on the initial injury report, but coach Robert Saleh said Knight would be questionable with an ankle injury. It’s worth monitoring because Carter would be a flex option if Knight is out.
  • Handcuffs to roster if you can: Alexander Mattison (61 percent rostered), Khalil Herbert (38 percent), Jaylen Warren (35 percent), Kenneth Gainwell (28 percent), Zamir White (16 percent), Joshua Kelley (8 percent), Hassan Haskins (5 percent) and Boston Scott (3 percent). These are only running backs to stash as lottery tickets. They don’t have standalone value, but they could be significant difference makers if the starter in front of them got injured.

Week 16 Waiver Priority List


wide receivers

  • Injuries: Tyler Lockett (finger), Deebo Samuel (knee), Courtland Sutton (hamstring), Brandin Cooks (calf), Nico Collins (foot), Treylon Burks (concussion), Mecole Hardman (abdomen), Corey Davis (concussion), DeVante Parker (concussion), Chase Claypool (knee) and Julio Jones (knee)
  • Check to see if available: Drake London (72 percent rostered), DJ Chark (69 percent) and Zay Jones (67 percent). London has become the featured option in the passing game for the Falcons since Kyle Pitts (knee) got hurt. In his past two games, London has 23 targets for 13 catches and 165 yards, and he scored at least 12 PPR points in each outing. He has a tough matchup in Week 16 at Baltimore, but London can be a No. 3 Fantasy receivers in the majority of leagues. … Chark struggled as expected last week at the Jets with one catch for 18 yards on two targets, but he had at least 14 PPR points in each of his past two games. I expect him to rebound this week against the Panthers, and Chark is worth trusting as a high-end No. 3 fantasy receivers in all leagues. … We’ve been hyping up Jones for weeks now, and he’s been awesome with at least 14 PPR points in four of his past five games, including 55 PPR points the past two games against Tennessee and Dallas. He has 51 targets over that five-game span as well. But he has a tough matchup in Week 16 at the Jets (see Chark), and Jones could struggle. Still, I want him on my Fantasy team, and he’s still worth using as a No. 3 receivers in week 16.

Week 16 Waiver Priority List

  • injuries: Dallas Goedert (shoulder), Hayden Hurst (calf) and Irv Smith (ankle)
  • Check to see if available: Gerald Everett (82 percent rostered), Darren Waller (81 percent), Evan Engram (76 percent) and Dawson Knox (76 percent). Everett has been consistent with at least seven PPR points in four games in a row, and he has at least six targets in each of his past three games. He’s not to win your Fantasy matchup, but he’s not horrible either given his involvement with Justin Herbert. In non-PPR, you can avoid Everett, who hasn’t scored a touchdown since Week 4. … Waller is back and hopefully better than ever. He missed eight games with a hamstring injury but returned in Week 15 against New England with three catches for 48 yards and a touchdown on three targets. He’s a must-start Fantasy tight end in all leagues for the rest of the year. … Engram stayed hot in Week 15 against Dallas with eight catches for 62 yards on 10 targets, and he now has at least 14 PPR points in three games in a row. You’re starting him in all leagues for the rest of the season based on the way he’s played over the past three weeks. … Knox has come alive the past two games with at least 14 PPR points in each outing against the Jets and Dolphins. He has 15 targets over that span for 10 catches, 139 yards and two touchdowns, and he should be started in all leagues in Week 16 at Chicago. Hopefully, Josh Allen continues to lean on Knox like this for the rest of the year.

Week 16 Waiver Priority List

  • Broncos (60 percent rostered) at LAR
  • Titans (59 percent rostered) vs HOU
  • Chargers (35 percent rostered) at IND
  • Lions (7 percent rostered) at CAR
  • Rams (35 percent rostered) vs DEN

  • Jason Sanders (52 percent rostered) vs GB
  • Robbie Gould (60 percent rostered) vs WAS
  • Graham Gano (46 percent) at MIN

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