Fantasy Football Waiver Wire: WR - Week 16

by Cory J. Bonini on December 21, 2011 @ 20:01:09 PDT


If you are serious about winning your fantasy league football championship, stay on top of your fantasy football team throughout the year.

Each week during the NFL fantasy football season, KFFL brings you its Fantasy Football Waiver Wire, which breaks down players to pick up. Be aggressive when picking up fantasy football free agents. Even if you do not need a player, you can tuck him away for depth or block others from adding him to their fantasy football team.

Note: Percentage of polled leagues in which player is available in parentheses

Fantasy football free agents: One-week plays

The following fantasy football pickups are for those who need injury or bye week replacements. They are not players you immediately acquire - unless your team is in dire straights. Some have, however, shown some life and should be followed in case they materialize as options beyond their temporary use.

Andre Roberts, Arizona Cardinals (97 percent)

Miami Dolphins WR Davone Bess
Bess: a good bet for points vs. NE

Roberts has averaged 6.50 targets per game, which he has turned into averages of 4.00 receptions for 48.3 yards and 0.50 touchdowns in the last month. As usual, Larry Fitzgerald sees plenty of double coverage, which frees up Roberts to see one-on-one defense. He has scored each of the last two weeks and has at least six catches in two of his past three outings.

The Cincinnati Bengals present a plus matchup for Roberts. Cincy has allowed receivers to average 10.50 receptions for 130.5 yards and 1.50 touchdowns per matchup in the past four weeks.

Davone Bess, Miami Dolphins (81 percent)

The Dolphins have not utilized Bess much in the last month, as he has seen 4.00 targets, 2.00 receptions, 17.0 yards and 0.25 scores per game in this time. He could see a little more work this week, primarily because the Dolphins may be forced to play catch-up.

The matchup against the New England Patriots is so tantalizing for fantasy receivers. They have allowed 34.0 fantasy points per game in standard scoring over the last month. This comes from yielding 15.25 grabs, 244.8 yards and 1.50 scores, on average, each week.

Bess is a better PPR target this week, and he shouldn't be considered more than a flex play.

NEW - Dezmon Briscoe, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (99 percent)

Arrelious Benn's concussion opened up time for Briscoe to start in Week 15; he reached the end zone on three catches and 36 yards. He has caught two-thirds of his 39 looks on the season; it's just his playing time that has been the biggest question. He was targeted seven times (catching three) in Week 14.

The Bucs take on the Carolina Panthers, who've allowed 10.0 catches, 161.3 yards and 1.25 receiving catches per game to this position over the last four weeks. Outside of cornerback Chris Gamble, who'll most likely be guarding Mike Williams all day, this secondary is vulnerable.

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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