Fantasy Football Waiver Wire: QB - Week 16 (with video)

by Herija C. Green on December 19, 2012 @ 12:02:06 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: Priority additions

The following players should be high on your radar and are worthy of being added immediately to your fantasy football team.

Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks (38 percent)

Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins
No RGIII, no problem

If you listened to our advice and picked up Wilson, you're probably enjoying the spoils right now. If not, you missed another exceptional showing from the rookie, who dusted off the read option to great effect; rushing nine times for 92 yards and three touchdowns. He also passed for 205 yards and another score in Seattle's second straight barrage of at least 50 points.

Wilson draws the tough San Francisco 49ers in Week 16, and in their earlier meeting they held him to 122 passing yards and no touchdowns. That was then, this is now. Wilson is rolling, and after watching New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady throw for 443 yards on Sunday night, this is no longer a matchup to avoid.

Fantasy football free agents: Look to acquire

The following players will have greater significance in deep fantasy football leagues. In shallow fantasy football leagues, they are not as high of a priority but should be considered based on your fantasy football team's needs.

Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins (80 percent)

Tannehill looked composed and efficient in completing 22 of his 28 passes for 220 yards and two touchdowns in Week 15. He has also quietly been making plays with his legs: 32.25 rushing yards per game in the past month. That could be key this Sunday when they take on the Buffalo Bills; a team that has yielded two touchdowns (one passing, one rushing) per game to quarterbacks in the last four weeks.

Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins (95 percent)

With Robert Griffin III (knee) inactive, Cousins stepped in and passed for 329 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in a win over the Cleveland Browns. This Sunday the Redskins travel to play the Philadelphia Eagles, who have allowed 231.3 passing yards and a league-high 2.75 touchdowns per game (two passing) since Week 12.

Obviously this is a situation where you have to monitor Griffin's status. If he's held out, however, Cousins becomes a legitimate option.

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 straits. Some have, however, shown some life and should be followed in case they materialize as options beyond their temporary use.

NEW - Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles (79 percent)

Foles looked every bit a rookie in a Thursday night loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, completing just 16 of 33 passes for 182 yards, one touchdown and an interception. Things could go smoother this weekend when the Eagles travel to take on the Washington Redskins. In the last month, Washington has given up 286.8 yards and two touchdowns per game through the air.

Even though Foles struggled in his previous meeting with the Redskins, it was his first career start. Expect better results this time around.

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A graduate of the prestigious Top Gun school, Green's ego writes checks his body can't cash. When he's not overdrawing his ego's bank account, Green enjoys games of beach volleyball, riding his Kawasaki Ninja motorcycle, and buzzing the tower (whether the pattern is full or not). He resides in the Danger Zone and yes, Ice... Man, he is dangerous. He also writes.

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