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The Fantasy Football Waiver Wire pick ups from week 15 were very good overall. If you would have picked up Tim Tebow, Matt Flynn, Jonathan Stewart or Kenny Britt this week, you most likely would be advancing to the next round of the playoffs with all of their performances in week 15. When you look forward to week 16, things do not honestly change much in terms of game planning for this week and in some leagues week 17. You are to be looking for the best match ups, mixed with the most talented players in a good position to succeed; that is why I chose Stewart and Britt in last weeks waiver wire, because of both of those crucial factors. Here are the waiver wire pick-ups for week 16.
Waiver Wire: Mike Sims-Walker- After literally disappearing for around a month, Mike Sims-Walker is back to action and being a serious portion of the Jacksonville offense. On Sunday versus the Colts, Sims-Walker caught 4 passes for 42 yards and two touchdowns; with Washington and Houston coming up on the schedule, I expect Mike Sims-Walker to continue to produce against very shaky secondaries. The Jaguars are right in the thick of the playoff race, and that will be something that will help MSW owners the rest of the year.
Waiver Wire: Rashad Jennings, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars: With Maurice Jones-Drew ailing with a knee injury and the fact that he is a game-time decision, this could be the week that Maurice Jones-Drew doesn't play and gives his back up, Rashad Jennings, a full work load. Jennings had 7 catches for 64 yards last week versus the Colts, followed by back-to-back games with a TD against the Titans and the Giants and with Washington [this week] and Houston [week 17] coming up on the schedule I fully expect Jennings to get a bulk of the carries even if MJD is out their on Sunday. Jones-Drew did not practice all week, including Friday, and no player on the Jacksonville Jaguars has played on Sunday when they did not practice on Friday all season long; so this is definitely a pre-caution for MJD owners for "Championship" Sunday.
Waiver Wire: Tim Tebow- I know he only completed 8 passes versus Oakland, but it really did look like Tebow has a chance to run this offense more balanced than Kyle Orton did. What hurt Denver a lot during Sunday’s game was the fact Knowshon Moreno got hurt and was ruled out of the game, so Tebow had to put more of the load on his shoulders, which hopefully he will not have to do in his teams next two games [Houston and San Diego]. Tebow put up 20 fantasy points on Sunday, most came on his long run to the end zone, but he did look good on his long touchdown pass to Brandon Lloyd, I would pick up Tim Tebow.
Waiver Wire: Andre Caldwell- With Terrell Owens out for the season for Cincinnati, look for Andre Caldwell to get a lot more looks from Carson Palmer. The Bengals honestly changed their game plan a bit when Owens went down in the first quarter [Cedric Benson rushed the ball 31 times], and they may do that the rest of the year, but even if they do, I still like Caldwell to see a lot more balls than he had behind Owens in previous weeks. The Bengals next two games is against the Chargers and Ravens, which do not seem like good match ups, but I see Cincinnati falling behind in both of these games and that will lead to more targets for Caldwell in the two weeks to come.
Waiver Wire: Danny Amendola- If Danny Amendola is not picked up in your league, you better get on it immediately. He has produced week in and week out the entire season for Sam Bradford and the Rams. What helped Danny was the injury to Mark Clayton earlier in the year and the more he plays the more I like to compare him to a Austin Collie/Wes Welker type possession receiver. It is weird to say this, but I really do trust Bradford, even as a rookie, but Amendola has produced every single week and he has totaled 75 catches already this season and should end with around high-80’s. His last two games are against the 49ers and Seahawks and both games will be extremely important for the playoff run and will get a ton of targets going forward.
Waiver Wire: Jimmy Graham- Beginning in week 9, Jimmy Graham had been noticed by NFL fanatics and fantasy knuckleheads all over. This week versus Baltimore, Graham caught 5 passes for 29 yards and 2 touchdowns and has been producing very well for tight ends, considering the fact that tight ends in the league have not produced very well [except for Antonio Gates] all season long. With Atlanta and Tampa Bay coming up on schedule, I think it will be good for a guy like Graham who is not the focal point of their offense and will get a lot of drop down looks from Drew Brees when the Falcons defense will be paying attention to Marques Colston and the rest of his receivers.
Waiver Wire: Players To DROP If Still On Your Roster [NON-Keeper Leagues]-
Christopher Ivory [tough call, but injured and now in mix with Bush and Thomas]