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Week 16 Upgrades, Downgrades, and Waiver Wire Wonders

by Sigmund Bloom, exclusive to Footballguys.com


The number in red next to a waiver wire gem indicated the percentage of a "blind bid" budget used in some leagues to award free agent pickups. If your league does not use blind bid waivers, consider the number a way to rank the quality of waiver wire additions.


Quarterback Upgrade

  1. QB Nick Foles, PHI (waiver wire: 50+%)
  2. QB Cam Newton, CAR
  3. QB Blake Bortles, JAX
  4. QB Case Keenum, MIN
  5. QB Joe Flacco, BAL (waiver wire: 25-50%)
  6. QB Tyrod Taylor, BUF (waiver wire: 25-50%)
  7. QB Alex Smith, KC
  8. QB Eli Manning, NYG (waiver wire: 1%)
  9. QB Brock Osweiler, DEN (waiver wire: 1%)
  10. QB Drew Stanton, ARI (waiver wire: 1% in very deep/2QB/Superflex)

Quarterback Downgrade

  1. QB Blaine Gabbert, ARI
  2. QB Trevor Siemian, DEN
  3. QB Russell Wilson, SEA
  4. QB DeShone Kizer, CLE
  5. QB Philip Rivers, LAC
  6. QB Andy Dalton, CIN
  7. QB Aaron Rodgers, GB
  8. QB Ben Roethlisberger, PIT
  9. QB Dak Prescott, DAL
  10. QB Kirk Cousins, WAS
  11. QB Tom Brady, NE

Quarterback Holding steady

  1. QB Jimmy Garoppolo, SF
  2. QB Jared Goff, LAR
  3. QB Marcus Mariota, TEN

Running Back Upgrade

  1. RB Peyton Barber, TB (waiver wire: 50+%)
  2. RB Kenyan Drake, MIA
  3. RB Devonta Freeman, ATL
  4. RB Todd Gurley, LAR
  5. RB Kareem Hunt, KC
  6. RB Dion Lewis, NE
  7. RB Christian McCaffrey, CAR
  8. RB Ezekiel Elliott, DAL
  9. RB Melvin Gordon, LAC
  10. RB C.J. Anderson, DEN (waiver wire: 25-50%)
  11. RB James White, NE (waiver wire: 25-50%)
  12. RB LeSean McCoy, BUF
  13. RB Javorius Allen, BAL (waiver wire: 10-20%)
  14. RB Wayne Gallman, NYG (waiver wire: 10-20%)
  15. RB Chris Ivory, JAX (waiver wire: 10-20%)
  16. RB Latavius Murray, MIN
  17. RB Jerick McKinnon, MIN
  18. RB Mike Gillislee, NE (waiver wire: 1%)
  19. RB Elijhaa Penny, ARI (waiver wire: 1%)
  20. RB T.J. Yeldon, JAX (waiver wire: 1%)

Running Back Downgrade

  1. RB Rex Burkhead, NE
  2. RB Jordan Howard, CHI
  3. RB Alfred Morris, DAL
  4. RB Jamaal Williams, GB
  5. RB Leonard Fournette, JAX
  6. RB Samaje Perine, WAS
  7. RB Tarik Cohen, CHI
  8. RB Doug Martin, TB
  9. RB Joe Mixon, CIN
  10. RB Kerwynn Williams, ARI
  11. RB Giovani Bernard, CIN
  12. RB Rod Smith, DAL
  13. RB Mike Davis, SEA
  14. RB Carlos Hyde, SF
  15. RB Jay Ajayi, PHI

Running Back Holding steady

  1. RB Alex Collins, BAL

Wide Receiver Upgrade

  1. WR Martavis Bryant, PIT (waiver wire: 50+%)
  2. WR JuJu Smith-Schuster, PIT (waiver wire: 50+%)
  3. WR Robert Woods, LAR (waiver wire: 50+%)
  4. WR Randall Cobb, GB
  5. WR Michael Crabtree, OAK
  6. WR Keelan Cole, JAX (waiver wire: 25-50%)
  7. WR Sterling Shepard, NYG (waiver wire: 25-50%)
  8. WR Mike Wallace, BAL (waiver wire: 25-50%)
  9. WR Nelson Agholor, PHI
  10. WR Rishard Matthews, TEN
  11. WR Geronimo Allison, GB (waiver wire: 1%)
  12. WR Damiere Byrd, CAR (waiver wire: 1%)
  13. WR Adam Humphries, TB (waiver wire: 1%)
  14. WR Tavarres King, NYG (waiver wire: 1%)
  15. WR Roger Lewis, NYG (waiver wire: 1%)
  16. WR Jaydon Mickens, JAX (waiver wire: 1%)
  17. WR DeVante Parker, MIA (waiver wire: 1%)
  18. WR Kendall Wright, CHI (waiver wire: 1%)

Wide Receiver Downgrade

  1. WR Antonio Brown, PIT
  2. WR A.J. Green, CIN
  3. WR Marqise Lee, JAX
  4. WR Davante Adams, GB
  5. WR Doug Baldwin, SEA
  6. WR Devin Funchess, CAR
  7. WR Golden Tate, DET
  8. WR Josh Gordon, CLE
  9. WR Chris Hogan, NE
  10. WR Jordy Nelson, GB
  11. WR Corey Coleman, CLE
  12. WR Dede Westbrook, JAX
  13. WR Dez Bryant, DAL
  14. WR Adam Thielen, MIN
  15. WR Sammy Watkins, LAR
  16. WR Mohamed Sanu, ATL

Wide Receiver Holding steady

  1. WR Keenan Allen, LAC
  2. WR Cooper Kupp, LAR

Tight End Upgrade

  1. TE Greg Olsen, CAR (waiver wire: 50+%)
  2. TE Evan Engram, NYG
  3. TE Charles Clay, BUF (waiver wire: 25-50%)
  4. TE Eric Ebron, DET (waiver wire: 25-50%)
  5. TE Ben Watson, BAL (waiver wire: 25-50%)
  6. TE Rob Gronkowski, NE
  7. TE Jason Witten, DAL
  8. TE Cameron Brate, TB (waiver wire: 1%)
  9. TE Garrett Celek, SF (waiver wire: 1%)

Tight End Downgrade

  1. TE Hunter Henry, LAC
  2. TE O.J. Howard, TB
  3. TE Ricky Seals-Jones, ARI
  4. TE Jimmy Graham, SEA
  5. TE Jesse James, PIT
  6. TE Jared Cook, OAK

Quarterback Upgrade

QB Blake Bortles, JAX - Bortles is getting us used to good fantasy afternoons against inferior defenses. He sliced and diced the Texans defense without the help of his top three receivers. He has another good matchup this week against the 49ers and can be trusted as your fantasy finals quarterback.

QB Joe Flacco, BAL - (waiver wire: 25-50%) - Flacco ran in a score and threw another in a matchup he always seems to rise to against the Browns. He has another easy matchup in Week 16 against the Colts and is a viable streamer for the finals.

QB Nick Foles, PHI - (waiver wire: 50+%) - Foles was efficient and brought the Eagles back from a deficit to top the Giants on the road. He has another good matchup against the Raiders this week and should be considered a high floor QB1.

QB Case Keenum, MIN - Keenum was on point against the woeful Bengals defense and only had a good, but not great fantasy Week 15 because Cincinnati didn't put up a fight in the game. He's a strong QB1 against the Packers in the finals.

QB Eli Manning, NYG - (waiver wire: 1%) - Something about facing the Eagles has brought out the best in Manning this year. He was a fantasy stud against Philadelphia on the back of a high attempt game. He might not have nearly the same output against the Cardinals this week, but he at least deserves a look as a QB2/Superflex in the wake of this effort.

QB Cam Newton, CAR - Newton took apart the Packers with the help of Greg Olsen and Christian McCaffrey. He is an elite QB1 for Week 16 against the Bucs.

QB Brock Osweiler, DEN - (waiver wire: 1%) - Osweiler had the best game of his career in Week 15, with an assist from the poor Colts defense. He might not start in Week 16 if the Broncos want to take a longer look at Paxton Lynch, but if he does, Osweiler will deserve QB2/Superflex consideration against Washington.

QB Alex Smith, KC - Smith hooked up with Tyreek Hill and Kareem Hunt for two scores in the win over the somewhat tough Chargers defense in Week 15. He faces an easier matchup against the Dolphins in Week 16 and deserves QB1 consideration for the finals.

QB Drew Stanton, ARI - (waiver wire: 1% in very deep/2QB/Superflex) - Stanton will get the start in Week 16 as Blaine Gabbert has been benched. The Giants matchup is a good one, but Stanton is still among the worst QB2/Superflex options this week.

QB Tyrod Taylor, BUF - (waiver wire: 25-50%) - Heeee's baaaack. Taylor ran in a score and threw another as the Bills beat the Dolphins to stay alive in the playoff race. He might not be able to beat the Patriots this week, but the matchup sets up for a high ceiling fantasy profile for Taylor as he tries to keep them in the game.


Quarterback Downgrade

QB Tom Brady, NE - Brady was good, not great against the Steelers in Week 15. The team needs to hold solve to clinch home field, but Brady isn't an obvious elite QB1 after his last few weeks scores.

QB Kirk Cousins, WAS - Cousins scored once thanks to his defense setting him up with a short field, but generally had trouble putting together sustained drives against the Cardinals. He's not in QB1 consideration against the Broncos this week.

QB Andy Dalton, CIN - Dalton was a disaster against the Vikings and it's fair to wonder if we'll see AJ McCarron start before the end of the season.

QB Blaine Gabbert, ARI - Gabbert might have proven that he can be an adequate backup in the NFL, but the last few games has demonstrated that he's still not starting material. Bruce Arians saw this and benched him for Week 16 against the Giants.

QB DeShone Kizer, CLE - Kizer is back on thin ice after a failure against the Ravens, who knocked him out of game earlier this year. The team has said they will stay with him to start Week 16, but he could get pulled at any point if his play doesn't turn around.

QB Dak Prescott, DAL - Prescott's recovery to QB1 status was short-lived, as the Cowboys barely survived in Oakland in part because of Prescott's interceptions. He's not in the QB1 ranks against Seattle this week.

QB Philip Rivers, LAC - Rivers was frustrated by the Chiefs for the second time in two meetings this season. He also lost Austin Ekeler and Keenan Allen during the game, which didn't help matters. He has an easier matchup against the Jets this week, but it's hard to know how the team will respond with their playoff chances on life support.

QB Aaron Rodgers, GB - There were a few throws Rodgers would certainly want back, but he was more than productive enough to justify the start, and will be a solid to strong QB1 in Week 16 against Minnesota... if he starts. The Packers could be eliminated with a Falcons win on Monday night, and then who knows what they will do.

QB Ben Roethlisberger, PIT - Roethlisberger could have easily had a third score, but the loss of Antonio Brown alone should downgrade him for a road matchup at Houston in Week 16. He's low QB1 with risk for the finals.

QB Trevor Siemian, DEN - Siemian is out for the season after injuring his shoulder

QB Russell Wilson, SEA - Wilson was powerless to move the Seahawks offense at home against the Rams. He has a good matchup against the Cowboys this week, but if you survived his Week 15, you might hesitate to play him again.


Quarterback Holding steady

QB Jimmy Garoppolo, SF - Garoppolo would normally be an upgrade after his outstanding, albeit touchdown-challenged win over Tennessee, but he faces the Jaguars in Week 16, which is harmful to the health of fantasy lineups.

QB Jared Goff, LAR - Goff can't be blamed for his team's dominance and Todd Gurley finishing three drives himself. He played well and should be considered a solid QB1 at Tennessee in the finals.

QB Marcus Mariota, TEN - Mariota was better against the 49ers, but he still hasn't regained 2016 form. He'll be a reasonable QB2/Superflex choice against the Rams this week, but not more.


Running Back Upgrade

RB Javorius Allen, BAL - (waiver wire: 10-20%) - Allen outplayed Alex Collins as a runner in Week 15, and in an easy matchup against the Colts this week, he could get some goal line work and maybe work to finish out the game. He's a what the heck flex for Week 16.

RB C.J. Anderson, DEN - (waiver wire: 25-50%) - Anderson ran very strong against the Colts, the fourth time he has gotten 20+ carries and the fourth time the Broncos have won this year. They have a chance to win at Washington this week, so he has a chance for another good game.

RB Peyton Barber, TB - (waiver wire: 50+%) - Barber took over as the starter for the Bucs and was moderately effective. He has at least flex value for Week 16 against Carolina if he starts again.

RB Kenyan Drake, MIA - Drake was a stud in Week 15 despite an unfavorable game script. As long as Damien Williams isn't back, he'll be an RB1 for the matchup at Kansas City.

RB Ezekiel Elliott, DAL - Elliott will return to the lineup for the still alive Cowboys against Seattle this week, and he's obviously a must-start if you survived his absence.

RB Devonta Freeman, ATL - Freeman dominated touches in the running game and passing game and powered the Falcons to win in Week 15. He should get a similar treatment in Week 16 whether Tevin Coleman is out of concussion protocol or not.

RB Wayne Gallman, NYG - (waiver wire: 10-20%) - Gallman was a better receiver than Orleans Darkwa in the Giants backfield and generated PPR relevance again in Week 15. He'll be a low level PPR flex for Week 16 against the Cardinals.

RB Mike Gillislee, NE - (waiver wire: 1%) - With Rex Burkhead sidelined, Gillislee should be active again for Week 16, and he might even get some goal line carries. He'll be a desperation play against the Bills.

RB Melvin Gordon, LAC - Gordon was a big part of the passing game, making up for the losses of Austin Ekeler and Keenan Allen. He should be very productive in an even better matchup against the Jets this week.

RB Todd Gurley, LAR - Gurley's four-touchdown performance made him a golden ticket to the finals. A lot of championship teams will have Gurley this year.

RB Kareem Hunt, KC - Hunt was the running back stud of Week 15 before Todd Gurley played on Sunday afternoon. He was strong as a runner and receiver, and has re-established his RB1 cred heading into a matchup with the Dolphins.

RB Chris Ivory, JAX - (waiver wire: 10-20%) - Leonard Fournette is supposed to return for Week 16, but just in case, Ivory might be worth an add for the matchup with San Francisco. Ivory had plenty of goal line chances, but couldn't convert against the Texans. That could change if he gets another go at it in Week 16.

RB Dion Lewis, NE - Bill Belichick can be unpredictable with his backfield, but it would seem to follow that Rex Burkhead's injury might open up more goal line opportunities for Lewis in Week 16, especially after he scored the game-winning touchdown against the Steelers.

RB Christian McCaffrey, CAR - McCaffrey was dangerous as a runner and receiver against the Packers, as he, the coaching staff, and Cam Newton, all seem to be getting on the same page. He has an excellent matchup against the Bucs this week.

RB LeSean McCoy, BUF - McCoy's value is trending up after Tyrod Taylor revived the offense in Week 15. The matchup against the Patriots is also looking better after the Steelers and Dolphins put points up against them the last two weeks.

RB Jerick McKinnon, MIN - McKinnon was very dangerous as a receiver out of the backfield and put up his best game since his outburst to begin his tenure in the backfield as one of two replacements for Dalvin Cook. He'll have flex appeal against the Packers this week.

RB Latavius Murray, MIN - Murray scored and ran hard against the depleted Bengals defense and scored while getting 20 carries. The Vikings should be able to feed Murray again this week against a porous Packers defense.

RB Elijhaa Penny, ARI - (waiver wire: 1%) - Penny could get the start against the Giants in Week 16 if Kerwynn Williams is unable to go, but despite the matchup, he would still be only a desperation play.

RB James White, NE - (waiver wire: 25-50%) - Rex Burkhead's injury opens up another avenue for James White to get receptions and red zone looks for the Patriots. He could have flex value for Week 16 against Buffalo.

RB T.J. Yeldon, JAX - (waiver wire: 1%) - Yeldon had a semi-productive game as the receiving back and change of pace for Chris Ivory. If Leonard Fournette is out for Week 16, Yeldon could be a desperation play.


Running Back Downgrade

RB Jay Ajayi, PHI - There was a lot of anticipation that Ajayi could be more of a lead back with Carson Wentz sidelined, but he wasn't a cornerstone of the offense and remained in a committee. He has a good matchup against the Raiders this week, but he's only a flex play on the back of the big play or two he is able to break most weeks.

RB Giovani Bernard, CIN - Bernard's fantasy week was salvaged by a garbage time touchdown. Even if Joe Mixon isn't ready for Week 16, Bernard will only be a flex play at best against the Lions.

RB Rex Burkhead, NE - Burkhead is likely to miss Week 16 with a knee injury suffered in the win over the Steelers.

RB Tarik Cohen, CHI - Counting on consistent usage of Cohen has been a foolish idea this year. He was marginalized again vs. the Lions despite scoring against them earlier this year and being very productive in Week 14. He is only a desperation play against the Browns in Week 16.

RB Mike Davis, SEA - Davis, like the rest of the Seattle offense, was a failure in Week 15. He'll just be a flex play against the Cowboys in the finals.

RB Leonard Fournette, JAX - Fournette was sidelined for Week 15 with a quad injury. There's an expectation that he'll be ready for Week 16, but we can't be sure until we see his practice participation, and possibly even not then until we see the Week 16 inactives.

RB Jordan Howard, CHI - Howard was a dud against a Lions defense that he had torn up earlier this year. He's a very risky play despite the good matchup against the Browns this week after they shut down Alex Collins.

RB Carlos Hyde, SF - Hyde was easily contained by the Titans run defense and wasn't a big part of the passing game with Jimmy Garoppolo. He's a low ceiling flex along the lines of Lamar Miller or Frank Gore at this point.

RB Doug Martin, TB - Martin was inactive because of a rules violation. He could be active for Week 16, but it appears the team is more willing to give Peyton Barber a long look now.

RB Joe Mixon, CIN - Mixon didn't clear concussion protocol in Week 15. He could be ready for Week 16 at Detroit, but the state of Bengals offense should give you pause before playing him as anything more than a low ceiling flex.

RB Alfred Morris, DAL - Morris's run as the lead back is over with the return of Ezekiel Elliott this week. He was also vultured at the goal line again, as Rod Smith collected all but one of the running back scores while Elliott was out.

RB Samaje Perine, WAS - Even with a favorable game script against the Cardinals, Perine didn't amount to much for fantasy. He's only a desperation play against the Broncos.

RB Rod Smith, DAL - Smith was actually relevant for fantasy leagues despite Alfred Morris having the lead back job while Ezekiel Elliott was out. All of that is over this week as Elliott returns from his suspension.

RB Jamaal Williams, GB - Williams yielded more snaps to Aaron Jones against the Panthers, wasn't involved in the passing game, and he was ineffective on his touches. With or without Aaron Rodgers, he'll be nothing more than a low ceiling flex play.

RB Kerwynn Williams, ARI - Williams was a solid runner as the starter once again in Week 15, but he suffered a quad injury and replaced by Elijhaa Penny. It's unclear whether he'll be ready to play in Week 16.


Running Back Holding steady

RB Alex Collins, BAL - Collins was bottled up by the Browns run defense in Week 15, but he gets a better draw in Week 16 against a Colts defense that was just trampled by CJ Anderson. He could still be the RB1 he was supposed to be in the semis.


Wide Receiver Upgrade

WR Nelson Agholor, PHI - Agholor's value appears to be intact despite the quarterback change to Nick Foles. He'll be a WR3/Flex against the Raiders this week.

WR Geronimo Allison, GB - (waiver wire: 1%) - Allison had an important fumble, but also played a big role after Davante Adams went out in Week 15. If Adams can't play against Minnesota this week, Allison will have desperation play value, especially if Aaron Rodgers starts.

WR Martavis Bryant, PIT - (waiver wire: 50+%) - Bryant had his best game since his return from suspension, including a one-handed touchdown grab. He'll be a starter against the woeful Texans pass defense in Week 16.

WR Damiere Byrd, CAR - (waiver wire: 1%) - Byrd scored twice and appears to have the trust of Cam Newton in the red zone. He'll be a viable desperation play against the Bucs in Week 16.

WR Randall Cobb, GB - Whether or not Aaron Rodgers plays, Cobb could be a lot bigger part of the Packers offense in Week 15 if Davante Adams is sidelined by his second concussion of the season. Cobb had a long catch and run score created by Rodgers and was a core target for the Packers in Week 15.

WR Keelan Cole, JAX - (waiver wire: 25-50%) - Cole has been elevated to the starting lineup with Marqise Lee's injury, and he's coming off of a career-best game. He's an upside WR3/Flex in the finals.

WR Michael Crabtree, OAK - Crabtree scored twice as the clear #1 receiver for the Raiders with Amari Cooper on the sidelines. He'll be a fantasy WR1 against the Eagles pass defense that Eli Manning just lit up in Week 15.

WR Adam Humphries, TB - (waiver wire: 1%) - Humphries played a larger role in the passing game with the numerous injuries to Tampa pass catchers. He could be a good play in the slot next week, which is where Randall Cobb was lined up when he had his best game of the year against the Panthers in Week 15.

WR Tavarres King, NYG - (waiver wire: 1%) - King had a big game against the Eagles, but is currently in concussion protocol. If he can get out before the matchup with the Cardinals in Week 16, he'll have desperation play value.

WR Roger Lewis, NYG - (waiver wire: 1%) - Lewis had a handful of downfield catches against the Eagles and while he should see Patrick Peterson at times when Sterling Shepard is in the slot, he'll be a desperation play after Eli Manning's big Week 15.

WR Rishard Matthews, TEN - Matthews appears to be healthy again and he should be Marcus Mariota's #1 target against the Rams in Week 16, good for a WR3/Flex start.

WR Jaydon Mickens, JAX - (waiver wire: 1%) - Mickens scored twice and should be the #3 receiver for Jaguars in a good matchup against San Francisco, which puts him in desperation play range for Week 16.

WR DeVante Parker, MIA - (waiver wire: 1%) - Parker had his best game in months in Week 15. He'll be a desperation play against the sometimes generous Chiefs secondary in Week 16.

WR Sterling Shepard, NYG - (waiver wire: 25-50%) - Shepard had a huge outburst against the Eagles in Week 15 after being a non-factor in Week 14. He might see a lot of Patrick Peterson in Week 16, but he still has enough ceiling after Week 15 to be a flex consideration.

WR JuJu Smith-Schuster, PIT - (waiver wire: 50+%) - Smith-Schuster had a long catch and run to set up a potential game-tying or game-winning score and he'll be a clear top two receiver next week in a great matchup against the Texans with Antonio Brown out.

WR Mike Wallace, BAL - (waiver wire: 25-50%) - Wallace led the Ravens in catches and yards in Week 15 and Jeremy Maclin is likely to be out for Week 16, so Wallace should be the team's #1 receiver in a great matchup against the Colts.

WR Robert Woods, LAR - (waiver wire: 50+%) - Woods was back and he was the leading receiver for the Rams on a very light passing day for the team. He'll be a solid WR2 in Week 16 against the weak Titans pass defense.

WR Kendall Wright, CHI - (waiver wire: 1%) - Wright piled up catches as the Bears were in catch up mode in the second half of Week 15. They might play from ahead against the Browns in Week 16, but Wright still has the best chemistry with Mitchell Trubisky of any Bears wide receiver right now.


Wide Receiver Downgrade

WR Davante Adams, GB - Adams suffered a concussion in Week 15, his second of the season. The team could choose to shut him down for the year.

WR Doug Baldwin, SEA - Baldwin, like the rest of the Seattle offense, greatly disappointed in Week 15. He'll be a boom/bust WR3/Flex after a rocky second half of the season.

WR Antonio Brown, PIT - Brown tore his calf and will miss the remainder of the regular season

WR Dez Bryant, DAL - Bryant was a dud in Week 15 against a Raiders pass defense that hasn't been too imposing for opponents. He's just a low ceiling Wr3/flex with the return of Ezekiel Elliott this week.

WR Corey Coleman, CLE - Coleman's return to fantasy relevance was short-lived as the Browns pass offense shriveled up against the Ravens.

WR Devin Funchess, CAR - Funchess appeared to be fourth in line for targets in a Carolina offense that isn't exactly pass-heavy. He has a good matchup against the Bucs next week, but is losing momentum.

WR Josh Gordon, CLE - DeShone Kizer turned back into an inconsistent rookie quarterback who makes inexplicable decisions, which greatly lowered Gordon's ceiling against the Ravens. He'll be a boom/bust WR3/Flex against the Bears, with a smaller boom than we thought after his triumphant return.

WR A.J. Green, CIN - Green was shutdown by Xavier Rhodes and the ineptitude of the Bengals offense in Week 15. He'll face Darius Slay and the same limiting factors in the Bengals offense in Week 16.

WR Chris Hogan, NE - Hogan was a surprise inactive for Week 15, and it's fair to wonder if he'll be active for Week 16 against the Bills.

WR Marqise Lee, JAX - Lee suffered an ankle injury in Week 15 is likely out for Week 16 against the 49ers.

WR Jordy Nelson, GB - Nelson had the same uninspiring fantasy line against the Panthers with Aaron Rodgers that he had in previous weeks with Brett Hundley, and that was even with Davante Adams missing more than a quarter and the Packers in catch up mode. It is beginning to appear the quarterback wasn't the problem.

WR Mohamed Sanu, ATL - Sanu had his quietest game in a long time and the offense appears to have focused on Devonta Freeman now. He could have the better matchup of the Falcons wideouts against the Saints next week, but his floor looks lower than we thought it was going into Week 15.

WR Golden Tate, DET - Tate had yet another slow game against the Bears in Week 15. He has a good matchup against the Bengals this week, but is more WR3/Flex than WR2.

WR Adam Thielen, MIN - Thielen has been underperforming for two of the last three weeks, and it's fair to reclassify him as a solid WR2 with upside instead of the WR1 he was for a good part of this season.

WR Sammy Watkins, LAR - Watkins was quiet against the Seahawks pass defense. While the Rams didn't have to pass much, it does appear that he'll remain a secondary target with the return of Robert Woods. He's just a boom/bust WR3/Flex against the Titans, with a small boom.

WR Dede Westbrook, JAX - Playing Westbrook against the Texans was good process, but Keelan Cole and Jaydon Mickens were the big producers, while he was insignificant in the box score. He'll be tough to trust against the 49ers this week.


Wide Receiver Holding steady

WR Keenan Allen, LAC - Allen left Week 15 with a back injury, but it doesn't appear that it is going to be an issue that keeps him out of Week 16 in a good matchup against the Jets. Check back to make sure he is active, but if he is, be sure to play him in the finals.

WR Cooper Kupp, LAR - Kupp was a non-factor in Week 15 because he wasn't really needed for the Rams to roll over the Seahawks in Week 15. They have a great matchup against the pass in Week 16 against the Titans, and Kupp should be a Wr3/Flex for your lineup despite the return of Robert Woods.


Tight End Upgrade

TE Cameron Brate, TB - (waiver wire: 1%) - Brate could be a solid streamer for Week 16 if OJ Howard's foot injury and Desean Jackson's leg injury keeps them out of the game against Carolina.

TE Garrett Celek, SF - (waiver wire: 1%) - Celek had a touchdown and over 60 yards for the second straight week. While the matchup against the Jaguars is big drag on passing production for the opponent, perhaps Celek could benefit because he won't be facing one of their top two corners.

TE Charles Clay, BUF - (waiver wire: 25-50%) - Clay was basically Tyrod Taylor's #1 target against the Dolphins in Week 15. He should merit streaming tight end consideration against the Patriots this week.

TE Eric Ebron, DET - (waiver wire: 25-50%) - Ebron made the kind of catch in the end zone that he usually fails to make, and continued to establish himself as a reliable target for Matthew Stafford down the stretch. He'll be a viable TE1 against the Bengals this week.

TE Evan Engram, NYG - Engram's value heading into a Week 16 matchup with the Cardinals should be enhanced by Eli Manning coming off of his best passing game of the year.

TE Rob Gronkowski, NE - Gronkowski was unstoppable on the final offensive drive for the Patriots, and he is in top form for the finals, just when fantasy owners need him the most.

TE Greg Olsen, CAR - (waiver wire: 50+%) - Olsen magically returned to form for Week 15's win over Green Bay. He's back to being a strong TE1 against the Bucs next week.

TE Ben Watson, BAL - (waiver wire: 25-50%) - Watson looked as spry as he has all year, getting free for a long touchdowns against the Browns. He has a good matchup against the Colts this week and should be considered a solid streamer for the finals.

TE Jason Witten, DAL - Witten was a frequent enough target for Dak Prescott to be an adequate Week 15 streaming tight end. He'll remain in consideration for Week 16 against Seattle.


Tight End Downgrade

TE Jared Cook, OAK - Cook had a touchdown taken off of the board because of an offensive pass interference penalty and doesn't appear to have a higher fantasy profile with Amari Cooper sidelined.

TE Jimmy Graham, SEA - Graham was a complete disaster for the second straight week, and if anyone survived his games, they might not want to play him against the Cowboys in Week 16. It's fair to wonder whether the Seahawks will bring him back in free agency.

TE Hunter Henry, LAC - Henry was quiet in the Week 15 loss to the Chiefs and he might miss the final two weeks of the season with a lacerated kidney.

TE O.J. Howard, TB - Howard left the Monday night loss with a foot injury and was seen in a walking boot after the game. He is iffy for Week 16.

TE Jesse James, PIT - James was a bobbled ball at the goal line away from being a hero for the Steelers and fantasy teams that chose him as a streamer. Instead, the Steelers ended up losing and James was a fantasy loser.

TE Ricky Seals-Jones, ARI - Seals-Jones appeared to have an enhanced outlook for Week 15 with Jermaine Gresham out, but he ended up being behind Troy Niklas in the pecking order and remained a small part of the Arizona passing game.