Waiver-Wire Pickups, Week 16
We’re coming down the home stretch in the NFL regular season which also means the home stretch of the fantasy football season. By now, you either are excited about the possibility of winning your league, or more likely wondering why you even play fantasy football. Fair question, but for those of you who still actually care, snag one of these guys if you still can.
1. Kirk Cousins, QB, Redskins – While coach Mike Shanahan took a lot of public criticism for benching RGIII and starting Cousins, the play of the new quarterback was respectable last Sunday. He threw for 381 yards and 3 touchdowns (albeit with 3 turnovers) and routinely made tough throws into tight windows. Now this week he gets to feast on a Dallas defense that just made Matt Flynn look like a pro-bowler. If I own the Redskins QB, I’m starting him and not thinking twice about it.
2. Matt Asiata, RB, Vikings – No AP? That’s fine, Minnesota has Toby Gerhart. No Gerhart? No problem, the Vikings own… Matt Asiata. Yes, that Matt Asiata. The guy put was shadowed by Jamaal Charles’ 51 point day, but Asiata put up 24 himself. That would be Adrian Peterson’s third best fantasy game of the entire season. Now, there’s truth to the statement that the Vikings’ third-stringer isn’t very talented. He was force-fed the ball on Sunday (30 carries) yet managed only 51 yards rushing. However, the 3 touchdowns certainly made a fantasy leap of faith worth while. If Peterson and Gerhart sit again in week 16, I could see Asiata finding the end-zone once again.
3. Doug Baldwin, WR, Seahawks – While any Seahawks player (other than Marshawn Lynch or Russell Wilson) is risky to start any given week, Baldwin has become more and more reliable over the past month+. He has caught 4 touchdowns over his past 6 games and is quickly becoming Russell Wilson’s favorite target. Baldwin runs most of his routes from the slot which allows Wilson to find him easily and then the receiver is able to make a move and get YAC; it’s something that he has routinely done throughout his career. If you’re a conservative fantasy football owner looking for a safe option on the Waiver-Wire, stop here.