Week 16 Waiver Wire: Under-the-Radar WRs Who Will Produce in Fantasy Playoffs

Rick WeinerFeatured ColumnistDecember 17, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 02:  Jason Avant #81 of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrates against the San Francisco 49ers at Lincoln Financial Field on October 2, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The 49ers won 24-23.   (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Something has gone horribly wrong if you are scouring the waiver wire for receivers heading into what, for many of us, is the final game of our fantasy seasons.

Well, fantasy brethren, I have good news and bad news for you.

The good news, of course, is that you are still playing.


The bad news, unfortunately, is that the pickings are slim when it comes to wide receivers on the waiver wire who can make an impact for you in Week 16.

This trio of receivers may not finish with triple-digit receiving yards on the day, but multiple receptions (are you paying attention, PPR owners), solid yardage and the chance for a touchdown are well within their grasp.

Jonathan Baldwin, Kansas City Chiefs

With Dwayne Bowe officially out for the rest of the season, as reported by ESPN's Adam Schefter (via Twitter), Baldwin becomes the top receiver in Kansas City.

While neither Matt Cassel or Brady Quinn offer much in the way of dynamic quarterback play, the Chiefs face off against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 16, a team that surrenders nearly 24 points per game to opposing wide receivers in standard ESPN leagues.

Only New Orleans, Washington and Tampa Bay allow more.

Brandon Gibson, St. Louis Rams

Gibson was targeted seven times by Rams QB Sam Bradford against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 15, catching five passes for 69 yards.

Over the past two weeks, Gibson has been targeted 16 times, catching 11 passes for 169 yards and a touchdown.

With the Rams taking on the worst pass defense that the NFL has to offer in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 16—a team that allows a league-high 27.5 fantasy points per game to wide receivers in standard ESPN leagues—another big game is well within reach for Gibson.

Jason Avant, Philadelphia Eagles

Someone besides Jeremy Maclin needs to catch passes from Nick Foles, and there's no reason it won't continue to be Avant.

Over his past three games, Avant has been targeted 21 times, catching 14 passes for 256 yards.

Philadelphia finishes its season series against the Washington Redskins in Week 16, a team that has the second-worst pass defense in the NFL and allows nearly 26 points per game to wide receivers in standard ESPN leagues.

Rick Weiner is a member of B/R's Breaking News Team.