Week 16 Pickups: Sam Bradford and More Waiver Wire Players with Great Matchups

Alex KayCorrespondent IDecember 19, 2012

ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 9: Sam Bradford #8 of the St. Louis Rams throws a pass during an NFL game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium on December 9, 2012 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
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With Week 16 of the NFL season’s arrival, it’s highly likely that your fantasy football league is in the championship round.

Whether you are vying for the title or just trying to compete for loser’s bracket glory, it’s not time to stop tinkering with your lineup just yet.

Let’s take a look at some studs available on the waiver wire with great matchups this coming weekend.

QB: Sam Bradford, St. Louis Rams (at Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

Bradford is playing the softest secondary in the league, the Bucs, and is in line for a huge game to follow up his best performance of the season.

The Rams signal-caller went off for 377 yards and three TDs against Minnesota last week and should be able to get close to similar numbers against Tampa Bay.

You should consider Bradford an elite QB1 this week, and he warrants consideration as a starter for even the deepest of teams.


RB: Jackie Battle, San Diego Chargers (at New York Jets)

Ryan Mathews' season is over, and Jackie Battle is likely in line to receive the majority of snaps out of the Bolts backfield.

Fortunately, San Diego is facing the pathetic run defense of Gang Green, a front seven that allowed Chris Johnson to tear off a 94-yard TD last week on his way to 120 total yards.

While Battle doesn’t have that type of breakaway speed, he should pick up plenty of big gains against a collapsing Jets team.


WR: Jason Avant, Philadelphia Eagles (vs. Washington Redskins)

We predict the ‘Skins are going to take a big lead early in this matchup, and coach Andy Reid will implore rookie QB Nick Foles to pass, and pass often, once the Eagles go down.

Avant, the No. 2 WR in the offense right now, will be in line for plenty of targets against a weak secondary and should have no problem converting some of those into big catches for lots of yards, and potentially a score.

There aren’t many great WRs available on the waiver, but Avant could certainly be started in a number of league championships this week.