Week 16 Fantasy Football Projections: Waiver Wire Pickups Ready to Explode

Austin GreenCorrespondent IDecember 20, 2012

GLENDALE, AZ - NOVEMBER 25:  Wide receiver Danny Amendola #16 of the St. Louis Rams catches a 38 yard reception past cornerback William Gay #22 of the Arizona Cardinals during the second quarter of the NFL game at the University of Phoenix Stadium on November 25, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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It's championship week in most fantasy football leagues, which means the moves made on the waiver wire during these next few days could make or break your season.

If you have injured or slumping players, now is the time to make a change. Luckily, there are some great options available.

Whether you need a quality quarterback, a dynamic running back or an explosive wide receiver, you should be able to find some diamonds in the rough. Pick up one of the following mercenaries to ensure you win some bragging rights (and maybe some cash) this holiday season.


Danny Amendola - WR, St. Louis Rams

Amendola is owned in just 53.8 percent of ESPN fantasy leagues, but you can expect that to change quickly given his matchup this week.

Amendola and the Rams are going up against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who have allowed more fantasy points to wide receivers than any other team in the league. The Bucs have given up 3,059 receiving yards (219 per game) and 16 touchdowns this season. Last week, they allowed 307 yards and four touchdowns to New Orleans. 

The Rams certainly aren't as explosive as the Saints, but they should still be able to find some gaps in the Bucs D. And given that Amendola has been targeted at least 11 times in three of his last four games, he will be getting plenty of touches. 

Projected stats: 7 catches for 80 yards and 1 touchdown.


DeAngelo Williams - RB, Carolina Panthers

Williams is owned in 72.8 percent of ESPN fantasy leagues, so you may not have a chance to pick him up. If you do, you should add him this very second.

Williams has been shredding teams over the past two weeks, racking up 256 total yards and two touchdowns. He also has a great matchup this week, as the lowly Oakland Raiders are coming to town.

The Raiders have given up the third-most fantasy points to running backs this season. The last time they played a competent offense (Denver), they gave up 140 yards and one touchdown on the ground. The week before that, Trent Richardson ran for 72 yards and a touchdown against them.

If you're in need of a running back, Williams is likely the best option available.

Projected stats: 20 carries for 84 yards and 1 touchdown; 3 receptions for 38 yards.


Chad Henne - QB, Jacksonville Jaguars

This would be a major gamble, but if your QB situation is desperate, Henne actually isn't a bad option.

He is facing a Patriots defense that ranks 29th in opponents' passing yards (270.4 per game), and as Henne proved against Houston in Week 11, he's definitely capable of putting up some huge numbers.

You shouldn't expect another 354-yard, four-touchdown performance, but he should have some success against the Pats' D. He's also owned in just 5.9 percent of ESPN fantasy leagues, so he should be available.

Projected stats: 19-of-37 for 277 yards and 2 touchdowns.