Week 16 Pickups: Outstanding Under-the-Radar Studs for Playoffs

Chris Hummer@chris_hummerAnalyst IDecember 23, 2012

Dec 17, 2012; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans receiver Nate Washington (85) is pursued by New York Jets safety Yeremiah Bell (37) at LP Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

It's Week 16 of the NFL season and that means, of course, the fantasy football playoffs.

At this time of year rosters are set, and the best teams have been established. Still, there is nothing like a waiver-wire pickup to give your squad a much needed boost. Whether the move allows you to avoid last place in your league or turns out to be the missing piece to your championship lineup, waiver-wire pickups are always a useful tool.

Pickups like Knowshon Moreno have swung the balance of every league the past few weeks. While there may not be any Morenos left on the waiver wire, there are solid players that could assist your squad in a pinch.

Here are a few last-minute pickups to keep in mind for Week 16.


Curtis Brinkley, RB, Chargers

With Ryan Matthews out for the year, someone has to get the carries in San Diego.

Why not Brinkley?

Jackie Battle will likely receive the majority of the carries for the Chargers, but Brinkley proved last week that he's a reliable option.

Against the Panthers, Brinkley turned six carries into 42 yards and was an option in the passing game, reeling in three balls for 14 yards.

It's no guarantee, but against the Jets' putrid rush defense—it's 29th in the NFL in yards allowed—Brinkley has a chance to breakout.


Nate Washington, WR, Titans

Washington is by no means a fantasy stud, and neither is, for that matter, any member of the Titans anemic passing attack.

However, with Kendall Wright's injury and Kenny Britt's spastic production, it wouldn't be surprising to see Jake Locker look toward the ever reliable Washington early and often.

Last week Washington caught four balls for 62 yards, and this week the matchup is even better for the Titans offense.

Well, sort of.

The Titans are going up against a Packers team that is sure to score quite a bit, so the offense will be forced to chuck the ball to keep up.

It’s not good for the Titans on the scoreboard, but it will provide plenty of opportunities for Washington.

Braylon Edwards, WR, Jets and Greg McElroy, QB, Jets

Because, well, why not?

McElroy will be making his first ever start on Sunday, replacing the walking interception that is Mark Sanchez. Edwards is sure to be one of his main targets, only a week after joining the team.

McElroy looked competent against Arizona a few weeks ago, and he may be able to find some success against the Chargers.

He can't do any worse than Sanchez, right?

Edwards, despite being cut by the Seahawks just two weeks ago, looked to be the Jets' most explosive playmaker last Monday. Expect McElroy to target Edwards whenever he gets a chance to throw.

They may not put up huge numbers, but they both start in the NFL, so that's something.