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Fantasy football under-the-radar plays — League winners

Derrick Henry has been a beast. Photo via Titans/Facebook

It's championship week for most fantasy leagues, so I'm back to give out more sleeper plays. My standard for a good fantasy game is around 100 total yards and/or a TD, and this is for PPR scoring. A game with a lot of catches helps too, obviously. Of course, the bar is a little lower for TEs.

My plays are below and these players are in no particular order.

QB

Nick Foles (PHI): This week Foles gets his shot at the Texans' underwhelming secondary. Over the past 4 games Houston has allowed almost 26 FPTS/G to opposing QBs.

Aaron Rodgers (GB): I know, it's crazy to have him in this article, but he hasn't been good this year. He was only decent last week in comparison to how bad the QB play was in Week 15. He gets the Jets on Sunday, and they have been bad.

Mitchell Trubisky (CHI): Trubisky gets the 49ers this week, and they have given up 9 TD passes to opponents over the last 4 weeks. He should have a nice game.

RB

Marlon Mack (IND): He got it done last week and this week he gets the Giants defense which is allowing over 31 FPTS/G to running backs over their last 4 games.

Spencer Ware or Damian Williams (KC): If Ware misses the game against Seattle this week, Williams is a must-start. The Seahawks really struggle against pass-catching RBs. They've allowed 36 catches to RBs in their last 4 games. Pay attention to the practice reports and try to get a feel for which player is expected to get the most work. If it's going to be a committee this week, knowing which guy to start will be tough.

Jaylen Samuels (PIT): START HIM if James Conner remains out. That is all.

Sony Michel (NE): He gets a nice matchup against the Bills, and I think New England pounds Buffalo. The Bills have allowed 6 TDs to RBs in their last 4 games.

Derrick Henry (TEN): You've seen what he's done the last couple weeks, right? He's been great, and he gets a nice matchup against Washington. The Redskins are allowing 5.28 yards per carry over the last month to RBs. Henry looks like a league winner.

Jamaal Williams (GB): He should be active against the Jets, and he's a nice option if you need him.

WR

Alshon Jeffrey (PHI): He gets the Texans this week, and only the Jets are a better matchup for WRs over the past month. The Texans allow almost 43 FPTS/G to WRs over their last 4 contests. Jeffrey is going off.

Doug Baldwin (SEA): Baldwin is in a great spot playing the Chiefs this week. They are giving up over 40 FPTS/G to WRs in their last 3 games.

Julian Edelman (NE): I pushed him hard last week, and he came through. I think he goes off on the Bills this week. He should see an uptick in targets with Josh Gordon out of the picture. Edelman has made a career out of lighting up the Bills.

Jordy Nelson (OAK): If you're stuck this week, Nelson has a good matchup, and he's been decent for fantasy the past few weeks. The Broncos are a Top 7 matchup for receivers over the last 4 weeks.

TE

Jared Cook (OAK): If you have him, you've probably been starting him regularly. He gets Denver this week, and they've allowed 24 catches to TEs over the last month. You'll be pleased if he catches 6 passes.

Cameron Brate (TB): He's in this article almost every week, and he killed a lot of owners in Week 15. On the bright side, the Cowboys have good corners and I could see Brate getting some extra looks this week. Plus, Dallas is allowing over 14 FPTS/G to TEs over the past month.

That's all I have for this week. For more fantasy info, make sure you check out my show Moneyline on ESPN 97.5 every Sunday from 10-noon. Jerry Bo and I will get you ready for kickoff and answer any questions you may have. Also, follow us on Twitter.

Good luck in Week 16!

@JoshJordan975

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Week 16 working the waiver wire: Chase that championship

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Congratulations, if you're reading this article you've had a good fantasy season. Adding free agents should be easier with many teams already done for the season. Also, be aware that other owners that are in the playoffs will be looking to block you from picking up any players that can help you, so go all-in if you need a certain player this week. Owners in the consolation game might be looking to add players this week too, so don't just assume your opponent in the championship game is your only competition on the waiver wire.

Keep in mind the owner % mentioned is for 10-team standard ESPN PPR leagues. Good luck!

QB

Ryan Tannehill: He's still only 63% owned, and he continues to come through for fantasy owners. He plays the Saints this week, and they're a middle of the road matchup for QBs over the last 4 games.

Philip Rivers: He's only rostered on 43% of leagues and should have a great game since the Raiders are the 3rd best matchup a QB can face over their last 4 games.

Desperation play:

Ryan Fitzpatrick: You can use him against the Bengals if you're desperate. The matchup isn't as good as you might think. Don't look now, but the Bengals are the 5th worse matchup for QBs over their last 4 games.

RB

Adrian Peterson: Peterson was my top player to add last week, and he didn't disappoint. You have to love the volume he's getting and a home matchup against the Giants isn't scary. He's still only rostered in 55% of leagues.

Mike Boone: This is a tough week for RBs on the waiver wire. Hopefully, you're playing in your fantasy Super Bowl because you have good RBs. Boone could be a league winner if Dalvin Cook and Alexander Mattison sit this week, but there's no way of knowing that this early in the week. The matchup against the Packers is tasty, so keep your eye on the Vikings' practice reports. This will be tricky because the game is on Monday night, so add Boone and play him if he's the starter.

Kerryon Johnson: He could be back this week, but who knows how much work he gets. If you're in a keeper league, and he's out there, he might be worth picking up for next year.

WR

Breshard Perriman: You have to love his upside playing with Jameis Winston who will face a Texans secondary that can be exploited. He's only rostered in 9% of leagues. He has 3 straight games with 70 yards receiving or more, so he's worth a shot for sure. You can't expect another 113 yard performance with 3 TDs, but he should good again.

Darius Slayton: He didn't put up big numbers, but he did score again. His matchup against the Redskins isn't great, and we'll see if Eli Manning plays again this week. Slayton comes with some risk this week, keep that in mind. He's rostered in 65% of leagues.

Anthony Miller: I've been one of the last people to back Miller this year, but you can't ignore how good he's been lately. He's produced in fantasy for 4 straight weeks, but his matchup couldn't be worse this week, so be aware. The Chiefs have given up the least amount of points to WRs over their last 4 games. He's rostered in 25% of leagues.

Greg Ward: He's getting a lot of targets because Carson Wentz doesn't really have many other options. Ward faces the Cowboys defense this week, and they're a Top 10 matchup for WRs over their last 4 games. He's available in 97% of leagues.

TE

Tyler Higbee: He's only rostered in 39% of leagues, and he has 3 straight games with over 100 receiving yards. PICK HIM UP. Even if Gerald Everett returns, you have to love Higbee.

O.J. Howard: His matchup against the Texans is beautiful, and Jameis should target him heavily. He's rostered in 52% of leagues and should be owned.

DEF

If you need a defense this week, the Chiefs look like a good option against the Bears. Kansas City is playing a lot better on defense as of late, and they're only rostered in 34% of leagues.

Okay, that will do it. Be sure to check out my show MoneyLine with Jerry Bo on ESPN 97.5FM. We're on every Sunday morning from 10-noon, and we'll talk a lot of fantasy football and NFL gambling getting you ready for kickoff every Sunday. Good luck this week!

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