Week 16 is championship weekend for most Fantasy Football leagues, upping the importance of your waiver wire claims. If you’re one game away from locking down your league title, make sure to be diligent on your weekly pickups. Conversely, if you’re desperately trying not to finish in last place, this weekend is still important.
Salvon Ahmed, RB, Miami Dolphins
24.2 percent rostered
Season Stats: 70 touches; 329 yards; 2 touchdowns
The Dolphins running backs aren’t easily predictable right now, but Ahmed appears to be the current leader. Returning from a shoulder injury, Ahmed touched the ball 24 times for 127 yards and two touchdowns against the Patriots.
Sony Michel, RB, New England Patriots
18.4 percent rostered
Season Stats: 57 touches; 358 yards; 1 touchdown
Michel’s 2020 season is fairly uneventful due to injury problems and the emergence of Damien Harris. Luckily for Michel, Harris was inactive in Week 15. If Harris remains out this next week, Michel should see most of the touches in the backfield.
Tony Pollard, RB, Dallas Cowboys
55.0 percent rostered
Season Stats: 111 touches; 574 yards; 5 touchdowns
Pollard was another backup player to benefit from a starter sitting out with an injury. Pollard hit paydirt for two touchdowns against San Francisco. While Ezekiel Elliot has indicated he won’t shut it down for the year, he’s still not at 100% in a season where they likely won’t make the playoffs.
Rashard Higgins, WR, Cleveland Browns
16.3 percent rostered
Season Stats: 35 receptions; 49 targets; 544 yards; 4 touchdown
Since losing Odell Beckham Jr. for the season, Higgins has emerged as a quality receiver for the Browns. Baker Mayfield has limited passing options and Sunday night’s performance of 76 yards on five catches is proof he can contribute.
Russell Gage, WR, Atlanta Falcons
21.3 percent rostered
Season Stats: 59 receptions; 94 targets; 672 yards; 3 touchdowns
Gage is on a three-game stretch of quality performances, each week totaling over 4 receptions and 50 yards. In Week 15, Gage also hauled in a touchdown reception. Gage’s usage in Atlanta’s offense has grown over the remainder of the year, and that shouldn’t change in these final weeks.
Emmanuel Sanders, WR, New Orleans Saints
53.8 percent rostered
Season Stats: 48 receptions; 64 targets; 580 yards; 4 touchdowns
Michael Thomas was placed on the IR for the remainder of the regular season just when Drew Brees returned. Without his number one guy, Brees will look to the second-best player of the group. Sanders is a perfect pickup for your championship game if you’re in a smaller league.