After 15 weeks of action, the fantasy football championship is finally here for the vast majority of leagues. Whether you’re looking to take home a title or just avoid coming in last, now is the time to search the waiver wire for all the best available wide receivers. Heading into Week 16, you should set your eyes on Breshad Perriman, Sterling Shepard, Anthony Miller, Danny Amendola, and Greg Ward.
Note that in order to make this list, the player had to be available in over 50% of fantasy leagues. If you’re in smaller leagues, there may be better players available. Make sure to check your waivers to see if there are any diamonds in the rough before submitting your claims.
Breshad Perriman, Sterling Shepard Highlight Fantasy Football Week 16 Wide Receiver Waiver Wire Claims
Perriman played like a first-round talent last week. With Mike Evans sidelined, the journeyman wide receiver stepped up to the plate and delivered a fantastic performance, hauling in five receptions for 113 yards and three touchdowns. Jameis Winston loves to throw deep, Bruce Arians loves to feature wide receivers, and Winston’s highly volatile style of play ensures that the Buccaneers will need to throw it early and often, no matter who they play.
Perriman is already a must-add, but he has a chance to be a top-five receiver if Chris Godwin cannot suit up in Week 16. The breakout wide receiver suffered a hamstring injury midway through Sunday’s contest and didn’t return to the field. If he’s done for the season, Perriman is going to shine as the top option in an explosive passing attack. Every year somebody comes out of nowhere to be a fantasy superhero, and this year, that somebody is Breshad Perrriman.
Note: If Chris Godwin can’t suit up, you can also make a claim for Justin Watson.
Sterling Shepard had a long-overdue breakout game in Week 15. Based on target volume and depth, Shepard should have been one of the more productive wide receivers in the game. That usage finally caught up to him when he went off for nine receptions and 111 yards against the Miami Dolphins. He was Eli Manning’s favorite target throughout the game and should remain a key part of the offense even if Daniel Jones returns in Week 16.
Assuming Shepard sees the same usage he’s seen all year, he should continue to produce as a solid WR2 or upper-level flex play. Additionally, Shepard also has the fortune of going up against a bad Washington Redskins defense, which should only help Shepard’s production.
It took long enough for Matt Nagy to realize that Anthony Miller is a good wide receiver. After starting the season as an afterthought, Miller has developed into one of the most important parts of the Chicago passing attack. Last week, Miller recorded nine receptions for 118 yards and a touchdown on a staggering 15 targets.
This was no one-week fluke, as Miller has recorded nine or more targets in four of his last five games. Mitchell Trubisky trusts him, and the offense looks better when he’s a part of the game plan. Miller’s high target share should last throughout the season, and he should be able to find modest success against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Marvin Jones is done for the season, which means Danny Amendola is going to be a vital part of the Detroit Lions passing attack. Last week, the two-time Super Bowl champion recorded a team-high eight receptions for 102 yards on 13 targets. Kenny Golladay is going to remain the top option in the passing game, but Amendola is going to have some fantasy value moving forward. David Blough is no superstar, but he’s still good enough to make Amendola a reliable fantasy option in PPR leagues.
Bonus: Greg Ward
The Philadelphia Eagles need somebody to catch the ball, and it might as well be Greg Ward. Alshon Jeffery is done for the foreseeable future and Nelson Agholor might need another week of rest. Ward looked like a legit NFL-caliber receiver, hauling in seven receptions for 61 yards and a touchdown, including the game-winning score. If Agholor can’t go again, Ward should be a safe play against a Dallas Cowboys defense which struggles against wide receivers.
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