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Citak: Fantasy Football Week 16 Top Waiver Wire Additions

Matt Citak
December 18, 2018 - 8:22 am

Week 16 aka the fantasy football championship is finally here.

Congratulations to those of you that made it this far. It has been a long, confusing few months of NFL action, but there is no denying that the 2018 season has been jam-packed with excitement.

At this point of the year, you are likely going with the players that got you this far in your starting lineup. However, Week 15 did see several injuries to prominent fantasy contributors, paving the way for some surprise names on this week's list of adds.

Whether you are looking for a replacement or an upgrade, you have come to the right place.

Here are the top waiver wire adds for Week 16 of the NFL season.

RB Jamaal Williams, Green Bay Packers - Aaron Jones was forced out of Green Bay's Week 15 loss due to an MCL injury, and it's looking like it will keep him sidelined for the rest of the year. That opens the door for Williams, who ran for 55 yards and a score on 12 carries this past Sunday, to take over as the Packers' lead back. Williams is a solid pass-catcher as well, evidenced by his four receptions for 42 yards against the Bears. Green Bay may be out of the playoff race, but you better believe that Aaron Rodgers will be playing to win over the next two weeks. Williams is the top waiver add for Week 16. 

RB Alfred Blue, Houston Texans - Similar to Williams, Blue may now be taking over as the lead back in the Texans' offense. Lamar Miller suffered an ankle injury during the team's win over the Jets, and it is too early to tell if the veteran will be forced to sit out Week 16. After replacing Miller, Blue was not able to find any success on the ground, gaining just six yards on nine carries. However, with the way the Texans have been rolling, the role of lead back in that offense is quite valuable. If Miller misses this week, Blue would be a solid flex play. 

WR Mike Williams, Los Angeles Chargers - What a coming out party for Mike Williams! Following the injury to Keenan Allen, Williams quickly emerged as the primary option in the Chargers' passing game for Philip Rivers. The second-year receiver caught seven of nine targets for 76 yards and two touchdowns, while scoring another touchdown on a 19-yard run as well. Allen may be back in time for Week 16, but even if he is, Williams has proven himself to be quite the valuable piece to LA's offense, and is the top WR add this week.

RB Kalen Ballage, Miami Dolphins - Add Frank Gore to the list of running backs that suffered injuries in Week 15. With Gore down, Ballage stepped up as the lead back for the Dolphins, and boy did he look good in his first extended action. The rookie out of Arizona State carried the rock 12 times for 123 yards and a score. For those doing the math, that is over 10 yards per carry... in his first NFL game getting more than four rush attempts. With Gore likely done for the rest of the season, and Miami's reluctance to use Kenyan Drake as an every-down back, Ballage should see a ton of volume over the final two weeks.

RB Elijah McGuire, New York Jets - Isaiah Crowell has been placed on injured reserve, meaning it's McGuire's backfield for the remainder of the season. Taking on a tough Texans defense, the young running back was able to gain 71 yards and a touchdown on 21 touches. Those numbers aren't great, but keep in mind Houston has one of the top run defenses in the NFL. The Jets face off against the Packers in Week 16, who are allowing 4.6 yards per carry on the season. McGuire should be able to find a lot more running room in this matchup. 

QB Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills - Do you know who the number one scoring quarterback in fantasy has been over the last four weeks? If you guessed Josh Allen, I don't believe you but you are correct. While his passing statistics were actually better than normal in Week 15 (204 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions), it's the rookie quarterback's rushing abilities that make him such a valuable fantasy play. Allen ran for a touchdown against the Lions this past Sunday, making it four consecutive games with at least 99 rushing yards or a rushing TD. If the Bills want to have any chance of beating the Patriots this week, Allen will need to use his legs a ton.

WR DaeSean Hamilton, Denver Broncos - In the two games since Emmanuel Sanders was lost for the season, Hamilton has been targeted a total of 21 times, catching 14 of them (seven in each game) for 93 yards and a touchdown. Don't get me wrong, those yardage numbers are awful. However the volume he's getting in the Broncos' passing game has catapulted Hamilton into fantasy relevance. Working as the slot receiver, Hamilton should continue to see a ton of targets thrown his way, which is even more appealing with a Week 16 matchup against the Raiders on deck.  

WR Robert Foster, Buffalo Bills - Believe it or not, despite Josh Allen's low passing numbers, Foster has managed to register at least 94 receiving yards in four of his last five games. It's important to note that in those four games, the rookie out of Alabama totaled just 16 receptions (with seven coming in one game). Foster is clearly Allen's downfield threat, and with the strength of the arm on the rookie QB, the pair has managed to connect on several deep throws. It's definitely a risk, but with Buffalo likely playing from behind in this game, Allen will have to take some chances to Foster deep down the field. 

WR Tyrell Williams, Los Angeles Chargers - While he was not able to produce as much as his teammate was following the injury to Keenan Allen, Williams did see a nice uptick in targets in Thursday's showdown against the Chiefs. The 6-foot-4 receiver was targeted a team-high 12 times, catching six of them for 71 yards. We've already seen his big-play capabilities earlier this season with a few deep touchdown catches, but if Allen is forced to miss any time, Williams should continue to see significantly more targets in the passing game. Williams may be the top Chargers receiver to add this week, but don't sleep on Williams.

RB John Kelly, Los Angeles Rams - Assuming whoever owns Todd Gurley in your league hasn't already snagged his handcuff, now is the time to jump on John Kelly. The rookie received his first NFL carries against the Eagles Sunday night, picking up just four yards on two rush attempts. But the biggest thing to come from this game was the knee injury suffered by Gurley. He was able to return and finish the game, but still you have to think that the Rams will try to play it cautious with their best offensive player, especially with a matchup against the league-worst Arizona Cardinals on the horizon. If LA builds up a big, early lead, I wouldn't be surprised to see Kelly leading the backfield in the second half. It's a big gamble, but considering the matchup, Kelly could be looking at his first extended action against one of the worst rushing defenses in the NFL.

Matt Citak is a Web producer for WFAN Sports Radio. Follow him on Twitter @MatthewCitak.