By Greg Larnerd
As they say, all good things must come to an end and we’re nearing the end of the 2016 fantasy football season. As a result, that means the joy (I hope) you got out of reading this article each week is coming to an end as well.
I want to start off by saying thank you to you, to the readers; you guys made it possible for me to continue to write this piece week in and week out. I hope I’ve provided you with some help along the way and have given you at least a couple of smart options on the ever-changing waiver wire.
Now, most likely if you’re still reading at this point, you’ve made it to the championship or at least are in the game for third place. Either way, congratulations — you are potentially one step away from fantasy football glory! This week on the waiver wire is critical because there are a lot of teams in your league with no game on the schedule. You’ve earned the right to be where you are, you’ve gone through the marathon of a grind week in and week out, so let’s finish up strong.
Ty Montgomery (Green Bay Packers, 70% Owned):
For those of you who read the reports prior to kickoff in Chicago and picked up Montgomery hearing that he was going to be receiving the bulk of the work from out of the backfield, terrific for you. He was slipping tackles, spinning off defenders and cutting back like he was in a video game, which his numbers suggest that he was as he totaled 162 yards rushing and 2 TDs. The day seemed to be made for Montgomery based on his stellar performance alone. The only thing better would be if a famous rapper jumped on Twitter and stated that he wanted to name a future kid or album after him.
WAIT, that really happened! Rapper Lil Wayne, a well-known Packers fan, tweeted this mid-game while watching the young running back shred the Chicago Bears defense,
Kenneth Dixon (Baltimore Ravens, 80% Owned):
The battle at running back continues to swing back and forth as Kenneth Dixon and Terrance West exchange blows to become the lead back. It seems as though the Ravens are sticking with the veteran West but rookie Dixon continues to impress with his limited amount of touches and he was able to find the end zone on one of his nine carries on the day Sunday.
The Ravens face the Pittsburgh Steelers this weekend in a battle of AFC North rivals. It’s certainly going to be a tough game but Dixon’s shown an ability to catch the ball out of the backfield and this season the Steelers allow the third most receiving yards to backs. If you’re in need of a back, take a shot with Dixon this week.
Kenny Stills (Miami Dolphins, 25% Owned):
If you look at Stills numbers this season, they resemble the sensation you’d get if you were riding a roller coaster — lots of ups and downs. However, they’ve looked a little more consistent of late as three of the last four games he’s been in the double-digit fantasy point range, with a TD in three of four as well. The 24 year old also has 30 targets in his last five games and will be taking on a Buffalo Bills secondary that have a propensity to give up the big play, which happens to be Stills’ specialty. The Bills have allowed 44 receptions of 20-plus yards this season and that ranks in the bottom half of the league this year. There’s always risk involved with playing Stills, but his upside is consistently in play and that’s especially true against the Bills this week.
Chris Hogan (New England Patriots, 40% Owned):
Chris Hogan has been a nice fit into this New England Patriots offense this season, recording 631 yards on 33 receptions and four touchdowns on the year. As we head into Week 16, where the Patriots will be facing the New York Jets, I like Hogan’s chances to have a productive day. We know the Jets secondary is old (Darrelle Revis) and just underwhelming in general, making the most pedestrian quarterbacks look good (Matt Moore). Hogan had four receptions for 70 yards against the Jets in Week 12, so I’m expecting something similar this week and wouldn’t be surprised if he found himself in the end zone too.
Ryan Griffin (Houston Texans, 6% Owned):
Ryan Griffin assumed the No. 1 tight end duties last week as starter, C.J. Fiedorowicz, was sidelined with a concussion. We know those concussions can be tricky nowadays with all the protocol surrounding them, so if Fiedorowicz were to miss additional time that would open the door once again for Griffin, who had a phenomenal day filling in as the starter despite a mid-game QB change to Tom Savage. Griffin was able to wrangle up all eight of his targets for a solid 85 yards and will be facing a team that has allowed the most yards to opposing tight ends in the league this year (1,010) in the Cincinnati Bengals. Keep tabs on Fiedorowicz, though. I’d play whichever one of them starts this week.
Greg Larnerd is a fantasy football writer/contributor for CBS Sports Radio and is a fantasy football nut. You can find him on Twitter: @glarn34 or on YouTube: Greg Larnerd for all of his latest fantasy football videos.