Fantasy Football Week 16 Waiver Wire: Get Gardner Minshew, Zack Moss, and Treylon Burks to help you get to the Finals


You’ll likely be in the semi-finals of your Fantasy Qualifiers in Week 16, and we’ve got three serious injuries that could affect your lineups. Jalen Hurts (shoulder) is likely out, and we’re not expected to have Jonathan Taylor (ankle) or Tyler Lockett (finger). that stinks

For Hurts, his backup run on the Eagles isn’t a bad broadcast on Gardner Minshew (3 percent listed by CBS Sports), even in a tough game in Dallas. Brock Purdy (33 percent) is the other top player targeting waivers as a sore replacement, and we’ll get into the details below.

Zack Moss (3 percent listed) is the best Colts rusher with Taylor injured, but Deon Jackson (21 percent) will also be in the mix. Other running backs we’ll consider to add include Tyler Allgeier (55 percent), Chupa Hubbard (48 percent) and Royce Freeman (1 percent).

Marquis Goodwin (19 percent) will have a bigger role in Seattle with Lockett injured, but he’s not the best wide receiver to target the waiver wire. Instead, you should add Treylon Burks (63 percent), Jahan Dotson (33 percent), and Mecole Hardman (61 percent) where available.

Noah Fant (26 percent) could benefit more than Goodwin with Lockett, a very tight tip to add the concession wire this week. He’s someone to target, along with Joan Johnson (25 percent) and Chigosim Okonkwo (54 percent).

There will probably be four teams competing in your Fantasy League due to the playoffs, so hopefully you will be able to get the one or two players you need. Injuries at this time of year are frustrating, but there are players on the waiver wire who can help you out in Week 16.

Editor’s Note: For this exemption wire column, we’re only looking at players on rosters in less than 65 percent of the CBS Sports leagues.

Week 16 Waivers

  • injuries: Jalen Hurts (shoulder), Lamar Jackson (knee), Trevor Lawrence (toe), Russell Wilson (concussion), Mike White (ribs), Ryan Tannehill (ankle) and Kenny Pickett (concussion)
  • Check to see if it is available: Daniel Jones (83 percent listed). Jones struggled in Week 15 in Washington with only nine Fantasy points, but before that had scored at least 19 points in four of his previous five games. Love facing him in Week 16 against the Vikings, who have allowed four of their previous six quarterbacks to score at least 21 fantasy points. He deserves to be used as a low-level starter in all tournaments.

Assignment priority list for week 16

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  • injuries: Jonathan Taylor (ankle), Jeff Wilson (hip), AJ Dillon (concussion), Damien Harris (thigh), Dejay Dallas (ankle), Clyde Edwards-Hellier (ankle), Khalil Herbert (hip), Dontrell Hilliard (neck ) and Caleb Huntley (Achilles)
  • Check to see if it’s available: Cam Akers (80 percent listed), Jerrick McKinnon (78 percent), James Cook (80 percent) and Michael Carter (69 percent). Akers had 100 total yards in Week 15 at Green Bay with a season-high three catches, something he’ll hopefully build on in Week 16 against Denver. Akers deserves to be used as a flex in all tournaments, and has scored at least 12 PPR points in two of his past three games. … McKinnon has scored at least 13 PPR points in three straight games, with a whopping 66 PPR points in the previous two games in Denver and Houston. He has 15 passes for 182 yards and three touchdowns in his previous two games on 17 goals, and hopefully this level of involvement will continue for the rest of the season as he plays alongside Isiah Pacheco. McKinnon is least flexible in all tournaments in Week 16 against Seattle. … Cook caught a touchdown in Week 15 against Miami and has now scored at least 11 PPR points in two of his past three games. He could be a flexible option in Week 16 in Chicago. … Carter is only worth a look if Zonovan Knight can’t play Thursday against the Jaguars. Knight was not included in the initial injury report, but coach Robert Salih said Knight would be in question with an ankle injury. It’s worth watching because Carter will be a flexible option if Knight gets out.
  • Handcuffs are on the list if you can: Alexander Mathison (61 percent listed), Khalil Herbert (38 percent), Gaylene Warren (35 percent), Kenneth Ginwell (28 percent), Zamir White (16 percent), Joshua Kelly (8 percent) , Hassan Haskins (5 percent) and Boston Scott (3 percent). These are nothing but their storage backs as lottery tickets. They have no standalone value, but they can be huge difference makers if the rookie in front of them gets injured.

Assignment priority list for week 16

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  • injuries: Tyler Lockett (finger), Debo Samuel (knee), Cortlandt Sutton (hamstring), Branden Cox (calf), Nico Collins (foot), Trilon Burks (concussion), Mikul Hardman (abdomen), Corey Davis (concussion ), DeVante Parker (concussion), Chase Claypool (knee) and Julio Jones (knee)
  • Check to see if it’s available: Drake London (72 percent listed), DJ Shark (69 percent) and Ze Jones (67 percent). London has become the Falcons’ passing choice since Kyle Bates (knee) was injured. In his previous two games, London had 23 goals for 13 goals and 165 yards, scoring at least 12 PPR points in every outing. He has a tough game in Week 16 in Baltimore, but London can be the #3 Fantasy receiver in the majority of tournaments. … Chark struggled as expected last week on the Jets with one catch for 18 yards on two targets, but had at least 14 PPR points in each of the previous two games. I expect him to rebound this week against the Panthers, and Chark deserves to be trusted as the #3 fantasy receiver of all time. … We’ve been pumping Jones for weeks now, and he’s been fantastic with at least 14 PPR points in four of his past five games, including 55 PPR points in the previous two games against Tennessee and Dallas. He has 51 goals over the five match period as well. But he has a tough week 16 game at the Jets (see Chark), and Jones may struggle. I still want him on my Fantasy team, and he still deserves to be used as a No. 3 receiver in Week 16.

Assignment priority list for week 16

  • injuries: Dallas Goedert (shoulder), Hayden Hurst (calf), Irv Smith (ankle)
  • Check to see if it’s available: Gerald Everett (82 percent listed), Darren Waller (81 percent), Evan Ingram (76 percent), Dawson Knox (76 percent). Everett has been consistent with at least seven PPR points in four straight games, and has at least six goals in each of his past three games. He’s not going to win your Fantasy match, but he’s not terrible given his involvement with Justin Herbert. In case you don’t use PPR, you can avoid Everett, who hasn’t scored a touchdown since Week 4… Waller is back and hopefully better than ever. He missed eight games with a hamstring injury but returned in Week 15 against New England with three catches for 48 yards and a touchdown on three targets. He is a tight fantasy finisher that is a must in all leagues for the rest of the year. … Ingram stayed hot in Week 15 against Dallas with eight catches for 62 yards on 10 targets, and now has at least 14 PPR points in three straight games. You start him in all leagues for the rest of the season based on how he’s played over the past three weeks. … Knox has come alive in the previous two games with at least 14 PPR points per inning against the Jets and Dolphins. He has 15 targets that range for 10 catches, 139 yards and two touchdowns, and should start in all tournaments in Week 16 in Chicago. Hopefully Josh Allen will continue to count on Knox like this for the rest of the year.

Assignment priority list for week 16

  • Broncos (60 percent listed) in LAR
  • Titans (59 percent listed) vs. HOU
  • Chargers (35 percent included) at IND
  • Lions (7 percent listed) in the Central African Republic
  • Rams (35 percent listed) vs. DEN

  • Jason Sanders (52 percent listed) vs. JB
  • Ruby Gold (60 percent listed) vs. WAS
  • Graham Jano (46 percent) at MIN

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