Week 16 of the NFL season means that fantasy playoffs are heating up. If you’re looking to make some roster moves ahead of your playoff matchups this weekend, here are some of our top picks from the waiver wire ahead of Week 16.
Week 16 Fantasy football waiver wire pickups
Curtis Samuel, WR, Washington Commanders
Samuel has been a huge fantasy earner in recent weeks. In the Commanders’ loss to the Rams in Week 15, Samuel finished with two touchdowns. Before that, he had four receptions for 65 yards against the Dolphins and nine receptions for 100 yards against the Cowboys. Samuel should keep seeing plenty of targets from Sam Howell and Jacoby Brissett in the final few weeks of the season. The Commanders are matched up against the Jets this weekend.
Noah Brown, WR, Houston Texans
With Tank Dell out for the remainder of the season with a leg injury, Brown is seeing more action in the receiving corps. He finished Week 15 against the Titans with eight receptions for 82 yards and a touchdown. Case Keenum was starting under center, but whether it’s Keenum or CJ Stroud throwing the passes, we can expect to keep seeing Brown worked into the rotation. The Texans face the Browns in Week 16.
Ty Chandler, RB, Minnesota Vikings
Chandler ran all over the Bengals defense in Week 15. As Alexander Mattison deals with injury issues, Chandler has gotten a chance to prove himself, and he’s making the most of it. Chandler had 23 carries for 123 yards and a touchdown against Cincinnati, and should continue to carry the majority of the backfield workload over the next few weeks. The Vikings take on the Lions this week.
Isaiah Likely, TE, Baltimore Ravens
Likely has seen a big boost in fantasy earnings over the last several weeks and has emerged as a top target for Lamar Jackson. He now has back-to-back weeks with five receptions for 70 or more yards and a touchdown. Likely may be somewhat less available than some of the other options, as he is currently spoken for in just over half of ESPN fantasy leagues, but he’s certainly worth adding if you see him on the wire. The Ravens face the 49ers in Week 16.