The fantasy football semifinals are here. If this article is still relevant for your team, then congratulations on making it this far into the fantasy season. There is still work to be done though. Hitting on the right player in every slot can mean the difference between wins and losses. Streaming defenses is viable even into the playoffs. Meanwhile, players are still emerging from injuries and depth charts to make a difference in these last couple of weeks of the fantasy season. Here are some players available in the majority of leagues who can help on rosters in the playoffs. This is waiver wire targets for week 16 of the fantasy football season.
Waiver wire targets for week 16 of the fantasy football season
Ty Chandler, running back, Minnesota Vikings
Ty Chandler likely earned the starting running back role for the Vikings for the rest of the year due to his week 15 performance. Chandler had a monster game, racking up 157 all-purpose yards and scoring a touchdown against the Cincinnati Bengals. No other Vikings running back has done much in the way of fantasy this season so Chandler will be relevant against the Detroit Lions in week 16 and Green Bay Packers in week 17. If Alexander Mattison misses another week, Chandler is immediately an RB1 next week, but he is a flex play regardless.
Zamir White, running back, Las Vegas Raiders
Zamir White had a very steady performance in the Raiders week 15 blowout of the Chargers. White took the place of Josh Jacobs who could once again not play in week 16. If Jacobs is once again sidelined, White is a must-start against the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs allow 4.6 yards per carry on the season, which makes the matchup favorable. With the Chiefs struggling on offense lately, White should see plenty of work to keep the game close and Patrick Mahomes off the field.
Joshua Palmer wide receiver, Los Angeles Chargers
One of the few bright spots for the Chargers in week 15 was the return of Joshua Palmer. Even with Easton Stick under center, Palmer will likely have fantasy relevance this week against the Buffalo Bills. The Chargers will likely be in a pass-first game script and Palmer could once again be the primary receiver for the team. Last week was Palmer’s first action in six weeks due to injury, so expect even more rapport between him and Stick this week. Palmer showed his big-play ability with a 79-yard touchdown last week and is a viable flex play in the fantasy semifinals.
Denver Broncos DST
The Broncos are under 50% owned in Yahoo leagues and under 15% owned in ESPN leagues. The team struggled last week; however, their last two fantasy games this season are very favorable. In week 16, they face a New England Patriots team who has been inept all season on offense and has gotten worse without Rhamondre Stevenson. In the championship week, the Broncos then draw the Los Angeles Chargers who will be without Justin Herbert. The Broncos are fighting for a playoff spot and have scored 12 or more points in fantasy four times so far this season. This defense could be championship caliber for the last two weeks of the fantasy season.