You don't want to have any holes in your lineup in Fantasy championship week, so it is very important to make one final visit to the waiver wire. Houston wide receiver Chad Hansen continued his late-season breakout stretch with a 38-yard TD reception on Sunday. Should Hansen be considered a prime pick among your Week 16 NFL Fantasy football waiver wire targets? Miami Dolphins rookie running back Salvon Ahmed had his first 100-yard game in Week 15.
Should Ahmed be one of your top Week 16 Fantasy football waiver wire targets? And which other players on Fantasy football waivers are worth grabbing with championships on the line in many leagues? Before determining who to target on the Week 16 Fantasy football waiver wire, be sure to see what SportsLine's resident Hall of Famer, Scott Engel, has to say.
Engel is an inaugural member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association's Hall of Fame. He is a four-time FSWA Award Winner and nine-time finalist, and has pulled off a three-peat in his prestigious New York City Fantasy Football League that includes other experts and high-stakes players.
Engel made the playoffs in 14 of his 16 Fantasy Football leagues this season. He had winning records in all but one. He won seven of his nine first-round playoff matchups in Week 15. This season, he recommended Justin Herbert, Cam Akers and Robert Tonyan in advance of them becoming popular Fantasy free agent additions.
Now, he's revealed the best widely available Fantasy football free agents entering Week 16. You can see his top Fantasy NFL waiver wire picks and full analysis over at SportsLine.
Top Fantasy football waiver wire picks for Week 16
One player Engel is advising Fantasy players to target on the Week 16 waiver wire: Cleveland Browns receiver Rashard Higgins. Using Browns players in Week 16 may be a big key to winning your league championship. The Cleveland passing game has been clicking lately, and the Browns face the New York Jets this week.
Baker Mayfield has not thrown for fewer than 297 yards in each of the past three games and has eight TD passes during that span. While Mayfield has been sparking the offense during Cleveland's playoff push, he has made Higgins into a very useful Fantasy player.
The Browns have needed another pass-catcher to step forward, and Higgins has answered the call in recent weeks. Mayfield has targeted Higgins 24 times in the last three games. Higgins has caught 16 passes in those games and scored twice. Mayfield and Higgins should connect frequently against New York's 30th-ranked pass defense. The Jets are ranked 26th in Fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers.
Engel is sticking with a Cleveland theme for waiver adds for Week 16, He also recommends Browns tight end Austin Hooper. In 2019 with Atlanta, Hooper played at an elite level during the first half of the season. He was regarded as a potential Fantasy TE1 during the 2020 preseason. But he has mostly disappointed this year. Before Week 15, Hooper had reached the 12-point Fantasy threshold just once, and he had also missed some time due to injuries.
On Sunday night, though, Hooper had his best game of the 2020 season, catching five of six targets and scoring for the second time in his past three games. He finished with 15.1 points, his best Fantasy output of the year. It was also his best Fantasy performance since Week 4, when he scored 14.4 points. Many Fantasy players have been scrambling for tight end streamers every week. In Week 16, with a very good matchup, Hooper could be a key piece in your championship puzzle if you need one more quality single week play to complete your quest for a Fantasy crown.
How to set your Week 16 waiver wire claims
Engel is also all-in on a running back who should be an immediate add. This player is still widely available and could be a huge boost to your Fantasy football lineup. You can only see who it is at SportsLine.
So which players should you target on the Fantasy football waiver wire before Week 16? And which running back is a must-add? Visit SportsLine now to see the best league-winning Fantasy football free agents entering Week 16, all from a Fantasy Hall of Famer, and find out.