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NFL Fantasy Football Waiver Wire: Week 16

Checking the waiver wire is a crucial element in fantasy football success. Who should you consider for Week 16? Check here.

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Fantasy Football - Jalen Hurts

Is it weird to say you’re happy for your team after they lost? As an Eagles fan, I am. Jalen Hurts looked great yesterday and I am super excited to see what he can do in the future. Anyway, we are heading into the championship weeks for Fantasy Football. I hope you all have the opportunity to compete. Let’s get right into the players that could potentially push you to glory. As always, both opportunity and performance are taken into consideration for these players, and also all players listed are rostered below 40 percent on ESPN.

Jalen Hurts, QB, Philadelphia Eagles
You can call me biased, but I called it two weeks ago that it was worth taking a flyer on Hurts. And if you listened the first time, it has paid off well. However, it is not too late to still pick him up since he is still available in over 65 percent of ESPN Leagues. Despite losing the game, Hurts exploded against the Arizona Cardinals last week, finishing with 338 passing yards and three passing touchdowns. He also had 63 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown as well. And as he should, Doug Pederson already named him the quarterback for next week’s game against the Cowboys. Which is a prime opportunity for Hurts to have another huge game as the Cowboy’s defense is washed.

Ty Johnson, RB, New York Jets
Not only did we see the Jets get their first win on Sunday, but we saw a new running back come out of the pack in New York. Ty Johnson was a great partner alongside the legendary Frank Gore and both of them together helped the Jets earn their first win. Johnson rushing wasn’t much as he only earned three attempts for 16 yards. But Johnson’s receiving was lethal, finishing with six receptions for 39 yards and one touchdown. Johnson is a solid running back option for any PPR league as he has shown he can play alongside Frank Gore and still be extremely productive despite the New York Jets being a completely broken team.

Greg Ward, WR, Philadelphia Eagles
One player who benefited from the surge of Jalen Hurts was Greg Ward. Especially this past weekend, Ward looked like a great option for Hurts. Ward finished with four receptions for 15 yards and two touchdowns. It is certainly worth questioning why Ward only had 15 receiving yards, but he is clearly the number one red zone option for the Eagles. Next week’s game against Dallas should be extremely beneficial for Eagles’ receivers since the Dallas secondary is in complete shambles. Ward is certainly worth targeting on the waivers this week with many factors going in his favor for another big game.

Darnell Mooney, WR, Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears’ receivers might have one of the easiest schedules for the remainder of the season in terms of the talent they match up with. This past week they faced the Minnesota Vikings who probably have one of the worst secondaries in the league and that really showed. Rookie Darnell Mooney showed up big, finishing with five receptions for 49 yards and a touchdown. Next week, the Bears are slated to face the Jacksonville Jaguars who also have a completely broken secondary. It is without a doubt, worth submitting a claim for Mooney or any Bears’ receiver who is in a position to have a boom performance.

Tyron Johnson, WR, Los Angeles Chargers
Despite being third on the depth chart in Los Angeles, Tyron Johnson has capitalized on the past two games, scoring a touchdown in both contests. Justin Herbert and the offense in LA continue to torch teams and stack up boatloads of points against defenses. Tyron Johnson has been a huge recipient of that. The one negative for Johnson is that the match-up next week against the Denver Broncos is not favorable because they have a great secondary stacked together. If none of the other options are available, I would highly recommend Johnson as he looks to continue his hot streak next week against the Broncos.

Ethan was born and raised in Mount Laurel, New Jersey, right outside of Philadelphia. He's a sophomore at the University of Oregon studying journalism. He is an avid follower of the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, NCAA, and UFC. Since the return of sports, he has glued his eyes open only to experience continuous failure amongst his Philadelphia sports team.

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