Next Man Up: Week 16

Dec 21, 2016

Dontrelle Inman
By: Josh Williams


Most fantasy owners right now are either licking your wounds, already preparing for next season or stewing about coming oh so close to the fantasy championship game, only to miss out by a few points. If you are lucky enough to be playing for it all, then it is important to be up-to-date. With that in mind, here are three, “next man up” situations in terms of key injuries heading into the game.


Vernon Davis


The former all-pro tight end has had a resurgence this year in Jay Gruden’s offense (despite his struggles Monday night against Carolina) and he is in line for a bigger role against Chicago with starting tight end Jordan Reed still dealing with a shoulder injury and his status further complicated by the ejection he received against the Panthers. No word on whether or not the NFL will punish him further, but with this cloud of uncertainty, Davis is a better option for anyone who has Reed on their roster. Davis has 41 receptions for 521 yards and two scores on the season. The Redskins have to win out and get help to make the playoffs and with a porous defense, the offense will have to come through in a big way, making Davis a good play.


Corey Coleman


It’s hard to say you should go with anyone in a Browns uniform with Robert Griffin III under center, but he has to throw the ball to someone. Coleman figures to be in line for an increased role because fellow starting receiver Terrelle Pryor, has a torn ligament in his finger. He says he plans to play through the injury, but he only tallied four receptions for 19 yards in the Browns loss to Buffalo. The good news for those looking at Coleman, the Browns will play at least play in the friendly confines of home this weekend.


Dontrelle Inman


The Chargers wide receiver has two things going for him this week. One, fellow receivers Travis Benjamin and Tyrell Williams are dealing with a knee injury and concussion respectively. Two, as noted above, the Chargers are playing the woeful, 0-14 Browns. Inman averages four receptions and 76 yards per game. Both of those numbers should be expected to increase based on an increased role and the defense he is facing.


There are a few other guys to consider if none of these players do it for you. If Alshon Jeffery, A.J. Green or Adrian Peterson are available, you may want to pick them up. Jeffery is facing the Redskins horrible pass defense and even if you think Green and Peterson have too much uncertainty around them, picking them up and putting them on your bench keeps your opponent from taking a chance with one of them and possibly beating you if they have a good game.


Finally, if all else fails and you still want more help for your injured players, here is a list of the top waiver wire pickups heading into championship weekend.

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