2015 Fantasy Football: QB Waiver-Wire Options Heading Into Week 16

Every week, we examine players that may be available on your league's waiver wire that could help your team in the short- and/or long-term.

With most leagues hosting their championship in Week 16, the players on this list really comes down to those that can help you the most this week.

For a player to be listed, he must be owned in 50 percent (or less) of Yahoo! leagues. The goal is to provide recommendations of players that have a greater chance of being available on your league's waiver wire.

With that said, here are some waiver-wire options that I like heading into Week 16 (Yahoo! ownership in parenthesis):

[Note: Players listed below are sorted by my preference to add.]

QB - Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins (23 percent)

It was another strong performance at home for Cousins this week. In Sunday's win over the Bills, he threw for 319 yards and four touchdowns and ran for another score as he finished north of 35 fantasy points. Over his past eight games, Cousins has averaged 21.15 fantasy points per game.

With Matthew Stafford and Drew Brees yet to take the field this week, only Cam Newton has scored more fantasy points than Cousins in Week 15. If he hangs on to his QB2 finish, it will be his third top-two finish (and fifth top-10 finish) during that eight-game span. Over that stretch, Cousins has averaged slightly more than 275 passing yards per game with 20 touchdowns (16 passing and four rushing) and only three interceptions.

Going into Monday Night Football, only the Saints and Giants have allowed more fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks than the Eagles. In their past seven games combined, the Eagles have allowed 21 total touchdowns to opposing quarterbacks.

QB - Teddy Bridgewater, Minnesota Vikings (37 percent)

In eight of 14 games this season, Bridgewater has thrown for less than 200 yards and/or zero touchdowns. That means that he has also finished as fantasy's weekly QB20 (or worse) in nine games this season.

Not only is he coming off his best fantasy performance, but he gets an ideal matchup in Week 16. Throwing for four touchdowns and added a rushing score, Bridgewater scored 32.94 fantasy points in Week 15.

Given that he threw a total of four touchdowns in his previous seven games combined, it's unlikely that he repeats that kind of success in Championship Week. That said, only the Saints have allowed more fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks than the Giants this season.

QB - Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (43 percent)

Winston threw for 363 yards and two touchdowns in a difficult matchup against the Rams on Thursday Night Football, but he gets a more favorable matchup against the Bears in Week 16. The Bears have allowed the eighth-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season. Meanwhile, Winston has been fairly consistent for a rookie quarterback as he has scored a minimum of 12 fantasy points in all 14 games this season.

QB - Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs (37 percent)

Like many of the quarterbacks on this week's list, Smith has a great matchup in Week 16. The Browns have allowed an average of 19.61 fantasy points per game, which ranks fourth in the NFL heading into Monday Night Football.

That said, Smith has thrown for 191 yards or less in three consecutive games and he failed to take advantage of a strong Week 15 matchup against the Ravens. On a positive note, his rushing stats (383 yards) helps raise his fantasy floor and his team keeps winning (eight consecutive wins), but he's unlikely to post the gaudy numbers that someone like Cousins might.

QB - Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears (41 percent)

Cutler has finished outside the top-20 weekly fantasy quarterbacks in four of five games, but he has thrown multiple touchdowns in back-to-back games after throwing just one during a three-game span. Inconsistent by nature, Cutler may take advantage of a fair matchup, but Cutler will be more a mid-tier QB2 this week for me.

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