2015 Fantasy Football: WR 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.]

WR - Dorial Green-Beckham, Tennessee Titans (23 percent)

Once the most-coveted high school recruit, Green-Beckham has plenty of talent and size (6-5, 235), but there was some expected rust after being required to sit all of 2014 due to NCAA transfer rules. Starting slowly, DGB had 40 or fewer yards in all but two of his first 11 games this season, but he has become much more involved and productive down the stretch.

Against the Patriots on Sunday, Green-Beckham finished with six catches for 113 yards on nine targets and he now has a pair of 100-yard games in the past three weeks. Over that three-game span, DGB has 14 catches for 285 yards (20.4 Y/A) and a touchdown. (He had 16/243/2 in his first 11 games combined.)

The Texans have limited opposing wide receivers to the seventh-fewest fantasy points through yesterday's games. And since Week 5, the Texans have allowed only one 100-yard receiver (Sammy Watkins in Week 13). That said, DGB has as much upside as any receiver owned in less than half of Yahoo! leagues.

WR - Markus Wheaton, Pittsburgh Steelers (29 percent)

While Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant remain better options on his own team, Wheaton is a worthwhile addition given the ideal matchup heading into the fantasy season's finale. No team has allowed more fantasy points to opposing receivers than the Ravens this year.

Over his past four games, Wheaton has emerged as a viable fantasy option. Not only does he have a minimum of 50 receiving yards in each of those games, but he has scored and finished as a top-24 receiver in three games during that stretch.

WR - Rueben Randle, New York Giants (35 percent)

The final status of Odell Beckham Jr., who could be suspended this week, would determine Randle's actual placement on this list of wide receiver waiver-wire options. Of course, if OBJ is forced to sit, it elevates Randle's appeal, but it sounds as though he will be suspended this week.

Since a 116-yard performance in Week 3, Randle's receiving yards has stayed within a relatively narrow band of 22 to 68 yards, but he has scored a touchdown in six of his past 12 games. Randle's targets have been so consistent with five or six targets in nine of his past 11 games. If OBJ sits, however, Randle could very well get double-digit targets this week, which would put him on the WR2 radar.

WR - Willie Snead, New Orleans Saints (50 percent)

After sitting out Week 13, Snead had seven catches for 122 yards against the Bucs in Week 14 and he faces the Lions tonight on Monday Night Football. Since Week 4, Snead has 50-plus yards in seven of nine games and he's averaging 72.56 yards per game over that stretch.

Through Sunday's games, the Jags rank 25th in the NFL in pass defense (261 YPG) and they have allowed a 100-yard wide receiver in three consecutive games -- DGB, T.Y. Hilton and Julio Jones, respectively.

WR - DeVante Parker, Miami Dolphins (36 percent)

On Sunday, Parker had four catches for 87 yards and he now has at least 63 yards in three of his past four games. During that four-game stretch, Parker has averaged 61.5 yards and has scored two touchdowns. The first-round rookie receiver should continue to be involved down the stretch for the Phins and he has a favorable matchup heading into Week 16. Through Sunday's games, the Colts have allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing receivers this season.

WR - Dontrelle Inman, San Diego Chargers (eight percent)

Returning to the field on Sunday, Inman finished with three catches for 78 yards against the Dolphins. It was the third time in four games that Inman has exceeded 50 receiving yards. With Steve Johnson (groin) missing a second consecutive game, it's unclear whether he'll return in Week 16. If not, Inman would be my highest-ranked Chargers receiver in their upcoming matchup against the Raiders.

WR - Jeremy Butler, Baltimore Ravens (zero percent)

With three catches for 60 yards against the Chiefs yesterday, Butler now has 60-plus yards in back-to-back games for a team depleted of healthy skill-position players. Butler and the Ravens receivers have a nice matchup this weekend against the Steelers, who have allowed the second-most fantasy points to opposing receivers this season through Sunday's games. As a double-digit underdog on Sunday, the Ravens could be forced into catch-up mode early.

WR - Devin Funchess, Carolina Panthers (36 percent)

Despite the success of Cam Newton and Carolina's offense, Funchess has 30 yards or less in four consecutive games. That said, he has had some red-zone success with touchdowns in four of his past seven games. Funchess is a TD-dependent fantasy option, but the passing offense is clicking on all cylinders.

WR - Jermaine Kearse, Seattle Seahawks (six percent)

Kearse had a big week against the Browns on Sunday with seven catches for 110 yards. It marked the second consecutive game that Kearse finished with seven catches and more than 70 yards. While I would prefer Doug Baldwin, who has 10 touchdowns over his past four games, or Tyler Lockett, Kearse is worth a look in deeper leagues given how well Russell Wilson and the Seahawks are moving the ball through the air lately. That said, the receivers have a difficult matchup against the Rams this week.

WR - Eddie Royal, Chicago Bears (19 percent)

With two games under his belt since a multi-game absence, Royal had five catches on six targets for 31 yards yesterday. At least in deep PPR leagues, Royal is worth consideration in a plus matchup against the Bucs.

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