The NFL is taking over the entire weekend in Week 16, with no regular season or conference championship games in college football on Saturday. There are just three NFL games Saturday, however, so I’ll focus on the Sunday slate. For value this week, we have a very cheaply priced staring quarterback and running back, and two receivers capable of putting up big numbers in Week 16.
Will Grier, Panthers QB, $4,300
Mired in a six-game losing streak, Carolina is benching Kyle Allen and turning to Grier. While Grier is unlikely to put up monster numbers, and could be in more of a game-manager situation, you have to love him at this price. Considering how the Panthers offensive scheme involves so many dump-offs to running back Christian McCaffrey, the duo could make a good roster pairing.
DeAndre Washington, Raiders RB, $4,000
Josh Jacobs is out this week with a hurt shoulder, and Washington is expected to step in and lead the rushing attack. When Jacobs was out two weeks ago, Washington carried 14 times for 53 yards and a touchdown, while also catching six passes for 43 yards. A similar stat line in Week 16 would be great value on a $4,000 salary.
Danny Amendola, Lions WR, $4,900
Amendola shined last week with both Marvin Jones and Marvin Hall on injured reserve, catching eight of 13 targets for 102 yards as coverage focused on Kenny Golladay. We could certainly see a repeat of that performance in Week 16 against the Broncos.
Mike Williams, Chargers WR, $5,000
Williams is showing more of his 2018 form, which is a good thing, as he caught 11 touchdown passes that season. He’s been slow to start this year, but he caught TD passes in each of his past two games as he becomes more involved in the offense. Williams has averaged nearly four receptions and more than 80 yards per contest over the last three games.
Austin Hooper, Falcons TE, $4,400
Hooper’s early season form has slowed after his sprained MCL on Nov. 10, but the game against the Jaguars provides a good chance for a get-well Week 16. The Falcons receiving corps is depleted, with injuries to Calvin Ridley and Julio Jones making both questionable this Sunday. Plus, the Jaguars have given up the third-most TDs to tight ends this season.