Packers running back Jamaal Williams, left

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Thomason: Top Waiver Wire Pickups For Week 16

Jamaal Williams and Kalen Ballage are two players to pursue this week.

Jack Thomason
December 18, 2018 - 8:40 am

(670 The Score) Here are my top 10 waiver adds for 10- and 12-member leagues.

1. Jamaal Williams (RB, Green Bay Packers) -- The Packers signed Kapri Bibbs on Monday, which doesn't bode well for Aaron Jones' ability to play this weekend. That leaves Williams as the bell cow in the all-important Week 16 fantasy football matchups. He totaled 97 yards on 16 touches and added a touchdown against the vaunted Bears defense on Sunday. He'll see a lot of touches and should have an easier path to fantasy success against a Jets rushing defense that ranks 23rd in Football Outsiders' run DVOA.

2. Kalen Ballage (RB, Miami Dolphins) – After Frank Gore left the game with an injury, it wasn't Kenyan Drake that saw an increased workload. It was Ballage, who rumbled his way to monstrous fantasy day by scoring a 75-yard touchdown and totaling 121 yards on 13 touches. And it wasn't injury that limited Drake's touches, coach Adam Gase said after the game. With Gore out, we need to assume Ballage is the Dolphins' back to own against the Jaguars this week.

3. Elijah McGuire (RB, New York Jets) – It's been tough sledding for McGuire over the last two weeks, as he's battled the top-nine run defenses of the Texans and Bills, according to run DVOA. In those matchups he has just 154 yards on 42 touches, but he made his hay by scoring a touchdown in both contests. Now, he'll face Green Bay's 29th-ranked run defense (DVOA) while playing 75 percent of the snaps and averaging 20.5 touches after Isaiah Crowell's injury. 

4. Robby Anderson (WR, New York Jets) -- Two Jets up here seems aggressive, but Anderson has become a dependable target over the last few weeks. He has a combined 25 targets in his last three games, scoring touchdowns and topping 75 yards in each of the last two. Anderson won't have the easiest matchup against Green Bay, but he's a big play waiting to happen and someone I'd feel comfortable with starting as a WR3/flex. 

5. D'Onta Foreman/Alfred Blue, (RB, Houston Texans) -- At this time, the Texans are saying Lamar Miller's ankle injury isn't significant, but they do have the playoffs to focus on too while attempting to wrap up an AFC bye as the second seed. With Miller in question, Blue would be the immediate add, but there are talks of activating Foreman. Keep an eye on the situation as it plays out Tuesday, and if Miller comes up as any sort of questionable, Blue should be in the top-three adds for the week with Foreman being a speculative addition.

6. DaeSean Hamilton (WR, Denver Broncos) – Hamilton leads the Broncos in targets since Emmanuel Sanders tore his Achilles. He has 21 of them over the last two games, snagging 14 of those for 93 yards and a score. He's better suited for PPR leagues with seven receptions in both games.

7. Tim Patrick (WR, Denver Broncos) – Patrick is right behind Hamilton with a combined 18 targets over the last two weeks. He has caught 12 balls for 150 yards and added a run for 11 yards. While he hasn't scored a touchdown, Patrick is putting up better yardage totals than Hamilton and has five and seven receptions the last two games, making him a viable PPR option too. 

8. Kenneth Dixon (RB, Baltimore Ravens) -- Dixon saw more volume Sunday than he did in the previous two weeks, tallying 12 touches for 50 scoreless yards. However, he did play 52 percent of the snaps, while Ty Montgomery was a healthy scratch and Buck Allen didn't have a carry. Dixon will be a touchdown-dependent flex option given that he's not as involved in the passing game as one would like for limited touches. But the Ravens run the ball so much and the Chargers' weakness on defense is stopping the rush.

9. Ian Thomas (TE, Carolina Panthers) -- Thomas caught two balls on four targets against the Saints on Monday night, but the matchup was a brutal one and the game was just as ugly. Look for Thomas and the Panthers to rebound against the Falcons this week, as they stay home and look break their six-game losing streak. 

10. Keith Ford (RB, Buffalo Bills) – With LeSean McCoy, Chris Ivory and now Marcus Murphy banged up, we could be looking at Ford as a 20-touch player against the Patriots this Sunday. There's plenty of concern here and this addition wouldn't be for the faint of heart, but if you're desperate, Ford could be a Hail Mary play given his potential volume. 

Just missed: Josh Allen, Kapri Bibbs, Wendell Smallwood, Curtis Samuel, Robert Foster and Antonio Callaway.

Jack Thomason is 670 The Score’s fantasy football expert. Follow him on Twitter @jthomason77 and feel free to ask fantasy questions.​​