KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI - DECEMBER 13:  Running back Damien Williams #26 of the Kansas City Chiefs carries the ball during the game against the Los Angeles Chargers at Arrowhead Stadium on December 13, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images)

Waiver Wire Pickups for Fantasy Football Finals in Week 16

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We've finally made it. This long season has had its ups and downs, but you've made it to championship week. With hardware (and maybe some money) on the line, you can't afford to lose this week. There's a surprisingly large amount of talent available on the wire this week, mainly due to injury, but that's what you'll have to ride to fantasy glory.


Here are the top waiver wire pickups heading into the Week 16 fantasy football finals.

10. C.J. Anderson, RB, Los Angeles Rams

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The Rams signed C.J. Anderson on Tuesday, which could point to Todd Gurley sitting out the team's Week 16 matchup against the Arizona Cardinals. Anderson will likely see an immediate role alongside existing backups John Kelly and Justin Davis, if Gurley sits this weekend. With the Rams still in line for a first-round bye, despite their Week 15 loss to the Eagles, the Rams can be extra careful with Gurley's knee issue. If the Rams decide to rest their star running back in preparation for the NFL playoffs, instead of risking further injury, they could easily turn to Anderson against the Cardinals. No matter what, you should stash C.J. if you get the chance as his potential for a boom week is incredibly high. This could be the pickup that wins you the championship.

9. Tim Patrick, WR, Denver Broncos

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Injuries have paved the way for Tim Patrick to emerge and he has used this opportunity to carve out a solid relationship with Broncos QB Case Keenum. Patrick led the team in yards for the second straight week and has racked up 12 catches for 150 yards during that span. If you're WR needy, Patrick is a viable WR3 playing against a weak Oakland pass defense on Monday night.

8. Josh Allen, QB, Buffalo Bills

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Josh Allen has been on this list before but a Week 16 matchup with the Patriots, a team that gives up the ninth most fantasy points to the QB position, makes him appealing for the fantasy finals. He's still raw as a passer, but puts up a ton of points using his legs, with 18-plus points in each of the last four weeks. A date with the 23rd-ranked Patriots defense makes Allen a QB you can trust as a low-end QB1 this week.

7. Keith Ford, RB, Buffalo Bills

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The second consecutive Buffalo Bills player is another rookie who has been thrust into the starting lineup. The Bills' backfield has been a revolving door this season, and with Marcus Murphy going down with an injury this past Sunday, he joined LeSean McCoy and Chris Ivory on the list of injured Buffalo running backs. That gave Keith Ford an opportunity that he cashed in on with 46 yards on 14 rushes. Week 16 could be an audition for next season, meaning the Bills could feed the rookie early and often. Ford is worth a FLEX play if McCoy and Ivory are ruled out.

6. Kalen Ballage, RB, Miami Dolphins

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We stay in the AFC East here, with another rookie runner, this time in Miami. When Frank Gore left Sunday's contest with a sprained foot, it was Kalen Ballage, and not Kenyan Drake, who benefited from the veteran's absence. Ballage had 12 carries, compared to just one from Drake, and capitalized with 123 yards and a touchdown. A lot of that came on one play as he punched in a score from 75 yards out, but he still impressed with a 4.36 yards per carry average outside of that big play. Drake will likely remain the team's third-down running back with Ballage moving forward as the lead back for Miami.

5. Mike Williams, WR, Los Angeles Chargers

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Another wide receiver that will likely by a hot commodity on the waiver wire is Chargers WR Mike Williams. He was a savior for LA last week, putting up seven catches for 76 yards and two touchdowns in a stunning win over the Chiefs. Even with Keenan Allen expected to play on Saturday against the Ravens, Williams has big-play potential and could be the boom-or-bust FLEX play that pushes you to a title. 

4. Robert Foster, WR, Buffalo Bills

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You'd think the Bills have one of the best offenses in football based with how many of Buffalo's skill-position players have shown up on this list. Foster is a legitimate receiving threat for the Bills as he's gone from occasional gadget player to a No. 1 receiver. Foster has back-to-back 100-yard performances including 11 catches and a touchdown. As we noted with Allen, the Patriots have had a hard time defending the pass, leaving Foster with a huge upside this week.

3. Jamaal Williams, RB, Green Bay Packers

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All Aaron Jones fantasy owners sadly know exactly why Jamaal Williams is this high on the list. Jones had solidified himself as the starter in Green Bay, but went down with a knee injury in Week 15 and will likely be out for the remainder of the season. Williams shined with Jones out Sunday against the Bears with 97 total yards and a touchdown. With Williams looking like "the guy" in the Green Bay backfield, he should be an RB2 against the Jets on Sunday.

2. Elijah McGuire, RB, New York Jets

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People seem to believe the Jets' backfield will be Le'Veon Bell's next year, but right now, it's Elijah McGuire's. He's finally emerged as the starter for the Jets with a whopping 41 touches over his past two contests. McGuire has cashed in on the expanded usage with 154 total yards and touchdowns in back-to-back weeks. The Jets are going to keep feeding him which makes him a viable RB2 in your fantasy finals.

1. Damien Williams, RB, Kansas City Chiefs

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The third and final Williams on this list is the most important as he's now an integral part of one of the best offenses in football. With Kareem Hunt gone and Spencer Ware nicked up, it's been Williams who has stood out. Over the past two games, Williams has 153 total yards with four touchdowns. Even with Ware still considered day-to-day, Williams has proven that he's carved out an extremely important role in this offense. The Chiefs are going to put up points and Williams has shown that he'll be the one in their backfield to do it. Consider Williams a low-end RB1 if Ware remains out against the Seahawks on Sunday night.

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