Pickups of the Week

Josh McCown, QB, Bears (0.2 percent in ESPN standard 10-man leagues)
Week 16 stats: 19-28, 242 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT, 8 Carries, 38 yards
"You gotta have heart. Miles and miles of heart."- Gene Hackman. It may not show up in the stat sheets, but in Sunday's loss, drubbing against the Packers, the Bears found their interim quarterback. When his wide receivers were open, McCown usually found them and when they weren't he took off and despite a total lack of evasiveness, McCown managed to avoid decapitation by A.J. Hawk and Clay Matthews and reached the 1st down marker multiple times. He's miles and miles better then Caleb Hanie (for whatever that's worth) and faces the Vikings' 32nd ranked pass defense that's given up at least 2 touchdowns to opposing QBs in the last four games.

Toby Gerhart, RB, Vikings (36.3 percent)
Week 15 stats:   2 carries, 12 yards, 4 rec, 46 yards, 2 TDs
Week 16 stats: 11 carries, 109 yards
That's what happens when you go play injured out of love for your fantasy owners Adrian Peterson! On a serious note, it's a shame that one of the classiest guys in the NFL, won't be able to make it back healthy for the start of the next season after tearing not only his ACL, but MCL as well. As for Gerhart, he has managed double digit fantasy points in the last five games, much of it due to the running back's continued improvement in the passing game. Fantasy owners could do much worse with their #2 running back.

Jared Cook, TE, Titans (7.6 percent)
Week 15 stats:  9 rec, 103 yards, 11 Targets
Week 16 stats: 8 rec, 169 yards, 1 TD, 8 Targets
It doesn't matter how stingy the Texans are against the tight ends (they rank 4th) because when a tight end reaches 100+ receiving yards in back-to-back weeks, statistics don't apply. Matt Hasselbeck survived the week and will start against Houston and fantasy owners without top-5 options at TE would be wise to play Cook too.

Evan Royster, RB, Redskins (2.2 percent)
Week 15 stats:  10 carries, 36 yards
Week 16 stats: 19 carries, 132 yards, 2 rec, 15 yards
Roy Helu's status for week 17 is "uncertain" but we all should know by now when it comes to Mike Shanahan, everything is uncertain. Only play him if reports on Sunday morning say that Helu is out, and even if you don't need Royster, he should be added regardless. Adding Royster and sitting him is better than watching your opponent add him and play him at his flex.

Joe Webb, QB, Vikings (0.2 percent)
Week 14 stats:  12-23, 84 yards, 1 TD, 7 carries, 109 yards, 1 TD
Week 16 stats: 4-5, 84 yards, 2 TDs, 5 carries, 34 yards, 1 TD
It took the Vikings 16 1/2 weeks to figure out which quarterback gave them the best shot at winning, however the answer was obvious to anybody that watched Joe Webb rally the Vikings from a 31-14 deficit against the Lions on December 11th. If head coach Leslie Frazier has any idea what he is doing, Joe Webb will be the starter come Sunday and nobody in the Vikings organization will ever utter the words "franchise quarterback" again. He's Michael Vick lite and has scored 5 touchdowns in roughly 3 and 1/2 quarters played.

Denarius Moore, WR, Raiders (49.9 percent)
Week 15 stats:  2 rec, 13 yards, 5 Targets
Week 16 stats: 4 rec, 94 yards, 1 TD, 9 Targets 
There's a reason why Kevin Boss called Denarius Moore "the best rookie player" he's ever seen and it appears that the rookie is finally healthy. The last time Moore faced the Chargers he scorched them for 123 yards and two touchdowns and there's no way the Chargers will let him repeat that performance, especially with playoff implications riding on Sunday's game. With that in mind, the Chargers rank 20th against #2 wide receivers and 27th against #3 receivers (according to FFChamps defensive stats tool) which would make both Darrius Heyward-Bey (34.7 percent) and Jacoby Ford (33.4 percent) decent threats.

Roy Williams, WR, Bears (46.9 percent)
Week 15 stats:  1 rec, 9 yards, 4 Targets
Week 16 stats: 6 rec, 81 yards, 9 Targets
Caleb Hanie's favorite receiver will find plenty of holes against a Minnesota secondary that is down to playing 2nd and 3rd stringers at multiple positions. As awful as Williams may be (it's really hard to express in words), he's the one McCown will be throwing to most often and is the most likely touchdown threat.

Sneaky Defense Plays

Seahawks D/ST (42.6 percent) @ Cardinals
17 turnovers in 7 starts for John Skelton and Seahawks opponents have reached 20+ points only once in the last 7 games. They should have been picked up in every league weeks ago, but if they still are sitting on your waivers and you're still playing in week 17, just know that there are few better defensive match-ups.

Broncos D/ST (17.0 percent) vs. Chiefs
There is approximately a 0% chance that Tebow throws more picks than he scores touchdowns in a game with playoff implications, right? Sure, Brian Dawkins is injured and Kyle Orton may know a thing or two about the Denver defense, but Oakland showed that Orton is still very capable of high-turnover games.

Dolphins D/ST (4.7 percent) vs. Jets
Fumbles. Interceptions. Mishandled snaps on the goal-line, leading to more fumbles. Disappointment... Mark Sanchez ladies and gentlemen.

For the record if the Falcons D/ST (67.0 percent vs. TB) or the Patriots D/ST (61.6 percent vs. Buf) are available, then they should be picked up and started as well.

Deeper League, Desperate Plays

Kyle Orton, QB, Chiefs (15.7 percent)
Week 15 stats:  23-31, 299 yards
Week 16 stats: 21-36, 300 yards, 1 TD, 2 INTs
Orton's upside is low (think 300 yards and a max of two touchdowns with multiple turnovers), but so is his downside (at least 250 yards passing). Again, he is very familiar with Denver's defensive schemes and should be able to exploit that knowledge. Plus, he's angry and we all know the wrath of Kyle Orton is nothing to be messed with. Besides, the Chiefs only other option is Jackie Battle. You do not go to war with Jackie Battle.

Dane Sanzenbacher, WR, Bears (1.1 percent)
Week 16 stats: 4 rec, 51 yards, 7 Targets
Over the past five weeks the Minnesota Vikings have been extremely susceptible to #3 wideouts, particularly those that work out of the slot like Sanzenbacher:

Week Player Rec Yards TDs Targets
12 @ Harry Douglas (Falcons) 2 45 1 5
13 vs. Matt Willis (Broncos 1 12 0 1
14 @ Titus Young (Lions) 4 87 1 7
15 vs Lance Moore (Saints) 5 91 2 6
16 @ Donte Stallworth (Redskins) 5 59 1 7
Sanzenbacher's 7 targets were the 2nd most of all Bears receivers and if he were to get that many against Minnesota (which he should), past history says that his odds of scoring are quite favorable.

Kellen Davis, TE, Bears (0.3 percent)
Week 16 stats: 3 rec, 23 yards, 1 TD, 3 Targets
The same goes for Davis as it does Sanzenbacher. Pass catching tight ends have done quite well against Minnesota, especially over the last 9 weeks.
Week Player Rec Yards TDs Targets
7 vs Jermichael Finley (Packers) 2 13 1 2
8 @ Greg Olsen (Panthers) 4 73 1 7
8 @ Jeremy Shockey (Panthers) 1 1 1 3
10 @ Jermichael Finley (Packers) 3 67 0 4
11 vs Kevin Boss (Raiders) 5 37 0 6
12 @ Tony Gonzalez (Falcons) 9 69 0 9
14 @ Brandon Pettigrew (Lions) 6 57 1 7
15 vs Jimmy Graham (Saints) 7 70 1 10
16 @ Logan Paulsen (Redskins) 1 5 0 2

How Are They Still Available?

Reggie Wayne, WR, Colts (80.2 percent)
Week 15 stats:  3 rec, 33 yards 1 TD, 3 Targets
Week 16 stats: 8 rec, 106 yards, 1 TD, 14 Targets
Just in case Wayne has been dropped, fantasy owners would be wise to pick him up once again and play him. Jacksonville is missing it's top three cornerbacks in Rashean Mathis, Derek Cox and William Middleton and has resorted to starting guys off the street. Pierre Garcon (91.8 percent) is also a solid flex play.
Brent Celek, TE, Eagles (33.4 percent)
Week 15 stats:  5 rec, 156 yards, 1 TD, 6 Targets
Week 16 stats: 2 rec, 52 yards, 1 TD, 5 Targets
Celek is still the same guy that was once a top-5 fantasy tight end, the only difference now is that Michael Vick has begun to look his way more with defenses clamping down on Jeremy Maclin and DeSean Jackson. The Redskins rank 31st against the tight end, which is bad enough to make Celek a top-5 play this week.

Kahlil Bell, RB, Bears (40.1 percent)
Week 15 stats:  15 carries, 65 yards, 5 rec, 43 yards, 1 TD
Week 16 stats: 23 carries, 121 yards, 4 rec, 38 yards
This guy already has won, and will win more fantasy championships next week. As far as #2 running backs are concerned, there are few options that are more dependable then Bell, who is a threat both on the ground and through the air.
Demaryius Thomas, WR, Broncos (44.4 percent)
Week 14 stats:   7 rec, 78 yards, 1 TD, 13 Targets
Week 15 stats:   7 rec, 116 yards, 13 Targets
Week 16 stats:  4 rec, 76 yards, 8 Targets
Thomas had a great match-up, was terrific in the previous weeks and ended up a colossal disappointment agaisnt the Bills. Anything can happen, that's fantasy football. Owners were disappointed with Thomas' production last week, but don't hold it against the Broncos' 2010 1st rounder. Blame Tebow and all the picks he threw. Thomas is one of the 5 highest targeted players over the last few weeks, but he does have a tough match-up with cornerbacks Brandon Flowers and Brandon Carr.

Malcom Floyd, WR, Chargers (70.0 percent)
Week 14 stats:  2 rec, 29 yards, 2 Targets
Week 15 stats:  5 rec, 96 yards, 1 TD, 6 Targets
Week 16 stats: 6 rec, 95 yards, 1 TD, 13 Targets
He's scored double digit fantasy points in 5 out of his last 7 games and the Raiders have been absolutely smoked by opposing WRs over the past seven weeks. There's plenty of conventional #1 WRs who should be sat for Floyd this week.

You're Dead to Me, Kinda

Normally this section consists of a long list of "droppable players", but seems as it's the last week and all, there is no list. The only rule waiver rule for this week is that every player that wouldn't start on your fantasy roster is droppable, so long as he wouldn't wind up on your opponent's roster.