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Fantasy Ticker: Week 16

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By Michael Blunda

Looking for the best players to target on the waiver wire this week? Well, the Fantasy Ticker is just the place for that. Here are the top five pickups you should be looking to add to your roster in Week 16.


These players should be free agents in many leagues. Pounce on them if you can.

Redskins QB Rex Grossman (owned in 2 percent of Yahoo! leagues)
When you get to Week 16 and the waiver wire is virtually cleaned out, guys like Grossman become enticing names. Making his first start since 2008 after Mike and Kyle Shanahan decided to bench Donovan McNabb, Grossman had one of the best days of his career, lighting up the Cowboys for 322 yards and four TDs in a 33-30 loss. While Grossman also managed to commit three turnovers, his ability to move the offense had to be a welcome sight for the Redskins after McNabb's season-long struggles. Taking on a Jaguars secondary that is far from intimidating, Grossman makes for a great one-week pickup for those in need of QB help.

Jaguars RB Rashad Jennings (7 percent owned)
Fairly invisible early in the season, Jennings has been incorporated into the game plan more over the past month in order to keep Maurice Jones-Drew fresh. In his last four contests, the second-year back has run for 219 yards and three TDs on 25 carries, and he added seven catches for 64 yards in Sunday's meeting with the Colts. With M.J.D. dealing with a knee injury and looking less than 100 percent, Jennings could play a somewhat sizable role in this Sunday's meeting with the Redskins, one of the league's worst run defenses. You certainly could do worse at your flex spot in larger formats.

Texans RB Derrick Ward (6 percent owned)
Ward didn't exactly show well Sunday when he had just 15 yards on six carries at Tennessee, but his opportunities could seriously increase this week. That's because Arian Foster was forced to leave the game early with an ankle injury, and his status is unknown for next week. If he can't go, Ward could get to carry the load against a Broncos defense that has allowed a ridiculous 22 rushing TDs. Foster owners would be wise to grab Ward as insurance, as the former Buc could have a solid day if he gets the call.

Raiders WR Jacoby Ford (28 percent owned)
The rookie is a potential impact player who remains a free agent in most leagues even after putting forth some big numbers. Ford not only ran for a 71-yard TD Sunday against Denver, but he also added three receptions for 47 yards. The Clemson product has now scored in three of his last four games, and QB Jason Campbell seems to look for him when he needs a big play. He could be a popular target this week against the Colts, especially if the Raiders fall into a hole and are forced to throw. He's worth a flier in a thin week on the waiver wire.

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