Week 16 Waiver Wonders: Dolphins RBs, Mariotta, Guyton, Haskins, more!

Raiders quarterback Marcus Mariota drops back to pass during a game against the Chargers.
Anyone know who this guy is?

It’s Louis Lindley, Jr, better known as Slim Pickens, the late actor known for his work in television and films. He was awesome in Blazing Saddles! His name? What you’ll find on the Waiver Wire this late in the season. Yes, we went a long way to get there – sorry. But what a great opportunity to use a picture of Slim.

If your league allows moves in the playoffs, and you need some help to get ‘er done, here you go…

Fantasy Football’s Rubik’s Cube…


You have any idea what’s really going on with the Miami backfield? Neither does The Czar, but we’ll take our best shot. It’s the new, New England backfield. Whoever is the guy this week, may not be the guy the next week. Or maybe he will be. And if you didn’t play last week? Well, you may be the guy the next week, while the guy who was the guy last week watches you be the guy. Understand? With Myles Gaskin on the Covid list, Salvon Ahmed came back from his shoulder injury and gained 122 yards with a touchdown on 23 carries in a win over the Patriots. Nice. But hang on! Would have been even better, if Matt Breida hadn’t come back and gained 86 yards on 12 carries. Again, nice. Is Gaskin back next week? If he is, will he be the guy? He was before when returning from injury. Will it be Ahmed? Could be. Breida averaged an impressive 7.2 yards a carry, maybe he’s the guy. Or maybe all three guys play. If you’re in need, roll the dice and pick one. There’s a chance Ahmed and Breida are available, since they just returned from injuries and Covid, respectively.

Next man up, even in late December…


There’s a reason the Raiders’ gave Marcus Mariota that big contract to be Derek Carr’s backup, and we saw why on Thursday. Dude can play a little bit. Dude. In his first game action of the season, Mariota was 17 of 28 for 226 yards and a touchdown, and rushed for 88 yards and a score. If you have Carr, this is a no-brainer pickup. If you don’t have Carr, you sure your QB for a big fantasy playoff game will be better than Mariota? Dude.


As we’ve seen, the Chargers’ Justin Herbert plays the quarterback position fairly well. If Keenan Allen and Mike Williams aren’t able to go, Herbert will be throwing the ball to other lucky fellas. On Thursday against the Raiders, that lucky guy was Jalen Guyton – four catches for 91 yards in the win over Vegas.


Read the Guyton schlock again, then substitute the name Tyron Johnson for Guyton. Three catches for 61 yards and a score against the Raiders. That’s two straight weeks with a touchdown.


It’s not been a typically great season for Cowboys’ running back Ezekiel Elliott, with most of the blame for that going to Mike McCarthy, and injuries to Dak Prescott and various Cowboy offensive linemen. Well, Tony Pollard’s performance against the 49ers may have folks rethinking all of that. With Elliott out, Pollard averaged 5.8 yards a carry – 12 for 69 yards, with two touchdowns. He also caught six passes for 63 yards. If Zeke remains out for Week 16, and Pollard is available, he could help you win some money.


If James Robinson’s ankle is ok, never mind here. If Robinson can’t go against the Bears, Ogunbowale could get a lot of touches. He had two carries for 17 yards against Baltimore on Sunday.

Emerging pass catchers???


The Czar likes Zach Pascal. Looks like Philip Rivers does too. Pascal led the Colts with five catches, 79 yards and two touchdowns in their win over Houston.


It’s quality over quantity for Buffalo’s Dawson Knox. He caught only two passes in Saturday’s win over Denver, but one of them was for a touchdown. He now has three scores in the last four games, on 11 catches.

Dynasty League Stashes…


After being out about a year with a torn ACL, Rashad Penny has back for the Seahawks – two carries for six yards against Washington. Who knows what happens with Chris Carson and Carlos Hyde for next season. Penny is a former 1st round pick, now in his 3rd season, and could find himself in a great position as the lead Seahawk running back in 2021.


Russell Wilson threw for only 121 yards against Washington. He hasn’t thrown for more than 263 yards in his last six games. The Seattle passing game looks like it needs a shot of energy, and perhaps they’ll get it in Week 16 with the return of Josh Gordon. Yes, his career has been derailed by suspension after suspension. But he is a very talented receiver, and he’s 29 without a lot of wear and tear. Think long term and keep your fingers crossed.


With Alex Smith out, Dwayne Haskins was dusted off and put back at quarterback for Washington. He threw it 55 times against Seattle. 55. He had 295 yards passing with a touchdown and two interceptions. Smith and Kyle Allen aren’t the long-term QB in Washington. Haskins still could be.