Week 16 Waiver Wire Pickups
Kyle Orton -
With Kyle Orton making his first start for the Kansas City Chiefs, the Packers fell to their first defeat of the season. Orton failed to throw a touchdown pass, but he did throw for 299 yards, while spreading the football around. This week the Chiefs will face a Raiders secondary that has been prone to giving up big plays in recent weeks, as we watched Calvin Johnson total over 200 yards and two scores, with Matthew Stafford threw for 391 yards and four touchdown passes.
If you’re in a desperate situation, you could do worse than start Orton this week, as the Chiefs should score some points in his contest. Hopefully, we will see Dwayne Bowe be more involved from the beginning of the game, as he’s the kind of big-play threat that could push Orton’s fantasy production up to 25 points.
Lance Ball –
With the wheel seemingly coming off Willis McGahee in the second quarter last week, Lance Ball was one of the active running backs for Denver. Jeremiah Johnson will get some carries, but if McGahee is a scratch this week, Ball should have a RB-2 performance against a Buffalo defense that watched Reggie Bush run for over 200 yards last week.
Even if McGahee should find the field, Ball is a respectable flex play this week, because we all know the Broncos love to run the football, and they should have sound success, again this week.
Kalil Bell -
This is a roll of the dice flex play pickup this week, but we did see Kalil Bell score a touchdown in the passing game, and he seems to be the favorite over Marion Barber at this time. Expect the Packers to come back with a blowout victory on Christmas day as they look to get things back on track in what could be the last start for Aaron Rodgers and other notable stars on the team, for the regular season. That means the Bears will be playing from way behind in the second half, and Bell should see the field more than Barber at the end of the game.
Darrius Heyward-Bey -
This one kills me as I’ve noticed that Darrius Heyward-Bey has clearly looked better this year, then in his first two seasons, but injuries and costly mistakes, made me avoid using him last week. Heyward-Bey finally broke out for his first big game since he played the Texans a few months ago. Although Denarius Moore was back on the field, he was clearly a different player, before his injury, and Carson Palmer was looking Heyward-Bey’s way often. The Chiefs are playing some good pass defense of late, but if you need a WR-3 play this week, you could do worse than DHB in your lineup.
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