Injuries and Waiver Wire week 16 2021





Teddy Bridgewater (Head) - Bridgewater left the game on a cart and did not return. He was taken to a local hospital where he stayed overnight for further evaluation. He has movement in all extremities, according to Ian Rapoport. UPDATE: Bridgewater has been released from the hospital and doing well. He will now enter the concussion protocol, per Adam Schefter.



Leonard Fournette (Hamstring) - Fournette injured his hamstring in the third quarter and was quickly ruled out for the rest of the game. He may need to miss a game or two, according to Ian Rapoport.

Joe Mixon (Ankle) - Mixon did not return after suffering an ankle sprain late in the fourth quarter. The team is optimistic about him playing in week 16, but he will be limited in practice this week.





Mike Evans (Hamstring) - Evans suffered a hamstring strain and is considered week-to-week. He has a chance to play this week.

Chris Godwin (Knee) - Godwin suffered torn ACL and is expected to miss the rest of the regular season.

Julio Jones (Hamstring) - Julio re-injured his hamstring and was unable to finish the game.

Rondale Moore (Ankle) - Moore injured his ankle and could not finish Sunday's game. Moore is getting an MRI on his ankle.

Tajae Sharpe (Foot) - Sharpe injured his foot and was unable to return.

Sterling Shepard (Achilles) - Shepard suffered a torn Achilles injury on Sunday and will be out for the rest of the season.





Pat Freiermuth (Concussion) - Freiermuth suffered a concussion on Sunday and could not finish the game.





Taysom Hill (NO) - Hill is still available in over 80% of fantasy leagues and has done consistently put-up fantasy points as the starting QB for the Saints. His rushing ability really provides a nice floor for you, and he is capable of putting up top-12 QB numbers. Even though he had a rare disappointing game in week 15, those weeks have not happened often for Hill. I'd go right back to the well and pick him up if I needed help at the QB position.

Jared Goff (DET) - Surprisingly, Jared Goff has been a QB1 over the last two weeks. He has developed some nice chemistry with rookie Amon-Ra St. Brown over that time, which has helped his recent fantasy production. In week 16, the Lions take on the Falcons. Atlanta is allowing the second-most fantasy points per game to opposing QB's on the season. If your starting QB is currently injured, take a look at Jared Goff.






Rashaad Penny (SEA) - Penny has finally been given an opportunity to be the Seahawks' featured back, and he has come through. With Chris Carson out for the season, Alex Collins struggling, and Adrian Peterson/Travis Homer not active, Penny had 16 rushing attempts for 137 yards, and two touchdowns, totaling 26.80 fantasy points in week 14. Penny has not played yet in week 15 as of this writing, but he needs to be rostered in all leagues.

Samaje Perine (CIN) - Bengals starting RB Joe Mixon got a little banged up on Sunday, and was unable to finish the game with a knee injury. Perine had four rushing attempts for 30 yards on the ground, and averaged 7.5 yards per attempt in week 15. Should Mixon need to miss any time, Perine would become a possible flex option.

Also Consider: Duke Johnson (MIA), Ronald Jones (TB)





Amon-Ra St. Brown (DET) - You probably would not be able to guess that Lions' receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown is the eighth highest scoring WR in fantasy over the last two weeks, but here we are. He's been on fire over the last three games, scoring 15+ fantasy points in each game. He's become the top receiver for Jared Goff and the Lions offense down the stretch. With a matchup vs the Falcons next week, let's ride the hot hand. He has a great matchup vs the Falcons next week.

Russell Gage (ATL) - Russell Gage continues to get fantasy points, week in and week out. Since week 12, he's scored 18.20, 22.00, 10.40, and 23.10 fantasy points in each game. I know it's tough to trust him after how he started the season, but if we just follow the production, he's a solid addition to any fantasy team that needs a WR3/FLEX option for a playoff run.

Also Consider: Gabriel Davis (BUF)





Evan Engram (NYG) - We have written enough about Engram in this article throughout the season, so I won't repeat what has already been said. I will leave you with this: No team in the NFL allows more fantasy points to opposing tight ends than the Eagles, Engram's week 16 opponent. The matchup is there, the talent is there, but can you trust the situation? That's the biggest question for whether or not to add Engram this week.

Cole Kmet (CHI) - Honestly, there are not a whole lot of great options available on the waiver wire at this point. Most of the tight ends that are producing consistently are rostered. Having said that, why not take a flier on a young talent like Kmet? Outside of Darnell Mooney, Chicago has not had a consistent second receiver in the passing game for most of this season. Kmet has shown flashes of upside but has yet to put it together consistently. Maybe week 16 is one of his boom weeks. Chicago faces off against Seattle, who have given up the sixth-most fantasy points per game to tight ends this season.