Sneaky fantasy pickups entering Week 16 

December, 21, 2012

It's a bit tough to recommend the likes of Ricky Stanzi, Curtis Brinkley and Braylon Edwards as meaningful fantasy options in the championship round, so one might think we're past the stage of sneaky pickups for this season. No, the Friday weekly blog entry lives on because who said anything about the pickups being only for 2012? For those of you in keeper leagues, whether your team is playing for the championship this week or potentially next, the waiver wire is always your friend. I'm in a keeper league in which we protect six players, and I just finished combing the waiver wire -- fantasy leagues first, work second but just this time! -- to see what was available.

For this week's batch of sneaky pickups, let's look ahead -- way ahead -- to next season, because a year ago during Christmas week it would have seemed folly but actually made sense to stash away for potential protection the likes of Josh Freeman, C.J. Spiller and Reggie Wayne. Here is a potential lineup of keepers for deeper formats with all of the options available in more than half of ESPN's standard leagues. And yes, prepare yourself, because a certain underused New York Jets quarterback is going to be mentioned soon. Call it habit.