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Fantasy football waiver wire: 5 quarterbacks to target for Week 16

With the championship rounds here, find out who the best waiver wire quarterbacks are for Week 16.

The fantasy football season reaches its climax with the championship rounds in Week 16 (assuming you're in one of the smart leagues that doesn't play into Week 17).

At this point, your rosters should be more-or-less set at quarterback. Start the players who got you to the dance, and all that. But that doesn't mean the waiver wire should be totally ignored yet. If you're not feeling good about your quarterback's matchup, maybe you gamble on one of these players, or are simply looking for cheap options in DFS formats.

Either way, we take one final look at the best wire options at quarterback this season. As always, all players are owned in less than 50 percent of Yahoo! leagues.

Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (43 percent)

Winston wasn't totally sharp last Thursday night, but he made the most of garbage time against the St. Louis Rams, finishing with 363 yards, two touchdowns and one interception on 29-of-50 passing. The Buccaneers were eventually eliminated from playoff contention over the weekend, but look for Winston to close his rookie year on a high note. He'll be a high-end QB2 play against a Chicago Bears defense that's packed it in for the season.

Teddy Bridgewater, Minnesota Vikings (37 percent)

Bridgewater continued his late-season surge with possibly his best game of 2015 in Week 14, carving up the Bears for four touchdowns while completing 17 of 20 passes. His fantasy ceiling is still pretty low with Adrian Peterson the focus of the offense, but Bridgewater could be asked to do more this week with Peterson nursing an ankle injury. He's a quality streaming option against the New York Giants' burnable secondary.

Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs (37 percent)

Smith is one of the most boring quarterbacks in football to watch, but one upside of his risk-averse ways is the lack of turnovers. Smith has thrown just one interception since Week 3 and has only four on the season. In between, he's usually good for a couple of bombs to Jeremy Maclin while the Chiefs use the running game to grind out wins. Smith will never excite fantasy owners, but he has borderline QB1 upside against the Cleveland Browns this week. Cleveland's defense is 22nd in passing yards allowed per game and had no answers for Russell Wilson last Sunday.

Kirk Cousins, Washington (24 percent)

Is Cousins for real? That question will be a big talking point over the offseason as Washington is reportedly mulling contract offers for the fourth-year quarterback. Either way, it's hard to argue with the results on the field. Cousins lit up the Buffalo Bills with four touchdowns and 319 passing yards, adding an additional rushing touchdown. He'll have another strong matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles this week as Washington attempts to clinch the NFC East. You could do worse than rolling with Cousins as a DFS value play.

AJ McCarron, Cincinnati Bengals (nine percent)

Making his first NFL start in place of the injured Andy Dalton, McCarron didn't light up the stat sheet, but he really didn't have to. McCarron threw for 192 yards and a touchdown on 15-of-21 passing, doing so without A.J. Green for much of the game. It was a commendable effort, but he'll have a much tougher go of things against the Denver Broncos defense in Week 16. A lot of McCarron's fantasy upside will depend on whether Green will be 100 percent in time for the game. He'll be a mid-range QB2 if Green can play, and a risky bet in two-quarterback leagues if he can't.