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Fantasy Football: Who to add on Week 17 waiver wire

Pete Davidson
December 24, 2019 - 4:51 pm
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Congratulations on making your league's big game!  Having said that, this is hopefully the least read article I will post all season.  I know my bosses don't like hearing this, but Week 17 is no time to be playing your most important game.  I'd rather try to do all my Christmas shopping on Black Friday while simultaneously day drinking.  Seriously, the chaos is pretty much the same.  For this I want to add one piece of salient advice.  Try to look at Week 17 free agency as a weeklong process.

For the most part, we can only speculate as to who will be rested and who will play in their normal roles.  Some of that stuff will break as injury information begins to leak out on Wednesday and Thursday.  So keep your head on a swivel all week long, because you never know when a big opportunity will present itself.  My Week 17 lineup rankings will go up later in the week--after the holiday.  They will be a great way to decide on some late week pickups because whatever a player's ranking is this week is equal to his rest of the season value.  In short, if you have to deal with all the madness this week entails, you might as well win, right?

For you deep leaguers, if you are in a big format or just want a deeper dive into the free agent market, go to Rotobahn.com and check out my expanded Week 17 waiver wire and waiver wire podcast.  It’s all completely free.  No registration.  No signing in.  Just follow the link and enjoy. 

Unless specified, all players in this article are owned at a less than 50 percent rate on Yahoo.

QUARTERBACKS

  • Daniel Jones, Giants vs. Eagles
  • Sam Darnold, Jets at Bills
  • Andy Dalton, Bengals vs. Browns
  • Gardner Minshew, Jaguars vs. Colts
  • Case Keenum, Washington at Dallas
  • Ryan Fitzpatrick, Dolphins at Patriots
  • Robert Griffin, Ravens vs. Steelers

When I post the expanded wire over at Rotobahn, I may add a few more names for deeper leagues, but these are the obvious ways to stream your Week 17 starter, and I'm sure there are a few of you out there.  After all, Lamar Jackson and a few others may be at rest this week.  Jones is the obvious play here if you can get him.  The Eagles will be up for the game but they are beatable on the back end and the Giants have the weaponry to take advantage.  I'd have to be pretty desperate to play a rusty Robert Griffin against a hungry Steelers defense, but if you are in a bind, he's going to be the the guy, and you could get some foot-points.

RUNNING BACKS

  • Travis Homer, Seahawks vs. 49ers
  • Gus Edwards & Justice Hill, Ravens vs. Steelers
  • Kerryon Johnson, Lions vs. Packers 
  • Deandre Washington, Raiders at Broncos
  • Rex Burkhead, Patriots vs. Dolphins
  • Jaylen Samuels & Benny Snell, Steelers at Ravens
  • Patrick Laird, Dolphins at Patriots
  • Dion Lewis, Titans at Texans

Homer could be the guy to go after as both Chris Carson and C.J. Prosise have been lost for the year.  This is in the wake of the season-ending knee injury to Rashaad Penny.  Homer should lead the way this week with the newly signed Marshawn Lynch not yet in football shape.  Edwards and Hill should share the Ravens backfield with Mark Ingram (calf) likely out.  Unless the Ravens indicate that Edwards will be rested as well, he is the guy to add over Hill.  The Ravens have the AFC's top seed locked up, so why would they even consider pushing Ingram to play?  Just don't expect the same rushing attack we see when they are drafting behind Lamar Jackson.  RGII is not a reasonable facsimile.  Kerryon Johnson looked good in his return to the field and should have some RB2 appeal this week.  Washington's value is highest if you have Josh Jacobs, who may return this week, on your roster.  Burkhead is obviously becoming a very important player in the Patriots offense, but will they allow him to play much this week, in a game they should win easily?  This concern makes him a flex level play to me.

WIDE RECEIVERS

  • Cole Beasley, Bills vs. Jets
  • Kenny Stills, Texans vs. Titans
  • Justin Watson, Bucs vs. Falcons
  • Greg Ward, Eagles at Giants
  • Chris Conley, Jaguars vs. Colts
  • Diontae Johnson, Steelers at Ravens
  • Hunter Renfrow, Raiders at Broncos
  • John Ross, Bengals vs. Browns
  • Steven Sims, Washington at Dallas
  • Tajae Sharpe, Titans at Texans
  • N'Keal Harry, Patriots vs. Dolphins

Beasley, Stills, Watson and Ward are all very solid WR3 plays this week, so they can certainly help anybody in need.  Conley, Johnson, Renfrow and Ross should all provide solid flex level performances, but their tougher matchups keep them in the mid-level bucket.  Sims is a way to take a shot at upside as Washington has been using him creatively and he has big play ability.  What he lacks is a floor.  Sharpe should have just that this week, with Corey Davis likely to sit with concussion symptoms.  Harry is a gut feel thing on my part, but I feel like the Patriots can use this week's easy matchup to get him more work in the offense.  They need his play-making ability if they are going to do any damage in the playoffs.  You should be able to find a safer play this week, but in a deep format, he might be of some use.

TIGHT ENDS

  • Dallas Goedert, Eagles vs. Giants
  • Jonnu Smith, Titans at Texans 
  • Mike Gesicki, Dolphins at Patriots
  • O.J. Howard, Bucs vs. Falcons
  • Noah Fant, Broncos vs Raiders
  • Kaden Smith, Giants at Eagles

Goedert is available in enough leagues (40 percent of Yahoo leagues) to give a look see.  He's got a chance to be the number one option with Zach Ertz nursing a rib injury, and the Giants are a great matchup for the position.  I like Jonnu's matchup most, so he is the next best option, but these are all solid pickups, if you need them.  Gesicki is on fire but the Patriots are a challenging matchup as they are in the bottom ten in terms of TE stats allowed.  Howard is slowly gaining steam and should provide fringe TE1 production.  Smith should be the lead man for the Giants with Evan Engram on IR and Rhett Ellison still in concussion protocol.