Week 17 Waiver Wire Finds
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Now, it is time to look at week 17; for most leagues the championship was probably last week and you are done until next season. Although, if you are in a league that plays week 17 as the championship it is not the time to get cute with your roster. Hopefully you have all the solutions if you had a player get injured this past week; however, if you are desperate for a player off the waiver wire I will give you some options. This week’s Waiver Wire Finds will be a little different as it is the last week of the season. I am only going to talk about guys that I would consider starting, that means that every position might not have the typical 2-4 players, also instead of being owned in less than 50% of ESPN leagues I went slightly above for some.
Ryan Fitzpatrick – NYJ (owned in 52.5% of ESPN leagues): Ryan Fitzpatrick has had a great season; he is the 10th ranked QB this year going into week 16. Fitzpatrick has scored less than 23 points in only one of his past five games. Week 17 Fitzpatrick and the Jets play the Bills. With a win by the Jets they will clinch a playoff spot, if they lose they will need help to make the playoffs. The Bills ranked 12th in terms of fewest fantasy points allowed to opposing QBs, but in three of their past five games they have allowed 250 plus yards and at least 2 TDs. Look for Fitzpatrick to be a decent QB1 this week.
Bilal Powell – NYJ (owned in 40.9% of ESPN leagues): Bilal Powell had his streak of 3 straight games with a TD snapped this past weekend against the Patriots; however, he was still able to get 90 total yards. This week Powell plays the Bills and with a win they clinch a playoff spot. The Bills rank 15th in terms of fewest points allowed to opposing RBs, but they have given up at least 100 yards rushing in each of the past five weeks. Also Powell is the third down RB and the one that will play if the Jets get in a passing situation. I would look for Powell to be a good RB3 in standard leagues, and probably a good RB2 in PPR leagues.
Marvin Jones – CIN (owned in 44.2% of ESPN leagues): I am writing this before Marvin Jones has played in his week 16 game against the Broncos; however, as long as he does not get injured I like him for week 17. Make sure to follow me on twitter @FantasySportGM for updates. Although I will try to tell you why I like Marvin Jones for week 17 now. The first reason why I like Jones for week 17 is that he is playing against Baltimore who going into week 16 were 30th in terms of fewest points allowed to opposing WRs. Jones has had at least 4 touches in the past 7 weeks going into his Monday night game against Denver, and with his explosive ability he has been a decent WR4. If you are dealing with an injury and looking to play a WR that has a lot of upside, I would consider Marvin Jones.
DeVante Parker – MIA (owned in 30.6% of ESPN leagues): This game can only change the Patriots playoff seeding, but the Dolphins being a division rival, I would expect them to play the game hard and leave it all out on the field. Also the Patriots are dealing with injuries to their secondary, and I would not expect them to risk further injury by playing someone who is not ready to return. This combined with the fact that the Patriots rank 26th in terms of fewest points allowed to opposing WR makes me think that it could be a big week for DeVante Parker. Rishard Matthews will likely still be out with broken ribs making Parker their number 2 target. Playing against the Patriots, the Dolphins will probably be losing for most of the game, and we have seen the Dolphins abandon the rushing attack after they start to lose. Parker has had double digit points in four of the past five weeks, and I think he is in for another double digit game this weekend.
Zach Miller – CHI (owned in 41.6% of ESPN leagues): Zach Miller has been good of recent, he has scored at least 9 points in 6 of the last 8 games, and has 5 TDs during that span. He has had at least 5 receptions for at least 50 yards in each of the past three weeks. This next week Miller and the Bears play against the Lions who rank 25th in terms of fewest points allowed to opposing TEs, and has given up 6 TDs in the past 7 weeks to opposing TEs. I would look for Miller to have a good game this weekend and end up being a top 7 TE.
Kyle Rudolph – MIN (owned in 23.9% of ESPN leagues): The NFC North has come down to the last game of the season as the Vikings take on the Packers for the division. Both teams will make the playoffs no matter what, but it will determine who gets home field in the playoffs. As for who this benefits; this benefits everyone playing because not every team has something to play for and some teams will rest their starters for the playoffs. I would expect Kyle Rudolph to have another big game this weekend as he did the last time these teams met going for 6 receptions for 106 yards and a TD. The reason I think he will have a good game is centered around Teddy Bridgewater playing well recently, and the Packers defense ranking 27th against opposing TEs going into week 16. I would look for Kyle Rudolph to be a decent TE option this weekend.
Lions D/ST (owned in 25.6% of ESPN leagues): The Lions defense has been worse this season than most had expected; however, there is some reason to believe that they are starting to turn it around. Since their bye week in week 9 the Lions have given up more than 21 points in only one game. They are also averaging 2.5 sacks per game. This week the Lions play the Bears who could potentially be without Alshon Jeffery who has been dealing with a hamstring injury off and on all season. The Bears offense went into week 16 ranked 25th in terms of fewest fantasy points allowed to opposing defenses. I would look for the Lions to take advantage of this and play well.
Good luck to everyone on the waiver wire, and in your championship this weekend! Make sure to follow me on Twitter and the Fantasy Life app @FantasySportGM to follow my fantasy baseball writing, or to follow the players I like in the nfl.com playoff challenge, and/or to get an early jump on fantasy football for next year! The scoring that I used is based off ESPN’s standard PPR scoring.
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