Waiver Wire Week 17

NFL Waiver Wire Week 17

NFL Waiver Wire Week 17 2015 By Utter-Fantasy Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

For some, all of their hard work and diligence ended Week 15 & Week 16, either in a glorious victory or a devastating defeat. However, not every fantasy football league has their playoffs end this early, and in a couple leagues that I participate in, even go through Week 17, which is fun. For all of you fantasy football owners still battling, here are some NFL Waiver Wire Week 17 suggestions, although not a lot of great options, that might improve your current team. UPDATE: My original “Week 17 Waiver Wire” had SEA RB Marshawn Lynch as my top pick up following HC Pete Carroll’s positive comments- but Lynch has since been ruled OUT for Week 17, so I will leave it up to you to decide who is the top waiver wire Week 17 :)  Good Luck this week


Quarterbacks Waiver Wire Week 17

ATL Matt Ryan ( vs N.O. )- In Week 16, we saw that QB Matt Ryan still has some fight in him, throwing for over 300 yards and 1 TD vs a very tough Carolina defense. In Week 17 he gets a very easy Saint’s defense. Only owned in 83% of Yahoo leagues

BALT Ryan Mallett ( at CINN)- QB Mallett shocked the Steelers Week 16, beating them with 274 passing yards and 1 TD, and hurting the Steelers chances of the playoffs. His match up Week 17 is brutal however vs an angry Bengal team smarting from their week 16 loss to Denver

CINN AJ McCarron ( vs BALT )- Week 16 vs the #1 Denver defense,QB A.J. McCarron completed 22/35 passes for 200 yards and 1 touchdown ( zero INTS). Week 17 he gets a bad Baltimore defense in a game the Bengals need to win to secure to clinch a 1st round bye

HOU Brian Hoyer ( vs JACK )- This is a wait-and-see situation, but QB Hoyer is in the final stages of his concussion protocol and HC O’Brien also made it clear Monday that Hoyer will start against the Jaguars if he gets medical clearance- Tasty match up Week 17 vs the Jags, who gave up over 400 yards and  3 TDs to NO QB D Brees Week 16


Running Backs Waiver Wire Week 17

BUFF Mike Gillislee ( vs NYJ )- Gillislee is getting almost an even timeshare with RB Karlos Williams ( following RB L McCoy’s season ending injury) …… 9 carries for 93 yards and a TD Week 16

SF DuJuan Harris ( vs STL )- Following RB Shaun Draughn’s season ending injury, the 49res had a RBBC approach Week 16, with RBs Harris, Hayne and Gaskins all getting carries, but Harris emerged with the hottest hand (11/73 yards) and he’s probably the one to get Week 17, albeit a tough match up vs the Rams

WASH Pierre Thomas ( at DAL)- RB Thomas caught 7/8 targets in the division-clincher for Washington, finishing with 89 scrimmage yards. He is now the clear 3rd down back for Washington going into Week 17. PPR owners would get Thomas with a road game against Dallas in Week 17 and he could be an interesting play Week 17 if Washington rests their starters in the 2nd half, and I think they will

MINN Jerick McKinnon ( at GB )- A Recommendation Week 16- LINKDespite putting up great stats Week 16, RB McKinnon is still simply a back up to AP and fantasy football owners cannot count on another blowout where McKinnon comes in for mop up duty. That said, the waiver wire options for Week 17 are very limited

“Sleeper” JACK Jonas Grey ( at HOU)- Jaguars OC Greg Olson said the “plan” is to “get a good look” at RB Jonas Gray in the Week 17 finale

Keep an eye on- CAR Jonathon Stewart- HC Ron Rivera said Stewart “might be” ready for Week 17, and Utter-Fantasy doubts that he suits up Week 17- UPDATE: Jonathan Stewart (foot) has been ruled out for Week 17 against the Bucs


Wide Receiver Waiver Wire Week 17

HOU Nate Washington ( vs JACK )- WR Nate Washington, one of the Texan’s team leaders, caught 3/5 targets for 42 yards and a TD in Week 16. He has been a frequent waiver wire recommendation of Utter-Fantasy this season and has a dream match up Week 17 vs the Jags

SEA Jermaine Kearse ( at ARI)- All of the 3 wide receivers for Seattle have seen their production soar in the past 3 weeks, as the Seahawks move from a hard-nose running team, to a team that moves offensively thru QB Russell Wilson. WR Kearse has 222 yards and 1 TD over the past 3 weeks

CINN  Marvin Jones/ Mohamed Sanu ( vs BALT)- QB AJ McCarron is now the quarterback for the Bengals following QB Dalton’s hand injury, and McCarron does a better job of incorporating all the Cincinnati weapons than Dalton did. Week 16 Sanu rushed 2 times for 10 yards and 1 TD and caught 3/3 targets for 29 yards

Deep League Wide Receiver considerations-

ATL Roddy White ( vs NO)- 5/6 targets for 67 yards in Week 16 

CAR Corey Brown/D Funchess ( vs TB )- WR Ted Ginn Jr injured his knee in a collision with teammate Cameron Artis-Payne in the first half but only missed a few plays

Terrance Williams/ Brice Butler ( vs WASH) will start on the outside if WR Dez Bryant remains sidelined

Desperate call- SD Stevie Johnson ( at DEN) – Likely ready to play, but a bad match up vs Denver’s #1 DEF


Tight Ends Waiver Wire Week 17

PHIL Zach Ertz (at NYG)-A Waiver Wire Recommendation Week 15 and Week 16- LINKand a Recommendation again this week. Ertz has a whopping 30 targets in the past 2 weeks!!!- only owned in 58% of Yahoo leagues

CHI Zach Miller (vs DET)- A Waiver Wire Recommendation Week 15- LINK–  Injuries to the Bears entire receiving corps (WR Alshon Jeffrey placed on IR) puts TE Miller’s fantasy football value high, and in Week 16 he had 8 targets from QB Jay Cutler ( 6 targets in Week 15)

NYG Will Tye- ( vs PHIL)- The Giants had just a miserable game Week 16 in Minnesota, in very cold conditions. This week they are back home vs a porous Philly defense