Week 17 Waiver Wire – Playoff Edition

By Josh Trotta

@TFFGurus 

“Is that a picture of Blair Walsh?” is the question that most of you are asking yourselves right now. The answer is, yes it is and the reason is, because he was a beast for me in one of my finals’ matchups. Walsh got me 23 points and helped me cancel out Allen Robinson who my opponent had. Needless to say he was the main reason why I won that league’s championship this season. Thank you Blair if you’re reading this! Now back to football…it all comes down to week 17! For most of our followers week 16 marked the end of their fantasy season. This weekend they can just sit back & relax without a care in the world but for a select few of our followers, week 17 marks your league championship! For all of you brave souls who play in a league that goes all the way into week 17, don’t you worry. The Fantasy Football Guru’s are here to help! I personally hate leagues that go until week 17 because so many teams sit their best players and have nothing to play for. This year you week 17 mavericks are in luck as even the best teams in the league (Panthers, Patriots & Cardinals) still have something to play for and are all systems go! We hope you don’t need to pick anyone up this late in the game but just in case your facing an unexpected injury or just want to try to find that diamond in the rough, you have come to the right place. Let’s take a look at our last waiver wire article of the season.

For the playoff edition we are going to do things a little differently. On top of offering you 3 players at each position, I will also provide 2 additional players that might fall under the radar in most leagues.

Quarterbacks

  1. Brian Hoyer – Hoyer is expected back from the concussion that kept him out last week and his coach has already said that Hoyer is his starting QB Sunday if he clears the NFL concussion protocol. Let’s hope he does because the Jaguars are a dream matchup for anyone looking to stream a QB in their championship matchup (Kirk Cousins week 16). Just look at what Drew Brees did to them with a torn plantar fascia. The last time these teams squared off Hoyer went off for 26 points in standard leagues. Look for him to flirt with the 30 mark Sunday.
  2. Brock Osweiler – The string bean is ready to take the Broncos into the playoffs and is one win away from winning the AFC West. With San Diego all but closing up shop and moving come season’s end, look for them to put up little resistance as the Broncos look to clinch at least one home playoff game Sunday. I like Osweiler to do much better than he did the first time these teams met. Brock for Governor!
  3. Johnny Manziel – Jonny football has been ballin as of late and I don’t care if he wants to drink a 4Loco in the comfort of his home or Dap in front of his signed Mike Evans framed photo. If Manziel doesn’t get punished for his latest stupid moment of allowing someone to video him, then you need to consider starting him as he looks to keep the Steelers from the post season. Pittsburgh secondary has been awful all year and nothing would be sweeter for Manziel than to beat his division rival to keep them at home and give him and the Brown’s confidence heading into the off season.

Additional 

  1. AJ McCaron – AJ to AJ has been something special since he took over, and the offense even though not as explosive as they were with Dalton, has looked good enough to make you trust him in a must win situation. Baltimore is a dream matchup that any quarterback not named Big Ben should be able to take advantage of.
  2. Sam Bradford – Ok I hate Bradford as much as the next guy. I mean what is with the long sleeves bro? Even with that being said you can’t deny Bradford has been playing better of late and has been a garbage time stud. Just like Manziel, it wouldn’t give Bradford and the Eagles any more pleasure than to beat the Giants as they head into the off season. Look for Bradford to throw all over that awful New York secondary.

Running Backs

  1. Jeremy Langford – Langford once again might be seeing the starting job in Chicago in what many feel is his job to come next year. The Bears aren’t playing for anything, Forte is banged up and with FA pending it is best for him to sit and look for a pay day in the off season. If anything, a great possible keeper play here even if you don’t need him for this weekend!
  2. Bilal Powell – Powell out rushed Ivory again this past weekend against the Patriots and the eye test is saying he is the better of the two right now. The Jets offense is on fire and Powell is getting more and more opportunties to produce each week. With a must win in Buffalo on deck, look for Powell not Ivory to be the one the Jets organization leans on.
  3. Isaiah Crowell – Crowell has found new life since Manziel was inserted as the starting QB in Cleveland. Crowell put up 28 & 14 point games over his last three in standard scoring after not doing much of anything all season long. The numbers say the Steelers are a bad matchup but last weeks performance says otherwise as Buck Allen totaled 114 yards and a touchdown against them. It has the feeling that Crowell can duplicate that performance this week.

Additional

  1. Steven Jackson – The old Oregon State Beaver is back from the dead and it’s already been said that the Patriots are going to look to see what they have in Jackson this week in Miami. The Dolphins are in shambles and seem to have given up on their coach and each other. Look for the Patriots to run early and often as they look to lock up the #1 seed in the AFC.
  2. Charles Sims – The Bucs swiss army knife has been a boom or bust fantasy option the entire second half of the season. Tampa Bay has little to play for but pride as they travel to Carolina. If they are going to pull off the upset, it’s going to be because of Sims. Last week’s film says the Panthers are vulnerable to shifty running backs, so look for the Bucs to get Sims in open space and let him go.

Wide Receivers

  1. Keshawn Martin – Martin saw his role increase last week with both Amendola and Edelman ruled out early in the week. The Patriots are playing this week close to the chest and are not going to rule out these same players so early this week. If both are ruled out again Martin faces a fantastic matchup coming off a career game.
  2. Nate Washington – Fabulous Nate has been very effective when Cecil Shorts has missed time; and guess what- Shorts has been ruled out for week 17! No Shorts and the Jaguars look like a perfect cocktail for Washington finding the endzone again this week.
  3. DeVante Parker – I have a love-hate relationship with Parker. He is a physical freak who has flashed moments of greatness but he burnt me so badly three weeks ago that I will forever hate him (I needed 30 yards to win my playoff matchup and he only got 16!). The Patriots are looking beatable in the secondary and Parker is the type of WR they seem to always have issues with. If your brave enough to start him, he should be able to deliver this time.

Additional 

  1. Jaelen Strong – Another rookie WR is in our waiver wire article for week 17. This rookie class hasn’t delivered like last year’s but Strong like Parker are two of the standouts. With Shorts already being ruled out, look for Strong to take over his role in a must win game against a beatable Jags secondary.
  2. Roddy White – Well Roddy White decided to finally play football against the Panthers Sunday and now faces a horrible Saints defense that has given up the most points to fantasy wide receivers. Start him if your desperate and close your eyes and pray that he remembers where the endzone is.

Tight Ends

  1. Zach Ertz – If you didn’t listen to us last week then you have only your self to blame. Ertz once again was the top target in the Eagles offense, catching 12 for 122 yards. Another dream matchup awaits Ertz as they take on the Giants at home. He is a top 5 TE play this week.
  2. Kyle Rudolph – Rudolph’s best game this season came at the hands of the Green Bay Packers back in week 11. Rudolph had 6 catches for 106 yards and a touchdown. Put that with his performance on Sunday night and I think Bridgewater and Rudolph have found something. Look for Rudolph to be a big factor on Sunday night.
  3. Owen Daniels – Daniels took over the starting job from dropsy Davis and man did he come through for the Broncos! Daniels became one of Osweiler’s go to targets especially late in the game last night totaling 5 catches for 70 yards. The Broncos need to win and look for Daniels to get the start in a great matchup against the Chargers.

Additional 

  1. Jacob Tamme – The matchup is once again great but he has been so inconsistent that it is a hailmary start if I’ve ever seen one. Tamme could get you 2 or 18 but you will look like a genius if it’s the latter. No price can be put on looking like a fantasy genius!
  2. Ryan Griffin – You might have heard but Houston is playing Jacksonville this weekend. You play all of that team’s skill position players against a team that is as bad as the Jags have been lately. Griffin like Tamme will have you either looking like a genius or an idiot.

Defense

  1. Colts – The Colts are coming off one of their best games on defense since week 11 and are facing the Titans who have given up the most points to defenses this fantasy season!
  2. Redskins – I know the Skin’s aren’t playing for anything, but this matchup is just too good to pass up. Kellen Moore was awful in his first ever NFL start. If Dez can’t go again then it won’t matter who is out there for the Redskins. The Skins might flirt with 30+ points.
  3. Titans – So as nice as the Titans’ offense has been to opposing defenses this year, the Colts offense has been just as nice. Add the possibility of Josh Freeman starting after not playing a meaningful NFL game in over a year and a half, and this matchup screams big fantasy points.

Additional

  1. San Diego – San Diego looks great on Thursday night and if they are playing for the name on the front of their jersey’s then maybe they come out with a chip on their shoulders. The Broncos have turned the ball over this year and SD could be a sneaky play this weekend.
  2. Giants – The Eagles and Giants have both been bad but the Eagles have given up more points to fantasy defenses this season. Roll with the Giants if your desperate.

Kickers

  1. Blair Walsh – Walsh was a beast Sunday night! I think another double digit performance is in store again this Sunday Night as the Vikings look to win the NFC North.
  2. Nick Novak – Houston playing Jacksonville; that is all you need to hear! Pick him up and play him with confidence.
  3. Shane Graham – Graham has been productive the last two weeks and New Orleans is up next. Look for his hot streak to continue on Sunday.

Additional

  1. Mike Nugent – The Bengals are playing the Ravens and that means they should have no problem moving the ball all day. That should translate into multiple field goal opportunties.
  2. Travis Coon – Love the way the Browns have been playing with Manziel and just have a feeling they come out looking to make a statement. I think they will be able to move the ball on Pittsburgh all day but redzone efficiency is still an area Manziel struggles with. This will  give Coon opportunties to get fantasy points for his owners.

Well there you have it, our final waiver wire article of the 2015 fantasy season. Thank you so much for looking to us to help guide you all season long. Even though the season is coming to an end, keep coming back all off season because fantasy never has an off season! If you ever have any fantasy questions, hit us up @TFFGurus or our friends at @dafantasyfather & @TheFantasyBoys.

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