The Waiver Wire: Week 17 Playoff Edition

This is it the final chapter of the 2018 Fantasy Football Season. Well if you are reading this it means one of two things, your league hates you and is making you win a fantasy championship in week 17 or you really love reading my column each week and with that I thank you! This has been another exciting season one filled with some superstar suggestions that swung the fortunes of so many fantasy teams along the way. As this is the last Waiver Wire column for the 2018 season I think it’s always fun to take a look back at some of the best suggestions this little column had to offer that helped win a league championship last week or helped get you to playing for one this week:

  • QB: Patrick Mahomes, Baker Mayfield, Mitchell Trubisky, Fitzmagic Early and often, Lamar Jackson 
  • RB: James Conner, Phillip Lindsay, James White, Aaron Jones, Austin Ekeler, Elijah McGuire, Josh Adams, Derrick Henry, Gus Edwards, Damian Williams, Justin Jackson, Nyheim Hines, Jaylen Samuels
  • WR: Tyler Boyd, Antonio Callaway, D.J. Moore, Courtland Sutton, MVS, Anthony Miller, Zay Jones, Dante Pettis, Curtis Samuel, Chris Godwin, Robby Anderson
  • TE: Jared Cook, O.J. Howard, Eric Ebron, Chris Herndon, Ian Thomas, Mark Andrews, Blake Jarwin 

Wow! Laying all these names out here like this really shows the power the waiver wire can have on helping you win a league championship. Another season defined by the waiver wire!

Today is Christmas! A day for giving and day for being around the ones you love. I hope that you have enjoyed the time spent with friends and family today and you got everything you wanted for Christmas. If you asked for a fantasy football championship for Christmas then look no further because I am Santa Clause!

Week 17 in the NFL is a tricky one to maneuver filled with landmines everywhere you turn. As multiple teams already have their playoff seeds all locked up and others have already been eliminated from the playoffs all together teams are going to be sitting their best players this week. It’s an awful way to wrap a long season but the show must go on and so we must get you prepared to dominate your league’s waiver wire one more time! Before we head into this shortened final edition of the Waiver Wire let’s take a look at some of the key injuries that happened in week 16 that may impact you this week:

  • Todd Gurley: Knee inflammation kept him out of the Rams week 16 game. He may sit again this week. 
  • Tevin Coleman: Groin strain and is listed as day to day
  • Demaryius Thomas: Torn Achilles is done for the season
  • Eric Ebron: Left the Colts week 16 game with a concussion. Ebron is in concussion protocol 
  • Marcus Mariota: Right arm stinger that knocked him out of the Titans week 16 game. Mariota is listed as day to day
  • Cordarrelle Patterson: Knee Injury and is listed as week to week
  • Taylor Heinicke: Elbow injury that knocked him out of the Panthers week 16 game. Listed as week to week 
  • Dante Pettis: MCL Sprain and is done for the season
  • Deonte Thompson: Was carted off the field with a toe injury and is listed as day to day

Now onto the final Waiver Wire pickups of the season!

As a disclaimer, all players must be owned by less than 60% of ESPN or Yahoo leagues. Ownership percentages are in parenthesizes. Below I have ranked the top 3 adds at each position with a bonus player or two sprinkled in throughout. 

QB

Nick Foles (ESPN 21% / Yahoo 15%)

On this website across all our articles we said to go pick up Nick Foles and boy did he deliver! Not only was Foles the QB3 for the week he racked up over 400 yards passing and survived a brutal shot directly to the chest. His 471 yds & 4 TDs were both the most of any quarterback in week 16. Foles is legit in that Philly offense and needs to be owned and started this week vs a Redskins defense that gave up 306yds & 2 TDs to Carson Wentz when these two teams met back in week 13.

Sam Darnold (ESPN 5% / Yahoo 6%)

Don’t look now but Sam Darnold is making a case for himself as the best quarterback to come from this rookie class. I LOVE Baker and he is amazing but the talent gap between Cleveland & the Jets on offense is massive. And with that depleted talent pool, Darnold has thrown for 764 yds & 6 TDs over his last 3 games. Over that same span, Baker has thrown for 710 yds & 6 TDs. With New England on deck to close out the season Darnold will have a great opportunity to end the season on a high note beating his division rival. The Jets could play spoiler this week something that shouldn’t go unnoticed as this young Jets team is fighting to make a name for itself as it heads into 2019. Look for Darnold to throw early and often vs a leaky New England secondary that has given up multiple TD passes in a row before last weeks Josh Allen got only 1.

RB

C.J. Anderson (ESPN 36% / Yahoo 44%) 

Umm WTF happened on Sunday? I mean seriously who saw 20/167/1 coming from a guy off the street mid week? Shit if you played him last week god bless you! You have a bigger set then I do. Because of that amazing performance and the fact the Rams will look to rest their stud RB as they gear up for the playoffs, Anderson is our top waiver claim of the week. Grab Anderson and play him this week vs San Francisco as it looks like anyone can run in McVay’s scheme.

Brian Hill (ESPN 0% / Yahoo 0%)

Volume is king and Brian Hill may be the only RB on the depth chart for the Atlanta Falcons when they suit up to face the Bucs Sunday. With Ito Smith on IR and Tevin Coleman nursing a pulled groin, Hill who was the major benefactor of Coleman’s injury Sunday (8/115) could see a major increase in snap share and attempts this week. Hill is a must target as Coleman’s groin injury could disrupt his rehab or pull him from Sunday’s game at any moment. Hill will get work, either way, it’s just a matter of how much at this time.

WR

Robert Foster (ESPN 22% / Yahoo 36%)

With Kelvin Benjamin gone and now Deonte Thompson likely out this Sunday with a toe injury, the rookie out of Alabama may once again see a snap share of 97 or higher Sunday vs the Dolphins. Miami has been burned by Stefon Diggs & Aldrick Robinson in wk 15, Julian Edelman, Cordarrel Patterson, & Josh Gordon in week 14, and Fosters teammate Zay Jones back in week 13. Foster who is seeing around 8 tgts per game has become one of Josh Allens top targets especially deep as Foster leads the Bills in Average Depth of Target of 25.4 yds. This is a great week to play Foster in a game that means nothing to both teams.

Chris Hogan (ESPN 26% / Yahoo 39%)

With the loss of Josh Gordon to a suspension due to violating the substance abuse policy and now the potential multi-week loss of Cordarrelle Patterson, Chris Hogan may finally become fantasy relevant again. With a significant void in the Patriots receiving core Chris Hogan stepped up and saw an 83% snap share Sunday the most by any Patriots wide receiver. The crappy part is he saw ZERO targets while being on the field for 62 snaps but the Patriots dominated this game on the ground so I think that had more to do with it than anything else. Hogan should continue to see a high snap count this week as the Patriots need to win to lock up the #2 seed in the AFC with an outside shot of still being the #1 seed. I like Hogan to step up big this week vs a Jets secondary that was just carved up by Aaron Rodgers to the tune of 442 yds & 2 TDs.

TE

Chris Herndon (ESPN 15% / Yahoo 13%)

Last time these two teams met Herndon had 8/7/57 and is continuing to be a valued weapon in the Jets passing attack. Over the past few weeks, Herndon has seen 19 tgts and broke 50 yds receiving 3 out the past 5 times.  Herndon is dependent on finding the end zone to make him a TE1 but he is as solid a TE option as you can get this late in the year. His floor is 5pts, his ceiling is 12pts. I like that delta!

C.J. Uzomah (ESPN 26% / Yahoo 32%) 

Can the Bengals play spoiler for the 2nd straight year in a row? Pittsburgh needs to win or a Baltimore loss to clinch the AFC North and all that stands in their way is the Cincinnati Bengals. The Steelers have been better as of late guarding TEs but I think this has the feeling of last year when the Bengals came out and threw the ball all over Baltimore and winning. Uzomah has been steady as the Bengals top TE option seeing a snap share well over 80% every week and just around 5 tgts per game. Fire up Uzomah as he looks to find the end zone once again on the road.

There you have it, the last Waiver Wire article of the 2018 season! It’s been an amazing roller coaster ride and I want to thank you for going on this ride with me all season long. I hope you have enjoyed this little column and that you come back again next year as we do it all over again! As always don’t forget to get those waiver claims in and thank you for reading.

You can find me on Twitter @Trotta23. If you need EVEN more fantasy advice, you can follow The Gurus @TFFGurus & you can read all of our season-long columns at tffgurus.com. I will see you all again next season as I bring you yet another year of the world famous Waiver Wire column. Until then may the health gods forever be in your favor.

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