Waiver Wire: Week 17

Cody Wagner @CwagsFantasy

Waiver Wire: Week 17

Bye week teams: None

For this on-going waiver wire article I will be breaking skill players down into 3 categories and then conclude by recommending some likely free-agent Defenses to stream.

  • Game Changers: Game changers are exactly what they sound like. Players that through injury or opportunity rise up and become real impact players immediately. They may not be the best or most well-known players, but they are in a position to impact fantasy scores on a weekly basis.
  • Depth with upside: Again, the name is fairly self-explanatory. These are players that are just waiting for that opportunity to excel. Often they possess a solid talent and elite measurables, but they just have not had the opportunity to “break out” yet. This often includes handcuffs of underwhelming players or players that have started slow at deep positionsi.e. a QB or TE, that still have you believing in their talent.
  • Hail Mary’s: This section is easily going to be the highest turnover section of your roster. And in some cases, the players will literally change from day-to-day. They are often role players that flash or deeper roster players that may have moved up due to injury, trade, or just plain old ineffectiveness.

Game Changers:

C.J. Anderson – RB | Los Angeles Rams

If by some miraculous reason he is still available in your league, he should be your number one waiver priority, especially if you’re a Gurley owner. The Rams have locked up the division, but still, have a first-round bye to fight for. If they lose and the Bears win, they would lose that first round bye. That being said, they play my beloved 49ers, who have been playing great defense lately, but offensively they are pretty battered as far as injuries go. The Rams could elect to rest Gurley even if he is ready to play and that would give C.J. another likely start and the potential for another huge fantasy week. Anderson is 21% owned

Nick Foles – QB | Philadelphia Eagles

Good ole St. Nick Foles, He had a helluva a game today and kept the Eagles playoff dreams alive. The will bring this same intensity into next week when they face the Washington Redskins who are riddled with injuries and not a great team. However, they are division rivals, so this will not be a walk in the park, but I expect Foles to perform well and have a big game. Foles is 24% owned

Kendrick Bourne – WR | San Francisco 49ers

Dante Pettis went down with what they say looks to be an MCL injury, which will likely keep him out for the remainder of the season. Kendrick Bourne will likely see an uptick in targets, and as much as I would like to see the 49ers embrace their inner tank, they don’t seem to be playing that game, and will likely be playing a Rams team that will be resting players for the playoffs and could actually be a higher scoring game because of that. Bourne is 1% owned.

Depth With Upside:

Rod Smith – RB | Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboys have pretty muchh solidified their position in the Playoffs, so a win or loss wouldn’t project them forward or backward. This could lead to them sitting Zeke this week to rest him for the playoffs. That would mean Rod Smith would get the nod and could have a good fantasy day against the Giants. Monitor the situation this week and if Ezekiel Elliott does, in fact, sit for this game, fire up Rod Smith. Smith is 2% owned.

C.J. Uzomah – TE | Cincinnati Bengals

The Bengals are running out of legitimate options to throw the ball to and with Driskell at QB he will likely be looking for the easy plays, and those could come the way of Uzomah. If you’re really struggling for a TE, Uzomah could be an option for you. Uzomah is 32% owned.

Hail Mary’s:

Trent Sherfield – WR | Arizona Cardinals

The youth movement is underway in Arizona and we are likely to see the last game that Larry Fitzgerald plays. I would expect the Cardinals to see what they got in these young receivers and Sherfield seemed to be someone they were interested in checking out as he leads the Cardinals in yards this week. They play the Seahawks next week who will be fighting for that final wildcard spot in the NFC. I expect that game to get out of hand quickly and expect the Cardinals have to air it out a lot. If you’re light on receivers to plug into your lineup or if your better options are on teams that are questionable to play them the last game, Sherfield could be an option. Sherfield is not owned

Zay Jones – WR | Buffalo Bills

It’s tough to tell who is going to show up on this Bills team from week to week, but it seems to be between Robert Foster and Zay Jones from game to game, Zay Jones is still a good receiver and Josh Allen has been pretty good as of late, but had a bad game against the Patriots. They play a flailing Miami team who aren’t playing for anything either. This could be an ugly game or a highly offensive game. This would be a large gamble, but if you’re lacking options because of players sitting, this could be an ok flex play. Jones is 15% owned.

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