The Week 17 Waiver Wire Pickups don’t mean much to most owners with many league championships ending following Sunday’s games. If you won, CONGRATS!!!! But if you lost, or didn’t even come close to the big dance, there is always next year. Either way, making sure to stick around and visit Fantasy Knuckleheads during the offseason. We’ll be keeping everyone up-to-date on all the fantasy football offseason action.
Let me preface this list by saying that if you DO have to play for your championship this week, I strongly suggest you let your commissioner know he should consider pushing the championship up a week or two. Because many players will be sitting this week do to having made the playoffs, the two teams who make it to the big game could look like one big mess with players being taken out early, or not playing at all to stay fresh for the NFL playoffs.
Russell Wilson – There really aren’t that many quarterbacks left who could help you going into the last week of the season. But if you have a chance, you’ve got to pick up Wilson and consider him a QB1. He might not throw for a lot of yards, but he continues to score at will. He now has put up 2 or more touchdowns in 6 of the last 8 games and has helped the Seahawks make it to the playoffs. This addition is especially helpful if you are a Matt Ryan owner, who could sit after the Falcons clinched home-field throughout the playoffs. The Seahawks take on the Rams.
Ryan Grant – The Packers didn’t choke the Titans into submission. They throttled them, scoring at will and putting up 55 points against a helpless Tennessee Defense. With fresh legs after having not played a single down for most of the season, Grant looked fast and ran with quickness like he did in his glory days, rushing for 80 yards and 2 touchdowns. Now keep in mind that Alex Green (concussion) could be cleared for Week 17 against the Vikings. If Grant has been picked up, DuJuan Harris could be a sleeper option after being named the starter and rushing for a score himself.
Mark Ingram – Ingram was one of the benefactors of Chris Ivory being out with a hamstring injury. Sharing with Darren Sproles and Pierre Thomas, Ingram rushed 21 times for 53 yards and punched in a score, while Sproles and Thomas did most of their damage through the air. Ingram faces a Carolina Defense that can be run on, so he is worth a look if you are in dire need of help.
Santana Moss – Moss doesn’t have many catches this year. He only has 39 total receptions, but he’s surprisingly scored 8 touchdowns in a very small part-time role. Most of the receiving options even worth looking at for Week 17 are gone, so you’d have to be pretty desperate to look Moss’ way.
Jason Avant – Avant doesn’t possess game-changing ability or speed, but he is one of the best when it comes to moving the chains and holding on to the ball. In the last 4 weeks, Avant has accumulated 22 catches and has averaged a little over 81 yards a game. Unlike Moss, Avant does play a big role in the offense with DeSean Jackson on IR. Against the Giants, he should be worth a low-end flex spot.
Lance Kendricks – If you had told me that Kendricks was going to put up more fantasy points than Jason Witten and Aaron Hernandez combined, I would have fallen out of my chair laughing. But that’s exactly what he did. Against the Buccaneers leaky secondary, Kendricks only caught 4 passes, but all of them went for a total of 113 yards and a touchdown. He faces a very stiff Seattle Defense that was able to hold the 49ers in check Sunday night, so don’t expect a repeat performance.