Week 17 Fantasy Football Playoff Waiver Wire
Week 16 usually marks the end of the fantasy football playoffs, but we’re well aware that some fantasy leagues run into week 17 for their season finale. If your championship isn’t going off until this week, we’ve still got your back.
To keep things normal, we’re taking one last glance at the waiver wire to see if we can’t find some interesting options available in at least 51% of leagues for week 17:
Kyle Orton, QB, Kansas City Chiefs (Available in 81% of leagues)
He wasn’t awesome last week, but you could go “revenge factor” with this one, as Kyle Orton faces his former team (the Broncos) and has a chance at getting them back by knocking them out of the playoffs. He’s not a sure-fire bet to go off, but Denver has given up 40+ points in back-to-back weeks, so it’s an interesting play to say the least.
Rex Grossman and Matt Moore are worth taking a shot on in the finale, but neither have awesome matchups.
Toby Gerhart, RB, Minnesota Vikings (55%)
You may not have just lost Adrian Peterson for the year and crippled your playoff run, but the guy you beat last week may have. Regardless of the exact situation, Peterson is down for the count, and Gerhart has the role to kill for you in your championship game this week.
Dexter McCluster, RB, Kansas City Chiefs (62%)
McCluster is far from reliable on a weekly basis, but he did put up 14+ fantasy points last week and should have a decent role again with Jackie Battle out. A matchup with a weak Broncos run defense doesn’t hurt his chances, either.
Kendall Hunter, RB, San Francisco 49ers (73%)
Hunter normally just splits the carry load with Frank Gore, but with Gore nicked-up the past few weeks, the 49ers should ease his workload this week and give Hunter the ball more.
Isaac Redman, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers (95%)
Redman isn’t a lock for fantasy gold right off the bat, but if/when the Steelers rest Rashard Mendenhall in week 17, he could have a field day against an atrocious Browns run defense.
Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos (59%)
Thomas continues to be the only reliable receiving weapons in Denver, as Tim Tebow locks in on him early and targets him all day. He could be in for some solid production at home against a Chiefs defense that can certainly be beat at times.
Jerome Simpson, WR, Cincinnati Bengals (68%)
Simpson has two scores in his past three games and absolutely torched the Ravens (who he faces this week) the last time he faced them. Cincy will have to pass a lot in this one, so look for Simpson to at least be a solid WR3 play.
Roy Williams, WR, Chicago Bears (89%)
Williams is far from a stud, but he and Josh McCown have some chemistry, and it showed last week as Williams hauled in six catches for 81 yards. He could do a lot more damage this week against a terrible Vikings pass defense.
Jared Cook, TE, Tennessee Titans (72%)
Cook has been an absolute beast the past two weeks, generating 272 yards and a score off of 17 catches. Don’t bank on his hot stretch to run out this week.
Alex Henery, K Philadelphia Eagles (64%)
The Eagles seem to have gotten it together the past couple of weeks, and look to finish the season strong against a weak Redskins defense. Henery should be a pretty safe option in the season finale, with decent potential to go off, as well.
Kansas City Chiefs Team Defense (81%)
They’re definitely given up points over the course of the season, but in the past two weeks this KC defense has shutdown the Packers and taken the Raiders into overtime. Tim Tebow was awful last week, and it’s not crazy to think he could get rattled in this one. It should at least be pretty low-scoring, making this a low risk/high reward play.
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