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Through The Wire - Week 17
12/24/18; Updated: 12/26/18

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Targeting weekly waiver picks is a completely subjective business, but this column hopes to point out some obvious and not-so-obvious selections to help your team from week to week while you strive to collect fantasy wins, reach your league playoffs and win the elusive title that your friends say is out of your grasp. While I’m a big proponent of making trades to bolster your roster, the waiver wire can be an almost limitless resource when it comes to discovering fantasy value in strange places. Each week, I’ll highlight some of the popular (and not-so-popular) players who can help your squad and may still be available in your league.

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C.J. Anderson

If Todd Gurley (knee) sits again, we could see another healthy dose of C.J. Anderson in Week 17.


Quarterbacks

Jameis Winston, TB Winston (50-80 percent owned) had just 336-1-0 and lost two fumbles in Week 16, but that was against Dallas. Hes got a much better matchup in Week 17 facing the Falcons, who should have a difficult time covering Mike Evans and the other Tampa receivers.

Nick Mullens, SF Mullens had a bad Week 16 with 241-0-1, but he could pile up some yardage and a couple scores in Week 17 against the Rams. Hes a mid-tier QB2 with some upside.

Derek Carr, OAK Ill update accordingly (on Wednesday since tomorrow is Christmas) after the Monday night game, but Carr is worth considering in a favorable matchup with Kansas City in Week 17. Id say hes playing for Jon Grudens confidence, but the stubborn Gruden has already lavished praise upon him this season despite his inconsistent play.

UPDATE: Carr threw for 167-0-0 in the Raiders' Week 16 victory over the Broncos, and Gruden still loves him.

Other QBs to consider: Cody Kessler, Josh Johnson

Updates:

Marcus Mariota, TEN A stinger suffered in Week 16 (110-0-0, 7 rushing yards in less than a half of play) could keep Mariota out of the Titans final game against the Colts. Hes really not an option even if he plays.

Sam Darnold, NYJ Darnold threw for 341-3-0, his best fantasy performance of his rookie season, and hell close out the season against the Patriots.

Josh Allen, BUF Allen turned in a bit of a stinker in the seasons penultimate game, throwing for 217-1-2 and rushing for 30 yards in the loss to New England. Hes got a generally favorable matchup versus the Dolphins in Week 17.

Nick Foles, PHI Foles exploded for 471-4-1 with a lost fumble in Week 16, keeping the Eagles alive with a victory over the Texans. Foles was the top passer for Week 16 and led a few folks to fantasy titles with his monster game.

Running Backs

C.J. Anderson, LAR Since the Rams could hold Todd Gurley (knee) out in the season finale, Anderson (167 rushing yards, TD in Week 16) would be an RB1 against the 49ers. Hes available in plenty of leagues (about 60-90 percent) since he was acquired late in the week and Gurleys Week 16 status had yet to be determined.

UPDATE: Gurley remained sidelined Wednesday and is likely a game-time decision for Week 17 as he was in Week 16.

Brian Hill, ATL Hill (0-1 percent owned) rushed eight times for 115 yards, including a monster 60-yard run on Sunday in the win over Carolina. Tevin Coleman injured his groin in Week 16, so Hill could see a heavy workload in the season finale. He and Anderson are the top ads for Week 17 RBs.

UPDATE: Coleman sat out Wednesday, and Hill is shaping up to be the only viable RB for Atlanta in Week 17. Giddyup.

Damien Williams, KC Spencer Ware was out once again and Williams ran 13 times for 103 yards in Week 16 against the Seahawks for his first-career 100-yard game, adding 7-37-1 in the loss. Hes a must-play in all formats for Week 17 unless Ware is back and starting.

Zach Zenner, DET Zenner (5-10 percent owned) rushed for 45 yards (2-22-0 receiving) in Sunday's 27-9 loss to the Vikings, splitting time with LeGarrette Blount. He also caught two passes for 22 yards in the loss. Zenner has a favorable matchup against Green Bay in Week 17.

Other RBs to consider: John Kelly, Mike Davis, Kenneth Dixon

Updates:

Jamaal Williams, GB Wow! Williams was a pleasant surprise in Week 16, rushing for 95 yards and a score and adding 6-61-0 receiving for his best game of the year. Hes a great play in Week 17 facing the Lions as well.

Alfred Blue, HOU Blue rushed for just 14 yards on four carries and added 4-26-0 in the loss to Philly in Week 16, as DOnta Foreman actually received more carries (7) despite totaling negative-1 yard. Foreman was the more productive fantasy back, however, as he added 2-28-1 receiving. The Texans Week 17 running game is shaping up to be a cloudy committee of general confusion, except for Deshaun Watson, who rushed for two scores on Sunday.

UPDATE: Lamar Miller is trending in the right direction, as he was limited on Wednesday. If his ankle is up to it, Miller will get the Jaguars in Week 17 and Blue will likely be relegated to change-of-pace and some passing down work alongside Foreman and Miller.

Wendell Smallwood/Darren Sproles, Eagles Sproles had an excellent Week 16 with 32 rushing yards on nine carries and 3-76-1 receiving, while Smallwood remained a secondary option with 4-24-0 and just one carry for 3 yards. Sproles could be a viable flex for Week 17, but Smallwood is off the fantasy radar.

Keith Ford, BUF Ford rushed for 33 yards on seven carries and added 2-14-0 receiving, even with LeSean McCoy starting. McCoy ran for just 9 yards on six carries, hauling in 3-10-0 on three targets.

Wide Receivers / Tight Ends

TE Kyle Rudolph, MIN Rudolph is available in about 20 percent of leagues, and he was probably dropped from a bunch of teams heading into the fantasy playoffs where he was a low-end TE1. His huge Week 16 (9-122-2 on nine targets) isnt likely to be repeated but its a sign hes getting more looks in the new offense after tallying just 11 targets his previous three weeks.

Sterling Shepard, NYG Shepard (65-80 percent owned) tallied 6-113-0 on seven targets in Week 16 and gets a Cowboys team in Week 17 that has already clinched the division. With Odell Beckham likely to sit out again, hes a solid WR2.

UPDATE: Shepard was limited on Wednesday and should be considered a risky start with the Giants playing for nothing in Week 17 – but there’s still upside if the injury isn’t a big deal by the end of the week.

Equanimeous St. Brown/Marquez Valdes-Scantling GB ESB snagged 5-94-0 in Week 16 and MVS finished with 5-75-0. If Randall Cobb is our for Week 17, both should be viable WR3/flex plays in deeper formats or DFS.

UPDATE: ESB sat out Wednesday’s practice with a concussion, so he can probably be removed from fantasy consideration for Week 17.

Jamison Crowder, WAS Washington doesnt have much going on at the WR position, but Crowder did haul in 5-78-0 from Johnson in Week 16 and hes likely to want to end 2018 on a good note. Crowder has seen 22 targets over the past four weeks and is a decent WR3 play facing the Eagles in the season finale.

Other WRs/TEs to consider: TE Evan Engram, TE Chris Herndon, Jarius Wright, DeAndre Carter

Updates:

Mike Williams, LAC Williams practically disappeared in Week 17, catching one pass for 7 yards and adding a 4-yard rush in the loss to Baltimore.

Robert Foster, BUF Foster posted 4-52-0 in the Week 17 loss to New England. Hes a fine WR3/flex play in Week 17 against Miami.

Robby Anderson, NYJ Anderson had another stellar fantasy performance with 9-140-1 in the 44-38 loss to Green Bay on Sunday. Hes a viable WR3 facing the Pats in Week 17.

John Ross, CIN Ross had just one catch for 3 yards, but it was a TD, which salvaged an otherwise forgettable day. The target volume just isn’t there for Ross, who drops a lot of passes and has only managed 20 receptions for 209 yards this season (even though that included 7 TDs).