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Through The Wire - Week 17
12/26/16; Updated: 12/27/16 Users...
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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.

Feedback is always welcome, appreciated and encouraged. I’ll get to as many e-mails as I can.

Blake Bortles

After showing some signs of life against Tennessee, Blake Borltes is a vialbe option against the Colts.


Blake Bortles, JAC Hes in a prime matchup versus the Colts, and theres no reason to think hell hold back. Bortles is actually one of the top options this week given the logistics of Week 17.

UPDATE: The Jaguars aren’t tanking and neither are the Colts, so expect a high-scoring game featuring a couple of teams playing for pride… and stats.

Trevor Siemian, DEN He has trouble throwing the ball downfield, but given the horrendous status of the running game and the fact that the Broncos have nothing left to lose, he might air it out looking for DeMaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders.

UPDATE: The Broncos are now considering Paxton Lynch to start Week 17, so you’ll have to check the updates as we approach game day.


Tyrod Taylor, BUF Taylor came through for fantasy owners who gave him a shot in Week 16 with his best fantasy performance of 2016, rushing for 60 yards and throwing for 329-3-0 in the OT loss to Miami. Hes worth starting in Week 17 at the Jets.

UPDATE: Taylor will sit and EJ Manuel will start as the Bills don’t want to risk injury to Taylor and be on the hook for the remainder of his contract. The Jets offer an intriguing matchup but Manuel will be difficult to trust as anything more than a QB2.

Joe Flacco, BAL Flacco had 262-1-1 against Pittsburgh but failed to come away with a win eliminating the Ravens from playoff contention. Hes a low-end QB2 facing the Bengals in Week 17.

Tom Savage, HOU The Texans were typically boring on Christmas night, with Savage contributing a pedestrian 176-0-0 and 11 rushing yards in a playoff-clinching win over Cincinnati. The plan for Week 17 is undetermined, though Id expect Savage to start and get him more game reps before the playoffs.

UPDATE: The Texans will apparently stick with Savage in Week 17, which is good news for DeAndre Hopkins owners.

Running Backs

Alfred Blue, HOU – UPDATE: Blue had a solid day against the Bengals and looks to be the lead back heading into Week 17, when Lamar Miller is not expected to play. Get Blue active as an RB2.

Kenneth Dixon, BAL Dixon has the most talent in the Ravens backfield and should get the most looks in Week 17. With the exception of his matador blitz pickups, Dixon is a complete back with a physical style that bodes for the most upside in this committee.

Derrick Henry, TEN Hes not readily available in many leagues, but Henry should be used more frequently in a tough matchup with Houston in Week 17. Hes also a great pickup for keeper leagues.

Jacquizz Rodgers, ATL UPDATE: Rodgers had a productive few games when he was healthy, and he usurped control of the Bucs starting RB role with Doug Martin a healthy inactive in Week 16. It looks like the Bucs will roll with Rodgers once again in the season finale.

Alex Collins, SEA UPDATE: Collins could get a huge workload if Thomas Rawls (bruised shoulder) sits in Week 17 against the Niners. Collins is not a very talented or versatile back, but he might be the only viable option for Seattle who may choose to rest Rawls and get him healthy before the playoffs.

Zach Zenner, DET – UPDATE: The Cowboys defensive line yielded huge chunks of yardage to Zenner on Monday night, but the second-year back looked decent running the ball. He finished with 12 carries for 67 yards and two rushing TDs, as well as 2-25-0 receiving, and would get a similar workload against the Packers in a must-win game if Theo Riddick were forced to sit again.


Dion Lewis, NE Lewis disappointed in Week 16, rushing for 52 yards on 16 carries and catching just one pass for five yards on his lone target. Hes still a viable RB3 option with some upside.

Paul Perkins, NYG Perkins rushed for 68 yards on 15 carries and caught 1-9-0 on two targets from Eli Manning. Hes yet to find the end zone in his rookie season.

UPDATE: There’s a good chance the Giants get Perkins the ball a lot in Week 17, with nothing to gain and nothing really to lose. I’m betting on over 20 touches, and Washington is a good matchup for them to see what he’s capable of in a lead role.

Justin Forsett, DEN Forsett rushed five times for 11 yards and a TD in the Broncos Week 16 loss to the Chiefs. Hes not involved in the passing game and will be an RB3 next week in a division matchup against the Raiders.

Darren McFadden, DAL UPDATE: McFadden looked okay with 14 carries (49 rushing yards) against the Lions and could get another 10-15 carries in Week 17.

Wide Receivers / Tight Ends

Adam Thielen, MIN Thielens 12-202-2 was the best performance of any WR in Week 16, and hell be a top pickup this week for leagues that are still cranking. Get him active.

J.J. Nelson, ARI Nelson continues to impress in the Michael Floyd role, hauling in another 3-132-1 in the win over Seattle. Hes a boom-or-bust type of player who relies on the big play, but hes got the requisite talent to be fantasy relevant in 2017.

TE Charles Clay, BUF Clay exploded for 8-85-2 in Week 16, and makes sense as a low-end TE1 in the final week. Hes on the same page as Taylor, whos also a good option against the Jets.


Tyler Lockett, SEA Lockett was involved early but broke his leg in Week 16 ending his season. Its a shame, because he was starting to click with Russell Wilson.

TE Ryan Griffin, HOU C.J. Fiedorowicz was active and Griffin put up a goose egg.

UPDATE: C.J. is the better play in Week 17, when he should get a handful of targets.

Deonte Thompson, CHI Thompson came through with 3-34-1 in the loss to Washington in Week 16, and is less of a reliable option facing the Vikings in the final regular season game.

Brandon LaFell, CIN With Green sitting, LaFell had another monster game, hauling in 6-130-1 the loss to Houston. Hes an underrated veteran receiver with lots of upside when he gets a chance.

UPDATE: Both A.J. Green and Tyler Eifert will be out again in Week 17, so it could once again be the LaFell show. He’s worth considering as a WR2.

Aldrick Robinson, ATL Julio Jones was active, so Aldrick saw limited snaps and caught just 1-15-0 on his lone target.

Robby Anderson, NYJ Anderson failed to record a catch on three targets in Week 16. Yuck.