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Through The Wire - Week 17

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.


Ryan Tannehill, TEN – Tannehill finishes up a revivifying 2019 season with a matchup against the Texans – who don’t have the best secondary. He’s coming off a 272-3-0 game against a tough Saints defense, so feel free to roll him out again.

Ryan Fitzpatrick, MIA – I don’t care that it’s the Patriots. We just saw Fitzmagic win some fantasy football titles (he was started in 14.5% of ESPN leagues in Week 16) and he’s coming off an epic performance (419-4-1).

Daniel Jones, NYG – Jones threw for 352-5-0 in Week 16 against the Skins, the Eagles defense has its issues. The Philly DST got picked apart by Eli Manning when Jones was sidelined, so the rookie is an option in two-QB and deeper leagues.

Other QBs to consider: Case Keenum, Robert Griffin III


Jacoby Brissett, IND – Brissett did a fine job leading the Colts to victory in Week 16, but he didn’t have to do much with the running game and special teams clicking. He completed 14-of-27 passes for 119-0-0, adding 37 rushing yards and a TD on the ground in the blowout win over the Panthers. He might be worth starting in deeper leagues in the Colts’ regular season finale against the Jaguars, because his future with the team could be at stake.

Gardner Minshew, JAC – Minshew completed 13-of-31 passes for 181-1-0 in Week 16, adding 36 rushing yards. As with Brissett, the Week 17 results could have an impact on his 2020 status, but I’m not going there in DFS or standard fantasy lineups.

David Blough, DET – Blough completed 12-of-24 passes for 117 yards and a TD Sunday in the Lions’ Week 16 loss to the Broncos, but the fact that he didn’t turn the ball over is a positive sign for his future in the league. He’s not a great start facing the Packers in Week 17.

Gus Edwards

Running Backs

Marshawn Lynch, SEA - UPDATE: Beast Mode met with the team and is headed back to Seattle after he passed his physical on Monday night. The 33-year-old Skittles enthusiast will share the backfield with Travis Homer and Robert Turbin, who also signed. Chris Carson is done for the year with that hip injury. Lynch is worth a speculative add, though some folks feel this is more of a "team morale" signing than a legit personnel move. I wouldn't be so sure.

Mike Boone, MIN – We’ll see what happens on MNF, but I’m liking Boone as an add for next week if he’s still on waivers.

UPDATE: Boone was a bust in Week 16, rushing 11 times for 28 yards in the Monday night loss, and Ameer Abdullah got a lot of the second half work with the Vikings needing pass catchers. I’m not quite as interested as I was on Monday. Abdullah makes the RBs to consider, though.

DeAndre Washington, OAK – There’s a chance Josh Jacobs suits up for Week 17, and the Raiders still have an outside chance at making the playoffs. Washington (40-50 percent owned) rushed for 85 yards and a TD in Week 16, adding 2-21-0 in a solid win over the Chargers.

Gus Edwards, BAL – We’ve been waiting for Gus to get his shot, and it could be Week 17 with Mark Ingram and the key starters sitting vs. PIT. Of course, Edwards might give up a bunch of carries to Justice Hill and be considered a semi-key player with Ingram’s calf injury.

Benny Snell, PIT – UPDATE: Benny’s back, though he didn’t do as much as we hoped against the Jets, because that would have been too perfect. James Conner got hurt in Week 16 and while Snell compiled just 14 yards on seven carries on Sunday, he could have more upside against a Ravens defense that’ll be sitting a couple of its starters.

Samaje Perine, MIA – UPDATE: Perine spent the 2019 season with the Bengals practice squad after being claimed off waivers from Washington during summer’s final cuts, and joins Patrick Laird and De’Lance Turner in the Dolphins backfield for Week 17 after rookie Myles Gaskin was injured. He’s a super-dep league flex play, because he could surprise some folks if given some chances in garbage time checkdowns. He’s not an option in standard formats, but if you’re playing in Week 17, you’re not in a standard format.

Other RBs to consider: Travis Homer, Rex Burkhead, Brian Hill, Justice Hill, Ameer Abdullah, Chris Thompson


Kerryon Johnson, DET – Johnson didn’t get the start, but he was the Lions’ most effective back on Sunday, carrying the ball for 42 yards on the ground and securing his one target for a modest 1-yard gain in the Week 16 loss to the Broncos. He should be a larger part of the offense in Week 17 and could be worth a flex play in deeper leagues.

Carlos Hyde, HOU – Hyde rushed 17 times for 27 yards and a TD plunge (one that I was hoping would go to DeShaun Watson) in Houston’s Week 16 win over the Bucs. He’s supposed to be a full go for Week 17 vs. the Titans, as Bill O’Brien has not announced plans to rest his starters.

Boston Scott, PHI – Miles Sanders did most of the damage in this one, but Scott did handle three carries for 12 yards in the Eagles’ Week 16 win over the Cowboys, adding 6-7-0 receiving.

Tarik Cohen, CHI – The Bears offense was pitiful and Sunday night and Cohen wasn’t very involved. He rushed twice for 8 yards and caught 3-of-4 targets for 25 yards. The Vikings are a tough matchup but if the Bears are going to win, Cohen has to be part of the game plan.

Wide Receivers / Tight Ends

TE Dallas Goedert, PHI – Following a big Week 16 (9-91-1 on 12 targets) and with Zach Ertz nursing a rib injury, He’s a plug-n-play TE1 this week in what the Eagles are probably assuming is a must-win game against the Giants. Dallas beat up the Cowboys in the first must-win scenario and now he tries to take his team to the playoffs.

UPDATE: Eagles coach Doug Pederson said Monday night that Ertz will undergo further testing on his injured ribs this week, elevating Goedert to must-add status.

Justin Watson, TB – We talked about him before but I’m still liking what Watson brings to the table. He went for 5-43-1 last week on 10 targets and should finish with plenty of looks in the season finale at home vs. ATL.

Hunter Renfrow, OAK – Returning from a rib injury, Renfrow (just 5 percent owned) hauled in 7-107-1 on nine targets in the team's Week 16 win over the Chargers, and he gets a tougher matchup at Denver to finish off his rookie campaign, but he might be up to the task.

Keke Coutee, HOU – UPDATE: Will Fuller will miss Week 17, so Coutee should get some looks in the slot this week. He was a healthy scratch in Week 16, but he’ll be part of the Texans three-wide sets with DeAndre Hopkins and Kenny Stills working the outside. I love his skill set and he could be a factor against the Titans, who could be down some corners again, with Adoree Jackson missing Week 16 and Logan Ryan nursing injuries.

Other WRs/TEs to consider: TE Mike Gesicki, Sterling Shepard, Greg Ward, Tajae Sharpe

Keke Coutee, HOU - UPDATE:Will Fuller will miss Week 17, so Coutee should get some looks in the slot this week. He was a healthy scratch in Week 16, but he'll be part of the Texans three-wide sets with DeAndre Hopkins and Kenny Stills working the outside. I love his skill set and he could be a factor against the Titans, who could be down some corners again, with Adoree Jackson missing Week 16 and Logan Ryan nursing injuries.

Terry McLaurin, WAS – We got a good-but-not-great game from McLaurin in Week 16, as he caught 7-of-9 targets for 86 yards. He’s a decent bet for another 8-10 targets in Week 17 against Dallas.

Breshad Perriman, TB – Perriman had another big game in Week 16, catching 7-102-0 on 12 targets. He’s a solid WR2 option in Week 17 vs. Atlanta.

TE Tyler Higbee, LAR – With his 9-104-0 performance in a tough Week 16 matchup in San Fran, Higbee now has four straight games with 100 or more receiving yards and three straight seeing 11 or more targets. He faces the Cards in Week 17, so climb aboard.

TE Jonnu Smith, TEN – Smith delivered yet again, hauling in three of his four targets for 63 yards and a touchdown in the team’s Week 16 loss to the Saints. He’s a fine low-end TE1 or flex play in Week 17.

Danny Amendola, DET – Amendola’s skill set didn’t translate well to the matchup with the Broncos, and he caught just 2-21-0 on three targets. He could see more looks come his way in what should be a negative Week 17 game script against the Packers.

Albert Wilson, MIA – We knew Wilson was rounding into form and he delivered in Week 16, hauling in 7-of-7 targets for 79 yards in the win over the Bengals. He faces a tough Week 17 matchup against the Patriots.

Steven Sims, WAS – If you ever use these fringe waiver wire adds for DFS, you’ll have benefited greatly from Sims’ presence here last week. The No.2 WR for Washington hauled in 6-64-2 on 10 targets in Week 16 against the Giants in a huge performance. He’s developed solid rapport with both Dwayne Haskins (ankle, out for Week 17) and Case Keenum, who’s getting the start vs. Dallas this week.