Fantasy football waiver thread for NFL week 17
So here we are.
The fantastic finale is upon us.
Congratulation! You’ve made it this far thanks to careful management of the roster from the draft until now. Ultimately, how the Finals play out will determine how you think about this season, but take comfort in the fact that you’ve worked hard and secured a spot with just one of your other league teammates.
A reality of the Finals is that in many cases you really shouldn’t need to do much for your roster. It is reminiscent of the old saying: dance with the one who brought you. The dance partner being your normal starter in this fantasy football analogy.
But with COVID-19 training players on the Reserve / COVID-19 roster every day and questioning their availability for the week ahead, it’s important to make sure you’re careful and cover your bases.
And a household reminder: we will also do this column next week. We don’t stop before the end of the season!
Here is the ESPN Fantasy Waiver thread from week 17.
Note: All of the players on this list are available in over 50% of the leagues on ESPN.com.
Justin jackson, RB, Los Angeles Chargers (42.7%): With Austin Ekeler released in Week 16, the Chargers turned to Justin Jackson and he delivered a very Ekeler-esque performance. Not only did he rack up over 60 rushing yards and a pair of rushing touchdowns, he also led the team in catching and receiving yards (nine catches, 88 yards). This one is easy: if Ekeler is unable to come back this week, Ekeler is in the top 15 for running back play. A must to add.
Dare Ogunbowale, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars (0.2%): James robinson suffered an Achilles tear in week 16, just a devastating injury for the fantasy star. Ogunbuwale stepped up and led the team with 17 runs and added a pair of holds, scoring on one of his runs. While there might not be a ton of weekly perks for this Jacksonville offense in general, the volume should be enough to put Ogunbuwale on the radar. He’s a rock solid wide receiver.
Boston Scott, RB, Philadelphia Eagles (13.1%): Miles sanders left Philly’s win over the Giants early with a hand injury and it looks like he might be running out of time because of it. If that turns out to be the case, several Eagles full-backs will contribute, including Jordan Howards. But I’ll look for Scott as the most versatile option and a back that can handle 10+ carries in a set and maybe up to five targets in a set as well.
KJ Osborn, WR, Minnesota Vikings (30.2%): Osborn had another productive day for the Vikings, in part because his peerless teammate Adam thielen appeared to be bothered by his ankle injury which kept him away from each of the previous two games. In the event that Thielen isn’t available to play in Week 17, Osborn immediately becomes an intriguing option among the top 30 wide receivers. He’s scored a touchdown in three of his last four games.
Isaiah McKenzie, WR, Buffalo Bills (0.3%): Cole beasley missed Week 16 and is also out for Week 17, as is teammate Gabe Davis (both due to COVID-19 protocols), which made McKenzie a major role in Week 16. He was amazing , catching 11 of 12 targets for 125 yards and a touchdown. McKenzie has had flashes in the past and it’s unclear if he’ll have a big role in the weeks to come, but he’s intrigued me and is a player to target this week.
Josh palmer, WR, Los Angeles Chargers (4.3%): The Chargers will be without Mike williams for one more game due to COVID-19 protocols, while it’s unclear whether or not Jalen guyton will be back in time to play in Week 17. But Palmer has a chance for another busy Sunday with Williams as he had six targets and led all Bolts wide receivers with five catches in Week 16. A good player who has a bright future in this offense.
Gerald Everett, TE, Seattle Seahawks (17.8%): The picks are slim at the tight end, but Everett has been pretty solid when it comes to fantasy lately: he has at least 10 fantasy points in four of his last five outings, in which he has scored a touchdown in. three of those games and had at least four games in four of them. The Seahawks’ offense hasn’t been at its peak this year, but Everett has arrived at the right time and is a usable winger for those who simply haven’t found an answer all season.