There are always unlikely heroes starting for teams in fantasy football championship games, and finding these randos begins with waiver wire pickups earlier in the week. In week 17, several BR (Dare Ogunbowale, Rex burkhead, Boston Scott), at least one QB (Trey lance), and a host of WR, TEs, and D / ST transmitters could make a difference. And because it’s the last week of the season for just about everyone, there’s no need to worry about your FAAB budget – go crazy with their deals and get whoever you want / need.
However, as we do every week this season with the help of our friends from Fancy alarm, we’ll break down the best pickups and project how much of your FAAB budget you should bid for them, at least under normal circumstances. If you feel the need to bid 100 percent of your budget on a specific player, go ahead. The projected offers below are just to give you an idea of the overall value of a player.
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Fantasy Football FAAB Tips from Week 17: Waiver wire QB pickups, streamers
Justin Fields (CHI). If Fields (ankle) is available in your league and you don’t have confidence in players like Matthew Stafford, Russell Wilson, or aren’t sure if Lamar Jackson (ankle) will return this week, then Fields should be on your list. He should return this for the championship round and the Bears are facing a frazzled Giants defense that lacks any semblance of life at the moment. Fields has gradually improved this season and was consistently finishing as a top 12 quarterback in the few games leading up to Week 16. Projected FAAB offer: 7% of the FAAB’s total budget
Trey Lance (SF). With the news Monday that Jimmy Garoppolo has a thumb injury and could miss Sunday’s game against the Texans, then we naturally looked for his replacement. Earlier this year, when given a chance to start, Lance showed some advantage, but had major accuracy issues. However, you have the confidence of the coaching staff, and note that you now have the full complement of weapons this time. Houston has been playing better quietly as the season progressed, but it still ranks as one of the best matchups on paper for quarterbacks. Proj. FAAB offer: 5-6%
WEEK 17 STANDARD RATINGS:
Field marshal | Running backwards | Wide receiver | Tight end | D / ST | Kicker
Week 17 Fantasy Football FAAB Tip: Waiver Wire RB Pickups, Streamers
Boston Scott (PHI). Scott is one of my favorite recipients of Waiver Wire Transfers this week. Miles Sanders has a major hand injury that will keep him out in Week 17. Scott led the way last week with 41 rushing yards and a touchdown on 12 carries. Jordan Howard (stinger) also had an extra run, but also suffered an injury. As always, it’s too early to know your status for Week 17, but take comfort in the fact that Scott will have his fair share of work this week anyway. Philadelphia attracts the Washington football team, which was just decimated by Dallas on Sunday night. If Howard is healthy, it is also a great opportunity. Projected FAAB offer: 20-30% of the total FAAB budget
Rex Burkhead (HOU). Burkhead has easily become the leading running back in Houston, as evidenced by his more than 15 touches in three straight games. He has just three touchdowns on the season, two of which came last week against the Chargers. But the workload has been there, and Houston’s offense has apparently caught up in the past two weeks. He rushed for 149 yards against Los Angeles, but the Texans have a slightly tougher matchup this week when they visit San Francisco. Proj. FAAB offer: twenty%
Cam Akers (L to R). There are a few things worth pointing out with Akers (Achilles), so I’ll try to keep this as concise as possible. I don’t think he will play a big role in the regular season to begin with, but with Darrell Henderson Jr. (knee) hitting IR, the door is open for Akers to work into the playoffs. I added it in a few leagues, but those were either goalie leagues or really deep leagues. I don’t think it will have a drastic impact on the championship matchups, especially with how well Sony Michel has played lately. Again, it only appears that high in the running back section if you have a place to hide it in goalie leagues or deeper formats. Don’t expect me to help you win your league this weekend. You are five months after your Achilles tendon is torn, so be a little realistic with what to expect. Proj. FAAB offer: 10-15%
Dare Ogunbowale (JAC). I don’t think he would open Ogunbowale in anything other than a deep league format, but with James Robinson’s Achilles injury on Sunday, Ogunbowale came in and rushed for 72 yards and a touchdown. This week the Jaguars have to go to New England and rain is forecast, so the game could be a bit sloppy. However, New England’s ground defense has been pretty lackluster in recent weeks, and add in the fact that Matthew Judon made the reserve / COVID list on Monday, and we find ourselves in a place where we can possibly flex Ogunbowale for a championship. Proj. FAAB offer: 10%
WEEK 17 PPR RANKINGS:
Field marshal | Running backwards | Wide receiver | Tight end | D / ST | Kicker
Fantasy Football FAAB Tips From Week 17: Waiver Cable WR Vans, Streamers
KJ Osborn (MIN). Here we are once again with “Adam Thielen Watch”. Thielen came back from a two-game absence, but was forced out again before halftime against the Rams last week. Week 17’s matchups against the Packers aren’t a dunk, but Osborn slides into Flex’s consideration if Thielen misses this week’s game. Osborn didn’t take much of the opportunity during Thielen’s absence, but given the circumstances surrounding the players who got hurt or landed on the COVID / Reserve list, then Osborn should at least be on the list at roughly 60-70%. of the leagues. Proj. FAAB offer: 12-14% of the total budget
Márquez Valdés-Scantling and Allen Lazard (GB). The logic is simple: if MVS (reserve / COVID) settles, then Lazard takes a significant hit. If Valdes-Scantling is back, he’s the preferred option. With MVS out of the lineup on Christmas night, Lazard ran a route on 94% of Rodgers dropbacks. The Packers’ wide receivers get a positive matchup this week against the Vikings, who rate one of the best matchups for wide receivers. Lazard hasn’t had a significant stake in the goal, but he has found the end zone in two of his last three games. The middle week, MVS scored. Proj. FAAB offer: 10%
Kadarius Toney (NYG). Toney is a very frustrating player because we have already seen this year that he has had trouble staying on the field. However, when he’s been healthy and active, he’s an easy target for anyone who plays quarterback for the Giants. Toney ran fewer than 30 routes Sunday and saw nine targets. That’s an unsustainable rate, but if it’s opening that wide then it will justify a frustrating flex consideration. Proj. FAAB offer: 7-8%
Isaiah McKenzie (BUF). McKenzie was the beneficiary of the absence of Cole Beasley and Gabriel Davis due to COVID protocols. As it stands now, it looks like both players will miss Week 17 once again against Atlanta, and the Falcons form a defense that you can easily move the ball against. How much will Buffalo have to spend? It remains to be seen, but McKenzie should see four to six targets even with Dawson Knox, Stefon Diggs and Emmanuel Sanders still on the field. McKenzie is not easy to lock and carry. We’ve seen glimpses of him before, but there were also reasons why he was buried in the depth chart behind the other pass receivers. Proj. FAAB offer: 5-6%
Josh Palmer (LAC). The Chargers were a significant disappointment in their loss to Houston, but Palmer provided some production. Palmer has scored in two of his last three games and the significance of those games comes from the fact that Mike Williams or Keenan Allen were absent. Williams is expected to miss the Week 17 game against Denver due to COVID protocols, so we could be looking at five to seven goals again for Palmer, and we know there is a chance that he will score. Proj. FAAB offer: 5%
PLUS WEEK 17: Top Waiver Collections
Fantasy Football FAAB Tips From Week 17: TE Trucks, Waiver Wire Streamers
Cole Kmet (CHI). I’ve been promoting Kmet for a few weeks now, and while the roof is not very good, he has been involved in offense enough to justify the lineup and even start in some leagues. Kmet has been running more routes, and even without Justin Fields, Kmet still had four catches last week. Fields should be back for Week 17 against the Giants, and that bodes well for Kmet. Proj. FAAB offer: 10%
Mo Alie-Cox (IND). MAC is one of my favorites in DFS Showdown contests, but this week it turns heads in leagues all season. Jack Doyle (ankle, knee) was injured last week, which was a blow to Alie-Cox’s courage as he was running more routes on Carson Wentz dropbacks. It only translated into two receptions for 42 yards, but the four goals were the most he had seen since Halloween. The Colts draw in the Raiders in Week 17, and they rank as one of the best matchups on the tight end role. Proj. FAAB offer: 7%
Week 17 Fantasy Football FAAB Tip: Waiver Wire Defense Vans, Streamers
As we always caution, you shouldn’t spend more than one percent of your FAAB budget on a D / ST. Here are the possible streaming pickups for this week:
- Chicago Bears (vs. Giants)
- Los Angeles Chargers (vs. Broncos)
- Seattle Seahawks (vs. Lions)
- Cleveland Browns (@ Steelers)
- Pittsburgh Steelers (vs. Browns)
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.