Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups: Week 17
Fantasy owners will have one final chance to improve their roster in the final week of the regular season.
Ownership totals are in ESPN Leagues as of Tuesday
A.J. McCarron – QB – Cincinnati Bengals – 8.7 percent
While McCarron’s totals on Monday night weren’t great, he showed plenty of flashes of ability and could be a nice one-week pickup for those in need of quarterback help.
McCarron completed 22 of 35 passes for 200 yards and a touchdown in Monday’s overtime loss to the Denver Broncos. Most of that production came in the first half when McCarron was nearly flawless and looked very comfortable running the Bengals’ offense.
Those numbers fell off in the second half, but McCarron was still impressive given that it was his second career start on the road and it was against the best defense in football. An easier matchup against the Baltimore Ravens could make McCarron a decent play in Week 17.
Jerick McKinnon – RB – Minnesota Vikings – 11.5 percent
Adrian Peterson is obviously the top option in Minnesota, but McKinnon is getting enough playing time to make a fantasy impact.
McKinnon carried the ball seven times for 89 yards and two touchdowns in the Vikings’ easy win over the New York Giants on Sunday Night Football. That followed an 86-yard performance with a score the week before, as McKinnon has easily been at his most productive over the past two games.
The second-year back out of Georgia Southern has tremendous breakaway speed, giving him the ability to score on any play. McKinnon is also a good receiving back, so those in PRR leagues should consider him a solid flex play.
Keshawn Martin – WR – New England Patriots – 8.1 percent
With New England’s wide receiver unit completely decimated by injuries, Martin is developing chemistry with Tom Brady and getting enough targets to be worth a fantasy look.
Going up against a tough New York Jets’ defense on Sunday, Martin caught six passes for 68 yards and a touchdown. Martin received a team-high 11 targets in the game, and should get near that number again if the Patriots choose to rest the injured Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola.
This was easily Martin’s best game of the season, and he has an easier matchup next week against the Miami Dolphins, as New England still has home-field advantage to play for. As New England’s potential No. 2 receiver next week, Martin has the chance to put up some big numbers.
Owen Daniels – TE – Denver Broncos – 12.1 percent
While there are a lot of different weapons to choose from in Denver, Daniels came up clutch down the stretch on Monday night and could be a rare, productive, waiver-wire tight end pickup late in the season.
Daniels caught five passes on seven targets for 70 yards against the Bengals, including some important receptions on Denver’s final drive of the fourth quarter and overtime. That was Daniels’ best game in a few weeks, although he’s been very productive at times, including a 100-yard game earlier in the season.
Brock Osweiler and the Denver defense looked good in the second half against Cinicnatti after a rough patch, with Daniels being a big part of that. A matchup against the depleted San Diego Chargers makes Daniels a decent pickup for Week 17.
Nathaniel Reeves is a correspondent at FantasyPros. Follow him @njr3701.