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Waiver Wire Rankings: Week 17 (Fantasy Football)

Dec 23, 2019

Gus Edwards is primed to be the lead man in Baltimore’s backfield for Week 17

Week 16 marked the end of the season for most fantasy owners, but plenty of you are still on your quest for a title. Here at FantasyPros, we don’t believe in leaving anyone behind. Not only do you still have one final opponent standing in your way, but the volatile nature of playing time in this most important week is another huge obstacle you need to overcome. Our featured experts have got you covered, though! Read on to see their thoughts on which waiver adds can propel you to victory one last time in 2019.

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Featured Experts:
Mike Tagliere – FantasyPros
Jason WillanGridiron Experts
Mauricio GutierrezEstadio Fantasy
Bobby SylvesterFantasyPros

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Mike Tagliere
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Bobby Sylvester

Q1. May you please give us your thoughts on a waiver wire target (or two) you especially like as a pickup?

Gus Edwards (RB – BAL) 
“With Mark Ingram likely to miss Week 17 due to a strained calf, Edwards should step into the No. 1 running back spot for a Ravens team averaging a league-high 204.9 rushing yards per game. The Ravens don’t have anything to play for in this matchup and Pittsburgh is a less-than-ideal opponent, but Edwards should see plenty of opportunities in a great running offense. He leads my list of waiver targets ahead of Week 17.”
– Jason Willan (Gridiron Experts)

Justice Hill (RB – BAL) 
“My two favorites targets for Week 17 waivers are Gus Edwards and Hill. The Ravens have already clinched home-field advantage and Mark Ingram injured his calf, so I expect a committee with Edwards in the early-down role and Hill as a change-of-pace back who can provide explosiveness. Baltimore is built to run (they have the highest percentage of run plays this year) and that’s not going to change with Robert Griffin III as their starter against the Steelers.”
– Mauricio Gutierrez (Estadio Fantasy)

Kerryon Johnson (RB – DET) 
“Johnson returned in Week 16 and even though he didn’t receive his full workload, he looked good. It was a tough matchup against the Broncos, which limited his production, but a matchup with the Packers in Week 17 isn’t nearly as daunting. Any time you can get a running back who’s slated to get 15 touches off the waiver wire, you do it, especially against a team that’s allowed a healthy 4.76 yards per carry and 14 rushing touchdowns.”
– Mike Tagliere (FantasyPros)

DeAndre Washington (RB – OAK) 
“Kerryon Johnson is the obvious choice against Green Bay, but if you can’t get him, I’d turn to Washington, assuming he will get another start this week. Denver’s defense is great, but not as much against the run. Plus, we’ve seen Washington look more than competent in two starts thus far.”
– Bobby Sylvester (FantasyPros)

Q2. For owners renting a D/ST in Week 17, what readily available option (under 40%) should they target and why?

“The Bills are one of the teams that have absolutely nothing to play for in Week 17, while the Jets have continued to play to the best of their ability late in the season. They’ve held five of their last six opponents to 21 points or less and generated four sacks last week. We don’t know if the Bills will play Josh Allen, but even if they do, it’s not likely to be for the whole game. Even with him under center, they haven’t scored more than 17 points for three weeks and they have allowed 15 sacks over the last four weeks. The Jets should provide a decent floor for streamers.”
– Mike Tagliere (FantasyPros)

“I want to focus on teams that are still playing for something this week. One of them is the Titans. They control their own destiny and are playing against the Texans, who have already secured the AFC South. The Titans have three sacks in three of their last five games. The Texans have allowed the eighth-most sacks. Tennessee will get to the quarterback, whoever it will be. They are currently a six-point favorite.”
– Mauricio Gutierrez (Estadio Fantasy)

“In the second half of the season, Atlanta has been dramatically improved on defense, totaling 20 sacks and 13 turnovers over the last seven games. A matchup with interception-machine Jameis Winston makes the Falcons’ defense an excellent streaming option in Week 17.”
– Jason Willan (Gridiron Experts)

“I feel great about the Dallas Cowboys D/ST this weekend because they are playing at home with their season on the line against one of the easiest teams in the NFL to pick on, the Washington Redskins. The Cowboys are 11.5-point favorites and face a team with nothing to play for. With the way this Dallas defense has played the majority of the season, they should have no trouble finishing among the top this weekend.”
– Bobby Sylvester (FantasyPros)

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