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Fantasy Football Early Waiver Wire Pickups to Target (Week 17)

Fantasy Football Early Waiver Wire Pickups to Target (Week 17)

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Whether you’re fighting for a championship next week or fighting for your life in a loser bowl, we’re here to help with some early standouts on this week’s waiver wire slate.

Here are some players rostered in fewer than 40% of leagues who could be priority adds come Tuesday morning.

Week 17 Fantasy Football Early Waiver Wire Pickups

Demarcus Robinson (WR – LAR)

Rostered: 2.3%

Robinson has taken more than 85% of offensive snaps three games in a row now. He’s building rapport with quarterback Matthew Stafford, which has proven lucrative for a player’s fantasy stock. Robinson has a touchdown in four straight games as well, putting him in starting consideration in many formats.

Rashid Shaheed (WR – NO)

Rostered: 24.3%

Shaheed is as boom-or-bust of a play as they come. However, Derek Carr seems to like throwing the ball his way deep down the field. Shaheed caught five of his nine targets for 70 yards and a touchdown Thursday. If you’re in a pinch at flex, you could do worse than rolling the dice with Shaheed.

K.J. Osborn (WR – MIN)

Rostered: 22.5%

Similarly to Shaheed, Osborn can thrive on explosive plays, but has a low floor.

D.J. Chark Jr. (WR – CAR)

Rostered: 25.2%

I can’t confidently start a receiver playing for arguably the worst offense in football who, prior to today, has gone eight straight games scoring fewer than nine points. However, if you’re considering starting Chark, you probably aren’t confident in anyone who’d start in place of him. Chark shined as the Panthers trailed late and were passing often. That game script could occur again next weekend against the Jaguars, so Chark is definitely in consideration. Chark is still just 27 years old and in a contract year, so a nice finish to his season could pay dividends for him.

Tyler Allgeier (RB – ATL)

Rostered: 37.1%

Allgeier will always be involved in the Falcons’ offensive game plan. He’s a solid runner, but his pass-blocking ability will always earn him a spot on the precious passing downs. He broke a big run for a touchdown today and is, at least, a handcuff for Bijan Robinson. If you’re down bad at running back, you could consider starting Allgeier. The Falcons have no real allegiance to one running back in goal-to-go situations.

Chase Brown (RB – CIN)

Rostered: 9.8%

Brown is Joe Mixon‘s handcuff but has been getting some work of his own recently. Brown has touched the ball 33 times and is averaging nearly seven yards per touch since returning from injury in week 11. He’s a big play threat who could be started in the most dire of situations.

Gerald Everett (TE – LAC)

Rostered: 25.9%

Saturday marked Everett’s eighth game in a row with eight targets. He hasn’t eclipsed 44 receiving yards since week two, so his ceiling is limited. However, I’d be more inclined to play Everett than, say, Dalton Kincaid next weekend. Everett’s floor seems stable. I will play Everett confidently if Keenan Allen misses another week.

Chigoziem Okonkwo (TE- TEN)

Rostered: 31.0%

Okonkwo is averaging more than five targets a game over the last five weeks, totaling 45 or more receiving yards in each game as well. He caught a touchdown today, and whether Tannehill starts again next week or not, he seems to be a high(ish) floor play given the uncertainty at tight end.

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Derek Carr (QB – NO)

Rostered: 22.4%

Carr has scored more than 44 points in his last two games. Next weekend, the Saints take on the Buccaneers in a game that could have massive implications in the NFC South playoff picture. If you’re playing matchups at quarterback, Carr is certainly a contender.

Joe Flacco (QB – NYJ)

Rostered: 12.7%

Flacco aired the ball out today. He hasn’t passed for fewer than 250 yards this season. Assuming there’s no snow in Cleveland next weekend, I’d start Flacco in a pinch for his revenge game against the Jets.

Denver Broncos Defense/Special Teams

Rostered: 36.8%

The Broncos have the (ideally) pleasure of hosting Easton Stick and the reeling Los Angeles Chargers next weekend.

Jacksonville Jaguars Defense/Special Teams

Rostered: 33.3%

The Jaguars host the lowly Carolina Panthers in Week 17 in a game that will likely have playoff implications for the Jags.

Los Angeles Rams Defense/Special Teams

Rostered: 27.8%

The Rams head to New York to take on the Giants next weekend. The Rams are still in playoff contention, and Giants fans (at least) are hoping the Giants finish the season winning as few games as possible to increase their draft position.

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