Week 17 Waiver Wire Gems

By Joe Orlofski, December 25, 2018
Nick Foles Philadelphia Eagles

Another fantasy season has ended for a majority of players, but for some there may still be a reason to be scouring the waiver wire for one more week. For those of you with a Week 17 championship, you have an interesting week ahead of you. Many big named players will probably sit, including Todd Gurley, so you may see an entirely different lineup. Here are some players to look at if you need some replacements for Week 17.

C.J. Anderson RB Los Angeles Rams (44% owned)

From starter in Denver to unemployed, CJ Anderson has had a tumultuous 2018 season. After being dropped by Carolina, the Rams took a shot on him and it couldn't have come at a more opportune time. RB Todd Gurley sat due to injury, and Anderson went off for 167 yards and 1 touchdown on 20 carries against the awful Cardinals' defense. QB Jared Goff barely had to throw the ball in this one. With the Rams pretty set for the playoffs, Anderson should get a majority of the snaps in Week 17 against the 49ers. He is a must add for Week 17 championships.

Jeff Wilson Jr. RB San Francisco 49ers (48% owned)

Jeff Wilson Jr. got another shot at leading the backfield on Sunday after Matt Breida left with an ankle injury (again). Wilson rushed 11 times for 27 yards and caught 2 passes for 11 yards in a loss to the Chicago Bears. It would be wise of the 49ers to finally let Breida rest, which would be a huge benefit to Wilson (and fantasy owners) in Week 17's tilt at the Los Angeles Rams. The Rams will most likely be resting starters, which should allow Wilson to have some running room. If Breida sits, Wilson is a must start for a RB needy fantasy team.

Brian Hill RB Atlanta Falcons (0% owned)

Brian Hill was 4th in line behind RBs Devonta Freeman, Tevin Coleman, and Ito Smith. But after injuries to all three, Hill finds himself as the starter. In Week 16 against the Panthers, Hill rushed 8 times for 115 yards. It's hard to say whether or not Coleman or Smith will play in Week 17, but with nothing on the line, the Falcons might be best to just start Hill. The Falcons travel to Tampa Bay, and if Hill does start, he should get decent volume against an iffy defense.

Darren Sproles RB Philadelphia Eagles (8% owned)

Another player benefitting from injuries, Darren Sproles has now scored 3 touchdowns in the last 4 games. In Week 16, Sproles rushed 9 times for 32 yards and caught 3 passes 76 yards and 1 touchdown. The Eagles still have plenty to play for, fighting to win a Wild Card spot. In Week 17, the Eagles travel to Washington D.C. to take on the hapless Redskins. The Redskins' defense still has some life, but Sproles should get plenty of room to catch passes and have a solid game in PPR. Sproles should be added if you are desperate in a PPR championship.

Nick Foles QB Philadelphia Eagles (15% owned)

After a shaky start against the Rams in Week 15, Foles exploded for 471 yards and 4 touchdowns on 35 completions (49 attempts) in Week 16's win over Houston. The Eagles aren't out of the woods yet; they are currently sitting behind the Vikings for the final Wild Card spot. Foles and the Eagles travel to play the Redskins in Week 17. The Redskins' defense has been decent, but they did allow backup QB Blaine Gabbert to lead the Titans to victory this past week. Foles, especially in a must-win game, should be able to throw all over the Redskins. If you are streaming a QB, Foles is your best bet.

Zay Jones WR Buffalo Bills (15% owned)

I struggled with picking a WR option for Week 17, but Zay Jones has the smallest owner percentage with the best numbers the last few weeks. Jones has been targeted at least 9 times 3 out of 4 weeks and has caught 3 touchdowns in that same time frame. Jones hasn't been great this season for fantasy, but in a tight spot you just might find yourself starting him in Week 17 against Miami. In Week 16 against New England, Jones caught 5 of 9 targets for 67 yards and 1 touchdown. He will look to continue that in Week 17 in a rather meaningless game.

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