The Waiver Wire 12/27
Final update at 8pm
Welcome to Week 17! It’s your championship week, and there are some solid options on the wire. This is important information whether you need to make some moves or just block your opponent from improving their squad. As I said to those playing their finals last week, this is now a zero sum game. What you add a player, your opponent cannot. This goes for defenses too--not just skill talent. If there’s a great matchup out there on the waiver wire, and your opponent has a bad matchup with his defense, consider making a preemptive move to block.
I will be active on Twitter this week—to account for any evolving value that may pop up over the next few days. It’s certainly possible that the midweek pickups will be as compelling as the ones listed below, as there are plenty of teams that will tip their hands as to whether they are sitting some of their established starters. Follow @rotobahn to keep track.
I'd also like to encourage those of you with crucial decisions this week to simply hit me up directly on Twitter. I'll get back to any and all questions this week. I now have some extra time with all of my leagues done for the season. Let me know if I can help.
I will add a few more players before 8pm tonight.
The ownership rates listed for each player were obtained at Yahoo!
Blake Bortles, Jaguars, 57 percent
He’s traveling to Indianapolis and the Colts are a get-well matchup. Of course, Bortles is already feeling pretty good after last week’s successful outing against the Titans. Look for his second consecutive 300-yard game this week when he faces the Colts’ leaky secondary.
Sam Bradford, Vikings, 12 percent
He played very well against the Packers in Week 16. Granted, it was a nice matchup, but so is this week’s home tilt against the Bears. If you are streaming, Bradford is a solid option.
Joe Flacco, Ravens, 28 percent
It's the same recommendation as I've posted the last few weeks. He's a floor option. You know what you get. The Bengals are in town this week, so he's an average play at best.
Alex Smith, Chiefs, 27 percent
He’s running an offense that produces yards pretty consistently, so he offers you a sound low-end option. Obviously, you probably have better, but Smith is an option if you need one.
Tom Savage, Texans, 1 percent
Do I want you playing Tom Savage this week? No, I do not. Still, it’s worth knowing that he is actually a viable option if you are in need or play in a 2QB format. He visits the Titans this week, and they are an easy mark for passing stats.
Alex Collins, Seahawks, 1 percent
He should be the main back this week because Thomas Rawls (shoulder) is banged up and the Seahawks have already clinched a playoff spot. Yes, they do have home games on the line, so they have motivation, but Collins is good enough to get them where they need to go against the 49ers weak run defense.
Jacquizz Rodgers, Bucs, 18 percent
It sure sounds like he will be the lead back again this week, so he can be your RB2 if you need an option.
Alfred Blue, Texans, 8 percent
The Texans are locked into a playoff spot, so they have little motivation to use Lamar Miller this week—even if he is healthy. Blue should lead the backfield again, though the matchup with Tennessee is not a great one.
DeAndre Washington, Raiders, 9 percent
He finally lived up to the hype I dropped on him earlier this season. I think Washington has a nice career ahead of him and he was damn good in Week 16.
Zach Zenner, Lions, 2 percent
Keep an eye on the Lions this week. If Theo Riddick is out again, Zenner could be a nice RB2 option. He looked better than Dwayne Washington and we know Zenner is a highly functional receiver, so he’s viable in standard scoring and PPR as well.
James White, Patriots, 44 percent
I think White could get extra love this week with the team looking to preserve the more dynamic Dion Lewis. In big PPR leagues, White is a good fill-in RB2 play.
Cameron Meredith, Bears, 42 percent
He visits Minnesota this week and I’d expect the Vikings to listen to their head coach this time around. That means Xavier Rhodes should shadow Alshon Jeffery in coverage—leaving Meredith with good matchups most every snap. He’s a strong WR3 play in any format.
Pierre Garcon, Washington, 48 percent
Another week another Garcon recommendation. He's been really consistent the last month or so. No monster games, but solid WR3 production.
Adam Thielen, Vikings, 29 percent
I should have pimped Thielen harder last week. His strong performance was somewhat predictable given the state of the Packers’ secondary. Thielen gets another struggling unit this week with the Bears visiting Minnesota. He’s a strong WR3 option in all leagues.
J.J. Nelson, Cardinals, 26 percent
He is locked into a big play role—and he’s making big plays. With John Brown suffering from Sickle-cell symptoms and with Michael Floyd relocated to New England, Nelson is running plenty of routes, so add him this week if you can.
Ted Ginn, Panthers, 29 percent
He led the team in snaps at his position last week so he is definitely on the map in terms of big play and big game potential. He can help you if you are looking for upside. He hs a nice matchup with the Tampa Bay secondary this week.
Marqise Lee, Jaguars, 17 percent
His targets and snaps are going to be there with Allen Hurns unlikely to return. This week’s matchup against the Colts is a very good one and Lee will get the lesser corners all day long. I’d be very surprised if he failed to yield WR3 results.
Brandon LaFell, Bengals, 25 percent
He is playing almost all the snaps now and with A.J. Green very unlikely to play, LaFell is a solid WR3 option this week against the Ravens. The volume is going to be there and LaFell is a streaky guy who is playing well at the moment.
Charles Clay, Bills, 18 percent
He is healthy now—playing a whopping 88 snaps in Week 16. This week, Clay travels to New York to face a Jets team that loves giving up big plays to tight ends. Just watch.
Vernon Davis, Washington, 27 percent
Same as last week. With Jordan Reed almost certainly sitting out, VD will be an every down player with a high ceiling due to his big play ability.
C.J. Fiedorowicz, Texans, 34 percent
He’s locked in at about 7-8 targets each week and this is a game where the Texans should move the ball and use the middle of the field often. Jacksonville’s best defenders are on the perimeter.
Dion Sims, Dolphins, 1 percent
He is coming off of a down week, but Sims is a riser and he has a home game against the Patriots this week. The potential for a big second is there as I expect the Patriots to rest key defensive personnel as the game progresses. The Patriots are also prone to giving up plays to tight ends and secondary weapons. Sims is both of these. He also played 100 percent of the offensive snaps last week.
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