Week 17 Waiver Wire Hot List
Joseph Addai, RB, Indianapolis Colts: If he’s out there, go make a move because Addai has a favorable matchup in Week 17 against a Tennessee Titans team that ranks 21st in the NFL in run defense (116.7 yds/gm). The former LSU standout returned to the starting lineup last Sunday at Oakland and ripped off a solid fantasy performance that consisted of 51 total yards and a touchdown on just 13 touches. Addai makes for a nice RB2/flex option in Week 17.
Sam Bradford, QB, St. Louis Rams: Yes, the rookie from Oklahoma has only thrown one touchdown pass in his last four games, but this Sunday the Rams find themselves in a win-and-in situation against a Seattle Seahawks team that is surrendering an average of 21.6 fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks (third-most in NFL). He’s not the best option on the board, but Bradford should be a safe play in Week 17.
Mike Thomas, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars: The two-year veteran caught six passes for 96 yards and a touchdown in Jacksonville’s Week 16 loss to the Washington Redskins. Keep in mind that Thomas has found the end zone in four of his last eight games and takes on a Houston Texans secondary this Sunday that is giving up an average of 26.3 fantasy points per week to opposing wide receivers (second-most in NFL).
Thomas Jones, RB, Kansas City Chiefs: This one is a bit of a risky play in Week 17 since Jones has only scored one touchdown over his last five games, but the Chiefs have already locked-up the AFC West title and could limit starting running back Jamaal Charles’ role in an attempt to keep him fresh for the playoffs. In addition, Kansas City plays host to an Oakland Raiders defense this Sunday that is surrendering an average of 21.3 fantasy points per week to opposing running backs this season (eighth-most in NFL).
Jimmy Graham, TE, New Orleans Saints: The rookie from Miami has seen a big increase in snaps over the last few weeks as Graham has caught nine passes for 54 yards and three touchdowns on 12 targets over his last two games. This Sunday vs. the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will provide a stiff challenge, but the upside is that quarterback Drew Brees has been looking Graham’s way more and more when the Saints reach the red zone.
Atlanta Falcons, D/ST: After Monday night’s stellar performance against the New Orleans Saints, the Atlanta D/ST now ranks 12th in scoring among fantasy defenses. If this unit is available, pick them up and get them in the starting lineup this weekend when Atlanta plays host to a Carolina Panthers team that is giving up an average of 12.9 fantasy points per week to opposing D/STs (most in NFL).
Jerome Simpson, WR, Cincinnati Bengals: With starting wideouts Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco sidelined due to injuries, Simpson stepped onto the field and caught six passes for 124 yards and two touchdowns on seven targets against a tough San Diego pass defense. This weekend’s matchup at Baltimore won’t be easy, but the upside is that Simpson should definitely see a healthy dose of targets.
Tim Tebow, QB, Denver Broncos: Tebow followed up an impressive debut in Week 15 with a 308-yard, two-touchdown effort against the Houston Texans last Sunday. Be advised that there is a lot of risk in starting a raw rookie against the San Diego defense, but keep in mind that the Chargers have been eliminated from the playoff race and could end up tanking this game.
Dustin Keller, TE, New York Jets: After catching five touchdown passes over his first four games, Keller hasn’t scored a touchdown since. However, the veteran tight end did haul in seven passes for 79 yards at Chicago last weekend and has a very favorable Week 17 matchup against a Buffalo Bills defense that is surrendering an average of 10.0 fantasy points per week to opposing tight ends (second-most in NFL).
Detroit Lions, D/ST: Yes, I’m almost as stunned as you are to see them in this column, but keep in mind that the Lions are giving up an average of only 16.6 points per game over the last three weeks (3-0). In addition, Jim Schwartz’s crew plays host to a Minnesota Vikings team in Week 17 that is A) entering the game on short rest, B) likely starting rookie Joe Webb at quarterback and C) giving up an average of 11.6 fantasy points per week to opposing defenses (third-most in NFL). It’s a long shot, but the Lions could be worth a start depending on your options this weekend.