Week 17 Waiver Wire Plug and Plays

After being swamped with the day job last week I wasn’t able to write a waiver wire pick-up article. This week I am going to write a waiver wire article, but a little differently than normal. I’m going to discuss players that are worth playing in this final season that aren’t owned in a lot of leagues(since if you aren’t playing them it’s not worth picking them up).

RB

Matt Asiata- He has been getting a heavy workload the last 4 weeks with at least 18+ touches during that span and gets the putrid Bears defense this week, a must start for opposing running backs.

Doug Martin- He has been putrid all year and he meets the equally putrid Saints rush defense. They have given up 786 total yards and 4 TD’s to opposing running backs the last 4 weeks and Martin could conceivably not suck against them.

Bishop Sankey- He had his best game of the season against the Colts with 57 total yards and a TD. He had 15 touches last week and if he gets that workload again he could be productive with it against the Colts. That says a lot about where you are if you are starting Bishop Sankey or considering him, but you could do worse.

Branden Oliver-We’ll see if Ryan Matthews plays, but if he doesn’t Oliver could be another desperation RB2. He was solid last week with 81 total yards on 16 touches against the 49ers and while Kansas City has stopped the bleeding in their run defense the last two games(141 yards and one rushing TD in the last two games) they had given up a stretch of 6 straight games with 100+ rushing yards to opposing backs.

QB

Cam Newton- He is likely going to be a top 5 QB for me this week, and he hasn’t been reclaimed in every league since his car accident, so grab him if you can.

Ryan Tannehill- If you want to play the guy who scored the most points last week, this is your guy. He gets the Jets this week and struggled against them last time out but if he can maintain a little of the success he had against the Vikings he would be a good play.

Eli Manning- Eli hasn’t played great but he gets to throw to Odell Beckham Jr.(who is amazing) and he gets an Eagles defense that has given up no TD’s to opposing QB’s or multiple TD’s to opposing QB’s this year(no 1 TD games and three 0 TD games). I could definitely see Eli going either way but I think it’s more likely he plays well.

Teddy Bridgewater- The Bears defense is terrible part 2. They may have held Bridgewater in check last time they played him but I think he goes off in this game, if nothing else he is a low risk limited upside QB option.

Jay Cutler- With Jimmy Clausen concussed it looks like Cutler will play the final game of the season. He is high risk high reward but after seeing Ryan Tannehill torch the Vikings you would think he has a good shot at it as well.

WR

Marques Colston- He has been very steady since week 12 with 70 yards or a TD in every game during that stretch. He plays the Buccaneers who are just as done with this season as the Saints are after clinching the #1 overall draft pick.

Greg Jennings/Charles Johnson- The Bears defense sucks part 3.

Eddie Royal- I was wrong about him last week as he had 90ish yards and a TD. He gets the Chiefs this week and both him and Malcolm Floyd could be startable if you are desperate.

Marquess Wilson- He has been usable(as a flex) since being thrust into the starting role and gets a solid match-up against the Vikings this week, you could do worse and he is available just about everywhere.

D/ST

49ers D/ST- Ryan Lindley you say?

Texans D/ST- Starting a defense against the Jaguars is always a good idea

Ravens D/ST- No Johnny Manziel, no Brian Hoyer? Sign me up

 

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