Week #17 Waiver Watch Of Truth
Here we are, the last edition of The Waiver Watch Of Truth for this season! Obviously things are very thin on the wire this late into the year but there’s some playable options for fantasy owners in a pinch on championship week.
Mike White, New York Jets - White has been cleared to return and already declared the starter for Week 17 against Seattle. He was a serviceable streamer the first few weeks he played and gets a decent matchup this week. White put up 22 and 27 points respectively in his first two games as a starter and the Jets will need him in a big way fighting for their playoff lives.
Brock Purdy, San Francisco 49ers - Since Jimmy G went down Purdy has performed way better than anyone could have expected for a 7th round rookie QB. He’s been consistent in 4 starts scoring over 15 points in each game and gets a great matchup this week against the Raiders who have one of the worst defenses in the league. He probably won’t win you the week but should provide a nice floor.
Gardner Minshew, Jacksonville Jaguars - Filling in for Jalen Hurts last week Minshew performed way better than anyone could have expected with 27 fantasy points in a shootout loss to Dallas. He’s equipped with some of the best weapons in the league and has notable starting experience so it’s not a surprise he had a good game. This week is shaky with Minshew because Hurts might be back so I wouldn’t spend a ton to get him. Also this weeks game script against New Orleans suggests Minshew won’t have to throw as much as last week so even if he starts again his ceiling seems a bit capped.
Hasaan Haskins, Tennessee Titans - There’s been a lot of buzz about the Titans potentially resting their starters in Week 17. This coming game against the Cowboys is essentially meaningless for Tennessee. It apparently won’t impact their playoff chances at all and their post season hopes will come down to their Week 18 game against Jacksonville whether they win or lose. Henry has a lot of mileage this season so some speculation suggests Henry might get the day off or at least be very limited. If that’s the case, expect Haskins to fill in as the lead RB this week. The Dallas defense has been pretty bad the last several weeks so Haskins should provide a decent stat line if the Titans rest Henry.
Gus Edwards, Baltimore Ravens - Edwards feels like a very boring option because the Ravens RBs have almost no involvement in the passing game and they split the backfield almost 50/50. But if you’re desperate at RB you know Edwards will at least see touches and he turned in almost 100 yards this past week. There’s a chance Lamar Jackson returns this week which should elevate the entire offense but it’s a tough matchup against Pittsburgh in what should be a low scoring defensive game. It probably isn’t wise to play Edwards this week in the championship but some teams might be hurting at RB.
Zack Moss, Indianapolis Colts - Last weeks number 1 waiver priority, Moss is still surprisingly only 12% rostered. I figured his ownership would be much higher but with a lot of teams out of contention it looks like he’s slipped through, so I thought it was worth mentioning him again. He’s noticeably been the lead RB in the last 2 games since Taylor went on IR and at this point any type of starting RB getting his type of usage is worth rostering. The Colts play the Giants this week with a beat up defense so if you’re desperate at RB Moss could slot in a high volume RB2.
Chase Edmonds, Denver Broncos - After being traded to Denver at the deadline Edmonds has been essentially invisible, but finally saw the field a bit in week 16. He played his highest snap percentage by far this past week at 42% and saw 8 opportunities. Latavius Murray came into the week banged up and put up a dud so we could see Edmonds get more looks this week in a plus matchup against Kansas City.
Greg Dortch, Arizona Cardinals - The Cardinals have been underwhelming this season but Dortch has quietly put together a nice year. He’s been a steady PPR option when he gets on the field. He got 78% of the snaps and saw 11 targets from 3rd stringer Trace McSorley. We don’t know who’s going to be under center this week for Arizona as Colt McCoy might be back, but if you’re desperate for WR help Dortch can be a high risk PPR option.
Isaiah Hodgins, New York Giants - Hodgins has gotten more and more involved the last few weeks playing over 80% of the snaps the last 4 games. He’s gotten 6+ targets in 3 of the last 4 games and saw 11 this past week. This weeks matchup against Indy probably won’t be as high scoring as the Vikings game last week, but if you’re looking for help Hodgins seems to be a new favorite target for Daniel Jones.
Kendrick Bourne, New England Patriots - it’s hard to predict who’ll come through each week at WR for New England, but with injuries this past week to TEs Hunter Henry and Johnu Smith could open up more short area targets for Bourne. He got 9 targets this past week, by far his highest of the season and turned it into 6 catches for 100 yards and a TD. He brings a super low floor so he’s extremely risky but could see more opportunity if Henry and Smith miss this game.
Romeo Doubs, Green Bay Packers - Doubs was selected 2 rounds after teammate Christian Watson in this years draft but he got all the preseason hype in training camp. After a promising start to the year he’s been in and out of the lineup with injuries but returned in Week 15 and saw his snaps increase from Week 15 to Week 16. He’s gotten 5+ targets in each game since returning and gets a juicy matchup this week against Minnesota in what should be a high scoring game.
Tyler Higbee, Los Angeles Rams - After being mostly disappointing this season Higbee won managers their game if anyone had the stones to start him in Week 16. He cashed in 11 targets for 9 catches 94 yards and 2 TDs. While Higbee certainly won’t give you a game like that again, the Rams receiving options are decimated missing Kupp, Robinson and Skowronek. Higbee might benefit from being the last man standing and could see heightened targets again against the Chargers.
Good luck in your championship matchups and as always, stay true!