This is probably the worst week for waiver adds all season. Of course a lot depends on your league and your needs but as far as overall general additions I’d say there are no must pickups like Helu last week. For that fact I’d like to talk a lot about week 17 plays for those of you in leagues that are crazy enough to play all 17 weeks. But really it does add another wrinkle that you need to account for so you might as well account for it. Not every player here is only for week 17 of course but I think we can figure out the difference.

Ben Tate: Tate is most likely gone but there may be a slight chance he was dropped after Schaub went down so grab him now. With Yates looking capable there’s a good chance they’ll be able to continue to sustain drives and they face some pretty easy rush defenses in Carolina and Indianapolis weeks 15 and 16.

Marion Barber: I’m not high on Barber but he will be the #1 guy while Forte is out. He gets @Denver, Seattle, @Green Bay and @Minnesota. Not the best matchups but not unbelievably daunting either.  Kahil Bell will be his backup if you need to handcuff Barber in deep leagues.

Damian Williams: He keeps putting together halfway decent games but nothing to make you lose your mind (in a good way). He is doing well enough on average that he needs to be owned if he he happens to still be on the wire.

Ricky Williams: With Indianapolis, @San Diego and Cleveland on the horizon and the Ravens understanding that they can run the ball it might be a good time to add old man Williams to your playoff bound team.

Brad Smith: He’s been getting a ton of work the last two weeks with 17 targets 11 receptions 149 yards and a touchdown. And if you are in a week 17 league they get the Patriots.

Demaryius Thomas: I would say to let DT stay on the wire if it wasn’t for a nice upcoming schedule. I’m sure the Broncos will try to run for the most part when they can but last week against Minnesota the path of least resistance was the pass defense so they did throw more than usual and gave Thomas a huge game. They get New England and Buffalo in weeks 15 and 16 and Tebow will be able to throw more than usual again.

Brandon Saine: You’ll see below why I like some Packers guys for week 17 but Saine could have value before that. James Starks is hurting and Ryan Grant is pretty much washed up so Saine will most likely continue to see some work and in week 17 could see a whole lot of work.

Andre Roberts: Kevin Kolb seems to like Roberts more than Early Doucet and maybe more than Larry Fitzgerald since he seemed to look for Roberts as his first read. He’s worth a look

Stevan Ridley: It looked like Shane Vereen had beat out Ridley but he wasn’t even active last week and Ridley outplayed BenJarvus Green-Ellis in limited action. Of course Law Firm will most likely continue to get goal line carries but like many of the other guys on this list could see a bunch of work in week 17 against the Bills.

Golden Tate: This might be a good time to see what they have in Golden Tate.He has a ton of ability but has yet to show he can do anything with any kind of consistency. I think they will at least give him a chance and you might want to as well.

Matt Flynn: Will the Packers go for an undefeated season against Detroit in week 17 if they are 15-0? I think they will but with Matt Flynn. I cannot stand Mercury Morris and his posturing to not be completely irrelevant and washed up but I still don’t see the Packers risking their starters in a meaningless game.

Randall Cobb: Cobb would be in line for a lot of work week 17 for the reasons stated above and his big play ability is a nice addition to any squad.

Isaac Redman: Week 17 the Steelers face the Browns who have been giving up a ton of yards to running backs. The Steelers may not need to win to help their position.

Kendall Hunter: The Niners face the Rams in week 17 and most likely will have the #2 seed wrapped up. So yeah, just see what I wrote above. My fingers are tired!

Guys you can look at in deeper leagues: T.J. Yates, Christian Ponder, Dan Orlovsky, Marcel Reece, Chaz Schillens, Kyle Williams, Donald Driver, Jacob Tamme, Logan Paulson

  1. Spliff says:

    It’s official. I went from 1st to 12th and had a 10 week losing streak. You would think I didn’t manage my team; I wish I could say I didn’t!

    Here’s to winning the losers bracket and self pity

  2. Boog says:

    How about Malcom Floyd? He was dropped in all of my leagues.

  3. Nick says:

    @Doc: Do you like McCluster, Gerhart, D Brown, R Williams, D Thomas, D Williams, R Cooper, Driver, for ROS in 10 team over my T. Smith, Knox, or Sanchez (I have Tebow starting ROS, so can I dump Sanchez?)

    Would you say, lose Forte in a 16week league once he is off the can’t cut list? Which guy do you take above

  4. AdamH says:

    Pick up Heyward-Bey or Demaryius?

  5. Chris says:

    Sit/Start questions for you for this upcoming playoff opener…..

    12 team, +1 PPR, +5 bonus at 100 rushing/receiving yards:

    Pick 2 more @ RB/FLEX (starting McCoy for sure): Mathews vs BUF, Helu vs NE, Spiller @ SD, and J-Stewart vs ATL.
    Pick 2 @ WR: Wallace vs CLE, Fitzgerald vs SF, Maclin @ MIA (if he’s good to go), and Floyd vs BUF.
    Pick 1 @ DEF: PIT vs CLE or SEA vs STL (looked absolutely pitiful last week).

  6. Frank Rizzo says:

    Should I go after Malcom flyod or Marion barber?

    I have Matthews, McGhaee, helu at rb.

    Harvin, Cruz, plaxico, Andre Johnson, and miles Austin at wr

    Also it is a ppr league

  7. Rene says:

    I made the playoffs as #8 seed and I’m hurting at WR. We start 2 WRs, and I have Andre Johnson (O), Jeremy Maclin (Q), Doug Baldwin and Riley Cooper (ouch!).

    I need to pick up one from the following: Darrius Heyward-Bey, Demaryius Thomas, Austin Collie, Andre Roberts, Brad Smith, Golden Tate, Davone Bess, Titus Young, and Harry Douglas. Who is the safest bet to have a good game?


  8. ringo says:

    … With Brandon Saine’s upside being the play of James Starks, is he even worth a waiver claim at this point? I have got 2 guys targeted this week. Those two being Matt Moore or Brandon Saine. Normally I would go RB over QB for sure, but its hard to get excited over a RB whose upside is 6-7 points a game, wheras Moore has been quite effective lately and his sched is prime. Thanks for all the insight throughout the REG Season, helped me make the playoffs no doubt.

  9. Blain Train says:

    Hey Doc, as always your targets article on Rotoworld is top notch.

    I’ve been using Tebow religiously for the past handful of weeks, but I’m a little nervous going against CHI defense this week. Tebow seems good for a reliable 16-20 points usually, but I may need more upside going against Brady, Graham, Rice & Welker in 1st round playoffs. Are Sanchez vs KC or Grossman vs NE legit options? I may be overthinking it but Grossman seems like he could be a solid QB1 in Wk14. He’s averaged almost 19ppg since taking over for Beck, and the NE secondary made Orlovsky look like a pro-bowler. Grossman will throw it close to 40 times… Is 22-25 fantasy points out of the question? No Fred Davis hurts Rex though. Thanks for your thoughts and sorry for long post.

  10. Mike G says:


    Do I add CJ Spiller or Kevin Smith as my last RB?

    From what I have seen Kevin Smith is good (when he is on the field).

    CJ Spiller showed up last week, but was it a fluke?

    Thanks for any input.


  11. topps says:

    Planning ahead…which week 16 Defense do you favor?:
    Raiders at Chiefs, Skins vs Vikings, Vikings at Skins

  12. TheHighlander says:

    PPR league, Need one WR and a Flex from: Helu, Dez, Harvin, Beanie and Spiller?

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