2011 Fantasy Football Week 17 Waiver Wire

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I am going to break down the key positions for Week 17 and who I recommend you grab, watch, and use as a spot starter.

Grabs = players you should absolutely add to your team
Watch = these are players that I am keeping an eye on but not necessarily pick-up
Spot Starters = players that can be used to fill the gap for injuries or under performing players. When your first grabs are seeing graduates of sports medicine schools more frequently than they are seeing action on the field, spot starters fill in the gap.


Grab: none this week


Dan Orlovsky (QB, IND) - Dan Orlovsky has been playing rather well every week and if your current QB isn't cutting the mustard then you can gamble on Orlovsky.  I would bet he puts up 200+ yards and 2 TD's with a couple interceptions this week.

Spot Starter:

Matt Moore (QB, MIA) - Matt Moore has been playing very well, but keep in mind this last week he drew the New England pass defense, which is not all that great.  So, I am not sure we will see another performance like that in Week 17, but if you current QB isn't putting up the points you need and the waiver wire is where you must turn then look to Moore this week.

Running backs:


Toby Gerhart (RB, MIN) - Toby is a must add for all leagues as Adrian Peterson is now done for a while with an ACL and MCL tear.  I am not even sure we will see AP at the beginning of the 2012 season so Toby becomes a dynasty league add this week even if you are not in the playoff hunt.

Kahlil Bell (RB, CHI) - one of the only bright spots in Chicago these days, but Bell put up great numbers in Week 16 and I don't expect that trend to stop with Week 17.  I would add him in all leagues and in PPR leagues he is a monster.


Evan Royster (RB, WAS) - very sneaky last minute play last week and he produced rather well with Helu out.  The issue is we may not see Royster in Week 17 if Helu returns.  If Helu is out again I do think we will see heavy use of Royster again in Week 17. He is a gamble but he is available in most leagues.

Sammy Morris (RB, DAL) - If Felix is out this week, which I doubt he will be then Morris should draw the start.  He has injury issues but is a big back that can produce and is also a fine PPR play in Week 17, but only if Jones is out.

Spot Starter: none this week

Wide Receivers:

Grab: none this week


Roy Williams (WR, CHI) - Roy is a bit of a sneaky play in Week 17 due to Chicago most likely playing from behind the entire game.  McCown will need a target and Roy was able to get a number of catches in Week 16.  Roy is a solid PPR start and I don't see him having trouble getting 5+ catches and 50+ yards with a potential TD.

Spot Starter:

Torrey Smith (WR, BAL) - Torrey is the WR1 in Baltimore for Week 17.  The issue is Baltimore is going up against a tough defense in Cincy.  My hope is that he catches a long bomb of 50+ yards for a TD and if your league rewards long TD catches then Smith could be a nice spot starter.

James Jones (WR, GB) - Jones had 2 TD catches in Week 16.  My issue here is Matt Flynn maybe be the starter in Week 17 and Green Bay starts to rest starters.  Jones doesn't really qualify as someone I think Green Bay will sit and in fact I think Green Bay would want to keep Jones in to get more reps.  Jones is a sneaky Week 17 play.

Brandon LaFell (WR, CAR) - LaFell is now the starter opposite Steve Smith and he is a huge target with after the catch ability.  Cam Newton makes all Carolina WR's players you want to pay attention to from now on.  LaFell is also someone for dynasty league owners to pay attention to as well.

Andre Roberts (WR, ARZ) - Arizona has no hopes for a playoff spot in 2011, but Andre should still be a fine spot starter for Week 17 and typically is good for around 5 catches with TD upside.

Tight Ends:

Grab: none this week

Watch: none this week

Spot Starter:

Jared Cook (TE, TEN) - I have been talking about this guy every week and over the last couple weeks he is getting the job done.  I don't see another 100+ yard game this week but I do see him getting in the end-zone.

Brent Celek (TE, PHI ) - another player I have been consistently talking about every week.  Vick has confidence in Celek and he should put up 4+ catches 50+ yards and potentially a TD in Week 17.

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