Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Watch List for Week 17: Streaming targets, free agent sleepers include Robert Griffin III, N'Keal Harry

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Week 17 fantasy football can be an interesting time, and if your league is still going, the Week 17 waiver wire is trickier than it's been all year. This year, there might be more seeding to play for in the final week than usual, so there could be fewer real-life teams resting players. But players sitting out at an inopportune time can drastically change your chances of winning a fantasy championship in Week 17.

This week's watch list tries to take that into account. We've targeted some matchups that we expect to be good, especially for QBs, TEs, and D/STs. We've also suggested some of the names at running back and wide receiver that may have been mostly ignored as the season wound down but could still be good pickups, like Kerryon Johnson and Breshad Perriman. But you'll also find names below that are generally thought of as backups.

WEEK 16 NON-PPR RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

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Robert Griffin III and Gus Edwards aren't worth picking up if the Ravens still have things to play for in the final week. But if they don't both will play huge roles as Baltimore rests up for the playoffs. The same is true for some Patriots players, along with guys on bad teams who might benefit from other players being shut down. It's hard to anticipate exact scenarios, but at this point, you should have a good idea of what your Week 17 lineup will look like. It's not a bad idea to go all-in on the handcuff idea, even at non-RB positions, just to be safe.

WEEK 16 DFS LINEUPS:
FD Cash | FD GPP | DK Cash | DK GPP | Y! Cash | Y! GPP

Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Watch List

Reminder: This list was put together in the lead-in to Week 16, looking forward to the players that could be waiver-wire targets in Week 17. If you have a roster spot to play with, these are options you could pick up early to beat the waiver buzz.

All these players are below 50-percent ownership on Yahoo unless otherwise specified.

Week 17 Waiver Wire Watch List: Quarterback

Drew Lock, Broncos (6 percent ownership)

Lock, when not playing in the snow, has looked like a competent NFL quarterback with a few explosive offensive weapons around him. Assuming there's no snow in Denver in Week 17, Lock should get the chance to sling it all around against a bad Raiders secondary.

Daniel Jones | Eli Manning, Giants (5/18)

The Eagles are a good matchup in Week 17, and it seems like if Jones (ankle) is healthy it will be him getting that final start of the season. He's a little bit more fantasy friendly as a QB who adds a points floor with his legs.

Jarrett Stidham, Patriots | Robert Griffin III, Ravens (0)

These teams could be in a pretty cozy position in Week 17 and opt to rest their star QBs. Especially if you're a Lamar Jackson owner and your league plays through Week 17, maybe you pick up RG3 now, sort of like a QB handcuff, in the hopes that his legs can get you some fantasy points if needed. If the Ravens win in Week 16, they've locked up the top seed in the AFC, so that would be the scenario that leads to Griffin. Stidham would be appealing if Tom Brady sat out due to a matchup with the Dolphins.

WEEK 16 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end

Week 17 Waiver Wire Watch List: RB

Alexander Mattison, Vikings (40) | Mike Boone, Vikings (27)

ESPN's Adam Schefter said during Monday Night Football's halftime show at the end of Week 15 that he wouldn't be surprised if Dalvin Cook (shoulder) sat out the rest of the season. If Mattison (ankle) is healthy, he'll get the first-string carries. If Mattison is still out, it will be Boone.

Kerryon Johnson, Lions (39)

Assuming Johnson is activated for Week 16, he'll be up to full speed by Week 17 for a RB-friendly matchup with the Packers. It's not obvious what the Lions have to gain by playing Kerryon, but if they are, take advantage.

DeAndre Washington, Raiders (28)

Even with Josh Jacobs (shoulder) getting a clean MRI recently, it still feels like Oakland should shut him down before the season's conclusion. If that happens, Washington will get all the touches he can handle in Week 17. (Update: Jacobs is being held out of Week 16 in hopes he can go in Week 17. Washington will get lots of work in Week 16, and there's still the chance Oakland decides not to risk it with him in Week 17.)

Darwin Thompson, Chiefs (12)

The Chiefs have been big on "load management" for LeSean McCoy already. While they'll probably have something to play for in Week 17, there are scenarios where the rookie Thompson gets to be the backfield workhorse against the Chargers.

Gus Edwards, Ravens (10) | Justice Hill, Ravens (4)

If the Ravens are sitting guys out, Mark Ingram will probably be among that group, and that would let Edwards have a chance to shine. The rookie Hill could play a big part, too, if the Ravens deem Edwards valuable enough to rest.

Boston Scott, Eagles (8)

If Jordan Howard (shoulder) never returns, Scott should see between 30 and 40 percent of snaps each week the rest of the way. That should include five or more targets a game in his current role.

Rex Burkhead, Patriots (5)/Damien Harris, Patriots (4)

This could also turn out to be rookie Damien Harris if the Patriots go into rest mode -- just another scenario to be aware of.

Malcolm Brown, Rams (4)/Darrell Henderson (13)

If the Rams are eliminated from postseason contention in Week 16, it wouldn't be shocking for Todd Gurley to be shut down for Week 17. That would mean a healthy dose of Brown and Darrell Henderson against the Cardinals.

Justin Jackson, Chargers (3)

What reason do the Chargers have to go full throttle through Week 17? It might make more sense to see what they have in a young running back like Jackson with Melvin Gordon looking to depart in free agency.

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Week 17 Waiver Wire Watch List: WR

Breshad Perriman, Buccaneers (43) | Justin Watson, Buccaneers (5)

There's no doubt Tampa Bay will keep slinging it right to the season's final buzzer, and with Chris Godwin and Mike Evans likely done for, it will be Perriman and Watson with the opportunity to light up a brutal Atlanta secondary. Perriman specifically will be a must-start in Week 17, assuming the scenario lines up as it does right now.

Danny Amendola, Lions (25)

The Lions are cooked, but Amendola will see plenty of targets down the stretch with no Marvin Jones around. He'll be a safe PPR FLEX play in Week 17 against the Packers.

N'Keal Harry, Patriots (11) | Jakobi Meyers, Patriots (1)

If the Pats are resting players, it probably won't be these two rookie wideouts. Meyers probably would fill a Julian Edelman role, while Harry would benefit more in a Phillip Dorsett spot.

Russell Gage, Falcons (9)

Gage should go back and forth with those Bucs wideouts in what will likely be Week 17's highest-scoring game. With Calvin Ridley (abdomen) done for the year, Gage is a solid play, especially in PPR leagues. Deeper leagues could also target Christian Blake for the same reasons.

Allen Lazard, Packers (7)

Green Bay will probably still be playing to snag a bye in Week 17. But whether there's a lot to play for or a little, Lazard might find success as a secondary option against the brutal Lions.

Greg Ward, Eagles (4)

Ward's probably going to see seven-to-10 targets by default the rest of the way, and the Giants aren't going to pose much impediment to production in Week 17.

Marcus Johnson, Colts (2)

There's no reason for T.Y. Hilton (calf) to tough it out in Week 17, and Johnson is an intriguing big-play threat with a chance to light up Jacksonville in a game that'll have very little meaning for either side.

Tim Patrick, Broncos (1)

Lock has shown an appreciation for Patrick as a receiver, so Week 17 against the Raiders is the perfect time for the two youngsters to really flex their connection in a favorable matchup for Denver's passing attack.

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Week 17 Waiver Wire Watch List: TE

O.J. Howard, Buccaneers (42) | Cameron Brate, Buccaneers (5)

With all the receiver injuries in Tampa Bay, both tight ends should be relevant down the stretch. That's only aided by a passing-game friendly matchup with Atlanta at home to close out the season.

Noah Fant, Broncos (32)

Fant follows the Broncos theme of this article in a matchup that's very favorable for passing, and especially for tight ends, as long as Denver's Week 17 weather is tolerable.

Gerald Everett, Rams (30)

Who knows what will go into a potentially meaningless game against the Cardinals for the Rams, but if we know one thing, it's that a tight end (more likely Tyler Higbee, but still) will produce in a matchup with Arizona.

Jonnu Smith, Titans (14)

The Titans might have finally had a breakthrough in utilizing Smith enough in Week 15, so if that can carry over to a Week 17 matchup with the Texans, he'll have more upside than most TE options to pick up for the season finale.

Kaden Smith, Giants (2)

Evan Engram (foot) is on IR now, so Smith should start the rest of the season for the Giants, who get a favorable passing matchup against Philadelphia in Week 17.

Week 17 defense streamers and sleepers

Denver Broncos (43) | Week 17 opponent: vs. Raiders
Indianapolis Colts (37) | Week 17 opponent: @ Jaguars
Dallas Cowboys (34) | Week 17 opponent: vs. Redskins
Atlanta Falcons (13) | Week 17 opponent: @ Buccaneers




Announcements about players sitting out might create more streaming opportunities for Week 17, as some backup quarterbacks will be great targets if they're on the field instead of starters. Otherwise, the four D/STs listed have opponents we've suggested to stream against all season.

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