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GRAB BAG: Week 17

We’re getting down to the nitty gritty of the fantasy football postseason. Maybe there’s just a couple of teams left or maybe there’s more. Either way, congratulations for making it this far! Through this longer and arduous season, we’ve had quite a ride and we’ve still got more to go. So let’s just cut the banter and get to some players for you to target this week.

Quarterback

QB Tua Tagovailoa, Miami

Upcoming Schedule: at Tennessee, vs. New England

Without stalwart rookie Jaylen Waddle, the young quarterback struggled out of the gate in Week 15. After settling in, Tua Tagovailoa honed in on multiple pass catchers to set up good field position for Miami to put points on the board. We’ll see what Tagovailoa and the offense can manage against New Orleans on Monday night and it could be quite telling. Tennessee just allowed 322 passing yards to San Francisco in Week 16, giving light to the possibilities for Miami’s offense this coming week.

Rostered in less than 50 percent of leagues, Tagovailoa is one of the tougher to add quarterbacks in Week 17. As long as he’s got Waddle to throw to, there shouldn’t be much worry.

QB Justin Fields, Chicago

Upcoming Schedule: vs. New York Giants, at Minnesota

Justin Fields’ ankle injury kept him out of action for Week 16. It’s likely that the rookie signal caller makes it back for the Week 17 matchup with the Giants. Fields has been a late-season marvel for fantasy purposes with his great rushing floor and competent passing in recent weeks. The Giants have given up multiple passing scores in three of their last four games and a 77-yard rushing performance by Jalen Hurts in Week 12.

Probably my favorite quarterback pick up for the upcoming week, Fields can be a league winner. He is available in more than 75 percent of leagues.

Running Back

RB Boston Scott, Philadelphia

Upcoming Schedule: at Washington, vs. Dallas

It was another week of running back roulette for Philadelphia in Week 16. Jordan Howard and Miles Sanders both exited the game due to injury, allowing Scott to lead the team in running back carries. Should either of them miss Week 17, Scott would be in line for another substantial workload, especially at the goal line. There’s a lot of promise for their next matchup against Washington as Sanders and Howard combined for 200 rushing yards against Washington in Week 15.

The key here is to watch the injury reports as Scott’s value drops off if the other ball carriers are healthy. You can still acquire Scott in over 80 percent of leagues.

RB Rex Burkhead, Houston

Upcoming Schedule: at San Francisco, vs. Tennessee

In a surprisingly well-fought upset of the Los Angeles Chargers, Rex Burkhead owned the ground game with 22 carries for 149 yards and two touchdowns. The volume was great in this once as even Royce Freeman finished with 12 carries of his own. It’s not likely that Houston will run the ball that much in another game this year, but Burkhead clearly has the lead role whenever Houston decides to use the ground game.

Available in more than 75 percent of fantasy leagues, the chance of high volume is enough to at least add Burkhead to your roster.

Wide Receiver

WR K.J. Osborn, Minnesota

Upcoming Schedule: at Green Bay, vs. Chicago

It seems like Adam Thielen made his return to action a bit early as he left Week 16’s contest in the third quarter. K.J. Osborn took over the duties alongside Justin Jefferson and had another fine fantasy day. He scored his third touchdown in four games on his five catches and 68 yards. Green Bay is up next for Minnesota and it will force just about every team to pass the ball a lot with its high-scoring potential. Green Bay also surrendered three wide receiver scores in the previous matchup with Minnesota in Week 11.

With Thielen out, Osborn will be a fantasy factor. He is unrostered in more than 65 percent of leagues.

WR T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis

Upcoming Schedule: vs. Las Vegas, at Jacksonville

T.Y. Hilton shook off the cob webs for another solid week of production this past weekend. With his four catches for 51 yards and a score, the veteran showed he’s still got some tricks to play. In his 2020 matchup with Las Vegas, Hilton scored twice with 86 receiving yards and will try to accomplish a similar statline this coming week. Hilton has a history of late-season heroics as he scored four times in a three-game span near the end of 2020.

Unrostered in over 80 percent of leagues, Hilton could help you win a championship this season. Pick him up before your opponents do.

Tight End

TE Gerald Everett, Seattle

Upcoming Schedule: vs. Detroit, at Arizona

Since the Week 9 bye, Gerald Everett has become a solid tight end start in most weeks. He’s caught four or more balls in five of his last eight contests as well as hauling in three scores over the last five games. His size and uncharacteristic athleticism at the tight end position make him a special kind of player who is now getting constant looks from the Russell Wilson. Detroit is up next for Seattle, and Detroit has allowed at least 74 receiving yards to opposing tight ends in three straight games.

You can still pick up Everett in at least 55 percent of fantasy leagues. Week 17 is likely the last chance you’d want to use him.

TE Cole Kmet, Chicago

Upcoming Schedule: vs. New York Giants, at Minnesota

The only thing keeping Cole Kmet from ascending to the next level of fantasy tight ends is Jimmy Graham constantly being used near the endzone. Should Chicago allow some of those goal line snaps, he’d probably have a few touchdowns this season. His other numbers are solid as he has seen an average of 7.4 targets, 4.8 catches and 10.1 yards per catch across his last five games. Going up against the Giants is beneficial as their offense doesn’t spend a lot of time on the field, allowing for more potential passes to Kmet.

Available in nearly 65 percent of leagues, Kmet has serious potential. If he scores in any week, he will be a Top 10 tight end for sure.

Waiver Wire Double-Check

We’re getting closer to the end with the finish line in sight. There is always the chance to make your team better and you need to stay on top of your league’s waiver wire. Good players slip through the cracks all the time and you can capitalize on that. Many of these following players may be available to you right now.

QB Davis Mills, Houston

QB Carson Wentz, Indianapolis

RB Devontae Booker, New York Giants

RB Jordan Howard, Philadelphia

RB Ameer Abdullah, Carolina

WR Marvin Jones Jr., Jacksonville

WR Marquez Callaway, New Orleans

WR Robby Anderson, Carolina

WR Kadarius Toney, New York Giants

TE Austin Hooper, Cleveland

TE Brevin Jordan, Houston

TE Dan Arnold, Jacksonville

About Benjamin Ditlevson

Spitting content since 2019. You'll get sick of me before I stop. There's no denying I have passion for this world as I always have something to say about anything fantasy football related. I've been participating in fantasy for nearly 30 years and giving my opinion almost as long. My inspirations are my wife, Amy, and my long-eared, furry kids - Cinna and Greyson.