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The final week of the NFL regular season is here. Our last regular article of the season. We truly appreciate your patronage. Stay tuned for the annual “All Wonders” team as well as a look back at what did and did not go so well on draft day. Let’s get right into this week’s story. Onto the wonders!

RB Gus Edwards, Baltimore

Baltimore has nothing to play for in the final game of the season, and with Mark Ingram leaving last week’s game with injury, Edwards will be the workhorse for the team. Look for a steady dose if by land and by air against Pittsburgh. 

RB Nyheim Hines, Indianapolis

Any time a guy notches a couple of touchdowns on special teams, that is worth a mention in a late-season story. Hines does not get a lot of play in the Indianapolis offense, but with two electrifying punt returns for scores last week, Indianapolis may want to get him the ball a few times in the offensive scheme. A long shot here, but those looking for a home run and the possibility of some touchdowns can look here. 

RB Dion Lewis, Tennessee

Keep an eye on the status of Derrick Henry. Though reports are that he will play in the final game next week against Houston, in case he is unable to go then Lewis will get the majority of the work for Tennessee.

RB Rex Burkhead, New England

Playing in the shadows of Sony Michel and James White, Burkhead had himself a day against Buffalo last week. Four receptions for 77 yards and five carries for 20 yards and a touchdown translates into a pretty good fantasy effort. As New England cruises into the the postseason, the final game is often a crap shoot for this group. Look for New England to ease off its use of James White, giving Burkhead another opportunity to excel against Miami in the season finale. 

WR Steven Sims, Washington

He continues to come on strong down the stretch, and he is one of the few in this list who is a solid plug-and-play into a starting fantasy lineup this week. Against the New York Giants he scored twice and ended the day with six catches for 64 yards. That gives him 15 catches in the last three games as he is locked in as Washington’s second option at wide receiver. Look for another very good day from him in the season finale at Dallas. 

WR Hunter Renfrow, Oakland

Back from a three-game injury hiatus, Renfrow made his presence felt early and often against the Los Angeles Chargers this past week. He lit them up for seven catches and 107 yards, with one of those ending up with him in the end zone. Denver is on tap next week, so we expect another stellar day now that he is back in the lineup. 

WR John Ross, Cincinnati

Cincinnati has nothing to lose right now, and the offense has been playing wide open. Ross was heavily involved against Miami in a wild offensive show for both teams. He ended the day with six catches for 84 yards, and he had a couple of rushes for good measure. Look for Cincinnati to continue to throw against Cleveland in the final game, giving Ross another opportunity to shine.

WR Kenny Stills, Texans

Houston took care of business and have locked things up, which will leave Stills plenty of time on the field as Houston is likely to rest DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller in the final game of the season. In limited time last week against Tennessee, Stills ended the day with five catches and 57 yards worth of offense. 

About Doug Coutts

Doug has been with since the very beginning. He is a Senior Fantasy Football Staff Writer and a member of the Fantasy Sports Writer Association (FSWA). Way back when, there was the Dynasty Den, Just Thinking Out Loud, and the Weekly Wrap-up. Along the way were television appearances on the local cable affiliate, and various other contributions. His weekly "Waiver Wire Wonders" column appears on Tuesdays.