Fantasy football waiver wire: 5 receivers to target in standard leagues for Week 17

Gregory Shamus

We're in the fantasy football finale and there are still some widely available guys out there. Here are five players to add in standard formats who might be worth a look.

Well, fantasy owners might be in a pickle this week. It's never easy to handle the Week 17 issues, so hopefully fantasy owners have prepared themselves. There are still a few guys out there on waiver wires who can help.

Cordarrelle Patterson (owned in 44 percent of leagues)

It's a little shocking to see Cord is only sitting at 44 percent ownership. He's scored in four straight weeks and had an average of 4.8 catches per game in his previous four games before Sunday.

In Sunday's blowout loss, he scored on a 35-yard toss play down the right sideline and put his speed on display. His three carries were a career high and with the Vikings unlikely to have Toby Gerhart on Sunday, he should have another chance to build off that total.

He's been operating out of the slot and the Vikings have been giving up enough points to put him on the field more often. Patterson played 32 snaps on Sunday and that number should be on the rise. The Vikings are going to have a tough time keeping the Detroit Lions in check, so they will want to get the ball to their playmaking rookie as much as possible.

Jerrel Jernigan (owned in 0 percent of leagues)

Surprisingly, Jernigan has resumed much of the role vacated by Victor Cruz so far. Over the past two weeks, he's been targeted 20 times, yielding a grand total of 13 catches for 147 yards and a touchdown.

While Rueben Randle gets all the headlines, he had just 40 yards on four catches against the Detroit Lions on Sunday. Quarterback Eli Manning has almost no accuracy, so he's really been struggling at getting the ball outside of the numbers, which is where Randle operates.

On top of the production in the past, the Giants get an outstanding matchup this week against the Washington Redskins. They have little depth on the outside and their safeties aren't the strongest tacklers, so Jernigan is a sneaky WR3 this week.

Randall Cobb (owned in 31 percent of leagues)

The Green Bay Packers still haven't been too revealing on Cobb's status and he's more than likely going to sit out against the Chicago Bears. In fact, the latest news on Cobb came on Monday with the team saying it's still discussing the idea of putting him on IR.

The good news is he looked "good" last week, so another week off could really help him get going in a must-win game. Plus, the possible return of Aaron Rodgers only helps Cobb's case as a pickup. There won't be much of an argument about Cobb's terrific value when the Packers are at full strength, so there is plenty of upside.

When it comes down to it, there won't be more upside from a player quite like Cobb. He's worth a pickup and a top waiver claim, and if he's ruled out, his new owners can just cut him with no harm done.

Kris Durham (owned in 5 percent of leagues) and Nate Burleson (owned in 29 percent of leagues)

The Lions are likely going to be without Calvin Johnson for Week 17 since they are out of the playoff run. Johnson reportedly played on a partially torn PCL since back in October. He was a game-time call on Sunday for Week 16 and certainly didn't look like himself. At this early point in the week, it seems like it would be a surprise to have him suit up against the Minnesota Vikings.

As for Megatron owners, this is a horrible blow against one of the worst defenses in the league. Well, that missed opportunity could be shifting to Durham and Burleson. The Vikings were just gashed by the Cincinnati Bengals and have allowed the most passing scores in the NFL.

Durham has the bigger upside while Burleson is the safety pickup.

Brandon LaFell (owned in 31 percent of leagues) and Ted Ginn (owned in 16 percent of leagues)

Steve Smith is likely going to miss Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons will be coming in on a short week and have been torched throughout the season.

Ted Ginn will start for the Panthers with Smith out of the lineup and it could be a bit of an interesting matchup. The Panthers have used him on screens and even reverses quite a bit this year, so there should be more of those on the way due to an increase in snaps.

LaFell should also see some more targets. The problem is that it's not going to be easy to trust him after getting just two targets on Sunday.

Ginn serves as a high-upside WR3 in deeper formats while LaFell is a very risky player to use.

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