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Fantasy football waiver wire: 5 running backs to target in deep leagues for Week 17

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A lot of teams could be looking to bench their players to get ready for the postseason. Fantasy owners might be able to capitalize on these plans.

Week 17 championships mean many great running backs are sidelined due to injury or playoff rest. That means even in the most standard of leagues, you might have to reach particularly deep. Here are some deep options that might help you in Week 17.

Knile Davis (owned in 2 percent of leagues)

The Chiefs are going to be resting their starters on Sunday, so obviously the first player that comes to mind is running back Jamaal Charles. He's become the best running back in football over the past season based on stats, so there could be a big opportunity for Knile Davis. The Chiefs have a solid offensive line and coach Andy Reid's scheme translates nicely to running backs.

Davis has been getting almost all of the work as the backup and has a chance to see 12 touches or more. The Chiefs get a nice matchup against the San Diego Chargers, so 12-plus touches could make him a nice player to use. It'll be easier to start him with the Chiefs saying they're going to feature him, so he's more of a flex play right now. There is a high ceiling, though.

Jonathan Grimes (owned in 0 percent of leagues)

The Houston Texans are already without Ben Tate (ribs) and Arian Foster (back) for the season, but now they might be without Dennis Johnson (hip) and Deji Karim also broke his collarbone. On Monday, coach Wade Phillips said the team is looking to add another back.

The eventual incoming back is likely just going to serve as emergency depth for the struggling Texans. Plus Karim took over most of the work on Sunday for Week 16, totaling eight carries for 30 yards with one reception for -1 yards.

Jonathan Grimes will start, so there's at least something to like here. They will play the Tennessee Titans on Sunday and this game could be missing a lot of defense.

LeGarrette Blount (owned in 10 percent of leagues)

The Patriots are possibly going to be without Shane Vereen on Sunday after the back suffered an injury in Week 16 and the team is a little banged up on the whole. Blount carried the ball a team-high 16 times with 76 yards and two scores during New England's win over the Ravens, so he's considered the favorite heading into Week 17.

The Patriots will take on the Buffalo Bills on Sunday and will have something to play for. If they win and the Broncos lose, the Pats will have the top seed in the AFC playoffs. Both teams play in the late game and the Patriots shouldn't be taking their foot off the gas pedal at least unit late in the game.

Blount would be an interesting play on almost any other team, but the Patriots are a very tricky team to project. It's not a bad idea to add him, then hope the Patriots say he'll be the starter. Of course, don't hold your breath on that.

Brandon Bolden (owned in 8 percent of leagues)

The same thing goes for this fine fellow. Brandon Bolden would likely take over much of the work on passing downs should Shane Vereen not play. Considering the Patriots do not control their own destiny, Vereen is likely going to be either limited or out vs. the Bills.

Bolden should find his way into getting double-digit touches. He's a very risky play in any league.

Tashard Choice (owned in 0 percent of leagues)

The Colts clinched their division and might not care too much with the team needing some serious help to get a first-round bye. Choice is just an extremely desperate play this week.

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