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

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In a jam with Dwyane Bowe, T.Y. Hilton or even A.J. Green in Week 17 for a deep league? Here's are five guys who could serve as true Hail Mary plays.

Week 17 fantasy leagues are always an adventure. A lot of people don't like it, but it's a way to really help separate the men/women from the boys/girls with some sneaky pickups. If you are really strapped, here are some guys who could be taking advantage of the Week 17 issues.

Dexter McCluster (owned in nine percent of leagues)

The Chiefs are likely going to rest their starters with nothing to play for against the Chargers. Considering Jamaal Charles and Dwayne Bowe might be out of the entire game, it would make sense for the Chiefs to turn to McCluster. He's an all-purpose guy and used to carry the ball for the Chiefs before they turned him into a slot option

The Chargers are one of the better matchups for receivers on the season and it wouldn't be a surprise to see the Ole Miss product get it going. He has a a respectable 47 receptions on the year and had four or more catches in four of his last five games.

He's a low-end, risky WR3 in PPR formats.

Donnie Avery (owned in nine percent of leagues)

Second verse same as the first. Avery will likely move over to the primary option based on Dwayne Bowe likely to sit out. Avery has some big-play ability. He's coming off a three-catch game on Sunday vs. his former team, but the last time he had an impact was back against the Chargers on Nov. 24.

They get the Chargers this week, making Avery a somewhat interesting play.

Da'Rick Rogers (owned in eight percent of leagues)

Back in Week 14, Rogers was all the rage in fantasy circles with six catches for 107 yards and a score. The past two weeks he's looked more like Charles Rogers, catching six balls for just 65 yards combined while failing to score.

The Colts could be looking to rest up for their playoff run and are only playing for the third and fourth seed. If they get the fourth seed, they would take on a Chiefs team they just rolled, 23-7, in Week 16.

Rogers could resume most of the work outside with the team taking it easier on a somewhat banged up T.Y. Hilton. He has nice upside against a leaky Jacksonville Jaguars secondary.

Mike Brown (owned in two percent of leagues) and Ace Sanders (owned in percent of leagues)

With Cecil Shorts out for the season, the Jacksonville Jaguars were able to manufacture some offense against the Tennessee Titans. Chad Henne threw for 237 passing yards. Mike Brown was solid in the game, catching five balls for 71 yards and one touchdown.  Meanwhile, Ace Sanders was targeted five times and caught four balls for 20 receiving yards.

The Jags will take on the Indianapolis Colts in Week 17. The Colts have been giving up some points lately with the exception of last week, so there could be some points coming against Jacksonville. Excluding the last two weeks, the Colts gave up 10 touchdowns to receivers over a six-game span. Plus, the Colts have very little to play for since if they lose, they will go up against a Chiefs team they just crushed in KC in Week 16.

Brown seems to be the hotter receiver to use and has decent upside in a dome setting.

Domenik Hixon (owned in 0 percent of leagues)

Hixon could take as the X receiver with Steve Smith sidelined due to a knee injury. He was the hero on Sunday in a win over the New Orleans Saints on a game-winning catch. He set a season high with two catches and 18 yards, so the increase in production lies just with Smith not playing.

Obviously, Ted Ginn and Brandon LaFell will be the more popular for their big-play ability. Hixon could be an option in very deep leagues for four or five receptions and possibility a touchdown since Ginn and LaFell aren't effective in the red zone.

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