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Fantasy Football 2012, Week 17: Waiver Wire Scoops

It's the last week of the season and there can be some interesting pickups for owners in their Super Bowl this week.

Sam Greenwood

Well, it's been a fun ride. There has been no shortage of picking up hot players and those that performed on the waiver wire, almost certainly made a strong playoff push and hopefully are seeking a fantasy title. Not many people took Russell Wilson and there's a good chance that those that started him last week are eyeing a title this week.

As we look forward to Week 17, there were some injuries as well as the usual concerns about playoff teams resting their starters. The Bengals said that they will play their starters, but I wouldn't be excited to start any Bengal except for A.J. Green since he might get pulled at halftime despite this news.

The Colts, Falcons and Ravens also have little to nothing to play for, so owners of those players should also be aware of the possibility of being rested. If you can help it, I'd really avoid starting any player on those teams.

Another quick piece of obvious advice, if you have any player that you know you're not starting and you're not afraid to start, then you might as well cut him. If you know you're not going to start him, but you are scared of your opponent possibly using him against you upon your cut, you should cut him on Saturday morning and pick up some other possible plug-n-play options this week. That way, the player that you cut will be on waivers until the season is over and you're minimizing the chance that your opponent gets some news over the weekend and can pick up a guy.


If you have Andrew Luck, Matt Ryan, Joe Flacco, Andy Dalton or Nick Foles, you might want to be prepared to start someone else.

Chad Henne- He gets the Titans on Sunday and the Jags are likely going to have a pass-first approach with their running backs very thin.

Phillip Rivers- Rivers looked better on Sunday against the Jets and he'll take on the Raiders in a finally. On a random note, while I was shopping this weekend for gifts, I saw some of his jersey's on sale for $9.95 (click here to see my tweet)

Ryan Tannehill- If you really have to start Ryan Tannehill, we'll you're probably not happy about it. Tannehill is coming off a nice two-TD game last week and gets the Patriots this week.

Running Backs

Montell Owens- He's still owned in just 10.7 percent of leagues and those owners that have concerns about their backs this week would be wise to give him a look.

Montario Hardesty- Trent Richardson is likely going to be a game-time call against the Steelers. Pittsburgh's D isn't quite as stout as it once was and Hardesty would likely see a featured role.

Jacquizz Rodgers- The Falcons are likely going to give Michael Turner an even lighter load. However, Jason Snelling should see a nice chunk of work, so Rodgers isn't a must-start player. I like him as an RB2 in PPR, though.

Bernard Pierce- Not to pat myself on the back here, but I discussed stashing Pierce a few weeks ago and those that did could be looking at a nice flex option.

Ryan Grant- Grant came out of nowhere and put two TDs on the Titans. The Packers might be running the ball more to lower the chances that their receivers aren't subject to injuries.

Jamie Harper- Keep an eye on Chris Johnson's injury.

Wide Receivers

Danario Alexander- Make sure his owner didn't cut him after laying a goose egg in Week 15. DX came back with a TD vs. the Jets in Week 16.

Justin Blackmon- I like Blackmon a lot with Cecil Shorts on IR. If you need a WR3 in a pinch, he's a fantastic play against the horrible Titans.

Brandon LaFell- He gets the Saints on Sunday. He won't pull a Dez Bryant, but few players offer a bigger upside and aren't owned in less than 50 percent of leagues.

Santana Moss- Bandana is coming off a TD last week and he scored against Dallas on Thanksgiving.

Harry Douglas- Douglas is another player that I kinda like a lot on Sunday for desperate owners.

Tight End

Dennis Pitta- Pitta was a mild letdown on Sunday, but he might be used a lot in Week 17. The Ravens might want to shorten the game with running the football and short passes to the TDs.

Marcedes Lewis- Jaguars party!

Last but not least, Merry Christmas to all and I hope you get a belated present under the tree with a fantasy title under on Sunday.