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Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 17

Posted: Dec 27, 2022Last updated: Jan 3, 2023

In Week 17 fantasy football, there are only two goals on the waiver wire: pick up guys that can start for you, or block opponents from landing a potential starter for them.

You must spend the majority of your own Free Agent Budget, or all of it, to get a needed starter for yourself first. My recommended bids reflect who are the most important adds while leaving room for any other needs you still might have.

The bidding prices will vary significantly based on your own needs and serve more as a guide for priorities in this final week of the fantasy playoffs.

Top Pickups for Week 17 Waiver Wire

Hassan Hankins, RB, Tennessee Titans (5% rostered in CBSSports.com leagues)

Derrick Henry has a hip injury that could force Mike Vrabel to sit him om a short week in a meaningless game vs Dallas. The Titans need Henry available in a winner-take-all matchup for the AFC South title vs Jacksonville in Week 18, and Dontrell Hilliard (neck) may also be held out.

Haskins is a 6-2, 228 banger who will take what defenses give him and also grind out yardage. The Cowboys rank 22nd in rushing yards allowed to RBs, so he is capable of posting adequate totals with a heavy workload.

Hassan Haskins FAB Bid: 95% of your available budget if you roster Henry, or 80% if you do not have Henry on your team

Mike White, QB, New York Jets (45% )

White has reportedly been cleared from rib fractures that have kept him out of two consecutive games. He is expected to start at Seattle and will be a strong starting option for fantasy players that have been streaming QBs throughout the playoffs.

The Jets have a matchup against the NFC’s lowest-ranked rushing defense, but they need White to lead the offense. He has averaged 317.3 passing yards per game, and will have time to throw and succeed against an inconsistent Seattle pass rush.

Be sure to check where White lands in our Week 17 fantasy football rankings.

Mike White FAB Bid: 90% of your available budget if you need a quality QB starter for Week 17 or want to block an opponent who has a QB need.


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Tyler Allgeier, RB, Atlanta Falcons (67%)

The rookie had the best game of his career in Week 15, rushing for 139 yards and a TD on 17 carries, followed by an admirable outing in Week 16. Against Baltimore’s third-ranked run defense, Allgeier rushed for 74 yards on 18 carries, and he added 43 receiving yards on four receptions.

Arizona has allowed the third-most Fantasy Points Per Game to RBs over the past four weeks. Allgeier, who may still be a free agent in some leagues, has been a decisive, physical runner over the past two games, and he can be started with confidence in a fantasy championship game as a flex option or RB2 fill-in.

Tyler Allgeier FAB Bid: 85% of your available budget

D.J. Chark, WR, Detroit Lions (67%)

Check to see if Chark is still a free agent in your league. In two of his past three games, he has 90-plus receiving yards, and he has five-plus targets in two of his past three.

The Lions face the Bears in Week 17. Chicago ranks 28th in FFPG allowed to WRs, and Jared Goff does his best work in home games, where he’s thrown 20 of his 26 TD passes while averaging 277.1 passing yards per game.

Chark is an upside play who should see some downfield opportunities this week. He is averaging 17.3 yards per reception.

D.J. Chark FAB Bid: 70% of your available budget

Isaiah Hodgins, WR, New York Giants (31%)

Hodgins had a career day vs Minnesota’s pass defense, which was the worst in the league coming into Week 16. He caught eight of 11 targets for 89 yards and a TD, and he has now found the end zone in three of his past four games.

In Week 17, Hodgins faces a Colts defense that has allowed the most FFPG to WRs over the past four weeks. Richie James has also scored 13-plus PPR points in four of his past six games and is worth adding at a bid level equal to Hodgins.

Isaiah Hodgins FAB Bid: 65% of your available budget

Chuba Hubbard, RB, Carolina Panthers (46%)

Hubbard rushed for 125 yards on 12 carries in Week 16, two weeks after he had 99 yards from scrimmage. He has played on 63 and 46 percent of the snaps in the last two games in an offense that has been leaning heavily on its RBs.

Tampa Bay ranks 18th in FFPG allowed to RBs over the past four games. Hubbard can be a viable flex option in a must-win game for the Panthers in Week 17.

Chuba Hubbard FAB Bid: 65% of your available budget

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Best Cheap WW Bids For Week 16

  • Justin Jackson, RB, Detroit Lions (1%): Keep a watch on Jamaal Williams’ leg injury. If it keeps him out in Week 17, Jackson could share some work with D’Andre Swift and the matchup vs Chicago (26th in FFPG allowed to RBs) is favorable. Jackson rushed for 66 yards on nine carries in Week 11, and he is a deeper add for those who need potential flex help.
  • Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Miami Dolphins (2%): Bridgewater passed for 329 yards and two TDs on 34 attempts in his last game played vs. Minnesota in mid-October. The matchup is much tougher this week against New England’s eighth-ranked pass defense, but Bridgewater can provide decent totals because of his weapons at WR.
  • Brock Purdy, QB, San Francisco 49ers (54%): Purdy has passed for two TDs in four consecutive games, but he has yet to pass for 240 yards. He is a better real-life story and is just adequate as a fantasy option. If that is what you need, though, add Purdy.
  • Carson Wentz, QB, Washington Commanders (8%): It is possible Wentz may return as a starter this week in a must-win game for Washington against Cleveland. He is more of a two-QB/superflex option. Wentz did throw seven TD passes in his first two games this season before he started to look more erratic.
  • Greg Dortch, WR, Arizona Cardinals (8%): Working with Trace McSorley in Week 16, Dortch delivered the best performance of his career, catching 10 of 11 targets for 93 yards. If McSorley starts again in Week 17 vs Atlanta, Dortch will be worthy of deeper lineup consideration, but we can’t chase one good week and start him over guys who have been more dependable.

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Scott Engel

Scott Engel is a Senior Sports Writer at The Game Day. Previously he was at SportsLine.com and The Athletic. His work is also featured at RotoBaller and on Seahawks.com. Scott is a host on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio. He is an inaugural member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association's Hall of Fame. Scott is a four-time FSWA award winner and a 13-time finalist. He was an Associate Editor and featured writer at ESPN.com. and his career began at CBS SportsLine, where he was a Senior Writer and Managing Editor. Scott was the Managing Director at RotoExperts.

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