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Fantasy football last-minute pickups for NFL Week 17


#Each week of the NFL season, we will identify fantasy football waiver-wire pickups specifically for those of you looking for streaming options in deeper formats (including IDP leagues). These are players available in a majority of ESPN #Fantasy leagues (or close) who have enticing matchups in the week ahead that make them worthy of consideration for your lineup.

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#While you might notice some overlap with #Field #Yates’ pickup column that publishes on #Mondays, an important distinction is that the options mentioned in this column are focused solely on this week’s matchup and not the players’ values for the remainder of the season.

#Do you need replacement options for injured players? #Or are you looking to block your championship game opponent from picking up a player who might help beat you? A roundtable of fantasy analysts join me to identify some names to consider.

#Here are some of our favorites for #Week 17:

#Quarterback

#Philip #Rivers, #Indianapolis #Colts (14.8% rostered; vs. #Jaguars)

#Prior to last week’s struggles against the #Steelers’ steady pass rush, #Rivers had strung together five consecutive outings with multiple passing scores and had tallied at least 17 fantasy points in ESPN standard scoring in seven of the previous nine games. #With the #Colts incentivized to win in an attempt to make the postseason in a crowded AFC playoff bracket and the #Jaguars depleted on defense and headed for the top draft pick next spring, #Rivers makes for a solid streaming candidate given #Jacksonville has surrendered the third-most fantasy points to passers this season. -Jim #McCormick

#Running #Back

#Gus #Edwards, #Baltimore #Ravens (22.5% rostered; at #Bengals)

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I’m not sure what else this dude needs to do. #Really. I mean, he’s averaging 5.2 yards per carry. #Not over the past month or this year… for his career (402 carries). #He led the #Ravens in carries last weekend with 15 against the #Giants. #While I’m not labeling him the top dog in this backfield, I expect #Baltimore to pound the rock plenty against the second- worst run defense in terms of running back yards per carry against (5.1). -Kyle #Soppe, ESPN #Fantasy researcher

#La’#Mical #Perine, #New #York #Jets (5.6% rostered; at #Patriots)

#With #Frank #Gore already ruled out of the #Jets’ #Week 17 divisional matchup against the #Patriots and #New #York’s change-of-pace back #Ty #Johnson seemingly relegated to a third-down role (just five carries in the past two games), that leaves #Perine as the potential featured option out of the #Jets’ backfield. #Bolstering #Perine’s fantasy profile is the fact the #Patriots have yielded a generous 4.7 yards per carry to backfields this season, a rate that ranks sixth highest in the league. -J.M.

#Wide #Receiver

#Michael #Gallup, #Dallas #Cowboys (43.9% rostered; at #Giants)

#Gallup was one of the big stars of #Week 16 (6-121-2, 30.1 fantasy points), posting his best game of the season against the #Eagles, but the arrow had been pointing up for quite some time. #It took a few weeks to adjust to life without #Dak #Prescott, but #Gallup is averaging 7.6 targets per game over his past eight and has seen an end-zone target in four straight games. #Don’t look now, but #Andy #Dalton threw multiple touchdown passes in all four of his #December games and has this offense (finally!) functional for fantasy purposes once again. -KS

#Nelson #Agholor, #Las #Vegas #Raiders (34.8% rostered; at #Broncos)

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#Twelve. #That is the number of receivers that have more fantasy points since #Week 11 than #Agholor. #Not included in those 12 names are DK #Metcalf, #Adam #Thielen and #Cooper #Kupp. #Derek #Carr is playing at a high level and this #Raiders team hung 37 points on the #Broncos in their first matchup this season, so there is plenty of upside to chase if you’re in a pinch. -KS

#Zach #Pascal, #Indianapolis #Colts (1.7% rostered, vs #Jaguars)

#Consecutive games with over 15 points is a nice trend to take into the season finale, especially with seeding implications on the line and the #Jaguars as the opposition. #Jacksonville is a bottom-3 defense in terms of completion percentage, yards per completion and touchdown rate — defensive flaws that give #Pascal a shot to return top-30 value at the position in a week where some stars could see their opportunities limited. -KS

#Tight #End

#Irv #Smith #Jr., #Minnesota #Vikings (6.1% rostered; at #Lions)

A breakout is brewing on the #Vikings, as #Smith #Jr. has turned in awesome fantasy performances in two of his past three outings and just netted a career-high nine targets in #Week 16. The second-year talent delivered two touchdowns last time against #Detroit, signaling real upside for this second meeting. -J.M.

#Defense/Special #Teams (D/ST)

#Dallas #Cowboys (14.6% rostered; at #Giants)

#This one is a bit bold in that this #Dallas defense has allowed the most points to opponents in franchise history. #And yet, a series of rewarding splash plays in the past few weeks includes seven forced turnovers and a touchdown from this D/ST. #Next up are the #Giants, a team that has turned the ball over on 12.3% of drives, the 12th-highest rate in the league. -J.M.

#Individual #Defensive #Players (IDP)

#Defensive #Line

#Markus #Golden, #Arizona #Cardinals (7.3% rostered; at #Rams)

#With a sack in two of his past three games and a matchup against a backup quarterback for the #Rams this week, #Golden is in a solid spot to help fantasy managers finish strong. -J.M.

#Linebacker

#David #Long #Jr., #Tennessee #Titans (8.1% rostered; at #Texans)

I’m riding with #Long #Jr. for a second straight week in this spot thanks to his continued strong play and wide availability in ESPN leagues. #Tallying 21 tackles and averaging nearly 15 fantasy points on ESPN’s IDP scoring key the past two weeks supports strong expectations for the second-year linebacker in #Week 17. -J.M.

#Defensive #Back

#Donovan #Wilson (8.3% rostered; at #Giants)

#With 33 tackles across his past four appearances and really encouraging sack and turnover rates as a safety for the #Cowboys, this matchup against a mistake-prone #Giants offense raises #Wilson’s fantasy ceiling. -J.M.



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