My hope for all of you reading this is that you are in earnest preparations for your championship matchup as we enter NFL Week 17. It was an exciting, action packed, and stressful (when is it not?) weekend of football and this is why we play the game. There is a lot to unpack and many decisions to be made, so let us start here with the NFL Waiver Wire and take a look at some options to potentially improve your team or fill some gaps. 



Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups Week 17

NFL Waiver Wire Quarterbacks

Brock Purdy, San Francisco 49ers, FAAB Bid: 5%

Another two touchdown performance from the 49ers QB who now has eight touchdowns on the season. In Week 17 the 49ers have a very favorable against the Raiders here in Week 17 with a secondary that has been very beatable by opposing tight ends which could lead to another big week for the Purdy-to-Kittle Connection.


Mike White, New York Jets, FAAB Bid: 3%

Call me optimistic here, or delusional might be a better fit, but I do feel good about White returning to action for the Jets. I fully acknowledge that Seattle is not an easy place to play, but things are not as rough as they previously had been in years past. After Zach Wilson squandered his last chance in New York by being dreadful last Thursday, the return of White is a welcome site for everyone after previously showing chemistry with Garrett Wilson and Elijah Moore while being able to move the ball without issue. In three games, White has not passed for less than 268 yards and has 952 passing yards in total and should be busy once again this week. 


Teddy Bridgewater, Miami Dolphins, FAAB Bid: 3%

We know what happened the last time Tua Tagovailoa had a concussion, so it should not be surprising that Bridgewater is expected to be under center this coming week after the former entered the concussion protocol. The veteran has proven to be a solid stop-gap option when previously asked to take on the starting role, and with weapons such as Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle at his disposal, all Bridgewater has to do, is to be a distributor and get the ball in their hands, and we know is capable of that.


NFL Waiver Wire Running Backs

Chase Edmonds, Denver Broncos, FAAB Bid: 8%

In what proved to be the last straw for Nathanial Hackett in a brutal season for the Denver Broncos, Edmonds made his return last week after being activated from the Injured List. Nothing about the game was a plus for the Broncos’ run game, but Edmonds did have a solid role carrying the ball six times for 31 yards while catching two passes for another 22 yards. I would look for Edmonds to play a solid role going forward over the next two weeks in what should be an improved offense. 


Tyrion Davis-Price, San Francisco 49ers, FAAB Bid: 4%

In what has been an otherwise lost season for the rookie, Davis-Price unexpectedly had a solid role against Washington behind Christian McCaffrey. With nine carries in 30 yards while taking advantage of Jordan Mason’s injury, it will be interesting to keep an eye on this moving forward if San Francisco looks to give their rookie some increased volume over the next two weeks leading up to the playoffs. 


Royce Freeman, Houston Texans, FAAB Bid: 4%

If it is the role you are after, then we have established that we are in the right place with Freeman. He is clearly the lead back for Houston as evidenced by his 16 carries this past week, but the fact that all he managed to do was gain 32 yards will help to keep the attention off of him to a degree. 


NFL Waiver Wire Wide Receivers

Isaiah Hodgins, New York Giants, FAAB Bid: 7%

Seeing the Giants passing offense have a strong week against Minnesota should not have come as a surprise, but it is another good look for Hodgins. The Giants seemed to be onto something when they brought Hodgins into the fold, and he is making them look smart on a weekly basis as of late. This past week, that came in the form of eight receptions, on 11 targets, for 89 yards and a touchdown. Over the last four weeks, Hodgins has three touchdowns and 21 receptions on 27 targets as he continues to take on a large role for the Giants.


Greg Dortch, Arizona Cardinals, FAAB Bid: 7%

Regardless of who is under center for Arizona, Dortch is seemingly going to be busy as his skill set works perfectly for backup quarterbacks. Dortch is a capable slot receiver who caught 10 of 11 targets this week for 98 yards. After missing three weeks with a knee injury, Dortch picked right back up where he left off after catching nine of his 10 targets when we last saw him.


Kendrick Bourne, New England Patriots, FAAB Bid: 3%

With DeVante Parker out for another week and the Patriots hurting at the wide receiver position, Bourne stepped up in a big, and perhaps unexpected, way on Sunday. Bourne caught six of his nine targets for 100 yards and a touchdown, and it would also not surprise me to see Jacobi Meyers on the hot seat after the ending to the Raiders game, so that could mean another busy week for him. 


NFL Waiver Wire Tight Ends

Shane Zylstra, Detroit Lions, FAAB Bid: 2%

Anytime a player catches three touchdowns it is going to be attention getting, and that was the case for Zylstra on Sunday. He caught five of his six targets for 26 yards in what was clearly his best game of the season and while we do want to go chasing here, we also know the state of the tight end position and we cannot overlook his success. 


Logan Thomas, Washington Commanders, FAAB Bid: 2%

It has not been a strong season for Thomas, to say the least, but we know that he is a capable receiver. That was on display this past week against San Francisco as Thomas caught six of eight targets for 35 yards. While it might not be a truly explosive option, it is worth pursuing to see if Thomas can continue the success. 

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