Congratulations if you advanced to the Fantasy championship in your league. Hopefully, the roster that got you here to Week 17 is intact, but you might have to make a few tweaks due to injuries or poor matchups.
Don’t worry, we have you covered. And we’re also here for those of you brave enough to play into Week 18 as well.
The main injuries to monitor in Week 17 at quarterback are Tua Tagovailoa (concussion), Jalen Hurts (shoulder) and Lamar Jackson (knee), although hopefully Hurts will play against the Saints. If he’s out, Gardner Minshew (43 percent rostered) is once again a solid replacement option, and we also got good news that Mike White (45 percent) is expected to return for the Jets after being out for the past two games with a rib injury.
At running back, you’ll have to keep an eye on Aaron Jones (ankle), Derrick Henry (hip) and Jamaal Williams (leg), and there’s a chance the Titans could rest Henry against the Cowboys on Thursday night. Tennessee’s season comes down to Week 18 against Jacksonville for the AFC South title, which means the Dallas game in Week 17 is basically meaningless. The Jaguars also might opt to rest players at Houston, which is a storyline to follow all week.
We hope Christian Watson (hip) can play in Week 17 against Minnesota since it’s a fantastic matchup, and that’s an injury to monitor all week. Tyler Lockett (finger) might return in Week 17 against the Jets after being out last week, and we’ll keep an eye on Deebo Samuel (knee) and Chris Olave (hamstring) as well. There are plenty of receivers to add if you need help, which you can read about below.
We also have tight end streaming options for you in Week 17, and the main injuries there are Greg Dulcich (hamstring) and Hunter Henry (knee). And we have streaming options at DST and kicker in case you need help.
This is it. Make sure your roster is locked in so you can take home that Fantasy title. Good luck.
Editor’s note: For this waiver wire column, we are only looking at players rostered in less than 65 percent of CBS Sports leagues.
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Week 17 Waivers
- Injuries: Tua Tagovailoa (concussion), Jalen Hurts (shoulder), Lamar Jackson (knee), Mike White (ribs), Ryan Tannehill (ankle) and Colt McCoy (concussion).
- Check to see if available: Daniel Jones (88 percent rostered). Jones had a solid Fantasy game in Week 16 at Minnesota with 22 points, and he’s now scored at least 19 Fantasy points in five of his past seven games. He doesn’t have an easy matchup in Week 17 against the Colts, but he’s still worth trusting as a low-end starter in all leagues as the Giants try to lock up a wild-card spot in the NFC.
Week 17 Waiver Priority List
Superflex and Two-quarterback options (in order): Baker Mayfield (14 percent rostered), Carson Wentz (8 percent), Teddy Bridgewater (2 percent), Desmond Ridder (14 percent) and Colt McCoy (6 percent). Mayfield just scored 21 Fantasy points against Denver in Week 16, and he looks comfortable as the starter for the Rams. We’ll see how he does in Week 17 against a suddenly-surging Chargers defense. … Wentz isn’t guaranteed to start for the Commanders, but he might have the most upside of this group. He has 20-point potential against the Browns in Week 17 if he starts in place of Taylor Heinicke. … Bridgewater is a desperation play at New England if he starts for Tua Tagovailoa (concussion). The only benefit for Bridgewater is throwing to Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle. … Ridder has a great matchup against the Cardinals, who are No. 6 in most Fantasy points allowed to opposing quarterbacks, and this could be his best game in his third career start. … McCoy will hopefully return from his one-game absence with a concussion, and he could be useful in deeper leagues against the Falcons.
- Injuries: Aaron Jones (ankle), Derrick Henry (hip), Tony Pollard (thigh), Jamaal Williams (leg), Damien Harris (thigh) and Travis Homer (ankle).
- Check to see if available: Cam Akers (82 percent rostered), James Cook (70 percent), Gus Edwards (70 percent) and Tyler Allgeier (67 percent). Akers has been exceptional for the past four games and should be started in all leagues, no matter how shallow, in Week 17 against the Chargers. He just had 33 PPR points in Week 16 against Denver and has either a touchdown or 100 total yards in each of his past four outings. … Cook just had a career-high 99 yards rushing in Week 16 at Chicago, and he also scored a touchdown on just 11 carries. He’s now scored at least 11 PPR points in three of his past four games, and he’s worth using as a flex in all leagues in Week 17 at Cincinnati. … Edwards has flex appeal in non-PPR leagues in Week 16 against Pittsburgh. I still prefer JK Dobbins as the lead running back in Baltimore, but Edwards just outplayed Dobbins in Week 16 against Atlanta with 11 carries for 99 yards. Edwards also had 13 carries for 66 yards at Pittsburgh in Week 14, and he’s capable of doing something similar if he once again gets double digits in carries. … Allgeier was awesome in Week 16 at Baltimore with 18 carries for 74 yards and four catches for 43 yards on five targets, and he scored 15 PPR points. This was after he had 22 PPR points at New Orleans in Week 15, and he’s turning into a standout Fantasy running back. He should be started in all leagues in Week 17 against Arizona, and the Cardinals have allowed a running back to score at least 17 PPR points in five games in a row.
Week 17 Waiver Priority List
- Injuries: Tyler Lockett (finger), Deebo Samuel (knee), Christian Watson (hip), Chris Olave (hamstring), Mecole Hardman (abdomen), DeVante Parker (concussion) and Chase Claypool (knee).
- Check to see if available: Zay Jones (80 percent rostered), Courtland Sutton (78 percent), Michael Gallup (72 percent), Drake London (72 percent), Jakobi Meyers (71 percent) and DJ Chark (66 percent). Jones had a down game as expected in Week 16 at the Jets with one catch for 14 yards on four targets, but prior to that he scored at least 14 PPR points in four of his last five games. There’s a chance the Jaguars could rest players in Week 17 at Houston, so keep that in mind, but if Jones is still available in shallow leagues then add him and plan to start him if he plays his usual allotment of snaps. … Sutton returned from his two-game absence with a hamstring injury in Week 16 at the Rams and had five catches for 64 yards on seven targets. The Broncos are a mess right now with Nathaniel Hackett getting fired Monday, but Sutton’s role shouldn’t change in Week 17 at Kansas City. Denver will likely be chasing points, and Sutton should be considered a No. 3 Fantasy receivers in all leagues in that matchup. … Gallup scored a touchdown in Week 16 against Philadelphia and now has at least 11 PPR points in three of his past five games. He can be used as a No. 3 Fantasy receiver in all leagues in Week 17 at the Titans, who are No. 2 in most Fantasy points allowed to opposing receivers. … London continues to look like a rising star heading into Week 17 against Arizona. He scored at least 12 PPR points in each of his past three games, and he has at least nine targets and six catches in each outing. In two games with Desmond Ridder, London has 14 catches for 166 yards on 20 targets. He’s worth using as a No. 2 receivers in all leagues against the Cardinals. … Meyers rebounded from his disastrous play in Week 15 at Las Vegas with a strong outing in Week 16 against Cincinnati. He tied Kendrick Bourne for the team lead in receptions (six) while finishing second to Bourne in receiving yards (83) and targets (seven). Meyers also scored a 48-yard touchdown off a deflected pass, and we’ll see how he does in Week 17 against Miami. In Week 1 against the Dolphins, Meyers had four catches for 55 yards on six targets. He’s worth using as a No. 3 receivers in PPR against Miami. And Bourne (2 percent rostered) is worth a flier in deeper leagues since he scored 24 PPR points against the Bengals, although that’s his lone game above nine PPR points all season. … Chark had four catches for 108 yards on five targets in Week 16 at Carolina. He has a favorable matchup in Week 17 against Chicago, and in his past two games in Detroit, Chark had 11 catches for 192 yards and a touchdown against Jacksonville and Minnesota. He’s worth using as a No. 3 Fantasy receivers in all leagues against the Bears.
Week 17 Waiver Priority List
- Injuries: Greg Dulcich (hamstring), Hunter Henry (knee), Jonnu Smith (head), Hayden Hurst (calf), Kylen Granson (ankle) and Will Dissly (knee).
- Check to see if available: Dawson Knox (81 percent), David Njoku (81 percent), Evan Engram (80 percent), Cole Kmet (75 percent) and Tyler Higbee (67 percent). Knox has been a star of late with at least 12 PPR points in three games in a row, including three touchdowns over that span. He’s a must-start tight end in all leagues with an expected shootout coming Monday night at Cincinnati. … Njoku struggled in Week 16 against New Orleans in the snow, but he scored at least 13 PPR points in his first two starts with Deshaun Watson. Njoku should get back on track in Week 17 at Washington after the Commanders struggled to stop George Kittle last week. … Engram is a must-start Fantasy tight end as long as the Jaguars don’t rest him in Week 17 at Houston. He’s scored at least 14 PPR points in four games in a row and is on fire right now with Trevor Lawrence. … Kmet has combined for just 13 PPR points in his past two games against the Eagles and Bills, but he should rebound this week at Detroit. In Week 10 against the Lions, Kmet had four catches for 74 yards and two touchdowns on seven targets. For the season, Detroit is No. 6 in most Fantasy points allowed to opposing tight ends. … Higbee has been fantastic with Baker Mayfield, scoring 42 PPR points in his past two games with 13 catches for 121 yards and three touchdowns on 16 targets. He’s become a must-start Fantasy tight end in all leagues heading into Week 17 against the Chargers.
Week 17 Waiver Priority List
- Giants (29 percent rostered) vs. IND
- Chargers (59 percent rostered) vs. LAR
- Commanders (51 percent rostered) vs. CLE
- Jaguars (22 percent rostered) at HOU
- Falcons (5 percent rostered) vs. ARI
- Younghoe Koo (51 percent rostered) vs. ARI
- Mason Crosby (17 percent rostered) vs. MIN
- Jake Elliott (57 percent rostered) vs. No