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Week 17 Waiver Wire Pickups 2021: Fantasy Football Players You Need to Add for Fantasy Playoffs

Max Staley
Week 17 waiver wire pickups for 2021: fantasy football players you need to add for the playoffs.
Week 17 waiver wire pickups for 2021: fantasy football players you need to add for the playoffs. / Steven Ryan/GettyImages

If you've reached the fantasy championships, hopefully you don't need to make too many waiver wire moves this week. But with injuries and the threat of COVID looming, you may want to load up on some strong waiver wire talent this week.

Here are the top waiver wire pickups for Week 17 (pending Monday Night Football).

Week 17 Waiver Wire

5. Joshua Palmer, WR, Los Angeles Chargers (5% Rostered)

Joshua Palmer stepped up with Mike Williams out in Week 16, turning 6 targets into 5 receptions for 43 yards and a touchdown. Williams appears to be in danger of missing time again this week, and his absence would make Palmer a great start in Week 17. It's always a good idea to target receivers catching passes from someone as talented as Justin Herbert, who is averaging 308.2 passing yards per game since Week 11. For reference, that would be the highest such average in the league, as Tom Brady currently leads the NFL at 305.3 passing yards per game this season.

4. Rex Burkhead, RB, Houston Texans (14% Rostered)

Rex Burkhead was an absolute beast in Week 16, dropping 28.9 PPR points. If you had the guts to start him last week, you're probably playing for the championship in Week 17. He doesn't draw the most appealing matchup this week, facing the San Francisco 49ers, but the man saw 24 opportunities on Sunday. He's a solid FLEX option if you're in a pinch. Plus, the surprising recent play of Davis Mills should only help Burkhead's efficiency.

3. KJ Osborn, WR, Minnesota Vikings (34% Rostered)

Adam Thielen's ankle issues flared up again on Sunday, and KJ Osborn wasted no time taking advantage. The wideout turned 7 targets into 5 catches for 68 yards and a touchdown. If Thielen is out, Osborn should be a legit WR3 option again this week. The Vikings will be facing the Packers, who are hefty 6.5-point favorites. That should lead to a ton of passing attempts for Kirk Cousins as Minnesota likely plays catch-up. Osborn is a great start if Thielen can't get right by Sunday.

2. Dare Ogunbowale, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars (1% Rostered)

Dare Ogunbowale looks poised to shoulder a huge load the rest of the way now that James Robinson has torn his Achilles. We got a taste of that in Week 16, as Ogunbowale handled 21 opportunities for 73 yards from scrimmage against the New York Jets. It's entirely possible that we're looking at a 25-touch game from Ogunbowale as Carlos Hyde won't be active either. How effective he'll be with those touches is another story, as he'll be facing the New England Patriots' defense. But you can't ignore that volume. Ogunbowale should be a legit RB2 option this week.

1. Boston Scott, RB, Philadelphia Eagles (15% Rostered)

Miles Sanders broke his hand and will miss Week 17. This thrusts backups like Boston Scott into the forefront of a prolific rushing attack. Philadelphia has rushed for at least 200 yards on the ground in four of its last six games, and the Eagles are also averaging 31.3 points per game over their last three. Scott should see plenty of opportunities against the Washington Football Team, who just got absolutely demolished by the Dallas Cowboys. Scott is the best waiver add of the week, and is a must-add RB for Sanders managers.

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