Fantasy Football 2015: Week 17 Key Matchups
Taking a Look at the Week 17 Waiver Wire Trends and Favorable Matchups
December 30, 2015
Wednesday means it’s time for us to check out the fantasy football waiver wire and see if there are any promising matchups mixed in with the games ahead. We’ve got a few notable pickups for this Week 17 edition, so let’s take a closer look at the numbers and see who you should be targeting.
Nate Washington, WR, Houston Texans: Numbers-wise, Washington’s matchup is just okay, but that hardly matters. He is coming off 42 yards and a score on three catches in Week 16, and has 26 targets in his last four appearances combined.
The Jaguars are a middle-of-the-road team against opposing wide receivers this season, but now that they’re out of the playoffs they should be more permissive. Washington is a nice low-level WR pickup.
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Sam Bradford, QB, Philadelphia Eagles: The Eagles will reportedly be using their normal starters this weekend against the Giants, which is good news for fantasy owners. (You might want to keep an eye on that this week, however, since Chip Kelly just got fired yesterday.) Bradford has two straight games under his belt with at least 17.6 fantasy points, a mark he hit in Week 16 against the Redskins.
Bradford gets a cupcake matchup against the leaky Giants secondary in Week 17 and should put up some good numbers.
Tennessee Titans Defense: The Titans are pretty useless on defense most weeks, speaking from a fantasy perspective. They put up just two points against the Texans in their last game and haven’t gotten over six points since Week 11.
That said, the Titans will face off against an inept and injured Colts offense this weekend, and we’re not expecting the scoreboard to light up on either side. Should be a low-scoring game.
Travaris Cadet, RB, New Orleans Saints: Want to dig deep for a running back? Check out Cadet. He put up 13.5 fantasy points against Jacksonville last week, logging three catches on five targets for 69 yards and a touchdown.
Cadet is pretty far off the radar among fantasy owners, but he could come up with some decent points this weekend. He’ll be in Atlanta facing a Falcons defense that’s been porous against opposing running backs.
Pierre Thomas, RB, Washington Redskins: Thomas is pretty far down the totem pole as far as fantasy pickups go as well, but he could break out this weekend. He logged 8.9 fantasy points last weekend against the Eagles and should see more work on Sunday.
Thomas will see the Cowboys, who have given up the 6th most fantasy points to opposing running backs this season. With the division all wrapped, up the Redskins will probably let him carry the load.
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