Heading into Super Bowl showdowns for many fantasy leagues, it’s probably not a good time to say this is the weakest week for waiver options throughout the entire season. But that’s exactly what we have. Outside of an opportunity opening up in San Diego because of anther collarbone injury to Ryan Mathews, there’s really nothing to discuss at running back if this is your final week of action.
Our best chances for help come from defense and possibly rookie receiver Rod Streater as the Raiders figure to play from behind in Carolina.
QB. Sam Bradford -
Bradford failed to make my Week 16 quarterback ranking list this week. However, he does have a terrific matchup and could be a surprise low-end QB1 this week. If you’re in need of a quarterback and Russell Wilson is already picked up off your waiver wire, go with Bradford in what should be one of his better performances of the season.
RB. Jackie Battle -
With running back Edwin Baker promoted from the practice squad, I have to feel like Ronnie Brown won’t be active this week as he battles back from a hamstring injury. At this point, he still has a chance to play. With Ryan Mathews done for the season with another collarbone injury, Battle has a chance to be the main option in the running game.
While the Jets have played well on defense over the past three weeks, it’s not like they will be running away from the Chargers on the scoreboard. So expect San Diego to run the football throughout the game.
WR. Rod Streater -
With Danarius Moore struggling and losing time in the offense as a result, it’s been Rod Streater that has benefited. We know Darrius Heyward-Bey is an inconsistent option in the passing game. With Streater playing well, it might be worth using the rookie as the Panthers will likely focus their attention on Moore and Darren McFadden as players to take away.
WR. Brandon Gibson -
Situation is the reason I have Gibson down this week as the Rams will face the Buccaneers' pathetic pass defense. With Danny Amendola coming back last week, we should keep Gibson’s value suppressed as a flex play option, but because of the matchup, he could quietly put up low-end WR2 production this week.
WR. Jason Avant -
Nick Foles will continue to look Avant’s way, as the Redskins are likely to give up yardage through the air. Expect Washington to force turnovers. They should put some pressure on Foles because of Philadelphia’s poor offensive line. Still, this should be a good game for Avant to rack up the yardage as the Eagles play from behind.
TE. Dennis Pitta -
The Ravens are having a hard time getting the football in Torrey Smith’s hands and as a result, it seems Dennis Pitta is benefiting. Look for Pitta to remain active against the Giants in what should be a game close to what we saw when the Ravens played the Redskins a few weeks ago.
D. Redskins Defense -
The Eagles will continue to roll with Nick Foles and if you happened to watch their pathetic performance against the Bengals last week, you should be excited about starting the Redskins defense. Washington dominated Foles and the Eagles' ground game in their matchup just before Thanksgiving—and should have start-worthy success this week.
D. Panthers Defense -
Carolina was terrific against the Chargers as they brought the pressure on Philip Rivers throughout the game and held Danario Alexander without a reception. Playing against the Raiders at home, you can count on turnovers and sacks as Oakland figures to play from behind.