Week 17 Waiver Wire: Free Agents Who Will Help Fantasy Owners to One Final Win

Ben ChodosCorrespondent IIDecember 24, 2012

Week 17 fantasy football matchups are always chaotic, and owners will likely be scrambling to replace consistent starters who will be rested in the regular season’s final slate of games.

Anyone who has relied on an Atlanta Falcon to achieve fantasy success this year should be diligently paying attention to the wavier wire this week.

Atlanta has clinched the No. 1 seed in the NFC and will likely try to avoid injuries by keeping their best players on the sidelines.

Here are the free agents who can plug holes in fantasy owners’ rosters for Week 17.

Note: fantasy statistics courtesy of ESPN.


DuJuan Harris, RB, Green Bay Packers

The Packers went on a run to the Super Bowl when James Starks helped the team’s running game experience a late revival. In Harris, Green Bay just may have a player it can rely on to run the ball effectively in the playoffs.

Harris has started to earn his way into the Packers’ offensive game plan in recent weeks, and he will continue his success this weekend against the Minnesota Vikings.

He has yet to come through with a truly impressive performance, but he has gotten into the end zone twice in the past three weeks.

The Packers will try to keep pressure off of Aaron Rodgers against the Vikings, as they are already in the playoffs. This will lead to a heavy dose of the running game and the best game of Harris’ career.


Dennis Pitta, TE, Baltimore Ravens

After a monster performance against the Denver Broncos in Week 15, Pitta became a popular player on the waiver wire. However, he is still owned in just 44.7 percent of ESPN leagues.

While he did not equal his two-touchdown outing this week against the New York Giants, the Ravens passing game is picking up momentum after the 33-14 victory.

Joe Flacco will be looking to get in rhythm before the playoffs when the Ravens take on the Cincinnati Bengals next week, and he will look towards his big tight end.

Pitta is a viable fantasy starter for Week 17.


Santana Moss, WR, Washington Redskins

Robert Griffin III is gearing up for the most important game of his life, and given how well he has played this season, he is unlikely to disappoint.

The Redskins will play the Dallas Cowboys next week for the NFC East title, and Griffin will be looking Moss’ way in order to pull through with a victory.

The veteran Washington wideout got into the end zone this past weekend and also scored the last time he faced the Cowboys. With an incredible amount of pressure on the Redskins, veterans like Moss will be counted on to play well.

The matchup and the circumstances for Moss’ upcoming game suggest that he will have a productive day, and he is owned in just 38.6 percent of ESPN leagues.