The biggest key for fantasy football owners who are preparing for championship games in Week 17 is making sure to leave no stone unturned. A roster isn't perfect just because it was good enough to reach the finals.
It's important for owners to scour the waiver wire just as much this week as they have for the last 16. After all, one good move can be the difference between celebrating a title and coming up a couple points short after four months of work.
With that in mind, let's take a glance at some promising flex options for Week 17. While none of them are big names, they are all capable of providing solid performances to bolster a fantasy lineup.
1. Montell Owens
Injuries to Maurice Jones-Drew and Rashad Jennings paved the way to more playing time for Owens. The Jacksonville Jaguars running back responded with an 11 fantasy points last week, giving him a total of 31 over the past three games.
The undrafted Maine product, who made a name for himself on special teams, should be in line for another game as the feature back in the finale. Given the versatility he illustrated last week, he's a strong fantasy play, especially in PPR leagues.
Owens also benefits from a terrific matchup against the Tennessee Titans, who are giving up nearly 130 yards per game on the ground. They have also given up 16 rushing touchdowns, the fifth most in the league. That adds up to make Owens a strong sleeper.
2. Danario Alexander
Owners who stuck with Alexander after his scoreless Week 15 were rewarded with a solid bounce-back performance. He racked up 12 point against the New York Jets, which means he's cracked the double-digit barrier five times in the last seven games.
Alexander has emerged as Philip Rivers' top big-play target over the past few months. His ability to make plays downfield has made him one of the few valuable fantasy options on an offense that is riddled with major disappointments.
The trend should continue against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday. The Raiders rank in the middle of the pack against the pass and have allowed 26 touchdown passes in 15 games. Another double-digit showing from Alexander is a good bet.
Which of these players will have the best Week 17?
3. Montario Hardesty
Trent Richardson's playing status remains up in the air due to an ankle injury, but it's hard to imagine the Cleveland Browns pushing the talented rookie too hard for a meaningless game. Hardesty should receive an extended look instead.
The 2010 second-round pick is averaging 4.6 yards per carry in limited action this season. He's always possessed enough talent to make an impact, but an injury during the preseason of his rookie year knocked him out and down the depth chart.
Knowing he has a chance to prove his worth heading into the offseason, owners can expect an inspired effort from him. The same probably can't be said for the Pittsburgh Steelers defense he'll be facing, after the team was eliminated from playoff contention last week.