Many fantasy football leagues wrapped up in Week 16, but for some, the last week of the regular season is also the last week of the fantasy season. Whether managers find themselves fighting for their league's equivalent of the Super Bowl or not, here are three potential waiver wire pickups that are sure to deliver in Week 17.
QB Michael Vick, Philadelphia Eagles
Vick and the Eagles have had a rough go of things in 2012 but the same can be said of their final opponent.
In three of his nine games played this season, Vick threw for more than 300 yards and has rushed for a total of 307 on the year. Philly plays the New York Giants in the season finale, which is not as troublesome as it may seem.
The Giants own the NFL's No. 28 passing defense and have been outscored 77-14 in the past two games alone. Vick isn't as talented as Matt Ryan but he should perform well if Joe Flacco can against this defense.
In Philadelphia's first meeting with its New York rivals this year, Vick and the Eagles won 19-17 in part thanks to 241-yard and one TD performance from the QB.
Both Ryan and Flacco threw for a combined five touchdowns and no interceptions against the G-Men. Considering that Vick knows the Giants defense well and the Giants are on a skid, he makes for a great pickup and starter for the last week of the season.
TE Ben Watson, Cleveland Browns
The Browns are likely to start Thad Lewis at quarterback and Montario Hardesty at running back, which is less than ideal for Watson.
Still, the Browns are facing a Pittsburgh Steelers team that surrendered five catches, 48 yards and a touchdown to the Dallas Cowboys' Jason Witten in Week 15.
While those may not be great fantasy numbers—and Watson is certainly not Witten—the former still has a good shot at being a solid points-per-reception option here. Lewis is making his first NFL start and inexperienced QBs love passing to the tight end.
The fact that the Steelers gave up a combined 61 points to Dallas and San Diego in two of the past three weeks is also encouraging. Again, don't expect a monster performance here, but Watson could sneak into the endzone and produce some solid PPR numbers.
RB Ryan Grant, Green Bay Packers
He's never been a great option at running back in fantasy but Ryan Grant is probably the best running back option available in most leagues at this point.
The Vikings are Green Bay's regular season finale opponent and Minnesota does rank No. 13 against the run. It's not a picture perfect matchup for Grant, but then again, if it was then he'd probably be owned by now in a whole lot of leagues.
If Jared Allen and Minnesota's defense has to focus on Green Bay's passing game then that will open things up for Grant on the ground. He's not a slam dunk start but due to how late in the season it is, Grant is as good an option that anyone can pick up and start.