Week 17 Waiver Wire: Pickups That Will Help You Win the Championship Game

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Week 17 Waiver Wire: Pickups That Will Help You Win the Championship Game
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Congratulations to those of you that have reached your fantasy football championship game. In most instances, you are likely going up against another formidable opponent.

Your team may not have the fantasy power to overcome as it currently stands, but I've got a short list of players who may be available on your waiver wire.

These guys are set up for beastly performances in the NFL regular season finale. If you're dissatisfied with the player at their position, snatch these guys up as soon as possible.

 

Michael Vick

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What a roller coaster season this has been for Vick. He began the year as the starter, and the Philadelphia Eagles got off to a 3-1 start. He struggled, got injured and the Eagles lost eight games in a row.

After losing his starting job to rookie Nick Foles, he is in position to start what will likely be he and Andy Reid's final game as members of the Eagles' organization, per Allentown Morning Call.

Both men could be auditioning for jobs elsewhere in 2013. The motivation to shine is clearly there.

Judging by the last three weeks, the ideal opponent is in place as well. The New York Giants have allowed 31.3 points per game in that span. Opposing quarterbacks have thrown for an average of 311 yards with two touchdowns per game.

Vick has a ton of pride, he's a gamer and his teammates like him. Expect to see a spirited performance as the Eagles play spoiler to the Giants' dim playoff hopes.

Vick is going to go off for a big game.

 

Kahlil Bell

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Matt Forte's status has been upgraded to probable, per ESPN, so Bell won't start, but he will take over Michael Bush's role as the power back on the Chicago Bears' depth chart.

Forte suffered an ankle injury in the Week 16 win over the Arizona Cardinals, so it is even possible Bell sees more than just short-yardage carries. Armando Allen didn't practice and is listed as questionable, so the Bears may only have two running backs available.

Bell was picked up by the Bears on December 18, per CBS Chicago, after Bush was placed on IR. This is Bell's third stint with the Bears, so he knows the system and blocking assignments.

The Bears face the Detroit Lions in a must-win situation, and stopping the run has been a major issue for Detroit. Teams have been averaging 116.3 yards per game on the ground against them this season.

The Bears ran for 171 yards against them in Week 7.

Look for Bell to get some carries inside the 5-yard line. This would normally be Bush's area of operation, so Bell will inherit the responsibility—especially with Forte playing on a tender ankle.

This division matchup figures to be a grind. The Bears don't have a dependable vertical threat, and the Lions are weak against the run. It is the natural area of the Lions defense for the Bears to attack.

Look for Bell and Forte to have solid games. If Bell gets the touches close to the goalie—as I expect—he will pay off at a flex position for you in Week 17.

 

Terrelle Pryor

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This is a gamble, but the pay-off could be huge. I'd especially recommend Pryor in leagues that allow two starting quarterbacks.

He has been tabbed as the starter for the Oakland Raiders in their season finale against the San Diego Chargers, per USA Today.

There will be a ton of pressure on him—even though the game means nothing. Pryor is getting his first career start, and a solid performance could springboard him into contention for a higher spot on the depth chart in 2013—maybe even as the starter.

We all know about his tremendous athletic ability. From a fantasy standpoint, that is the first quality that makes him intriguing. What some may not realize is that he also has a decent arm.

He hasn't had the opportunity to show it in the NFL, but after spending more than a year learning the position, Pryor is ready to surprise some people with his Week 17 performance.

Teams haven't had an opportunity to study his weaknesses, and that will play in his favor. The Chargers haven't played against many mobile quarterbacks this season, but Cam Newton did light up Qualcomm Stadium for 297 yards and two touchdowns in Week 16.

Pryor is similar to Newton physically. If he can produce nearly as much fantasy success as Newton did Sunday, the believers will be thrilled.

If you are in a two-quarterback lead, or you had Carson Palmer, Pryor could be a steal in Week 17.

 

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