The 2012 fantasy football season is in its waning hours, and no fantasy owner wants to end the year with a loss.
However, Week 17 matchups always come with chaotic conditions, and a few of the most reliable players will be useless this season as their team’s playoff spots are already set.
The Atlanta Falcons, Indianapolis Colts and Cincinnati Bengals will all remain in their current spot in the standings regardless of this weekend’s results.
There are still viable options on the waiver wire, though, and fantasy owners who are looking at holes in their roster should consider these three players.
Note: fantasy statistics courtesy of ESPN.
Montell Owens, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jaguars running back situation has been in turmoil since Maurice Jones-Drew went down, and the team reported via Twitter that the star rusher will not return for the final game of the season.
Maurice Jones- Drew is having surgery today in Charlotte and will be out until probably May. #Jaguars— Jacksonville Jaguars (@jaguars) December 28, 2012
Rashad Jennings failed to impress in MJD’s absence and Jalen Parmele was unable to stay healthy. This left the door open for Owens, and he has received double-digit carries in each of the past three weeks.
Owens will have an excellent chance to improve his standing on next year’s depth chart with a decent workload against the Tennessee Titans’ mediocre run defense.
The veteran back is in an ideal situation to have a productive fantasy performance in Week 17, and he is currently owned in just 18.4 percent of ESPN leagues.
Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks
Wilson has 61 fantasy points in ESPN standard scoring leagues in the past two weeks, yet he is only owned in 44.8 percent of leagues.
For anyone whose quarterback faces a difficult matchup or is in danger of being sit down early in Week 17, picking up Wilson is an easy decision to make.
No team is the NFL is as hot as the Seahawks right now, and the team is in contention for a first-round bye. If Seattle beats the St. Louis Rams, and the San Francisco 49ers and the Green Bay Packers both lose, Pete Carroll’s team will end up with the No. 2 seed.
This will provide Wilson with plenty of motivation to turn in another spectacular performance, and fantasy owners who give the rookie a chance this week will not regret their decision.
Greg Little, WR, Cleveland Browns
Little has ranked either first or second in targets for the Browns in each of the past three games. During this stretch, he has 14 catches for 201 yards and a touchdown.
While these are not eye-popping statistics, they are solid and consistent numbers. Little is owned in just 14.3 percent of ESPN leagues, and he is an excellent option for fantasy owners looking to fill out their receiving corps.
Cleveland may be taking on the Pittsburgh Steelers’ tough defense this week, but the Browns beat their AFC North rivals when the two teams met earlier in the season, and Pat Shurmur’s team will not lie down in this matchup.
Little is likely available and he will be a smart addition for fantasy owners in need of another wideout.