Fantasy Football Week 17 Waiver Wire Gems: Shaun Hill to the Rescue

Kevin RobertsSenior Writer IDecember 29, 2010

Hill is back and ready to help your fantasy team.
Hill is back and ready to help your fantasy team.Rick Stewart/Getty Images

It all comes down to this.

Outside of fantasy football playoff games online, this is the final week in the 2010 fantasy football season, which either has you competing for respectability in a third-place game or putting it all on the line for the league championship.

The question is, with one week to go, are you set with the guys on your fantasy roster, or are you questioning matchups or how your current lineup looks?

Perhaps some of your guys are on teams that have clinched a playoff spot or their division, and you’re concerned about their availability, as some teams rest their star players.

Fear not, as we have you covered for one final week of our Waiver Wire Pickups. Remember, all of our guys should be able to help you this week and are available in no less than 51 percent of all standard fantasy football leagues (using Yahoo! Sports leagues as a reference).


Shaun Hill, QB, Detroit Lions (Available in 88 percent of all standard leagues)

Hill returned in Week 16 to throw two scores and no picks and gets a very beatable Minnesota Vikings pass defense at home to end the season. Hill is Detroit’s pick over Drew Stanton, and with Matthew Stafford almost certainly not being brought back for one last game, Hill looks like the best bet on the waiver wire.

Tim Tebow and Matt Hasselbeck aren’t terrible options going into the final week, but Hill is our top guy at quarterback that’s available in most fantasy leagues.


Rex Grossman, QB, Washington Redskins (95 percent)

Grossman came back down to earth after his 300-plus-yard, four-touchdown effort in Week 15, but he still threw a touchdown and helped lead the Redskins to a win. Grossman gets a shaky New York Giants defense at home to end the season, and while the tide could turn for the worse with New York’s intermittently dominant pass rush, the potential is there for a solid outing.


Correll Buckhalter, RB, Denver Broncos (96 percent)

With Knowshon Moreno dealing with injuries and uncertain for Week 17, Buckhalter holds solid value going into Denver’s final game of the season. He’s not likely to be more than a Flex play at this point, but considering how good San Diego’s pass defense can be, it’s likely Denver tries to run the ball more than usual at home against the Chargers. Moreno’s status severely impacts Buckhalter’s value for this week, however, so stay updated.


John Kuhn, RB, Green Bay Packers (98 percent)

Although he’s a true fullback, Kuhn has been doing it all, regardless of what position he’s taking on. His latest set of accomplishments was three scores (two rushing, one receiving) in a 45-17 romp against the Giants, raising his constantly changing fantasy value once again.

Kuhn isn’t an elite fantasy option, but he seems to always get the job done when Green Bay puts the ball in his hands. He’s now scored four times in the past two weeks. Don’t expect the Packers to stop using him anytime soon, as he’ll likely need to come up big with a must-win game against the Chicago Bears to end the season.


Danny Amendola, WR, St. Louis Rams (56 percent)

Amendola isn’t a huge yardage or touchdown beast, but in PPR leagues he holds excellent value. He has 83 receptions on the season, while also racking up 18 catches in the past three games. With a huge showdown for the division title against the Seattle Seahawks, bank on Amendola remaining heavily involved in the passing attack.


Jacoby Jones, WR, Houston Texans (62 percent)

Jones may have finally realized his potential in Houston’s offense in Week 16, as he caught five balls for a career-high 115 receiving yards. Jones has been solid over the past few weeks and figures to cap the season on a high note against a deflated and vulnerable Jaguars defense.


Jordy Nelson, WR, Green Bay Packers (98 percent)

It may be the four catches, 124 yards and touchdown talking, but we see something we like in this Jordy Nelson kid in Green Bay. While he did put up a monster game, including an 80 yard touchdown catch and run, there was already enough talent to imagine this type of breakout performance eventually. With the season on the line at home against the Bears, don’t be shocked if Aaron Rodgers puts Nelson to use early.


Owen Daniels, TE, Houston Texans (53 percent)

Daniels continued his late-season surge with eight catches for 73 yards and a score. It was his third solid game in as many contests. With a good matchup against the Jaguars, look for Daniels and the rest of the Texans offense to end the season on a good note.


Jimmy Graham, TE, New Orleans Saints (94 percent)

You can no longer ignore Jimmy Graham. While the Saints passing offense still spreads the ball around a ton, Graham has now scored three times in his past two outings and has racked up 13 receptions over his past four games. It’s what he’s doing with his opportunities that counts, however. He’s out there on the waiver wire in a ton of leagues, so if you need tight end help, he could be a good source of points to end the season.