Fantasy Football Week 17 Cheat Sheet: Deep Sleepers to Grab on Waiver Wire
Week 17 of the 2022 NFL season is championship week for most fantasy football folks.
If you're still seeking out waiver-wire advice, there's a good chance you're going for the crown this weekend. If you aren't in championship contention but are playing out the season anyway, hats of to you for running through the tape.
The stakes are as high as ever, so let's not belabor the buildup. Let's just get right to the plug-and-play streamers—available in 50-plus percent of Yahoo leagues, per FantasyPros—who could steer your squad to championship glory.
Brock Purdy, QB, San Francisco 49ers (42 Percent Rostered)
Purdy's fantasy appeal is similar to his NFL outlook.
He probably won't win you your matchup, but he'll give enough stability at the spot that if your playmakers deliver, you'll have a great shot at success.
His ceiling is capped a bit by San Francisco's rushing volume, but his three starts have yielded six touchdown passes against one interception. He is the ninth-highest scoring fantasy quarterback over this stretch, per FantasyPros.
He could, however, be in line for his most productive outing to date, as he'll face off against a Las Vegas Raiders defense allowing the seventh-most fantasy points to quarterbacks, per Yahoo.
Zack Moss, RB, Indianapolis Colts (44 Percent Rostered)
If you want a boom-or-bust play at this position, Moss probably isn't your preferred target. Maybe go with Chuba Hubbard in that case.
If you're seeking more security, though, then Moss is your man.
With Jonathan Taylor out of the picture (ankle), Moss has become Indy's preferred option in the ground game. The Colts have attempted 57 rushes over the last two weeks, and Moss has handled 36 of them.
He hasn't found the end zone yet, but 36 carries are 36 carries—and 146 rushing yards in a two-game stretch is nothing to sneeze at for a streamer.
Jahan Dotson, WR, Washington Commanders (36 Percent Rostered)
There are far worse strategies for the waiver wire than riding the hot hand. And few hands are hotter than Doston's.
The rookie first-rounder is ending his initial NFL campaign on the highest of high notes. Each of his last three outings has produced better than 50 receiving yards and a touchdown catch.
Since Week 13, he's been good for 13.8 standard fantasy points per game, per FantasyPros. That's the sixth-highest scoring average at the position.
The Cleveland Browns aren't the easiest matchup, and Carson Wentz isn't the most reliable quarterback, but Dotson is in too good of a groove right now to not recommend him.