Fantasy Football Week 17 Cheat Sheet: Deep Sleepers to Grab on Waiver Wire

Zach Buckley@@ZachBuckleyNBAFeatured Columnist IVDecember 29, 2022

Fantasy Football Week 17 Cheat Sheet: Deep Sleepers to Grab on Waiver Wire

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    SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 24: Jahan Dotson #1 of the Washington Commanders makes a catch in the end zone for a touchdown in the second quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium on December 24, 2022 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
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    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)

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    SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 24: Brock Purdy #13 of the San Francisco 49ers warms up before the game against the Washington Commanders at Levi's Stadium on December 24, 2022 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
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    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)

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    INDIANAPOLIS, IN - DECEMBER 26: Indianapolis Colts running back Zack Moss (21) looks to the sideline during the NFL football game between the Los Angeles Chargers and the Indianapolis Colts on December 26, 2022, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Allio/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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    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)

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - DECEMBER 04: Jahan Dotson #1 of the Washington Commanders scores a touchdown in the fourth quarter of a game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on December 04, 2022 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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    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.

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