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Fantasy Football Week 17 Cheat Sheet: Deep Sleepers To Grab The Waiver Wire


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    Week 17 of the 2022 NFL season is championship week for most fantasy football folks.

    If you’re still looking for waiver wire advice, there’s a good chance you’re going for the crown this weekend. If you’re not in the championship fight but you’re still playing the season, hats off to you for messing up the tape.

    The stakes are as high as ever, so let’s not increase the savings. Let’s move on to plug-and-play streamers that are available in more than 50 percent of Yahoo leagues and can lead your team to championship glory, according to FantasyPros.

Brock Purdy, QB, San Francisco 49ers (42 Percent Roster)


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

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    Purdy’s fantasy appeal is similar to his NFL appearance.

    It probably won’t win your match, but if your quarterbacks deliver, it will provide enough stability that you have a great chance of succeeding.

    His ceiling was somewhat capped by San Francisco’s rushing volume, but his three starts scored six goals against an interception. He is the ninth highest-rated fantasy quarterback in the process, according to FantasyPros.

    However, it could line up for his most productive outing to date, as he faces a Las Vegas Raiders defense that gives quarterbacks the seventh-most fantasy points, according to Yahoo.

Zack Moss, RB, Indianapolis Colts (44 Percent Squad)


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

    Michael Allio/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

    If you want a burst or fall game in this position, Moss is probably not your target of choice. Maybe in that case you’d go with Chuba Hubbard.

    If you’re looking for more security though, then Moss is your man.

    With Jonathan Taylor out of the game (ankle), Moss became Indy’s preferred option in the floor game. The Colts have made 57 offensive attempts in the last two weeks, and Moss has handled 36 of them.

    He has yet to find the finish zone, but 36 moves equals 36 moves, and 146 offensive yards in a two-game span is no small feat for a pennant.

Jahan Dotson, WR, Washington Commanders (36 Percent Squad)


    EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - DEC 04: Washington Commanders #1 Jahan Dotson scored 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: Al Bello/Getty Images)

    Al Bello/Getty Images

    There are far worse strategies for the waiver wire than getting hot hands. And few hands are as hot as Doston’s.

    The rookie first-round player finishes his first NFL campaign on top marks. Each of his last three outs has produced over 50 return yards and a touchdown.

    Since Week 13, it’s holding up well for a standard fantasy score of 13.8 per game, according to FantasyPros. This is the sixth highest average score in the position.

    The Cleveland Browns aren’t the easiest matchup and Carson Wentz isn’t the most reliable quarterback, but Dotson is too good to not recommend him right now.

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