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Waiver Wire Advice: Week Seventeen

We cover some of the hot names on the majority of dynasty league waiver wires each week for our premium content members.  These players will likely be owned in a great minority of dynasty leagues.  We won’t waste your time with bigger names who are likely owned in your league and also don’t cover names we’ve already mentioned in the past.

We’re simply going to cover some players who could be targets this week if you have an open roster spot and are willing to throw a dart and hope to get lucky.

Just remember one very important thing – you’re in a dynasty league, not a re-draft league. Don’t get too enamored by the one hit wonders and drop your young projects in a quest to find lightning in a bottle. Savvy dynasty league owners will tell you the best players on the wire each and every year end up being the ones dropped by impatient owners, not the ones who suddenly break out. Again, we won’t repeat any names here, so check out the names we’ve already mentioned at the bottom of this list.

One caveat if you haven’t been following this column this season.  This is quite honestly the single worst season I can remember on the waiver wire. When you look at the laundry list of names, it’s not exactly an all-pro cast. There have been a few worthy picks (Cecil Shorts, Danario Alexander, Marcel Reece, Daryl Richardson, Andre Brown, Bryce Brown before the season, etc.), but not many players have emerged this year. It’s got skinnier by the week remember to check out the long laundry list of prior suggestions at the bottom.  We’re simply not going to make a list full of non-worthy players just for fun – you guys are serious players, so we try not to waste your time. We didn’t even have anyone worthy last week.

It’s the final week of the season in some leagues and it’s the post-season in some others. We’ll focus on some players who could help this week and a couple who could be future darts this week.

Prior suggestions from previous weeks this season in order of when they were recommended from latest to earliest. By request, we’re going to bold out the names of players worth keeping in most leagues. Most of the rest are either candidates to drop or only worth keeping in deeper leagues.

1.) Randy Moss, WR SF

With Mario Manningham out for the year, the 49ers will have no choice but to get Moss more involved. He’s far from the same player, but if you’re really desperate and want to throw a dart, go for it.

2.) Matt Flynn, QB SEA

Rumors are swirling that Flynn may not be retained beyond this season by the Seahawks with the emergence of Russell Wilson. If he hits the open market, he could compete for a starting job next year. Was he dumped in your league?

3.) Delanie Walker, TE SF

With Vernon Davis questionable, Walker could get all the tight end snaps this week against Arizona. Don’t expect much since Davis can’t even produce in this offense, but remember that Walker is a free agent at the end of the season.

4.) Josh Johnson, QB CLE

He was signed by the Browns this week after hanging out on the street for most of the season. While he’s probably just up for a cup of coffee, he has shown flashes in the past. If the Browns decide to stick with Weeden and keep Johnson, he may have more value than Colt McCoy.

5.) Jordan Shipley, WR JAX

Shipley’s name is worth mentioning again now that he’s on a new team and has an opportunity because of injuries.  He was targeted ten times last week and had five catches for 82 yards – he’s worth thinking about for truly desperate teams out there in PPR leagues.

6.) Jerrell Jackson, WR JAX

This is really throwing a dart here, but Jackson was signed off the practice squad this week with Cecil Shorts on IR. He shouldn’t sniff any lineups, but he could show something in week seventeen.

Kris Durham, WR DET
Armon Binns, WR MIA
Brain Hoyer, QB ARI
Mike Thomas, WR DET
Jeremy Stewart, RB OAK
Graham Harrell, QB GB
Tiquan Underwood, WR TB
Cole Beasley, WR DAL (only if Bryant is out)
Knowshon Moreno, RB DEN
Jalen Parmele, RB JAX
Garrett Graham, TE HOU
Kevin Smith, RB DET
Plaxico Burress, WR FA
Charlie Batch, QB PIT
Jarius Wright, WR MIN
Greg McElroy, QB NYJ
Justin Forsett, RB HOU (if you’re a Foster owner)
Joe Webb, QB MIN
Montell Owens, RB JAX 

Lance Dunbar, RB DAL
Marcel Reece, RB OAK
Taiwan Jones, RB OAK
Travaris Cadet, RB NO
Emmanuel Sanders, WR PIT
Danario Alexander, WR SD
Logan Paulsen, TE WAS
Josh Morgan, WR WAS
Clyde Gates, WR NYJ
Johnny White, RB GB
Ryan Broyles, WR DET
Chris Cooley, TE WAS
Jonas Gray, RB MIA
Vontaze Burfict, LB CIN
Santana Moss, WR WAS
Vincent Brown SD
Brady Quinn, QB KC
LaRod Stephens Howling, RB ARI
Alex Green, RB GB
Shaun Draughn, RB KC
Nick Foles, QB PHI
Jordan Norwood, WR CLE
DJ Williams, TE GB
Kirk Cousins, QB WAS
Montario Hardesty, RB CLE
Cedric Peerman, RB CIN
Felix Jones, RB DAL
Phillip Tanner, RB DAL
Derek Hagan, WR OAK
Marlon Moore, WR MIA
Josh Cooper, WR CLE
Ricky Stanzi, QB KC
Dannell Ellerbe, LB BAL
Brandon Bolden, RB NE
Jackie Battle, RB SD
Chaz Schilens, WR NYJ
William Powell, RB ARI
Jonathan Grimes, RB NYJ
Russell Allen, LB JAX
Domenik Hixon, WR NYG
Joique Bell, RB DET
Ramses Barden, WR NYG
Jordan Cameron, TE CLE
Tashard Choice, RB BUF
LaVon Brazill, IND
Jeremy Kerley, WR NYJ
Kevin Elliott, WR JAX
Shaun Hill, QB DET
Andre Brown, RB NYG
Julian Edelman, WR NE
Brandon Myers, TE OAK
Chad Henne, QB JAX
Jacoby Jones, WR BAL
Damaris Johnson, WR PHI
Ryan Grant, RB FA
Kevin Ogletree, WR DAL
Dexter McCluster, RB/WR KC
TJ Graham, WR BUF
Aldrick Robinson, WR WAS
Daryl Richardson, RB STL
Donald Jones, WR BUF
Andrew Hawkins, WR CIN
Ryan Lindley, QB ARI
Chris Rainey, RB PIT
Cecil Shorts, WR JAX
Colt McCoy, QB CLE
Tarvaris Jackson, QB BUF
Brandon Gibson, WR STL
Anthony Allen, RB BAL

Ken Kelly
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