Fantasy Football Waiver Wire: TE - Week 17

by Tim Heaney on December 29, 2011 @ 13:05:26 PDT


If you are serious about winning your fantasy league football championship, stay on top of your fantasy football team throughout the year.

Each week during the NFL fantasy football season, KFFL brings you its Fantasy Football Waiver Wire, which breaks down players to pick up. Be aggressive when picking up fantasy football free agents. Even if you do not need a player, you can tuck him away for depth or block others from adding him to their fantasy football team.

Note: Percentage of polled leagues in which player is available in parentheses

Fantasy football free agents: One-week plays

The following fantasy football pickups are for those who need injury or bye week replacements. They are not players you immediately acquire - unless your team is in dire straights. Some have, however, shown some life and should be followed in case they materialize as options beyond their temporary use.

Marcedes Lewis, Jacksonville Jaguars (82 percent)

Marcedes Lewis, TE, Jacksonville Jaguars
Lewis stands out

Lewis has been targeted a combined eight times over the last two weeks, having caught four of them. In fact, since his combined 23 looks in Weeks 11 and 12, he has just 19 over the last four games. Blaine Gabbert's passing this season has squashed any hope among Jacksonville's receiving targets.

In Week 17 the Jags face the Indianapolis Colts, who are on the cusp of "earning" the No. 1 pick in the 2012 draft. Indy has allowed 8.0 receptions, 77.3 catches and 0.75 touchdowns per game to the tight end position in the last four weeks. Lewis is, sadly, the receiving option with the most upside, so expect Gabbert to take advantage of this matchup.

Evan Moore, Cleveland Browns (98 percent)

Since Benjamin Watson (concussion) was placed on Injured Reserve, Moore has taken the lead at the position. He wasn't targeted in Week 15, but on seven looks in Week 16 he went 5-35-1. The 6-foot-6, 250-pounder has red zone reliability and was aided by Seneca Wallace's presence behind center in Week 16.

The Browns face the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 17. Colt McCoy (concussion) is iffy to play against the team that gave him his current dizziness. Even if McCoy starts, he could still look toward the middle of the field for Moore against a Steelers D that has been OK against the position (4.75-51.8-0.25 per game allowed to them since Week 12). This recommendation is a last-ditch, but Moore's increasing PT is showing more of his upside to at least contribute a six-pointer for those scrounging.

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