by Will Overton
Depending on the league you play in this is very likely your championship week, and to be honest it should be since Week 17 championships are rough. I am guessing if you’ve made it all the way to the championship in your league you aren’t relying too heavy on your waiver wire. That doesn’t mean it’s impossible, though, that there’s help out there for the taking.
It’s also possible you play in a league where winning your consolation bracket or third place game actually means something. So let’s keep up on what we’ve been doing all year and look at some of the top waiver wire adds of the week:
Jay Cutler – QB, Chicago Bears: My pick for the streaming QB of the week is Cutler. We really haven’t seen any big blow out games this season, which is odd, though he has hit two TD in back-to-back games. This week he gets one of the more favorable matchups in the league with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who just made Case Keenum look like Tom Brady. Cutler has the weapons, with Alshon Jeffrey and Matt Fort,e to help him have a big day and he’s due for a three TD outing.
Christine Michael – RB, Seattle Seahawks: With the running back position it’s kind of slim pickings this week. If I needed to add one guy I’d be looking at Michael. Despite being added to the team in the middle of the week, he came in and carried the load on the ground, taking 16 carries for 84 yards. This was a matchup with the Browns which is very favorable, but the St. Louis Rams aren’t great against the run either and the Seahawks offensive line has led to just about anyone being a formidable runner this year. Michael may be one of the few options that I’m willing to stick in my lineup after one good performance at the end of the year.
Joey Iosefa – RB, New England Patriots: I can’t be the only one who had never heard of this guy before Sunday. The Samoan was added to the Patriots main roster from the practice squad and then led the team in carries with 14 and a total of 51 yards. It wasn’t a bad game for a rookie in his first game, but I’m not sure it was enough to make me want to use him in a big spot this week. I think he may well maintain a big role in the offense because the Patriots like having one big back to complement their smaller change of pace backs. I just can’t trust him and wouldn’t be using him except for in deep leagues.
Kamar Aiken – WR, Baltimore Ravens: While he is owned in about half of fantasy leagues, I still think Aiken needs to be owned in more as I would love to add him in my league and use him this week. He may have been dismissed because of the Ravens rotating quarterback situation, but his production continues to be there. Aiken had eight catches for 128 yards and a TD yesterday, his third TD in five games. The Ravens get the Pittsburgh Steelers this week, where it could be a higher scoring game with Baltimore playing from behind.
Dontrelle Inman – WR, San Diego Chargers: There are a few reasons that I like Inman right now. For one the Chargers are running out of options to throw the ball to and he is the closest thing to a big play option they have. Secondly the Chargers aren’t going to take it easy with Phillip Rivers at QB and he’s going to keep throwing the ball and playing hard. Finally the Chargers get the Raiders who have a susceptible secondary to take advantage of. The top two options for the Chargers are still Antonio Gates and Danny Woodhead, but Inman is the number one wide receiver and that means something. I wouldn’t grab him over Aiken, but Inman is available in a lot of leagues where Aiken isn’t.
Will Tye – TE, New York Giants: The New York Giants seem to like to use their tight ends, and Will Tye has done well to take advantage of his opportunity since Larry Donnell went down for the year. Tye caught a TD yesterday for the second straight game. He also has at least five catches in four of his last five games. The matchup with the Minnesota Vikings is fairly neutral, but Zach Miller did have a nice game against them yesterday and the Vikings do well against receivers, which may open the door for Tye.