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Best available fantasy football waiver wire pickups for Week 17

Teddy Ricketson gives you their top players to add off the waiver wire for Week 17 in the 2023 NFL season.

Las Vegas Raiders running back Zamir White (35) reacts after a play during the second half against the Kansas City Chiefs on December 25th, 2023 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. Photo by William Purnell/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

We are heading into Week 17 of the NFL season, which is likely the final week for your respective fantasy football leagues. This could be the week that you clinch the championship or the week that you set the best lineup you can to avoid a last-place finish. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the best waiver wire pickups available for Week 17 fantasy football matchups.

Week 17 Fantasy football waiver wire pickups

Noah Brown, WR, Houston Texans

Rostership: 42.3% on ESPN

This will be the second time that Brown faces the Tennessee Titans defense this season. In the first matchup in Week 15, he brought in eight of his 15 targets for 82 yards and a touchdown. Notably, he had those stats with Case Keenum under center and should be getting back starting QB C.J. Stroud if the rookie can return after missing two games due to a concussion.

Brown has played in nine games this season and has brought in 32 of his 53 targets for 559 yards and two touchdowns. Tennessee allows the seventh-most fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers. Teammate Nico Collins is still the preferred WR in the offense to start, but Brown should be in line for a good game if Stroud plays.

Gerald Everett, TE, Los Angeles Chargers

Rostership: 26% on ESPN

Everett’s upside has been capped with Justin Herbert sidelined, but he has shown a higher floor. he has logged five straight games of at least 6.4 points in half-PPR scoring and is the TE13 in that span. While this may not be as exciting as you want, that’s a pretty solid clip for someone who is practically free on the waiver wire.

Everett will face the Denver Broncos this week, and they allow the most fantasy points per game to opposing tight ends. Everett didn’t find the endzone in his Week 14 matchup against Denver but brought in five of his eight targets for 39 yards. The veteran tight end has seen at least eight targets in three straight games.

Zamir White, RB, Las Vegas Raiders

Rostership: 12.6% on ESPN

This move largely depends on starting running back Josh Jacobs’ health. If he plays this week, White likely isn’t going to be worth playing, but he is worth adding from waivers just on the chance that Jacobs misses the game. White finally got a shot at starting in Week 15 against the Los Angeles Chargers and had 69 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries. Jacobs missed last week’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs, and White finished with 145 yards on 22 carries.

Las Vegas plays the Indianapolis Colts this week, and their defense allows the third-most fantasy points per game to opposing running backs. Indy allowed 72 yards on 12 carries to Bijan Robinson and 69 yards and a score on nine carries to Tyler Allgeier last week.

Rashid Shaheed

Rostership: 24.3% on ESPN

Shaheed has developed into the WR2 on the Saints behind Chris Olave. He has played in 13 games and has brought in 41 of his 68 targets for 640 yards and four touchdowns. He has admittedly been all over the place this year but is coming off a good game against the Los Angeles Rams. Shaheed finished with 70 yards and a touchdown on five receptions.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense allows the fourth-most fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers. Shaheed only had three receptions for 33 yards facing this defense in Week 4 but was targeted seven times. He is more of a deeper league play but he is still worth a pickup.