2023 Fantasy Football Week 17 Waiver Wire

by Dylan Clemons

Hello Fantasy nerds! NFL Week 16 has wrapped up, which means it's fantasy football Championship time! Now it is time to discuss the 2023 Fantasy Football Week 17 Waiver Wire, as we dive into the week.

What a wild ride Week 16 was with games on Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday, and three games on Christmas it was definitely action-packed.

With this being championship weekend, this is the most important week there is on the waiver wire if you are dealing with injuries, or even just want to upgrade. However, it may be tough to find fill-ins from the waiver wire with how bare the cupboards are, but I will do my best to find the best option for you to take home your 2023 fantasy football championships.

In this article, we will target players on the waiver wire who are under 50% of the FantasyPros consensus roster percentage. Now let's jump into the 2023 Fantasy Football Week 17 Waiver Wire!

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2023 Fantasy Football Week 17 Waiver Wire

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Top Waiver Adds

Khalil Herbert, RB, Chicago Bears (46.8% Rostered)

With D'Onta Foreman out with a personal matter in Week 16, it was Khalil Herbert who took advantage the most from it. It was still a split backfield with him splitting time with the rookie Roschon Johnson, but Herbert led the way 36-32. The biggest discrepancy was the touches with Roschon Johnson seeing 11 touches while Herbert saw 21 touches.

With those touches, Herbert had his highest yardage output this season with 112 yards on 20 carries finishing as RB11 on the week in PPR formats. Foreman could be back this week, which would lead to a three-man committee. But if he doesn't come back, Herbert should be a start, even in a tough matchup against the Atlanta Falcons who have allowed the third-fewest fantasy points to the position.

Rashid Shaheed, WR, New Orleans Saints (34.2% Rostered)

Rashid Shaheed is back in the waiver wire article this week. I have referred to him as a poor mans DeSean Jackson because he is the deep threat in this Saints offense, but most of the time he doesn't get a ton of volume. Well, last week he saw a season-high in targets with nine tied for a season-high in catches with five and finished with 70 yards and a touchdown.

Shaheed finished as WR17 on the week in a tough matchup against the Rams, which was his third top-20 finish of the season. This week the matchup is much better taking on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Bucs have allowed the third-most fantasy points to the position this season, and have allowed the most receiving yards this season. Shaheed is a dart throw option this week, he could finish as WR50 or in the top 10 this week.

DJ Chark, WR, Carolina Panthers (16.1% Rostered)

DJ Chark had a breakout game this past week against the Green Bay Packers. Chark saw the most targets he has seen since Week 3 with eight and the most receiving yards all season with 98. Chark also found the end zone twice finishing as WR5 on the week.

The further we get into the season the veteran Adam Thielen has taken a backseat. Rookie Bryce Young has started to look better the past few weeks and we have seen Chark produce in the past. The matchup for Chark and the Panthers is the Jaguars, Chark's old team. So if you would like, you could tie in the revenge game narrative into it, but there is a better reason to trust him this week. The Jags have allowed the eighth most fantasy points to opposing wideouts this season, and have gotten smacked around the field the past few weeks. Chark is a plug-and-play this week in an absolute pinch.

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K.J. Osborn, WR, Minnesota Vikings (18.3% Rostered)

Jordan Addison went out with an injury early in the matchup against the Detroit Lions. K.J. Osborn took full advantage of that as he caught five of his seven targets for 95 yards and a touchdown. Osborn finished as WR14 on the week which was his best finish of the season. He did have another week when he finished as a top-15 wide receiver and that was against the Packers in Week 8.

Well, the Vikings get the Packers this week at home on Sunday Night Football. We talked about how DJ Chark torched the Packers last week as the secondary pass-catching option in the offense. With Jaire Alexander matching up with Justin Jefferson for most of the game, that should open things up for K.J. Osborn. If Addison were to play, I would be less inclined to play him, but if Addison can't suit up, you should play Osborn as a top-36 guy.

Update: Was just announced that TJ Hockenson tore his ACL and MCL. That should open up even more targets for Osborn.

Demarcus Robinson, WR, Los Angeles Rams (6.2% Rostered)

Where did this Demarcus Robinson breakout come from? Over the past four weeks, Robinson has finished as a top-26 wide receiver in full-point PPR formats. Last week was also his best week, catching all six of his targets for 82 yards and a touchdown. That was the fourth straight game in which he scored a touchdown, so it seems like Matthew Stafford trusts him once they get into the red zone.

The matchup for Robinson and the Rams is also a juicy one against the New York Giants. The Giants have allowed the sixth most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. I believe Robinson has earned our trust over the past few weeks and is a flex option this week for your fantasy championships.

Tucker Kraft, TE, Green Bay Packers (13.6% Rostered)

If you need help at tight end this week Tucker Kraft is the guy you want to target as long as long as Luke Musgrave is out. Kraft has seen at least six targets in three of his past six games and has finished as a top-12 tight end in three of his last six games. Plus, in his last three games, he has scored double-digit fantasy points, which is all you can ask for with the tight end position.

This Packers offense has been banged up with Christian Watson, Luke Musgrave, and Jayden Reed all missing some time. Kroft has taken advantage of that, and even his head coach Matt LaFleur has been gushing over him. The Packers get a matchup against Minnesota who have allowed the 20th most fantasy points to the position this season. Not the best matchup, but if this Packers team is still banged up, play Kroft this week.

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