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Fantasy Football Week 17 waiver wire pickups: Braxton Berrios for the chip

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New York Jets wide receiver Braxton Berrios for the fantasy football championship

Navigating the waiver wire is incredibly important to fantasy football success. It matters even more during championship week, where a mistake on the waiver could cost you a trophy.

Each week, Jets X-Factor dives into the waiver wire to find the must-adds for your fantasy football team, and this week, it’s fantasy football championship time.

All roster percentages are from Yahoo Sports.


Trey Lance (12% Rostered)

With Jimmy Garoppolo injuring his throwing hand, there’s a real possibility that Trey Lance gets his chance to start. He’s a must-add if nothing else than blocking your opponent from picking him up.

If he does start, he has a great matchup against the Houston Texans.

Running Back

Dare Ogunbowale (2% Rostered)

With James Robinson going down to an achilles injury and Carlos Hyde on IR, the backfield is Ogunbowale’s to have.

While the Patriots are a tough matchup, his usage could provide some FLEX ability if you’re in a deeper fantasy football league.

Rex Burkhead (14% Rostered)

Rex Burkhead has led the Houston Texans’ backfield for the past few weeks, totaling 10+ touches in each of the last six games.

Like Ogunbowale, the matchup isn’t the greatest against the 49ers, but Burkhead could provide some Flex appeal to desperate managers or in deep leagues.

Wide Receiver

K.J. Osborn (34% Rostered)

While Adam Thielen returned to action in Week 16, he left early, injuring the same ankle that’s plagued him this season. K.J. Osborn stepped back into the role that he’s had the last few weeks—getting 7 targets with 5 catches for 68 yards and a touchdown.

If Thielen is out in Week 17, Osborn is a great option for your fantasy football team.

Jalen Guyton (8% Rostered)

Jalen Guyton missed last week due to Covid-19, but if he comes back, he is a great option with Mike Williams slated to miss the next game. Prior to Week 16, Guyton had caught a touchdown in each of the last three games.

If Guyton doesn’t clear the Covid protocols then Josh Palmer should fill the role Guyton would have.

Braxton Berrios (6% Rostered)

With Jamison Crowder and Elijah Moore out, Braxton Berrios had a productive fantasy football outing in Week 16.

While it’s possible that both could return, Berrios does have Flex appeal and deeper leagues and is a good option in leagues that provide points for return yards.

Tight End

Gerald Everett (43% Rostered)

Since Week 14, Gerald Everett has been gaining steam as a fantasy football tight end. He’s had at least 60 yards or a touchdown in the last three contests and is becoming a reliable option for QB Russell Wilson.

Everett has a great matchup this week against the Lions, who are giving up the 10th-most points to tight ends this season.

Pat Freiermuth (52% Rostered)

With Pat Freiermuth out in Week 16, you could see the Steelers’ offense struggling exponentially. If he’s able to clear concussion protocols, Freiermuth is a great option in Week 17.

While the Browns aren’t the greatest matchup on paper, Freiermuth has developed a reputation for being targeted in the red zone by Big Ben this season.

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