Looking for the best players to target on the waiver wire this week? Well, the Fantasy Ticker is just the place for that. Here are the top five pickups you should be looking to add to your roster in Week 17.
These players should be free agents in many leagues. Pounce on them if you can.
Broncos RB Correll Buckhalter (owned in 4 percent of Yahoo! leagues)
With Knowshon Moreno once again leaving the game early last week with sore ribs, Buckhalter came on and looked surprisingly spry against the Texans, running for 42 yards and a TD on 11 carries and catching three passes for 50 yards and a score. There's a good chance Denver won't want to chance it with Moreno in a meaningless game next week against the Chargers, so the veteran Buckhalter could handle the bulk of the workload. Even though San Diego has a good run defense, it wouldn't shocking if the Bolts didn't show up after laying an egg Sunday at Cincinnati, so Buckhalter could have a productive season finale.
Texans WR Jacoby Jones (28 percent owned)
With Andre Johnson sidelined at Denver, Jones stepped in and had his best game of 2010, hauling in five passes for 115 yards. After flopping badly to begin the season following a great deal of hype, Jones has finally begun to come around as of late, grabbing 19 balls for 237 yards and two TDs in his last four contests. While his production came much later than his owners had hoped, the speedy wideout is finishing strong and is a good bet to keep it going this week against the Jaguars' terrible pass defense, especially if Johnson is again out.
Bengals WR Jerome Simpson (0 percent owned)
Entering Week 16 with three career receptions, Simpson had been a nonfactor for virtually all of his three pro seasons. But with Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco both out, Simpson got a chance to strut his stuff against the Chargers, and he took full advantage of it. The 2008 second-round pick had six catches for 124 yards and two TDs vs. the league's top pass defense, showing off the explosive ability that made him a coveted product coming into the league. Likely to play a major role again this Sunday at Baltimore, Simpson should be a preferred target for QB Carson Palmer to close out the campaign.
Titans TE Jared Cook (0 percent owned)
Possessing a boatload of talent when he entered the NFL in '09, Cook hadn't shown much as a pro and was buried behind Bo Scaife and others on the Titans' tight end depth chart. But the team recently decided to see what Cook can do, and it has to be pleased with the results. The South Carolina product showed some flashes in recent weeks, but Sunday was his true coming-out party, as he caught five passes for 96 yards and a TD at Kansas City. A scary size-speed combination, Cook is likely to be featured in Week 17 as the Titans close out their season at Indianapolis.