December 26, 2023, 9:12 pm
Week 16 was an electrifying week for fantasy football, with points scored up and down the week’s slate of games. As we enter Week 17 of the 2023 season, we are likely entering the 2023 Fantasy Football Championship for many leagues. However, some sickos, like those in two of my home leagues, like to hold their Championship round during the no-holds-barred Week 18. Now, it’s time to scramble to the waiver wire to bid for this week’s hot talent and plug up holes on fantasy rosters. Inversely, it’s also time to cut players that disappointed in Week 16 to free up space for the next big thing. Sometimes an empty space on a fantasy team for waivers is more valuable than someone rostered in a majority of fantasy leagues. For this piece, I’m going to be referring to players rostered by at least 40 percent of teams in ESPN leagues, and I’ll list them in descending order of those ownership percentages.
Note: I will likely not be including any of the players I already mentioned in the previous week’s list. I suggest clicking the link below and making sure you don’t have some of those guys still hitching a ride on your roster.
RB Alexander Mattison – Minnesota Vikings (76% ESPN, 82% Yahoo!)
Alexander Mattison made his return to the lineup in Week 16, and even though reports admitted that he wasn’t at 100%, there were hopes that he would’ve been able to get more involved. Mattison entered this game battling an ankle injury that held him out of Week 15, and was only good enough for five snaps in the offense, recording two carries for a loss of a yard. Ty Chandler has been arguably more effective than Mattison has been this season, and Mattison may not even have much of a role if he can enter next week’s game at full health. It will be extremely difficult to trust Mattison, likely for the remainder of the 2023 season, and he can be easily dropped in favor of the flexible roster spot, if necessary.
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