Sneaky fantasy pickups entering Week 17 

December, 28, 2012

This is the final Friday of the 2012 NFL regular season, so by popular demand we'll provide one last Sneaky Pickups blog entry. Many fantasy football owners are no longer in need of sneaky playoff aid -- it is Week 17, after all, and most stick with their studs -- so last week we looked ahead at the 2013 campaign, with the caveat that all players were available in more than half of ESPN's standard formats. Names such as Russell Wilson, Rashard Mendenhall and Jon Baldwin graced the list.

However, knowing how many of you play in deeper leagues, like 14 teams or more, we figured we'd go a bit deeper as well, focusing on more upside options or those that were injured this past season. We'll alter the format a bit for players that produced 25 or fewer fantasy points this season that I think will matter in 2013, regardless of current ownership figures. If you've got an empty roster spot in a dynasty league, and they're out there, why not take a shot?


Matt Flynn, Seattle Seahawks: It's neither his mammoth contract nor his six-touchdown performance a year ago this week that leads me to believe he has game. He will find work elsewhere -- Eagles, Cardinals, Jets? -- and depending on what's around him he should be interesting for multi-QB formats.

Terrelle Pryor, Oakland Raiders: Don't view the fact he might play second fiddle to Matt Leinart this week as necessarily a bad thing. Pryor clearly has skills, plus size and speed. Carson Palmer is 90 years old. Any running quarterback is worth a look.

Tim Tebow, New York Jets: Even this guy. I can see it now, everyone (wrongly) debating the fall of Maurice Jones-Drew next summer when Tebow lands with the Jacksonville Jaguars. I mentioned Tebow last week, so let's act like the Jets and simply move on!

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