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Early NFL Week 17 Waiver Wire Targets: Jacksonville Jaguars RB Dare Ogunbowale, Buffalo Bills WR Isaiah McKenzie

Orchard Park, New York, USA; Buffalo Bills wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie (19) returns a kick-off against the Indianapolis Colts during the first half at Highmark Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

As we continue on through the end of the 2021 NFL season and battle in fantasy football championships games, remember to remain vigilant — teams that get complacent end up suffering over time. Hawking those waiver wires is key.

When waivers roll around later this week, it’s important to stay ahead of the game and keep track of players from the big slate of games Sunday afternoon. Here are two players to keep high on your priority list when Week 17 waivers are processed this Wednesday.

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RB DARE OGUNBOWALE, JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

ESPN Rostership: 0.2%
Yahoo Rostership: 0%
Suggested FAB: 100%

Apologies to those who rostered James Robinson, but the Jaguars' lead running back went down with an Achilles injury early in their Week 16 game. The MRI results are pending, but it’s clear his season is done. This ends a tumultuous campaign for Robinson, who finally found a spark after Urban Meyer's firing. Robinson rushed just three times before exiting the game.

Dare Ogunbowale stepped in to shoulder the load and played all but one offensive snap after that point. He rushed the ball 17 times for 57 yards and a touchdown, then added two receptions for 15 yards on four targets. That touchdown was Ogunbowale’s first in the NFL after scoreless stints with the Washington Football Team and Tampa Bay Buccaneers prior to landing in Jacksonville.

Ogunbowale has two career starts to his name — both in 2020 — and he’s about to see his third this coming week. While he didn’t score any touchdowns in those two games, he did average 14 rushes, 60.5 rushing yards, six targets, 3.5 receptions and 14.5 receiving yards per outing. Those aren't world-beater numbers, but they're solid and reliable, to say the least.

In his first start this season, Ogunbowale will face off with the New England Patriots in Gillette Stadium. While the Patriots are great in the turnover department, they’ve been surprisingly lenient to opposing rushers. Over their past four games, they’ve allowed an average of 177 rushing yards per contest.

The fact of the matter is that Ogunbowale is one of the last remaining options on the waiver wire with startable projections in Week 17 for your championship match. If someone like Darrell Williams is still available, I’d look their way first. If not, Ogunbowale is a flex consideration right away and worth every dime left in the piggy bank.

WR ISAIAH MCKENZIE, BUFFALO BILLS

ESPN Rostership: 0.3%
Yahoo Rostership: 1%
Suggested FAB: 100%

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