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Published: Dec. 23, 2012 at 11:08 p.m.
Updated: Dec. 24, 2012 at 12:57 p.m.

NFL fantasy football: Week 17 waiver wire

Need to improve your fantasy football roster? NFL.com has you covered! Each week, we'll offer up the 10 players you need to target off the waiver wire in that never-ending quest for a fantasy league championship. The number listed in parenthesis next to the player's name is the percentage of NFL.com leagues that he is still available as a free agent.

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  • 1. Michael Vick, QB, Philadelphia Eagles (31.8 percent): 10

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    1. Michael Vick, QB, Philadelphia Eagles (31.8 percent):

    Nick Foles is going to miss the team�s regular-season finale with a broken hand, so Vick is back in the spotlight for both the Eagles and fantasy owners alike. He has a great matchup against the New York Giants, who give out fantasy points to quarterbacks like Santa Claus gives out presents to kids on Christmas morning.

  • 2. Ryan Grant, RB, Green Bay Packers (98.7 percent): 9

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    2. Ryan Grant, RB, Green Bay Packers (98.7 percent):

    Grant, a former fantasy superstar, re-kindled his once prominent value with 114 scrimmage yards and two touchdowns in a blowout win over the Tennessee Titans. While he did lose some work to DuJuan Harris, the veteran still led the Packers in carries and backfield touches. If you're still playing in Week 17, Grant is worth a look.

  • 3. Montell Owens, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars (97.2 percent): 8

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    3. Montell Owens, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars (97.2 percent):

    Owens put up a nice line against the New England Patriots with 42 rushing yards and 77 receiving yards for a total of 11.90 fantasy points. It's the second time he's recorded double-digits in his last three contests. With a favorable matchup against the hapless Titans up next, Owens has flex value in deeper leagues.

  • 4. Jackie Battle, RB, San Diego Chargers (90.9 percent): 7

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    4. Jackie Battle, RB, San Diego Chargers (90.9 percent):

    Battle started against the New York Jets and led the team with 19 carries, so he looks like the Chargers' runner to own in the absence of Ryan Mathews. He has a nice matchup upcoming against the Oakland Raiders, who own one of the worst run defenses in the National Football League. Consider Battle a deep-league flex starter.

  • 5. Mark Ingram, RB, New Orleans Saints (37.4 percent): 6

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    5. Mark Ingram, RB, New Orleans Saints (37.4 percent):

    Don't look now, but Ingram has posted two nice stat lines in a row for the Saints and fantasy leaguers alike. After a 15-point performance against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Alabama product had 60 scrimmage yards and one touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys. This week's game against the Carolina Panthers is favorable, too.

  • 6. Dennis Pitta, TE, Baltimore Ravens (75.9 percent): 5

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    6. Dennis Pitta, TE, Baltimore Ravens (75.9 percent):

    Though he didn't put up a monster stat line against the New York Giants, Pitta still posted 50-plus yards. What's more, he has recorded 10-plus fantasy points in three of his last five games overall. That's pretty good when you consider the unstable state of the tight end position. Pitta faces the Cincinnati Bengals next on the schedule.

  • 7. Kenny Britt, WR, Tennessee Titans (32.7 percent): 4

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    7. Kenny Britt, WR, Tennessee Titans (32.7 percent):

    Britt put up just 41 yards against the Packers, but he did find the end zone for the third time in his last five games. What's more, the Rutgers product has scored 10-plus fantasy points in three of his last four contests. With a favorable matchup against the Jaguars in the regular-season finale, Britt is someone to add if available.

  • 8. Kyle Rudolph, TE, Minnesota Vikings (61.6 percent): 3

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    8. Kyle Rudolph, TE, Minnesota Vikings (61.6 percent):

    Rudolph can be very inconsistent at times, but he has scored a touchdown and nine-plus fantasy points in three of his last five games. That includes a 51-yard, one-touchdown performance against this week's opponent, the Packers. Owners who are still alive and need a tight end in Week 17 should consider the former Notre Dame standout.

  • 9. Jason Avant, WR, Philadelphia Eagles (98.5 percent): 2

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    9. Jason Avant, WR, Philadelphia Eagles (98.5 percent):

    Avant isn't a fantasy monster in standard leagues, but he can be a useful option in PPR formats. In fact, he's caught a combined 18 passes in his last three contests including eight in a loss to the Washington Redskins. Avant also has a great matchup in Week 17 against the New York Giants, who have struggled to stop the pass.

  • 10. Ben Tate, RB, Houston Texans (46.2 percent): 1

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    10. Ben Tate, RB, Houston Texans (46.2 percent):

    Arian Foster was forced out of Sunday's loss to the Minnesota Vikings with an irregular heartbeat, though reports suggest he was removed as a precaution. Still, it's a good idea to add Tate if Foster is your No. 1 runner for Week 17. The Texans still have a lot on the line in the regular-season finale against the Indianapolis Colts.

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