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Early fantasy football waiver wire pickups for Week 17

Yahoo Sports’ Andy Behrens explains why fantasy managers should look to add Rashid Shaheed and K.J. Osbourne heading into Week 17.

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ANDY BEHRENS: You're moving on to championship week, congratulations. It's possible your team is so loaded that it doesn't need any waiver enhancements whatsoever. If that's not the case, if you can use a boost at receiver, I have a pair of early pickup options for you. Rashid Shaheed, he gave us 70 yards on 5 catches with a long touchdown on Thursday night. It was his fourth spike of the year.

Guy has the elite speed. We've seen that in previous seasons. He's got big play ability. He's one of the league's most dangerous vertical threats. That's pretty obvious. Next week, the Saints get a vulnerable Tampa Bay defense that's allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers this year. But Shaheed, of course, can get deep on any defense in any given week.

Also keep an eye on KJ Osborn. The injury situation in Minnesota's receiving corps right now is pretty terrible. Jordan Addison and TJ Hockenson both lost to injuries in week 16. With those two sidelined, Osborn sort of did his usual thing. We've seen this before. He caught 5 balls on 7 targets, with a score included. He's available in over 80% of Yahoo leagues right at this moment. And he could be desperately needed by the Vikings in the Green Bay match-up in week 17.