Waiver Wire Dumpster Diving takes you beyond the obvious plays and helps you find undervalued gems for deep leagues.
As the season creeps closer to the mid-point, bye weeks start to come into play when it comes to roster construction. As injuries pile up, and bye weeks further complicate rosters, deep leagues become even more tricky to navigate waiver adds. Luckily there are three very available players with a lot of upside potential.
Brandon Wilds, RB (Jacksonville Jaguars) owned 0.0%
*UPDATE: Since this was originally published, the Jaguars have cut Wilds and signed Jamaal Charles. Whereas I am less excited about the older, recently “retired” Charles, he is owned in only 8.4% of leagues and the rest of the information below still applies. So just replace “Wilds” with “Charles” in the below paragraphs.*
With Leonard Fournette continuing to miss time, and now Corey Grant heading to the IR, the war of attrition has left T.J. Yeldon and Wilds on top. Whereas Yeldon is the first man up for Jacksonville in the immediate future, Wilds stands to inherit a decent workload filling in the Yeldon/Grant role.
Yeldon currently has the eighth-most expected points (EP) on the season for all running backs and the Jaguars running backs as a group boast the 10th highest EP on the season.
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This should come as no surprise considering the game plan in Jacksonville has been to run the ball first, and not to put the weight of the team on Bortles’ shoulders. But looking at that amount of opportunity for the position and knowing that only Yeldon and Wilds are going to split that work makes Wilds is a prime pickup for a fantasy team in need. Their Week 6 matchup is against the Dallas Cowboys who are currently giving up over 15 points on average to the RB position. If Wilds carves out a role for himself, or if Fournette continues to miss time after the bye week, the Jaguars schedule becomes incredibly running back friendly up to and through the fantasy playoffs, giving Wilds the possibility to carry long-term value this season.
Maurice Harris, WR (Washington Football Club) owned 0.0%
Harris is a guy that stuck out to me when watching the pre-season games for Washington a number of times, yet he never really made much of an impact during the regular season, having a combined 12 receptions for 128 yards in two campaigns with Kirk Cousins under center.
He got his first start of the season on Monday night, stepping in for a hobbled Josh Doctson, who has thus far underwhelmed. Paul Richardson subsequently left the game in New Orleans with a right knee injury and did not return. Now, we don’t know the severity of the injury and whether he didn’t return because of the knee, or because of the score, but we do know Harris got a nice bump in activity, recording three receptions for 47 yards. With Jamison Crowder likely continuing to man the slot, Harris could be starting out wide against Carolina next week, who is giving up the ninth most fantasy points to receivers, averaging 26.07 points allowed on the season.
The NFC East is still wide open, and Jay Gruden and Alex Smith are going to need to open up this offense if they want to be playing meaningful football this winter. Harris will be a key piece to that effort in Week 6.
Courtland Sutton, WR (Denver Broncos) owned 9.9%
I can’t tell you how surprised I was that the touted rookie receiver was eligible for this column, but Denver’s recent offensive woes are now your gains to buy low!
Sutton hasn’t blown up yet this season, but then again, none of the pass catchers in the Mile High City have. Averaging 73 percent of the offensive snaps and getting five or more targets in every game but one so far this season, Sutton is establishing himself in an offense that needs a good shake-up.
That shake-up could be happening already, as Sutton out snapped Demaryius Thomas 59 to 47 against the Jets. In that game, Sutton scored his first NFL touchdown and broke off a pretty 40-plus yard catch-and-run that was called back due to a controversial OPI call. All the while he looked like the more explosive receiver compared to Thomas, who was held in check for all of the game, until a desperation play in the closing moments of the contest resulted in Thomas’s 42-yard touchdown.
With one of the most favorable receiver schedules according to the Buy Low Machine, Sutton and company should have plenty of opportunities to put up fantasy points. In Week 6 especially, they are going to have to throw the ball to keep up with the high-octane offense of the Los Angeles Rams who just gave up three receiving touchdowns to the anemic Seattle Seahawks.