Waiver Wire Dumpster Diving takes you beyond the obvious plays and helps you find undervalued gems for deep leagues.
Just in time for Halloween, the dreaded bye-pocalypse is here! Six teams have their bye weeks and your team is affected in some way. But that is exactly where this column excels. I personally was mocked for picking up and starting David Moore last week after taking my own advice. Ninety-seven yards and a touchdown later, I was happy dancing all over my Week 8 upset. So what other gems are left to be unearthed?
Marquez Valdes-Scantling, WR (Green Bay Packers) Owned 3.3%
Even with Cobb coming back this rookie from South Flordia just won’t go away. Over the past three weeks, Valdes-Scantling has recorded either 100+ yards or a score in each game. Since week 4 he has averaged 81 percent of the offensive snaps and has logged 24 targets, behind only Davante Adams and Jimmy Graham.
In terms of this past week, his 31 offensive snaps were the second most among receivers and with five targets he is tied for second most targets for the team — all with Cobb and Geronimo Allison returning healthy this week.
In week 9 the Packers head into New England to face the Patriots on Sunday night. Averaging 30.6 points per game (before Monday night), the Patriots are currently the fourth highest scoring team, and are going to be at home. Aaron Rodgers and company are going to have to score points. Valdes-Scantling will be a major part of that effort and is available in every league you play in.
Trenton Cannon, RB (New York Jets) Owned 7.9%
Desperate times call for desperate measures, and with Elijah McGuire eligible to come back off the IR I would rather avoid the Jets backfield in a perfect world. However, with six teams taking the week off, we have to take what we can, and that happens to be Cannon this week.
The positives for Cannon are there. With Bilal Powell out, Cannon outpaced fellow back Isaiah Crowell in both snap percentage (54 percent to Crowell’s 46 percent) and targets (four to one). Checking the Buy Low Machine, the Jets also show a running back friendly set of matchups against Miami and Buffalo before their Week 11 bye week. This week’s matchup versus Miami is especially nice as the Dolphins are currently giving up the fourth-most fantasy points to the running back position at 24.78.
McGuire is likely to come back and eat into Cannon’s role, but I don’t think that happens until after their Week 11 bye. So until then pick up and play Cannon in deep leagues, especially in PPR scoring formats.
David Moore, WR (Seattle Seahawks) owned 2.7%
Moore’s ownership percentage actually went down after last week’s post. That just can’t stand. As I stated above, I put my money where my mouth was and picked him up in a number of leagues. After he posted 19.7 PPR points, I was a happy camper, and ahead of the curve.
If you didn’t pick him up last week coming off their bye, after putting together this weeks performance, you likely will need to up the FAAB bid a few bucks now that more folks know who Moore is.
None of the analysis is any different after Week 8 either, except I might have underestimated Moore’s involvement in the offense. Brandon Marshall is basically non-existent and Jaron Brown is an afterthought. With Doug Baldwin still not looking 100 percent, Moore actually led the team in targets, albeit with only four, and had the second highest snap percentage at 71 percent.
Overall Seattle passing volume is the only thing that worries me with Moore. Offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer is committed to the run. With 222 rushing attempts on the season, the Seahawks are tied for the third-most rushing attempts on the season. But with three passing touchdowns last week, and one missed connection with the aforementioned Baldwin, they have shown no hesitation to throw in the red zone. Russell Wilson is looking to Moore