Waiver Wire Dumpster Diving takes you beyond the obvious plays and helps you find undervalued gems for deep leagues.
I’m back! Many thanks again to Mr. Eric Moody for covering the column while I was traveling. Hopefully you read his suggestions and benefitted from Nick Vannett’s touchdown and got ahead of the game with Maurice Harris who posted a respectable line but also has a nice juicy matchup against Houston this week. Let’s get right into some other Week 11 underowned values.
Brandon Marshall, WR (New Orleans Saints) Owned 4.0%
It is truly strange to be able to include Marshall in this column but his past season and a half of football have been less than stellar. After the quick end to Dez Bryant’s stint with the Saints, they now pivot and sign the 34-year-old veteran Marshall.
I admit, Marshall himself hasn’t done much to garner my confidence. But Sean Payton and Drew Brees certainly have this season. The Saints are currently putting up the fifth most yards per game, and leading the NFL with the leagues best 36.7 points per game. Michael Thomas is still going to be the easy first look in this passing attack, with Alvin Kamara likely the second in line. But it isn’t hard to read the tea leaves and see that the offense wants a big bodied red-zone threat considering the recent signings of Bryant followed immediately by Marshall after the achilles injury news to Bryant.
With one of the best upcoming schedules for receivers, according to our Buy Low app, Marshall has the kind of opponents you want a receiver to face off against when learning a new offense on the fly. The next four weeks New Orleans sees Philadelphia, Atlanta, Dallas, and Tampa Bay which has been spewing fantasy points to receivers this season. Marshall will have plenty of highly valuable red-zone opportunities these upcoming weeks and is almost universally available.
Gerald Everett, TE (Los Angeles Rams) Owned 1.4%
The tight end position is rough this season. I mean, really rough. But I think this week Everett could be a devastating streaming option for fantasy GMs.
First off, Everett’s workload is still a little low for my liking, but it has been increasing and it has also stabilized. For a tight end who received only five total targets Weeks one through four of this season, he has averaged 3 targets per game since.
With a primetime game versus the Chiefs in week 11, three targets might be all the athletic sophomore out of South Alabama needs. Kansas City is currently in the top 10 of most receptions to the tight end position and going into Week 10 was giving up the most receiving yards to the position.
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Considering these are two of the highest scoring teams in the NFL,1 I expect this matchup to be the highest point total for the week.2 With the Chiefs allowing so much production to the tight end position, Everett is primed for the best game of his career.
Curtis Samuel, WR (Carolina Panthers) Owned 2.1%
The adage in fantasy football is that volume is king and if you are diving deep into the waiver wire, one of the best finds is a dual-threat player. Samuel has only 16 receiving targets, all of which have come post Week 4, and also has four rush attempts on the season which match his total from last season.
In 2018 Samuel is averaging over 10 yards per reception and over 10 yards per rush attempt. Of his four total touchdowns, two are receiving and two are rushing. We don’t care how the production comes, as long as our players get the production.
With one of the best receiver schedules for the remaining of the fantasy season, Samuel could be a long-term hold as well. Week 11 versus Detroit is easily the most daunting. However, even Detroit is giving up 24-plus fantasy points to receivers on average. With playoff matchups against Tampa Bay, Cleveland, New Orleans, and Atlanta, Samuel could be a key to a lot of fantasy championships this season.