Waiver Wire Dumpster Diving takes you beyond the obvious plays and helps you find undervalued gems for deep leagues.
If you read this column prior to the slate of Week 2 games, you knew Demarcus Robinson was in for a career game … HA! Kidding! I don’t think anyone saw that one coming. But John Ross (21.2 FP) and Mecole Hardman (16.1 FP) did come through and provided way more value than what their ownership percentage suggested. And Hardman is still available in over 65% of leagues. Get a piece of that passing offense on your team!
Let’s examine what other players are skulking the depths of the waiver wire poised to climb up the fantasy ranks.
Raheem Mostert, RB (SF 49ers) Owned 11%
Head Coach Kyle Shanahan’s offenses have always been running back friendly. From Devonta Freeman/Tevin Coleman to making Isaiah Crowell look like a viable fantasy option alongside Duke Johnson’s best seasons (receiving). Because of Coleman’s injury, Mostert is the next in line to benefit from a Shanahan system.
Over the past two games, Matt Breida’s offensive snaps have gone down from 29 (43.3%) to 21 (29.2%). Meanwhile, Mostert’s have been the mirror image, rising up from 20 (29.9%) to 34 (47.2%). Examining the Player Usage tool, you can see that rushing attempts and passing targets have followed suit.
While Breida is already owned in 85% of leagues, Mostert is still sitting on the waiver wire in nearly 90% of leagues. Next week the Niners face a Ben Roethlisberger-less Steelers who just gave up a combined 129 rushing yards, 43 receiving yards and 28.2 PPR fantasy points to the Seahawks RB corps. Grab Mostert if you need an RB. As long as Coleman is out, he is playable.
Nelson Agholor, WR (Phi Eagles) Owned 4.3%
In 2018 Agholor finished the season as the 34th best receiver in PPR scoring. This season with the abundance of weapons Philly started the season with, Agholor went by the wayside, going undrafted in fantasy. But with recent injuries to Alshon Jeffery (Calf), DeSean Jackson (groin) and Dallas Goedert (calf) we saw a resurgence from the fifth-year receiver.
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On the field for over 96% of the offensive snaps, Agholor defaulted to the No. 1 Receiver.1 If any of those injuries linger, that trend should continue. With a juicy matchup against the Detroit Lions, who have allowed the ninth-most fantasy points to the WR positions on the season, the Eagles might decide they don’t need to rush these guys back.
Honorable Mention – Mack Hollins is owned in 0.0% of leagues and was on the field for 85.2% of the teams offensive snaps Sunday night. With eight targets in the passing game, only Ertz and Agholor had more for Philadelphia last week. So if two or more of those injuries mentioned above linger, Mack should continue to see 7-9 targets per game and is absolutely usable.
Virgil Green, TE (LAC Chargers) Owned <1%
Green has been on the scene for a long time, with 2019 being his ninth season. But the athletic tight end out of Nevada has never seen 40-plus targets in a single season. A big reason is that he has never been the No. 1 guy.
Hunter Henry is out for 4-6 weeks because of a tibia plateau fracture. That clears the path for Green to get a lot of snaps on the field with Philip Rivers. Rivers has shown an affinity for his tight ends over the years, and has targeted his No. 1 TE far above average. For the next month or more, that looks to be Green.
Considering the next three weeks are all plus matchups followed by Pittsburgh, who just gave up 22 fantasy points to Will Dissly, the stars are certainly aligning for Green to have the best statistical month of his career.
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- Zach Ertz is the No. 1 target. (back)