Waiver Wire Dumpster Dives takes you beyond the obvious plays and helps you find undervalued gems for deep leagues.
Week 5 was the Dumpster Dives poster child of the NFL season, with names like Byron Pringle, Chase Edmonds, Steven Sims Jr. and even some guy named Reggie Bonnafon topping the weekly points rankings. My previous tight end recommendation of Darren Fells had the fourth-most fantasy points at the position in Week 5, snagging two receptions — both for touchdowns.
So which other players are under-owned but could find their way atop the fantasy football weekly rankings in future weeks?
Gerald Everett, TE (Los Angeles Rams) — 3.4% Owned
It is time that we realize that the Los Angeles Rams are a different team than they have been in previous seasons under head coach Sean McVay. The TE duo of Gerald Everett and Tyler Higbee has seen 44 combined targets through the first five weeks of the season. That combined target share is already 52% of what they totaled for the entire 2018 season. And Everett is the player you should prioritize between the two Rams TEs.
Everett reports a 64.8% snap-rate, which more than doubles Higbee’s snap percentage. Everett also has eight more targets this season. But beyond that, his metrics are looking like he could have the best year of his career. His 8.9 expected points (EP) per game is 3.6 points better than where he finished 2018 and currently ranks ninth among TEs.
Everett currently ranks in the top 24 among TEs in every stat other than fantasy points over expectation (FPOE) per game. The third-year pro is currently tied for ninth among TEs with 5.2 targets per game. With this level of volume, it is only a matter of time until his FPOE per game creeps up as well. Everett is a classic post-hype sleeper that is still getting slept on.
Willie Snead, WR (Baltimore Ravens) — 2.3% Owned
Willie Snead … Why can’t I quit you?
Granted, he isn’t my favorite Baltimore receiver. That honor goes to Marquise Brown. But Brown’s ankle woes could lead to even more opportunities for Snead, as it did this past week. Brown is likely to play in Week 6, but whether or not it will be in full is a whole different question. If Brown is limited at all, then Snead is in line for a bump in opportunity. But even if Brown is fully healthy, this week’s matchup for Snead is exactly the kind you want to look for.
Snead is averaging an impressive 17.1 yards per reception. That’s good for the 18th-best in the NFL.1 Baltimore’s Week 6 opponent, Cincinnati, is currently allowing 12.3 yards per reception. That’s the eighth-highest in the NFL. I will happily plug Snead into my deep league lineup.
Darius Slayton, WR (New York Giants) — 0.5% Owned
In true Dumpster Dives fashion, Slayton wasn’t a part of the offense during the first two weeks of the season. But since Week 3, Slayton has been finding the field with regularity and averages a 51% snap-rate. Over that span, the rookie receiver has flashed his 4.30 forty speed and his big-play ability. Slayton has already chewed up 157 yards on only 12 targets for an impressive 13.1 yards per target average. His air yards in Week 3 and Week 5 have been even more impressive.
A Thursday night bout in New England isn’t the kind of prime matchup I would normally target. But the Giants will likely find themselves in a negative game script and should throw the ball a lot. Slayton isn’t the focal point for Bill Belichick’s defense to take away. Also, WR Sterling Shepard is currently in concussion protocol. It would be better if Shepard is healthy and active. But if not, Shepard’s absence would further elevate Slayton’s opportunity floor this week.
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- Among receivers with six or more targets this season. (back)