Waiver Wire Dumpster Dives takes you beyond the obvious plays and helps you find undervalued gems for deep leagues.
Bye weeks are creeping up and as that happens weekly fill-ins are becoming more and more important. With high fantasy capital teams like the Panthers, Browns, Steelers and Buccaneers all on their bye weeks, a lot of teams will be scrambling to fill in some spots. This is where the real fantasy GMs separate themselves. And Dumpster Dives are here for those same GMs as we look at some under rostered playable assets.
Zay Jones, WR (Oakland Raiders) – Owned 1.8%
In 2018 with a rookie Josh Allen under center Jones finished as the 35th receiver in PPR scoring formats and his 1,256 air yards was 19th best at the position. The visualizations the NFL Stat Explorer provides make this discrepancy clear:
Jones clearly wore out his welcome, but the Raiders need someone else in the passing game besidesTyrell Williams and Darren Waller. Derek Carr started off averaging over 225 passing air yards a game for the first 3 weeks of the season. Since then it has been a steady decline down however as he has averaged less than 150 air yards. His game with the lowest passing air yards came, unsurprisingly when Williams was sidelined.
The move for the former second-rounder is to give Carr and the Raiders passing game a major shot in the arm, especially if Williams continues to miss time, as he was a non-participant in Monday’s practice following their bye. I fully expect Jones to be worked into offense right away in Week 7 against Green Bay. There is a decent chance he is even the No.1 WR for that game.
Darren Fells, TE (Houston Texans) – Owned 2.4%
After Week 3 I wrote about Fells, and since then he has scored double-digit fantasy points two out of three weeks. Sadly he is still under-appreciated by fantasy GMs, as his rostered percentage went from zero to only 2.4% of leagues.
His fantasy points rely on scoring TDs. He is currently tied for second among TEs in total TDs with three. But he has also out-snapped his counterpart Jordan Akins in every game since Week 2 of the season. Considering Fells 14.1 fantasy points over expectation (FPOE) is fifth-best among all TEs, he’s performing extremely efficiently and should see continued usage in this offense.
The Texans have scored the seventh most total points in the NFL in 2019. I always want a piece of a top-10 offense. Fells is a great option to get some stock in that offense at a discounted price.
Elijhaa Penny, RB (NY Giants) – Owned 3%
First of all, if Saquon Barkley is truly superhuman and comes back from that high ankle sprain in Week 7, this is all moot. But right now, it looks like Penny is the starting RB for the Giants. And New York has one of the nicest stretch of schedules coming up for running backs in the entire NFL.
Arizona, Detroit, Dallas and the Jets are all positive matchups. Penny is a guy that can spot start for however many weeks Barkley and Wayne Gallman stay on the injury report. Unfortunately, once either of those players comes back, Penny is relegated to a simple “change of pace” guy and is not startable despite those juicy matchups.
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