Waiver Wire Dumpster Dives takes you beyond the obvious plays and helps you find undervalued gems for deep leagues.
Four more teams are on their bye weeks and everyone is feeling the pinch. As waiver wires thin out, some GMs will make desperation trades to fill in their roster this week. It’s a great time to offer up a two-for-one deal that nets you the better player who is on a bye. Meanwhile, I have scoured the available free agents for you and found some solid value available in 90% of leagues or more. So send those deals out and let me fill in the available roster spots with this week’s Dumpster Dives.
We’ll use the RotoViz tools like the amazing NFL Stat Explorer to discover and visualize the data we need to unearth these hidden gems.
Noah Fant, TE (Denver Broncos) — Owned 8%
The breaking news today that Joe Flacco will be out next week was a little disheartening for one of my favorite late-season grabs at TE. But it won’t keep me from stashing Fant wherever I can.
There was a lot of hubbub about which receiver would be the beneficiary of Emmanuel Sanders’ departure from the Mile High City. Sanders’ 44 targets are still the second most for Denver on the year. DaeSean Hamilton seemed like the likeliest of choices. But I argue that Fant will actually get the biggest boost in fantasy value.
Over the past three weeks, we have seen a steady increase in Fant’s market share percent. And this first week without Sanders, Fant saw a season-high in targets and receptions. The yardage this week was meager against Indianapolis. But opportunity is often the difference-maker with tight ends. So seeing a steady uptick in targets, above a 70% snap count, and knowing about 20% of the Broncos’ targets are now in San Francisco makes Fant a prime target to acquire.
Demaryius Thomas, WR (New York Jets) — Owned 5.1%
The Jets have had a rough start to 2019. Luckily for the team, the fan base, and Thomas, the end of the year is far more forgiving.
Thomas and company have one of the friendliest schedules for the rest of the season. As I write this, Miami is currently resurrecting JuJu Smith-Schuster’s fantasy season. The Jets then face the New York Giants in Week 10, who gave up 123 receiving yards and two scores to Kenny Golladay, followed by the Washington football club who surrendered 143 receiving yards to Stefon Diggs. And that is just the start.
Since the bye week, Thomas has averaged 6.75 targets per game and has seen nine targets in a single game twice. Sam Darnold will still make mistakes this early in his career. As we have seen over the past two weeks against two of the better defenses in the NFL. But he clearly looks to Thomas early and often. And the schedule certainly eases up. Thomas will have a great second half of the season and won’t be found on waivers soon enough.
Chris Conley, WR (Jacksonville Jaguars) — Owned 9.7%
After a big Week 1 performance, Conley cooled off dramatically. His 103 yards in Week 8 mark Conley’s second week in a row of at least 80 receiving yards. And he’s seen 15 targets over those two games.
Jacksonville hosts Houston in Week 9 and Conley will look to continue his hot streak. The Texans are currently leading the NFL in fantasy points allowed to receivers, giving up an average of 43.11 to the position. In a week where your Falcons, Bengals, Rams, and Saints players are all on their byes, Conley is a perfect fill-in.
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