Another week another host of injuries and players flashing out of nowhere. It feels like there isn’t an obvious grab on the dynasty waiver wire (presuming people like Chubba Hubbard are already rostered). However, that normally means it’s a good time to dig deeper.
Dawson Knox – TE – Buffalo Bills
Knox is a name I’ve monitored and rostered over the last couple of years. He flashed as a rookie and has a decent profile. The big issue has always been that he is at best 4th option in the Bills receiving corps. That is still very much the case but if he is going to play 78.5% of the snaps and receive a target share of 11.6% in a pass-first offence then it’s probably worth rostering moving forward.
Jacoby Brissett – QB – Miami Dolphins
Tua has now landed on IR meaning Brissett has at least two more starts. Yes, he was pretty poor on Sunday but he’s a starting Quarterback and Bye weeks are coming! If he is available in any Superflex league he shouldn’t be. This one isn’t even a case of having to dig deeper. This one is staring you in the face.
Nick Westbrook-Ikhine – WR – Tennessee Titans
It’s unusual to see so many Wide Receivers in a list of waiver wire claims. if we’re having to dig deeper needs must. However, if AJ Brown is going to miss a few weeks someone has to catch passes outside Julio Jones. Westbrook-Ikhine was very clearly the next man up in Tennessee. He led the offensive skill players in snap shares at 77.9%. It wasn’t just a case of high snaps he also commanded a 15.4% target share. I wouldn’t go crazy as it’s hard to see him carving out a role when AJ Brown and Julio are fully firing but if you can grab him for free it’s worth it.
Kaliff Raymond – WR – Detroit Lions
Another week another Detroit receiver to target. I still maintain that Tyrell Williams is THE Receiver target to own in Detroit once he returns from his stint on IR. However, it’s hard to turn down the underlying stats. Leading all Receivers in snaps and seeing 10 targets (a 34.5% target share) it’s hard to ignore but maybe the most impressive thing was Raymond commanding an 82.6% Air Yard Market share. If these numbers hint at him carving out a real role he is certainly going to be flex worthy.
Collin Johnson – WR – New York Giants
Collin Johnson is normally the exact type of player I don’t bother rostering. A 4th or 5th receiver that flashed one stat line. However, with Golladay battling injuries, Evan Engram just coming back from injury. Alongside Shepard and Slayton both leaving the game with Hamstring injuries, someone has to catch passes in this offence. And needs must when you’re having to dig deeper. In his debut for the Giants Johnson commanded a 20% target share and led the team in air yards with 80. Even if it’s just a couple of weeks until Shepard and Slayton return he could command flex appeal as early as this week.
Dwayne Haskins – QB – Pittsburgh Steelers
I almost feel sick typing this. However, you know my opinion when it comes to rostering backup QBs. It is unlikely anyone other than Big Ben is going to take snaps in Pittsburgh. However, if Sunday is anything to go by Roethlisberger’s time may be coming to an end sooner rather than later. Should that happen you can imagine the Steelers wanting to at least kick the tyres on Haskins to see if they have anything.
Don’t waste your FAAB
In a new addition to this week’s Dynasty Waiver Wire, I thought I’d try to help you by highlighting some players I think are traps. These are guys I’m suggesting to you: Don’t waste your FAAB.
Desean Jackson – WR – Los Angeles Rams
D Jax did D Jax things on Sunday. He finished with a stat line of 3 receptions for 120 yards and a TD. You can almost set your watch to him doing this another two or three times through the season. The challenge will be trying to predict when those weeks will come. At this point in his career, I don’t view Jackson as anything more than a roster clogger.
Brandon Bolden – RB – New England Patriots
James White was injured and Bolden appeared to be the obvious replacement in the passing game. However, Bolden is little more than a career special teamer at this point. Yes, Bolden saw 3 targets. However, this was a game in which the Patriots were playing from behind. Damien Harris only saw a 40% opportunity share. In a normal game script I expect Harris to be closer to 60-70% and at that point, the receiving back in this offence has an incredibly low ceiling and a non-existent floor.