Waiver Wire Dumpster Diving Week 11
Waiver Wire Dumpster Diving takes you beyond the obvious plays and helps you find undervalued gems for deep leagues.
I’m glad two of my Dumpster Dive waiver wire guys had good weeks for your fantasy team. It was great to see Rex Burkhead have a career game in primetime. Even more incredible to see Marquise Goodwin put up 83 yards and a touchdown knowing what we now know about his personal life. It is moments like that which remind me that we are playing a game about a game. These players are real, living, breathing people with real lives. I am profoundly sad for Goodwin on a personal level, and just hope that in some small way, having a good game and getting the first team win helped Goodwin.
Each week, I look for candidates owned in 10% or less of ESPN leagues
J.D. MCKISSIC (1.1% OWNED)
The Seattle offensive line is a hot mess, even with Duane Brown in the mix. I am on the record saying I want nothing to do with the Eddie Lacy and Thomas Rawls experiment. It was bad while they were splitting time, and it was even worse when Rawls had the job all to himself Week 10, averaging just 2.7 yards per attempt. In that same game, McKissic had five carries for 26 yards, or 5.2 yards per attempt, and added another 20 yards in the passing game.
McKissic has been the more productive running back for the Seahawks on the season as well. Rawls, who is the de facto lead back, is currently averaging 2.6 yards per carry and just 12 receiving yards per game. McKissic has a 4.4 yards per carry average for the year and over 20 receiving yards per game.
Seattle is still in the hunt for a playoff spot in a very competitive NFC. With matchups against Atlanta, San Francisco, Philadelphia and Jacksonville coming up, the Seahawks are going to need their top weapons if they want to keep their playoff hopes alive, and McKissic is their top weapon in the backfield this season.
DEDE WESTBROOK (3.7% OWNED)
Head coach Doug Marone says that he doesn’t expect Allen Hurns will be able to suit up for Week 11, and that leaves very few options in the passing game. One option is getting Westbrook off the injured reserve list.
We don’t have an NFL resume for Westbrook to discuss, but his college stats were gaudy. In 2016 at Oklahoma, Westbrook totaled 80 receptions for 1,524 yards and 17 touchdowns.
Jacksonville’s other healthy receivers are Jaelen Strong,1 who has 28 receptions in the NFL, Keelan Cole (14 receptions) or fellow first-year receiver Jaydon Mickens (one reception in Week 10 after the Hurns injury). I have to believe Jacksonville would like to see what they have in Westbrook.
ZAY JONES (9% OWNED)
Jones missed Week 10 with an ankle injury. But with ownership now below 10 percent, that’s an overcorrection as Jones can provide some serious value in deep leagues.
With newly acquired Kelvin Benjamin in town, many have been scared off of Jones, who has had less than a stellar rookie campaign. Benjamin should actually be a boost to Jones’ productivity, however. The rookie out of East Carolina was thrown into the flames trying to step into the No.1 role after the Sammy Watkins trade. Now Jones can slide into a secondary role. He has been much more effective in the middle of the field and can get higher percentage targets.
This also means not lining up opposite the opposing team’s top cornerback, or getting safety coverage over the top. With positive match-ups versus the Los Angeles Chargers, Kansas City, New England, and Indianapolis over these next four weeks, Jones should have a much stronger finish to his fantasy season.
SAMAJE PERINE (6% OWNED)
Perine should be one of the most added players in fantasy football this week, but his low ownership means he could get overlooked. If you haven’t put in a claim yet, you should whether you need him or not. Considering all the running back injuries that have led up to this week, and then further injuries to the position like Ty Montgomery, Aaron Jones, Devonta Freeman and Rob Kelley, any mildly healthy, breathing RB is a valuable commodity. Perine is just that and inherits an early-down role for Washington, a team currently averaging the 12th-most points per game.
Perine’s 3.2 yards per carry is anything but inspiring and Chris Thompson’s role in the passing game does cap Perine’s ceiling, but Washington’s offensive line is getting healthy again and Kirk Cousins has been moving the ball efficiently. With plus matchups coming up against the Giants, Chargers, Arizona, and Denver (who were just carved up by the New England backfield), that gives Perine a strong chance of falling into the end zone at least. Perine should have an RB2 floor with his new workload, and if he can live up to his pre-draft hype (and hold onto the football), he could turn into a league winner.
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