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Dumpster Dives: Deep Waiver Pickups for Week 2

Waiver Wire Dumpster Diving takes you beyond the obvious plays and helps you find undervalued gems for deep leagues.

Week 1 is in the books and some Fantasy GMs are already tilting.

It was an especially rough week for the tight end position where two of the top players at that position go down with possible, or definite, season-ending injuries.  But it is only Week 1 and there is still plenty of season left. So get in on that waiver wire action and like the “Million Dollar Man” rebuild that championship roster.

Quincy Enunwa, WR (New York Jets) owned 9.2%

Enunwa is one of my favorite Dumpster Dive guys and someone I have been excited to write about again1. But with all the changes to the Jets recently, I just wasn’t sure how he was going to fit into the offense. Week 1 allayed any concerns.

With 10 of 21 passes being thrown his way, Enunwa is the favorite target for rookie Sam Darnold. He was also well incorporated into the offense by offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates, who lined Enunwa up outside, in the slot, and even used him in jet sweeps.

Enunwa might not have the same big-play upside that Robby Anderson does, but his reliable hands, bigger build, and versatility will keep his floor much higher for fantasy GM’s. If you saw him power in his 21-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter, then you know his red-zone upside means he can be a weekly WR2/Flex play and is available in almost every league currently.

Jonnu Smith, TE (Tennessee Titans) owned 0.2%

Let me just preface this stating that, the assumption is Marcus Mariota will be back under center in Week 2.

In Mariota’s time in the NFL his TE1 has averaged 22.25 percent of the target share when the league average hovers around the 13 percent mark. Delanie Walker has been in the Top 10 of TE’s in targets per game since 20152 when Mariota entered the league. Now it looks like Walker will miss the rest of the 2018 season clearing the way for the third-round pick from 2017.

J. Smith Metrics

Smith is a metric stud who collected 157 yards on only 18 receptions last season. In line to see the bulk of Walker’s workload for the rest of the season, Smith could be flirting with 100+ targets in 2018, and that workload alone needs to be a top waiver wire/FAAB priority. Already have a TE you feel comfortable with? Pick up Smith anyway, and start trade talks with the Greg Olsen and/or Walker GMs as this was a rough week for the tight end position.

Phillip Lindsay, RB (Denver Broncos) owned 2.0%

I am not above going for the “low hanging fruit” and Lindsay is the easy call here. Practically the definition of a “Zero RB” draft target, just about no one saw Lindsay coming, including the Seahawks on Sunday.

Matching fellow rookie Royce Freeman, Lindsay hauled the ball 15 times for 71-yards, but separated himself by snagging two out of three targets for an additional 31 yards, which was three more targets than Freeman saw by the way.

 RushYardsTDRec TargetReceptionRec YardsRec TD
Royce Freeman15710----
Phillip Lindsay1571032311

Going undrafted despite elite college production, Lindsay clearly has a role alongside Freeman in this Denver offense, leaving Devontae Booker as the odd man out. Whereas I don’t believe he is going to continue to match Freeman carry for carry throughout the season, being the pass catcher out of this backfield gives you the added security blanket of being “game script” proof.

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A professional saxophonist, full-time accountant, and fantasy football enthusiast, I bring a data-driven analytical approach to creative strategies for you to win your league. Contributor to Player Profiler and author of the Dumpster Dives weekly column. Follow me @DumpsterDiveFF
  1. Enunwa originally found he way into my 2016 Week 3 column  (back)
  2. he was No.1 in this stat that year  (back)
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