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Dumpster Dives: Deep Waiver Pickups for Week 7

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

Four teams have their bye weeks coming up and all of them have important fantasy assets. In deep leagues, as injuries pile up and bye weeks stack up like they are right now, the waiver wire becomes that much more difficult to sort out the diamond in the rough, but also that much more integral to the savvy fantasy GM. This is what Dumpster Dives is here for. I have done the research for you, so you can make the value pickup.

Jermaine Kearse, WR (New York Jets) owned 0.9%

The Jets top receiving target, Quincy Enunwa was a Dumpster Dive darling himself, but now will be riding the pine for three to four weeks with a high ankle sprain. Kearse looks to step into that security blanket role for rookie Sam Darnold. 

Enunwa had been leading the team, by a wide margin, in targets with 43. After his early exit in Week 6, Kearse saw a season-high 10 targets and was on the field for 83 percent of the team’s offensive snaps, both far outpaced his fellow receivers.

J. Kearse - McCown AYA

Let’s not forget how productive Kearse was for Gang Green in 2017.  When I used the AYA App to look at 2017 Josh McCown, you can see that even though Robby Anderson was all the rage this offseason, Kearse was the more efficient receiver last season.  Hampered by injuries to start the season and with Enunwa taking a leading role, Kearse has been overlooked by fantasy teams. Pick him now and get all of those PPR points leading up until the Jets’ Week 11 bye.

Jalen Richard, RB (Oakland Raiders) owned 9.0%

The lack of viable running backs makes even a typical waiver wire column difficult. So we need to think outside the box. Richard is an under-owned running back target that you can snag now, without using up a waiver priority or any FAAB likely, since this is their bye week, but can return some serious flex value moving forward.

Richard is an “out of the box” RB since he isn’t going to provide you with any real fantasy production via rushing the ball. His value comes in the passing attack as he is currently second on the team, behind only Jared Cook, in targets. If Amari Cooper misses any time due to that egregious hit this past week, Richard could see an even bigger piece of the pie. After their bye, Oakland’s schedule is one of the most running back friendly with matchups against Indianapolis, San Fransisco, the Los Angeles Chargers and Arizona, who averages the most points given up to the RB position.

J. Richard - SOS

 

Damion Ratley, WR (Cleveland Browns) owned 0.0%

In Week 6 Jarvis Landry and Antonio Callaway combined for a stat line of four receptions out of 19 targets for 20 yards. Something has to change for Cleveland’s passing attack and I doubt it is going to be a quarterback change.

If this were the stock market, this is where we speculate and buy an undervalued stock before folks get wind of it, and that is exactly what I am suggesting with Ratley, who racked up six receptions for 82 yards on his eight targets in that same game. Ratley hadn’t received a single target in the five games prior, and that is why others aren’t rushing to the waiver wire for him. But the current core of pass catchers just aren’t cutting it in Cleveland and Ratley produced when he was given the shot this past week.

With a B-E-A-Utiful upcoming slate of games versus Tampa Bay, Pittsburgh, Kansas City, and Atlanta1 leading into their bye week, there are plenty of fantasy points to be had through the air and I expect Ratley to get his share of them.

Bonus Dumpster Pickup – Chris Ivory, RB (Buffalo Bills) owned 9.5%

I get it, you might not be able to wait a week for Richard to get back from his bye. You need a RB this week.

Well if you are really in a pinch, Ivory is widely available and can produce next week against the Indianapolis Colts who average 18.6 fantasy points given up to the RB position.

Ivory got six carries this past week and is averaging 8.5 carries per game. Add a few targets in the passing game, and a matchup versus a defense hemorrhaging the third most points per game (30), and Ivory is a strong candidate to provide some points this week.

He is also firmly entrenched in the No. 2 role in Buffalo, such that if McCoy missed any time, Ivory would inherit 100 percent of that workload.

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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. Second, third, 14th and fourth in terms of fantasy points given up to the WR position.  (back)
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