Fantasy Football: Dynasty Waiver Wire Stashes (Week 3)
Peter Howard takes a look for dynasty league waiver wire stashes for Week 3.
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Welcome back to the Dynasty Waiver Wire. We are hunting for under-owned or undervalued players in dynasty. Assuming a standard league of 12 teams and 25 roster spots should keep things relevant to most while still leaving room to talk about less likely candidates.
Chris Carson, who was in our first Dynasty Waiver Wire column, took over the lead role for the Seattle Seahawks in Week 2. He ran for 93 yards on 20 carries. We don’t expect that kind of production this year for players on the Dynasty Waiver Wire, but it’s certainly nice to see! Just remember this is still not the priority list for your waiver claims. Mostly, we are looking for the type of hope Tanner Gentry’s two receptions for 27 yards brings. A less impressive effort (in some ways) but relevant for players who need to show some spark of potential to find more opportunity in the future.
Taywan Taylor (WR – TEN)
He’s a big enough name from this year’s draft class that I doubt he’s on the waiver wire. But I want to reinforce the need to hold some rookies even as the waiver wire heats up. Rookies making plays can be both a good and bad thing. On the one hand, it’s encouraging to see something, on the other it means everybody else remembers them a little more. Taylor ranked in my top five wide receivers of this year’s rookie class. He has made some nice catches in games already this season as well. Taylor is athletic, was productive in college, and is now a part of a young, developing and dynamic offense. He’s a very strong dynasty stash at the position.
Rashard Higgins (WR – CLE)
I’m torn, I’ve liked the player for a while, but he’s not going to be a pure dynasty target this week. Higgins has been my favorite stash on the Browns depth chart for a while. Ricardo Louis has more impressive athleticism and speed, but I’ve favored Higgins because of production (86th percentile college dominator) despite below average athleticism. But Higgins was the Browns leading receiver in Week 2 – after Corey Coleman broke his hand – and we may have to compete for him on waivers. That’s not normally the aim of this column. But if you can outbid others, who may not know there more to Higgins than just good Week 2 numbers, then it’s worth it.
Jonnu Smith (TE – TEN)
Jonnu Smith caught a touchdown in Week 2. The rookie tight ends of 2017 are an impressive class. They are putting the idea that young players at the position can’t produce to the test. However, Delanie Walker still looks spry and I don’t think there’s a reason to think he will give up the job anytime soon. Still, Jonnu Smith continues to be a stronghold or acquire for the long term in any dynasty league.
Gerald Everett (TE – LAR)
Undersized for the position, but an impressive athlete, Gerald Everett has been making plays on a – previously – depleted skill position depth chart. I think the best approach is still to assume he will be erratic and largely unhelpful in fantasy this year. But he has done plenty to bolster his stock as a likely weapon for the team moving forward.
Teddy Bridgewater (QB – MIN)
He can be moved to the active roster this season. That’s not why I’d put him on your radar though. Bridgewater has been recovering from a nasty knee injury since the 2016 preseason. It looked more and more likely that Sam Bradford had taken his job but Bradford also missed Week 2, due to knee soreness (bone bruise.) Competent quarterback play is a rare commodity in the NFL, something the rash of backup starters in 2017 is making abundantly clear. Bridgewater threw for over 3000 yards in 2015 and finished as a QB two in years he played (2014 and 2015.) Whether Bradford has taken the job in Minnesota for good or not, Bridgewater is still someone to watch. I’d expect to see him starting for an NFL team again somewhere down the line when he comes back.
Malachi Dupre and DeAngelo Yancey (WR – GB practice squad)
Ty Montgomery worked more as a receiver again in Week 2 as both Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson left the game with injuries. The depth chart is weak behind the more well-known player Davante Adams. Geronimo Allison and Trevor Davis may garner some interest. DeAngelo Yancey and Malachi Dupre, on the other hand, were dropped when the team had to cut back to 53 before the season. Both have found their way to the Green Bay Practice squad. These new injuries could mean that one or both find their way back onto the active roster. Both have interesting profiles and while DeAngelo Yancey was the (only) wide receiver the Packers invited for a visit in the pre-draft process, it was Malachi Dupre who caught most of the preseason buzz during training camp. I’ll be watching the Packers transactions a little more closely this week.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins (TE – NYJ)
I’ve included him in the honorable mentions section before, but since he is eligible to return from suspension this week he warrants a promotion. He may also be as relevant to redraft leagues. The Jets are bad and they will stay bad, but Jenkins is a plus size/speed athlete who likely could, if given volume, dominate. Talent, size, and college production have never been the question for ASJ. So far, when not suspended, he has struggled to find his feet in an active NFL role. But the upside is there if he can.