Fantasy Football: Dynasty Waiver Wire Stashes (Week 8)
Peter Howard takes a look for dynasty league waiver wire stashes for Week 8.
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Welcome back! On the Dynasty Waiver Wire we are looking for under-owned or undervalued players in dynasty. For most Waiver Wire columns the question is how to react to the most recent developments in the NFL, but for this column, we are looking deeper, and over a longer term. These are not the players you spend all your FAAB, or use the number one waiver claim on.
Kenny Stills (WR – MIA)
I’m worried that saying this will make it go away. It’s that fragile, but Stills has seen an increase in Market Share every time DeVante Parker has been hurt. I’ve liked Stills more then I should since he was in New Orleans. But what really peaked my interest was the Dolphins decision to give him a contract this offseason. Stills was the only wide receiver the Dolphins had already committed to on any kind of long-term basis coming into the season. Following the money isn’t always the perfect way of finding fantasy production, but there are worse. I don’t have a great argument against the typical stereotype of “speed guy” that gets hung around his neck. He did come into the league young (he’s still only 25) and is an underrated athlete outside of his 4.38 (95th percentile) 40-time. He rates above the 40th percentile in both agility and burst, per PlayerProfiler.com. He broke out early in college as well at 19.4 years old (81st percentile). The quarterback situation was a mess before Jay Cutler‘s injury in Week 7, but as it was in New Orleans, Kenny Stills has produced every time he has been given decent volume.
Robby Anderson (WR – NYJ)
Anderson did more in his rookie year than most and, despite his thin frame, the pigeon-hole analysis thinking of “deep threat” isn’t good enough by itself anymore. He’s been doing even better in his sophomore year as well. He’s a 6’3″ and weighs 190 lbs, which has made me weary. Players with his body type tend not to become dominant players, especially on the Jets. But his continued pattern of surprising production has to be recognized. He is fast (77th percentile Height Adjusted Speed Score) but he also has a lot of Burst (75th percentile) and a 66th percentile College Dominator.
Quincy Enunwa (WR – NYJ)
Speaking of the Jets’ wide receiver corps, if Enunwa hits your waiver wire in the rush to pick up newer and shinier options, be sure to pick him up. At 6’2″ and 225 lbs, he looks every bit like a dominant wide receiver. He also owns an 82nd percentile College Dominator rating to prove it. He was just starting to take the next step when he suffered a bulging disk and was ruled out for the 2017 season. Despite my interest in Robby Anderson, I’d fully expect Enunwa to find a bigger role when he returns in 2018.
Logan Thomas (TE – BUF)
Not everything in dynasty has to be long-term but Logan Thomas could be a player for now and if he works out, the future too. He managed one reception for 22 yards and a touchdown in Week 7. That shouldn’t put him at the top of anyone’s list of waiver wire pickups, which means he can fit nicely on our list here. While Nick O’Leary has taken over the majority of Charles Clay‘s role since his injury, the player I’ve been most interested in behind Clay before now was Thomas. He has a phenomenal athletic profile that PlayerProfiler.com compares to Austin-Seferian Jenkins with an 82nd percentile SPARQ-x score. He’s 6’6″ and 248 lbs, big enough to play a regular tight end role, and at 26 he is just coming into the prime age for tight end production. If the Bills can innovate just a little they might realize that targeting Zay Jones hasn’t been paying off for them. So there is an outside chance that both of their tight ends could see an increase in targets moving forward.
Malachi Dupre (WR – Bills)
I mentioned Malachi Dupre in the Dynasty Waiver Wire Column back in Week 3, but there has been a change so I wanted to mention him again. Dupre was signed to the Bills practice squad (without me noticing until now!) in September. He still has the same interesting profile and outside of the Bill’s TE’s they don’t have a lot of options. I’m a Jordan Matthews fan, but even with his potential return to health, the team has little to be excited about in the receiving game moving forward. Dupre is a name to watch if there are any roster changes or injuries in the future.
J.D. McKissic (RB – SEA)
I’m not a big fan of his profile, but he has been productive this year already in spots and the Seahawks RB situation has been such a mess this year. Taking the cheapest flyer in an uncertain depth chart is a time-honored and often fruitful way to play fantasy. With C.J. Prosise seemingly unable to get and stay healthy this year, Eddie Lacy has struggled to take over the role. Thomas Rawls has done a mix of both these things. McKissic, on the other hand, has a 76th percentile Burst score at 5’10” tall and 187 lbs he could once again garner targets and touches. I don’t like that he has a 4th percentile College Dominator Rating, but Chris Carson – the most successful back on this roster so far this year – had a similar problem with only a 25th percentile College Dominator rating. McKissic isn’t going to become a workhorse, but he could have an outside shot at an Andre Ellington-lite role in PPR leagues at least.