Fantasy Football: Dynasty Waiver Wire Stashes (Week 14)
Peter Howard looks for dynasty league waiver wire stashes for Week 14.
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Welcome back to the Dynasty Waiver Wire! I am looking for under-owned or undervalued players in dynasty. I’m listing players you won’t hear about in most waiver wire columns until much later. Dede Westbrook, for example, no longer makes the cut (we already mentioned him in a previous Dynasty Wire Wire column), and even Payton Barber (Dynasty Waiver Wire Week 10) would be out now because he had a good game last week.
I will give a brief glimpse into a player’s potential range of outcomes based on the most relevant indicators. But, in the end, you have to decide on your own whether they are enough to roster them and when the player is worth grabbing.
I list every column in order of preference, but they are not ranked through the columns. So, be sure to check out previous editions for other ideas.
Malcolm Mitchell (WR – NE)
As with any New England skill position player, I have no idea “how” Malcolm Mitchell might be used on this depth chart when he’s healthy. It looks stacked with no room for anyone to earn more targets. But accepting you don’t know what the Patriots will do at least frees you up to speculate on a very impressive talent who showed potential at the NFL level. A 55th percentile SPARQ-x athlete with a 69th percentile College Dominator who showed a connection with Tom Brady in his rookie season (48 targets, 408 yards, and four touchdowns) shouldn’t be forgotten in dynasty.
Marquise Goodwin (WR – SF)
Certain skills in the NFL are viewed as mutually exclusive especially when a player was unproductive in college. However, Tyreek Hill may have broken that trend for “speed guys” or at least offers an archetype for its potential. Hill and Marquise Goodwin were unproductive college players – hinting that they displayed little knowledge of the basics. Goodwin is an Olympic level sprinter, literally, but he also measured well in Agility (94th percentile) according to PlayerProfiler.com using his Pro Day test results. This is his second year of fringe fantasy relevance and also the second year he has picked up significant targets. He is 27 years old – well within the range of a player’s peak career at the position – and could still offer multiple years of value.
Braxton Miller (WR – HOU)
Braxton Miller has seen a rise in targets in the last four weeks, though he only has a target market share of 8.9 percent. A positional convert (from quarterback), Miller has been a dynasty stash candidate since he was drafted by the Texans in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft. Miller was a two-time MVP in the Big Ten (as a quarterback) but suffered a shoulder injury and fell on the depth chart. He converted to wide receiver in his senior year and proved to be one of the more dynamic athletes at the position both on the field and at the NFL Scouting Combine. The question, as with all talented football players who switch positions, is whether he could learn the intricacies of a new position at the NFL level. Miller has shown up before with targets and yards, and his four receptions for 71 yards in Week 13 is yet another indication that he should still be on our radar.
D.J. Foster (RB – ARI)
Undrafted out of Arizona State, D.J. Foster was a long time sleeper on the New England Patriots. He was signed off their practice squad this year by the Cardinals and since they cut Andre Ellington he has earned 11 targets (in a four-week sample) amounting to a 7.5% target market share. Outside of the DFS community, his recent role might be overlooked. But if you are in a deeper league or looking for a flyer at the position, Foster merits a look. He is 24 years old and, while small for a running back (5’10”, 193 lbs), his Agility is in the 96th percentile. He likely has the skills to be a capable and productive receiving back in the NFL.
Stephen Anderson (TE – HOU)
Stephen Anderson was targeted 12 times in Week 13 pulling his target market share up to 12.8% (a 3.8% increase on the season) in the last four weeks. That alone makes him interesting in fantasy football but looking at his background also makes him interesting in dynasty. He is a 24-year-old UDFA who had a 27% College Dominator in California and measured above the 80th percentile in 40-time, Burst, Agility and Catch Radius according to his pre-draft testing (he did not go to the NFL Scouting Combine). Listed at 6’2″ and 230 lbs, Anderson is undersized for the tight end position. However, his athleticism and youth combined with his recent volume mean he is worth considering in dynasty moving forward.