This week’s waiver wire list in shallow leagues is a bit underwhelming but in deep leagues, we’ve got multiple options with realistic double-digit fantasy point production. This week’s list is full of players that can be immediately plugged into deep lineups and serve as strong bye week replacements with potential long-term value.
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Keaton Mitchell (RB – BAL) | 5% rostered in Yahoo, 1% rostered in ESPN
Approach Keaton Mitchell with realistic expectations. Baltimore’s running back room is a clear committee and that’s unlikely to change. Adding Mitchell isn’t akin to adding a player like Kyren Williams or Jerome Ford with a significant FAAB investment. But, we cannot ignore Mitchell’s 138 rushing yard performance on 9 carries with 1 touchdown. It was a productive game for Ravens’ running backs as a whole. Gus Edwards had 5 carries for 52 yards and 2 touchdowns – a total of 6 touchdowns over the past 3 games. Justice Hill had 13 carries for 40 yards and while he didn’t have a catch this week, he’s typically been the receiving back. All running backs will likely play a role and contribute but Baltimore leads the league in rushing yards and rushing touchdowns. There’s plenty of volume for the entire group, even accounting for Lamar Jackson. With his explosive capabilities, 5-10 carries is enough to justify a roster spot for Mitchell.
Khalil Shakir (WR – BUF) | 6% rostered in Yahoo, 4% rostered in ESPN
Khalil Shakir was on the list last week but remains less than 10% rostered in both Yahoo and ESPN leagues. Shakir caught all 4 of his targets for 57 yards in Week 9. The production is modest but – rounding up – this is 2 straight games with 10 or more fantasy points. With Dalton Kincaid operating in a full-time tight end role, Shakir has seen increased opportunities in the slot and this production should stick with Dawson Knox is out. But, it’s not just the shift of Kincaid’s role that’s helping Shakir thrive. Deonty Harty was presumed to take an increased role in the slot this season but for the second week in a row Harty has had zero production. Shakir has passed Harty and has a stronghold on the slot role. He should hover around the 10 fantasy points per game mark with a bit more upside.
Cade Otton (TE – TB) | 6% rostered in Yahoo, 8% rostered in ESPN
Cade Otton is the clear TE1 for the Bucs with a snap count consistently above 90%. But, he’s been the third look behind Mike Evans and Chris Godwin and the lack of targets has limited his upside. Otton is a respectable TE17 on the season, averaging 8.8 fantasy points per game. However, Otton’s targets have been on the rise. Weeks 7 and 8, Otton had 6 targets. Week 9 was Otton breakout performance with 6 receptions on 9 targets for 70 yards and 2 touchdowns. If Otton can maintain this target pace and gain a reliable floor, Otton could be a high-end TE2 and solid streaming option. He’s worth an add in deep league to see if he can maintain the target increase.
Noah Brown (WR – HOU) | 2% rostered in Yahoo, 1% rostered in ESPN
Adding Noah Brown might seem like point chasing at first glance. Brown is coming off a 6-reception game with 153 yards and 1 touchdown, finishing as the WR3 on the week. The performance is attached to C.J. Stroud‘s huge breakout performance of nearly 500 passing yards with 5 touchdowns. This is an outlier performance. But, Houston’s rushing attack is nonexistent and Stroud has show upside in favorable matchups and Houston has several excellent matchups against pass-friendly defenses. Brown’s increase in opportunity is tied to the absence of Robert Woods. He has strong deep league value as long as Woods remains out and if Brown continues to show upside in Woods’ absence, we could see an increased role for Brown even when Woods returns to play.