In this weekly series, I will highlight players that are speculative adds in deeper dynasty leagues, since the majority of players often covered in typical waiver wire columns have long been rostered.
No matter how deep your league is or how large the rosters, you should always keep a watch list of players you are considering adding, should the opportunity present itself. The group of names below will help you form that list.
I will note that the data presented is based on all Yahoo leagues, not just those designated as keeper or dynasty.
First, let’s look back at last week’s waiver wire suggestions that gained value, with current Yahoo ownership percentages and percentage change in parentheses.
Stephen Anderson, HOU (32%/+32%)
Mike Davis, SEA (38%/+30%)
Peyton Barber, TB (35%/+29%)
Trey Burton, PHI (8%/+7%)
Tion Green, DET (5%/+5%)
Trent Taylor, SF (4%/+4%)
David Njoku, CLE (9%/+4%)
Jimmy Garoppolo, SF (19%/+3%)
Andre Ellington, HOU (10%/+2%)
Not all recommended players gain dynasty value from week to week. Here are some players mentioned in last week’s article whose ownership percentage took a hit over the past week.
Dontrelle Inman, CHI (14%/-3%)
Zay Jones, BUF (17%/-2%)
1) Jimmy Garoppolo, SF (19%)
2) DeShone Kizer, CLE (4%)
3) Nick Foles, PHI (2%)
At this point, only two weeks into his tenure as the 49ers' starting QB, there is little debate left about Jimmy Garoppolo as a quality NFL starter. After winning just one game through twelve weeks, the Niners have won two in a row under the former Patriot and he’s already being considered as a top 15 dynasty QB. He should not be on any dynasty waiver wires…Rookie QB DeShone Kizer continues his erratic play, which could limit his long-term opportunity, but he also continues to post solid fantasy numbers. Kizer has finished as a top 20 fantasy signal caller in each of the past two weeks and has made some big plays with his new WR Josh Gordon. There is some clear risk to the turnover-prone Kizer, but also high upside. He has five QB1 games on the season…Unfortunately, Week 14 brought with it another season-ending injury to one of the game’s best players. Eagles QB Carson Wentz suffered a torn ACL in the team’s win over the Rams and will miss the remainder of the season. Veteran QB Nick Foles will take his place. While he’s had some success in the past, there is clearly some doubt about the Eagles Super Bowl hopes moving forward. Wentz owners could certainly be sweating their options for the fantasy playoffs, and Foles makes some sense. He’s also a good choice for any super-flex or 2QB dynasty players…
1) Rod Smith, DAL (14%)
2) Kerwynn Williams, ARZ (11%)
The RB market is completely barren this week as the fantasy playoffs roll on. In Week 14, Cowboys change of pace RB Rod Smith exploded in the fourth-quarter as Dallas poured it on the Giants. Smith scored a pair of touchdowns and ended up as a top five fantasy scorer for the week. While his performance was more than impressive, I’m not sure it can be replicated even in a nice Week 15 matchup against the Raiders. I can see Smith having some long-term value even when starting RB Ezekiel Elliott returns in Week 16, which can’t be said for current starter Alfred Morris…The Cardinals have been without starting RB Adrian Peterson for the past two weeks and backup RB Kerwynn Williams has filled in admirably. Although he has no long-term value, he is a low-ceiling option in Week 15, if AP sits once again…
1) Mike Williams, LAC (4%)
2) Kenny Golladay, DET (10%)
3) Chris Godwin, TB (0%)
4) Keelan Cole, JAX (1%)
At the wide receiver position, there are a quartet of rookies to consider, some for immediate help and others for a long-term outlook…After multiple injuries to top ten draft pick WR Mike Williams, some dynasty players may have grown frustrated and simply dumped the former Clemson star in shallow leagues. He’s not going to contribute to fantasy playoff teams this season, but certainly still has a great deal of long-term value…I will continue to push everyone to add and roster the explosive Lions rookie WR Kenny Golladay, who has become a regular in this column. He had a quiet week against the soft Bucs defense, but remains a strong dynasty hold and a potential dart throw weekly flex…The Buccaneers were led in receiving this week, not by WR Mike Evans or WR DeSean Jackson or even TE Cameron Brate, but rookie WR Chris Godwin, who surprised, matching his season-highs of five receptions for 68 yards. Godwin is another player I won’t be inserting into my starting lineup, but could be a fixture in upcoming seasons…Of this group of well-known rookie wideouts, the top producer is actually WR Keelan Cole, the undrafted free agent from Kentucky Wesleyan who has repeatedly made big plays for QB Blake Bortles and the Jacksonville offense, including a 75-yard touchdown against the Seahawks in Week 14. Cole led the team in receiving, setting a new season and career-best of 99 yards…
1) Trey Burton, PHI (8%)
2) Adam Shaheen, CHI (1%)
With top TE Zach Ertz (concussion) out for the game, backup TE Trey Burton saw a big increase in playing time. All Burton did was set a new career-high of 71 receiving yards, post his first ever multiple touchdown game and finish as the top-scoring fantasy tight end of the week. Once Ertz returns, Burton will likely be relegated to the bench, but he’ll also enter free agency this off-season and may have shown enough to get other teams interested…While the trio of rookie TEs David Njoku, Evan Engram and O.J. Howard have gotten most of the attention, this rookie tight end group is stacked. One player being undervalued is Bears TE Adam Shaheen, who has quickly developed into the favorite red zone target of QB Mitchell Trubisky. Shaheen leads the team with six targets inside the 20-yard line and has converted those into three touchdowns, including another one in Week 14. He’s an ideal dynasty stash with 2018 and beyond in mind…
Players on Injured Reserve worth stashing for 2018 (under 20%) Allen Robinson, Cameron Meredith, Spencer Ware, Julian Edelman, Ryan Tannehill, Rico Gathers, Kenneth Dixon, Carlos Henderson, Tajae Sharpe, Erik Swoope, Malcolm Mitchell, Tyler Eifert, Andrew Luck, Sam Bradford, Deshaun Watson, Pierre Garcon, Dalvin Cook, Rob Kelley, Deshaun Watson, D’Onta Foreman, Brandon Marshall, C.J. Prosise, Curtis Samuel, Chris Carson, Chris Thompson, Coby Fleener