I often find myself excavating free agency for Wide Receivers to fill out the bottom of my dynasty roster. For what am I digging? Three characteristics: first speed, second opportunity, third situation. The most common characteristic among NFL WR is they are fast, so I start with speedy players. Opportunity is everything in the NFL. If you don’t get the ball, you can’t score points in fantasy football, so I track targets. The situation often correlates to success. When looking for WR consider the quarterback and scheme. I have a list of players here that meet the criteria:

Roster percentages from Fantrax 10/12/2021

Donovan Peoples-Jones WR Browns (23% rostered)

This week DPJ saw six targets and turned them into five receptions for 70 yards. His breakout seems so close. The talent and pedigree have always been there. He was the number 1 wide receiver recruit coming out of high school. Rated a 5-star .99 composite on 247 sports coming out of Detroit. He put solid numbers at Michigan but didn’t fulfill the promise that a 5-star recruit brings (few do). Jones fell to the 6th round of the 2020 draft where the Browns scooped him up. Donovan’s weakness is getting open through press-man coverage. I have DPJ in a few leagues with the hope he has learned to use his size (6′,2″ 215lbs) and speed (4.4 forty-yard dash) to beat press-man coverage and finally live up to those 5-star expectations.

Jamal Agnew WR Jaguars (2% rostered)

Incendiary speed evidenced by his 4.3 forty-yard dash and his 109-yard kick 6in week 4. Searching for a spark on offense, the Jaguars will likely continue to try to get this guy in open space. Agnew is in his 5th NFL season. He has shown some skills on special teams (first-team all-pro punt returner in 2017). Hey, it’s working for Cordarelle Patterson; why not Jamal Agnew?

DeAndre Carter WR Washington Football Team (2% rostered)

Quick water bug type player with a big heart. Checks in at 5′, 8″ 175 lbs with elite acceleration (1.46-sec 10-yard split). He’s bounced around to different teams for the past five years – Ravens, Raiders, Patriots, 49ers, Eagles, Texans, Bears, and now Football Team. Many coaches noticed his potential, but his career never took off. Through all the signings and releases, Carter never gave up on himself. He saw eight targets last week. If WFT can design a play that gets this kid in space, he will run away from tacklers. At 28 years old, this may be the last chance for DeAndre. While the rest of the football world waits on Curtis Samuel, I’ll pick up his replacement and role with Carter next week.

Adam Humphries WR WFT (17% rostered)

Surprising to see two WFTs on the list, but injuries equate to opportunities, and Logan Thomas and Curtis Samuel are both injured. The Logan Thomas injury opens 5 – 10 short-area passing targets. Ricky Seals-Jones saw eight targets and turned them into five receptions and 41 yards, which isn’t poor production, but it’s not good either. Humpries provided much production on his five targets pulling in three of them for 73 yards. I think Humphrie takes over the short-area receiver role in Washington.

Chris Moore WR Texans (1% rostered)

He emerged from the shadows of the Texans practice squad and into the Houston limelight. Chris Moore isn’t as obscure as it seems. A 4th round pick (no 107) by the Ravens in 2016, Moore has good size at 6′, 1″ 210 lbs, decent speed (4.53 40 yard dash), and solid production in college (2,300 yards and 26 TDs receiving in his career). He has an opportunity. I am going to pick him up and see what he does with it.

Josh Palmer WR Chargers (28% rostered)

Justin Herbert is the real deal. I’m attempting to acquire any pass catchers on his team. Chargers coaches (holy crap Brandon Stokely is good at this) liked Palmer enough to draft him the 3rd of this year’s draft. He’s a smooth fluid athlete measuring in a 6′, 1′ 210 lbs. Signed by the University of Tennessee, Palmer proved himself in the SEC beating future pro cornerbacks and leading the Volunteers in receiving in 2020 despite spotty quarterback play. If Josh Palmer can light up SEC corners with spotty Quarterback play, I look forward to seeing what he can do to NFL corners with Justin Herbert throwing him the ball.

 

Bonus Pass Catching Tight Ends

 

Dan Arnold TE Jaguars (27% rostered)

This roster percentage is bound to skyrocket. Tight End has been a desert for many fantasy managers and Dan Arnold looks like an oasis. Arnold saw eight targets on Sunday and caught six of them for 64 yards. Those are good numbers for a TE. What made me take notice was his 1st quarter fumble, and how the coaches reacted. Dan fumbled early, but Jacksonville continued to throw passes to him. The Jacksonville Jaguars want Dan Arnold to be successful. This staff liked him enough to trade last year’s first-round pick E.J. Henderson to acquire the athletic TE. Trevor Lawrence’s play continues to improve, and the Jaguars want to throw the ball to Arnold. If you need a TE, Dan’s your man.

David Njoku TE Browns (20% rostered)

I wrote up a blip on Njoku three weeks ago. Check out my other posts, if you have the time. I add his name here to remind you that he is a mismatch for many NFL defenders. On Sunday, the former 1st round pick caught all seven of his targets and put up 149 receiving yards and a TD. He’s not Darren Waller or Kyle Pitts, but he has similar skills and those guys aren’t on your waiver wire. Snag the next best thing and pick up Njoku.

ATTENTION ALVIN KAMARA MANAGERS!

You’ve probably noticed that backup runningback and fantasy football insurance policy Tony Jones was placed on IR last week. If you are looking to acquire the next man up in the Saints backfield (just in case), there are two other players: DeWayne Washington and Devine Ozigbo. I chose Devine. Ziggy is a big dude measuring in at 6′ 2″ 225 lbs. He Moves well for a big man putting up a 4.5 forty-yard dash at his pro day. He is good in the passing game– both protecting and receiving. In week five Ozigbo played seven snaps while Washington saw six. Kamara has a legendary health regimen, so this may be for naught, but I’ll bet on Ozigbo.

Devine Ozigbo Saints RB (2% rostered)

  1. Jolt In Flow says:
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    Excellent info. Thanks Paul. Especially pieces on DPJ about high school recruiting. I’ve made an effort to look at that stuff, but I don’t have the goods on guys as far back as DPJ.

    Much appreciated,

    Jolt

    • Paul Blake

      Paul Blake says:
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      Thanks Jolt!

      I received an offer for DPJ from a savvy manager in a 14 teamer. I had to turn it down. I’ve held him for over a year now, cant trade him away just when he gets his opportunity.

  2. Jolt In Flow says:
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    Paul, a last one on this article. If you had a choice between Arnold and Njoku, which would you take? For the remainder of this season and potentially keeping after year end.

    Thanks a mil, in advance.

    Jolt

    • The Harrow says:
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      arnold unless league is very shallow. if you need to start one of them arnold.

    • Paul Blake

      Paul Blake says:
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      I’d lean Arnold for rest of season.

      I like Njoku for keeping. Njoku has the size and speed to be something unique at TE.

  3. Montezuma's Revenge ... right now says:
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    i added ozigbo for a sec before i was able to waiver d-will (CHI), than later herbert too in a 16 teamer. oh i forgot, that other RB that was at JAX at the same time as ozigbo last year in preseason when it appeared him or ozigbo might be the starter, all that flamed out when j-rob became a thing, but till week 1 j-rob was like the 3rd option it seemed out of that other guy, ozigbo and j-rob. that guy is also or was on NO last week i think.

    • Montezuma's Revenge ... right now says:
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      ozigbo over t-will (BAL). he was dropped and i obtained before BAL’s late game (20 team redraft PPR). have this:
      QB (1): murray, d.jones
      RB (2): ekeler, roundtree, moss, d.booker (sometimes you get lucky, others you don’t (mostert, hasty also owned here), t-will
      WR (3): watkins, aj brown, van jeff, agnew, c.moore, c-sam (will grab either team D for this week (NO off) or backup TE of some horrible type
      TE (1): fant
      1 flex
      IR (10): hasty, irish JAX TE (probably doesn’t have a job when he’s back), fuller, mostert, penny

      • Paul Blake

        Paul Blake says:
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        Ya, I think that’s a good play with T-Will on that one. He’s a break-away runner. I expect the Ravens will figure out ways to utilize him. Can’t just wait for Lamar to bail you out every game, right? Or, maybe you can. I have never been a doubter of Lamar Jackson and I’m not going to start doubting him now.

    • Paul Blake

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      I think the other guy is Ryquell Armstead. He is a super athletic guy. Ran a 4.45 at the combine. And yes, he has signed with the Saints. He had a nasty run-in with COVID and I think he is trying to get his career back. I hope he does, but I think Ozigbo has a leg up on the competition.

      • Montezuma's Revenge ... right now says:
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        ozigbo and him i believe both had corona to start last year, and that’s main reason j-rob has a job right now at JAX. i remember having right before season started stashing both of armstead/ozigbo in a 16 teamer obv till j-rob took off, then dropped both. that’s q.watkins not s.watkins above, did you see the great 3 plays made by him last night, pretty sick if/when PHI can say find somebody to throw to them. also have q.watkins in a fairly deep benches 12 teamer as my likely worst WR currently (hilton coming back but i haven’t dropped cephus yet for that spot). pretty sure quez was in your first write up back right before season started (or maybe between the thurs game week 1 and sunday)

        • Paul Blake

          Paul Blake says:
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          I didn’t know about Ozigbo catching COVID. I’ll have to look into that one.

          You are correct on my Watkins write-up. There is a lot to like with Quez. He just needs more targets.

          I like Jalen Hurts.

          Sirianni needs to improve as a play-caller. He took on a huge challenge when he took this job. First-year coach calling the plays with one of the youngest offenses in the league… I think he is in over his head. That is not to say Sirianni cannot figure it out with time and experience, or maybe he hires someone else to call plays next year. Unfortunately, until Sirianni figures it out Quez is gonna be hit or miss.

        • Paul Blake

          Paul Blake says:
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          Any thoughts on this Nate McCrary kid? He might be trouble for Ty’Son

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