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How to Treat Commanders WR Jahan Dotson as Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Target

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Scott Taetsch/Getty Images. Pictured: Jahan Dotson.

Just as we all expected, the Commanders offense gained nearly 400 yards and scored 28 points, looking very lively under Carson Wentz in Week 1.

At the heart of the passing attack was rookie Jahan Dotson. The first-round pick only had three catches for 40 yards, but he hauled in two touchdown passes from Wentz and looked like a strong weapon.

Dotson only had five targets, which ranked fourth on the Commanders and was one more than Terry McLaurin. Curtis Samuel broke out with 11 targets, thriving in the slot, and also scored a touchdown.

If Wentz did one thing well last season, it was throw the deep ball. Is there a chance that Dotson becomes a legitimate downfield target in Washington this season?

Our fantasy football experts lay out how they’re approaching Dotson on the waiver wire this week and whether they’re buying stock for the rest of the season.

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Sean Koerner: Dotson’s price might be a bit too high following a 3/40/2 debut. However, he won’t get to face the Jaguars every week and it’s unlikely Carson Wentz will throw for 300-plus yards and four TDs every week.

You wouldn’t necessarily be adding Dotson to start in your lineup right away, but he does carry high-end WR3 upside if either Terry McLaurin or Curtis Samuel ever missed time.

Chris Raybon: Dotson is a medium-priority speculative add.

I wouldn’t start Dotson as a WR3 quite yet, but after Week 1, he’s real close. Dotson’s underlying usage metrics (89% routes run, 16.2 aDOT) were excellent, but you would like to see him be targeted on more than 12.5% of his routes. Once we begin to see that number rise, it will be time to insert him into starting lineups.

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