How to Treat Commanders WR Jahan Dotson as Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Target
Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images. Pictured: Jahan Dotson.
After Week 1, Jahan Dotson was one of the biggest names on the waiver wire after an impressive NFL debut.
Well, after Week 2, here we are again.
Dotson’s ownership is still below 50%, although that’s surely going to change after another strong performance that saw him find the end zone in the Commanders’ Week 2 loss in Detroit.
Our three fantasy experts weigh in on how big a priority adding the rookie receiver is.
Sean Koerner: Dotson posted another solid line in Week 2 going for 4/59/1 and now ranks 12th in 0.5-PPR points on the season for WRs. The most encouraging sign is his playing time, as he ran a route on 100% of Carson Wentz’s dropbacks.
The talented rookie should be able to post WR3 numbers going forward with his underlying usage. However, I would get used to his low-end WR1 numbers to date, Wentz won’t be throwing for 300+ yards and 3+ TDs every week, nor will the Commanders be facing the Jaguars or Lions every week.
Dotson faces his first tough test this week against the Eagles, against whom I view him as a mid/low-end WR3.
Samantha Previte: Dotson had yet another fantastic fantasy day, which suggests his Week 1 explosion should not be written off as a fluke.
The 2022 first-round pick caught four of five targets for 59 yards and a touchdown in Washington’s Week 2 loss and he is currently the WR16 heading into Monday.
He was once again out-targeted by Curtis Samuel (seven catches on nine targets for 78 yards and a touchdown) and saw fewer looks than Terry McLaurin (four catches on eight targets for 75 yards). Samuel and McLaurin are both widely rostered (70% and 98%) and Dotson is making a case that he should be as well.
The Commanders have a nice schedule coming up, which could vault Dotson into week-to-week flex consideration.
Chris Raybon: Dotson should be rostered in all formats, but he’s a lower-priority add compared to Wilson.
Dotson upped his route participation rate from 89% in Week 1 to 100% in Week 2. He’s still only been targeted on nine of his 93 routes (10%), but Terry McLaurin hasn’t been much better at 10-for-89 (11%).
Carson Wentz is having trouble getting the ball outside, but Dotson’s target rate should grow as the season progresses. For now, he is a boom-bust, TD-dependent low-end WR3.