How To Treat Darius Slayton as Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Target
Photo by Dustin Satloff/Getty Images. Pictured: Darius Slayton.
In need of a one-week streamer at the wide receiver position for Week 11? If so, perhaps Darius Slayton of the Giants is the man you need.
The fourth-year pro has turned in three solid fantasy games in a row, most recently posting a 3/95/1 line against the Texans on Sunday. He has a strong opportunity to keep it going in Week 11 against the Lions. You might have heard their defense is the worst – just ask Justin Fields.
Action Network’s fantasy football experts weigh in on Slayton’s prospects in much more detail below.
Sean Koerner: The David Sills, Richie James and Marcus Johnson experiment in New York seems to be over as all three have been phased out. That’s left long-time Giant Darius Slayton as a top-two option for Daniel Jones.
Kenny Golladay returned to action last week, only to be benched in the second half. I don’t view him as a threat to Slayton’s rest-of-season value and would consider Slayton a low-end WR3 option who has the potential for spike weeks.
Chris Raybon: Among Giants pass-catchers who have run at least 50 routes, Slayton leads the team in targets per route (19.3%) and yards per route (2.26). He has great chemistry with Jones, with the two connecting for 1,807 yards and 11 TDs since coming into the league together in 2019.
Slayton’s route participation rate has been between 70% and 82% over the past four weeks, which is not quite high enough for WR3 value on a low-volume pass offense. He figures to be an inconsistent — but high-upside — WR4 going forward.
Samantha Previte: After a disappointing Week 8 defeat, Jones and the Giants bounced back and topped the Texans, 24-16, for their seventh win.
It was (unsurprisingly) the Saquon Barkley show opposite this horrific Texans‘ run defense, with the Penn State product handling 35 carries for a whopping 152 yards and a touchdown. Slayton also had a nice day and led the team in all receiving categories, with three catches on four targets for 95 yards and a touchdown. Rookie Wan’Dale Robinson was held to two catches for 20 yards.
Slayton could end up being what we hoped Robinson would be after the Giants were stagnant at the trade deadline (outside of trading Kadarius Toney). He is my preferred Giants receiver and he could be a WR3/flex play next week against the Lions, whose defense ranks 26th in pass DVOA and has allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to wide receivers.