How To Treat Jahan Dotson as Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Target (Week 17)
Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images. Pictured: Jahan Dotson.
Before Week 16, Action Network's fantasy football staff implored everyone to pick up Washington Commanders wide receiver Jahan Dotson off the waiver wire. Considering that the talented rookie is owned in just 23% of leagues still, it doesn't look like many people took that advice.
No big deal. There's one last chance to correct that wrong on the week of many fantasy football championship games.
Dotson has now scored in three consecutive contests and has registered 15 receptions (24 targets) for 325 yards over this stretch. The man is on an absolute heater to close the season and has a good shot to keep it going against a Cleveland Browns defense that ranks 24th overall in defensive DVOA, per Football Outsiders.
Sean Koerner: Dotson has graduated from TD-or-bust WR4 to a must-start WR3.
Over the last three games, he's averaged a 92% routes run rate and has been targeted on 20% of his routes. Pair that with his 15.1 aDot and high touchdown rate, and you have a WR3 who has a solid floor/ceiling combo.
Whether it’s Carson Wentz or Taylor Heinicke under center probably doesn’t matter. Showcasing why he was a first-round pick, Dotson has posted solid numbers with both quarterbacks.
Samantha Previte: I am once again asking you all to pick up Dotson.
Dotson, Terry McLaurin and Curtis Samuel each had nice games in the Commanders' Week 16 loss to the 49ers. Dotson saw a team-high nine targets and caught six of them for 76 yards and a touchdown. McLaurin and Samuel also found the end zone, but combined for 10 targets.
I was actually wary of starting Dotson in this tough matchup against San Francisco's No. 1 defense, per DVOA. He outperformed expectations and is the WR12 in half PPR heading into Monday night.
This is Dotson's third game in a row with at least 14 fantasy points and a touchdown. He missed a big chunk of time earlier in the year, but in the 10 games he has played, Dotson has finished as a top-22 receiver or better in six of them. He should be considered a WR3 or better rest of season with the Browns and Cowboys to finish out the year.
Mike Triplett: This blurb is basically a rehash from last week, but it needs to be repeated since Dotson is still just 23% rostered.
I get it if you’re out of contention for the year, but if the rookie is still somehow available in any dynasty or keeper leagues, stop reading this article right now and grab him.
Dotson provides the perfect combination of talent and opportunity that you’re always hoping to find on the waiver wire. Remember, he was the 16th pick in the draft, and his numbers would be eye-popping if he hadn’t missed five games in the middle of the season due to injury.
He has seven TD catches in just 10 games played – including one in three straight games. He just set a career high with six receptions against a tough 49ers defense and matched a career high with nine targets. He also ran one more route (35-34) than McLaurin for the first time this season.