Waiver Worthy: Wide Receiver Edition: Corey Coleman, Josh Doctson, Zay Jones & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Injuries have opened some opportunities, though does that mean long-term success?  How about some recently returning wide receivers?  Can they hit the ground running and produce for teams in need?  Let’s take a look at some of the hot waiver wire targets to try and determine if they are worth buying or should be left for someone else:


Corey Coleman – Cleveland Browns
Taking on a tough Jacksonville defense the Browns wasted little time in turning Coleman into their top target.  He finished with 6 receptions (11 targets) and 80 yards and until Josh Gordon returns a similar workload should be in his future.  Even once Gordon is ready, given how long he’s been sidelined is there any guarantee that he makes an impact? 

There is questionable quarterback play, which is going to limit any receivers’ upside, and with the missed time you have to wonder about the rapport he’ll be able to form.  That said even a 50% completion rate, given this workload, would be enough and there’s some favorable matchups on the horizon (not in Week 12, against the Bengals).  He’s on the WR3 spectrum, with even more upside.
Verdict – Buy ‘Em


Josh Doctson – Washington Redskins
Doctson was given 7 targets for the second straight week, turning them into 4 receptions and 81 yards.  Those are solid numbers, but there are questions about his upside overall

  • He was behind Jamison Crowder in terms of targets (8 targets) for the second straight week
  • The Redskins could easily go tight end heavy, with Jordan Reed (when healthy) and Vernon Davis playing a significant role
  • The team will likely import a veteran pass catching running back, after the injury to Chris Thompson, so don’t expect Doctson to get a significant boost in value

If you want to stash him on your bench then sure, but he’s not a player to buy and trust.
Verdict – Buy ‘Em, but only as a bench stash


Zay Jones – Buffalo Bills
While Kelvin Benjamin appears to have avoided serious knee damage, he’s banged up and could be sidelined for a week or two (at least).  Jones isn’t locked in to assume lead receiver duties as Deonte Thompson (who had 8 targets in Week 11, compared to 7 for Jones) could also be in the mix), but when healthy he has finally started to live up to the preseason hype over his past two games:

  • at New York Jets – 6 receptions, 53 yards, 1 TD
  • at Los Angeles Chargers – 4 receptions, 68 yards

With three seemingly favorable matchups on the horizon (though the Patriots have been playing better) and Jones putting it together, this is an ideal time to buy.
Verdict – Buy ‘Em


Dontrelle Inman – Chicago Bears
Inman’s production took a step backwards in Week 11, turning 5 targets into 3 receptions and 43 yards.  That’s not going to excite anyone, though the matchups over the next two weeks are favorable (Eagles & 49ers).  That doesn’t mean much, though Mitchell Trubisky is starting to mature and develop under center.  We’re not ready to trust him fully, but the upside remains there to make him worth buying.
Verdict – Buy ‘Em


Dede Westbrook – Jacksonville Jaguars
We’ve been waiting for Westbrook to be activated and join the receivers mix in Jacksonville and we finally got our wish in Week 11.  He didn’t produce big time numbers, however, as he turned 6 targets into just 3 receptions and 35 yards.  That came with Allen Hurns sidelined, and while he could miss Week 12 it doesn’t appear like he’ll be out for an extended period.  Marqise Lee is also going to remain the team’s top receiver, though the overall opportunities are going to remain limited (Jacksonville’s 318 pass attempts is sixth fewest in the league).  Westbrook will likely be a boom or bust option in a low volume offense, and that’s going to make him a tough sell.
Verdict – Deny ‘Em


Bruce Ellington – Houston Texans
With Will Fuller sidelined Ellington had a solid game, with 6 receptions and 63 yards (his third straight game with at least 7 targets).  However Fuller may return in Week 12 and we all know DeAndre Hopkins is the clear king of the receiving corps.  Once Fuller is back the opportunities will be limited, and that makes him a tough sell.
Verdict – Deny ‘Em


Sources – ESPN, NFL.com

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  1. House of Pain says:

    Hello Professor,

    I want to commend you for the awesome article on Devontae Booker and later advice in dropping Do’Onta Forman for the previous player mentioned.

    Full point PPR where I currently own Rod Smith but in the waiver wire now reside Alfred Morris, Bilal Powell and Elijah McGuire. Should I drop Smith for any of the above players? And if so, how would you prioritize them?

    Thank you in advance….

    • First off thanks, and thanks for the support! As for the move, the only one I’d drop Smith for is Morris (though ideally I’d own both, with the handcuff there). That said, if Morris is available now there likely won’t be a rush on Smith

  2. Craig says:

    Hi Professor,

    I’m in a 16 team league. Need to will two WR spots and one Flex.
    Could you pick between Robby Anderson, Corey Coleman, Amari Cooper, DeSean Jackson, Tedd Ginn. and… Damien Williams

  3. reggie says:

    Hi Professor

    standard scoring

    whom do you prefer – Crowder or Doctson?

    thanks! — great work as always!

  4. Colby says:

    1 point ppr Parker or sanu

  5. Colby says:

    1 point ppr martavis Bryant, sanu, kupp, or maclin can start 1

  6. Colby says:

    1 point ppr E. Sanders, Watkins, kupp, mckissic can start 2

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