NFL Week 3 2022 fantasy football season is here, and we’re here to help answer all of your waiver questions. While most fantasy football owners will wait for your fantasy football draft pick, maintaining flexibility in your roster can lead to a matchup.
Keep an eye out for the top names on the waiver wire all season. Commanders of Washington rookie wide receiver Jahan Dotson has quickly become a fantasy star. We delve into the value of Dotson’s waiver wire in Week 3 against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Should you add Jahan Dotson off the waiver wire for Week 3?
Available in 56% of Yahoo leagues and 39% of ESPN leagues, Dotson has quickly become a popular play for managers. He the ninth-best fantasy receiver now in the league with three touchdowns in two games. But is that sustainable, given that Dotson is the only receiver in the top 10 with fewer than 12 targets?
Without a doubt, we are seeing a much improved and effective starting offense for the Commanders. Now that they’re using more than 11, they have capable playmakers to surround Carson Wentz with.
The trio of Dotson, Terry McLaurin and Curtis Samuel have been phenomenal, totaling 28 receptions, 365 yards and six touchdowns in two games. Tight end Logan Thomas also looked closer to his usual self, which is important for a quarterback who has been effective at the position since entering the league. Commanders offensive coordinator Scott Turner deserves credit for orchestrating the No. 2 passing attack in the league.
Each of those three receivers is in the top 21 among fantasy wide receivers. Dotson has the third-most receiving yards (99) and second-most targets (10) among his peers in that span. It’s fair to say that his value is tied exclusively to the red zone for now.
With five targets in each of the first two games — three catches in Week 1 and four in Week 2 — the concern is that Dotson is set to regress. However, he played 93% of the snaps, meaning Turner rarely takes him off the field. But Dotson is clearly the third option among receivers and possibly No. 4 given the competition from Thomas and the running backs J. D. McKissick and Antonio Gibson.
Is Jahan Dotson playing well against Philadelphia?
Washington’s Week 3 opponent, the Eagles, have an average defense against receivers in fantasy points. They did better against Justin Jefferson in Week 2 than they did against the Lions in Week 1. Philadelphia’s individual talent is impressive, but Dotson may be a mismatch because of his speed. Darius Slay and James Bradbury are faster than they are fast, and therefore aren’t very good one-on-one defenders against Dotson.
I certainly recommend picking up Dotson if you can get him off the waiver wire. I wouldn’t spend a ton of yours FAAB or spend the highest waiver priority on him, since he’s not a protected starter in any given week, but he’s a better piece than what’s at the bottom of most rosters. Don’t be afraid to cut short enough for Dotson.
It’s also possible that Dotson’s role will increase at some point in 2022. Samuel has battled injuries throughout his career, and while we don’t want him to miss time, the Chiefs drafted Dotson in part because they couldn’t afford to lose Samuel without another playmaker to fill his role.
Jahan Dotson waiver wire Week 3: Should you add him to play the Eagles?