This is the time of year in Dynasty leagues that the contenders begin to make their playoff push and struggling teams decide to scrap their rosters and rebuild. Finding value on the waiver wire or other managers’ benches is pivotal to your overall success. I’m going to discuss two players that could either be on your leagues’ waivers or an afterthought by their current owner. If you are looking for a deep stash with 2021 upside, consider going after one of these players while the price is next to nothing:
Isaiah Coulter, WR Houston Texans
Isaiah Coulter was the Texans’ 2020 5th round pick out of Rhode Island. He flashed in training camp, but sustained a neck injury that landed him on IR to start the season. The Texans WR corps seems crowded at the moment, but there have been rumors that the new regime is openly shopping all of the current WRs. This includes the recent (and questionable) acquisitions of BrandinCooks, Kenny Stills, and Randall Cobb which likely helped to fuel the firing of Head Coach/GM Bill O’Brien. Fuller and Stills are set to be unrestricted Free Agents in 2021, which would leave only Cobb, Cooks, and Keke Coutee (who has been in the doghouse for two years). One thing missing from the current WR group in Houston is a legit Red zone option. Cooks, Fuller, and Stills have primarily been downfield threats for their careers, while Cobb is a typical slot receiver. At 6’2”, Coulter would give Watson a bigger target that will allow them to improve upon a meager 64.7% TD rate (15th best in the NFL) on drives inside of the 20. Considering that the Texans don’t have either a 1st or 2nd round pick in 2021, Coulter has a clear path for opportunity to become a starting receiver for Deshaun Watson by next season and likely won’t have much competition for targets.
Rashaad Penny, RB Seattle Seahawks
Rashaad Penny is the forgotten 2018 1st rounder that many were excited about as a rookie. Unfortunately, his early career has been derailed by injuries. However, his last two healthy games saw a nearly even backfield split with Carson:
Before he went down with a torn ACL in week 14, Penny had been outperforming Carson in both yards/carry and yards/touch. He will be eligible to return from IR after Seattle’s Week 7 bye. Even though Carson has been lights out as the lead back this season, they are still limiting his snaps coming off a 2019 hip injury himself. Carson’s highest snap percentage on the season is just 61% so there will be opportunity for Penny to have a role once he’s back. Looking towards the future, Carson is set to be an UFA in 2021 while Penny is only on the 3rd year of his rookie contract and has a 5th year team option available. I’m sure that Seattle will consider extending Carson, but they also have 2 stars in their secondary (Jamal Adams and Shaquill Griffin) that are coming up on the end of their deals. If Penny can flash the potential that we saw from him last season, Settle might be inclined to move on from Carson and focus on shoring up their future on defense.