How aggressively should fantasy managers go after DeeJay Dallas on the waiver wire in Week 14? Let’s take a closer look.
Should DeeJay Dallas Be a Fantasy Waiver Add in Week 14?
The Seattle backfield has been a productive tandem in 2023. Walker’s 786 yards from scrimmage and seven scores through the first 10 games made him a rock-solid RB2 option on a weekly basis.
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Unfortunately, he sustained an oblique injury against the Los Angeles Rams, which has resulted in him missing the last two games. Further complicating Walker’s fantasy value is Charbonnet’s expanded role and production in his absence.
Charbonnet saw mixed results in a feature role over the last two games. He produced 157 total yards on 38 total touches and scored the first touchdown of his career against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 13.
Apparently, the Seahawks backfield still has a contagious case of the injury bug because Charbonnet picked up a bruised knee during the team’s Week 13 loss on Thursday Night Football.
Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll spoke about both players while speaking with the media on Wednesday.
“Kenny (Walker III) ran pretty good in walkthrough,” said Carroll about Walker. “It was exciting to see him out there moving around; he was flying around. We have to make sure we get him through the week and see what happens.”
Carroll’s thoughts on Charbonnet sounded a bit more optimistic. “He was out there moving around today, so that’s a really good sign,” said Carroll. “Again, he had a bruised knee; he did not have a knee injury. It’s uncomfortable, and it’s going to hurt like crazy if he lands on it again during this week of preparation. By the end of the week, he should have a chance to be pretty good.”
Despite the optimism from Carroll’s quotes, both Walker and Charbonnet were listed as non-participants for Wednesday’s practice on Seattle’s injury report ahead of their Week 14 NFC West matchup against the Niners.
After Charbonnet suffered the knee injury against the Cowboys, Dallas ended up being on the field for a season-high 41% of the offensive snaps. Now, it didn’t end up giving Dallas much more work on the stat sheet, finishing with just one carry for six yards. However, his presence on the field certainly suggests he is the next man up if both Walker and Charbonnet are inactive against San Francisco.
Dallas has been called upon occasionally during his time in a Seahawks uniform to see significant work in the Seattle backfield. Oddly enough, the best fantasy performance of his career came during his rookie campaign back in 2020 against the 49ers. His 58 total yards and two scores on 18 carries and five receptions may not have been efficient, but it was useful for fantasy managers.
The roles of Walker and Charbonnet have led to Dallas seeing just 15 total touches through the first 12 games of the year, but an expanded role with both out of the lineup would certainly make him a worthy Flex play, at the very least.
If Dallas is the leading man in this Seattle backfield, he is absolutely a priority waiver wire add heading into Week 14. He would be a low-end RB2 in a leading role against the tough 49ers defense.
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