Demario Douglas Fantasy Waiver Wire: Should I Pick Up the Patriots WR This Week?

Demario Douglas is coming off his best game of the season. Is he worth adding off the waiver wire for Week 11, or is he best left off your roster?

This season has been a disaster for the New England Patriots and basically all of their fantasy football pieces. At this point in the year, though, a valuable piece is emerging and showing what he can be. Demario Douglas is a rookie sixth-round WR and has been seeing solid usage the last month. Is he a worthwhile waiver addition? Let’s dive in!

Should Demario Douglas Be a Fantasy Waiver Wire Add in Week 11?

Let’s start by talking through some negatives before the positives. Size is a definite concern, as he’s just 5’8″ and 179 pounds. His durability has to at least be a worry. He’s only missed one game so far in 2023, though.

The other major concern is the overall state of the offense. While, yes, that hurts the ability to deliver true game-changing performances, it doesn’t hurt his weekly targets. The offense is bad in part due to minimal weapons. Douglas is the Patriots’ best separator and, as such, is a QB’s best friend. He also is a jitterbug who can get yards after the catch.

The QB might change off the bye this week. Yes, he’s on bye and still a potential add. Whatever QB is playing in Week 12 will want to target their top options, and that starts with Douglas. He’s playing more snaps than any other WR on the team for a reason. Don’t worry about the QB play because it already wasn’t great.

What Douglas does, and does well, is get open and get targets. Since missing Week 6, he’s seen six or more targets in every game, with that trending up every week. He saw nine targets in Week 10, his most of the season. That turned into season highs with six catches and 84 yards.

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At 5’8″, he’s likely not the biggest red-zone threat, and the Patriots’ offense doesn’t put up points to a level to expect much there. He’s yet to find the end zone in his career, and it’s tough to forecast that this season, especially if the QB changes continue.

As such, what Douglas is at this point is a Flex option for someone dealing with injuries or underperforming players or byes. He’s a much better option in full-PPR leagues, fine in half-PPR, and less than ideal for standard leagues. So much of whether he’s a worthwhile addition depends on the overall roster build and where you’re at with byes.

Personally, building teams at this point in the year, he’s the type of player to move away from once through most byes. Rostering a player to get around 10 fantasy points as a bench player isn’t a huge win and can typically be found on the waiver wire as needed.

Typically, it’s better to stash a backup RB type who can become a lead back off an injury. This is also the time of year to consider playing a week ahead on defenses and stash a second defense for the following week.

Demario Douglas is absolutely worth a waiver addition, but how valuable he is likely depends on the team’s situation. Week 11-14 byes are good reasons to add him, as are overall WR injuries or just underperforming stars. He’s just not an ideal long-term upside stash with the Patriots’ offense, so just know when you need to play him before adding.

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