The Must Stash: Week 10

Deep sleepers to stash before Week 10's games.

Every Friday I will list some players who I think, if things go their way, will wind up in those waiver articles the following Tuesday. You don’t have to stash all of them – it depends on who you have on your roster, the depth of your benches, the scoring system of your league, etc. But these are guys that should at least be on your radar.

Stashing players is only something that can occur in deeper leagues with large benches, so to make this information worthwhile, I will only be recommending guys that are under 20% owned on both Yahoo and ESPN, and in many cases, you’ll see percentages in the single digits. If you’re in a league where guys like Myles Gaskin (69% on Yahoo, 75.7% on ESPN), Travis Fulgham (83% on Yahoo, 87.7% on ESPN), or Laviska Shenault (24% on Yahoo, 20.7% on ESPN) are on the waiver wire, you’re either in a league too shallow for stashing, or you should go pick them up right away.

In addition, for those of you in really deep leagues (16+ teams), we will also include some deep cut players that are rostered in less than 3% of leagues on both Yahoo and ESPN in a section at the end to try and give you the best chance of winning your fantasy league.

Week 1 was a success where we advised you to pick up Joshua Kelley, Laviska Shenault, and Jerick McKinnon. Week 2 was successful in getting you to roster Myles Gaskin on your team. Week 3 and 4 were less successful but had a few solid waiver suggestions such as Jeff Wilson, Mo Alie-Cox, and Hunter Renfrow. Weeks 5 and 6 we told you to pick up Trey Burton who has emerged as a legitimate TE1 option in the Colts offense. In Week 7, we advised you to pick up JaMycal Hasty, Giovani Bernard, and Tua Tagovailoa. In Week 8, we recommended picking up Denzel Mims, Jalen Reagor, and Darnell Mooney.


Week 9 Recap


Last week was not quite as good as week 8, but showed some potential. Jordan Reed returned and played for the 49ers on Thursday Night Football, but only caught one pass for three yards. Jordan Howard fulfilled his role for the Miami Dolphins and scored a touchdown in his 10 carries against the Arizona Cardinals. Jordan Wilkins may have taken the lead back role from Jonathan Taylor, carrying the ball 11 times for 39 yards against the Detroit Lions while Taylor took six carries for 27 yards. This was the second week in a row that Wilkins had more carries than Taylor, so he’s worth a hold for now. Jordan Akins ran more routes (16) than his teammate Darren Fells (13), but only managed to turn it into two catches for 19 receiving yards. Rashaad Penny still hasn’t made his return, so his inclusion on the list last week might have been a mistake. Of these players, Jordan Wilkins and Jordan Howard are solid holds, Jordan Reed and Jordan Akins are on the fence between rosterable/droppable, and Rashaad Penny is a drop at this point of time.


Who made the list(s) this week? Let’s dive in!


The Must Stash


Breshad Perriman, WR, New York Jets (8% on Yahoo, 12.8% on ESPN)


We’ve featured Breshad Perriman on this list before, but considering he’s still rostered in under 20% of fantasy leagues it feels necessary to include him again…especially after his five reception, 101 receiving yards, and two receiving touchdown performance against the New England Patriots. As we touched in the previous time we included Perriman, he is a real burner downfield with his 4.30 forty-yard dash speed and was getting a little hype in the offseason as a potential sleeper after ending the season strongly for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last year.



Perriman struggled at the start of the year but seems to be hitting his stride more since returning from his ankle injury in week 6, and scored his first couple touchdowns of the 2020 season last week against the New England Patriots. Despite this performance, Perriman wasn’t a hot waiver pickup largely due to the Jets going on their bye week this week. If you want a good sleeper pickup this week, Perriman is your guy.


Darnell Mooney, WR, Chicago Bears (12% on Yahoo, 15.7% on ESPN)


Darnell Mooney has been one of the most consistent mentions in this article series, appearing nearly every week in the ‘Deep Cuts’ section and even making the ‘Must Stash’ back in week 8. He’s been more involved these past few weeks and it’s shocking that Mooney is still rostered in under 20% of fantasy leagues…so it felt necessary to include him on this list once again!


Darnell Mooney 2020 Stats


Take a look at Mooney’s stats so far this season. They eased him in at the start of the year, but since Nick Foles officially became the starting quarterback in week 4, Mooney’s been unleashed more. Two weeks ago against the New Orleans Saints, Mooney had the most receiving yards in a single game of his young career (69) and saw his highest snap share of the season (93%). And last week against the Tennessee Titans he led the team in targets and was targeted 11 times.



Mooney’s fantasy outlook has been trending upward all season and he is positioning himself for a strong ending to his rookie campaign. If you have a spot available on your roster, you should take a shot on Mooney.


Denzel Mims, WR, New York Jets (6% on Yahoo, 4% on ESPN)


Two Jets?!? Are we crazy? Maybe. But both Breshad Perriman and Denzel Mims have proven themselves to be worthy of this list. Denzel Mims has appeared on this list before a couple of times prior to his debut with the New York Jets because of his outstanding athleticism and draft pedigree. In the past, we’ve talked about how the second-round pick is an athletic freak who ran a 4.38 forty yard dash (96th percentile) at the NFL combine, has an insane catch radius that ranks in the 96th percentile, and possesses high speed (96th percentile) and burst scores (90th percentile). But, many players in the NFL are super athletic  – the bigger question is how has Mims performed on the field?


Denzel Mims 2020 Stats


Well if you look at the table above, you can tell that Mims has been doing pretty well so far this year. Since making his debut in week 7, Mims has played at least 79% of the snaps and gotten at least 42 receiving yards in every game since. In addition, in two of these weeks (7 & 9) Mims led the team in targets. Mims is making a great first impression early in his career and should be featured more after the Jets bye week this week. Mims might have the most upside of any player rostered in under 10% of fantasy leagues and you should feel confident about stashing him.


Kalen Ballage, RB, Los Angeles Chargers (10% on Yahoo, 6.1% on ESPN)


If you would have told me that Kalen Ballage would be making ‘The Must Stash’ at some point this year after averaging 1.8 yards per carry for the Miami Dolphins last year I would not have believed you. Yet, here we are. Kalen Ballage started the season off for the New York Jets and was performing decently prior to being cut in October. He got picked up by the Chargers and spent a lot of time on their practice squad before making his debut against the Las Vegas Raiders, taking 15 carries for 69 rushing yards and a touchdown.


Kalen Ballage Career Stats


While Ballage is probably more likely to get sent to the practice squad and cut again than win you your fantasy league, his strong performance makes him one of the more interesting running backs that is rostered in under 10% of leagues. If running backs like Duke Johnson, Jordan Howard, Jordan Wilkins, or Matt Breida are not available, consider giving Ballage a chance at the end of your roster.


Cordarelle Patterson, WR, Chicago Bears (5% on Yahoo, 3.8% on ESPN)


Much like some of the other players on this list this week, Cordarelle Patterson was featured on this list before after Tarik Cohen tore his ACL. While it didn’t amount to much then, there’s a possibility the Patterson can redeem himself after David Montgomery suffered a concussion against the Tennessee Titans. Patterson has gotten at least one carry in every single game this year for the Chicago Bears, and could play a good amount of running back if Montgomery is indeed out for the foreseeable future.


Cordarrelle Patterson 2020 Stats


While I’m not overly excited to put Cordarelle Patterson on this list given his extensive past of fantasy irrelevance and would recommend prioritizing the other guys first, Patterson’s got a good chance to be relevant for a little while.

Additional note: For those of you playing on ESPN, Cordarrelle Patterson is eligible at both WR and RB. Dual-eligible players can provide your team with a little more roster flexibility if your roster ends up in a bind due to injuries or bye weeks.


Deep Cuts


(Less Than 3% owned in ESPN and Yahoo)


Salvon Ahmed, RB, Miami Dolphins (1% on Yahoo, 0.1% on ESPN): Salvon Ahmed had a surprisingly good game with Myles Gaskin and Matt Breida out, carrying the ball seven times for 38 rushing yards. While his role will likely be short-lived, he played well enough to make it to the ‘Deep Cuts’ this week.


Patrick Laird, RB, Miami Dolphins (0% on Yahoo, 0.1% on ESPN): Myles Gaskin is out for at least two more weeks and Matt Breida also dealing with a hamstring injury, making his status for Sunday questionable. While Jordan Howard and Salvon Ahmed saw more carries than Laird last week, Patrick Laird could be a decent option these next couple weeks for those in deeper leagues.


Buddy Howell, RB, Houston Texans (0% on Yahoo, 0% on ESPN): David Johnson was concussed early in the Texans game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. While Duke Johnson is likely to receive the bulk of the carries with Johnson out, the injury also will give Buddy Howell and Scottie Phillips some potential touches as well.


Troymaine Pope, RB, Los Angeles Chargers (1% on Yahoo, 0.5% on ESPN): In week 8, Troymaine Pope took ten carries for 67 rushing yards and caught five passes for 28 receiving yards. A concussion kept him out of week 9, but he’s set to come back against the Miami Dolphins and could make an impact.


Darrynton Evans, RB, Tennessee Titans (1% on Yahoo, 2% on ESPN): Darrynton Evans is currently on injured reserve after suffering a hamstring injury in week 5, but should be back at some point in the near future. When he makes his return, he should be the primary backup for Derrick Henry and should be one of the best handcuffs still available on the waiver wire.


Lamar Miller, RB, Chicago Bears (0% on Yahoo, 0.4% on ESPN): David Montgomery suffered a concussion last week and his status for this week is up in the air. If Montgomery is out, Lamar Miller may finally get a chance to play.


K.J. Hamler, WR, Denver Broncos (3% on Yahoo, 2.2% on ESPN): K.J. Hamler had his hype train derailed a bit after he suffered a hamstring injury in week 4. But after catching the game-winning touchdown against the Los Angeles Chargers and putting together a solid week against the Atlanta Falcons, Hamler may be trusted more down the stretch.


Ryan Nall, RB, Chicago Bears (1% on Yahoo, 0.4% on ESPN): Ryan Nall is the immediate backup to David Montgomery, who suffered a concussion this past week. While the Bears offense is uninspiring, volume is king and if Montgomery is out of commission for a while, Nall will get opportunities.


Quintez Cephus, WR, Detroit Lions (0% on Yahoo, 0.2% on ESPN): Quintez Cephus has been the primary fill-in for Kenny Golladay while Golladay is out with a hip injury. While he obviously won’t be putting up the numbers that Golladay does, Cephus could be used in good matchups.


Anthony McFarland, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers (1% on Yahoo, 1.3% on ESPN): The Pittsburgh Steelers rookie running back, Anthony McFarland, has gotten some work the last five weeks taking 17 carries for 64 rushing yards. While James Conner is clearly ahead of him on the depth chart, Benny Snell‘s hold on the backup job seems to be evaporating. Keep a close eye on this situation.


D’Onta Foreman, RB, Tennessee Titans (0% on Yahoo, 0% on ESPN): D’Onta Foreman has gotten five carries each of the last two weeks. Derrick Henry‘s handcuff has value, so it’s important to monitor who is in control of the job between Foreman, Darrynton Evans, and Jeremy McNichols.


Isaiah Ford, WR, New England Patriots (1% on Yahoo, 0.4% on ESPN): Isaiah Ford was one of the few players to get traded at the NFL trade deadline, moving from the Miami Dolphins to the New England Patriots. Given the state of the Patriots wide receiver corps, has an opportunity to become a top target on the team this week against the Baltimore Ravens.


Scottie Phillips, RB, Houston Texans (0% on Yahoo, 0% on ESPN): With the injury to starting running back David Johnson, Scottie Phillips should get more opportunities to carry the ball.


Josh Gordon, WR, Seattle Seahawks (1% on Yahoo, 0.8% on ESPN): There are probably people out there who are sick of the Josh Gordon hype. I get it. But his god-given talent combined with MVP candidate Russell Wilson potentially throwing to him makes it worth monitoring when he makes his return (currently no timeline on when this might be).


DeAndre Washington, RB, Miami Dolphins (2% on Yahoo, 0.8% on ESPN): The Miami Dolphins knew that Myles Gaskin was going to be out a while and made the move to acquire DeAndre Washington at the trade deadline. Washington has a potential path to fantasy relevance in the near future if Matt Breida’s hamstring injury lingers and he can pick up the Dolphins offense quickly, but for now, he will just be included in the ‘Deep Cuts’ section of this article.


Cincinnati Bengals D/ST (2% on Yahoo, 2.2% on ESPN): The Bengals have a pretty bad defense, which is why they managed to make the ‘Deep Cuts’ list. But next week they play against the Washington Football Team who boast one of the worst offenses in the NFL. And the week after they get the New York Giants. Could be a solid fill-in for those in deeper leagues.


Cam Sims, WR, Washington Football Team (0% on Yahoo, 0.1% on ESPN): Cam Sims had a great game against the New York Giants this past week, catching three passes for 110 receiving yards. While it’s likely this game was just a fluke, he’s worth monitoring just in case.


That’s it for week 10. Feel free to weigh in and mention any players you believe should be on this list.


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