The Must Stash: Week 11

Eli Grabanski looks at some deep sleepers to stash before Week 11's games.

Every week 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 rostered in under 20% of leagues 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 Rhamondre Stevenson (45.4% on ESPN), Kadarius Toney (41.5% on ESPN), and Elijah Mitchell (85.5% on ESPN) are on the waiver wire, you’re either in a league too shallow for stashing, or you should go pick those guys 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. Without further ado, let’s dive in!

 

Week 10 Review

 

  • Ty Johnson, RB, New York Jets: Ty Johnson carried the ball twice for two rushing yards on the ground and caught five passes for 36 receiving yards through the air against the Buffalo Bills this past week. He’s worth monitoring because of his receiving usage but can be dropped for higher upside lottery tickets.
  • Rhamondre Stevenson, RB, New England Patriots: The big hit of last week’s edition of the Must Stash as he went off for a stat line of 20 carries, 100 rushing yards, two rushing touchdowns, four receptions, and 18 receiving yards against the Cleveland Browns. He’s now rostered in over 20% of fantasy leagues (no longer eligible for the Must Stash) and appears to be one of the more valuable running back handcuffs in the league.
  • Taysom Hill, QB, New Orleans Saints: Taysom Hill completed two passes on two pass attempts for 11 passing yards through the air and carried the ball three times for 23 rushing yards on the ground. He’s not the starting quarterback right now, but he could have value if Sean Payton opts to give Taysom a shot at the starting job after the two losses with Trevor Siemian as the starter.
  • Le’Veon Bell, RB, Baltimore Ravens: Biggest airball of the season on this one. Le’Veon Bell got cut by the Baltimore Ravens this week and shouldn’t be rostered in any leagues.
  • Rashaad Penny, RB, Seattle Seahawks: Rashaad Penny did not record a snap against the Green Bay Packers and is droppable in your fantasy leagues.

 

The Must Stash

 

Wayne Gallman, RB, Atlanta Falcons (6% on ESPN, 11% on Yahoo)

 

Wayne Gallman ended up with a stat line of 15 carries, 55 rushing yards, one reception, two targets, and 21 receiving yards. While the game being a blowout almost certainly played a factor in Gallman receiving this kind of workload, there could be more opportunities for him in near the future with Cordarrelle Patterson dealing with an ankle injury and Mike Davis‘s general ineffectiveness (3.3 YPC during the 2021 NFL season) this season. If you are playing in a deeper league and looking for a running back lottery ticket for the end of your bench, Gallman is a fine option.

 

Kendrick Bourne, WR, New England Patriots (10% on ESPN, 15% on Yahoo)

 

Kendrick Bourne had a nice day against the Cleveland Browns last week where he caught four passes on four targets for 98 receiving yards and a receiving touchdown through the air and carried the ball three times for 43 rushing yards on the ground. He’s caught at least four passes in three of his last four games and has 33 receptions on 43 targets for 520 receiving yards and three receiving touchdowns on the season. Given his recent performances as well as Mac Jones‘s continued improvement at the quarterback position, Bourne may be a capable FLEX option for the late-season stretch.

 

Eno Benjamin, RB, Arizona Cardinals (6.5% on ESPN, 11% on Yahoo)

 

With Chase Edmonds out for a few games on injured reserve, it was expected that Eno Benjamin would slot into the #2 running back role alongside James Conner. Against the Carolina Panthers this past week, he officially took on that role and got around a 60/40 split with James Conner on the ground as Benjamin ended up carrying the ball six times (37.5% of the team’s running back carries) for 22 rushing yards. Considering there will be better game scripts ahead for the Arizona Cardinals with Kyler Murray and DeAndre Hopkins making their returns soon (where they will not be down 20+ points the entire game), it appears that Benjamin still may be undervalued at his current rostered percentage. Take a shot on this running back that is one James Conner injury away from being a high-end RB2.

 

Trey Sermon, RB, San Francisco 49ers (14.9% on ESPN, 20% on Yahoo)

 

Trey Sermon has been a major disappointment from a fantasy perspective this year. In the preseason, there was quite a bit of discussion among fantasy analysts that Sermon may take the starting running back job from Raheem Mostert during the season. In Week 1, a prime opportunity arose for Sermon’s fantasy potential when Raheem Mostert went down with a season-ending injury, but it ended up being Eli Mitchell that emerged as the 49ers lead back. For most of the season thus far, Sermon has not contributed and was even a healthy scratch last week against the Los Angeles Rams. But with the news that Eli Mitchell has a finger fracture, there may be more opportunities for Jeff Wilson Jr. and Trey Sermon in the short term. While you should prioritize Jeff Wilson (rostered in over 20% of fantasy leagues on Yahoo and not eligible for the ‘Must Stash’), Trey Sermon should also be a decent end-of-the-bench lottery ticket as long as Mitchell is banged up.

 

Jamal Agnew, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars (10.2% on ESPN, 12% on Yahoo)

 

We’ve featured Jamal Agnew on this list in the past, but for whatever reason, he hasn’t seen his rostered percentage explode like others on this list despite a string of very solid performances. So we’ll feature him again in this edition and strongly recommend that you give him a shot in deeper leagues. Since Week 5 (five games), Agnew has a stat line of 20 receptions, 35 targets, 184 receiving yards, one receiving touchdown, five carries, 98 rushing yards, and a rushing touchdown. He’s been playing at a FLEX caliber level since D.J. Chark went down with an ankle injury, so if you have room at the end of your bench he’s worth a stash.


Deep Cuts

 

(Rostered In Less Than 3% Of Leagues)

Both Websites (ESPN and Yahoo)

 

Albert Wilson, WR, Miami Dolphins (0.2% on ESPN, 0% on Yahoo): Had four receptions on five targets for 87 receiving yards through the air and carried the ball two times for 19 rushing yards on the ground against the Baltimore Ravens.

 

Matt Breida, RB, Buffalo Bills (0.7% on ESPN, 2% on Yahoo): Matt Breida had a stat line of three carries, 28 rushing yards, and one rushing touchdown on the ground as well as three receptions for 22 receiving yards and a receiving touchdown through the air against the New York Jets. While it’s likely a one-week wonder, it’s important to monitor strong stat lines like this.

 

Ray-Ray McCloud, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers (0.7% on ESPN, 0% on Yahoo): Ray-Ray McCloud had a pretty nice day against the Detroit Lions last week where he had nine receptions on 12 targets for 63 receiving yards.

 

DeAndre Carter, WR, Washington Football Team (0.7% on ESPN, 2% on Yahoo): DeAndre Carter has played over 65% of the offensive snaps in three of the last five games and had a stat line of three receptions, six targets, 56 receiving yards, and one receiving touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week.

 

Albert Okwuegbunam, TE, Denver Broncos (1.4% on ESPN, 1% on Yahoo): He’s on a bye week this week, but last week Albert Okwuegbunam had three receptions on three targets for 77 receiving yards. If Noah Fant ever goes down, Albert Okwuegbunam would be in the TE1 conversation in this offense.

 

Olamide Zaccheaus, WR, Atlanta Falcons (0.6% on ESPN, 1% on Yahoo): We featured Zaccheaus two weeks ago in the ‘Deep Cuts’ section after Calvin Ridley stepped away from football indefinitely to focus on his mental well-being, and then he followed it up with an impressive three reception, 58 receiving yard, and two receiving touchdown day against the New Orleans Saints in Week 9. In Week 10, he caught two passes on seven targets for 22 receiving yards.

 

Benny Snell Jr., RB, Pittsburgh Steelers (0.5% on ESPN, 1% on Yahoo): It’s handcuff season with the fantasy playoffs approaching quickly and if Najee Harris ends up missing time at any point this year, it’s likely that Snell would step into the role as the lead back.

 

Marlon Mack, RB, Indianapolis Colts (1.8% on ESPN, 3% on Yahoo): Marlon Mack has been a healthy scratch against the New York Jets and the Jacksonville Jaguars the past two weeks, but in the event that Jonathan Taylor misses time, he would likely receive a majority of the work on the ground.

 

ESPN/Yahoo Only

 

Malcolm Brown, RB, Miami Dolphins (4.3% on ESPN, 2% on Yahoo): Malcolm Brown has been on injured reserve since Week 8 and will miss Week 11 against the New York Jets, but once he makes his return he should step into the role as the team’s primary goal-line back.

 

 

That’s it for Week 11. Feel free to weigh in and mention any players you believe should be on this list.

 

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