The Must Stash: Week 7

Deep sleepers to stash before Week 7'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 (84% on Yahoo, 89.6% on ESPN), Joshua Kelley (45% on Yahoo, 55% on ESPN), or Laviska Shenault (45% on Yahoo, 42.3% 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. Who made the list(s) this week? Let’s dive in!

 

The Must Stash

 

Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Miami Dolphins (13% on Yahoo, 16.6% on ESPN)

 

We featured Tua on this list in the week 5 edition of ‘The Must Stash’ as a player worth a strong look, and if you picked him up then you are probably celebrating after he was announced as the starting quarterback for the Miami Dolphins going forward.

If you didn’t pick him up then, that’s okay! He’s still under 20% rostered in Yahoo and ESPN leagues, so there’s still a strong chance you can add him to your roster. Tua is the all-time career leader in college passing efficiency, and his upside is hard to turn down for fantasy players who have been stuck streaming quarterbacks all year.

 

Breshad Perriman, WR, New York Jets (8% on Yahoo, 16.3% on ESPN)

 

Breshad Perriman has not the most exciting name on this list, but there are some things to like about his fantasy football profile. Perriman is a real burner downfield with his 4.30 forty-yard dash speed and he was getting a little hype in the offseason as a potential sleeper after ending the season strongly for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last year.

Breshad Perriman Last 8 Games

But that hype quickly disappeared with a disappointing performance in week 1 and an ankle injury in week 2. After missing weeks 3-5, Perriman returned for week 6’s game against the Miami Dolphins and was one of the few bright spots in the Jets offense, catching four passes (on eight targets) for 62 yards. Given that Perriman played 97% of the team’s offensive snaps and ran 45 routes in his return, it’s clear the New York Jets are going to get him involved. He looks to be a solid post-hype pickup.

 

Rashaad Penny, RB, Seattle Seahawks (4% on Yahoo, 2.3% on ESPN)

 

For the second week in a row, we put Rashaad Penny on this list. After many weeks of being on the ‘Deep Cuts’ list, Rashaad Penny finally got a promotion to ‘The Must Stash’ last week since he’s closer to returning from the PUP list. Penny is ahead of schedule in his recovery and should be back around week 8 or so. Given Penny’s previous effectiveness, Chris Carson’s injury-proneness, and Penny’s first-round pedigree, he’s worth a hold as one of the most valuable handcuffs in the league. 

 

Rashaad Penny Career Stats

 

In addition, for you folks in keeper or dynasty leagues Seahawks lead running back Chris Carson is a free agent at the end of the season and means that Penny could be in line for a bigger role in 2021.

 

Giovani Bernard, RB, Cincinnati Bengals (12% on Yahoo, 6.5% on ESPN)

 

Joe Mixon missed his second practice in a row on Thursday with a foot injury. This is the second week that Joe Mixon has been questionable to play after dealing with a shin injury in week 5. Joe Mixon has repeatedly been getting banged up this year and the Bengals may decide to sit him a week or two to let him get his body right.

Giovani Bernard Career Stats

Considering Giovani Bernard is the clear handcuff to Joe Mixon, he would be in for a large role if Mixon misses any time. Bernard is one of the best direct handcuffs in the league and he’ll begin to be rostered in more and more leagues as the fantasy playoffs come closer.

 

JaMycal Hasty, RB, San Francisco 49ers (7% on Yahoo, 1.6% on ESPN)

 

Like Tua Tagovailoa, JaMycal Hasty once appeared on this list in Week 3‘s edition of ‘The Must Stash’ and is making his return to this list. San Francisco 49ers lead running back Raheem Mostert suffered another injury and is slated to go on injured reserve. Tevin Coleman is still on injured reserve with a knee injury and Jeff Wilson is a little banged up with a calf injury. While Jerick McKinnon is slated to get most of the running back work this week, do not sleep on JaMycal Hasty. In the victory against the Los Angeles Rams, Hasty carried the ball nine times for 37 rushing yards and was actually better on the ground than Jerick McKinnon (six carries for 18 rushing yards). He made waves during training camp with his electric playmaking ability, and now that he’s finally getting some opportunities on the field to showcase these abilities in Kyle Shanahan’s offense, it’s time to consider him as a serious stash for your fantasy football roster.

 


Deep Cuts

 

(Less Than 3% owned in ESPN and Yahoo)

 

Jeremy McNichols, RB, Tennessee Titans (1% on Yahoo, 0.7% on ESPN): Jeremy McNichols has taken 14 carries for 79 rushing yards the last two weeks. In addition, with Darrynton Evans going down with an injury and being put on injured reserve, McNichols is the clear handcuff to star running back Derrick Henry for the foreseeable future. Monitor him on the waiver wire.

 

Anthony McFarland, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers (2% on Yahoo, 1.8% on ESPN): The Pittsburgh Steelers rookie running back, Anthony McFarland, has gotten some work the last three weeks taking 12 carries for 50 rushing yards. Given James Conner‘s extensive injury history and the uncertainty of how much of a hold Benny Snell has on the backup running back job after McFarland’s performances, there’s a very real possibility that McFarland could potentially see lead back carries at some point this year. He’s got solid upside for a player rostered in under 3% of fantasy leagues.

 

Gerald Everett, TE, Los Angeles Rams (3% on Yahoo, 1.6% on ESPN): While Tyler Higbee has been the primary tight end for the Los Angeles Rams, Gerald Everett has actually seen more targets over the last two weeks. While there are quite a few tight ends who are more worthy of rostering than Everett, this is becoming a situation to monitor. 

 

Nelson Agholor, WR, Las Vegas Raiders (3% on Yahoo, 2.1% on ESPN): Prior to the Raiders BYE week last week, 231 players had been targeted at least eight times in the 2020 NFL season. Of those 231 players, Nelson Agholor was the only player who has netted a perfect passer rating when targeted. For this reason, it is necessary to mention the former first-round pick in the ‘Deep Cuts’ list and for fantasy owners to keep a close eye on him.

 

John Ross III, WR, Cincinnati Bengals (2% on Yahoo, 0.7% on ESPN): John Ross hasn’t seen his career start like he hoped. The 9th overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft has only caught 51 passes thus far in his career and has been a healthy scratch in recent weeks for the Cincinnati Bengals. So why is he on this list? Well, it’s because Ross is a prime trade candidate at the NFL trade deadline on November 3rd. If the 4.22 forty-yard dash speedster finds himself traded to a team in need of a wide receiver like the Green Bay Packers, Philadelphia Eagles, or New England Patriots, he could be fantasy relevant.

 

K.J. Hamler, WR, Denver Broncos (2% on Yahoo, 1.8% on ESPN): K.J. Hamler had his hype train derailed after he suffered a hamstring injury in week 4. While his talent makes him a player worth monitoring, it might be a while before he’s fully healthy and can maximize his opportunity with the team.

 

Richard Rodgers, TE, Philadelphia Eagles (3% on Yahoo, 1.9% on ESPN): Zach Ertz went down in the game against the Baltimore Ravens last Sunday and Dallas Goedert has already been out a few weeks with an ankle injury. This means the Eagles tight end room very thin, and leaves Richard Rodgers as the primary tight end. As we mentioned in the ‘Coaching Time‘ article prior to the start of the season, Doug Pederson loves utilize the tight end position and that means that Rodgers should get plenty of opportunities in the immediate future.

 

Darnell Mooney, WR, Chicago Bears (2% on Yahoo, 1.5% on ESPN): The Bears 5th round pick Darnell Mooney has been playing pretty well in his first five NFL games, catching 18 passes on 30 targets for 196 yards and a touchdown. The Bears decision to start quarterback Nick Foles seems to be helping Mooney take another step and he could become an occasional FLEX play/decent bench piece for fantasy players down the line.

 

Andy Isabella, WR, Arizona Cardinals (2% on Yahoo, 0.8% on ESPN): The Cardinals wide receivers are heavily utilized in Kliff Kingsbury’s offense. Because of this, one wide receiver worth monitoring on the waiver wire is former third-round pick Andy Isabella. Isabella has legit 4.31 forty-yard speed and if any of DeAndre Hopkins, Larry Fitzgerald, or Christian Kirk miss any time Isabella would be in a position to be a FLEX caliber player.

 

Demarcus Robinson, WR, Kansas City Chiefs (1% on Yahoo, 2.7% on ESPN): Robinson had five catches on six targets for 69 receiving yards against the Buffalo Bills. While his usage has been inconsistent so far this year, he’s worth monitoring considering he plays for one of the best offenses in the league.

 

Tyler Johnson, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0% on Yahoo, 0.4% on ESPN): Tyler Johnson had a great game against the Chicago Bears, catching four passes on six targets for 61 receiving yards. He then followed it up with a seven-yard touchdown reception last week against the Green Bay Packers. The Buccaneers are a very pass-happy team, and if Johnson can jump Scotty Miller on the depth chart he could be a solid streaming option this year.

 

Jalen Hurts, QB, Philadelphia Eagles (1% on Yahoo, 1% on ESPN): Philadelphia Eagles starting quarterback Carson Wentz has had a rough start, throwing only eight touchdowns to nine interceptions through the first six weeks of the NFL season. Head coach Doug Pederson has stated that Carson Wentz’s starting job is not in trouble, but keep in mind that the team did use a second-round pick on Jalen Hurts in the 2020 NFL draft and Pederson has said he “could see things continuing” with increasing QB Jalen Hurts’ role in the offense. Given this information as well as Jalen Hurts’ strong rushing ability in college producing 10.96 rushing attempts, 58.46 rushing yards, and 0.77 rushing touchdowns, he could be an intriguing fantasy option if he ever gets thrust into a starting role.

 

Corey Clement, RB, Philadelphia Eagles (1% on Yahoo, 1% on ESPN): Miles Sanders suffered a knee injury against the Baltimore Ravens. While Boston Scott is the primary handcuff and Sanders is only expected to miss a week or two, Clement is a solid stash in deeper leagues just in case if anything changes.

 

That’s it for week 7. Feel free to weigh in and mention any players you believe should be on this list.

 

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