The Dumpster Dive – Deep Stash Players to Keep on the Radar
Every year, teams scour the waiver wire in hopes of finding a diamond in the rough. In deeper leagues, this becomes an invaluable tool, as you need to constantly update your roster to ensure you have the best players available. Heading into the 2019 season, here is a list of players, many who went very late or undrafted, that you need to make sure remain on your radar.
Jalen Richard – RB – Oakland Raiders
In PPR leagues, I have been stashing Jalen Richard. Richard is coming off a career high 68 receptions and 607 receiving yards. Richard is still listed as second on the Raiders depth chart and is the de facto pass catcher of the group. He would inherit a larger role if rookie Josh Jacobs gets injured or does not play well, but he has low level flex appeal even with Jacobs on the field.
Alexander Mattison – RB – Minnesota Vikings
A jack of all trades but master of none, Alexander Mattison has been elevated to the backup role for Dalvin Cook. Though Mattison is finally being acknowledged as a sleeper, I’ve been pounding the table for the Vikings’ third round pick all offseason. He’s a perfect fit in Kubiak’s system, and if anything happens to Dalvin Cook, Mattison becomes an RB2 overnight. Make sure he’s owned in your league.
Benny Snell Jr – RB – Pittsburgh Steelers
Jaylen Samuels has been drafted as the clear-cut backup to James Conner, but I’m still not so sure. Benny Snell Jr’s tape reminds me of a poor man’s Le’ Veon Bell, a patient runner between the tackles who takes advantage of blocking schemes to exploit holes in the defense. I think he’s a very deep stash, and not worth adding in redraft leagues currently, but he’s definitely someone you want to watch out for as the season progresses.
Ryquell Armstead – RB – Jacksonville Jaguars
I would be much more enthused about Ryquell Armstead’s prospective role in this offense if he had shown out in training camps and preseason. The fact is the only reason to stash Armstead is due to Leonard Fournette’s proclivity for missing games, and the complete dearth of talent in Jacksonville’s running back room.
Chris Thompson – RB – Washington Redskins
It has taken several years and several injuries, but Chris Thompson has finally reached actual sleeper status. Often over-drafted in previous years because of his pass-catching ability, Thompson is being overlooked in 2019, often not even being drafted while his teammates Derrius Guice and Adrian Peterson are finding their way onto fantasy football rosters. I like Thompson as a deep stash in PPR leagues if I don’t have to pay for him.
Adam Humphries – WR – Tennessee Titans
Coming off of a career year in Tampa Bay, Adam Humphries finds himself in new surroundings, but not greener pastures. The Titans are a run-heavy team with a middling quarterback, so I’m not overly excited about their receivers. However, Adam Humphries is currently listed as the slot receiver, where he’s going to remain valuable in PPR leagues. If somehow Humphries is on the wire, grab him, or try to make buy-low trade offers for him.
Jakobi Meyers – WR – New England Patriots
The most impressive wide receiver throughout the Patriots offseason and preseason is a virtual unknown to the fantasy football community. Even in my deeper leagues, I was able to run out and pick up Jakobi Meyers several times. The undrafted rookie free agent has been the best receiver for the Patriots not named Julian Edelman and considering N’Keal Harry’s recent injury status, he’s a must add in all fantasy football league formats.
Willie Snead – WR – Baltimore Ravens
Willie Snead has been my biggest sleeper all year, especially in PPR leagues. The designated slot receiver for the Baltimore Ravens, I expect Snead to be regularly catching 5-8 passes per game as Lamar Jackson looks to dump the ball on underneath routes. Snead is virtually unchallenged at his specific position, as rookies Marquise Brown and Miles Boykin are more outside receivers than slot receivers. Snead should be owned in every league, and you can even stream him against a soft Miami Dolphins team in week 1.
Terry McLaurin – WR – Washington Redskins
The Washington Redskins are expecting big things from rookie third round pick Terry McLaurin. Third round receivers typically do not have dominant rookie seasons, however, McLaurin has displayed excellent route running ability and great hands and has been elevated to second on the depth chart following the departure of Josh Doctson. McLaurin should be stashed in all formats of fantasy football leagues.
Damion Willis – WR – Cincinnati Bengals
From “Last Chance U” to the Bengals starting roster, Damion Willis’ journey to the NFL has been interesting, to say the least. What I like about Willis is his willingness to attack the football at its highest point to come down with the catch. With AJ Green missing the first part of the season due to injury, Willis will likely have a chance to play and cement his spot on the team, as I feel he’s a better receiver than speedster John Ross.
Dawson Knox – TE – Buffalo Bills
The tight end room in Buffalo is barren after the team moved on from long time starter Charles Clay. Free agent signing Tyler Kroft is still recovering from a broken foot and veteran Lee Smith is a blocking tight end with limited receiving skills. This leaves Dawson Knox as the only tight end on the Bills roster with any upside. Don’t add him just yet, but definitely keep an eye on him as the Bills season progresses.
Darren Waller – TE – Oakland Raiders
According to Jon Gruden, mum’s the word when it comes to Darren Waller. The tight end sleeper has the size and speed necessary to make an impact for the Raiders. Waller’s been in the league since 2015 and hasn’t done much of anything though, so don’t buy in too hard to Gruden’s hype.
Mike Gesicki – TE – Miami Dolphins
Most tight ends make the leap in their sophomore season, which is why Mike Gesicki is being considered as a sleeper at the tight end position. Gesicki has excellent size and the requisite skills to be a solid starter, but whether that translates to fantasy football production is another story. It’s a story worth following to its conclusion.
Nick Vannett – TE – Seattle Seahawks
Nick Vannett is a huge man. He’s definitely more of a blocker than a receiving option, but if he can become a red zone target for the Seahawks, he could have some value. Will Dissly is still the darling for most fantasy football owners, but I think I’d rather have Vannett, as he can out snap Dissly because of his blocking prowess.
Maxx Williams – TE – Arizona Cardinals
The former second round pick of the Baltimore Ravens now finds himself playing for the Arizona Cardinals. The Cardinals currently only have two tight ends rostered; Charles Clay and Maxx Williams. Clay is past his prime, and Williams could be an excellent receiving option if he can stay healthy. With Ricky Seals-Jones no longer on the roster, Williams should be monitored closely.