Alright, so it’s been seven weeks of horrible must-stash and mustache jokes. This weekly piece of mine needs no further introduction.
What’s a must-stash player? Really? You know the drill. They’re players you need to add if they’re out there on your league’s waiver wire.
What’s a mustache player? Come on. They’re players faking like they’re good (by wearing fake mustaches as a disguise…I know…horribly cheesy joke) who aren’t truly worthy of a spot on your hallowed fantasy roster.
Why mustaches? Do I have something against mustaches? No. Other than the fact that most of them are creepy, I have nothing against a good lip hat.
Anyway, let’s dive in to the important stuff, if you haven’t already.
Jacquizz Rodgers (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) – So Jacquizz was here a couple of weeks ago after his first force-feeding came in Tampa’s win against Carolina. He’s back! Why? Well, maybe it’s because there are still way too many leagues where he is just sitting there on waivers. I know what you’re thinking. It’s Jacquizz Rodgers. But with Charles Sims on IR, even when Doug Martin comes back 100% there will be a pass-catching role to be had. Jacquizz is a must-stash, and for now a must-start player.
Chris Thompson (Washington Football Team) – Travis, stop it. You keep putting Chris Thompson here. Nope. I can’t. I won’t. Matt Jones is a horrible running back with fumbling problems. After Matt lost one fumble in the red zone, and didn’t do Kirk Cousins any favors on the fumbled exchange later in the game, he took a seat. Chris Thompson has been leading the team in snaps nearly every week already. Now he’s leading them in touches too? Stop ignoring the best RB in Washington.
Shaun Draughn (San Francisco 49ers) – Some may already forget this, but Shaun Draughn helped many fantasy owners make it to their fantasy championships last year. However, yes, I hear you. That was only because Carlos Hyde was hurt. Well, guess what, Carlos Hyde does that “getting hurt” thing a lot. In just two and a half young seasons Hyde has already missed twelve games. Draughn isn’t a blow-you-away talent, but he is a great PPR floor play, even when Hyde is back. At the very least Draughn is a must-stash handcuff for Hyde. Mike Davis isn’t the back we hoped he would be. Draughn is the other back to own in San Francisco.
Peyton Barber (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) – Peyton Barber had a pretty sad story coming out of college this spring. He just came out and said. He was going pro early to attempt to take care of his very poor family. It was a beautiful day when he found a home on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ roster. Yet, sadly players do not earn points in fantasy football for being awesome in real life. He is getting some work right now while Doug Martin is out. When Doug is back this mustache of a running will take a back seat and be lucky to see five touches per week.
Mike Davis (San Francisco 49ers) – There was a lot to like about Mike Davis coming out of South Carolina last year. He was athletic enough with some great vision on the side. The problem is that beyond just flashing a few times in the preseason he really hasn’t done anything to date when given the chance. I liken him to Cameron Artis-Payne. They were both very good college players, but calling them even average professionals would be very polite. Mike isn’t even the most talented backup on his own team. Don’t waste a waiver selection on this mustache of a backup.
Reggie Bush (Buffalo Bills) – Wait, Reggie Bush is alive? Yes he is! He ran it in for a score just this past week while filling in for a hobbled LeSean McCoy with Mike Gillislee by his side. Don’t be fooled though. Reggie is a shell of the old (abandoned) Heisman winner we one knew. Plus, for some reason the Bills are going to attempt to trot out McCoy even if he isn’t healthy. Two touches per week is not something any fantasy football owners should rely upon.
Davante Adams (Green Bay Packers) – Those bricks that Davante Adams calls his hands turned glue this past week as he sat on the bench or your league’s waiver wire. In rare fashion Adams became Aaron Rodgers’ favorite target hauling in 13 catches for 132 yards and two scores. Adams always possessed professional talent. It just seemed that he struggled putting it all together. Don’t expect that kind of production from him every week, but if he’s on your waiver wire you better be doing all you can to get Davante. He’s a must-stash if I have ever seen one.
Ty Montgomery (Green Bay Packers) – I know. He may already be designated as a running back in your league, but for at least one more week I’ll refer to him a WR. I have always loved Ty Montgomery’s talent. I just never thought that the Packers would ever be smart enough to do anything with it. It turns out that when they have no one else to give the ball to the Packers finally give it to their best play-makers out of the backfield. Fat Eddie was just not getting it done. James Starks is old, and it was showing even before he got hurt. The only thing holding Ty Montgomery back from being a trustworthy PPR RB2 the rest of the season is the Packers coaching staff. If they decide to get cute with Knile Davis or Don Jackson here soon Ty could disappear. Hopefully that’s not the case.
Quincy Enunwa (New York Jets) – There’s no Eric Decker (may his fantasy value rest in peace). The Jets apparently hate their tight ends. Someone besides Brandon Marshall and some running backs will be catching the ball for the Jets. In fact, if you haven’t been sleeping you’re already aware that Enunwa has made a little name for himself early this season. Sure, his targets have fallen off some, but he’s a great stash for PPR leagues. Their schedule is amazing over the next three weeks (playing Cleveland, Miami, and the L.A. Jeff Fishers) if your team needs a boost.
Kenny Stills (Miami Dolphins) – Stills’ targets and usage have been maddening this year. His targets over the past 5 weeks: 8, 3, 1, 3 and 8. His yardage over that same span: 76, 74, 0, 12, 100. Good luck guessing which Kenny Stills is going to show up. He’s been this way since he was in the league. Plus, the Dolphins really want to give DeVante Parker his opportunities to grow as he is only a year removed from being taken in the first round of the NFL Draft. Most importantly though is the fact that he normally has a nasty mustache (dead giveaway).
Marqise Goodwin (Buffalo Bills) – Marqise has found himself among the facially follicular fantasy football flabbergasters again. This guy can run in a straight line really well. I would have to give him a 50-yard cushion if I lined up across from him. However, he’s not someone who fantasy football owners can (or ever will) rely upon due to his one trick pony nature. Due to the Bills lack of depth at WR he may be relevant for a couple more weeks, but don’t waste your time on a guy with 32 career catches in four NFL seasons.
Russell Shepard (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) – Some of you may remember Russell Shepard as the guy who kept doing good things in the preseason instead of Kenny Bell (if you’re a bitter dynasty owner like me). Or perhaps you have never heard of him until this past week. Shepard has always been an above average athlete, even by NFL standards. However, the Buccaneers offense goes through the running game and Mike Evans. Don’t count on this mustache to even be a flex moving forward.
Jack Doyle (Indianapolis Colts) – Apparently Colts tight ends don’t have to be athletic or very good to be productive. Coby Fleener did some good things. Now it’s Jack Doyle’s turn. Even if his production may be a little inflated due to the absence of Dwayne Allen, Jack Doyle is currently on pace to finish as a TE1 in just about every format. Pick him up and expect some low-end TE1 numbers from time to time.
Other Tight Ends To Add – Vernon Davis, CJ Fiedorowicz
Jacob Tamme (Atlanta Falcons) – Remember when Jacob Tamme started this season off with two games of eight targets for at least 5 catches and 51 yards? I had almost forgotten. Kyle Shanahan’s offenses love to work through one wide receiver and the running backs. With Austin Hooper and Levine Toilolo both getting some sporadic looks an aging Tamme is not going to do your fantasy football team much good. He’s a total mustache. Look elsewhere.
Other Tight Ends To Avoid – Erik Swoope, Lance Kendricks
If you have any questions, feel free to reach out on Twitter @FF_TravisM. Good luck this week!