Alright, so it’s been eight 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.
C.J. Prosise (Seattle Seahawks) – The entire Seattle running back situation is a hard one to read right now. Christine Michael started out hot, but has faded as of late. Thomas Rawls is still somehow not recovered from his ankle surgery. Alex Collins gets a random carry every once in a while. Now C.J. Prosise gets eight touches? What’s going on? The most talented running back in this backfield is finally getting snaps. Not only that, but CJ is getting snaps at critical times in the game. He’s been a consistent piece in the 2 and 4-minute offenses. He’s been amazingly efficient in the passing game over the past couple weeks. Plus, this is the guy the Seahawks just spent a 3rd round draft pick on. He may struggle to find consistent value in standard leagues, but for PPR purposes this 6′ 220 lb running back is a must-stash.
Tim Hightower (New Orleans Saints) – Many people forget that he carried some fantasy owners (myself included) to championships last year around playoff time. Hightower was out of football for nearly five years before he came back last season. Now he’s not only just back as a handcuff to Mark Ingram, but as a serious asset in the New Orleans backfield. For some reason Mark Ingram’s fallen off the face of the planet and Tim Hightower is in line for a big chunk of the backfield work. Don’t expect 26 carries every week. But Hightower has apparently “earned” a more significant role with the Saints coaching staff. If Ingram misses significant time due to injury (like he’s famous for) Hightower is immediately in the RB2 conversation. Stash this guy!
Charcandrick West (Kansas City Chiefs) – Besides having a name similar to an awesome Pokemon, Charizard West has been known to be productive when given an opportunity. Jamaal Charles is still dealing with knee swelling. Spencer Ware is in concussion protocol. Last season, from week 7 to 16 Charcandrick managed at least 100 totals yards or a touchdown in four games. The talent is there for him to relevant should Spencer Ware or Jamaal Charles miss a game or two here shortly. Stash this Pokemon!
Mike Gillislee (Buffalo Bills) – Mike Gillislee wears a pretty convincing mustache. He’s been know to have a few games here and there that make him look good or remotely relevant. It’s not like he’s a terrible RB. He’s a decent backup. But in Buffalo, when LeSean is healthy he’s a complete afterthought. Plus, even when McCoy’s out Gillislee only sees twelve carries? That’s not a steady level of production you want from anything more than a flex. This mustache has seen more than nine carries in a game just twice, ever. If he’s out there on your wire, there are probably better options.
Jonathan Williams (Buffalo Bills) – Coming into the NFL draft season many people liked Jonathan Williams’ talent. He missed a ton of time in college due to injuries, but his talent was never in question. However, when the Bills drafted him his future didn’t look too promising. He was buried on a depth chart of decent RBs. That’s still the case. Even though he had a few touches and a red zone touchdown Williams is a mustache not to be trusted. I like him in dynasty formats post-McCoy, but that’s about it.
Juwan Thompson (Denver Broncos) – Juwan Thompson has been a consistent low-level backup in the NFL for the past few years now. That’s what he is. Yes, he did fall into the end zone this past week. Yes, he could get some touches if Devontae Booker goes down with injury. The problem is he has shown that he isn’t really talented enough to take advantage of his limited opportunities. Target someone else.
J.J. Nelson (Arizona Cardinals) – J.J. Nelson is a fun speed WR (4.28 second 40 yard dash). Bruce Arians loves those guys. Last year we got to see John Brown streak down the field for some big plays. Now, thanks to injuries (and Michael Floyd being bad) we’ll get to see J.J. Nelson get some looks as the WR2 according to the coaching staff. If you add him, don’t expect two touchdowns per game. However, he could easily garner double-digit targets for a while. He has legitimate game-changing wheels. The Cardinals will need to utilize him to make up for their lack of overall offensive success if they want to climb back into playoff contention.
Kendall Wright (Tennessee Titans) – Kendall Wright has been a frustrating fantasy football wide receiver to own for a very long time. His career looked like it was on a fantastic trajectory back in 2013 when he caught 94 passes. However, even then he only score two touchdowns. Since then he’s been injured or inconsistent at best. But! There’s good news. The Titans have the best quarterback on their roster since Steve McNair in Marcus Mariota. Kendall Wright’s balanced route tree out of the slot is being fully utilized. He’s even getting the occasional deep shot. Grab Kendall and finally start to enjoy the production we’ve been waiting to see for five years.
Tyreek Hill (Kansas City Chiefs) – Tyreek Hill is a talented former track star that slipped under just about everyone’s radar this off-season. He wasn’t even invited to the combine, but the Chiefs made sure to grab their guy in the 5th round (18th WR off the board). Tyreek has quickly shown why they “reached” for this former Oklahoma State Cowboy. Every single week Tyreek displays game-breaking speed. Finally, the production has started to match the potential. The Chiefs don’t throw a ton, but if you’re in a deep league, Tyreek is a must-stash. If you play dynasty or keeper leagues there’s a good chance he’s on a roster. But if he isn’t, make sure you change that.
Chris Hogan (New England Patriots) – How many times do you think a team’s 5th target in the passing game is worth a start? Well, so far it’s been maybe twice out of eight games. Chris Hogan is behind Gronkowski, Bennett, Edelman and even James White (soon to be Dion Lewis) in the passing game for New England. Don’t be fooled by his greasy mustache. Chris Hogan does not belong in your starting lineup, ever.
Andrew Hawkins (Cleveland Browns) – Speaking of 5th options in the passing game, let’s talk Andrew Hawkins. It was cute that he got a short touchdown this past week. He’s managed to get a couple more too. The problem is that he’s already 4th in line. Plus, as soon as Corey Coleman comes back Andrew Hawkins will slip into irrelevance behind Pryor, Coleman, Duke, and Barnidge. Don’t waste a waiver selection. There’s a great chance he scores zero touchdowns the rest of the way.
Seth Roberts (Oakland Raiders) – Who doesn’t like touchdowns? Seth Roberts has no issue scoring them. In fact he does that every 5.5 catches. However, that’s part of my issue with Roberts, believe it or not. That type of TD% is nowhere near sustainable. That will continue to drop for the remainder of the season. Plus, on a week where Derek Carr threw for 513 yards, Seth Roberts only had 28 (on two catches) prior to the last play of the game in overtime. This offense is the Amari and Crabtree show. Don’t rely on the boom or bust with Seth Roberts. This guy’s mustache is a hard one tear off, but it has to be done.
C.J Fiedorowicz (Houston Texans) – Fiedorowicz was here a few weeks ago (not-so-humble-brag). Not enough people own him yet. This is a simple decision, guys and gals. Brock continues to look his way (even some in the red zone). Go grab this underrated must-stash TE.
Other Tight Ends To Add – Austin Hooper, Vernon Davis
Mychal Rivera (Oakland Raiders) – Hey, look! Mychal Rivera caught 3 passes for 36 yards and a touchdown! Yeah, I’m pretty sure everyone on the Raiders, offensive linemen and all, scored a touchdown in this one. Rivera has 3 other catches on the year. Don’t waste your time.
Other Tight Ends To Avoid – Virgil Green, Clive Walford
If you have any questions, feel free to reach out on Twitter @FF_TravisM. Good luck this week!