It’s playoff push time. Let’s take another look at some must-stash and mustache players and some guys that can just be left alone if you’re still in the mix to win it all.
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.
Robert Kelley (Washington Redskins) – So if you follow me or listen to the Dynasty Life (@DynastyLifePod on Twitter) podcast you know how I feel about MEHtt Jones. He’s just not great at much of anything. He has fumble issues. Calling him fast would be a disservice to all fast people everywhere. Robert Kelley isn’t exactly an elite NFL athletic specimen either. He’s an undrafted free agent talent. However, what he’s been doing lately has been impressive. Just last week he took 14 carries for 87 yards and a score. Most importantly though, he took care of the football. Matt Jones has already surrendered the football three times. That’s not how you keep a job. Pick up Robert Kelley if you want an opportunity to grab 15+ touches per week.
DuJuan Harris (San Francisco 49ers) – DuJuan Harris is an interesting stash option. He’s already had a brief stint of relevance with the Green Bay Packers to his name. We know he can contribute. However, DuJuan Harris isn’t really pushing for a starting job like Robert Kelley with MEHtt Jones. Where Harris’ value stems from is Carlos Hyde’s habit of being hurt. Hyde has already missed 13 games in his young three-year NFL career. Any time Carlos misses time DuJuan has a chance to blow it up. Once Carlos Hyde is back it will be his show, but if you need a solid handcuff or a one-week fill-in here and there DuJuan is your guy.
Kapri Bibbs (Denver Broncos) – So everyone who danced with joy when Devontae Booker took over the reigns as starter in Denver are all now most likely crying. Kapri Bibbs surprised the fantasy world by actually out-gaining Booker on far fewer touches (80 yards on 3 touches to 30 yards on 11 touches). It was a super small sample size, but local Denver reporters believe that Kapri’s role is massively increased this week. I was reluctant to add him as a must-stash, but Booker hasn’t been getting the job done. We live in a “What have you done for me lately?” world. Kapri is a solid handcuff at the very least, but not a sure thing to be trustworthy every week. Take Harris or Kelley over him for sure.
Mike Gillislee (Buffalo Bills) – What? Gillislee’s been money lately! I’m insane right? No. Mike Gillislee has been getting some touches due to LeSean McCoy’s health, but now would be the time to sell if you have any shares. Yes, Gillislee’s value has been buoyed by a couple touchdowns, but we all know touchdowns are very volatile. When both McCoy and Gillislee finish the game, Gillislee has topped seven touches just once. He is, at best a handcuff to McCoy. I’ve seen him proclaimed as a daily fantasy winner and fantasy championship winning back. That is not the case. Mike Gillislee has worn a pretty convincing mustache as a fantasy asset for long enough.
Jalen Richard (Oakland Raiders) – Jalen Richard has probably been listed as a mustache more than any other player in the NFL this year. Why? Well, probably because he started out this year with such a convincing bang. He ran for a 75-yard touchdown to start off the season, and as many fantasy owners do, they assumed he was a good running back. Outside of that first week Jalen Richard is averaging just five carries per week (even with Latavius Murray missing some time). Latavius Murray and DeAndre Washington are both still out-touching Richard. This is an obvious mustache to avoid despite his 72-yard showing this past week.
Ronnie Hillman (Minnesota Vikings) – For those of you that remember Hillman as a Denver Bronco you may remember him eating into C.J. Anderson’s touches quite often. He started doing that again this past week against the Lions with his new Vikings team. He will have a couple of weeks where he breaks ten touches given the Vikings lack of elite play-makers, but Jerick McKinnon will be the only trustworthy fantasy option in that backfield when all pieces are healthy. Even if McKinnon or Asiata goes down, Ronnie is not guaranteed a solid role. He’s a solid mustache to leave on the waiver wire.
Rishard Matthews (Tennessee Titans) – Rishard Matthews has five touchdowns in the last five weeks. Is that pace sustainable? It’s probably not. However, since being bench some in favor of Andre Johnson early in the season, Rishard has bounced back. His snap count has increased heavily. His target averages have increased. The number of targets inside the red zone going his way have gone way up. The Titans don’t pass that often, but when they do they have been going to Rishard Matthews most often when it counts. His 10 targets last week may be his season high, but 7 or 8 targets each week is definitely within reach. If you need another match-up based flex play for your playoff push Rishard is a must-stash with a soft upcoming schedule (GB, IND, CHI).
Robert Woods (Buffalo Bills) – Robert Woods has been the butt of many USC WR bust jokes over the past couple seasons. However, it’s not really deserved. Since joining the league he’s averaged 51 catches for 613 yards and around 4 touchdowns. Those aren’t super impressive numbers by themselves. But when you consider what he’s been asked to do as second fiddle in a run-first offense since joining the league in 2013, it’s pretty impressive. He put his skills on full display this past week against a tough Seattle Seahawks defense. He grabbed 10 balls for 162 yards. Since Week 3 he has had at least 4 catches in every game but one. Robert Woods is a flex play without his talented teammate Sammie Watkins available, even could continue to produce even with him on the field.
Cole Beasley (Dallas Cowboys) – I thought that when Dez Bryant returned to full strength that Beasley’s targets might decrease significantly. It looks like I was wrong. Beasley has been Dak Prescott’s best friend this season. He has had no fewer than four targets in ay game he’s played. He’s had at least three catches as well. He’s the ultimate PPR floor play. Plus, he’s even shown he can score. If Cole is somehow available still, go grab him.
Jalin Marshall (New York Jets) – Not many people know much about Jalin Marshall. I did a lot of watching Jalin Marshall last year as I watched a ton on Michael Thomas (with the Saints) and Braxton Miller (with the Texans). In my opinion, Jalin Marshall was actually the second best WR that Ohio State had last year when it actually came to running routes and consistently contributing in the run game. Braxton Miller was just a raw athlete. I love the idea of Jalin Marshall carving out a role for dynasty fantasy football purposes. However, for this season, with Brandon Marshall, Quincy Enunwa, Charone Peake, Bilal Powell, and Matt Forte garnering some targets, I don’t think Jalin can be trusted to get 4 targets and a touchdown again soon. There are many better options than this target share mustache.
Jordan Norwood (Denver Broncos) – Jordan Norwood has been trending in the right direction in terms of snap count. I’ll give him that. The problem is that generally, Emmanuel Sanders and DeMaryius Thomas warrant all of the target attention. Yes, Norwood grabbed a nice touchdown this past week but he has eclipsed four targets just once this season. That’s not a great way to be a relevant fantasy asset. This 3rd WR on the Broncos is a mustache to avoid.
Adam Humphries (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) – Fool me once, shame one you. Fool me twice, I’m not starting you again. Humphries had such a promising start to this season. He averaged more than eight targets per week through the first three contests. However, after that Mike Evans took the whole pie for himself. Since the third week of the season, Humphries has eclipsed 4 targets just once (this week). And it actually didn’t happen until garbage time against the Falcons that he earned most of his yardage and the touchdown. Don’t be fooled. Adam Humphries is a fake fantasy starter, a mustache, if you will.
Austin Hooper (Atlanta Falcons) – Coming out of college, everyone knew that Austin Hooper could catch the ball. He needed to improve on his blocking and the intricacies of one of the most complex positions in football. Now that the Falcons are starting to trust him on a consistent basis he needs to be considered in all formats at a very weak TE position.
Other Tight Ends To Add – CJ Fiedorowicz, Vance McDonald, Eric Ebron (available in many leagues)
Lance Kendricks (Los Angeles Rams) – I’m sorry. If you think starting a Rams TE is a good idea on a consistent basis that’s on you. That’s like sporting a creeper mustache expecting to pick up the prettiest girl at the bar.
Other Tight Ends To Avoid – Dominique Jones, Levine Toilolo
If you have any questions, feel free to reach out on Twitter @FF_TravisM. Good luck this week!