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) – Hopefully you listened last week and picked up Rob Kelley. However, clearly some of you didn’t. He’s still out there on the waiver wire in over half of ESPN leagues. MEHtt Jones wasn’t even on the active roster last week. Chris Thompson was relegated to passing downs almost exclusively. Rob Kelley isn’t going to look pretty when he’s churning out yardage, but he’s apparently going to be given opportunities. So, if you’re in position to make a playoff push, go grab this must-stash RB for the Washington Redskins. He’s had 21 and 22 carries the last two games. The Redksins have a decent fantasy playoff schedule. Stash him now.
C.J. Prosise (Seattle Seahawks) – C.J. Prosise has been here before too. Hopefully he’s already on your roster if you’re in a PPR league. When the Seahawks drafted Prosise in the third round this spring, it looked as though his role would take some time to develop. Then he missed some time with injury. Christine Michael fooled the world again for a moment (and has been cut again). Thomas Rawls looked like he was going to be back. And he still may be just in time for the fantasy playoffs. However, Prosise has feature back potential. C.J. had 24 touches total for 153 yards this week against the Patriots. He’s 6’1″, 220 pounds (similar to David Johnson and Le’Veon Bell). He contributes well in pass protection, receiving, and running inside and outside of the tackles. Even if Rawls returns soon, Prosise is going to be the best RB for the Seahawks.
Paul Perkins (New York Giants) – Paul Perkins a great speculative add as we approach the fantasy playoffs. Yes, Rashad Jennings did handle the majority of snaps and touches against Cincinnati on Monday Night. But he didn’t really do much with those touches until the final drive of the game. Plus, Rashad Jennings is 31, and has already missed time with injury this year. It’s clear the Giants are beginning to trust Paul Perkins more and more each week. Perkins was one of the most elusive runners in all of college football just last year. He can catch the ball when called upon. He has a fairly weak lead back ahead of him. The perfect storm of Paul Perkins could come sooner than later.
Damien Williams (Miami Dolphins) – Damien Williams must have gone as a vulture with a mustache for Halloween. It seemed every time Jaj Ajayi would do the hard work getting the Dolphins down inside the twenty Damien would vulture a touchdown away. However, don’t expect that trend to continue. Damien scored two out of his seven career total touchdowns on Sunday. He’s never been a vulture. He’s never even been a direct handcuff option. Kenyan Drake is still there. Even if Jay Ajayi goes down with an injury, Damien will be put into a committee with Drake and whatever other free agent RB they bring in. Don’t waste a waiver claim. There are better options than this mustache.
Matt Asiata (Minnesota Vikings) – If I didn’t already use the name “MEHtt” when referring to the ultimate “MEH” RB, Matt Jones, I would use it with Matt Asiata. He’s just not a very good football player. The Vikings have been forced to give him the ball this year due to injuries, but this week’s 9 carry, 13 yard performance just about sums up his career. He did fall into the end zone. That much is true. The problem is that the Vikings have tons of issues with their offensive line. Also, he’s sharing carries with the (much) more talented Jerick McKinnon. The upcoming schedule may look easy, but don’t take the bait.
Wendell Smallwood (Philadelphia Eagles) – Wendell Smallwood is the epitome of a backup running back. He has some quick burst to make someone miss in the hole. There’s always going to bigger backs on the team than him. He’s not good enough in pass protection or the receiving to game to be a niche third down guy. Wendell is just not an elite talent. If you disagree, feel free to explain why. Smallwood did have 13 carries for 70 yards this past week. That looks nice on paper. However, five of those carries came late in the game when the Eagles were just trying maintain a lead. Ryan Mathews finally looked healthy. Darren Sproles is still much better on third downs. Find some other option besides this mustache-wearing backup.
Cameron Meredith (Chicago Bears) – So Alshon Jeffery’s 4-game suspension may be old news already, but not to Cameron Meredith. Yes, his huge games all took place when Brian (better than Cutler) Hoyer was at QB for the Bears. The great news for Meredith now is that he’s basically the only wide receiver on the team. Beyond that, Cutler likes to throw deep. Cameron Meredith really is the only wide receiver who will probably succeed in that area. Many have already left him for dead on waivers, so go snatch this guy up. He could be just what your team needs on your playoff push.
Robert Woods (Buffalo Bills) – It’s funny how quickly people forget. Robert Woods grabbed 10 catches for 162 yards against the Seahawks just one week ago. Sammy Watkins is still not back from injury. On top of that, he also has an unbelievably favorable schedule for the remainder of the season. Jacksonville and Pittsburgh have fared okay against the pass, but it’s mainly because their rush defense is so bad. Teams have exploited them differently. Oakland, Cleveland and Miami are all bottom eight pass defenses against wide receivers. Many people in the fantasy football community have called Robert Woods another former USC WR that busted. I call him a fantasy league winner.
Kenny Britt (Los Angeles Rams) – Well, here we are again. I mentioned Kenny Britt here many weeks ago. Since then he’s become a top 25 WR option in just about ever fantasy football format. He’s been Mr. Consistent all season, yet is still owned in less than 60% of leagues on ESPN. Britt has grabbed in between three and seven balls every game this year. He’s also had no less than 38 yards in any game this year. When Britt scores a touchdown he has WR1 upside. When he doesn’t, he’s no worse than a solid flex play. If he’s still out there in your league, what are you waiting for?
Tajae Sharpe (Tennessee Titans) – As a Titans fan, it pains me to put any of my guys in the mustache column. And it’s not as though I don’t like Tajae’s talent. It’s really just that his production has been so sporadic this season. Rishard Matthews, Kendall Wright, Delanie Walker, and even DeMarco Murray have had safer production floors when healthy. Tajae could work into a solid role in the future, but for now there are definitely more trustworthy flex options on offenses that throw much more.
Breshad Perriman (Baltimore Ravens) – Breshad “Old Man” Perriman is the ultimate mustache player. The former Central Florida wide receiver was drafted in the first round by the Baltimore Ravens in 2015. What initially looked to be a very simple knee injury in the preseason last year ended up derailing his entire rookie season. That left a sour taste in many fantasy owners mouth. But! This year it looked like he may have the potential to earn a starting role in an offense that likes to throw deep. But then Mike Wallace and the fantasy zombie that is Steve Smith decided to stay relevant. That hasn’t changed. Yes, Breshad finally scored a touchdown, but again only had three catches (his highest of the season). Don’t trust this mustache WR that looks like he could be your dad.
Jeremy Kerley (San Francisco 49ers) – I’ll keep this brief. Jeremy Kerley is a career fantasy WR4 or WR5. He’ll string together three or four start-worthy performances, but ten years into his career we know who Jeremy Kerley is. When you add the fact that the San Francisco offense is not one to be trusted right now, the answer here is clear. Jeremy Kerley is wearing a plastic Mr. Potato Head mustache. No one is fooled here. Don’t waste a waiver claim.
Julius Thomas (Jacksonville Jaguars) – What? Julius Thomas has looked awful lately. Yeah, Julius hasn’t been his elite self lately in the yardage department. The Jags offense has looked horrible as a whole for the majority of the season, really. But Julius is still a solid TE. He had six catches and a score this past week. It wasn’t for a ton of yards, but Julius is still clearly a big part of what this offense wants to do. His ownership percentage has slowly been dropping all year. Check to see if he’s available. You may be surprised.
Other Tight Ends To Add – Vernon Davis, Hunter Henry, Jesse James, Eric Ebron (still, somehow out there)
Jerell Adams (New York Giants) – Coming into the NFL combine I really liked Jerell Adams. He’s a natural pro-level athlete who can catch the ball well. He could develop over time to fit into the “joker” TE role similar to Jordan Reed in Washington, but for this year, he’s not going to be an option to trust. Yes, he grabbed three balls and a score, but that may be the only time that happens all season. Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz and even Will Tye are probably all still ahead of him in the targets pecking order.
Other Tight Ends To Avoid – Seth DeValve, Darren Waller, Ryan Griffin
If you have any questions, feel free to reach out on Twitter @FF_TravisM. Good luck this week!