Okay, so what’s up with the title? Must-stash? Mustache? Well, it’s a super simple concept. Every single week of the NFL season, it seems there is someone else worth stashing on your roster. Whether it’s due to injury, skill level, opportunity, there is always someone worthy of our fantasy attention.
On the flip side of that, there are always some names that are complete fakes. They’re wearing a really creepy looking mustache trying to look cool, old and mature, or like they’re actually competent at football.
Well, I’m here to help you to sift through the upper lip facial follicles to find someone actually worthy of your roster spot. And to help point out that running back with the creeper stache of course. The mix of players will change from week to week, but most of the time we’ll be looking at running backs and wide receivers. It seems with those positions you never know when someone’s the real Burt Reynolds, or they’re actually a stunning look-alike carnival worker who’s secretly going to kill your team in week 8 with a big fat goose egg.
Anyway, now that you’re thoroughly creeped out, let’s begin.
Chris Ivory (Jacksonville Jaguars) – So coming into the season there was a cautious optimism with what Chris Ivory could bring to the table in Jacksonville. However, since he missed time with an illness his ownership on ESPN has dropped to 55%. TJ Yeldon has done nothing to impress so far, and Ivory actually looked good against the Bears on Sunday. He could easily fall into 15 touches per week for the rest of the season. Stash him ASAP!
Chris Thompson (Washington Redskins) – Chris Thompson is still on the field more than Matt Jones every week. Yes, MEHtt Jones had a good week against the Eagles, but Thompson’s role is set. If Matt Jones goes back to fumbling or misses time, Thompson could turn into a PPR beast. He’s still only 12.5% owned on ESPN. Stash him if you own Matt Jones or want a solid floor play in PPR.
DeAndre Washington (Oakland Raiders) – DeAndre Washington has yet to really go off in Latavius Murray’s absence, but is still being given solid opportunity. It’s clear that Oakland wants him to succeed. He’s still out-touching Jalen Richard every week. Plus he’s still the third most productive rookie RB thus far behind only Ezekiel Elliott and Jordan Howard. For some reason, the Oakland running game has had its struggles, but without a premier talent there, Washington could easily go off in any week. Stash him if you want a lottery ticket that could pay off by fantasy playoff time.
Mike Gillislee (Buffalo Bills) – I’ll keep this one short. Mike Gillislee has been an average backup RB talent for his entire career. He had one long run while giving LeSean McCoy a breather this past week, but don’t buy into this guy. It’s McCoy’s backfield by a mile. This mustache-toting backup deserves to stay on waivers.
Zach Zenner (Detroit Lions) – Zach Zenner is a beloved sleeper in the dynasty fantasy football community. However, that doesn’t matter at all. He’s a plodder in a confusing backfield that only saw action because Dwayne Washington was out. Justin Forsett just got signed last week. Theo Riddick is the real fantasy asset there. His 14 carry outing will most likely not repeat itself for the rest of the year.
Damien Williams (Miami Dolphins) – Damien Williams had 8 touches last week against the horrible Pittsburgh Steelers run defense. Yes, he managed to find the end zone, but don’t expect more of that. Arian Foster is “back” and “healthy” for at least two more carries. Jay Ajayi just exploded. They still have Kenyan Drake there too. Damien Williams isn’t even close to a handcuff worth owning.
Kenny Britt (Los Angeles Rams) – Kenny Britt was here a few weeks ago. I hope you listened. Britt went off for 7 catches, 136 yards and 2 TDs on 8 targets. This had been coming for quite some time. He has had at least four catches in every game this year. If you can add him still, do it.
Golden Tate (Detroit Lions) – Tate’s coaches said they would get him more involved. It just took a couple weeks. He was surprisingly dropped in several leagues. If Golden is out there, you better stash him right now. He’s just two seasons removed from a 99-catch season.
Kendall Wright (Tennessee Titans) – If you missed it, Kendall had 8 catches on 9 targets even though he only played 22 snaps. Sunday was his first game truly back to 100% and it showed. Obviously you would like to see more snaps from him in the future, but his chemistry with Marcus Mariota is proven. Stash him now.
Ty Montgomery (Green Bay Packers) – Ty Montgomery came out of nowhere this week to grab 10 catches for 98 yards. So that means we should just pick him up and play him right? No. He is usually the WR4 or WR5 on the Packers. The only reason he received so much action was due to Davante Adams, Eddie Lacy & James Starks missing snaps. He’ll disappear in a week or two.
Cole Beasley (Dallas Cowboys) – Don’t get me wrong. I like Cole Beasley. But that doesn’t make him a trustworthy WR for standard fantasy purposes. He’s been fantastic for PPR with Dez Bryant out. He’ll probably still be worthy of your attention when Dez is back in PPR. However, his targets will decrease with Dez likely to return in week 8. Also, don’t expect anymore 2 TD outings. Beasley’s been in the league long enough. We know he can fake it for a few weeks before he stumbles out of relevance yet again.
Anquan Boldin (Detroit Lions) – Boldin will have a few more start-worthy weeks this season. Good luck guessing which ones. When Riddick is healthy Boldin is fourth in line for targets, at best. He’s a great veteran. But don’t let his mid-life crisis mustache fool you.
CJ Fiedorowicz (Houston Texans) – Fiedorowicz is a guy I liked all off-season because he was basically free. His targets and snaps have been trending in the right direction so far this season. You could do a lot worse if you need a bye week fill-in for Greg Olsen.
Other Tight Ends To Add – Clive Walford, Eric Ebron
Levine Toilolo (Atlanta Falcons) – At this point of his career, Levine is normally the TE3 on his own team. He had one long TD. Don’t rely on that happening again.
Other Tight Ends To Avoid – Vernon Davis, Austin Seferian-Jenkins
If you have any questions, feel free to reach out on Twitter @FF_TravisM. Good luck this week!