What a Week 3! By now, you might have an idea if you have some dead weight on your roster. Below are some players who you might be able to stash, use as a streaming option, trade bait, or provide depth for your roster. These guys are owned in less than 45% of all FFPC leagues (ownership may be even less in leagues like Yahoo! or ESPN). Keep in mind these player options are for leagues of 20 or more roster spots:
A.J. Green lit it up on Thursday night. This may have overshadowed the performance of wide receiver Tyler Boyd. He played 58 of 76 offensive snaps (76%) and appears to have cemented his role as #2 WR in Cincinnati (ahead of speedster John Ross). Dalton looked Boyd’s way often in this matchup and the results were significant. Boyd tied A.J. Green with a team high 9 targets and hauled in 6 passes for 91 yards and a touchdown. It certainly was what the Bengals have been waiting for after drafting him in the 2nd round of 2016 out of Pitt. There is value to be had here with an addition of Boyd to your roster. Spend some FAAB and get some depth at WR!
Fitz-magic is back! Why am I recommending a 30-something quarterback who may only have 1 more start this season? Well, Pat Mahomes just lit up the Steelers defense for 6 passing touchdowns (Fitzpatrick plays that same defense this upcoming Sunday). It’s extremely possible that after this Sunday’s game vs the Steelers that Head Coach Dirk Koetter goes back to his suspended quarterback, Jameis Winston. Fitzpatrick sure is going to make that decision tough. Currently Fitzpatrick leads the NFL with 819 passing yards (both games he threw for over 400 yards), is 2nd in the league with 8 td’s, and has a QB rating of 151.5 (tops in the NFL). If Koetter does end up starting Winston once he’s off suspension, he may have a short leash. Use Fitz-magic as a fantastic streaming option on Sunday or as a wait and see option going forward. Depending on the circumstances that await in Tampa Bay, he could very well be your new QB1.
The Josh Gordon era in Cleveland is over. Cleveland released the oft-suspended receiver on Saturday. This is good news for Antonio Callaway owners. After seeing only 1 target Week 1 vs Pittsburgh, Callaway owners may have been discouraged. However, he delivered this past Sunday on the road in New Orleans. Tyrod Taylor looked the rookie’s direction, at a crucial point of the game late in the 4th quarter. With the game winding down, and the Browns needing to convert a 4th down, Taylor threw a 47 yard strike for a touchdown to Callaway to tie the game at 18-18. It appears Taylor has a lot of confidence in Callaway. At the end of the day, Callaway ended up with 4 total targets for 3 catches, 81 yards and a score. He also played 81% of the offensive snaps (50 snaps out of 62 total plays). With a lack of real receiving options outside of Jarvis Landry or David Njoku, Callaway may be Taylor’s 3rd passing option in this offense. Stash him, use him as depth or even trade bait if you’re in a deeper dynasty league.
In 2 games this season, Tannehill has thrown for 4 touchdowns, with 398 yards passing and 48 yards rushing. Yeah, not exactly eye-popping fantasy numbers, but good enough that he should be owned more in fantasy leagues. This upcoming week, he should be a decent streamable option against the Oakland Raiders. So far in 2018, the Raiders have the 15th worst pass defense and the 31st worst rush defense. Also, with the Raiders traveling across the map for this matchup in Miami, it could be juicy for the Dolphins and Tannehill. Look for Tannehill to pass early and often and pose a dual threat to the Raiders using his legs. Add Tannehill if you’re a little shaky at the QB position, or use him as a stream option. He may only cost you $1 of FAAB money this early in the season.
With an injury came opportunity for Ito Smith. Starting running back Devonta Freeman was ruled out of Sunday’s contest against a tough Carolina Panthers defensive front. Tevin Coleman was given the start in his place and 4th round pick Ito Smith got his first taste of real NFL action as his backup. Smith would go on to carry the ball 9 times for 46 yards (5.1 YPC). He and Coleman sliced through a defense that held Ezekiel Elliot to only 69 yards rushing in Week 1 by rushing for a combined 153 yards. With Freeman being out 2-3 weeks, Smith’s role as a backup running back should continue. Next week’s matchup against the Saints should be fruitful for both Coleman and Smith as the Saints have given up over 100 yards rushing to running backs each of the first 2 games. Smith is definitely a player to stash and hold on to. In the upcoming offseason, Coleman will more than likely sign elsewhere to become a lead back. This makes Ito Smith an interesting Dynasty add/stash. Get him early if you have the room on your roster.
Deonte Thompson, WR, Dallas Cowboys (0% owned in FFPC leagues)
Kyle Juszczyk, RB, San Francisco 49ers (15.68% owned in FFPC leagues)
Elijah McGuire, RB, New York Jets (31.41% owned in FFPC leagues)
Malcolm Brown, RB, Los Angeles Rams (18.65% owned in FFPC leagues)
Laquon Treadwell, WR, Minnesota Vikings (12.45% owned in FFPC leagues)