Not making the playoffs after a full season of roster management and excitement is worse than Kim Kardashian’s bodyguard, but hey, not everyone can make the playoffs. In redraft leagues that leaves you with not much left to do but to avoid coming in last place. In dynasty leagues however, roster management is still crucial, even when you are out of the playoffs. Picking up players that are available on the waiver wire because of injury, suspension, or because of their potential sleeper status, could give you a major boost for the upcoming season.
That is exactly what this article is intended to do. Here I will discuss deep dynasty league players to consider picking up, so that next year you aren’t out of the playoffs, yet again.
2017 Dynasty League Stashes
Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, New England Patriots
Garoppolo will be a free agent in 2018, and with Tom Brady looking like he can play well into his mid-eighties, he will be looking to leave the Patriots when he becomes a free agent.
This also makes it quite possible that the Patriots will be trading Garoppolo this coming offseason. It makes sense for the Patriots being that many teams will be in the hunt for a starting caliber quarterback.
Garoppolo has had one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time, Tom Brady, as his mentor and has proven he can play. In fact, in the games he started this year, he was undefeated and threw for 496 yards and four touchdowns. He also managed to average 17 fantasy points in those games. Garoppolo makes for a sneaky dynasty player to grab.
Martavis Bryant, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
Recency bias has probably led to many people forgetting about Pittsburgh’s number two wide receiver and deep play threat. Bryant is currently serving a suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, which has led to him missing the entire season.
However, Bryant returns next year and his talent and fantasy relevance can not be ignored. In nine of the eleven games Bryant played in 2015 (he also served a suspension at the beginning of the 2015 season) he garnered seven or more targets and averaged 13.2 standard fantasy points. His production on field makes him a must start player and worth stashing in dynasty leagues. One can only hope that he refrains from getting suspended.
Kamar Aiken/Breshad Perriman, WR, Baltimore Ravens
Steve Smith Sr. is likely to retire at the end of this year, at least that is what he has stated, and Mike Wallace will be 31 next year. The Ravens lead the league in pass attempts per game at 43, and Joe Flacco is going to need someone to pass the ball to.
Kamar Aiken has experience playing significant time for the Ravens in 2015, with Smith injured and Mike Wallace not in town, and Aiken found success and averaged almost 10 points per game from week four on.
Perriman has been injured throughout his pro career but was a highly coveted wide receiver coming into the 2015 draft where the Ravens selected him with the 26th overall pick. Now Perriman looks to be healthy and could start to make a significant impact on a pass heavy offense in need of wide receivers help.
Fitzgerald Toussaint, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers
Both Le’veon Bell and DeAngelo Williams will be Free Agents next year. Neither running back is likely to go elsewhere in the offseason but both carry interesting caveats. DeAngelo Williams is starting to show signs of wear and tear on his 33 year old body and will likely experience the same decline most 30 year old running backs experience.
Le’Veon Bell is the unquestioned lead back in the Steelers offense, however, Bell is injury prone. Bell has been injured in two of the past three seasons, and furthermore, Bell has been suspended quite frequently, missing 5 games in the last two years due to suspension. If Bell faces another suspension or is injured, or in the unlikely case that he walks in free agency, Fitzgerald Toussaint would be in line to take on the lead back role for the Steelers. This role has proven to be very fantasy friendly for both Bell and Williams which could mean good things for Toussaint.
Josh Gordon, WR, Cleveland Browns
Josh Gordon has dealt with suspension after suspension and is currently facing an indefinite suspension from the NFL. In the off chance that Gordon is able to return, he will be a free agent this summer. Let us not forget that Gordon was the number one fantasy wide receiver three years ago.
Kevin White, WR, Chicago Bears
Alshon Jeffery is a free agent this year. He will likely leave Chicago if they do not pay him what he believes he deserves.
White has not yet had a chance to really prove himself in the NFL. Unable to play his entire rookie season and being shut down early this season because of a lingering injury, White will look to get back to full health. White is a very talented receiver. When healthy, he should prove to be the number one wide receiver in Chicago, the team that drafted him seventh overall in 2015.
Bruce Ellington, WR, San Francisco 49ers
Ellington was one of the more heavily hyped sleepers going into this year’s fantasy draft. He was expected to be great until he suffered a season ending injury. This eliminated his chance to play in a regular season game.
Ellington plays the slot receiver which has been heavily utilized in Chip Kelly’s offense. With a 4.45 second 40 yard dash and big play making abilities, Ellington is worth stashing. Not to mention, Ellington has a mean stiff arm, trust me. I experienced one of them in 2009 on his way to the South Carolina Division II-AAAA state championship game.
Andre Ellington, RB, Arizona Cardinals
Let’s keep it with the Ellington family, Bruce’s cousin, also from South Carolina. Andre Ellington was a top 15 fantasy running back in 2014 when healthy. In fact, in the nine games he received more than 13 carries Ellington averaged over 13 standard fantasy points.
Ellington hasn’t managed to stay healthy which led to the team signing Chris Johnson in 2015 and leaning heavily on David Johnson this year. Ellington will be a free agent this year and he is more than capable of taking on a more sizeable role for another team.