Fantasy Football can be a game of chess and no better example of that is finding the right moves to make before the rest of your league catches onto them. That is where this Week 3 edition of the 2023 Fantasy Football Players to Stash will come in handy.
After writing the Week 1 usage report, I noticed that Jerome Ford was getting a lot of work, so I scooped him up over the weekend in just about every league I'm in. Now did I expect a Nick Chubb season-ending injury? No. But what I thought was he could be being placed in the Kareem Hunt role and we've seen many times that role be valuable. Of course, the injury did happen so I had many of my league mates mad at me for already rostering him.
Hopefully, some of these players that we suggest hit for you. I say we cause I'm filling in for Garrett Ball, but he provided a couple of players that I gave him credit for below.
One note though. I'm not telling you to go drop valuable players on your bench for these players. However, if you're still rostering players barely touching the ball then there is no harm in making the swap.
2023 Fantasy Football Week 3 Players to Stash
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Sean Tucker, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
I'm going to start off with two running backs in this week's post. Why? Because the running back room for a lot of you has gotten ugly due to multiple injuries.
I know he is firmly behind Rachaad White. White has 104 snaps to Tucker's 25. He also has 34 rushing attempts to 13 and has run 47 routes to 11. The point here is we're looking to find diamonds in the rough with this post. I'm not saying you're hoping for White to get injured, but it's part of the game and if it does happen you struck gold with Tucker.
It also helps I liked Tucker coming out of Syracuse. He is fast and strong and I do think he can get things going for this offense soon. If it wasn't for knee issues, then he would have been drafted in the middle of the draft.
Cordarrelle Patterson, RB, Atlanta Falcons
Why not right? I mean if your running back room is as dead as some of mine, you could do a lot worse.
Two things are in CPatt's favor here.
- The Falcons loooove to run the ball, fourth most in the NFL this season.
- Patterson is a physical runner and Arthur Smith likes him enough to figure out ways to get him the ball.
We know this is going to be Bijan Robinson and Tyler Allgeier's backfield. But what if Patterson becomes a bit of Swiss army knife, running end around, getting screen passes on the outside (remember he was a WR to start in the NFL), etc. A little bit like a Taysom Hill, just won't play under center.
He could also be used as a goalline back, due to his physicality and size. Something he was used quite often at last season when healthy.
Marvin Mims Jr., WR, Denver Broncos
We saw just how electric this kid can be in Week 2, On just two receptions he scored twice for a total of 113 yards. Why the Broncos didn't utilize him more after he was clearly shredding the Commanders' secondary is beyond me.
Still, the upside is there, so I'm willing to stash him, and already do.
Tank Dell, WR, Houston Texans
Via: Garrett Ball
*note: I would have had him in this article if he had not picked him first
I wrote about Dell in this column last week, and I will continue to pound the table for him while I can. Especially after the game he just had, catching 7-of-10 targets for 72 yards and a touchdown. His snap share went up from 48% to nearly 80%. The arrow is pointing up for the young receiver, and I think he’s going to continue to grow his role in the offense.
Logan Thomas, TE, Washington Commanders
Via: Garrett Ball
It feels weird to write about why you should stash a 32-year-old tight end, but here we are. Thomas had eight targets in Week 1 and caught a touchdown on one of his three targets in Week 2 before getting knocked out early with a concussion.
If he is able to suit up and I hope he can, his upcoming schedule is not too shabby, especially if you need a streamer or you’ve got bye weeks coming up. Philly has allowed the most points to the tight-end position this year. The Bears and Falcons after that aren’t scary. He could be a plug-and-play option over the next few weeks.
That's all I have for you this week, make sure to check back in next week for more stashes to put your team one step ahead!
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