We're near the quarter-way mark through the season, how time flies! It's important to keep finding the edge over your league mates, which is exactly why this 2023 Fantasy Football Week 4 Players to Stash article exists!
What I'm trying to do here with this article is give you who I think will be featured in next week's waiver articles here at F6P and abroad a week early. Maybe not a week but you know, before the rush to the waiver wire for the new hotness shows up. I want to give you the new hotness before he makes himself known.
With that comes volatility. While we have an idea of who will be good and who won't be, what defenses to target and avoid and such, finding guys to stash away before they break out in the hopes that they do is tough. I won't always be right.
However, I will do my absolute best to look at the data available to bring you the best possible chance to find a contributor or even a league winner. What makes it all that sweeter is the fact you're going to get most of these players for a heck of a lot less (or even for free) compared to what you could spend if you waited to make the jump on these guys like the rest of your league mates do.
We've already seen that with some guys I've written about in this column. I was all over Tank Dell heading into Weeks 2 & 3, and now he's rostered in a majority of leagues. Let's keep it up and dive in!
2023 Fantasy Football Week 4 Players to Stash
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C.J. Stroud, QB, Houston Texans
Quarterback is not a position you would normally think of "stashing". It all depends on your depth of bench here. If you have the space, go for it. Stroud has gotten off to an impressive start to his career. I wrote him up in my weekly QB/TE Streamer article, putting in perspective just how crazy it's been. This week he faces a Pittsburgh defense that puts a lot of pressure on QBs and is tied with the Lions for the most sacks (13) in the NFL but with one fewer game played. The good news is that Pittsburgh allows a decent amount of passing yards and touchdowns to offenses too. So Stroud could still put up numbers.
After the Steelers, he goes on an NFC South trip, facing all of them in consecutive weeks. After that, he faces Cincy, Arizona, Jacksonville, Denver, and Tennessee twice. The one spot that worries me is when he plays Cleveland in Week 16. Other than that, it's not a bad schedule for the rookie. With bye-weeks coming up, you can get ahead of the curve and stash him away, potentially using him more than just as a bye-week fill-in.
Roschon Johnson, RB, Chicago Bears
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The Bears are an absolute mess right now, but Roschon has been one of the interesting players to watch on this team. He is right on the cusp of not being included in this column again (hovering around 40% rostership) but I wanted to make one last plea for him before the Bears play Denver. The Broncos aren't going to give up 70 points again, but that doesn't mean that the Bears skill position guys aren't worth targeting for a stash.
Roschon has seen his snap percentages go up every week. Barely, but still up. He's been the most productive Bear on the ground, beating out Khalil Herbert in yards per attempt (to be fair, Herbert has been much better on a yards-per-reception basis). Johnson's been hovering right at 10 opportunities a game, not a ton but enough that he's been putting together respectable numbers. His receiving numbers have gone down from his Week 1 usage, but I think those numbers will come back up. Chicago finds themselves in garbage time often, giving Roschon more opportunities for work. If he has a big day against Denver, you're window for getting him on the cheap is shut.
Tyjae Spears, RB, Tennessee Titans
Spears has outsnapped Derrick Henry in two of three weeks. Not good for Henry owners but great for Spears owners. If he could turn those extra snaps into more points, that is. The Titans played against the Browns last week, and their defense has been lights out to start the year. They held Henry to 20 yards on 11 carries kind of lights out. So Spears getting six yards on four attempts isn't that shocking.
I liked the fact he caught four passes, but once again he managed only three receiving yards against the Browns. The Titans are underdogs once again against the Bengals, and Spears should find it easier to find space. If he keeps getting the receiving work and his snaps keep trending up, we could be on the verge of a 1A-1B backfield in Tennessee.
Rashee Rice, WR, Kansas City Chiefs
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Rice is currently second on the team in targets and receptions behind, you guessed it, Travis Kelce. His success rate is the highest of any Chiefs receiver. It's a promising start for the young rookie. He might not be the next coming of Tyreek Hill, but he's shown he can develop into a solid contributor for both the Chiefs and your Fantasy roster as a FLEX play.
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