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6 Dynasty Wide Receivers to Stash for 2018


Well, for most fantasy football fans the season is over. Its holiday season and the New Year is upon us. First and foremost, Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah and Happy New Year to everyone and their families. Wish everyone a safe and prosperous holiday and New Year.

Hope everyone had a prosperous fantasy season. Whether you won or lost, you need to think about your dynasty’s team future. Who should you stash? Which player(s) should you look to acquire?

this holiday season we are doing a series of dynasty players to stash and today I tackle the wide receiver position.  Here are six wide receivers that dynasty owners should look to stash or acquire for the 2018 season.

6 Dynasty Wide Receivers to Stash for 2018

Make sure to check out the Running Backs and Tight Ends to stash for 2018.

Brice Butler, Dallas Cowboys

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Brice Butler has been an up-and-down player in his time in Dallas. Butler was universally praised throughout training and made strides throughout the preseason. Also, when on the field against other team’s second units, he has looked fairly dominant.

The Cowboys’ offense has reached the point where they have reliable pass-catching options in the short and intermediate areas but lack the downfield player who can threaten defenses with legit deep speed and playmaking ability. Dez Bryant is the No.1 option and is a threat in the red zone while the WR2 is Terrance Williams, whose ceiling appears capped by his limited skill set. If Butler can harness his immense physical gifts, no one would be surprised if he surpassed Williams on the depth chart.

Unfortunately, this season has highlighted the issues with this offense. With Ezekiel Elliot suspended, the offense fell apart. His absence emphasized the importance of finding quality receivers outside who can create separation and win their one- on- one battle. Williams is no more than a solid role player in a low volume offense. His role should be reduced next season if the Cowboys want to get their offense to the next level.

Enter Brice Butler. His ability to produce explosive plays will open the offense and limit defenses from committing extra personnel to slowing down their dominant running game. The Cowboys should give their young receiver the opportunity to explode, fantasy owners should look at Butler as a breakout in the 2018 season.

Keelan Cole, Jacksonville Jaguars

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Keelan Cole is an undrafted free agent who shined in training camp and in the preseason. The case for Keelan Cole in consideration for dynasty purposes is perplexing. Consider the fact that the Jaguars still have Blake Bortles at quarterback, well, at least this season. While Bortles has been playing well of late, do you want to count on him continuing this type of production next season and beyond?

Also, please consider that the Jaguars’ receiver corps has been hampered by injuries. Allen Robinson (remember him?) was lost for the season with a torn ACL in Week 1. The emerging Dede Westbrook missed the first nine games following core muscle surgery. Allen Hurns has missed the past five games with an ankle injury. Most importantly, Marqise Lee will miss extended time with an ankle injury suffered last week.

Even with the Jaguars on an impressive run this season, their offense could look completely different next season. There could be a new QB in Jacksonville (hello Eli Manning?) and both Allens (Robinson and Hurns) and Lee could be leaving town. We have seen Keelan Cole and his game-breaking ability highlighted so far this season, including back-to-back 100-yard games. The likelihood that translates into more playing time next season is increasing each week he matches what he exhibited in training camp.  Opportunity knocked, and Cole was ready.

Chris Godwin,  Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Rookie third-rounder Chris Godwin had more than 2,000 receiving yards in his final two seasons at Penn State.  He has an enticing athletic profile at 6’1″ and 209 lbs and running a 4.42 40-yard dash. The kid clearly has skills, he is just stuck on the depth chart.

The Buccaneers have a lot of mouths to feed with Mike Evans, Desean Jackson, OJ Howard and Adam Humphries. With Jameis Winston finally rounding back into form, it looks like the Bucs’ offense can continue to grow and become a potent offense.

Desean Jackson looks to be the odd man out as he has not produced the Bucs have had hoped. Look for Godwin to step in and take over as the WR2 in Tampa. Godwin has the size and athleticism to play both inside and outside. His role in this offense will expand and so will his fantasy stats and profile.

Mack Hollins, Philadelphia Eagles

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Mack Hollins was selected with the 12th pick in the 4th round of the 2017 NFL draft by the Philadelphia Eagles. The 23-year-old former Tar Heel is built like a prototypical WR1 at 6’4” and 221 lbs. His size and speed can be a great match with Wentz’ ability to buy time and throw bombs downfield.

Hollins was the WR4 on the depth chart, and with Torrey Smith not guaranteed a spot on the team after this year, Hollins has a shot at being a regular fantasy contributor in 2018. His above-average athleticism, YAC-ability, and potential opportunity on a pass-heavy offense offer significant upside. Sitting behind only an injury-riddled Alshon Jeffery, who signed a contract extension during this season, and a boom-bust Nelson Agholor, Hollins has a legitimate opportunity to see his role increasing and that will happen in 2018.

Josh Reynolds, Los Angeles Rams

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The Rams have surprised everyone this season with their high-powered offense under new head coach Sean McVay. They made a number of off-season moves that have made them jump into a juggernaut offense, allowing quarterback Jared Goff to go from bust to breakout.

To help solidify their receiver group, the Rams added Sammy Watkins via a trade with the Buffalo Bills right before the start of the season. Watkins has made an impact in this offense and has contributed to its success, I don’t see Watkins back next season. This is due to the money he will demand in the open market. In the fourth round of the draft, the Rams selected Josh Reynolds of Texas A&M. He was one of the best sleeper picks in the 2017 draft. He is a solid route runner, has reliable hands and a big, speed receiver.

The fantasy upside in this offense is tremendous with stud RB Todd Gurley leading the ground game and being the focus of every defense. Reynolds would be able to step in for Watkins to play along with the current possession Rams’ receivers and become a field-stretching, red-zone ace for this young, upcoming offense. His big plays and nose for the end zone can certainly equate to useful fantasy production. If Reynolds is available in your dynasty leagues, snatch him up, his payoff could be huge.

Chad Williams, Arizona Cardinals

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The Arizona Cardinals have been trying to find a complement for Larry Fitzgerald since Anquan Boldin left and have yet to find a steady option. Now with Fitz possibly retiring following the 2017 season, and an oft-injured John Brown, Arizona is crying out for a WR to step up.

The team drafted Chad Williams from Grambling in the third round of the 2017 draft. Williams has some talent but is not a burner. He plays larger than his size (6’1″) and can make dynamic catches seem routine.  Unfortunately, there were obvious character concerns on the intriguing prospect. The scouts loved his talent and ability although there wasn’t much buzz on him because of some off-the-field concerns.

With Fitzgerald and Carson Palmer out of the picture, Williams may find himself to be a key element in an offense with a new identity.  He also offers a red zone presence that the current group of Cardinals’ receivers does not provide.  Chad Williams presents himself as a stash player with real boom-bust potential.

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About Dennis Sosic

Dennis Sosic is from Cleveland, Ohio and a HUGE sports fan including NFL (GO BROWNS!) and college football (GO BUCKEYES!) MLB (GO TRIBE), NBA (GO CAVS!) and MMA. He has been called a Sports Geek by friends and foes alike and that fits him perfectly. He has been competing in fantasy sports, mainly fantasy football and baseball for over 20 years. Please do all of us a favor and follow Dennis @ CALL_ME_SOS.

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