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9 Dynasty Players to Stash for 2020

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Its that time of year again. Time to hope and pray our failing dynasty teams can make a miraculous turnaround. And time for the already stacked to build depth.

For the patient man, now is the time to be hoarding rookie picks for 2021 or later. But for people like me who need immediate gratification, it’s time to start the cycle of wild speculation and hoping for the best.

There are going to be plenty of articles in the off-season about who to trade for, but in this article, I’ll be focusing on players that are currently widely available according to MFL ownership rates.

Dynasty Players to Stash for 2020

Jarrett Stidham, QB, New England Patriots

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As weird as it is for me (a 24-year-old Patriots fan) to think about, Tom Brady might be gone next year. He’s selling his house, stepping away from his charity work, and has been visibly upset by the managerial decisions that have been made this season.

So is Jarrett Stidham the heir-apparent? Who knows. But he’ll potentially be the centerpiece of a team that lacks a run game and plays the Dolphins twice a year.

It may pay off, he may waste a spot on your bench. But he’s worth a speculation add, because the team focus this off-season will likely be stockpiling offensive talent.

Kenneth Dixon, RB, New York Jets

There has been speculation that Leveon Bell will be traded this offseason. Which is great news for any of his dynasty owners. But it also means there could be a wealth of touches left on the table next year.

The Jets backfield isn’t really all that special. But RBs are hard to come by and worth holding onto. If he’s already owned in your league than it’s not worth trading for him. But if he’s available and you’re hurting at the position he’s worth considering.

Injuries and suspensions have limited him so far in his career. But he averages 4.8 yards per carry, has some pass-catching ability, and is almost guaranteed to faceless defensive attention than Lev.

Mike Davis / Reggie Bonnafon, RB, Carolina Panthers

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Both of these backs have proven to be quite capable backups in the limited opportunities they’ve seen. Although Mike Davis is my preferred option of the two as he’s had more experience so far in his career.

Both of these players are handcuffs to Christian McCaffrey, who is without a doubt the single most important player in fantasy football to handcuff. CMC has been seeing unparalleled usage this season and he’ll probably see the same amount of touches moving forward. So his injury risk is as high as anybodys.

Damiere Byrd, WR, Arizona Cardinals

Larry Fitzgerald can’t play forever. And when he does call it quits, he and his 95 targets so far this season will be falling to somebody else. Even without Fitz leaving town, Byrd might see a rise in production if Murray continues to progress and develop as a passer.

It’s a distinct possibility that the team addresses the position in the draft. But if they don’t, Bird will be one of several players to benefit.

Kyler Murray‘s rookie season hasn’t been particularly remarkable but it’s been solid, and enough to raise our expectations for this offense over the next few years. With the athleticism he’s displayed, he has a Russel Wilson-like ceiling and getting one of his weapons could be extremely beneficial.

Steven Sims, WR, Washington Redskins

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Sims has been a big play boom or bust type of player that compliments the always open Terry McLaurin.

Over the past three weeks Sims has seen 22 targets working primarily in the slot. So his value may be low but unlike most of these speculation adds, he actually already has some value. Sims has run gadget plays and returned kicks all season so it’s clear they want to give him touches.

In picking up Sims, what you’re hoping for is a big step forward from Dwayne Haskins over the off-season. Which is very likely to happen to some extent. He probably won’t make a Lamar Jackson MVP type of progress, but we can likely expect him to support more receivers than just Scary Terry.

With even a small step forward in overall offensive efficiency and snap count Sims could be a (somewhat) relevant wide receiver, which isn’t reflected in his current ownership rate.

Deon Cain, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers

Big Ben will be the savior this offense needs. Yes, he’s old and shadow of his former self, but he’s better than what they’ve been rolling out at the position.

Cain was a preseason star for the Colts before finding his way to Pittsburgh. Now he’s competing for snaps with Juju, James Washington, and Dionte Johnson.

Cain has the potential to be a big-play machine if he can earn the snaps he needs to perform. And while there may be a solid chance he doesn’t, he’s the only part of this offense that’s free right now.

Alex Erickson, WR, Cincinnati Bengals

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Erickson is right on the edge of a high enough ownership% that he probably won’t be readily available. But for any league where he is, he should be rostered.

A.J. Green‘s return might scare people away from holding onto Erickson next year. But Green is older, slower, and more injury-prone than he used to be. He, and his snaps and target share, might not be long for the NFL. In which case Erickson could see an uptick in volume.

There is also the fact that Joe Burrow is very likely coming to town this season. Which has a chance to completely alter this franchise, and offense for years to come. If Erickson isn’t available you should absolutely explore the trade market.

Mo Alie-Cox, TE, Indianapolis Colts

It’s hard enough to stream this position successfully in redraft leagues. But finding free TE talent in a dynasty league is next to impossible if you aren’t willing to take some risk on a guy wasting spots on your bench.

The Colts have always been a TE heavy team, and currently have both Alie-Cox and Eric Ebron facing free agency. In a league devoid of starting quality talent at the position, it’s unlikely that they’ll retain them both.

With just 23 career targets, we really don’t know if he is going to work out as a pass-catching tight end. Even if he does leave there is no guarantee he’ll go to a team that will use him enough to be fantasy relevant.

But the potential is there for a rise in value heading into free agency.

C.J. Uzomah, TE, Cincinnati Bengals

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So far this season, Uzomah and Tyler Eifert have combined for 119.5 PPR points which would be 10th best.

Tyler Eifert is both very much injury prone, and a soon to be free agent. Given his injury history it’s not likely, but still possible that he gets signed away. But crazier things have happened.

If Uzomah can one way or another (hopefully not through another gruesome injury) earn more snaps and a higher target share, he certainly does have clear upside.



Also, again they’re likely drafting a new Heisman winning QB and in a few years this offense could be entirely new.


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About Bobby Shepherd

Bobby has played fantasy football since he was first tall enough to reach a draft board. He eats sleeps and breathes stats and is always excited to share his findings.

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2 Comments

  1. Sean Nichols

    December 30, 2019 at 10:59 am

    Awesome article! Nice to see players that are actually available in deeper leagues. I think a lot of these guys may be bye week fills in PPR. Even with two presumably great WR drafts coming up, there always seem to be guys that pop up out of nowhere to be productive and you can’t beat free! What do you think of Travis Homer in Seattle and Kelvin Harmon in Washington? Thanks for the great content!Take it easy.

    • Bobby Shepherd

      December 30, 2019 at 12:30 pm

      Homer seems to be in great situation if anything happens to Carson. He seems worth holding onto, but with him splitting carries with Marshawn it’s unlikely he’ll see a great ceiling. I don’t like Harmon as much seeing as how Terry McLaurin is dominating the target share and Sims is starting to become relevant. And like you said there’s going to be a lot of talent coming into the league, but I’d still say he’s worth holding onto if you have him. There’s always a few big surprises and he could easily be one of them.

      -Bobby Shepherd

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