5 Deep Dynasty Stashes for 2017
While some dynasty leagues continue to see a flurry of activity this time of year, others have become dormant for the remainder of the season while transitioning into 2017. No matter what your league’s level of activity, shrewd owners keep doing their homework and continuously look for ways to improve their rosters.
End of bench stashes are a soft spot for some owners. They are often filled with a combination of players from their own home team, metric freaks, and former college DFS crushes (RIP). It’s important, however, to know when to move on from last season’s players that never panned out, and have their value arrow pointing down.
We’re still at the beginning stages of the NFL offseason calendar, but with teams changing coaching staffs, players set to enter free agency, and all of the randomness in the National Football League, it’s never too early to start planning for 2017.
Here are five deep dynasty stashes that have the opportunity to gain value over the next season and may be worth holding at the end of your roster depending on your league size and scoring formats.
D.J. Foster, RB, New England Patriots
After hauling in nine of ten passes in New England’s preseason finale, Foster briefly made the Patriots roster before being waived and ending up on their practice squad. The UDFA converted RB/WR hybrid looks like an ideal chess piece for Bill Belichick to utilize in the future.
Foster finished his final three seasons at Arizona State with 63, 62, and 59 receptions. He converted to wideout his final season, and while he may not have increased his receiving production much, he still finished his collegiate career as one of just five players in FBS history to have 2,000 rushing and receiving yards. He then posted a fantastic outing at the combine, displaying superb agility scores with top-five finishes among all RBs and WRs in the 3-cone, 20-yard shuttle, and 60-yard shuttle.
Unfortunately for Foster, both Dion Lewis and James White are signed to very team-friendly contracts through 2017. Nonetheless, Foster’s dual-threat ability and skill set makes him a very intriguing stash for Belichick to work with. Patience is something that dynasty owners will need if pursuing Foster, but he makes for a perfect Taxi Squad player that could pay off handsomely down the line.
Tyler Ervin, RB, Houston Texans
Finishing his rookie season with just one carry, Ervin essentially had a redshirt rookie season in Houston. But many of us at RotoViz were enamored over the potential Ervin displayed as a prospect. The quick, speedy back could be described as a souped-up mashup of Darren Sproles and Dion Lewis:
Ervin’s sublime benchmarks in the combine and collegiate productivity gave him the third-best chance to reach a top-12 PPR season among last year’s draft prospects1 according to Kevin Cole’s research. After witnessing Lamar Miller‘s first season with the Texans, Ervin should be a welcome addition to this offense. Ervin was one of our favorite rookie RBs last season, but this offseason is the time to pounce before he starts making noise in training camp.
Kamar Aiken, WR, Baltimore Ravens
Sometimes buying in dynasty is all about timing. Dynasty League Football has Aiken as the WR106 in January ADP. He was the WR66 last January in 2016.
A fifty-player decrease sounds a bit extreme considering his 2015 stat line of 75-944-5 netted him a WR27 finish. Between a healthy Steve Smith, free agent acquisition Mike Wallace, and Breshad Perriman‘s first-round status, the Ravens coaching staff had their hands full trying to get all their receivers reps in 2016.
A change in scenery may be best for Aiken (UFA), and it might not take more than a late-2017 third to poach him from a rival’s roster. After a season doing next to nil, Aiken has the potential to increase value this next season and become a player to flip for future assets later down the road.
Roger Lewis, WR, New York Giants
Standing at 6 feet, 201 pounds, Lewis isn’t a particularly athletic specimen. But his production at Bowling Green makes him an intriguing stash. The super-productive prospect accumulated a stat line of 85-1,544-16 in his final collegiate season. Lewis didn’t make much of an impact his rookie season with the Giants, but showcased his vertical ability by hauling in touchdowns of 24 and 30 yards on limited snaps. Victor Cruz has a $9.4 million cap hit this season, and at 30 years old, could become a cap casualty if unwilling to renegotiate. They aren’t salsa moves, but we could see plenty of dancing from Lewis in the future.
Roger Lewis was very, very, very open in the end zone.
— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) November 6, 2016
Pharoh Cooper, WR, Los Angeles Rams
A lackluster combine let Cooper fall to the fourth round of last year’s draft, but an impressive Phenom Index and do-it-all collegiate career leaves reason for optimism. Cooper was a playmaker at South Carolina, finishing with 39.1 percent of the team’s receiving production his final year despite playing on a poor offense.
The most desirable aspect to rostering Cooper is the fact that he doesn’t turn 22 until this March. A highly productive receiver at such a young age, I’ve got no problem overlooking his athletic shortcomings and chasing volume in a league where volume is everything.
The Rams just hired Sean McVay as their new head coach. He’s considered one of the league’s rising offensive minds, and comes to Los Angeles off a sterling run as Washington’s offensive coordinator over the last three years. Under his tutelage, Washington’s passing offense ranked top 12 each season. We could ostensibly see both Kenny Britt and Brian Quick in another team’s uniform next season, which could leave a direct path to playing time for Cooper. He may never be a top-12 fantasy asset, but he has a chance to greatly improve his dynasty value over the next year, giving you a sell window.
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