In this weekly column, we will examine players that you should be stashing or keeping an eye on in your dynasty leagues. The idea of dynasty is to form a team that you have week to week, season to season, decade to decade. So each offseason we draft young players. However, throughout each season we need to find those gems. Each of us can be a Bill Belichick if we just look and see the players who both have the talent and the opportunity.
Tanner Gentry – WR, Bears
As the injuries seem to pile on in the windy city, it seems that the Bears will have to struggle with their WR corps. The reality is that the top receivers now are Kendall Wright and Markus Wheaton. Neither are stellar options. My honest opinion is that Tarik Cohen will lead the team in receptions. That being said, the Bears have called up Tanner Gentry to their 53 man roster. This is interesting as I was following Gentry, an undrafted free agent out of Wyoming, through the offseason and fully expected him to make the team after Cameron Meredith went down. He has now been given the opportunity to show what he did in preseason which is make plays every time he is on the field. Talent wise he is no worse than the other options that Mike Glennon has and as such might be a nice sneaky pick up in deep leagues. He may even prove to be a great pick up in leagues. His age and raw skills give him the potential to break out this season.
Seth DeValve – TE, Browns
DeValve is an interesting name to see up here. Drafted in 2016, he rode the backup seat of Gary Barnidge. The Browns cut Barnidge and it seemed they had faith in their new TE heading into 2017. But instead, they drafted star TE, David Njoku. Well, with QB troubles and an uncertain offense, it was clear to see in week 1, that the Browns have found themselves two great TEs. It was also clear to see that DeShone Kizer was looking for DeValve all game. He ended the week being targeted 5 times, with 4 receptions for 42 yards. In comparison, the top receiver in Cleveland week 1 was Corey Coleman. He was also targeted 5 times. DeValve is an interesting TE to follow in the coming weeks and could be a great stash if you have room on your bench.
Elijah McGuire – RB, Jets
I hope that someone in your league drafted Elijah McGuire in your rookie drafts. Let’s get to the blunt point. He is on the Jets. There I said it, he is on the worst team in football. Moving on, we need to look at the situation. The reality is that Matt Forte has one foot out the door. The Jets will either try to trade him or move on from him. Week 1, Forte and Powell split carries and split targets as well. With the Jets fire selling anyone and everyone, I don’t expect those two to last much longer with the team. McGuire, on the other hand, was drafted in the sixth round, and while his vision is lacking, he has great lower body strength, great ball security and has a great acceleration and burst. McGuire is great at breaking tackles and he is a good pass blocker, which will be key for the Jets moving forward with a young line and a young QB. Stash McGuire now or regret it later this season or next.
Braxton Miller – WR, Texans
Braxton Miller was a third round pick last season by Houston. He is a guy who checks off all the boxes when it comes to height, weight, and athleticism. Miller features legitimate vertical acceleration to climb over the top on deep routes. So where was he last year? Well, the curse of Brock is over. We look forward to DeSean Watson making his impact this season. The reason Miller is a stash play is because that offense all of a sudden is without receiving options. Will Fuller is out with a broken collarbone and in my honest opinion, he isn’t good. In addition, all 3 Houston TEs went down with concussions in week 3, and CJ Fiedorowicz has been placed on IR because of his concussions. The passing plays now open up for Braxton Miller. He is primed for a breakout right now and is a possible steal, being owned in less than 10% of teams on Yahoo and Fleaflicker.
George Kittle – TE, 49ers
This is a name I have been touting all offseason. And when I mean all offseason, I mean since March. This is one of those prospects you see come out of college, and think, well he won’t have a huge draft pedigree but he will have an instant impact. Kittle is the perfect combination of situation and skill. Drafted in the fifth round out of Iowa by the 49ers, Kittle was poised for immediate use. Under new management, the 49ers came out and said he was the only TE on the team that was guaranteed a spot on the 53 man roster. And so it was, they traded away Vance McDonald. Now Kittle is the starting TE and already in week 1, he has started to show off his worth. He is a great pick up. You need to stash him now before he gets stolen by someone else. At 6’3” and 237 lbs., this is a physical freak that will be used all over the field. George Kittle is above the 85th percentile in every advanced workout metric, posting an insane 100th percentile (10.82) Agility Score, according to playerprofile.com. With the size of this guy, you would think he would lumber down the field. The reality is that he has a 4.52 40-yard dash. He also has great hands and strong arms to push off defenders at the line or any chip block that’s tried against him. I expect him to be heavily used in both blocking and passing schemes and is a great investment for the future QB who will be there that will use him as a security blanket. Receiving 6 targets and catching 5 in his first game against Carolina showed the world that Kittle is NFL ready and is a great start for any rookie TE. Stash now!
If you got one thing out of this weeks article, its stash George Kittle ASAP!