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.
Dede Westbrook – WR, Jacksonville
Jacksonville’s star of the offseason, Dede Westbrook, led all receivers this preseason. He was ahead of Hurns and was fighting Marqise Lee for WR2 on the Jaguars before getting hurt in the preseason. He was placed on IR and he is bound to make return week 9. Stunningly Week 9 is only a short three weeks away and that should herald the return of Dede. A fourth-round pick out of Oklahoma, Westbrook runs spectacular routes and is incredibly dangerous after the catch. A versatile young WR, he is bound to make a splash in the league. With the injury to Allen Robinson, Westbrook could have an immediate impact from the moment he steps back on the field and makes his regular season debut. If he beefs up and adds muscle throughout his rehab and throughout next offseason, he can become a serious threat.
Alex Erickson – WR, Cincinnati
The Bengals signed Erickson immediately after the draft, he incredibly made the 53-man roster and has been heavily featured since. The thing is, this is no surprise. After the Bengals drafted John Ross (Who has been dealing with injuries and ball security issues all offseason and into the season), the team seemed rife with receiving talents. What with A.J. Green, Brandon LaFell, rookie John Ross, and tight end Tyler Eifert. Well, injuries to the last two have all but ensure that Erickson is given a shot this season. While his usage was higher under Ken Zampese, he has still been a nice safety play for Andy Dalton in dump off situations when the pressure gets to him. Heavily used in kick returns and punt returns, if your league counts those yards he may be a huge steal. He has averaged, 64.6 yards in returns per game. A lot of the small slot receivers have started exactly in the same position and made it big. I point you to both Wes Welker and Julian Edelman.
Mack Hollins – WR, Philadelphia
First things first, the Eagles offense is on fire. Whatever they are doing, it’s working. As I write this, they are taking the 3rd ranked Panthers defense to school in every aspect of the game. A fourth-round pick out of North Carolina, Mack Hollins embodies everything physically you want out of a WR. Standing at 6’4” and 221 lbs. He has the ability to become a huge down the field threat and absolutely obliterate the corners he faces with just his sheer mass. If he and Wentz can get on the same page Hollins and Agholor could be a tandem that will give a lot of defenses what to worry about in seasons to come.
Matthew Dayes – RB, Cleveland
Ok, I have been saving Dayes for a couple weeks now because I really thought Crowell might be the real deal. I will be the first to admit that I was wrong. AS Crowell looks to be another Cleveland dud, I move my attention to seventh-round rookie Matthew Dayes who has the potential to quietly become the real deal for the Browns. COming in at 5’9” from NC State, he may be too small to be a three-down back but he runs with patience and presses the line of scrimmage to set up his cuts. He has outstanding peripheral vision with an ability to find back-side cuts. I would be on the lookout for more Dayes as the season moves forward because whatever they are trying to do with Isaiah Crowell isn’t working.