Dynasty Players to Stash (2019 Fantasy Football)
Let’s take a look at three players to stash in dynasty leagues. They represent low-cost fliers that could pay dividends down the road, some as soon as this year.
Justin Watson (WR – TB)
Dynasty ECR – WR133
Heading into the 2018 season, the wide receiver that I stashed all over the place was Chris Godwin. With the departures of Adam Humphries and DeSean Jackson, there is now another name from that offense I’m targetting. Justin Watson, the second-year wide receiver for the Buccaneers, is primed for a potential role in a prolific passing offense. The 2018 fifth-round pick out of Penn State didn’t get on the field much in his rookie year. As the current WR143 in FantasyPros’ dynasty rankings, he’s being seriously overlooked and likely even unowned in some dynasty leagues.
If you’re a fan of metrics, then you’re familiar with PlayerProfiler. Heading into the 2018 NFL Draft, Watson ranked fairly high in numerous categories. After landing in Tampa Bay, he got buried down the depth chart. Things can change quickly. When drafting rookies I like to not factor in landing spot too much, as talent tends to win out in the end. Watson has a 91st percentile SPARQ-x score, 91st percentile catch radius, 87th percentile speed score, 87th percentile burst score, and 98th percentile college dominator. These are some very nice numbers, and Watson likely would’ve seen a bigger jump in value had he landed somewhere where he’d produce right away.
If you weren’t able to grab Godwin before his price tag took off, Watson is a cheap way of getting a part of that offense and a nice talent to own for the future. As cheap as they come, he’s worth buying right now and could even end up providing some fantasy-relevant numbers in 2019.
Trayveon Williams (RB – CIN)
Dynasty ECR – RB85
When it comes to the 2019 rookie class, the running back situation is not exactly as exciting as recent years. While there are some interesting names to note outside of Josh Jacobs, David Montgomery, and Miles Sanders, there are a lot of question marks surrounding many of those rookies. The Cincinnati Bengals drafted two rushers in this class, and the one I’m looking to stash at the bottom of my roster — or on a taxi squad — is Trayveon Williams out of Texas A&M. They selected Williams and Oklahoma’s Rodney Anderson in the sixth round of the 2019 NFL Draft with picks 182 and 211, respectively. Anderson dealt with injuries almost all of his college career and is a much riskier option than Williams.
The main reason I’m stashing Williams is that he should step into the Giovani Bernard role in the future. Bernard has been a third-down/pass-catching option for the Bengals since he entered the league in 2016. He’s currently 28 and is an unrestricted free agent following the 2019 season. Williams is someone you can take late in rookie drafts and throw on your taxi squad. The path to fantasy relevance is not likely to happen soon, but with his dual-threat skill set and solid pass-protection, I expect him to fill that role after Cincinnati moves on from Bernard.
Marcus Mariota (QB – TEN)
Dynasty ECR – QB27
Just a few years ago, Marcus Mariota was perceived as a valuable long-term dynasty asset and cheap option for fantasy football. With his recent on-field struggles and injuries, his price has fallen to a point where he’s worth grabbing for next to nothing. Yes, the Titans just signed Ryan Tannehill. Yes, Mariota has struggled and been a major disappointment, but the price is too cheap to pass up, and that’s part of dynasty football.
Mariota has yet to crack 4,000 passing yards in a season heading into his fifth year. His best season to date was in 2016, when he put up 3,426 passing yards, 26 touchdowns, and nine interceptions with a 61.2% completion rate. Since then, he’s had two seasons in which he’s thrown for 24 touchdowns and 23 interceptions in total. Mariota is also a free agent after the 2019 season, and it is clear that this year may be his last chance to prove himself as a starter in Tennessee.
The Titans have attempted to surround Mariota with offensive weapons by drafting Corey Davis and bringing in their satellite-back in Dion Lewis. They also just invested a second-round pick in Ole Miss wideout A.J. Brown. This season will be a major test for Mariota, but right now his price is too cheap to ignore. The risk is minimal and there is still a chance that he fulfills his capability as a valuable dual-threat quarterback. We will see if Mariota is able to throw or rush for more touchdowns, as those limited tallies have really hurt his fantasy value. Quarterbacks with rushing upside can be very valuable for fantasy — and ultimately dynasty — purposes. Mariota still has that potential and can be bought for cheap at the moment, even in Superflex or 2QB leagues.