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5 Potential Starters to Stash (2021 Fantasy Football)

by Kyle Yates | @KyleYNFL | Featured Writer
Sep 3, 2021

Here are potential starters to stash for the 2021 fantasy football season. And you can see the rest of my recent work below to prepare for your fantasy football drafts.

Average Draft Position referenced using FantasyPros consensus ADP for half-PPR formats.

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Ty Johnson (RB – NYJ): RB67
There’s certainly a path for Johnson to beat out Lamical Perine, Michael Carter, and Tevin Coleman in training camp for the starting job, but the likelihood is very minimal. Johnson’s worth monitoring on the waiver wire if this depth chart suddenly gets thin due to injury, but otherwise he shouldn’t be looked at for redraft this year.

Amon-Ra St. Brown (WR – DET): WR72
As you assess the Lions receiving corps, it’s impossible to not be excited about St. Brown and his opportunity in this offense. With players like Tyrell Williams and Quintez Cephus above him on the depth chart, St. Brown has the talent to work his way into a starting role as early as Week 1. With Jared Goff‘s tendency to keep the ball close to the line of scrimmage, we could see St. Brown peppered with targets in 2021. The scoring opportunities might not be plentiful with this offense, but there’s a world in which St. Brown leads all rookie receivers in catches this season. As a last-round dart throw in Full PPR formats, St. Brown’s a solid target.

Marquez Valdes-Scantling (WR – GB): WR78
MVS obviously has the potential to put up some huge performances throughout the season, but trying to predict when exactly those will happen is a complete headache. With the investment in Amari Rodgers in the 2021 NFL Draft, plus the target share being funneled to Davante Adams, MVS is merely a low-end BestBall investment. I’d recommend staying away in redraft leagues.

Hunter Renfrow (WR – LV): WR111
Renfrow is a very talented route-runner and overall slot receiver. While he was phased out of the offense last year, it appears like he’s going to have the slot role in this offense to himself again in 2021. If that’s the case, sneaking Renfrow onto your roster in the last round of a Full PPR draft is not a bad strategy to deploy. It could pay off for you.

Quintez Cephus (WR – DET): WR113
Cephus was in an incredibly talented WR coming out of Wisconsin in the 2020 NFL Draft, but a poor 40-time at the Combine tanked his draft stock. He was able to sit for the majority of his rookie campaign and learn from players like Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones and he seems set to ascend into a starting role in 2021. With the release of Perriman, Cephus should be a starter in this offense week one and we know the Lions are going to be playing from behind a lot. This could lead to a significant opportunity for Cephus for fantasy purposes. As a late-round flier, he’s worth taking a look at.

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