Weekend Waiver Wire Stashes: Week 10 (2021 Fantasy Football)
Here are players to consider stashing ahead of this weekend’s slate of games.
Trey Lance at Jaguars in Week 11
Lance is a fixture in this column, and I’m not turning my back on him now that he’s so close to playing again. The 49ers are going to reinsert him soon because they’re simply not good enough to be a playoff team this year, and they need to get their quarterback of the future some exposure to NFL defenses. Lance may well be starting again by the time the Niners visit the Jaguars in Week 11, and that game begins a fairly easy homestretch that also includes matchups against the Vikings, Seahawks, Bengals, Falcons, Titans and Texans. Lance may not be an efficient passer in the early stages of his career, but he’s going to do major damage as a runner. I’m confident he’ll be a top-12 fantasy quarterback from whenever he makes his next start through the end of the season.
Justin Fields vs. Ravens in Week 11
Fields is finally getting his sea legs after some wobbly early-season performances. He’s been the QB3 in fantasy scoring over the last two weeks, thanks to a 10-103-1 rushing performance against the 49ers in Week 8 and a career-high 291 passing yards against the Steelers in Week 9. Fields has 229 rushing yards over his last four games. He’s a solid streaming option in Week 11 against a Ravens pass defense that’s no longer to be feared, and Fields also has an attractive matchup against the Lions in Week 12.
Taysom Hill at Eagles in Week 11
Hill is destined to eventually replace Trevor Siemian as the Saints’ starting quarterback. Neither Siemian nor Hill is an NFL-caliber passer, but at least Hill can run. When he had a four-game stint as a starter last season in place of the injured Drew Brees, Hill was the QB6 in fantasy scoring over that stretch. Stash him now for a manageable stretch of schedule in Weeks 13-16 that includes the Cowboys, Jets, Buccaneers and Dolphins.
Rhamondre Stevenson at Falcons in Week 11
Stevenson had 10-62-0 rushing and 2-44-0 receiving last week against the Panthers. After landing in the doghouse early in the season for a fumble on his second NFL touch, Stevenson is back in the mix for the Patriots, with 34 carries in his last four games. A rugged runner who scored five touchdowns in the three-game preseason, Stevenson is an essential handcuff for Damien Harris investors, and he may have some stand-alone value, too.
Eno Benjamin at Seahawks in Week 11
Chase Edmonds figures to miss multiple games with a high-ankle sprain, leaving Benjamin as the Cardinals’ short-term No. 2 running back behind James Conner. Benjamin had 9-39-1 rushing against the 49ers in Week 9. He was a prolific run-catch threat in his final two college seasons at Arizona State, rushing for 2,725 yards and 26 touchdowns in his final two seasons with the Sun Devils, and also catching 77 passes for 630 yards and four touchdowns. He has a Week 11 date with the Seahawks, who are giving up 23.3 fantasy points per game to running backs, the fourth-highest total in the league.
D’Onta Foreman vs. Texans in Week 11
Foreman is ostensibly a third-string running back for the Titans behind Adrian Peterson and Jeremy McNichols. But the 36-year-old Peterson looked sluggish last week in his first game in 10 months, and the Titans might consider McNichols a passing-down back only. Foreman looked explosive and powerful in a limited Week 9 role, rushing five times for 29 yards. If the Titans determine that Peterson is out of gas, they might turn to Foreman to be their early-down thumper. Foreman ran for 2,028 yards and 15 touchdowns in his final college season at Texas in 2016, but his NFL career was sidetracked by a ruptured Achilles late in his 2017 rookie season and a torn biceps in 2019.
James Washington at Chargers in Week 11
Chase Claypool is going to miss Week 10 with turf toe, which is usually a multiweek injury. The Steelers have already lost JuJu Smith-Schuster for the season, so Washington will be Pittsburgh’s No. 2 receiver for the short term and the No. 3 receiver for the long term. The Steelers’ passing game isn’t as prolific as it was a few years ago, but the target bump could make Washington fantasy-relevant. The Chargers aren’t an especially good matchup in Week 11, but the Steelers don’t have another tough matchup for their passing game the rest of the way.
Russell Gage vs. Patriots in Week 11
Admittedly, I’m not a big Russell Gage fan. I think he’s a replacement-level talent. But with WR Calvin Ridley out indefinitely, Gage is Atlanta’s de facto No. 1 receiver. He had 4-67-1 against the Dolphins in Week 7, took a 0-0-0 collar against the Panthers in Week 8, and had 7-64-0 against the Saints in Week 9.
Cole Kmet vs. Ravens in Week 11
Against the Steelers in Week 9, Kmet caught 7 of 8 targets for a career-high 87 yards. Over the last four weeks, Kmet has seen no fewer than five targets in any game and has 18-203-0 over that stretch. Kmet has been playing a ton of snaps for the Bears all season, and he’s become a favorite outlet for rookie QB Justin Fields, who’s showing signs that he’s starting to figure out NFL defenses. Kmet has a favorable Week 11 matchup against a Ravens defense that’s giving up 10.7 fantasy points per game to opposing tight ends. He’s a good streaming option for the Noah Fant and Tyler Higbee investors who lose their tight ends to byes in Week 11.
Philadelphia Eagles vs. Saints in Week 11
The Saints are having QB issues following the season-ending injury to Jameis Winston, and they could be looking at a multiweek absence for RB Alvin Kamara that would leave their offense rudderless. The Eagles, whose defense is currently tied for 17th in fantasy scoring, get the Saints in Week 11, then Giants in Week 12, and the Jets in Week 13. They can be a three-week defense for you, making them worth an extra buck or two in FAB money.
New York Jets vs. Dolphins in Week 11
The Jets’ defense ranks 31st in fantasy scoring, but streaming defenses is more about targeting bad offenses than trying to pick good defenses, and the Jets have a two-game run coming up against the Dolphins and Texans, two of the most lifeless offenses in the league.