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Dynasty Roster Stashes: 6 Players to Target (2022 Fantasy Football)

Dynasty Roster Stashes: 6 Players to Target (2022 Fantasy Football)

It’s been a couple of weeks since my last stash article, so here are some new names that have crept up the ranks and are now players I’m targeting trades with an eye on 2023. Whether you’re rebuilding or contending, consider using one of your last roster spots on these players instead of roster cloggers like Myles Gaskin or Ameer Abdullah. You’ll thank me later.

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Kyle Trask (QB – TB)

Tom Brady can’t play forever, right? Given the latest drama off the field, I truly think Brady’s time on the field is ending sooner rather than later. He may think he can play, but it won’t be worth it at some point. The team will be forced to pivot whenever he does hang up the cleats. Kyler Trask isn’t exactly the best option, but he’s already on their roster and could get a chance to prove himself before anyone else. This makes him the perfect dynasty stash. He’s likely rostered already, but he’s a great throw-in candidate for a bigger trade since I doubt sending a single fourth-round pick will get it done, and I’m not willing to risk a third on him just yet.

Jamaal Williams (RB – DET)

Jamaal Williams is probably the most expensive name on this list, but he’s part of an overall theme you’ll probably catch on to here soon. In Week 8, he finished as RB9 on the week, thanks to his two touchdowns, so you’re not stashing him at all right now. In some leagues, he’s probably starting for teams as they look at bye weeks. However, I want to add him here as a player you might think about targeting in trades going forward with an eye on 2023.

The Lions have signaled that they are pivoting to a rebuild by trading away TJ Hockenson to the division-rival Vikings. On top of that, Williams’ main competition, D’Andre Swift hasn’t exactly been at the pinnacle of health. Williams is a fighter and someone with so much heart that he’ll likely retire on this team, barring injury or Dan Campbell getting fired first. All that is to say that acquiring Williams this year could be rocky, but I think worth it for dynasty managers looking to the future. At least put this name in your back pocket for trades in the offseason or as your deadline approaches. Trust me.

D’Ernest Johnson (RB – CLE)

In Week 8’s blowout of the Cincinnati Bengals, D’Ernest Johnson finally got his first carries of the season. He got four runs for 17 yards, an average of 4.2 YPC. Not terrible! What is terrible for Johnson is that the Browns decided not to trade away Kareem Hunt. Whoever rosters Johnson in your league was likely holding him with the mindset that Hunt would be gone. Now that he’s staying, they might be willing to send Johnson away for pennies, which is likely what they paid for him. But Johnson still has value.

Nick Chubb is dominating on the ground this year, and Hunt is getting some chances here and there. The Browns are third in terms of rushing yards per game, only behind the Bears and Ravens. If something were to happen to either of them, Johnson is the next man up in the third-best run offense in the NFL. That’s nothing to roll your eyes over. Now is the time to strike, too, since Hunt remaining on the team lowered Johnson’s value even more. He’s a prime stash candidate because whether he’s on the Browns next year or not, he’s proven that he can carry a full load if needed. That’s always something teams are looking for in trades or free agency in the offseason.

Donovan Peoples-Jones (WR – CLE)

Johnson’s teammate, Donovan Peoples-Jones (DPJ), is next on my list and is right up there with Williams regarding his high current value. Peoples-Jones has starter potential written all over him. He caught all four of his passes this week for 81 yards against a depleted Bengals secondary, but that’s not to take anything away from DPJ. He proved he can beat coverage and be where he needs to be for his QB. There is also still a QB change to come for the Browns, and DPJ could be a huge beneficiary of that. If you can acquire him for cheap while he’s on his bye, you might be able to send him away for more once Deshaun Watson comes back from suspension. He’s someone I’m asking about in my leagues, just in case the current manager needs a warm body to get a win this week and is fine sacrificing DPJ’s long-term value in return.

Quintez Cephus (WR – DET)

The second of three Lions on my list is currently injured and not scoring any points, so he could be on waivers in your league, depending on roster size. If you’re rebuilding, get him on your team. Drop your last RB and add Quintez Cephus instead. The Lions just shipped Hockenson off, and at 1-6, they’re giving up on this year. This lines up perfectly for Cephus. The team will have Amon-Ra St. Brown and Jameson Williams ahead of him on the depth chart, but if they get a QB upgrade in the draft, Cephus could eat next year too. He’s a prime IR stash, too, if your league allows that. Trade for him if you have to, but at least see what it takes to get Cephus on your team instead of someone else’s before the season is over.

James Mitchell (TE – DET)

Last but not least is probably the least-known name on this list. However, I bet he’ll be a name fantasy analysts talk about for weeks to come. With the Hockenson trade, Brock Wright becomes the next man up in Detroit at the tight end position, but I’m not sure he should be, at least for fantasy. James Mitchell was a fifth-round draft pick in 2022 and hasn’t seen the field much this year. Yet, his talent is there.

Mitchell tore his ACL in his final season at Virginia Tech, so he didn’t put up any numbers at the combine heading into draft season. Still, the Lions must have seen something they liked in him to draft him. In addition, head coach Campbell, a former tight end himself, must have seen something in Mitchell to feel confident enough to send their starting TE away at the NFL Trade Deadline. Mitchell may not do much this year, rookie tight ends rarely do, but he’s a prime stash candidate for teams looking ahead to 2023 and beyond. I’m adding him on waivers wherever possible this week and beyond before his name becomes too familiar in fantasy circles and his value increases.

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