21 Players to Stash Ahead of the Fantasy Playoffs
This will be the final stash article of the 2021 season, as there aren’t a lot of weeks left to covet potential fantasy assets. Most playoffs begin in Week 15, meaning there are two weeks left in the regular season.
We should be looking at players who could shine in the fake postseason, as the playoffs are a win-or-go-home scenario. Below are players worth stashing for the next few weeks in the hopes they can secure you that fantasy championship. If you need help on who to drop, check out my Dead Weight piece for some suggestions.
Taysom Hill, QB – Saints
It’s looking like Taysom Hill could be the starter for New Orleans in Week 13. He’s not a prototypical stash, but in single-quarterback leagues where fewer QBs are rostered, he may be someone to grab now in anticipation for the fantasy playoffs.
Hill’s rushing production alone is worthy of a seat at the fantasy QB table, plus the Saints have contests with the Jets, Bucs and Dolphins on tap in the next three weeks, who sit 30th, 13th and 27th, respectively, in QB aFPA. With the inconsistency across the board at QB in recent weeks, Hill could be a nice add moving forward.
Josh Reynolds, WR – Lions
Detroit’s passing game hasn’t exactly been the most exciting or fruitful for fantasy purposes, but Josh Reynolds could be the spark to emerge as their No. 1 WR. They are down their No. 1 RB for a few weeks, and Reynolds's history with Jared Goff in L.A. could create a nice fantasy duo down the stretch.
This week, Reynolds gets a Minnesota defense ranked 31st in schedule-adjusted fantasy points to the WR position this season. Then he’ll see a few middling defensive units until the 28th-ranked Falcons in Week 17, which is likely your fantasy championship game.
Handcuff RBs to Stash
- Khalil Herbert (Bears)
- Ronald Jones (Buccaneers)
- Nyheim Hines (Colts)
- Sony Michel (Rams)
- Samaje Perine (Bengals)
- Jeff Wilson Jr. (49ers)
- Kenyan Drake (Raiders)
- Carlos Hyde (Jaguars)
I’ve lumped all these RBs together since they are all stashable for the same reasons. With bye weeks almost over, some of these backups/handcuffs will be there for grabbing in the event the player in front of them is sidelined for any amount of time.
Foster Moreau, TE – Raiders
We’ve seen what Foster Moreau can do when Darren Waller is out, as shown in his Week 7 output of 6-for-6 for 60 yards and a score. Waller suffered a knee injury of some sort in last week’s Thanksgiving contest and could be out for a few games, or not at all.
Tight end insurance isn’t the norm in seasonal leagues, but with the pickings so incredibly slim in 2021, it may be a solid idea to snag Moreau this week in the event things are worse than anticipated.
Ameer Abdullah, RB – Panthers
I didn’t include him in the section above because the injury to Christian McCaffrey has already happened and Ameer Abdullah could be impactful sooner rather than later. Chuba Hubbard will be Carolina's No. 1 RB but don’t sleep on Abdullah’s pass-catching prowess in PPR formats.
Fantasy managers will be clamoring to grab Hubbard off waivers, but Abdullah could be a sneaky add for the rest of the season.
A.J. Green & Rondale Moore, WR – Cardinals
On Sunday, the Cardinals get the 25th-ranked Rams in aFPA, then in Weeks 16 and 17, they face the Colts and Cowboys, who sit 15th and 29th in WR aFPA, respectively. DeAndre Hopkins should be back and Christian Kirk is also in the mix, but you could do worse for dart throws in the fantasy postseason.
Defenses to Stash
Here are some streamable defenses with the softest fantasy playoff schedules according to aFPA:
- Bengals - DEN (24th), BAL (26th), KC (23rd)
- Chargers - KC (23rd), HOU (32nd), DEN (24th)
- Seahawks - LAR (17th), CHI (31st), DET (27th)
Kickers to Stash
If you’re tired of streaming kickers, here are a few to grab and use for the postseason based on aFPA: