9 Fantasy Football Stash Candidates Ahead of Week 4

Sep 27, 2022
9 Fantasy Football Stash Candidates Ahead of Week 4

What makes a player stash-worthy? These guys may be potential league-winners at some point in the future, whether next week or a handful of weeks down the road.

Editor's Note: Check out the Week 4 Waiver Wire Watch!

I’m looking at all kinds of stashable guys in the event the player above them on the depth chart is on shaky ground, might be nursing an injury, or possibly a matchup-based situation in the weeks ahead. Clear out those benches (check out my Dead Weight Report on who to drop), and make room for these up-and-comers.

Michael Gallup, WR - Cowboys

It looks like Michael Gallup will be on the shelf for another week, so managers may forget to grab and stash the WR ahead of Week 4. Noah Brown has been a decent fill-in as the Cowboys WR2, but with Dalton Schultz banged up, Gallup could walk into a meaty role, especially with Dak Prescott possibly returning as early as Week 5.

Gallup and Prescott have shown good chemistry in limited contests from 2020 and 2021, so if you’re looking to replace some underperforming fringe fantasy wideouts such as Skyy Moore, Robbie Anderson, or Kyle Philips, the fifth-year Cowboy could be a viable solution moving forward.

K.J. Osborn, WR - Vikings

After doing very little in the first two games, K.J. Osborn experienced a mini-breakout in Week 3. With Detroit successful in their attempts at taking away Justin Jefferson, the 25-year-old saw increased looks, and if this is the blueprint for other defenses to stifle Jefferson’s insane talent, we could see more of Osborn in the coming weeks.

As far as opponents go, the Vikings face the Saints this week, followed by Chicago and then Miami before their Week 7 bye. New Orleans is allowing 24.6 half-PPR points per game to enemy WRs, while the Bears and Dolphins are yielding 25.5 and 34.0, respectively.

Will Dissly, TE - Seahawks

Dissly is quietly TE11 in total half-PPR points through three games and ranks 13th in half-PPR points per contest with 7.9. The volume isn't exactly what you’d want from a fantasy starter, as he’s only seen eight targets, but Dissly has found the end zone twice so far in 2022.

The TE committee approach in Seattle muddies it up for Dissly as a weekly option, but the Seahawks have a favorable upcoming schedule for the TE room, making Dissly and his touchdown upside streaming relevant for the near future. He gets Detroit this week, who’s allowed the ninth-most half-PPR points per game to TEs so far (10.7), and then they face Arizona in Week 6, a defensive unit that has yielded the most half-PPR points to TEs per tilt in 2022 with a whopping 20.0.

Craig Reynolds, RB - Lions

With D’Andre Swift possibly out until after the Lions' Week 6 bye due to a shoulder injury, it’s Jamaal Williams’ backfield with Craig Reynolds parked behind him. The former is capable of lead-back duties, but Reynolds should see some work beyond the 11 touches he’s accrued thus far in 2022.

Consider him insurance and a desperation play for now, but if something were to happen to Williams while Swift is on the shelf, Reynolds could be elevated to low-end RB1 status.

Robert Tonyan, TE - Packers

The Green Bay TE was second to rookie Romeo Doubs in targets in Week 3 and is second on the offense in targets per game after three contests with 4.7. Robert Tonyan boasts a meaty 46.7% target route per run rate, and with the injury bug hitting the Packers, he could find himself with higher volume moving forward.

Right now, the Green Bay TE is only on 29% of Yahoo rosters, and with the state of the position as a whole, it may not be a bad idea to tuck Tonyan away for further use. He also happens to have an appealing matchup this week against the Patriots if you’re in need of help right away.

Trestan Ebner, RB - Bears

Similar to Reynolds, Trestan Ebner has become stash-worthy due to an injury to Chicago’s RB1, David Montgomery. The Bears are keeping his injury status close to the vest, and as of right now, he’s considered day-to-day. Khalil Herbert becomes a hot waiver add after he posted a 20-157-2 line in Monty’s absence, but Ebner should be easier to obtain and has shown speed and receiving prowess.

The rookie has no stand-alone value but could be worth a grab and hold in the event that Montgomery’s injury keeps him off the field, and Herbert gets nicked up.

Harrison Butker, K - Chiefs

I don’t normally condone carrying an extra kicker, but Harrison Butker has been dropped down to 45% rostership on Yahoo and should be back sooner than later. While they looked off in Week 3, Kansas City still boasts one of the highest-performing offenses in the NFL, and having the leg tied to their scoring can be advantageous to any fantasy roster.

Indianapolis Colts DST

The Colts haven’t been fantastic on either side of the ball but held their own against the Chiefs in Week 3, allowing just 17 points with an interception, a sack, and a fumble recovery. They should be getting Shaquille Leonard back and have two cushy matchups on deck.

Week 4 brings a struggling Tennesee team to town, while Indy heads to Denver in Week 5 to face a seemingly washed Russell Wilson and the Broncos' anemic offense. Managers dropped the Colts by the 1,000s ahead of the Chiefs matchup, so they are widely available for stashing and even using this week.

Jacksonville Jaguars DST

Don’t look now, but the Jaguars' defense has scored the third-most fantasy points through three contests. They shut out the Colts in Week 2 and held the Chargers to just 10 points on Sunday. This week won’t be an ideal time to start this unit as they are on the road against a white-hot Eagles offense, but Week 5 brings a home tilt against a Texans team that hasn’t exactly been lighting up the scoreboard.

Carrying two defenses may not be plausible for all leagues, but if you can swing it for one week, your roster may be better for it.

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