What a wild and fun fantasy football season 2022 has been for us. Plenty of championship aspirations have been derailed due to injuries, while other championship runs develop due to roster moves that fantasy managers have done to position themselves for a shot at the championship in Week 17. With the final week of the fantasy football season upon us, most dynasty leagues will lock the waiver wire pool and prevent dynasty managers from being able to add players during the offseason.
One strategy that every dynasty manager should consider doing prior to this week’s games being played is to look through the waiver wire one last time. Depending on the league size most prospects and talented players are already rostered but you may be surprised and find a hidden gem that could be an asset for your team next year. Here are some dynasty stashes to consider adding to your roster, so you can be ahead of league mates for next season.
Brock Purdy, QB - 49ers 36% Rostered
Now Brock Purdy may be long gone from the waiver wire in your dynasty league, but if you are in a shallower league, he may be available. After starting the season as the third-string quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, with injuries striking both Trey Lance and Jimmy Garoppolo, Purdy has come in and led the 49ers to four straight wins and helped the Niners clinch their division. The rookie quarterback has totaled 912 yards passing, eight touchdowns, and three interceptions. Who knows what the future holds for Purdy next season, with Lance coming back from his ankle injury? One thing is for sure, Purdy is worth a stash with the way he has played so far this season, and as insurance should Lance not be ready to play by the season opener next season.
Jordan Love, QB - Packers 2% Rostered
Aaron Rodgers is still king in Green Bay, but his time may be coming to an end sooner rather than later. Rodgers seems to be winding down his career and Jordan Love is waiting in the wings. The only time that Love saw some game action in 2022 was when Rodgers got injured during the game in Week 12. Although it was an extremely small sample size Love showed some growth from last season and looked like he made some strides. With some young wide receiving developing in Green Bay, like Christian Watson, and Romeo Doubs, and a couple of stud running backs in Aaron Jones and A.J. Dillon, Love will have the weapons to develop the passing game. At this point, Love is worth a stash to see if Rodgers's time with the Packers indeed finally ends.
Mike White, QB - Jets 17% Rostered
Looks like Zach Wilson has proven he is not the answer for the Jets at quarterback for the foreseeable future. Every time Wilson enters the game the Jets’ offense seems to regress drastically. When Mike White is under center at least fantasy managers feel confident that they can start Garrett Wilson without fear of providing a doughnut when Zachy is in the game. Heck even in deeper leagues Elijah Moore and Corey Davis become flex options when White is starting. Mr. White has thrown for over 300 yards in two of the three games he has played this season. It would be wise if you considered stashing White for now in deeper leagues to see how things play out during the offseason.
Malik Willis, QB - Titans 2% Rostered
This season Malik Willis has not had any memorable moments while subbing for the injured Ryan Tannehill but he is worth a stash due to his athleticism. Willis just needs more time to develop. In his two seasons at Liberty, Willis threw for 5,107 yards, 47 touchdowns, and 18 interceptions. Where Willis did the most damage was on the ground as he rushed 338 times for 1,822 yards and 27 touchdowns. His dual-threat skillset makes him a must-stash in all dynasty leagues.
Sam Howell, QB - Commanders 0% Rostered
As this season has played out for the Commanders, one thing is evident neither Carson Wentz nor Taylor Heinicke is the answer at quarterback for this team. However, the Commanders could have the answer in Sam Howell, the rookie fifth-round pick of this year’s NFL Draft who has not played all season. If you're in a deep Superflex dynasty league you may want to consider stashing Howell who was very productive in college. The rookie produced 10,283 yards passing, 92 touchdowns, and 28 interceptions. He even rushed for 1,009 yards and another 17 touchdowns during his three seasons with the Tar Heels.
Jaylen Warren, RB - Steelers 13% Rostered
In most dynasty leagues Jaylen Warren is already on someone else’s roster but should he be on the waiver wire you need to pounce on that add button as soon as possible. Whenever he has received touches Warren has produced. On 59 carries this season Warren has rushed for 267 yards and a touchdown while also proving he can be a receiving weapon out of the backfield by bringing in 22 receptions for 187 yards.
Raheem Blackshear, RB Panthers 0% Rostered
Sure D’Onta Foreman and Chubba Hubbard are the ones getting all the touches in the Panthers backfield, but if you haven't noticed there’s been a third running back that gets a handful of touches each game. That is none other than rookie running back Raheem Blackshear. On the limited touches, he has gotten this year, Blackshear has made an impression on those that have paid attention. The rookie running back has a knack for finding the endzone as he has three touchdowns this season and has scored at least 8.5 fantasy points in three games this season. Nothing is certain that Foreman will return for 2023 leaving the door open for Blackshear to garner more touches come next Fall.
Pierre Strong, NE Patriots 8% Rostered
The fantasy community knows that Rhamondre Stevenson is here to stay as the RB1 for the Patriots backfield, but going into next season, it may be wide open behind him. After Damien Harris went down with an injury earlier this year Stevenson took over, and when Stevenson went down for a bit Pierre Strong illustrated he could take over. In the two games when he received at least seven touches per contest, Strong averaged 10.6 yards per carry and 6.4 yards per reception. He also found the endzone once. If the Patriots move on from Harris next season since he will be an unrestricted free agent in 2023, Strong will get more touches next season.
Tyrion Davis-Price, RB 49ers 1% Rostered
Coming into the season most fantasy managers were excited about Elijah Mitchell’s opportunity but he quickly got injured and went to injured reserve (IR). When the 49ers traded for Christian McCaffrey (CMC) all the running backs on the roster took a back seat to CMC. Now as we are heading into the offseason, the running back I would like to stash from this roster is actually Tyrion Davis-Price. Davis-Price is currently McCaffrey’s direct backup and was a second-day draft pick for the 49ers in this year’s NFL Draft. In his final season at LSU Davis-Price rushed 211 times for 1,003 yards and six touchdowns. With Mitchell seemingly always getting hurt Davis-Price is just a CMC injury away from being the head honcho in this backfield.
Ty Chandler, RB Vikings 0% Rostered
Now let's go really deep for this running back to stash. Ty Chandler was drafted in April but hasn't played a down this season. If you’re looking for someone to stash in a deep dynasty league you may want to consider adding him. With Alexander Mattison set to be an unrestricted free agent in 2023 the table is set for Chandler to be Dalvin Cook’s backup heading into next season. Cook does tend to get nicked up from time to time so having his backup is a must. Chandler posted modest collegiate numbers between Tennessee and North Carolina. He accumulated 3,138 yards rushing, 73 receptions for 681 yards receiving, and 30 total touchdowns. Chandler was just activated from IR and will get a good look for the rest of the season. Even more so to add the rookie now!
Here are other running backs to stash if their still available: Marlon Mack 7% Rostered, Joshua Kelley 5% Rostered, Isaiah Spiller 3% Rostered, Zamir White 3% Rostered, Hassan Haskins 2% Rostered, D’Ernest Johnson 1% Rostered, Gary Brightwell 0% Rostered, and Patrick Taylor 0% Rostered.
Romeo Doubs, WR Packers 18% Rostered
If for some odd reason Romeo Doubs is still floating around in your dynasty waiver wire stop reading this and add him now. Ok, welcome back, now where were we oh yea Romeo Doubs. At times this season, Doubs has been the WR1 for the Packers. He may have been dropped in shallower leagues after his recent stint on the IR this season. Although Christian Watson has proven to be the alpha in the Packers' offense this season with his play, Doubs has shown he can produce if given the chance alongside Watson. Earlier in the season Doubs was suffering from a case of the dropsies but has improved as the season has progressed. He has totaled 39 receptions for 405 yards and three touchdowns, so far in 2023, and should be rostered in all dynasty formats.
Rashid Shaheed, WR Saints 7% Rostered
After Michael Thomas was sent to IR for the season, other than Chris Olave there has been inconsistent play out of the other wide receivers for the Saints. That was until Rashid Shaheed started to get steady targets over the last few weeks. In the last four weeks, Shaheed has averaged four receptions for 66 yards in that span and has hauled in a touchdown as well. The wideout should be stashed in all dynasty leagues to see what the future holds for him with whoever the new quarterback is, come next Fall.
Wan’Dale Robinson, WR Giants 6% Rostered
Another wide receiver that is an automatic add should he be in your dynasty league waiver wire is Wan’Dale Robinson. It’s a shame that Robinson got injured in the game that he was breaking out on because I feel he could have been a league winner. In that game, Robinson was targeted 13 times and had nine receptions for 100 yards. He should be rostered in all dynasty league formats.
Skyy Moore, WR Chiefs 7% Rostered
Skyy Moore hasn’t had many opportunities this year as a rookie in the high-octane Chiefs offense. He is like the fifth or sixth receiving option for Patrick Mahomes, but he does have second-round draft capital and has plenty of speed. If an impatient fantasy manager dropped him, snatch him up, and hopefully, he should get more chances next year.
Calvin Ridley, WR Jaguars 3% Rostered
Some fantasy managers may have had enough of Calvin Ridley wasting a spot on their roster and could have dropped him as he did not play last year due to personal reasons and was suspended all season for betting on football games. Should he return from exile Ridley has a golden opportunity to give fantasy managers what they are looking for as he will receive passes from Trevor Lawrence come next season.
Noah Brown, WR Cowboys 3% Rostered
Whether it’s been Dak Prescott or Cooper Rush, Noah Brown has shown if he receives the targets he can make plays. Being the fifth or sixth receiving option for most of the season, Brown has still racked up 41 receptions for 538 yards, and three touchdowns. Should any of the pass catchers ahead of him suffer an injury Brown would be in line for a spike in targets. Look to stash him in deep dynasty leagues.
Isaiah Hodgins, WR Giants 7% Rostered
One of the most pleasant surprises this season has to be the development of Isaiah Hodgins. With the departure of Kadarius Toney and the injury to Wan’Dale Robinson, Hodgins has busted through that opening and provided excellent fantasy numbers in three of the last four games. During that span, Hodgins has averaged 15.45 PPR fantasy points. This includes 21 receptions for 208 yards and three touchdowns. Not only is Hodgins a stash for next year he could be added and used as a flex in your finals in deeper dynasty leagues.
Here are some other wide receivers to stash if their still available: Alec Pierce 12% Rostered, Terrace Marshall Jr. 5% Rostered, Tyquan Thornton 1% Rostered, John Metchie III 1% Rostered, Danny Gray 0% Rostered and Calvin Austin III 0% Rostered.
Daniel Bellinger, TE Giants 2% Rostered
Prior to injuring his eye socket Daniel Bellinger was turning into an integral part of the Giants' offense. There was a five-game stretch that he averaged nearly 10 PPR fantasy points per game. Not bad for a rookie, since many experts claim that rookie tight ends tend not to make much of an impact in their first season. Since his return from IR, Bellinger has had plenty of tough match-ups which has caused his roster percentage to stay low, and now offers league managers the chance to stash him now.
Chigoziem Okonkwo,TE Titans 24% Rostered
The cat may have been let out of the bag already on how talented Chigoziem Okonkwo is, but if your league mates have been sleeping at the wheel and not snatched him up yet, you should do so now. What opened the door for Okonkwo to demonstrate his talents was when Treylon Burks recently went on IR. When Burks got injured there was a huge lack of talent available at receiver for the Titans. So Ryan Tannehill started sending targets Okonkwo’s way and the young tight end did not disappoint. Okonkwo averaged four receptions and 50 yards per contest during those four games and even found the endzone once. If you have the space and need a tight end stash him for next season.
Irv Smith Jr., TE Vikings 15% Rostered
One tight end that has shown glimpses of potential over the last few years but always seems to be injury prone is Irv Smith Jr. The veteran tight end tends to get injured as he is starting to get a little consistency, and then leaves fantasy managers scrambling for answers in the waiver wire. Smith has been on IR since Week 9, but the Vikings have just designated him set to return to have another offensive weapon in the playoffs. With T.J. Hockenson now in town as the TE1 for the Vikings and Smith set to be an unrestricted free agent in 2023, if you stash him now you could be securing a possible tight end starter for next season.
Cade Otton, TE Buccaneers 9% Rostered
Another rookie tight end that has proven to be a baller this season has been Cade Otton. Although Otton is often thought of as an afterthought since he is like the fourth or fifth receiving option in the Buccaneers' offense, he still has compiled a promising stat line for a rookie. So far this season Otton has brought in 39 receptions for 369 yards, and three touchdowns on 58 targets. None of us know whether Tom Brady will be coming back for another ride in Tampa Bay, but one thing is certain and that is Otton will be a major part of this offense next season. Just stash him now and thank me later.
Isaiah Likely, 7% Rostered
All Isaiah Likely needs, is playing time and targets. Likely has already proved that he has the talent and athleticism to be a TE1 when Mark Andrews was injured earlier this season. Likely should be rostered in all dynasty league formats.
Noah Gray, TE Chiefs 0% Rostered
Noah Gray is simply Travis Kelce’s insurance policy and possible heir apparent at tight end for this offensive juggernaut. Even with all the love and targets that Kelce gets from Patrick Mahomes, Gray has still totaled 26 receptions for 273 yards and two total touchdowns. Should something happen to Kelce, Gray’s stock and targets will skyrocket, which makes him an excellent stash for the offseason in deeper dynasty leagues.
Here are some other tight ends to stash if their still available in deeper dynasty leagues: Trey McBride 4% Rostered, Jelani Woods 2% Rostered, Brevin Jordan 1% Rostered, Brock Wright 0% Rostered, and Peyton Hendershot 0% Rostered.
What players are you looking to stash for this upcoming offseason? If you would like to discuss this further or have any fantasy football or dynasty questions, you may reach me on Twitter at @smooth1074.