Dynasty Players Buried on NFL Depth Charts
In dynasty fantasy football leagues, owners often have to stash players at the bottom of their roster and just wait. One of the most fun parts is the ability to pick up these low-end players and find the next one to break out. Drafting someone late or picking them up off the waiver wire to fill that last spot and seeing them become a fantasy stud is like Phillip Lindsay is part of what makes dynasty football so fun. Often times players who are buried on their team’s depth chart might be available to pick up thanks to how buried they are. It can take an injury or two for some of these players to be fantasy-relevant, or it just might be worth waiting until they get the opportunity to produce fantasy numbers. This list is of players who are buried on NFL depth charts but are worth targetting and stashing on your dynasty rosters.
RB | Cincinnati Bengals
The first name on this list is one rookie that has gone very much under the radar and finds himself buried on the depth chart in Cincinnati. Rodney Anderson looks the part when he is on the field, but he’s been through a plethora of injuries throughout his time at Oklahoma. The most he played in one season was 13 games, and 3/4 of his years in college he was injured. The Bengals have one of the more talented running backs in the NFL with Joe Mixon, who is primed to take a step forward in 2019. Giovani Bernard is the veteran back on the roster that continues to get work in the passing game. Bernard will head into free agency after the 2019 season, and there should be a backup role available in the future. Fellow rookie running back, Trayveon Williams also has some nice upside, especially in the passing game. Recently we saw Williams suffer a foot injury, and his timeline for returning is unclear. Anderson certainly looks legit when he is on the field, so there is some interesting upside with him. As someone who is buried on the depth chart, he’s worth stashing and waiting a year or two on to see how this backfield shakes out.
WR | Arizona Cardinals
Next on this list is a rookie wide receiver who has lost a lot of steam since the 2019 NFL Draft. Hakeem Butler is a rookie out of Iowa State drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the fourth round after they drafted Andy Isabella in the second round. Prior to the NFL Draft, he is someone that I was very high on and had high hopes for in dynasty leagues. The hype has slowed down significantly after he fell a bit in the Draft and went off the board after Isabella. The Cardinals also have second-year wide receiver Christian Kirk who was drafted in the second round last year, who is viewed by many as a potential breakout candidate. There is also the inevitable of veteran wideout, Larry Fitzgerald who could very well end up being fantasy-relevant again this year. Butler has excellent size, runs great routes, is very physical, and is someone that profiles as a potential WR1 in the NFL. It may take a year or two for Butler to become relevant given all of the options ahead of him, but he’s someone that is buried who I am intrigued with.
RB | New England Patriots
Heading into the 2019 NFL Draft, Damien Harris was a running back that I was very interested in targetting late in rookie drafts. Heading into college, Harris was the #1 recruit in the nation. After being drafted by the Patriots in the third round of the draft, he fell off significantly due to his landing spot. Landing in New England puts him behind Sony Michel and James White, who both were productive in 2018 and have their roles pretty well established. Harris profiles as a potential three-down back and is very solid all around. He is more of a power runner, runs in between the tackles well, and can catch the ball fine out of the backfield. While he is currently buried on the depth chart, Harris has value on his own as more than just a handcuff. We are talking about the Patriots backfield after all, where we’ve seen different running backs become relevant at different times, and it doesn’t take much to get in Bill Belichick’s doghouse.
WR | Cleveland Browns
The Cleveland Browns head into the 2019 season with arguably the most talented duo of wide receivers in the NFL with Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry. Second-year wide receiver Antonio Callaway is a very talented player and will have his share of big plays throughout the season as well. Rashard Higgins is a player on this team that is buried and is worth stashing in dynasty and potentially in deeper redraft leagues. With Callaway facing a four-game suspension and already having some concerns surrounding his off-field issues, there is a chance we see a bit of Higgins this year. However, when you’re sitting behind one of the most talented receivers in the league in Beckham and another talented receiver in Landry, Higgins is looking at the number three wide receiver at best.
RB Los Angeles Rams
John Kelly is a second-year running back out of the University of Tennessee. Heading into the 2019 season, Todd Gurley has his issues surrounding him making owners very cautious. Rookie Darrell Henderson who was drafted in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft is getting far more hype than he deserves and Malcolm Brown is higher on the depth chart than Kelly. Kelly is someone that came into the league with nice pass-catching upside and has good pass protection skills. He’s not the most explosive or exciting prospect out there, and he could even be fighting for a roster spot given just how many running backs are ahead of him right now. As someone who would be best suited as a change of pace running back, it may take an injury or two, or even a trade before he could become fantasy relevant. Similar to a lot of players on this list, Kelly is someone you can get for next to nothing and could be worth stashing at the end of your roster or even on your taxi squads.
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WR | Green Bay Packers
After going undrafted in the 2018 NFL Draft, Allen Lazard signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars but was waived before the season started. Later in the season, he was picked up by the Green Bay Packers, but it was very late in the season and he played in just one game where he caught his lone target. We all know that Davante Adams is the stud wide receiver in Green Bay now, and he’s seen by many as the top wide receiver for fantasy in 2019. The rest of the receiving corps is looking to be filled up by Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Geronimo Allison. Lazard is definitely a long-shot right now, but as someone who you can potentially grab off the waiver wire in your dynasty leagues, he’s absolutely worth taking a shot on. We all know just how valuable the receivers in Green Bay can be, and anytime you can take a shot on getting a piece of that offense, it’s worth it. Lazard is not just someone that could have a great opportunity, but he has great size at 6’6″ 220, is a monster in the red zone, has great hands, and is a natural pass-catcher. You may end up cutting him if he doesn’t make the final roster, but as someone who is basically free, he’s worth gambling on.
RB | Washington Redskins
Next up is the former Heisman finalist, Bryce Love out of Stanford. Love is someone with a very interesting skill set that offers some intriguing upside from a long-term perspective. He is someone with big-play upside, great speed, and can cut on a dime. After dealing with a handful of injuries and saw a major dropoff in production from 2017 to 2018. In 2017 he finished the season with over 2,000 rushing yards and was second in the Heisman Trophy race to Baker Mayfield. Love posted over 8.0 YPC in 2017, then averaged roughly 4.5 YPC in his senior year in 2018. After being drafted by the Redskins, Love finds himself buried behind Adrian Peterson, Derrius Guice, and Chris Thompson. He’s someone you can stash on your dynasty taxi squads or at the bottom of your rosters. It may take a year or two, but Love has an interesting upside for the future.
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WR | Cincinnati Bengals
Heading into the 2019 season, we’re looking at Tyler Boyd as the breakout candidate, with A.J. Green expected to come back later in the season. One name that’s worth noting who is a bit buried on the depth chart, is Stanley Morgan Jr. out of Nebraska. As an undrafted rookie, he is someone that has made a name for himself in training camp and in the pre-season. Another name that some owners still may be more interested in is John Ross, but Morgan Jr. is a much more polished receiver and I’d much rather target him later. A few other names of this group of receivers includes Auden Tate, Josh Malone, and Depending on the status surrounding Green and his ankle injury, Morgan Jr. has gone from someone who could potentially be on the roster bubble, to looking like a late-round gem that the Bengals were lucky enough to pick up. His status is worth monitoring as he could end up getting cut, but as someone who is buried and has a nice profile, he’s worth an add in dynasty leagues.[the_ad id=”79528″][the_ad id=”69556″]
RB | Buffalo Bills
The next name on this list is a running back who has been getting next to no love lately. T.J. Yeldon has spent his first four seasons in the NFL in Jacksonville, where he’s been quietly productive in the passing game when he has been utilized. After signing with the Bills, Yeldon finds himself as potentially the fourth running back on the depth chart behind LeSean McCoy, Frank Gore, and rookie Devin Singletary. There have been some talks about McCoy potentially not making the final roster, and with the age of the two veterans, that could very well be possible. Yeldon has averaged over 40 receptions per year since entering the league and has really only seen a lot of work as a backup or change of pace back. He’s also averaged 4.0 YPC, which hasn’t been anything overly impressive, but between his efficiency and involvement in the passing game, he has nice PPR upside. Yeldon is going pretty much under the radar this off-season, and as someone who has been a very capable backup, he’s worth targetting and stashing at the bottom of your dynasty rosters.
WR | Tampa Bay Buccaneers
When it comes to the 2019 fantasy football season, one of the most popular breakout candidates is Chris Godwin. One of the main reasons that it’s taken so long for him to become fantasy-relevant, is the fact that he was buried on the depth chart behind Mike Evans, DeSean Jackson, Adam Humphries, and even a couple of tight ends in O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate, who both were above him on the pecking order. Now, there is another name on the roster that is buried but has a nice profile as a wide receiver, and that is Justin Watson. Watson is entering his second season in the NFL and was as close to irrelevant as you can get. He finished his rookie season with one catch on three targets for five yards. Watson has an excellent rookie profile, has a great SPARQ-x Score, and College Dominator Rating. If you’re a fan of metrics, Watson is someone that is definitely worth targetting, and with all of the hype around the Tampa Bay offense, he is a very cheap way of getting a piece of it.