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Two weeks ago in the Dynasty Stock Market, I examined some players that, thanks to their poor fantasy performance and little upside, were clogging the bottom of your dynasty rosters. My advice for how to handle these players was very simple – cut them loose. In many cases, these players do not even offer trade value, so don’t waste your time there. Instead, drop them now and add a player that offers upside and has potential for your dynasty team.
This week, we’ll take a look at some players that could be residing on your league’s waiver wire that would serve as good replacements for any players who are currently clogging your roster. Each of these players are young and unproven. In fact, most of these players are not currently in their team’s rotation, but they all have potential and if things break the right way, these players could becomes fantasy starters sometime down the road – that is more than we can say for the cloggers.
It is a difficult task to identify players that might be available in the majority of dynasty leagues. As far as I know, there is no data out there to show which players are owned in dynasty leagues only. MyFantasyLeague.com does track the ownership of players, but it includes redraft leagues as well as dynasty. Ultimately, I chose to use the data from MFL. Each of the players mentioned below are owned in less then 5% of MyFantasyLeague.com leagues.
Brock Osweiler, QB DEN
The Denver Broncos drafted Osweiler in the second round out of Arizona State in the 2012 draft. It was quickly presumed by many that Osweiler would be the heir apparent to new Broncos starting quarterback Peyton Manning. Osweiler struggled early on in training camp, which can be said of many rookie quarterbacks, but by the end of the preseason, he had passed veteran Caleb Hanie to win the backup job to Manning. This season, Manning has looked like the Manning of old and it seems he could play several more years. The truth is that Manning is a 36-year old quarterback a year removed from a serious neck injury. Osweiler came into the league as a project and couldn’t have landed in a better spot. Barring injury, there is no risk he will be thrown into game action before he is ready and he gets to learn from one of the greatest players of all time. For now, Osweiler is a player to stash while we watch the health and progression of Manning.
Ryan Lindley, QB ARI
Lindley is another rookie quarterback who has yet to see his NFL debut, but that could come at anytime in Arizona. The Cardinals drafted Lindley in the sixth round, and although he is listed as the third quarterback on the depth chart, both Kevin Kolb and John Skelton have already dealt with injuries this season. Kolb is likely out for another six weeks at least, meaning that if Skelton were to suffer an injury, Lindley would be the team’s next quarterback in line. Injuries have not been the only troubles in Arizona, as the Cardinals rank near the bottom of all team passing statistics.
Chris Ivory, RB NO
The Saints running back is more of a short term stash, for now at least. Ivory can’t seem to overcome the Saints depth at running back and for most weeks this season, he has been inactive on game days. He has also been heavily rumored to be available via trade and the trade deadline is coming up in less than a week. Even if he is not traded by the deadline, Ivory will be an unrestricted free agent this off-season and may have the opportunity to find a new home. For now, I would acquire Ivory in hopes he is dealt next week to a better situation where he will get playing time, such as Arizona or Green Bay.
Juron Criner, WR OAK
The Raiders made Criner, a wide receiver out of The University of Arizona, their fifth round pick in the 2012 NFL draft. Criner received a lot of hype in fantasy circles until training camp started, and then he seemed to struggle as fellow rookie Rod Streater excelled. By the end of the preseason, Criner was flashing the talent that made him a choice of the Raiders and gave dynasty owners a lot of hope for his future. Criner has often been inactive for the Raiders this year, despite their top two wide receivers dealing with injury issues, and he only has two catches on the year. Criner is a talented player who will likely get more of a shot next year once he has an additional year of training camp under his belt.
DJ Williams, TE GB
The struggles on Packers starting tight end Jermichael Finley have been well documented and it would not be surprising to see the Packers part ways with Finley this off-season. If that happens, the second year tight end would likely be thrust into the starting lineup and the fantasy goldmine that is the Green Bay offense under quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Williams cannot be counted on yet and the departure of Finley is only speculation at this point, but if it happens, Williams’ dynasty value will see a quick increase.
Other players to stash: Cyrus Gray RB KCC, Chris Polk RB PHI, Lavon Brazil WR IND, Travis Benjamin WR CLE, Marvin Jones WR CIN, Joseph Morgan WR NOS, Taylor Thompson TE TEN, Ladarius Green TE SD