It’s time to make that final playoff push! With many trade deadlines passing, the best way for you to improve your team is to fill your bench with upside stashes, particularly running backs, and hope you get lucky. Of course, bye weeks are still around for a few weeks, so we’ll also be giving you all the best streaming plays as well. Good luck this week!
To keep things simple, we’ll define a streamer as any player you wouldn’t usually start who is a viable option for this week. We’ll define a stash as any player you can probably find on waivers that you should stash for the future, either because they have a favorable match-up coming up or because they could become a future starter.
I’ll also be reporting my streamer record from the season to date above each section to give you an idea of what to expect. Strong finishes mean the top third of starters at the position, moderate means the top half of starters, and bust is everyone else.
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QB Streamer (Week 1: 12 strong, 4 moderate, 8 bust):
Jared Goff (DET): If you read last week’s article, you’d have known that Goff was a strong streaming play. He paid off with a QB7 finish (while our other streamer, Brock Purdy, was the QB3). This week Goff takes on the Bears, who have been very generous throughout the season and with Justin Fields possibly back, it could be another shootout for the Lions.
Justin Fields (CHI): It seems crazy to me that Fields is available in leagues but in speaking to followers, he definitely is. Please snatch him up immediately if he’s available in yours. There are no other great QB stash options at the moment.
Honorable Mention: PJ Walker (CLE) – in deep Superflex only, with Watson injured, why not?
RB Streamers (Week 2: 23 strong, 9 moderate, 9 bust):
De’Von Achane (MIA): It’s hard to trust a player coming back from injury, but all signs point to a Week 11 return for the Dolphins rookie. While we don’t know exactly what his workload will look like, the Raiders are best attacked on the ground, so I’d expect both Achane and Raheem Mostert to be very active. If Achane is healthy, pop him straight into your lineup.
Devin Singletary (HOU): Coming off an insane 30-carry Week 10, Singletary is unlikely to match his efforts in the coming week. But with a matchup against the susceptible Cardinals defense, he will certainly have some TD opportunities and plenty of volume. The possible return of Dameon Pierce hurts, but even before Pierce’s injury, Singletary was starting to take over. The coaching staff would be crazy not to give him the primary job against Arizona.
Khalil Herbert (CHI): Nobody knows what the Bears backfield will look like when Herbert returns. I expect Herbert will split early down work with D’Onta Foreman and take some of the passing downs from Roschon Johnson. What proportion he receives will make all the difference, so he’s worth stashing to find out.
Running backs get injured more than any other position in fantasy, with the average Top 36 running back missing two games per season in fantasy. For that reason, your best bet in fantasy is to roster running backs who are an injury away from an every-down role. While I can’t predict who will get injured, I can say who’ll be most effective when given the opportunity. Each week, I’ll be listing my favorite RB backups, only including players you won’t be starting most weeks.
Handcuffs: Zach Charbonnet (SEA), Rico Dowdle (DAL), Tyler Allgeier (ATL), Joshua Kelley (LAC), AJ Dillon (GB), Tyjae Spears (TEN), Kenneth Gainwell (PHI), Ezekiel Elliott (NE), Elijah Mitchell (SF), Chase Edmonds (TB), Dalvin Cook (NYJ) and Tank Bigsby (JAC).
WR Streamers (15 strong, 17 moderate, 11 bust):
Rashee Rice (KC): It’s hard to trust a player out there for only 60% of snaps, but against the Eagles in what could be a total shootout, Rice has too much upside not to start. With double-digit points in seven of nine games this season, he’s been deceptively consistent.
Christian Watson (GB): Watson has been a total bust this season, but if he’s going to have success, it’s this week against the Chargers, who are best attacked deep. Any Packers receiver is a viable desperation start, but Watson is the most interesting to me as he is at least averaging 5.5 targets the last four weeks.
AT Perry (NO): When Michael Thomas went down a few plays into Week 10, it wasn’t Rashid Shaheed who got the 12 personnel snaps. It was the rookie, Perry. He looked good, too, turning the opportunity into his first touchdown. He’s worth stashing in deeper leagues in case Thomas’s injury is serious.
TE Streamer (10 strong, 2 moderate, 9 bust):
Cole Kmet (CHI): It’s hard to trust any Bears player, but Kmet has 25 targets in the last three weeks and is above that vital 30-route threshold top tight ends need. Against the Lions, he’s likely to be busy as Chicago chases points.
Tommy Hudson (CIN): The Bengals have gone to a bizarre tight end committee with four tight ends targeted on the weekend. Hudson has been the main guy tho, with his 12 targets in the last two weeks more than Irv Smith Jr has received since Week 2! He’s worth stashing in deeper leagues just in case he fully takes over the role.
K/DST Streamers (18 strong, 9 moderate, 11 bust):
Please note I won’t be listing any kicker or DST stashes, as you should never roster more than one of either of these positions.