Week 11 of the NFL season is upon us, this also brings us to a crucial point in many of our fantasy football leagues. Along with the question what players should I stash for the fantasy football playoffs? Luckily for you I have looked into some top candidates for each position. I will go through and explain my reasoning behind why these players should be stashed. Using a strength of schedule metric and the benchmark of 50% roster-ship in ESPN leagues, I have compiled this list. Without further ado let’s get right into it!
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Fantasy Football Players to Stash For the Playoffs: Quarterbacks
Teddy Bridgewater (Denver Broncos)
Although he is not the biggest name in the fantasy football world, he has been a solid option this season. Teddy Bridgewater is currently the QB16 on the season averaging almost 16 points a week. Along with this he has had steady production, he has only had two weeks under 10 points. Looking forward his matchups in the fantasy football playoffs are very favorable. He will face the Lions in Week 14 who rank 18th in the NFL in points allowed to the position. Currently allowing over 18 points a week to quarterbacks. In the following week he faces off against the Bengals. They currently rank 17th allowing just under 18 points a week to quarterbacks. With these matchups you should get two solid performances from him.
As we head into semi finals week he draws the Raiders who rank 21st in points allowed to quarterbacks. They average 18.7 points a week to the position. Add in a little division battle to the mix and this could be a high scoring game for Teddy Bridgewater. He does finish with a tougher matchup in the Chargers in week 17. They rank 6th while only allowing 15.3 points a week to the position. With all of this said on top of his rostership of only 29% in ESPN leagues he is the perfect fantasy football player to stash for the playoffs.
Daniel Jones (New York Giants)
In a season that many hoped he could take a leap forward we have been meet with disappointment. The Giants have struggled with the injury bug all year at all positions. It has effected the weapons for Daniel Jones the most, due to this he is currently QB19 on the season. Although early on in the season we saw some flashes of greatness as he had three 20 plus performances in the first four weeks. After the injuries piled up he has dropped off, luckily for him the giants are starting to get healthy again. This is just in time for the fantasy playoffs as well. In Week 14 he will face his hardest match up in the Chargers who rank 6th in points allowed to quarterbacks. However the schedule lightness up a bit to close the season out.
Daniel Jones 2021 Deep passing through 4 games
5/11 219 yards 3 TD
It’s wild that over 2 seasons, he’s completing 50% of deep attempts. That’s not normal. pic.twitter.com/0X8EW9TPzU
— Bobby Skinner (@BobbySkinner_) October 4, 2021
In Week 15 he faces the Cowboys who currently ranked 13th in points allowed to quarterbacks. They currently allow over 17 points a game to the position. As we head to the semi finals he draws the Eagles who rank 12th in the same category. Both of these games are divisional games, these could produce a lot of scoring. He finishes the season off with his easiest matchup on paper against the Bears who allow 18.7 points a week to the position. This ranks 20th in the league. With a favorable schedule and his roster-ship sitting at 30% in ESPN leagues he is the perfect fantasy football player to stash for the playoffs.
Fantasy Football Players to Stash For the Playoffs: Running Backs
Jeff Wilson Jr (San Francisco 49ers)
Although he has missed almost the whole season due to a knee injury he sustained last season Jeff Wilson should be on your radar. Last season Jeff Wilson came on late in the year and won many people their leagues. Can lightning strike twice? I think so, even though Elijah Mitchell has had an impressive rookie campaign thus far, he has had some issues with staying healthy. Last week we saw Wilson take 10 carries for 28 yards, nothing impressive but this was his first game action in almost a year, against a tough Rams defense. Elijah Mitchell hurt his finger in this game and is expect to miss some time. This means now is the time to grab Wilson as he is only rostered in 12% of ESPN leagues.
Jeff Wilson Jr with a really nice run here. Stayed patient and showed great vision to pick up a nice gain. The OL again with great blocking up front. pic.twitter.com/cLugbaczca
— 49ers_Film (@49ers_Film) November 16, 2021
Adding him now can pay off in the fantasy playoffs as well. He has one of the easiest schedules from week 14-17. Facing off against the Bengals in Week 14 who are ranked 23rd in the league in points allowed to running backs. Followed by the 28th ranked team in the Falcons who are allowing over 20 points to the position currently. After that he faces his toughest matchup against the 8th ranked Titans who are only allowing 16.2 points a week currently. Then in Week 17 he draws the 27th ranked Texans who allow 21 points a week to the position currently. With this Schedule he is a must when it comes to fantasy football players to stash.
Jamaal Williams (Detroit Lions)
The hype is all around D’Andre Swift right now and rightfully so. However over the past few games we have seen that the Lions want to use two running back no matter who they have healthy. Jamaal Williams has seen 6 games of double digit touches in his 7 starts. This was even with D’Andre Swift active. Once returning from injury I expect to see Jamaal Williams return to these opportunities. With this amount of opportunities I expect a decent stretch run from him. On Top of these issues they also face a favorable schedule during the playoffs.
Week 14 they face the 13th ranked defense in points allowed to running backs, the Denver Broncos. They are allowing over 17 points a week to the position. The following week he will face his toughest matchup in the Cardinals who only allow 15.8 points a week. This is good enough for 7th in the league. After that he finishes against two of the worst run defenses in the league in the 30th raked Seahawks and 28th ranked Falcons. Just when need his schedule lightness up. With all of this in consideration and the fact he is only rostered in 47 percent of ESPN leagues he is a player you must stash for the fantasy playoffs.
Fantasy Football Players to Stash For the Playoffs: Wide Receivers
Elijah Moore (New York Jets)
One of the biggest hyped up rookies of this class has had a slow start to his NFL career. In a crowded wide receiver room he has begun to separate himself as a good second option behind Corey Davis. Over the last two weeks he has produced 128 yards on 10 receptions, while scoring 3 touchdowns. With these solid performances some buzz has begun to build. Whats even better to see though is the fact he has seen at least 6 targets over the past 4 weeks. He is still only rostered in 39 percent of ESPN leagues though.
Looking forward to the fantasy playoffs Elijah Moore gets even more intriguing. In Week 14 he faces off against the 28th ranked Saints who allow over 26 points to the position a week. The following week he faces the Dolphins who are ranked 27th in points allowed to wide receivers. After that his hardest match up of the playoffs is against the Jaguars who allow over 22 points to the position weekly. In Week 17 he will face off against the 18th ranked Buccaneers who allow 23 points per week to the position. With this schedule and the increasing work load Elijah Moore is a must when we are looking at fantasy football players to stash for the playoffs.
A.J. Green (Arizona Cardinals)
A.J. Green exploded onto the scene this year in what looked like a rejuvenated career in Arizona. He had 4 double digit point weeks in the first 6 weeks of the season. He has cooled off some as the season has progressed. Along with an injury to Kyler Murray and himself and the production has dropped. This is not the end though, we should see Murray return soon. With this return I expect a higher volume of passing from the offense, this will lead to more opportunities for A.J. Green. The best part about him is that he is only rostered in 34 percent of ESPN leagues.
— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) September 19, 2021
With all of this forecasted, and the fact he has a favorable playoff schedule I think he’s a perfect stash. In Week 14 he faces the Rams defense who ranked 10th in points allowed to wide receivers. They currently only allow 21 points to the position a week. After that his schedule gets much easier. In Week 15 he draws the 15th ranked Lions who allow over 23 points to the position. Followed by the 29th ranked Colts who allow 27 points per week. He then finishes the season against the Cowboys who are ranked 22nd in the league in the same category. This schedule, along with the increased passing volume is the main reason he should be on your radar.
Fantasy Football Players to Stash For the Playoffs: Tight Ends
Dan Arnold (Jacksonville Jaguars)
Dan Arnold has emerged as a key cog in the Jaguars passing offense since he arrived. However, in the past three weeks he has seen over 20 targets. He has turned these targets into two double digit fantasy point weeks. With this target volume he has become a reliable start on a weekly basis. As the Jaguars improve over the second half of the season I expect Dan Arnold to start producing even higher point totals. Currently he is only rostered in 34 percent of ESPN leagues.
dan arnold has 30 targets, 20 receptions, & 219 yards over the last 4 weeks — but has 0 touchdowns (!!)
pat freiermuth will be a popular waiver add, pivot to dan arnold ✅ pic.twitter.com/f32klI0VwH
— corey spala (@coreyspala) November 9, 2021
His playoff schedule his very favorable as well. In Week 14 he faces his hardest matchup in the Titans who rank 6th against tight ends. After that he draws a favorable matchup against the Texans who allow over 11 points weekly to the position, which is 30th in the league. Followed up by the 23rd ranked Jets who allow 8 points a week to tight ends. Then finishes against a tough Patriots defense who only allows 5 points to tight ends a week. Even with a few tough matchups I believe his target volume will keep him viable. This makes him a must target amongst the fantasy football players to stash for the playoffs.
Logan Thomas (Washington Football Team)
Logan Thomas has missed most of the season due to an injury, however he should be returning soon. Upon his return he should take back over the lead tight end role. The Football Team has not seen a second receiver emerge yet this season. This has allowed Ricky Seals-Jones and Logan Thomas to see a large target volume. He is rostered in 50 percent of ESPN leagues, so he is one of the higher roster players I have mentioned. If he is available though he is a must add, his talent and playoff schedule is too good to pass up.
In Week 14 and Week 16 he draws the 21st ranked Cowboys defense, who allow over 8 points a week to tight ends. Sandwiched in between those two games he faces the Eagles who are ranked the 32d team in points allowed to tight ends. They allow over 12 points to the position weekly. If those three weeks where not good enough, he also gets the Eagles in Week 17. This playoff schedule is possibly the best in the league. This makes him a must add now before he returns from injury, as he could help win your league.
Fantasy Football Players to Stash For the Playoffs: Kickers
Randy Bullock (Tennessee Titans)
The Titans have started to find their groove on offense. This has helped Randy Bullock move up the season long ranks for kickers. He is currently the K5 averaging 9.8 points a week. During weeks 14-17 the Titans face the Jaguars, Steelers, 49ers and Dolphins. All of these games should allow the Titans to move the ball easily and score a fair share of points. This is key for me when looking for kicker points. I expect Randy Bullock to continue his weekly average and finish as a top 5 kicker this season. He is only rostered in 42 percent of ESPN leagues, so look for him on your waiver wire this week and lock down your kicker slot.
Jake Elliot (Philadelphia Eagles)
Although the Eagles have a bye week in Week 14, the rest of their playoff schedule has Jake Elliot high on my kicker list. They face the Football Team twice in weeks 15-17. Both of these games could see a lot of drive stall out and case a lot of fantasy points for kickers. In between these two matchups they face the Giants who could slow down this offense as well. With his rostership at only 2 percent he should be available in most of your leagues. I expect Jake Elliot to see a good amount of field goal attempts over this three game stretch. This makes him a must when it comes to fantasy football players to stash for the playoffs.