Dynasty leagues come in all shapes and sizes, with varying levels of experience. The average dynasty roster is about 25 players with a 12-team league. This includes taxi squads and can make the waiver wire a wasteland. Things can be even more difficult if you are in a league full of sharps.
Getting the extra edge can be tough. There are still some more shallow leagues out there and some leagues with less experienced players. I went through Sleepers under 50% rostered list to find you some stashes, as well as some buy-low candidates depending on your league.
I tried to put together a large list that included players that were close to 45% rostered all of the way down to less than 1%, and I broke this up into two parts due to the size of the list. Let’s look at the quarterback and running back positions to see what dynasty stashes we can find.
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Dynasty Stashes and Buy Low Target: Quarterbacks and Running Backs
Quarterback Dynasty Stashes
*Written Before Week 15*
*Used Sleeper Superflex Dynasty Roster Percentages*
Desmond Ridder – Atlanta Falcons (Age 23) – 57% Rostered (Honorable Mention)
Desmond Ridder was someone you should have really stashed two weeks ago when we told you to. We saw the bye week coming and knew that Mariota’s job was in jeopardy. Ridder plays this weekend, and a really good or really bad performance could change his market. Ridder has a chance to be the starter next year, and in this offense, he could have some upside.
We have seen Marcus Mariota put up 10 QB2 or better games this season and 3 top 10 fantasy football performances. Regardless of whether or not the coaching staff is retained, Ridder’s ability to run the ball will be good for fantasy football. If the coaching staff is changed, that could be even better, as we all have our concerns with their usage of Kyle Pitts as well as Drake London.
This team has major needs on the offensive line to address in order to help support their passing game. The Falcons aren’t picking high enough currently for a top quarterback, and they still have an outside shot at the playoffs. Ridder is also more widely available in 1 Quarterback leagues.
Brock Purdy – San Francisco 49ers (Age 22) – 45% Rostered
Brock Purdy is all of the buzz right now, and his rostership is about to go up. You should be the one acquiring him if you have not already. Casual fans saw the highlights and read the tweets, but they now saw it on national television. Purdy also has now had three games in a row with two touchdown throws.
NBA Jam rules apply, and people will have confidence in him moving forward. He also has a cake schedule for the rest of the season with Washington, Las Vegas, and Arizona. This offense is absolutely legit and as QB-friendly as you can find.
This gives me more hope for Trey Lance, but Purdy is making a case to compete for the job. If Purdy takes them deep into the playoffs, things could get interesting. One of these quarterbacks could get traded. I do want to remember the one quarterback league and need to cool down the hype just a little bit. In 3 games, Purdy has had two touchdowns per game. He also has only thrown for 210,185 and 217 yards.
He has amassed 0 yards rushing in those three games combined. These are very similar numbers to Jimmy G, great for reality and not necessarily for football. Purdy is a solid QB2 rest of the season, and next year, he could really just be Trey Lance’s backup.
Taylor Heinicke – Washington Commanders (Age 29) – 42% Rostered
Taylor Heinicke is under contract for the Commanders next season, and so is Carson Wentz. The Commanders have a ton of questions and these last four weeks are important to answer some of them. Does Heinicke play over a healthy Wentz? If they go to the playoffs, is that enough to keep this coaching staff? The team is paying Wentz a whole lot more money than Heinicke, but they have an opt-out in 2023 that saves them a lot of money.
Wentz could get traded, cut, or restructured. Even if Wentz was gone, that doesn’t mean that Heinicke would be safe. The Commanders were in the market for Jimmy Garoppolo last year, and he will be a free agent. A new coaching staff could really change things. But, if Heinicke finishes this season as the starter and the team were to move on from Wentz.
This could be his team next year on an extremely friendly quarterback salary. Heinicke has been up and down for fantasy purposes, but he also has two finishes inside the top 12 and 2 more inside the top 24 in those seven starts. This is a streamer in standard leagues at best, but in Superflex leagues, this is valuable production.
Carson Wentz – Washington Commanders (Age 29) – 41% Rostered
Carson Wentz has fallen from grace following a knee injury and what seems to be a loss of confidence. Wentz was leading the Eagles to a Super Bowl and was the favorite for MVP when he suffered a torn ACL. The Eagles went on to win the Super Bowl with Nick Foles, but Wentz has not been the same since. Wentz also has been traded twice since the injury. But, for fantasy football, he has actually been okay.
In 2021 with the Colts, Carson Wentz finished as QB13 on the season. Then in 2022, with the Commanders, Wentz started the season off strong. In week 1, he was the QB3 overall on the week, and he backed that up by being QB5 overall in week 2. Weeks 3 and 4 were pretty ugly, but he still never scored less than 10 points with 10+ and 12+ point games. In week 5, he was QB6, and he has 3 top 6 performances in 6 games.
Week 6 was awful; Wentz broke his finger during the game and put up less than 5 points in a miserable performance. He then went to the IR following surgery. He has not returned since he started practicing this week. Wentz is under contract with the Commanders next season and could find himself back as the starter. He also could find himself a free agent this offseason if they use that opt-out. Wentz has almost no value right now in trades, and you could get him on the cheap or possibly on the waivers.
Tyler Huntley – Baltimore Ravens (Age 24) – 40% Rostered
Huntley is more well-known right now due to the injury to Lamar Jackson. Huntley was an undrafted free agent from Utah University in 2020. Last year he stepped in admirably for Jackson when he missed time and caught the eye of the fantasy community. In 5 starts, Huntley offered a safe floor, rushing for 40 yards minimum each week.
He had only one game below 10 points and had one monster 42-point performance. This year he has played in 2 games; he had a QB15 finish against Denver and unfortunately left early due to a concussion in game 2. Huntley is a restricted free agent next year and likely resigns with the Ravens.
He offers the Ravens some insurance for Lamar Jackson, who is expected to be tagged or resigned this offseason. He could offer the same for your dynasty teams. His ownership is higher in Superflex leagues, and his value is higher as well. If he is available on the waiver wire or in a cheap deal, he is a player to stash that has shown to be viable for fantasy purposes.
Matt Corral – Carolina Panthers (Age 23) – 34% Rostered
Matt Corral was drafted by the Panthers in the 3rd round of this year’s draft. They traded up to get him at pick 94. Corral was a productive player in college, and his rushing upside was pretty exciting. There were some mechanical issues and other things that needed to be developed, which is why he fell to round 3. Unfortunately, he has injured this off-season and missed the year with a lisfranc injury.
This didn’t give him an opportunity to get on the field and hurt his development as he had to focus on rehab for a large part of the season. This also didn’t give the team time to evaluate him. The Panthers have several quarterbacks on the roster, and Corral is actually the only one that is under contract for next season. It is very likely the Panthers draft a quarterback in the first round this season. But they currently pick 9th overall.
They may have to trade up, or they might miss out on someone who is ready to play in week 1. This could open to door for Corral next season. The Panthers will have a whole new coaching staff, and this team will be in a rebuild. It will be interesting to see where they go from here.
Gardner Minshew – Philadelphia Eagles (Age 26) – 16% Rostered
Gardner Minshew arguably was the second-best rookie quarterback in his class as far as year one production. Nick Foles was injured in week one and the last for the season. Minshew ended up essentially starting all season with Jacksonville. His eccentric personality and play on the field turned him into a fan favorite. Minshew threw for over 3,000 yards and had 21 touchdowns with only six interceptions in year 1.
This is actually a very good rookie season, and in most cases would have been rewarded by starting year 2. Unfortunately for Minshew, the Jaguars had the number 1 overall pick, and Trevor Lawrence was too good to pass up. This sent Minshew to Philly behind Carson Wentz and Jalen Hurts. When the Eagles moved on from Wentz, they gave Hurts a shot.
Hurts is playing like an MVP candidate, and Minshew has no shot at his job currently apart from injury. If Minshew were to play in Philadelphia in that offense, there is no doubt he would be someone you could play in your lineups. Minshew is a free agent in 2023 and could get a chance to compete for a job next season. If he were to get a starting job, this cheap stash could turn into something for your dynasty roster.
Running Back Dynasty Stashes
Jaylen Warren – Pittsburgh Steelers (Age 24) – Rostered 47%
Warren barely made the cutoff and might not be available in your leagues. If you are the Harris manager, he is someone who should be on our roster. If you are a Harris manager, you are painfully aware of the struggles as well as how good Warren has looked this season.
Warren isn’t someone you can start right now, but if Harris were to go down and Warren was to be healthy…Warren is a smaller back, but he is a sturdy 215 lbs at only 5’8.” The team will look to address the offensive line and their aging defense this off-season. Warren could keep that primary backup role behind Najee next season, making him a low-cost dynasty stash target.
Keontay Ingram – Arizona Cardinals (Age 23) – Rostered 43%
James Conner is an older dynasty running back, and he has had his share of injuries. Ingram has shown some signs of fantasy life this season in spot duty. With Eno Benjamin out of town, he is the guy to roster behind Conner, in my opinion. Conner is on the team next year, and Ingram will be his primary backup if they do not bring someone else in.
Ingram was a productive runner at USC and has the size to carry a full workload if given. At 6’0 and 221 lbs, his 4.53 weight-adjusted speed score was 11th in the draft class at his position. This a reminder that Isaiah Pacheco and Breece Hall were #1 and #2, and Ken Walker was 3rd on the list. We have seen Arizona get the most out of their backs, and he could be the next one.
Pierre Strong Jr. – New England Patriots (Age 24) – Rostered 42%
Pierre Strong was one of the biggest buzzes coming out of the NFL combine. His combine was impressive and put this small school player on the map. The draft capital and the landing spot were not as impressive and suppressed his value. Strong has been buried and forgotten all season. W
ith Damien Harris out and Stevenson banged up; we got to see him play. Strong was extremely impressive and finished as the RB11 while playing on only 32% of snaps. Damien Harris is expected to leave in free agency, and Rhamondre Stevenson is the obvious starter at this point. But Strong could be the #2 in a backfield that is notorious for having multiple backs. Strong’s pass-catching prowess puts him above Kevin Harris for fantasy football purposes.
Hassan Haskins – Tennesee Titans (Age 23) – Rostered 40%
Hassan Haskins is a big, powerful runner and fits the mold of a Titans running back. Those predicting a Derrick Henry injury have been disappointed, and we haven’t seen Haskins on the field much due to Henry staying healthy.
Haskins was a 5th-round pick for the Titans, who could have a role in the near future. Henry is a 28-year-old running back who has carried a massive workload over the last three seasons. Henry does look as if he is a Madden-created player at 6’3″ and 247 lbs. But he won’t play forever. Haskins is on the team for the next four seasons and could be there when Henry hangs them up.
Deon Jackson – Indianapolis Colts (Age 23) – Rostered 32%
Deon Jackson has filled in when needed this season. Unfortunately, when he has been needed, he has stepped up. His receiving ability has helped him find fantasy football success. Jackson had 14 receptions in his first 2 NFL games for 98 yards.
The Colts also moved on from Nyheim Hines, which has opened up some targets. The team traded for Zack Moss, but he is a free agent in 2023. Jackson won’t be in line for a starting job, but he may have earned himself a spot as the #2 behind Jonathan Taylor. Also, a proven handcuff should be rostered in more leagues.
Jordan Mason – San Francisco 49ers (Age 23) – Rostered 32%
The 49ers do this every season. They find a way to make an undrafted player relevant for fantasy football. The 49ers traded away Jeff Wilson Jr. and lost Elijah Mitchell to injury. We would expect their 3rd round pick to be the next man up, Right?!
Wrong, Jordan Mason has gotten the carries behind Christian McCaffrey, and he has looked good in the few times he has played. They trusted him with the ball in game-clinching drives, and he is their closer now. Christian McCaffrey has missed time due to injury recently, and he is soon to be 27. Mason is an excellent dynasty stash that won’t cost you.
Jerome Ford, Cleveland browns (Age 23) – Rostered 24%
The Cleveland Browns have a packed backfield, but that is about to clear out. Kareem Hunt is expected to leave in free agency, and D’Ernest Johnson is also an unrestricted free agent. This leaves John Kelly and Jerome Ford, who the Browns drafted this year, as the guys behind Nick Chubb.
There is a chance that Cleveland brings in another back, but if Ford were to step in behind Chubb or in the Kareem Hunt role…There is some upside potential here. Speaking of weight-adjusted 40 times, Ford was 10th on the list. Jerome Ford ran a 4.43 40 and has some speed.
Joshua Kelley, Los Angeles Chargers (Age 25) – Rostered 26%
Isaiah Spiller has not panned out this season. This doesn’t mean he won’t pan out, but we have not seen it yet. Joshua Kelley started the season as the primary backup, and Spiller has seen more time due to Kelley being hurt.
Since returning, Kelley’s snaps have increased. Kelley played on 21,43 and 40 percent of the snaps the last two weeks, while Spiller played 12, 0, and 3 % since his return. Kelley is the primary backup to Austin Ekeler right now. Ekeler has had his share of injuries in the past and is 28 next season. Kelley is currently the second RB on the roster, and he is available in 74% of leagues.
Kevin Harris, New England Patriots (Age 22) – Rostered 22%
The Patriots have drafted three running backs in the past two classes. Last year they hit a home run with Rhamondre Stevenson, and this year they landed two solid players with Harris as well as Strong. Harris is a powerful back and was a workhorse at South Carolina.
He was named the top SEC back in 2021, and he was their second-leading rusher. Kevin, like Damien Harris, is not as good of a pass catcher. But we have seen the Patriots turn these bruising backs into touchdown machines. Harris is worth a dynasty stash if you have some room on the roster.