Now that the fantasy season is nearing it’s conclusion, or has in fact already concluded for some of us, it’s a good time to look to next season. To that end, I have some end of the bench stashes for you to pick up.
Mike Glennon, Tampa Bay Buccaneers:
The 2013 3rd rounder out of N.C. State had an excellent rookie showing starting 13 games throwing for over 2,600 yards and 19 touchdowns. Then the Bucs hired Lovie Smith as head coach and Smith decided that a rookie who put up impressive numbers was not what the Bucs needed. Nope, what they needed was a retread in Josh McCown. Lovie continued to do Lovie Smith things throughout the season rotating McCown and Glennon. In 2014, the Bucs drafted Jameis Winston and that about sums up Glennon’s Tampa Bay career. A free agent this offseason and still only 27 years old, Glennon should be able to find a starting gig in a league that saw McCown, Blaine Gabbert, RG3 and the like all get starts this year.
Brian Hoyer, Chicago Bears:
Hoyer once again showed this season he can be a weekly streamer or even an every week starter (2 QB leagues) for you.
Robby Anderson, New York Jets:
Mr. Anderson’s college dominator rating, yards per reception and breakout age are all middling. He was also an undrafted free agent out of Temple, so no draft capital was expended on him. Tell you what, I do not care. What he does have going for him is his performance this year. With two games remaining this season Anderson has put up 544 yards and 2 TDs on 38 receptions. He may be painfully frail but he is long and can high point the ball exceptionally well. The Jets are a mess so who knows if this season’s performance garners Anderson any goodwill when it comes to next season’s wide receiver pecking order. I do know that it can’t hurt. Brandon Marshall became really old suddenly this season, Eric Decker will be coming off hip and shoulder surgery, Devin Smith has yet to do anything of note, so there could be an opportunity for Anderson to build on an impressive rookie season. Anderson may be on your waiver wire, or you may be able to obtain him for a rookie 4th rounder or as a throw-in in a trade.
Tanner McEvoy, Seattle Seahawks:
Shared my thoughts here last week.
Cameron Meredith, Chicago Bears:
Alshon Jeffrey and Marquess may be moving on as free agents. Eddie Royal is older, injury prone and likely to be cut. Josh Bellamy is JAG. Cam Meredith has shown he has the ability to be a productive starter in the NFL and should be set up for just that role going into next season.
Jacquizz Rodgers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Jacquizz Rodgers had a 3-week stretch where he scored 25, 23 and 19 points in PPR leagues. I don’t expect Rodgers to find a starting role but I think he’s shown enough to reasonably expect him to be an excellent target for any Zero RB fanatics that somehow survived this season.
Tim Hightower, New Orleans Saints:
Hightower singlehandedly won many fantasy players 2015 championships. He may have also had a hand in some of us not making it to our 2016 championships when he vultured Mark Ingram for 2 rushing TD’s Sunday, but I digress. Hightower is a free agent this offseason as well, though he won’t land a starting role he is an excellent RBBC piece who can carry a full load if injury dictates such.
DeValve flashed a couple of times this season. He’s an athletic move tight end who played wide receiver while at Princeton. Gary Barnidge is signed for one more season and failed to build on his 2015 breakout season.
Trey Burton, Philadelphia Eagles:
Burton is an excellent receiver who excelled for the Eagles when he filled in for an injured Zach Ertz this season. Burton is a restricted free agent after this season and can be an effective starting TE in the NFL if he lands in the right spot.
Any stashes you’re eyeing that I neglected to mention? If so get at me @DFF_Shane