Week 8 Stash Guide

As Week 8 approaches, we begin to look at our drafted rosters to optimize lineups. A key aspect of managing our rosters is the ability to remain active and not get complacent. In the past, I have worked on a Game Theory I call “The Revolving Door”. I will combine that knowledge with this article to produce My Week 8 Stash Guide. Check out the full article at www.theleaguewinners.com if you want a full explanation of the theory. For this article, I will summarize it:

“The Revolving Door”

The Revolving Door is simple. Unless you have had extremely good luck in your drafts, you are bound to have two or three players at the bottom of your lineup that you will move on from. Instead of just letting these players take up space at the bottom of your bench, you should be sending out the revolving door in favour of high-upside stashes.

The key to this theory is to break the week of games into slates. Say I have two players on my team that I wish to move on from. Instead of simply dropping them for a player I want, I will go through my flowsheet. First I will drop them for two players I like from the Thursday Night Football game. If those two stashes don’t hit, I will drop them for two players from the 1:00 p.m. games on Sunday. If those players don’t produce results I will then drop them for two players from the 4:00 p.m. games on Sunday. I continue this process for Sunday Night Football as well as Monday Night Football.

Game Theory

So by the end of week one, I will have rotated those two dropped players through an additional eight dart throws. You may be wondering why I would do this. It’s simple. Those players aren’t producing, so I will drop them in hopes that one of the players I stash either breaks out or has an injury in front of him opening him up for an increased role.

Some weeks, this theory produces no usable players, so I continue with it into the following week. In approximately half the weeks, however, I will find a valuable asset. From there I can then choose to keep that player or try and sell high. This strategy frequently keeps me out in front of the waiver wire. It saves me countless FAABs when I already have that week’s hot waiver added to my roster. If I don’t believe in that player, I simply flip him to someone who does. That strategy has no downside. I’m already dropping the two players, so why not take free stabs at a potential league winner? The only thing this strategy requires is some patience and planning by the person who uses it.

So, now that you have an idea of my Revolving Door strategy. Let’s implement it for Week 1 and take a look at some of the players I will look to stash where available.

Thursday Night Football (Buccaneers-Bills)

The Buccaneers and Saints leave something to be desired as far as potentially relevant stashes. Both Latavius Murray and Sean Tucker have some limited value and could see their usage increase in the second half of the season, but both should be considered straight handcuffs.

The receiver options are even worse. Trey Palmer should be considered a desperation flex at best, while Khalil Shakir is the receiver equivalent of a handcuff.

By far, the best option in this matchup is the tight ends. Cade Otton has seen a ridiculous snap rate that has yet to translate to high fantasy point outputs, but he could breakout at any given moment. The Holy Grail of tight-end stashes is Dalton Kincaid. The highly touted rookie tight end has been largely disappointing to this point but after seeing a season-high in production in Week 7, he will now get a chance to be the lone tight end in Buffalo with Dawson Knox going on the injured reserve.

Sunday 1:00 Slate

This slate of games is always the most difficult because most of the teams will play in it. Here I prefer to target handcuff running backs behind injury-prone starters and upside young receivers who could be primed for a breakout. It won’t hold in week one, but young players coming off of a bye are the best targets here.

Running Backs

In the 1:00 slate this week we have lots of options, but none have league-winning upside. If you need someone for the short term, the best options are Tyler Allgeier, Chuba Hubbard and Matt Breida as all three could score a few points in Week 8.

If you are looking for high upside stashes there are many options, depending on the size of your league. My favourites are Jeff Wilson, Jamaal Williams, Kendre Miller, Kenneth Gainwell, and Devin Singletary.

As far as potentially elite stashes who just need the opportunity we have Zach Evans, Cam Akers and Tank Bigsby who are all just one injury away from domination.

Wide Receivers

The options at wide receiver are much better than running backs. If you are looking for immediate help the players to target are Brandin Cooks, Zay Jones and Braxton Berrios as all have flex appeal in Week 8.

If a long-term stash with league-winner potential is what you want, then as always you are best to target one of the youngsters. Jonathan Mingo, Jayden Reed, John Metchie, Josh Downs, Alec Pierce, Tutu Atwell, Treylon Burks, Wan’Dale Robinson, Jalin Hyatt and Rashid Shaheed are all young and have massive upside if they get a chance to increase their role. None of safe, so don’t blow all your FAAB to acquire them.

Tight Ends

The tight-end options are better in this slate of games than anywhere else in the week. Jake Ferguson, Luke Musgrave and Chigoziem Okonkwo are the best young targets with the highest upsides. Add them if you need a tight end.

As far as older players with less upside but more safety, Jonnu Smith, Tayson Hill, Logan Thomas and Tyler Conklin could all be potentially useful streamers for the season.

Sunday 4:00 Slate

The 4:00 slate of games is not as big as the 1:00 slate, but it’s still a hefty one to sort through. The same principles apply as above, handcuff running backs and young receivers.

Running Backs

The 4:00 slate gives us lots of handcuff options but no tangible starters with the exception of the Cardinals running backs. Whether it be Emari Demarcado, Keaontay Ingram or Damien Williams, one of them is going to get run in Arizona. So pick your favourite and add them if you need a Week 8 running back.

As far as the handcuffs go the best options are Zach Charbonnet, Pierre Strong, Elijah Mitchell, Jaleel McLaughlin, Keaton Mitchell and Clyde Edwards-Helaire.

If you want to go old school with some boring options that need to score to be relevant than look no further than Jerick McKinnon and Ezekiel Elliott. If they score you will be ok, if they don’t, they will kill you.

Wide Receivers

At wide receiver, the options consist of more youngsters. As you can tell, my preferred options are always the youngsters. Michael Wilson, Andrei Iosivas, Marvin Mims, Rashee Rice, Demario Douglas, Jake Bobo and Jaxon Smith-Njigba are all worth a stash. The prizes of the bunch as of now are Jaxon Smith-Njigba and Rashee Rice. Rice seems destined to explode and be the Chiefs WR1 for the remainder of the season, while JSN could finally be seeing his time to shine.

Tight Ends

If you need a tight end in the 4:00 slate, your only option is Trey McBride. Sure there are desperation options such as Irv Smith and Isaiah Likely, but McBride looks to be the TE1 in Arizona with Zach Ertz injured and his time could be now.

Sunday Night Football (Bears-Chargers)

The Bears and Chargers have limited options, like most of the primetime games. At running back we have Roschon Johnson who is due to return from a concussion any day now. He could see a huge spike in his usage with Khalil Herbert still out. The question is, did D’Onta Foreman win the starting job away from them both? Foreman is also a solid stash and is actually useful immediately. Joshua Kelley is the final stash candidate at running back. Kelley has produced adequately as the Chargers have been limiting Austin Ekeler’s workload.

At wide receiver, just pick your favourite backup Chargers receiver and give them a shot. Joshua Palmer seems to have won the WR2 job and is the most immediately useful, but Johnston also has value if he ever gets a chance.

At tight end, Cole Kmet is a solid yet inconsistent option for the Bears. His rostership is likely too high for him to be available in most leagues, but he is a good stash if you can get him. Donald Parham is a solid end-zone target for Justin Herbert and is a good stash in the event he can win the TE1 job away from the struggling Gerald Everett.

Monday Night Football (Raiders-Lions)

The Lions and Raiders are in an even more bleak situation than the Sunday night game. At running back you have to just hope and pray. Zamir White is the definition of a handcuff running back with no standalone value. He is useless unless Josh Jacobs gets hurt. Craig Reynolds is a solid injury replacement with Jahmyre Gibbs and David Montgomery constantly battling injuries, but with Reynolds potentially injured himself, his value may be limited.

The receiving options in this game are desperation plays. Josh Reynolds is the best option as he has had weekly flex value all season. Hunter Renfrow appears to be completely fantasy-irrelevant now but is a stash in the event he recaptures his former role.

Jameson Williams is one of the most high-upside stashes of the week. The problem is, he may be coming to the end of the line with his NFL opportunities. A year and a half into his NFL career and the best he has shown is a single long touchdown on a lucky coverage break. He is a great stash in the event he turns back into the Alabama version of Jameson Williams, but that player may be long gone.

Bye Week Stashes (None)

No teams are on bye in Week 8 of the 2023 NFL season.

Final Thought

The theme here is preparation and patience. This strategy is not for the casual fantasy manager. It’s for those of us in tough leagues who realize even the smallest edge can be the difference between winning and losing.

Not all of these stash players will hit. Realistically, most of them will miss. Even if we only hit on one of these stashes a month, it’s an extra four undrafted players that we paid nothing for, but who added value to our fantasy team.

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