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Deep Dynasty Stashes: AFC West

Matt Plumb identifies four deep dynasty stashes in the AFC West.

Welcome to Dynasty Nerds’ newest series of Deep Dynasty Stashes. We’ll look at players who you could stash on your taxi squad or at the bottom of your bench to see if there is a progression in these players to make an impact in fantasy eventually. We have four players who could do just that, whether it allows them to sit on your taxi squad and see if they develop. There is a player who could sneak into playing time or one player who may need a change of scenery, which could happen this offseason.

Tim Patrick, WR DEN

I had Patrick on a lot of my teams a couple of seasons ago. Between 2020 and 2021, he caught 104 balls for 1,476 yards and 11 touchdowns. While not dominant numbers, he was a great depth option for bye weeks and injury bugs.

However, the injury bug has kept him out of the league since. In 2022, he tore an ACL in the preseason and an Achilles in the 2023 preseason. He appears to be fully healthy and returns as the most tenured receiver on this team. After Sutton, the depth chart is in flux with names like Marvin Mims, Troy Franklin, Josh Reynolds, and Lil’Jordan Humphrey. As a player who is literally free in dynasty leagues, I have faith that Tim Patrick can be a solid bottom-of-the-roster player for 2024.

Cornelius Johnson, WR LAC

Johnson was the 253rd overall player drafted in 2024. A five-year player at Michigan, he amassed 139 receptions for 2,049 yards. Between 2019 and 2020, he only played seven games. He has a big body at 6′3″ 208 lbs. In 2023, he was third in receiving yards on the Wolverines and second in receptions behind Roman Wilson.

He has a chance to produce merely due to his environment. The top three receivers from 2023 on the Los Angeles Chargers are gone (Allen, Everett, and Ekeler). Additionally, Mike Williams was cut. The only two receivers from last year who are still there are Josh Palmer and Quentin Johnston. Josh Palmer is ahead of Cornelius Johnson on the depth chart. He was good last season in Mike Williams’ place. However, he was often injured and unreliable, in my opinion.

The most tenured receiver is Quentin Johnston, who is starting to look more and more like a bust. DJ Chark was signed in the offseason. However, he is nothing more than a “jag.” The Chargers also drafted Brenden Rice in the seventh round. I didn’t choose him for this article because I think he is overpriced merely due to his name and lineage.

Ameer Abdullah, RB LVR

With Josh Jacobs gone, 233 rushing attempts from last season were vacated. Zamir White has been tasked with lead rusher duties. The Raiders signed Alexander Mattison as a backup, but he was underwhelming in his role with the Minnesota Vikings last season. Enter Ameer Abdullah. Remember when the Detroit Lions drafted him with high expectations ages ago? Well, that didn’t pan out, but here he is with a prime opportunity, as RB handcuffs are so valuable in dynasty.

Last season, Abdullah rushed 15 times for 89 yards. He was third in rushes for running backs, but with Jacobs gone, I anticipate his volume to be significantly higher this season. Abdullah could be a valuable addition if the injury bug hits White or Mattison. As the RB2 for the team last year, White rushed 104 times, which makes Abdullah very enticing. In his two seasons with the Raiders, Abdullah has rushed for five or more yards per attempt on his limited opportunities.

Louis Rees-Zammit, RB KCC

This one has intrigued me since the signing. Rees-Zammit is a former Welsh rugby player who signed a three-year deal with the Chiefs through the International Pathways Program. He was signed to play running back for Andy Reid. However, he has a wide receiver body at 6’3″ and just under 200 lbs.

When I think about the rugby game and the type of moves and passes made in this offense, I can’t help but think this is a perfect situation. We all have seen the goal-line shovel pass in this offense, and I love that scenario for Rees-Zammit. Also, with that frame and agility, he could be a pass-catching speedster out of the backfield. He is also being exposed to punt returns, which, for some fantasy leagues, offers additional appeal in production.

The running back room behind Isiah Pacheco is shallow. Jerick McKinnon is no longer with the team. CEH resigned to a small deal ($1.125 million guaranteed). The remaining backups include Deneric Prince, Emani Bailey, and Keontay Ingram, and none stick out as unique. This guy is relatively unknown and could pay off in the future.

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