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Deep Dynasty Stashes: NFC West

Deep Dynasty stashes are always fun to discuss. Here are four from the NFC west that you could consider stashes that may pay off one day.

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 you allow them to sit on your taxi squad and see if they develop. We have three rookies for that exact reason. A veteran could also find playing time in an inexperienced offense. 

Chris Moore, WR ARI

For the Cardinals, there weren’t a lot of players to consider stashing. You could stash a Clayton Tune to see if the Cardinals would return to him if Murray goes down. Elijah Higgins at tight end is interesting, but he would need an injury. The Cardinals backfield seems set with James Conner and Trey Benson that no one else would have a chance to shine.

That brings me to the receiver position. Marvin Harrison is locked as the team’s WR1. Michael Wilson and Zay Jones project to be the two and three, but it’s not certain. There is room for someone to step up in this offense’s passing game. Chris Moore is not a common household name, but could be a long shot.

Moore has been a journeyman at the receiver position for the last eight seasons. He finally found some attraction with the Texans and Colts in the previous two seasons. Moore has combined for 972 yards and two touchdowns. He averaged 19.3 yards per reception last year. Moore could find himself involved in the slot more, beating out Greg Dortch for the WR4 role. In five of his previous 11 starts, Moore has at least 40 receiving yards. This is for the deepest leagues, but the Cardinals need more pass catchers to step up, and Moore may do just that.

Jordan Whittington, WR LAR

We move over to a rookie receiver on the Rams in Jordan Whittington. The rookie receiver didn’t light up the college ranks with just 1,757 yards in five seasons. At the same time, his limited production in college doesn’t always mean he can’t produce at the NFL level. There was a lot of great talent in that Texas offense over the last few seasons. He has reliable hands and a high IQ for the position. His blocking ability is a big plus to the offense.

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The Rams drafted him in the sixth round, which was interesting since I thought he’d go undrafted. I’m not saying he’ll turn into a superstar player, but I’d trust Sean McVay’s ability to get the most out of his players. Cooper Kupp and DeMarcus Robinson are on the wrong side of 30. Whittington is a player to stash on your taxi squad for a season to see if he can develop into a player that is at least worthy of having on dynasty benches. You could also consider tight end Davis Allen or quarterback Stetson Bennett, who is back with the team.

AJ Barner, TE SEA

Next up, we move over to the tight end position. Barner did not light up the stats in college, with 249 yards and three touchdowns being his best season. He was a fantastic blocker and has a receiving upside. Michigan was not a school known for passing, so its pass catchers did not get the full opportunity to show off their talent. Barner is one of those players who could develop into a reliable option at tight end. He is an excellent 6’6″ and 251 lb. player who can work in space and be a red zone threat for the offense.

He landed in the fourth round by the Seattle Seahawks. Seattle brought back Noah Fant on a two-year deal, who hasn’t worked well since coming there. The Seattle offense under a new coaching staff looks like they will want to move the ball by the pass attack. We’ve seen Seattle’s offense use multiple tight ends over the last few years. Barner could develop into a potential starting tight end in 2025 for your dynasty team. He is a player who will need time but has a pathway to be involved in this offense. He is a good tight-end stash to hold for a third-year breakout.

Jacob Cowing, WR SFF

Cowing was a five-year college player and played in Arizona for the previous two seasons. He had 1,800 yards and eight touchdowns while playing in Arizona. Cowing was drafted with decent capital in the fourth round. Due to his vision and athleticism, he was exciting to watch on tape. I think this pick was an eventual replacement for a Deebo Samuel role for the offense.

Cowing won’t get much playing time in his rookie season, especially with the offense already on the field. The likelihood that the 49ers won’t have Samuels or Brandon Aiyuk on the field in 2025 allows Cowing to fight for a starting job. I could also see Cowing having run plays since he is considered a tackle-breaker. He has shown he could be a vertical threat or a receiver who can work underneath and create yards after the catch. Cowing wasn’t drafted in many rookie drafts, so he should be available to add to your taxi squad, and I hope he can develop. 

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