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Down and Dynasty – NFC North Stashes

Dynasty roster management truly is an art form. Knowing when to buy a player, trade a player, cut a player, or claim a player is a crucial skill to have. When managing the back-end of a roster, it can almost seem like you’re playing the lottery. But, it doesn’t have to be like that. By simply knowing what to look for, you can increase your odds at picking that winning ticket. My first recommendation: read each of one these divisional stash articles from each of the Dynasty Nerds writers. They will be putting in the work for you and you will most likely be able to learn something along the way. 

Jace Sternberger – TE Packers

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The winds of change have been strong in Green Bay this past offseason. The arrival of new head coach Matt LaFleur and the leadership of 2nd-year general manager Brian Gutekunst has brought cultural, philosophical, and schematic changes. The biggest of which is to the offense. The Packers will still be led by one of the most talented quarterbacks of all time in Aaron Rodgers. That reason alone is enough to draw interest in the team’s pass-catching weapons.

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Rodgers has been at his absolute best when he has had a presence in the middle of the field and the red zone, usually in the form of a tight-end. Well, it just so happens that Green Bay spent their 3rd round pick on one in the 2019 draft. Jace Sternberger began turning heads at Texas A&M as a true receiving threat from the tight end position. With that being said, his blocking abilities are a bit underwhelming and underdeveloped. For that reason, Sternberger will struggle to see significant numbers of snaps in 2019. But, looking forward to 2020, Sternberger’s outlook becomes much more promising. Veteran Marcedes Lewis will most likely be entering free agency and incumbent starter Jimmy Graham could very well be a cap casualty. Barring a huge rebound in 2019 for Graham, the team will most likely absorb his $3.7 million cap hit and pass the reigns to Sternberger. Even if Green Bay retains Graham in 2020, he will be a free agent in 2021 and it is very hard to see the Packers retain a what would be 34-year-old tight-end that has relied on their athleticism to make plays. Sternberger is a run after the catch machine and will likely get some opportunities to make some plays this year. It won’t be enough to maintain fantasy relevance, but it will be enough to cause dynasty owners to flock to the waiver wires.

Dillon Mitchell – WR Vikings

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This one was a little bit tougher to pick. However, when it comes down to it, the Vikings are searching for someone to make plays outside of their big 4 (Diggs, Thielen, Rudolph, and Cook). With each passing game, it becomes more and more evident that Laquon Treadwell is not the answer. There is a hole at the 3rd position on the depth chart and the competition is wide open. Dillon Mitchell was the Vikings’ 7th round selection in the 2019 draft. There are many reasons for this. Mitchell has struggled mightily with being a consistent hands catcher. He tends to “bucket” catch by letting the ball into his chest and then clamping down. Time and time again, this has proven to be an ineffective way of contesting the ball at the NFL level. Because of this, Mitchell has struggled with drops. The ability to “hand-catch” for Mitchell is present, however, he is going to have do so at a much more consistent rate to have any success in the NFL. Lastly, Mitchell has struggled to make contested catches and win jump balls. This is due to his slender frame and mistimed jumps. These are things that can be corrected, but it just adds even more obstacles to Mitchell’s path to fantasy significance. The Vikings do have some expertise in taking late-round receivers and turning them into productive players. Stefon Diggs was a 5th round pick and Adam Thielen was undrafted. Both are now in the conversation of the top 10 receivers in the NFL. The skill that Mitchell utilizes quite frequently and actually excels at is his ability to get a clean release off of the line of scrimmage. This is a difficult skill to teach to young receivers and Mitchell seems to get clean releases with ease. His route running abilities will be his bread and butter if Mitchell finds success in Minnesota. His status as a fantasy player is definitely “wait and see”, but he’s a player I will be keeping a very close eye on. 

Travis Fulgham – WR Lions

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Please join me as we take a deep, deep dive for a player worthy of stashing for the Detroit Lions. Travis Fulgham, a 6th round selection in 2019, and should really only be rostered in leagues with more than 12 teams or large rosters (30+). Fulgham is a big receiver with the ability to win balls at the catch point. He could make a living as a red-zone threat early on his career. According to playerprofiler.com, Fulgham finished his college career with a dominator score in the 71st percentile and a SPARQ score in the 62nd. Kenny Golladay appears poised to be the Lions number one receiver for the foreseeable future. After that, it’s Danny Amendola, Marvin Jones, and Jermaine Kearse fighting for snaps in the receiving corps. At best, Fulgham would slot in at 5th in the depth chart for 2019. However, looking forward to 2020, both Kearse and Amendola are scheduled to be free agents with M. Jones following suit in 2021. If Fulgham is able to impress the coaches in camp and develop throughout his rookie year, there is a feasible path to being the number 2 receiver on a generally pass-heavy Lions offense starting in 2021. 

Emanuel Hall – WR Bears

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The resemblances between the Andy Reid driven Chiefs and the Bears Matt Nagy led offense are uncanny, yet they’re both unique in their own right. One concept that both offenses have in common is the desire to efficiently stretch the field. According to sharpfootballstats.com, Mitchell Trubisky ranked 11th in the league in % of yards in the air. This is simply a measure of the quarterback’s total yards compared to how many yards were accrued in the air. Simply speaking, the Bears like to go deep and in the 2019 draft, they acquired a player to do just that. Emanuel Hall was one of the best deep-ball receivers in all of college football last year. His 22.4 yards per reception was good for the 97th percentile of all the receivers in the draft. With a 40-yard-dash of 4.39 seconds, it’s easy to see why Missouri sent Hall on fly routes so frequently. Hall is far from a finished product, but his ceiling as a fantasy player is similar to Will Fuller. 

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