At this point of the season, you should have a clearer picture of whether you have a chance to compete for the championship or not. For those that aren’t quite there yet, I wanted to highlight some deeper stashes that may not be relevant until next year, but could have you ahead of the curve.
The Chiefs’ 2016 4th round pick is young, athletic, and doesn’t have too much competition at WR, outside of Tyreek Hill. With Chris Conley’s injury ending his season, Conley hasn’t really done anything in his first 3 years in the league. That tends to be an ominous sign. I’m looking for Robinson to take over. The 6’1”, 203 pound WR is seeing the field more and more. In week 6, he saw 3 targets in the red-zone, indicating they fancy him. He also got some good looks in week 7 against the Raiders. Things are pointing up for him and we could continue to see his role grow as the season advances.
I think we’ve gotten to a point where we can agree that Eric Ebron isn’t very good. He just doesn’t seem like a reliable option and he hasn’t shown enough for Detroit to keep him around in my opinion. With Ebron hitting free agency after the 2017 season, the Lions could turn to their 2017 4th round pick, Michael Roberts. A teammate of Kareem Hunt’s at Toledo, Roberts could emerge as a red-zone favorite for Stafford. At 6’4” 270 pounds, he’s a tough guy to guard. In college, he caught a TD on every 3.1 receptions, and had 16 TDs in his Senior season! Jim Bob Cooter loves to run 2-TE sets, so in 2018 we may see Roberts on the field a ton.
Unfortunately, many of us were wrong and Isaiah Crowell sucks. Crowell is a free agent and after such a poor campaign, it’s unlikely he returns. Duke Johnson will likely remain in his current role but they need that early down bruiser. Cleveland still has a lot of needs all over the field so there’s no guarantee they take a RB early in 2018. Matt Dayes could even start seeing the field regularly in 2017. A solid “jack of all trades” at North Carolina State, it’s unlikely he could do as poorly as Crowell has done. He comes with a low cost at the moment, while he’s not doing too much.
Chicago has one of the worst WR corps in the league. Injuries to Kevin White and Cameron Meredith means the door is wide open. After a solid preseason, Gentry has finally been promoted from the practice squad, and proceeded to play on 95% of the Bears’ snaps. If the Bears begin giving Trubisky more of a license to throw, Gentry could start racking up the yards and give the Bears a reason to keep him around in the future.
The Cardinals’ 3rd round pick in 2017 hasn’t done much this season. That’s largely due to Bruce Arians stating that he doesn’t think rookies are ever ready until November. Well, it’s almost that time of year and we may start seeing Arizona slowly integrating him into their offense. This may be the best time to buy him due to a quiet start to his career. A reminder that Larry Fitzgerald could be retiring at the end of the season, and John Brown is approaching free agency…..
In 2016, Butt was one of my favorite TEs in a stacked TE class. That was derailed by an ACL injury that I’m sure many of you are familiar with. This led to him falling to the Broncos in the 5th round. Butt has only just returned to practice and has very weak competition ahead of him in Denver. His owners may be getting frustrated as he hasn’t done anything for them yet, so you may be able to snare him for nothing. I don’t think Butt will have a fantasy impact in 2017, but could be a sleeper in 2018.