It is time for part two of my dynasty deep dive stashes. This week I bring you the next five players you should be looking out for on your dynasty waivers or with your late picks in the last week of fantasy drafts.
I would not blame most of you if on seeing Renfrow’s name assuming this is another player based on the Hard Knocks hype. Let me assure you that my confidence in Renfrow’s potential is based solely on his performances in camp and what he shown in college for Clemson.
Renfrow was an exceptional route runner in college and as very safe-handed and has shown the same so far for Raiders this preseason. A walk on turned national championship winner for Clemson Tigers where he now holds the record for most receptions in the college playoffs and caught the game winner in the 2016 game against Alabama. Clemson are not known as the most pass heavy offence in College football however Renfrow made the most of his opportunity and has some of the best hands rarely dropping a pass (he ended last season with a 2% drop rate on intended targets).
Oakland may have overhauled the wide receiver chart for 2019 with Antonio Brown and Tyrell Williams among others but that should not discourage you from Hunter Renfrow. The two previous players in Brown and Williams are both outside receivers whilst Renfrow will operate from the slot. A position which he has already taken a stronghold of and has minimal competition to speak of so much so that he was named the slot WR on Raiders first unofficial depth chart.
Derek Carr has not favoured the slot in previous seasons, his best slot received Seth Roberts did not put up more than 115 fantasy points in a single season. That being said Renfrow is a much better route runner than Roberts and should give Carr more of an option out of the slot and allow Carr to target him more freely.
Renfrow is for sure a good pick up in dynasty and should be targeted ahead of his current ADP and I also believe you should be targeting him in PPR Redraft as he will see cheap, easy targets from Carr. At his current ADP #382 he will be free in majority of the leagues and shouldn’t be ignored.
New Orleans Saints have a certain knack of picking up a running back out of undrafted classes and making them useful. Chris Ivory, Pierre Thomas & Travaris Cadet to name a few. They are hoping for the same again with the latest Devine Ozigbo.
Missing out on being drafted in 2019 after having a solid senior year for Nebraska averaging just over 7.0 yards per rushing attempt & 8.5 yards per catch. However the issue was this was a single year of college production against other backs in the class with more on the resume. Now he has something to prove and aims to reward the Saints for giving him that chance. He has shown good vision, burst and balance which is even more impressive given he is a 225 pound back.
Opportunities will be limited being sat behind Alvin Kamara and Latavius Murray unless one sustains an injury. However Ozigbo is doing all he can to show if that happens he is ready to take that step. Impressing coaches in camp with not only his elusiveness but also his solid pass protection. This will go a long way in firstly securing his roster spot and then as cover for Kamara and Murray if either miss time.
Just on this basis Ozigbo should be picked up in dynasty leagues especially for the Kamara owners. The potential of leading or splitting this offence is substantial enough in itself and Ozigbo has shown both goal line potential and pass catching in college and throughout preseason.
There is the potential that we see very little from Ozigbo this year if either of the backs remain injury free, but Ozigbo will be worth the stash for the long haul based on his skillset to complement Kamara. Murray is not getting any younger and could be out the door in one to two years.
Ozigbo is still going free in many dynasty leagues and can be picked up and stashed off waivers with ease. Although don’t leave it to long as one injury changes everything.
A pass catcher from the Ravens is risky business nowadays it seems. Lamar Jackson may be loved in fantasy but this is down to his feet and is regularly lambasted about his passing ability. In my opinion he will make steps in 2019 and beyond as he starts to find his feet in an offence which will be catered around him.
Ravens have attempted to improve the wide receiver core with two draftees inside the first three rounds of the 2019 NFL draft. Marquise Brown in the first and Miles Boykin in the third. Brown may have had the headlines due to the capital invested in him however my focus has been on Boykin. Due to the injury that Brown is carrying it is putting him behind the curve, so much so that his HC came out and said he has a ways to go.
Step up Miles Boykin. Drafted in the third round out of Notre Dame he is a physical freak at 6’4 & 220lb whilst posting a 4.42 40 yard dash at the Combine. His performance at the combine was impressive all around and helped his draft stock following negative reports about him out of college. Boykin is a deep ball specialist and he shown this with some impressive displays at Notre Dame.
The Ravens depth chart at wide receiver is shaky at best and a strong preseason would have done wonders for Boykin and that is exactly what he has done, so much so that some Ravens beat reporters have indicated he could be the number one receiver in 2019. Marquise Brown is starting to find his feet but at this stage Boykin is showing out to be a legitimate option on the outside for Jackson.
Despite the negative press Lamar Jackson has received there are two things we know and have seen he can do. That is scramble out of the pocket and sling the ball downfield. Boykin thrives on this sort of work aswell as being a real threat in the redzone with his size whilst Lamar is moving around behind the line of scrimmage. If Lamar can take a step forward then Boykin and also Brown should reap the rewards from his play also.
At the start of the offseason Boykin was mentioned as a high upside stash in dynasty leagues. As we have progressed into the preseason and with the offence structure taking shape he is quickly becoming a streaming option. With boom or bust potential week to week for the deeper of redraft leagues. This is a young and dynamic offence with pieces across all the skilled positions that will continue to grow together and potentially form a top tier offence. I will be targeting these in all formats and none more so than Boykin based on his dirt cheap value.
Many will be surprised to see Mike Boone on this list and rightly so with Dalvin Cook poised for a true breakout year and the 2019 draftee Alexander Mattison on the roster. Projecting a dominating year for Cook is something I share with many analysts. Although we have to remember he has yet to complete a full season in the NFL since the Vikings drafted him in 2017. A torn ACL took his rookie year from him after four games and 2018 he missed four games with a hamstring strain.
The Boone pick is solely based on being a dynasty handcuff to Cook. Before the preseason started he was on the roster bubble and battling just to make it on to the 53 man roster and was being vastly overshadowed by the rookie Mattison. In my opinion after the first three weeks of preseason Boone has shown that if Cook were to go down, the Vikings would shift to a committee between himself and Mattison.
Boone has decent speed (4.49) and he has shown in college he is able to make the defenders miss. One example was against Austin Peay where he average 4.63 yards after the contact and four missed tackles. He also as tested out extremely well at his Pro Day. Two years on he does not appear to have lost any of this going by his preseason week three performance. Running for 41 yards & a touchdown off 10 attempts. He produced a lovely cut through the heart of the line on one play showing his ability to get to the next level on defence.
Mike Boone is likely to enter the year as the RB3 for the Vikings however one injury to Cook or even Mattison and the door is not only open but fully ajar for Boone to show the NFL what he is truly capable of. You will not have to pay anything for him as he is rarely drafted outside of the deepest of fantasy leagues.
Majority of the fantasy football community would have heard the name Jake Kumerow in 2018, he was THE Preseason darling. That unfortunately came grinding to a halt when he went down for much of the year with injury. No one was able to see if this preseason breakout was a true breakout or if it would be another hype situation that died out in the regular season.
A long term injury is devastating for any player, but even more so for a player with everything to prove and Jake Kumerow is very much one of those players.
Undrafted in 2015, Kumerow is on his third team in the NFL (Bengals 15-17 & Patriots practice squad 2017). Now in Green Bay it appeared in 2018 that Kumerow had found his home and earned rave reviews from many within the organisation, particularly Rodgers. In two preseason games he posted 190 yards and two touchdowns off 10 targets before suffering a sprained ankle in that week two game.
Fast forward to Week 13 and Kumerow was back on the field and he gave a good showing despite being behind plethora of other receivers (including a 49 yard TD against the Jets). As a matter of fact in the final five games of the season he outstated Equanimeous St.Brown and went toe to toe with Marquez Valdes-Scantling.
It is worth knowing that Kumerow currently sits behind Davante Adams who will not be unseated aside from injury. Allison who has his own hype once again however has injury concerns of his own. Allison managed less than 20 years per game over the last two seasons. MVS and St.Brown are battling alongside Allison for the WR2 and WR3 spots and if Kumerow can find that form from last season. If the chemistry with Rodgers is in fact real he can easily displace one or two of these three players and give fantasy value in 2019. It is worth noting that all this can come from a player who is not being drafted in redraft and most dynasty leagues.
A small admission from me here. I previously had six players in this article however with the very real chance that Kahale Warring Tight End for the Houston Texans will land on the IR. I have removed him from the list of players above. I would recommend still keeping an eye on him in dynasty whether that be as a stash or monitoring on the waiver wire. The Texans TE room is wide open and Warring before the injury looked good in camp compared to the rest and brought decent pedigree out of college.
I said it in my last article and will say again, finding a breakout from an undrafted/late round pick is unlikely but if you can find that player you will see the rewards from minimum investment.
Given the capital you will invest (if any) for many of these players you can take that punt. You won’t have the worry of feeling you truly wasted the opportunity and that is the definition of a dynasty stash. Hide them away on your roster and hope they can produce on that sample size in camp and production from college when it comes to the real thing.
Until we meet again Rush Nation, Keep Rushing.
-Ash Goddard Addicted2_FF