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FLAVOR OF THE WEEK: Waiting for Next Year

This week’s flavor of the week: leftovers. Real fun, huh? Well, we’re at that time of year. Everything worth anything has been picked clean on waivers, so if you’re making any adds now they’re either one week band-aids or taking shots on next year. Every year about this time I provide a brief primer on potential stashes for next season, so this week I’m focusing on those shots for next year. At this point, your lineup is what it is. If you suffered one of the many injuries last week then you’re chasing after DeAndre Washington, Raheem Mostert, Darius Slayton, etc. and hoping for the best. If you didn’t get by the injury bug then now is not the time to get cute.

Regarding stashes, every league is different so the types of stashes I’ll offer will vary; that’s by design. Some are deep league dynasty types and others will be geared towards shallow keepers. Keep the context of your league’s in mind as you’re going down the list. And away we go…

QB, Teddy Bridgewater, New Orleans

The 27 year old will be more than four years removed from a near career-ending injury and was instrumental in keeping the Saints atop the NFC while Drew Brees dealt with a thumb injury, leading them to five consecutive wins. He will be a free agent at the end of the season, so short of Brees announcing retirement plans we expect him to be starting elsewhere next season. He’s long gone in any deep dynasty league, but in a good situation he will be inside the top 20 QB’s in 2020. Where inside the top 20 just depends on where he ultimately ends up.

RB, Darwin Thompson, Kansas City

Many thought our game’s August hero would finally get his chance after an interesting garbage time cameo against Oakland, but he was limited to just eight touches and was out snapped by Spencer Ware in Week 14 — who was signed off the street last week. That said, the Chiefs are up against the salary cap in 2020, are already down a second round pick, and will no longer have LeSean McCoy under contract. The former sixth round pick wasn’t dropped in deeper dynasty league’s, but if you’re in a shallower one then give him a look.

RB, Qadree Ollison, Atlanta

The Falcons were allegedly on the doorstep of moving Devonta Freeman at this year’s trade deadline despite having relatively little behind him on the depth chart. Like the Chiefs, the Falcons are up against the salary cap in 2020. Unlike the Chiefs, Ollison represents the only other running back on the depth chart. Given his usage in college expecting him to be an asset in the pass game this year was a fool’s errand, but he’s shown his prowess as a runner in his limited opportunities as he scored in both games Freeman missed. We are not forecasting a Freeman trade nor pretending he won’t have competition regardless of what else happens on the depth chart (he will). He has an opportunity to gain substantial value between now and summer 2020 though. That’s the sort of stock we’re seeking out in deep dynasty’s right now.

WR, Andy Isabella, Arizona

We are still stumped how this train never got rolling this year.  His big play ability was on display in consecutive weeks mid-season and while he’s continued to be involved, the connection has not been there in recent weeks. Owner’s in deep dynasty’s remained patient with him, but those in shallower ones should make the buy-low add. The former second rounder’s window to a starting role is still wide open with nothing of consequence outside of Christian Kirk in this aerial assault.

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