In the dynasty format of fantasy football, it is always a good idea to have young players who are buried on the depth chart now but have the talent and potential to earn a role in the future. Here are a few options for young late-round talent to make into fantasy football stashes for the future of your dynasty team.
Young Fantasy Football Stashes for Your Dynasty
A.J. Dillon – Running Back, Green Bay Packers
Possibly the most obvious on the list, it is nonetheless worth mentioning. Dillon was one of the top running backs in his draft class and he has been exceptional in the few opportunities he has had thus far. His change of direction and agility paired with his power as a pure runner makes for a very well-rounded back.
For now, he’s stuck behind Aaron Jones on the depth chart but Jones turns 27 later this year. Historically, that is right around when backs tend to begin to regress. Dillon should become the lead back in Green Bay sometime within the next two years.
O.J. Howard – Tight End, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Coming out of college, Howard was seen as a quality tight end prospect. Thus far in his professional career, however, he has been up and down. He was also hurt for the majority of Tampa’s 2020 campaign. Despite producing inconsistently, Howard has shown flashes of the talent that inspired the team to draft him.
As of right now, Tampa has a fairly crowded tight end room. However, we know—based on statistics—tight ends tend to peak in their late 20s. At the age of 26, Howard is approaching that time. Once Rob Gronkowski retires for real you can expect Howard to dominate in his role as Tampa’s starting tight end.
Darrynton Evans – Running Back, Tennessee Titans
Although some don’t see Evans as a three-down back, he is still worthwhile as far as fantasy football stashes are concerned. Derrick Henry is approaching the age of 28 and when you carry the ball 300 times a year for three years in a row, you’re bound to face injury at some point. In reality, Henry will more than likely miss a few games in a 17-game season, so you can expect Evans to see some touches and/or targets. He could also play a role once Henry begins to regress, which may come sooner than many think considering his age and workload.
K.J. Hamler – Slot Receiver, Denver Broncos
Hamler was regarded as one of the best deep threats in the 2020 NFL Draft by many analysts and scouts. In his rookie year, he had 30 catches for 381 yards and three touchdowns. He is currently the third or fourth receiver on the depth chart, definitively behind Courtland Sutton and Jerry Jeudy— and potentially Tim Patrick. Hamler will start climbing the depth chart soon and if the Broncos find a viable option at quarterback (or if Drew Lock takes a step forward), Hamler could see increased production from the slot as the team’s primary deep threat.
Tyler Johnson – Wide Receiver, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Many people were fans of Johnson when he was coming out of Minnesota in 2020. Unfortunately for his fantasy owners (and him), he ended up buried in the depth chart in a deep receiver room in Tampa Bay. However, over time he may earn himself a role. Mike Evans isn’t getting any younger and Chris Godwin is on a franchise tag. In three-to-four years, Johnson could become the top receiver on this team.
It may seem like it is fairly far away but keep in mind that Davante Adams did not break 1,000 yards receiving until his fifth season in the league. If your dynasty league is going to stay together for a while, then it may be worth it to make Johnson one of your fantasy football stashes for your dynasty.
Dwayne Haskins – Quarterback, Pittsburgh Steelers
This one may seem laughable to some but starting quarterbacks are valuable in fantasy football. Even if you already have your quarterback of the future on your fantasy team, it may be worth adding Haskins to your list of potential fantasy football stashes. It is always helpful to have a bye week quarterback or a quarterback to play in the case of injury.
It is presently unclear what the Steelers plan to do after Ben Roethlisberger retires and Haskins was a very talented player coming out of Ohio State. If he can get his off-field issues sorted out, who knows what Mike Tomlin could coach him into?
Conversely, he may never start and could very well be a career backup. If that happens, you can drop him in a year or two. That said, it does not hurt to stash him until then and test your luck.
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