Stash Cache Week 4

Stash Cache returns for Week 4 and brings a new group of players you’ll want to target before their price rises. While searching the waiver wire as you wait for the games to start, to gain an edge on the waiver wire rush, drop injured players or late round flier picks for most - if not all - of these players, who will provide free value as Week 4 results pour in. Ownership percentages are from Primarily focusing on 12 team or larger leagues. 

Running Backs

1) Nick Chubb, RB

Cleveland Browns, owned in 35.5% of leagues.

The Browns offense has relied heavily on Carlos Hyde, as he has taken the majority of the snaps totaling 56% through Week 3. Veteran pass catcher Duke Johnson has only been targeted a mere 10 times and has received only 10 carries on the entire season. While Hyde has been good, he has only played 16 games in a season one time. 2017 is the only complete season of his career and in which he surrendered a third of the rushing work to Matt Breida - Hyde had 240 carries, Breida had 105. The Browns drafted Chubb in the second round of the 2018 draft and he has disappointed fantasy owners so far. This means he’s likely on the waivers and will be slotted into a featured role if anything happens to the oft-injured Hyde.

2) Corey Grant, RB

Jacksonville Jaguars, owned in .2% of leagues.

Corey Grant has primarily served as a pass-catcher, however in lieu of Leonard Fournette potentially missing more time, his role will be extended a bit more. Last week against the Titans all players produced pitifully, but prior to this he burst onto the scene for 56 yards receiving and 13 rushing against the Patriots as the second option. He played on 35% of offensive snaps against the Titans, which is near equal to what he received the week prior against New England (42%). Grant is heavily dependant on Fournette’s absence but he is on the field enough to make a splash this week against the Jets.

Wide Receivers

1) John Ross, WR

Cincinnati Bengals, owned in 2.8% of leagues.

The theme of this week’s stash cache is “next man up”. While A.J. Green may not miss Week 4,  he sustained a pelvis injury Week 3 and was unable to play the entire second half. John Ross made a minor wave Week 1 by scoring his first NFL touchdown but has gone silent since then. However, he has been on the field for at least 48% of all offensive snaps in each of the last three games. The Bengals enter Week 4 with the 12th ranked passing offense, averaging 274.7 yards a game, while also scoring 29.7 points per game which is good for 6th in the league. The Bengals offense has the volume to make  Ross a viable stash going forward.

2) Taywan Taylor, WR

Tennessee Titans, owned .2% of leagues.

With the departure of Rishard Matthews, the Titans will turn to Taywan Taylor to fill the gap. Taylor was encroaching on Matthews role as the season progressed anyway, as he played 52% of snaps in Week 3 after 41% in Week 2. Along with head coach Mike Vrabel announcing Mariota will be starting Week 4, all signs are pointing for a breakout from Taylor in the coming weeks. The Titans will be playing teams who are weak against wide receiver as they have given up some of the highest fantasy points in the league per game to the position. They play the Eagles who allow 26.4 ppg, the Bills who allow 22.7 ppg, and the Ravens who allow 23.1 ppg. Taylor is the stash of the week.

Tight End

1) Vance McDonald, TE

Pittsburgh Steelers, owned in 20.3% of leagues.

Despite Jesse James’s success, McDonald is the tight end to own in Pittsburgh. After missing Week 1 due to injury, McDonald returned Week 2 and shared playing time with James. McDonald played on 45% of the snaps In Week 3 against the Buccaneers, McDonald had a career-best in receiving yards and scored on a long touchdown after a brutal double stiff arm. As  He added another 50 yards and 3 catches, totaling 4-112-1. James was merely used as a body in order to ease the playmaking tight end back into his role.