Stash Cache Week 5
Stash Cache returns for Week 5 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 5 results pour in. Ownership percentages are from NFL.com. Primarily focusing on 12 team or larger leagues.
1) Mark Walton, RB
Cincinnati Bengals .1% owned.
As Joe Mixon sets to make his return to the field, it appears that Gio Bernard is now heading to the inactive list. Walton’s only playing time this season was as Bernard’s backup. In lieu of Mixon, Walton played on 35 total snaps, producing a mere 9 yards on 5 carries. He also added 2 receptions for 28 yards. His production was not prolific but his opportunity in a high scoring offense (31.5ppg) will remain steady if Bernard misses any time. Although as a primary backup to Mixon - or Bernard - he is a deeper league stash.
2) Ronald Jones, RB
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 47.7% owned.
After a lackluster preseason and three consecutive healthy scratches to start the season, the Buccaneers 2018 second round pick has finally made his NFL debut. Ronald Jones carried the ball 10 times for 29 yards. Peyton Barber out snapped the rookie 31 to 20, however, and going into a bye this week would make it seem like a terrible stash candidate. However, while the team will adapt to true start Jameis Winston, it is worth monitoring Jones from this point out. A definite stash target for Barber owners, teams with a spot to give on the bench would also benefit from Jones.
1) Rashard Higgins, WR
Cleveland Browns .2% owned.
Higgins is the clear second option to Jarvis Landry in the Browns passing attack - this may not be a death sentence after all. On the year Higgins has played 66% of the snaps and was thought to lose playing time as Antonio Callaway matured into the role. However, head coach Hue Jackson stated in the post-game press conference that he may be hinting at a reduced snap count for Callaway. Obviously, take everything a head coach has to say with a grain of salt, On top of that, both Landry and Callaway have logged minimal practice participation due to nagging injuries this week just finally getting in a session on Thursday. Higgins looks to be the healthiest second option in a Browns offense which lacks significant competition to the role. They face the Ravens - who will certainly pose a challenge - but Higgins should be stash-worthy for any wide receiver needy teams.
2) Courtland Sutton, WR
Denver Broncos 1.4% owned.
After four weeks of play Courtland Sutton has already established himself as a staple in the offense; moving forward he looks to push Demaryius Thomas as the main red zone target. The 6’ 4” rookie compares similarly to the 6’ 3” Thomas. While Emmanuel Sanders takes most of the slot snaps, lackluster performances from Thomas the last few games may lead head coach Vance Joseph to see what Sutton is really able to do. Sutton only trails Thomas in overall snaps played 193 to 217. Sutton is worth a stash on almost any roster and coming into an average matchup against the Jets. It’s worth noting that with two great receivers like Sanders and Thomas, Sutton will face the weaker defensive assignments regularly.
1) C.J. Uzomah
Cincinnati Bengals .3% owned.
During the Bengal’s comeback win against the Falcons, Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert suffered a season-ending injury. By the end of the contest Uzomah played 51 snaps, making other potential tight end replacement Tyler Kroft a clear second option. Kroft only logged one more snap than Eifert and has never surpassed Uzomah this season in snaps. Uzomah could hold season-long value in a fickle tight end market.