Another crazy week in the NFL is in the books. There were definitely some surprises in the outcomes of a few games. I see you Buffalo! Usually, I would give you 5 names of players who were owned in 45% or below in FFPC leagues. This week, we are going to dive deeper into that dumpster and take a look at 5 players barely owned that you should stash (this is for deeper leagues). Let’s go:
1. Richie James, WR, San Francisco 49ers
(Owned in 0.9% of FFPC leagues)
Vs Arizona, @ Green Bay, vs Los Angeles Rams
James was a 7th round draft pick by the 49ers in 2018 out of Middle Tennessee State. Due to injuries to his collarbone and a high ankle sprain in college, he was limited in his senior year to only 5 games and fell in the draft. Currently he has yet to see the field as a receiver in a regular season game, but the talent is definitely there. Listed at 5’9”, he plays bigger than his small stature and thrives on contested catches. With 4.48 speed, he is also a deep threat. In his very first preseason game against Dallas, he caught a short slant 7 yards for a touchdown, showing off his shiftiness. Then in week 3 of the preseason, he had a team high 65 yards where 42 yards came on a dig route where he beat his defender with ease. James solidified his place on the 49ers roster in the preseason finale against the San Diego Chargers by hauling in 7 of his team high 8 targets for 80 yards. This season, you may see James play mostly special teams. Things could change if a receiver in front of him on the depth chart gets injured. The 49ers current wide receiver corps has had their fair share of injury concerns, so he should be a name you keep in mind when the time is right. As of right now, he’s basically free. If you’re in a super deep league, you should definitely take a flier on Richie James.
2. Chris Warren III, RB, Oakland Raiders
(Owned in 9.13% of FFPC leagues)
Currently on IR
The son of a former NFL running back, Warren made his presence known in the preseason by leading all running backs with 250 yards rushing. Without even being active in the regular season, he’s still 9% owned. This should tell you how valuable he is already to Dynasty owners. Warren displays a Marshawn Lynch-esque similarity to his game. He is a battering ram and is listed at 6’2”, 244lbs who can tire out a defense and will fight for extra yardage on every run. Also, Warren showed that he has some pass catching abilities by catching 6 of the 7 passes thrown his way in preseason. With both Lynch and Doug Martin on 1 year contracts, Warren is an intriguing prospect. You will not see Warren on the field in 2018, however, as he is on IR for a knee injury he played through during the preseason which required surgery. If he is available in your Dynasty league, he’s a definite add.
3. Robert Foster, WR, Buffalo Bills
(Owned in 0% of FFPC leagues)
Vs Tennessee, @ Houston, @ Indianapolis
The Josh Allen era began in Week 2. This is good news for Robert Foster. Undrafted in 2018, the former Alabama wide receiver signed as a free agent with Buffalo. At the draft combine, Foster ran the 5th best 40 time at 4.4. The main issue with Foster’s game is his hands. During training camp, Foster had problems catching passes and almost found his way on the roster bubble. Despite this issue, the Bills kept Foster on their 53 man roster and he has been active since week 1. After playing 16 snaps in week 1 and failing to catch a pass, he finally snagged 2 passes (on 3 targets) in week 2 against the Chargers for 30 yards. This past week vs Minnesota, he dropped a 58 yard bomb from Josh Allen and also dropped a simple shovel pass that was ruled as a fumble (credited to Josh Allen). His mental lapses and concentration will be taxing to the Bills coaching staff, but his speed will keep him on the roster. Josh Allen has a cannon of an arm, this is no secret. The question is, can Robert Foster be the deep threat wide receiver that Allen needs in Buffalo? I’m not sure, but he’s basically free in all leagues for anyone to find out.
4. Mike Boone, RB, Minnesota Vikings
(Owned in 2.46% of FFPC leagues)
@ Los Angeles Rams, @ Philadelphia, Vs Arizona
Mike Boone finally got a taste of regular season action against Buffalo this past Sunday. Unfortunately, the game was out of hand with Buffalo jumping up to an early lead and Boone only got to carry the ball twice. His first carry was stuffed at the line, but the other carry, Boone showed off some burst and sped through the middle of the line for 11 yards. That would be his last carry of his regular season debut to date. His final stat line from Sunday would read 2 carries, 11 yards, 1 catch, 0 yards and a costly missed block that led to a sack on a crucial 3rd down. Not exactly what everyone had envisioned from the SPARQ freak, Mike Boone (he was ranked as the 2nd most athletic running back in the 2018 draft class). This certainly will not be the last we hear about Boone. He looked pretty good in the preseason. Boone carried the ball 49 times for 185 yards in all 4 preseason games and shredded Jacksonville week 2 for 91 yards. His ownership jumped a full percentage before this week and I expect that most owners will forget about him after this game. Like most of the other guys on this list, he too may be free. If Dalvin Cook were to get injured again like he did last season, Mike Boone could be a decent asset.
5. Javon Wims, WR, Chicago Bears
(1.17% owned in FFPC leagues)
Vs Tampa Bay, BYE, @ Miami
Wims had a terrific preseason for the Bears and led all preseason receivers with 227 yards. Javon used the preseason to refine his route running, show off his straight line speed and perfect his body control. In the Hall of Fame game vs the Baltimore Ravens, he was targeted 10 times catching 7 passes for 89 yards. Against the Chiefs week 3 in the preseason, Wims had another strong showing and even caught a 7 yard touchdown pass by stretching out and lunging for the ball in the back corner of the end zone. It’s pretty evident that the Chicago Bears value Javon Wims. Currently he is the 6th wide receiver on their depth chart. Rather than cut him and try to add him on the practice squad and risk losing him, they added him to their 53 man roster. The Bears really don’t have any proven wide outs on the roster outside of Allen Robinson and for this reason, Wims could be a diamond in the rough, if added. Wims has yet to be activated for a regular season game, but may be given a chance next week due to an injury to Anthony Miller. Wims is an excellent candidate as a stash on your dynasty roster.