Fourth & 1 Debate: Second-Half Stashers

Oct 22, 2009

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Time for another Fourth & 1 Roundtable Debate. Bryce McRae of came up with this week’s topic. Click here to see the full article.

This Week’s Topic:
Which two players are you stashing for the second half? Why?

My Response:

The two players that I am stashing away for the second half are  Chris “Beanie” Wells and Michael Crabtree.  Both have had tumultuous starts to their promising NFL careers, but I feel that once they get up to speed should be solid fantasy contributors.

Beanie Wells is more likely to make an impact this year.  He hasn’t been given an opportunity to show what he can do, initially because of his contract situation, and later because of injuries.  He also had some fumbling issues, which lost the trust of Ken Whisenhunt.  I feel he’s too talented of a back to sit on the sidelines.  Eventually he’s going to get a chance at the stripe and deliver.  Once he gets his confidence back, along with Whisenhunt’s, the sky is the limit.  That’s assuming that the Cardinals attempt to balance their offense a bit.  They were at their best last season in the playoffs when ran the ball more.  I believe they will get back to that at some point this year.  When they do, I want to have Beanie on my roster.

The other high-profile Rookie I would stash is Michael Crabtree. I know he missed a ton of time, probably too much to make an impact this year, but I believe in his skill set and think he’ll get an opportunity down the stretch to show what he’s capable of.

I wouldn’t consider him anywhere near the level of Randy Moss, but I do see some similarities. Both believed they were wronged in the NFL Draft, and I think Crabtree shares the same motivation to prove everyone wrong who doubted him. It’s not like the 49ers have major roadblocks in his way either.  Isaac Bruce and Josh Morgan aren’t high-end starters.

His role will be limited initially, but by season’s end, there is a great chance he works his way into the starting lineup. Who knows? Perhaps, he works his way into your fantasy starting lineup as well.

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5 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. LEV
    October 22nd, 2009 at 8:22 am #

    Those are both great second half stashers. I’ve kept Beanie on the bench all season on my squad with the thought that he could have a big second half. I think they both have a shot at putting up big numbers. I also like Sean Ryan, the Chiefs tight end. I think he has a chance to be a big redzone target for a team that is getting better.

  2. LestersLegends
    October 22nd, 2009 at 9:20 am #

    Ryan has been solid of late. Although after the byes are done, hopefully you have a better option.

  3. Rad
    October 22nd, 2009 at 11:27 am #

    I was actually considering Crabtree to replace Lee Evans when I read that there was a chance he might start. Other than Vernon Davis there aren’t many receiving options out in ‘Frisco. I’ll wait one more week to see if he can adjust to the offense. What do you think of Laurence Maroney in the 2nd half?

    I love these debates man, keep up the good work.

  4. LestersLegends
    October 22nd, 2009 at 11:29 am #

    I’d like to see what Crab can do before making that switch. I think I’d hold off.

    I like Maroney going forward, but you can’t trust Pats RBs.

  5. Inside Pulse Sports | Get ‘em or Don’t Sweat ‘em Week 7
    October 27th, 2009 at 4:55 am #

    [...] played well in Week 7.  He ran with authority against a tough Giants D.  I endorsed him as a Second-Half Stasher in last week’s Fourth & 1 Debate, and he sure looked like a guy to own going forward. [...]

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