Welcome to the Dynasty Watch. For those of you playing in deep dynasty leagues, this is where we’ll help you keep track of some bench stashes. These are players who have a small chance of becoming regular contributors, but for the few that do, we’ll try and help you beat your league-mates to the punch.
We’ll chronicle any upticks in usage or production each week, so be sure to read the previous Dynasty Watch articles to get a season-long picture.
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Jeremy McNichols (Ten) — With Darrynton Evans banged up, McNichols is receiving an extended look as Derrick Henry’s backup. Over the last two games, McNichols has 79 yards on 14 carries (5.6 YPC). He’s making a case for usage should Henry go down.
Tyler Johnson (TB) — Even with Mike Evans and Chris Godwin back in the lineup, Johnson still saw the field (albeit just 16 snaps). He did damage with those snaps though, catching a 7-yard TD. He also posted 4/61 the previous week. Johnson is probably not a major factor on a roster full of veterans, but he could be in Tampa Bay’s plans once they’re no longer Tompa Bay.
Kalif Raymond (TB) — Raymond found some meaningful snaps in the slot with both Corey Davis and Adam Humphries out, but with Humphries back, Raymond didn’t disappear. Over the last three games, Raymond brought in 8-of-9 targets for 176 yards. He could be the future in the slot once the team moves on from Humphries. For now, Raymond should maintain his return duties. He totaled 83 return yards in Week 6.
Marcus Johnson (Ind) — With so many injuries in Indy’s secondary room, Johnson has earned meaningful snaps over the last three weeks. Playing around 70% and lining up mostly on the outside, Johnson had his best game in Week 6. Johnson caught 5-of-8 targets for 108 yards, after catching 3-of-3 for 53 yards in Week 5. Once Parris Campbell and Michael Pittman are healthy, Johnson is likely a ghost again.
Albert Okwuegbunam (Den) — Okwuegbunam had another solid outing with Noah Fant out. Drew Lock’s college teammate caught 2-of-6 targets for 45 yards, and had a TD catch swatted out of his hands. A monster athlete who wasn’t expected to have a role in 2020, Okwuegbunam could certainly be a factor in the next few years.
Anthony Firkser (Ten) — Once Jonnu Smith left with an ankle injury, Firkser hit the field and was instantly a problem for Houston, posting 8/113/1. Smith’s ankle injury appears minor, and Firkser is primarily a blocking TE, but TEs in particular tend to be late bloomers.