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.
Jake Luton (Jax) — Luton - a 2020 6th-rounder out of Oregon State - is in line to make his NFL debut this Sunday. The Jaguars O-line and weapons are suspect, but so were Oregon State’s, and Luton was incredibly efficient under those conditions (including a 28:3 TD-to-INT ratio). Jacksonville is already looking at 2021, so Luton’s 2020 audition could produce the next Gardner Minshew. Take that for what it is.
Gabe Nabers (LAC) — Nabers nabbed at TD in Week 8 on his lone target. The UDFA out of FSU has been utilized as a pass-catching fullback while seeing his snaps and involvement incrementally - if not temporarily - rise. If he can Pyle on that usage and production, he might be useful as a DFS play until the dust settles in this backfield. The Chargers clearly are searching for the right combination of backs with Austin Ekeler banged up, but don’t expect Nabers to be more than a TD-dependent dart throw.
Jakobi Meyers (NE) — Meyers has made the most of his chances with N’Keal Harry and Julian Edelman sidelined. After leading the team in targets and notching 4 passes for 60 yards in Week 7, the 2019 UDFA caught 6 of 10 targets for 58 yards and a 2-point conversion. With Harry underwhelming and Edelman’s time as a Patriot winding down, Meyers is planting his flag to remain a part of the offense.
Miles Boykin (Bal) — Boykin comes packed with a lot of upside, but this Ravens offense isn’t built to sustain multiple receivers. That may change, as Lamar Jackson and Co. have been struggling a bit lately. After starting the season strong, Boykin tailed off but made a brief cameo in Week 8, catching 2 of 3 balls for 20 yards and a TD. While he hasn’t surpassed 50 yards in a game all season, the talent is there, should Baltimore evolve their passing game to include more WR involvement.
DaeSean Hamilton (Den) — Earlier this summer, Hamilton had been running with the first team in training camp before rookies Jerry Jeudy and K.J. Hamler got acclimated. With Tim Patrick nursing a hamstring, Hamilton has been getting more involved as of late. He caught 4 of 5 targets for 82 yards and a TD in Week 8, while catching 2 of 3 for 26 yards the week before.
Albert Okwuegbunam (Den) — After chewing up 9 receptions and 105 yards on 13 targets over the previous two weeks, Okwuegbunam saw his targets plummet in Week 9. That said, his lone target produced a 9-yard TD. There are currently a ton of mouths to feed in this Denver offense, but it’s hard to imagine the uber-talented “Albert O” not being a factor for the Broncos in the years to come.
Jace Sternberger (GB) — Sternberger saw another 4 targets in Week 8, catching 3 for 46 yards. The talented rookie has now caught 7 of his last 8 targets for 84 yards and a TD (albeit stretched out over three games). He also set a new season-high in usage with 27 snaps.