This article is part of our Exploiting the Matchups series.
In football, much as it can be in life, sometimes you have to lose something to gain something new, perhaps something even better.
In a season wrought with injuries, after a week that saw some extremely big ones, that's the mantra we need to keep reminding ourselves of. That's what needs to drive us to find new ways to improve. After all, we're not even at the halfway point of the season and suddenly, for one week at least, Roger Lewis might be the No. 1 receiver for the Giants. Odell Beckham (ankle) became the second top-10 draft pick to hit injured reserve – following David Johnson (wrist) – and hopefully he'll be the last. But he certainly won't be the last guy to land on IR. So we must train our minds to be forward-thinking, planning for how we will compete as much as possible weekly while also keeping the long term in mind with some well-studied stashes. To best prepare for the next domino to fall, we must keep league format top of mind when carefully planning those bench stashes – is your league PPR scoring, 2QB, a superflex, a return yardage format, or my favorite, a keeper league?
Here's a quick look at my favorite stashes at each position before getting to why we're here:
QB – Jared Goff
In any formats that allow two starting quarterbacks, Goff is undoubtedly owned already. He's otherwise there for the taking in many leagues, and given what we can surmise