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Thu Oct 11th 2018

Player Stock Week #6

Whose Rising and Falling

These are the players who have made the largest rises and largest falls in my rankings this week.

Stock Rising

Running Backs

  1. Sony Michel (New England): I moved him up to my RB 16.  It feels like forever since Belichick gave a guy 43 handoffs in two games.  They seem comitted to the run and his 100+ total yards and one TD each of the last two games have made me a believer.  As Brady's skills decline (and they must eventually), they may turn to a more run-based offense.  I admit that I had him lower than most in rookie drafts, but he has looked good. The big questions is this: Can he stay healthy?
  2. TJ Yeldon (Jacksonville): I moved him up to my RB 30. You often see 3rd and 4th year WR breakouts.  Sometimes you see it at RB too.  Granted, his opportunity increased this year due to Fournette's injury.  But he has played awesome, and he is in the last year of his contract.  If he makes the most of this opportunity, he could be a prized free agent this off season and win a starting role on another team.  Or he could stay in Jacksonville and play whenever Fournette is hurt, which is more often than not.

Wide Receivers

  1. Courtland Sutton (Denver): I moved him up to my WR 30.  He finally got his first TD catch after several close calls and a bad instant replay call.  He's targeted 5-6 times a game, Thomas has lost a step, and Thomas and Sanders may not be re-signed at the end of the year.  Sutton is quickly becoming the #1 WR in Denver.  He was thought to  be the #1 dynasty rookie draft pick when the college season started last year but got surpassed by all of the RBs and many of the other WRs as the rookie draft neared.
  2. Tre'Quan Smith (New Orleans): I moved him up to my WR 57.  Look what I found!  He scores on Drew Brees's record breaking throw.  Then he scores again later in the game.  He was one of my favorites in the rookie draft this last year.  I had him ranked much higher than concensus.  I had him #17 overall ahead of Courtland Sutton, whom I had at #18.  Suffice it to say, I own a lot of him and loved seeing him breakout Monday night.

Tight Ends

  1. David Njoku (Cleveland): I moved him up to my TE 9.  Maybe he just needed a competent QB.  Mayfield has eyes for him for sure.  He's had 18 targets in the last two games.  These guys could play together for a long time.  Everyone I know who drafted him has held on, as you should with TEs.  Now it is really going to pay off.  He, Kittle, Howard, and Engram can now fight it out to see who was the best draft pick two years ago.  We already know who was the best value (Kittle).
  2. Eric Ebron (Indianapolis): I moved him up to my TE 11.  What can you say after Thursday night?  He makes the bone-headed drops, and he makes the sick catches.  If you've ever owned him, you have loved and hated him.  Luck loves him some TEs.  So does coach Reich.  His breakout has come later than expected.  Sorry if you already gave up on him like most did! 

Stock Falling

Quarterbacks

  1. Case Keenum (Denver): I moved him down to my QB 33.  His fantasy score looked good last week, but only because of garbage time points.  He scored in single digets the two weeks prior.  He has thrown more INTs (7) than TDs (5).  From a dynasty persepctive, he is not long for Denver.  Chad Kelly played fantastic in the preseason and should replace Keenum as the starting QB if Denver loses one or two more games.  It was a magical year in Minnesota for Keenum last year, but there is a reason they were willing to let him walk.

Running Backs

  1. Devonta Freeman (Atlanta): I moved him down to my RB 22.  He comes back healthy, but only receives 39% of the snaps.  It's sad to say because I have him everywhere, but I missed my sellign point.  I was able to trade him in one league but cannot get anyone to buy him in my other leagues. He is such a balanced, aggressive, and explosive runner.  I love watching him.  But his injuries are just too much.  He was hurt again this week during practice.  It's too much.
  2. Derrick Henry (Tennesse): I moved him down to my RB 32.  Ugh!  I tried so hard to sell him after the great games he had at the end of last season.  I could not find a buyer.  I see him on the trading block in several of my leagues and no one is interested.  He averages about 3 yards per carry if you take away his big runs.  We hoped the big runs could save us, but this year he has not had a single one.
  3. Jay Ajayi (Philadelphia): I moved him down to my RB 33.  It seems like all of the "injury prone" labels fit here.  That's why he fell in the NFL draft.  Then he has those crazy games in Miami and dynasty owners clamor over him.  I know I made a trade for him.  Time seems to have proven itself.  He cannot stay healthy.  I love his beast mode like running style.  Maybe that's how he gets hurt.

Wide Receivers

  1. Michael Crabtree (Baltimore): I moved him down to my WR 40.  He can't catch the ball!  He leads the league in dropped passes. He's not the red zone target that he used to be.  Flacco has eyes for John Brown in the endzone.
  2. Devonte Parker (Miami): I moved him down to my WR 77.  Good bye Parker.  He is droppable.  He can't beat out the scrubbs on Miami's roster even if he was healthy.  I believe Miami will drop him too.

Tight Ends

  1. Jack Doyle (Indianapolis): I moved him down to my TE 13. I had him ranked higher than most experts and likely still do.  I just see Luck as a guy that loves his TEs.  We saw it Thursday with Ebron and Swoops scoring.  I don't know why, but it's a thing.  I had to move him down a bit based on injuries and the excellent play of Ebron.  If he gets out-targeted by Ebron when/if he comes back, then he will fall way further than this.

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