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Sat Oct 27th 2018

Player Stock Week #8

Whose Rising and Falling

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

Stock Rising

Quarterbacks

  1. Andrew Luck (Indianapolis): I moved him up to my QB 3.  He's back!  There seems to be no question about his health.  It's time to move him up to where he used to be in the top tier of QBs.  He's #3 QB this year and his team and future are only going to get better.  Those who bought him during his injured year are smiling now.
  2. Jameis Winston (Tampa Bay): I moved him up to my QB 10.  Same goes for Winston as Luck.  He is back.  He's doing Winston-like things like throwing awful interceptions and racking up crazy fantasy points when coming from behind. His future is bright though.  He has incredible weapons around him.  It's possible that his coaching staff may change after this year, but the weapons will not.  I am hopeful for his future and regret trading him in one of my leagues.

Running Backs

  1. Kenyon Drake (Miami): I moved him up to my RB 19.  He was fantastic on Thursday night.  He's one of those guys who is sure to get a lot in the passing game too.  We're all furious with the Miami coaching staff who seem to be the only ones who cannot recognize that he is their biggest playmaker on offense.  Their insistence on using Gore is infuriating, but it seems like they are starting to see the light and get the ball to Drake more often.  He'll be a second half of the season breakout, just like last year.
  2. Marlon Mack (Indianapolis): I moved him up to my RB 28.  He looked great last Sunday.  The big knock on him coming out of the draft was that he always tried to bounce things outside.  He did a lot of that last year, but this year he seems more willing to hit the hole and get positive yards.  This decisiveness could be the difference that makes him a top 24 RB.  We need a few more weeks to see if that's the case.  If he is a more decisive runner and can finally stay healthy, he could become a top 24 dynasty RB.
  3. Tarik Cohen (Chicago): I moved him up to my RB 36.  He's the #13 RB on the year and is quickly moving ahead of Howard.  As of now, I still have Howard ranked higher (18) because I still believe he is a more traditional 3-down back.  Howard gets 60% of the snaps compared to Cohen's 40%.  But you cannot argue with Cohen's better fantasy production.  I'll give it a few more weeks, but Cohen could move ahead of Howard soon in my ranks.

Wide Receivers

  1. Josh Gordon (New England): I moved him up to my WR 31.  Brady seems to be trusting him more and more and he has said so.  He had his first 100-yard game.  With Michel being injured, Ne England is going to be a pass happy team, giving Gordon a chance to prove himself.  He always has the red flags against him, but he laso has the green flags regarding his pure talent.
  2. Sterling Shepard (NY Giants): I moved him up to my WR 32.  The lame offense and multiple weapons in NY have not slowed down Shepard.  He's the #24 WR this year.  Most thought his success was based on Engram's absence, but last week Engram was back and he still produced.  He's was a late round 1 or early round 2 rookie draft pick years ago.  He has delivered for those who drafted him.

Tight Ends

  1. George Kittle (San Francisco): I moved him up to my TE 4.  He's the #4 TE on the year so far, and that with a backup QB.  He's a primary target and is incredibly athletic.  I took advantage of his fast rise in the rankings by trading him for a first round pick this week in a league where I'm strong at TE and need young RBs in next year's draft.

Stock Falling

Quarterbacks

  1. Chad Kelly (Free Agent): I moved him down to my QB 44.  I could have removed him completely after his legal troubles and being cut from Denver, but I still believe in the talent and believe a QB-needy team may be willing to sign him after his legal issues are resolved.

Running Backs

  1. Le'Veon Bell (Pittsburg): I moved him down to my RB 9.  It's not much of a drop, but for a guy that has been a #1 or #2 RB in the last year or two, it's a big deal to drop to #9.  I could see myself dropping him even more in the coming weeks.  I know football is a business, but I question guys who don't want to play.  I also believe Pittsburg is the perfect offense for his skills and he most certainly will not be in Pittsburg next year.
  2. Derrick Henry (Tennessee): I moved him down to my RB 39.  He's bad.  The new coaching staff that gave us hope has also been bad.  I am not sure he can ever be a starting RB on our fantasy leagues even though his size and occasional huge plays with keep him on NFL rosters.

Wide Receivers

  1. Nelson Agholor (Philadelphia): I moved him down to my WR 35.  Ertz and Jeffery are the target hogs in this offense.  The games when Agholor is targeted more, he ends up with a high catch count but with horribly low yardage.  Even in PPR leagues he has disappointed.  I was higher on him than most coming into the season, but I guess I was wrong.

Tight Ends

  1. Rob Gronkowski (New England): I moved him down to my TE 5.  It's not a huge drop, but from a guy who was the clear #1 for so many years, it's worth mentioning that he has dropped to #5 and could drop even further with so many great young TEs rising up the ranks.
  2. Evan Engram (NY Giants): I moved him down to my TE 8.  I moved Kittle, Howard, and Njoku ahead of Engram this week.  I had Engram ahead of them on my rookie draft boards and ever since, but this week they all moved ahead of him.  Engram is less involved in the offense as these guys and their QB situations have improved while Engrams has digressed.  He also drops too many balls.  I love his skills, but I had to move guys ahead of him this week.

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