NFL Fantasy Stock Up/Stock Down Report: Week 7
We’re going to start a new post each week here on the blog highlighting players that we think you might want to use and might want to avoid as we move towards another weekend of football action. Most of these players are bargain players, the guys you debate selecting when you’ve got your team all set except for that last guy, and you have less than $6,000 left to spend. These are the guys who can make or break you.
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Now let’s get to the report.
Patrick Crayton (WR – Chargers; $4,700): Crayton had a very good Sunday with six catches for 119 yards, but that’s not why he’s on the stock-up list. He’s here because Malcom Floyd has a bad hamstring, meaning he might not play this next weekend or might be quite limited. Plus with the Chargers facing a young Patriots secondary, combined with Philip Rivers constantly airing it out, expect Crayton to have a big Week 7 seeing as he’s the best healthy receiving target for the Bolts.
Colt McCoy (QB – Browns; $5,300): The fact that Colt did more than just survive against the Steelers is a testament to the fact that he could be the solution at QB the Browns are aching for. Even though McCoy threw two picks against the Steelers, he was his usual highly accurate self, completing 22 of 33 passes. You have to love that in a QB, because accuracy is everything at the pro level. McCoy is expected to get another start this weekend against the Saints, who statistically have a better secondary than the Steelers, but McCoy still seems like a very good risk. Plus, he’s an incredible bargain at QB.
Todd Heap (TE – Ravens; $4,800): Heap was nailed by Pats safety Brandon Meriweather on a bad helmet-to-helmet hit, so make sure he’s on track to play this week before adding him to your roster. If he does play, the matchup couldn’t be better against a Bills defense allowing the most fantasy points to opposing tight ends.
Danny Woodhead (RB – Patriots; $5,600): Everyone thought when the Patriots picked up Woodhead early in the season they were just getting him for a week so they could learn everything about their divisions rivals the Jets. However, Woodhead’s turned into an all-purpose yards monster for the Pats. He’s an extremely agile running back, averaging 6.4 yards per rush and is an exceptional receiver, which the Pats used to their advantage against the Ravens. Woodhead caught five passes for 52 yards. The only issue with Woodhead’s ever expanding role is that he isn’t getting the TD carries, which are going to BenJarvis Green-Ellis. But look for Woodhead to continue to be heavily involved in the Pats’ offense.
Danario Alexander (WR – Rams; $3,600): Everyone was wondering who would replace Mark Clayton as the go-to receiver in St. Louis. No one in a million years thought it would be Danario Alexander…..except the Rams. Interestingly, although Alexander was on the practice squad until Sunday’s game, he was given a four-year contract. I’ve never heard of a practice squad player ever getting a four-year deal, so obviously the Rams knew something we all didn’t. Of course, Alexander was a very good college WR, but has had four surgeries on his right knee. Long as that knee holds up, he looks like a monster steal.
Michael Bush (RB – Raiders; $5,700): I had Bush in the stock-up section recently since Darren McFadden went down with an injury. Unfortunately, Bush didn’t take advantage of his opportunity in Week 6. It also looks like McFadden will be back this week and the Raiders have hinted they have no interest in a running back committee. So look for Bush to be getting less than 10 carries this weekend if Run DMC is healthy.
Eddie Royal (WR – Broncos; $5,200): Despite Kyle Orton throwing like there’s no tomorrow, Royal has only had two decent games all season. Royal also injured his groin on Sunday. And on top of all that Knowshon Moreno coming back, which means Denver is likely to try and get the running game going again. This is all fancy talk for “dump Royal.”
Devin Hester (WR – Bears; $5,100): Hester may be great at returning punts and kickoffs, but he’s been absolutely abysmal as a consistent receiver. You never know what you’re going to get from him. Plus with the Bears’ O-line parting like the Red Sea on a consistent basis, giving Cutler no time to throw, Hester has no chance of ever getting those bombs we were expecting to see him catch this year. If you’re in a league that somehow records punt returns and kickoffs, pick Hester up, but otherwise, avoid him entirely.
Ryan Fitzpatrick (QB – Bills; $7,600): Even though the Bills are atrocious, Fitzpatrick has been a great value of late for fantasy owners. In his last three games, he’s thrown seven TDs to only two picks. He also had 74 yards rushing in one of those games. Crazy enough, he’s one of the top fantasy QBs out there based on his stats. The only problem though is that these are primarily garbage time stats. And guess who the Bills are facing this week? A team that never gives up any garbage time stats: the Baltimore Ravens. In all honesty, I wouldn’t be surprised if Fitzpatrick gets pulled from this game. Avoid him completely.
Michael Jenkins (WR – Falcons; $4,700): Jenkins made his season debut on Sunday and caught five passes for 99 yards. Time to pick him up, right? No. This is Jenkins’ seventh season in the NFL and he still has never had a 100-yard receiving game. His best season ever (2008) he had 777 receiving yard, which is an extremely mediocre 48.6 yards per game. Jenkins may have had a big Sunday, but trust me, it was a fluke.
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