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Risers and Fallers: Week 2

Heading into week two @tyler_grez takes a look at some risers and fallers.

Week 1 one is the books and week 2 has already begun (thank you Thursday night football). This article will be the first installment of a weekly series highlighting players whose stock/value is on the rise or on the decline going into the following week. The intent of this series is to be able to highlight players on the rise or to sell at a high or low point. Without further adieu, let’s get started!

Stock Up

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Allen Robinson

Coming into his second year of ACL recovery, Robinson began to look like his old self in the season opener against Green Bay. Trubisky targeted Robinson 13 times and seemed to be the clear cut number one receiver. Similarly to how Deandre Hopkins is to Deshaun Watson, Robinson was to Trubisky. Robinson will be the young quarterback’s go-to and is well equipped to do so. The buying window is still cracked open, but with another big week against Denver, it could rapidly close.

Michael Gallup

If you’re a follower of mine (first off, thank you) then you know that I have been a huge Michael Gallup fan since before he even entered the 2018 draft. As a rookie, Gallup didn’t take off until the second half of the season. That momentum has carried into the 2019 season and put doubting fantasy owners into a frenzy. It most likely will not last, but he did actually out-snap Amari Cooper and then had 7 targets to Cooper’s 9. Gallup averaged 22.6 yards per reception, but his 156 receiving yards were a good mix of deep passes and creating yards after the catch. This dangerous combination should be on display again against Washington and if Gallup does show up again you’re going to have a hard time prying him away from any owner.

Josh Jacobs

With any rookie player, there is a cloud of uncertainty that surrounds them. For some, including myself, Jacobs was the clear-cut number one pick in rookie drafts. Jacobs’ performance against Denver was simply a validation of what we all expected his role in the Oakland offense to be. Jacobs still won’t come cheap at this point, but if the workload persists then his price tag will not get any cheaper. If Jacobs is a target of yours, don’t wait. Pull the trigger before you no longer can.

Delanie Walker

The veteran tight end is returning from an ACL tear that ended his 2018 season early. He returned to lead the team in targets as well as red-zone targets. If Mariota is healthy, Walker should continue to produce enough to end the season as a definite TE1. If you’re a contending team looking for some of those final pieces, Walker could be your guy.

Richie James

James is simply a name to keep an eye on. He has continually worked his way up the roster and into playing time. No other 49er even sniffed George Kittle’s 10 targets, but James was able to turn his 2 targets into 10 fantasy points. Granted they all came on one big play, but if James continues to get more involved he has the ability to elevate himself above the murky group of 49er wide receivers into a viable bench option for your fantasy team.

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Stock Down

Anthony Miller

Miller’s situation is certainly one to monitor. He was held to 0 receptions against Green Bay and remains a mystery. If he has another poor week, you might be able to get him on the cheap. Talent is always worth the gamble and Miller certainly has it. 

Keke Coutee

With the addition of Kenny Stills and Deandre Hopkins soaking up all of Deshaun Watson’s targets, I’m not sure where Coutee fits anymore. Coutee has struggled to stay healthy in his first two seasons and the lack of opportunity is really concerning to me. I’d find a Coutee/Texans fan and unload quick.

Miami Backfield

This Miami team is bad…like really bad. What happens to bad football teams? They’re always playing from behind. I am fading this entire Miami backfield right now while I still can. Ballage has almost certainly lost all of his value after going for -1 yard on 5 carries versus Baltimore. Drake should still have some value as a pass-catcher, but this offensive line isn’t going to do any favors for any part of this offense. Abort…while you still can.

Sony Michel

The great puzzle that is the New England backfield. A healthy Rex Burkhead has made this already unpredictable situation even more hectic. Michel finished behind both James White and Rex Burkhead in snaps even though the Patriots were up the entire game. One would believe that that type of game script would favor Michel. But, it didn’t. My fading of Michel is not an indictment of his talent or injury history, but of Bill Belichick and his week to week gameplans. For a player of Michel’s value, I want someone I can rely on from week to week. Sadly, with Michel, I don’t think you can.

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