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Paying Dividends: Week 5 Stock Report

Player values are in a constant state of flux. @tyler_grez takes you inside the boiler room for some inside information.

You’re probably going to read this article today and think “man, these guys have all been talked about already, etc, etc, etc”. However, it’s important to be able to sift through the media muck and actually find those diamonds in the rough. That’s why I’m here; to help you filter through the noise and help you make moves to set up your dynasty team to contend for championships for years to come. Let’s get started. 

Risers

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Ronald Jones

Is it finally happening? Is Ronald Jones finally becoming relevant? Jones saw 49% of the snaps against the Rams and a game script that was all over the place. When given opportunities this year, Jones has been pretty efficient. He’s currently averaging 4.7 yards per carry and 23.6 yards per reception. That reception average is not sustainable, but the point that I am trying to make is that the big play ability and burst are there for Jones. Just imagine what he could do with expanded opportunities. He’s already beginning to separate himself from Peyton Barber, although Dare Ogunbowale has been consistently seeing about 25% of the snaps. If Jones starts seeing closer to 60% of the RB snaps, his price tag is going to go up. He should still be relatively cheap in most leagues and is worth the risk of adding to the back-end of your roster.

Dawson Knox

Good tight-ends are hard to come by. Dawson Knox is a good tight-end. Knox is a top-end athlete who was overshadowed at Ole Miss due to the fact that he played with D.K. Metcalf, A.J. Brown, and Damarkus Lodge. This is a classic case of not letting the lack of college production fool you. Knox has fallen into the perfect opportunity in Buffalo. There is very little viable competition and the rookie is taking full advantage of the situation. TEs usually take a couple of years to get into the flow of things so rookie success is nothing to scoff at. With another solid week, Knox should be locked into the starting job for the foreseeable future. He likely won’t be a TE1 this year, but the talent is becoming more and more obvious.

Anthony Miller

I am always going to be on the talent winning out in any situation. Anthony Miller is the second most talented WR in Chicago right now. His 2019 season has gotten off to a rather rocky start. It was well communicated that Miller was not yet 100% entering the season and his numbers thus far have reflected that. Since week 2, his snaps counts have steadily been increasing. The next step would be for the targets to start increasing. I am not sure if Trubisky going down hurts or helps Miller’s stock, but Tarik Cohen’s stock is the one I am truly concerned about regardless of who’s playing quarterback. With the lack of Cohen usage, someone will need to pick up the slack in the short game. I’ll bet by the end of this season, we’re still talking about Anthony Miller as a must-own for your dynasty team and his value has never been lower. 

Dexter Williams

Jamaal Williams will likely be out for a little bit. That means Dexter Williams should be suiting up for the first time this season. The Packers have only been carrying 2 true running backs into each game thus far, and they’ve used 2 running backs consistently. It remains to be seen if rookie head coach Matt LaFleur will let Aaron Jones take on a bulk of the workload or if he will still split the work with Dexter Williams; my bet is on the latter. While I don’t believe it will be enough to truly indicate fantasy relevance for D. Williams, it will be enough to stir up interest in the rookie running back. 

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Fallers

Deandre Hopkins

This is not an indictment of selling Hopkins. However, I’m having a hard time remembering Hopkins’ value was as low as it is right now. Hopkins has not scored more than 10 .5 PPR points 3 weeks in a row. I’d be trying to gauge the owner’s interest in moving him and attempt to swoop in to claim a top 5 dynasty asset at an unusually low price tag. 

Demarcus Robinson

Tyreek Hill’s return appears to be imminent and sooner than expected. When that happens, Robinson’s value is going to plummet. I’d be looking to move him if you still can before that happens. 

Nelson Agholor

What’s the most important factor in becoming a successful NFL WR? It’d probably have to be catching the ball, right? Well, Agholor is not exactly an aficionado in that department. Agholor is currently dropping the ball at a clip of 6.9%. As soon as Desean Jackson and Alshon Jeffery return at 100%, Agholor will be nowhere to be found. The receiver could be traded and rumors have swirled around that possibility for months now. Agholor is not part of this team’s future and I’m not certain he should be part of yours. 

James Washington

Diontae Johnson has emerged as the number 2 WR in PIT. Much to the dismay of Washington truthers, Mason Rudolph being forced into the starting role did not affect Washington’s performances. The Steelers offense is going to struggle for the remainder of the year. Outside of JuJu and maybe James Conner, there are not too many pieces of this offense you’re going to want a part of. Diontae Johnson is worth stashing on your roster but has yet to emerge as a weekly “start” consideration. Until Washington is able to refine his game a bit more and regain snaps and then gain targets, his value is going to continue to decline. 

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