With each passing week, each team’s picture becomes clearer and clearer. We can begin to get an idea of who they are, what they want to do, and who’s going to benefit. Fantasy players should also have a pretty good sense of where their season is headed and can adjust accordingly. Let’s take a look at this week’s stock report.
Edmonds has looked electric when he’s been given the opportunity to carry the ball. To be honest, he has looked better than David Johnson has at times. However, the statistical evidence to back that up does not exist yet. Keyword: yet. David Johnson mysteriously popped up on the Cardinals’ injury report ahead of their matchup with the New York Giants. This marks the second week in a row that Johnson’s game status remains uncertain. Head coach Kliff Kingsbury stated that Edmonds has earned the snaps and touches following those comments by saying that he needs to get the ball more. I’m listening to the coach here. I’d be looking to buy Edmonds now and treat him as a high-end handcuff with low-end FLEX potential from week to week regardless of Johnson’s health.
That tight-end landscape is brutal. Just brutal. So brutal that I’m telling you to consider adding Maxx Williams to your fantasy rosters. Initial reports this offseason and preseason were that the tight-end would be under-utilized in this new air raid offense. For the first couple of weeks, that turned out to be true. However, Kingsbury realized that he needed to add some variability and disguise to his offense. Enter the tight-end. For 2 straight weeks, Williams’ snap counts have been over 50% with little competition from other tight-ends on the roster. He scored a touchdown last week, but I’m waiting for the consistent targets to come. At only 25 years old, I’d be looking to add Williams in deeper leagues.
Nick Chubb is rapidly approaching Saquon Barkley and Christian McCaffery levels of “must own” status. What do I mean by that? Well, for Barkley and McCaffery, there is almost no ceiling as to what would be “too much” to acquire them. For Chubb, that is not yet the case. However, soon it will be. I’d be looking to get my Chubb shares before I’m unable to.
Mike Gesicki is still in that “breakout” window for tight-ends. Yes, he has his problems, but the raw athletic and playmaking ability are still there. He appeared to have a rapport with Ryan Fitzpatrick last week. The Dolphins naming Ryan Fitzpatrick the starter moving forward means very little to me considering they named Rosen the rest of season starter just a week ago. However, again with the barren tight-end landscape, I’m taking as many lottery tickets as I can. Gesicki should be rather affordable and in my opinion, is a solid addition to the back-end of my dynasty roster.
The return of Sam Darnold. That’s it. That’s the reason. But, seriously, Anderson is a different player when Darnold is in the lineup. His value has plummeted thus far and might have started trending back upwards after last week’s 92-yard reception. He’s worth inquiring about as he can be a solid bench player to have down the stretch.
Is it finally time for a Dante Pettis breakout? For 2 straight weeks, Pettis has the led the 49ers WRs in snaps. 2 out of the last 3 weeks, he’s lead them in target share. The biggest obstacle for Pettis was the being in the “doghouse” with the coaching staff, but the snap counts would indicate that those days are behind him. Fast forward to Sunday and San Francisco has a juicy matchup against the Washington Redskins. If Pettis can put together a solid performance in Washington, his value is going to return to what it was this preseason. If you’re a Pettis believer, now is the time to buy.
Freeman is currently at peak value. He has a solid week to week floor, but the upside is rather limited. I’m really only looking to roster Freeman, dynasty wise, as a bench addition for the home stretch and playoffs. If I’m rebuilding, I want almost nothing to do with him. Regardless, now is the time to sell Freeman if you can.
Allen would be a great buy-low for your dynasty team. He has an incredibly favorable schedule for the fantasy playoffs and he’s coming off a bye. He has good long-term value because of his ability to run the football. If Allen is ever able to become a consistent, efficient passer of the football then look out. He’s most certainly worth the inquiry.
Moore is producing without scoring touchdowns and that’s saying something. But, there’s been no “big” game from him yet. Cam Newton could be returning soon and to be quite frank, I’m not sure whether that bumps Moore’s value up or not. However, especially since Carolina is heading into a bye week, I’d be looking to steal Moore away from a possibly unhappy owner.
What do we do with Sammy Watkins? I feel like we discuss this every season. Watkins exploded in week 1 for 38.5 PPR points. But, what has he done since then? He’s dealt with injuries and then scored 14.7 points over the span of 3 games. So, pretty typical Watkins right? If someone still believes in Watkins, I’m confidently off-loading him.
The 1st round pick could be nearing a return soon. He was recently on the practice field. There is at least 1 more week before he can be activated so that the buy-low window is rapidly closing. It’s worth the time and effort to poke around with the Harry owner and see what their asking price is. It’s likely going to be the lowest it has been since April and the lowest it will be for a while.
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