The Browns signing Kareem Hunt and the Broncos trading for Joe Flacco are two big moves that happened since the last Fantasy Stock Report, so let’s check in on some guys who have seen their stock increase or decrease over the past month.
Stock up: Joe Flacco, DEN
There were a handful of potential landing spots for Joe Flacco this offseason, but Denver is probably the best stylistic fit if they allow the former Super Bowl MVP to air it out as expected. I think Flacco will quickly form a connection with Courtland Sutton as a big-bodied possession receiver, and DaeSean Hamilton will be a strong No. 2 option; if they can get some more speed on the perimeter, a fantasy-relevant season is certainly possible for Flacco.
Stock down: Eli Manning, NYG
Could Flacco kicking Case Keenum out of Denver lead to Keenum ending Eli Manning’s run in New York? Head coach Pat Shurmur worked magic with Case when the two were together in Minnesota, so it shouldn’t be discounted as a possibility. Either way, though, Manning could lose Odell Beckham Jr. if trade rumors become a reality, and in general, the Giants will likely rely on the running game even more in 2019.
Stock up: Todd Gurley, LAR
The Rams got a huge piece back this morning when left tackle Andrew Whitworth announced he was not retiring, and now their sights will be set on locking up free-agent-to-be Rodger Saffold at left guard. Keeping the band together is great news for Todd Gurley, who has scored 40 touchdowns over the past two years behind perhaps the best run-blocking unit in football. As things currently stand (though we’re about six months away), Gurley remains in the conversation for No. 1 overall pick in redraft leagues.
Stock up: Elijah McGuire, NYJ
Adam Gase and the new Jets coaching staff is expected to move on from Isaiah Crowell, which opens the door for Elijah McGuire to capture the starting job next year. Of course, free agency and the draft could certainly change things, but McGuire has flashed big-time ability when given the opportunity, including 10.3 yards per reception through two seasons. For now, the young runner should be a hold in dynasty leagues.
Stock down: Nick Chubb, CLE
I would recommend buying low on Nick Chubb wherever you can, but that doesn’t mean his stock didn’t take a hit when Cleveland signed Kareem Hunt. The former Chiefs star was drafted by Browns general manager John Dorsey in Kansas City, and we could see a 50-50 backfield split—whether that’s after a long suspension next fall or not until 2020—between a couple high-level talents. I like Chubb as much as anyone, but Cleveland won’t be considering fantasy teams when divvying touches.
Wide Receiver/Tight End
Stock up: James Washington, PIT
The Steelers will likely trade Antonio Brown at some point before his roster bonuses kick in on March 17, and James Washington is primed for a big role as the No. 2 receiver behind JuJu Smith-Schuster (who should be viewed as an elite WR1). He didn’t see a ton of playing time as a rookie, but Washington is a dangerous deep threat with 1,000-yard upside if he gains the trust of Ben Roethlisberger.
Stock up: Courtland Sutton, DEN
Case Keenum was the least of Denver’s problems in 2018, but Joe Flacco is still an upgrade for Courtland Sutton from a fantasy perspective, as the 34-year-old has a history of success throwing to possession receivers—from Derrick Mason to Anquan Boldin to Steve Smith. After averaging 16.8 yards per reception and totaling 704 yards in his first season, Sutton looks set to make a leap in 2019.
Stock up: Michael Crabtree, FA
It’s rare for a guy that was released to see his stock increase, but Michael Crabtree was highly unlikely to be a threat for 800+ yards and 8+ touchdowns in a run-heavy offense led by Lamar Jackson, so his availability on the open market will let him land in a much better situation from a fantasy perspective. I think early fits include Washington, Carolina, and Buffalo—all of whom could use a veteran on the outside.
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