Fantasy Football Stock Reports will be released periodically throughout the offseason, and it’s best used as a buy/sell guide for dynasty owners constantly looking to upgrade their roster.
Stock up: Jared Goff, LAR
An overtime victory in the NFC Championship Game silenced all of Jared Goff’s doubters, and no matter what happens next week, the former No. 1 overall pick should be extremely confident in 2019. From a fantasy perspective, Goff will not only get Cooper Kupp (knee) back, but he will also be in his third season under Sean McVay—and quarterbacks often have their best statistical season in Year 3, which is basically what it will be for Goff after a lost rookie campaign. A win in Super Bowl LIII would only be another boost to his stock.
Stock down: Nick Foles, PHI
This is obviously no fault of Nick Foles, but he probably needed to make the Super Bowl again to keep the starting job for 2019 and beyond. Now, we can expect the 30-year-old to start elsewhere next season, but it is highly unlikely that he ends up in a situation with personnel that can come close to matching Philadelphia’s, as Alshon Jeffery, Zach Ertz, and company perfectly suited Foles’ skillset.
Stock up: Nick Chubb, CLE
Time will tell if the Browns made the right move promoting Freddie Kitchens from offensive coordinator to head coach, but the good news for fantasy owners is that the same system/philosophy will remain in place. That means Nick Chubb will once again be featured after arguably being a top-five running back as a rookie, and his status as a solid RB1 is in zero danger.
Stock up: Derrick Henry, TEN
It isn’t easy on Tennessee having yet another change at offensive coordinator, but I think an in-house promotion of tight ends coach Arthur Smith is a positive for Derrick Henry with the hopes the team keeps the ground-and-pound formula that was so successful in December. Smith following in the footsteps of Matt LaFleur by not realizing Henry exists to start the season seems too blasphemous to be a possibility.
Stock down: LeSean McCoy, BUF
The Bills have remained adamant that they want LeSean McCoy back in 2019, but a) he turns 31 in July, b) you never know what upgrades will be available in free agency or the draft, and c) character concerns—from a Week 16 benching, to a “females only” party poster featuring the team logo in 2015, to the alleged domestic violence incident last year—could be the opening Buffalo needs to move on from him. Plus, even if he’s on the team, it’s hard to see the Bills not adding backfield competition.
Stock down: Tarik Cohen, CHI
Chicago has already been in contact with former Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt, and it seems like there is a fairly high chance of the troubled runner reuniting with his former offensive coordinator Matt Nagy. If so, the team would almost certainly trade Jordan Howard (which would be a boost to his stock), but Tarik Cohen’s pass-catching opportunities might take a slight hit due to Hunt’s all-around game.
Wide Receiver/Tight End
Stock up: Larry Fitzgerald, ARI
Larry Fitzgerald has announced he is returning for the 2019 season, so one of the league’s all-time best receivers and people—who made his decision nearly a month earlier than last year—must have liked what he heard from new head coach Kliff Kingsbury in regards to his role in the offense and the overall direction of the team. Fitz needs a leap from Josh Rosen, but his arrow is undoubtedly pointing up.
Stock up: Chris Godwin, TB
Fantasy owners invested in Chris Godwin should be thrilled about Bruce Arians taking over as Tampa Bay’s head coach, as the Penn State product will be a full-time player in a pass-happy offense after quietly going for a 59/842/7 line as a 22-year-old. Buy Godwin while you still can.
Stock up: Quincy Enunwa, NYJ
A lofty four-year, $36-million contract extension for Quincy Enunwa showed that New York has big plans for him as a reliable target for Sam Darnold, and his stock saw an even bigger boost when the team hired Adam Gase. In Miami, Gase coached Jarvis Landry to a combined 206 receptions for 2,123 yards and 13 touchdowns in two years, and it will be fun to see what he can get out of Enunwa in the slot. PPR leagues in particular should invest in the former sixth-round pick.
Stock down: Jarvis Landry, CLE
Speaking of Landry, he posted laughing emojis on Twitter in reaction to Gase being fired by the Dolphins, but he might come to regret knocking his former head coach out of contention for the job in Cleveland if he wants the ball more. In eight games under Hue Jackson/Todd Haley, Landry averaged 11.8 targets per game—compared to just 6.9 targets per game under Freddie Kitchens. I would sell Landry before the Browns draft another receiver to potentially take more looks away.