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Fantasy Football Stock Report: September 18, 2018

Box scores never tell the whole story, so which fantasy options are rising and falling heading into Week 3? If you want to completely dominate your league, consider Fantasy Consigliere for premium analytics and next-level advice for all your leagues, all year long.




Stock up: Ryan Fitzpatrick, TB

Well, I was definitely wrong about Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Bucs. I thought the team just had a perfect gameplan to light up the Saints in Week 1, but Fitzpatrick followed up 417 yards and four touchdowns in the opener with another 402 yards and four touchdowns against the defending Super Bowl champs. Offensive coordinator Todd Monken has been sensational through two weeks, and the collection of talent around Fitzpatrick has allowed him to play the best football of his career. The 35-year-old is at least a weekly streaming option for as long as he has the starting job, which could very well be the entire season.


Stock down: Russell Wilson, SEA

The difference between Ryan Fitzpatrick and Russell Wilson to start the year proves that not everything is on the quarterback, as there are plenty of factors that should be considered when evaluating players (whether people want to admit it or not). Through two weeks, Wilson has turned it over four times, and he’s shown a surprising lack of awareness with defenders closing in on him, which might be due to receivers not consistently gaining separation. Right now, it looks like last year’s No. 1 fantasy quarterback is just a low-end QB1.


Running Back


Stock up: Tevin Coleman, ATL

His stock was already rising after Devonta Freeman’s knee injury, but Tevin Coleman took advantage of a start to become the first player to rush for 100 yards against Carolina since 2016, and he displayed his unfair combination of speed and acceleration in a divisional win. With Freeman’s timetable for a return looking uncertain, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Coleman have a 50/50 or better backfield split for the entire season, and he’s a no-doubt, high-upside RB1 for the foreseeable future.


Stock up: Matt Breida, SF

The leader in rushing yards so far this season is none other than Matt Breida. A dynamic co-starter in Kyle Shanahan’s offense, the second-year back could be a candidate for at least 15-18 weekly touches, which would put him on the RB2 map in both standard and PPR leagues. The only concern is that Alfred Morris will probably get goal-line touches, but San Francisco loves Breida, and fantasy owners should, too.


Stock down: Rex Burkhead, NE

It’s worth noting that Rex Burkhead was questionable with a concussion heading into Week 2, but he played and rushed just six times for 22 yards against Jacksonville, while first-rounder Sony Michel made his NFL debut and immediately saw a team-high ten carries for 34 yards. New England switches up the pecking order in their backfield as much as anyone, but Burkhead owners definitely have reason to be concerned.


Stock down: Royce Freeman, DEN

He was saved by a touchdown in Sunday’s win over the Raiders, but so far, Royce Freeman looks like the 1B to undrafted free agent Phillip Linday’s 1A, and Devontae Booker has also remained involved. I think Denver’s third-round runner is a potential buy-low candidate for panicky owners, but he gets a tough matchup against the Ravens this week and could be in a full-blown timeshare all year, which is a nightmare for those who spent a top-50 pick on him.


Wide Receiver


Stock up: Josh Gordon, NE

The rich get richer. Considering there were no substance abuse issues that led to his pre-release/trade, it’s amazing to me that no other team offered more than a conditional Day 3 pick for Josh Gordon, who is a true generational talent that’s now playing with the greatest quarterback of all-time. You shouldn’t go nuts by trying to acquire him because there’s a legitimate chance that it simply doesn’t work out, but Gordon has top-five upside with the Pats.


Stock up: Kenny Golladay, DET

Dating back to last season, Golladay has gone for lines of 2/80/1, 7/114, and 6/89/1 over his past three games, and he seems to be Matthew Stafford’s favorite downfield target ahead of Marvin Jones through two weeks. Again, it’s a long season and things could change quickly, but I don’t see Golladay falling off. He looks like a high-upside FLEX option regardless of matchup.


Stock down: Demaryius Thomas, DEN

He posted solid numbers with six receptions for 63 yards and a score in the opener, but Demaryius was a “Thumbs Down” for me in Week 2 against a team that he’s typically struggled against, and overall, Thomas simply hasn’t looked great in his age-30 campaign. He was said to be healthy entering the year, but DT is in legitimate danger of losing snaps to rookie Courtland Sutton as the season progresses.


Stock down: Phillip Dorsett, NE

The immediate collateral damage when the Patriots acquired Josh Gordon was Corey Coleman being released, but it will also impact the wideouts that remain on the roster. By no fault of his own, Phillip Dorsett—who has caught everything over the past two years and has built the trust of Tom Brady—will probably be demoted to a rotational player as the No. 4 receiver once Julian Edelman returns in a couple weeks, which obviously downgrades his fantasy value in what looked like a potential breakout season.


Tight End


Stock up: Will Dissly, SEA

Despite being used almost exclusively as a blocker at Washington last year, Will Dissly has wasted no time showing his prowess as a pass-catcher in the NFL with lines of 3/105/1 and 3/42/1 to start his career. The 22-year-old has been a reliable target over the middle for Russell Wilson and has the starting job locked up thanks to his effectiveness as a blocker.


Stock down: Tyler Eifert, CIN

Already a touchdown-dependent streaming option, Tyler Eifert will have a difficult time being trusted in fantasy lineups if he continues to split time with Tyler Kroft and C.J. Uzomah as he did last week against the Ravens. I think Cincinnati might be limiting the former Pro Bowler’s snaps to keep him healthy all year, so it might be best to look elsewhere.


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