The Trade Report – Stock Up, Stock Down.
Now that the playoffs are here, I assume your leagues no longer allow for trading. If they do, then sign me up for that chaos. However, because the trade deadlines have all passed, the Trade Report will now be designated to giving you some insight on players whose stock is rising and on players whose stock may be going down. Some may be on the waiver wire and some may have been stashed on your bench, ready to be promoted. Either way, I’m here to help. Let’s do this.
- Josh Allen(BUFF): We’re not choosing a franchise quarterback here. We’re choosing a fantasy quarterback. While his 4 touchdowns the last two weeks isn’t anything to write home about, his rushing yards are. Allen has totaled 234 yards over the last two weeks! That gives him a generous floor that most fantasy quarterbacks don’t have. His stock is rising.
- Baker Mayfield(CLE): Mayfield had a rough game last week but lots of quarterbacks have been struggling vs. that Houston defense. Prior to the Houston game, Baker had been on fire. I expect that to continue vs. Carolina(6th most points given up to quarterbacks) at home. Cleveland has the weapons and a generous schedule the next three weeks. Stock going up.
- Jeff Wilson(SF): Wilson was one of the primary waiver wire pickups this past week. With Breida injured, Wilson slots in as Kyle Shanahan’s #1 RB and that position always produces. He could be hurt by game script but both Denver and Seattle have given up chunks of yardage and I trust Shanahan to put Wilson in the right position to take advantage.
- Joe Mixon(CINN): The Cincinnati offense has looked pretty putrid the last few weeks. Losing your top WR and starting QB will do that to you. I expect Cinci’s back up, Jeff Driskel, to utilize his “safe” options a lot vs. the Chargers. After LA, Mixon then gets Oakland and Cleveland, the 11th and 8th worst defenses vs. running backs. Mixon’s stock rises, despite the Cinci offense sputtering.
- Courtland Sutton/DeSean Hamilton(DEN): I really feel for Emmanuel Sanders. He was on pace to have his second best season ever. However, it’s your job to adapt. After trading Demaryius Thomas and now that Sanders is injured, Hamilton and especially Sutton will see a huge role increase. Sutton was drafted to replace Thomas eventually and Hamilton to replace Sanders. The time is now. The stock is up.
- Chris Godwin/Adam Humphries(TB): A similar situation to Denver’s with DeSean Jackson out, the pass-happy Tampa offense has been distributing targets to Godwin and Humphries. They start out with New Orleans in week 13, which promises to be a shoot-out. Then in away games vs. Baltimore and Dallas, Tampa promises to be in catch-up mode most of those games. With the running game ineffective, the passing game will step up, just like their stock.
- Ryan Griffin(HOU): Tight end is basically a wasteland this year, outside of the top 4 guys. However, there may finally be an option emerging in Houston. During his first 4 games of the season, Griffin averaged 2.5 targets and 1 reception per game. However, over his last 5 games, he’s averaged 4.2 targets and 2.2 receptions per game. His stock is rising in the bleak tight end environment.
- C.J.Uzomah(CINN): Similar motivation to my Mixon pick, I expect Driskel to utilize his tight end frequently. With Green out, Uzomah’s 18 targets the last two weeks, and dynamite match-ups in weeks 15 and 16, Uzomah’s stock is on the rise.
- Andrew Luck(IND): Andrew Luck is back. He’s been one of the most consistently productive quarterbacks this year in fantasy. However, with their playoff hopes fading, I expect the upcoming BRUTAL schedule to torpedo his fantasy production. Luck faces Houston (24th most points given up to QBs), Dallas (26th), and New York Giants(21st) during the playoffs. That’s not someone I want to rely on in the fantasy playoffs. His stock is falling.
- Austin Ekeler/Justin Jackson(LAC): After Melvin Gordon’s injury, fantasy owners rushed to their waiver wire to pick up the Gordon back-ups. However, the Charger system doesn’t seem to be able to crank out RB production like we thought. In his two games he started, Ekeler has finished as the RB21 and RB35. That’s not going to cut it. Towards the end of last week’s game vs. the Steelers, the Chargers took a more RBBC approach. I believe that to be their philosophy going forward. So I do not see either Ekeler or Jackson providing any real value to your playoff teams. The stock is going down.
- Tyler Boyd(CINN): Sometimes, when given the extra opportunity as Boyd has now that Green is shut down for the season, a wide receiver flourishes. I do not see that happening this time around. In games with AJ Green opposite him, Boyd averages 17.66 ppr points. In games without Green, he averages 14.46. While that’s still a respectable score, Boyd is going to have a back-up throwing to him for the rest of the season, against a tough playoff schedule. His stock is about to dip.
- Evan Engram(NYG): If you’re like me, you’ve been patiently waiting for Engram to come back and to give your team a boost for the playoffs. Unfortunately, that doesn’t look likely. He hasn’t played the last two weeks and while they haven’t ruled him out for the rest of the season, there’s little rationale to risk their stud tight end the last few weeks of a lost season. I don’t expect Engram to help you much the rest of the season. Stock has flat-lined.
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