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Week 10 Stock Report : Dez Bryant Finally Signs With a Contender

Week 10 Stock Report
Dez Bryant Photo Credit : Keith Allison

Sometimes the Fantasy Football Gods smile upon you! I was having real problems figuring out my lead for the Week 10 stock report. Then the New Orleans Saints decided to sign Dez Bryant.

We have been waiting for months to see where Dez will throw up the X next and New Orleans finally answered our question. With Ted Ginn hitting the IR and Trequan Smith putting up inconsistent numbers, Sean Payton thought it best to add to the Saints’ receiving core.

Dez will join Michael Thomas who is on a near-record setting pace for receptions at almost nine per game. The combination of Thomas’ deep chops (19-22 passes caught on vertical pass attempts) and Alvin Kamara coming out of the backfield will leave Dez with plenty of soft, single coverage.

Bryant will also play with the best quarterback of his career. I mean no respect to my man Romo, but Drew Brees is arguably playing at the highest level of his career, as he is on pace to shatter is completion percentage record of 72% with a current 76.3%. Dez will be the Red Zone threat that Brees has not really had since Jimmy Graham was traded.

For those of us that held on to Dez, I think we have a WR3/FLEX on our hands with serious upside. He will be a man possessed with a Death Star-sized chip on his shoulder. Watch out for the Thursday after Thanksgiving when the Saints will take on the Dallas Cowboys. Even before that, Dez is by far the biggest riser on the Week 10 stock report.

Week 10 Stock Report

Other Players on the Rise

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Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Fitzmagic was back last week, throwing for 243 yards and four touchdowns. Whether he should be in over Winston or not, Fitzpatrick will put up points in this offense.

Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons

Matty Ice is quietly putting up some serious numbers. He has at least 350 yards passing with eight touchdowns to just one interception over the last three games. He is on pace for 5,310 yards and 38 touchdowns. If it was not for Patrick Mahomes having a legendary season, Ryan would be a prime MVP candidate.

Nick Chubb, RB, Cleveland Browns

Chubb continues to trend upward for the Browns. He has at least 18 touches in each start and has increased his touches each week for almost a month. Even with Duke Johnson having a phenomenal Sunday, Chubb is dominating the rushing attempts.

Aaron Jones, RB, Green Bay Packers

Mike McCarthy has finally figured out that Jones is the best running back on his team. Since the bye, Jones has at least 12 carries in every game, is averaging 81 yards rushing per game and has at least two receptions per game. The Packers have an easier stretch of games coming up and Jones should be able to break out more.

JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers

Besides the fact that he has at least four catches in every game this season, JuJu won Halloween.

Marvin Jones Jr., WR, Detroit Lions

We all figured the Tate trade would help out Kenny Golladay, but Jones might have an even higher ceiling now. He has had the two highest receptions totals of his season the last two weeks. The Lions will be behind in each of the next four games so be ready for a lot of chucking from Matthew Stafford.

Amari Cooper, WR, Dallas Cowboys

That is the first time I have typed it and I still don’t know how to feel about it as a Cowboys’ fan. Nevertheless, Fantasy Football wise, Cooper’s stock is surprisingly heading up. Dak Prescott is terrible, but his inaccurate and short throws will be focused entirely (almost too much) on Cooper. Jerry Jones and Jason Garrett need Cooper to show his value for the top pick they gave up for him, so he will be featured.

 

Players Falling

Sam Darnold, QB, N.Y. Jets

Four interceptions and zero touchdowns will land anyone on the negative end of the stock report. Darnold has zero games this season with even 18.5 Fantasy Points. He has three straight outings with less than 230 yards and less than two touchdowns. With some tough defenses on deck, I do not see Darnold making it to the other end of the stock report any time soon.

Corey Clement, RB, Philadelphia Eagles

Clement has just 12 yards rushing in the past two games combined. The Eagles have been using Josh Adams more and more and with Golden Tate now in the fold, Carson Wentz will probably be throwing more as well. Clement is droppable in the majority of leagues.

Randall Cobb, WR, Green Bay Packers

Cobb has fallen to the fourth option in the passing game in Green Bay. With Marquez Valdes-Scantling emerging and Cobb missing some time, he has not had more than eight PPR Fantasy Points since the opening game.

Ben Watson, TE, New Orleans Saints

I think Watson will see the biggest fall in the stock report from the Dez Bryant signing. Dez runs tight end-like routes from the outside and especially the Red Zone. Watson was not too Fantasy relevant before, but I would not want to count on him going forward.


That’s it for the Week 10 stock report! Be sure to check out our weekly rookie report as well!

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Michael Tomlin is an ESPY-nominated, former college football player who stays associated with the game through Fantasy Sports. He has been writing his personal blog, Dirkland.blogspot.com, for three years and it focuses on Fantasy Sports, as well as handicapping. He was born and raised in the DFW Metroplex, and he follows all of the Dallas teams, along with Texas Tech athletics and Manchester City F.C.
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