Rookies are the biggest part of the Week 10 Stock Report, as a number of guys in their first seasons finally started to show some promise as we entered November. Some had to wait to get healthy, but others just got off to really slow starts. The danger of drafting too many rookies in Fantasy leagues has again been shown as the majority take some time to become acclimated to their teams, the league, the speed of the game, and more complicated playbooks.
As always, injuries are a huge part of the stock report as that is the fastest way a football players’ stock changes. There weren’t nearly as many as in Week 8, but a few will have Fantasy implications. I failed to include Landry Jones as Ben Roethlisberger was injured again, but the last time that Jones started he failed to produce against a sub-par Chiefs team. Even if he is forced to start again, I don’t see him having much Fantasy impact. Shaun Draughn also had a great game for the 49ers, but I don’t expect Carlos Hyde to miss a bunch more time so Draughn’s value should be very short term.
Below are the seven players who’ve had a positive change to their stock in Week 9 and whether you need to act on them right away, or if it is just someone that you need to keep a watch on. As always, you can follow me on Twitter with lineup choices or any general question @fightingchance.
Week 10 Stock Report
Matt Hasselbeck, Indianapolis Colts
Andrew Luck has been beaten up his fair share this season, and last week the Broncos did plenty of damage and lacerated his kidney and Luck also suffered an abdominal muscle tear. The initial diagnosis is he will miss two to six weeks, but especially with the ab injury, I expect it to be the longer end of that. The last time that Luck missed time, Hasselbeck won’t make you think he is Drew Brees, but he did throw for 500 yards and three touchdowns in his two games as starter earlier this season. If you find yourself in a deep league and you need a quarterback, Hasselbeck might be able to help you after the Colts Week 10 bye.
LeGarrette Blount, New England Patriots
With Dion Lewis done for the season, we will see Blount’s stock rise. The workhorse late last season is going to be the workhorse again late this season, and expect to see more games like Blount had on Sunday. Blount carried the ball 29 times on Sunday and expect him to run close to 20 times each game as the Patriots continue to cruise through the season.
Marcel Reece, Oakland Raiders
Latavius Murray left Sunday’s game with a concussion and will need to pass the league’s concussion protocol in order to return to action. If he is going to miss time, that will leave the Raiders with Marcel Reece and Taiwan Jones as their RBs. Reece has already been involved in the offense through the passing game and he has shown in the past that he can handle 20 carries a game. Reece had just three carries but gained 21 yards, while Jones gained zero yards on two carries.
Jay Ajayi, Miami Dolphins
The rookie from Boise State made his NFL debut after missing the beginning of the season with hamstring and rib injuries. He managed 41 yards on eight carries on Sunday and has cemented himself second on the depth chart behind Lamar Miller. Larger leagues might want to grab him now, while others should wait and keep an eye on his progress.
Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers
A preseason favorite, injuries have cost Adams most of the first half of the season. Now that he appears healthy, Adams looks ready to pick up where he should have left off in September. Adams hauled in seven passes for 93 yards and I believe that he will pass James Jones on the depth chart quickly. It is worth a try, but your opportunity to get Adams on the cheap might be over.
Devin Funchess, Carolina Panthers
A popular choice in the preseason to take over for the injured Kelvin Benjamin, Funchess has been a colossal disappointment. He had more involvement in the offense in Week 9 than he had at any other point during the season and the time has come to take the chance on him if you need wide receiver help. The Panthers offense doesn’t exactly focus on the pass, so there aren’t a ton of opportunities, but Funchess is the most talented of the group.
Wes Welker, St. Louis Rams
I don’t know what Welker has left in the tank after numerous concussions, but the Rams signed him after Stedman Bailey was handed a four game suspension. St. Louis relies on the run more than the pass, but if Nick Foles is looking for a solid slot receiver, Welker is his guy. I wouldn’t start him this week, but I would take a wait and see approach with him unless you are in a 14-plus team league or desperate for wide receiver help.
Dorial Green-Beckham, Tennessee Titans
The combination of Marcus Mariota returning, Kendall Wright being injured and a game against a pretty awful secondary in New Orleans, this is shaping up for a possible breakout game from Green-Beckham. He led the team in targets and had the most receiving yards among WRs in Week 9. His talent is there but it is still very raw and even with Mariota back, the Titans passing game can be very inconsistent. He belongs on rosters, but I’m not sure he belongs in starting lineups this week.
Kenbrell Thompkins, New York Jets
I almost used him last week and he had another decent game in Week 9, so he makes the cut. Kenbrell was unable to have an impact in New England or Oakland, but he is certainly part of the Jets offense. In two games since coming off the practice squad, Thompkins has 10 catches. The Jets offense isn’t exactly powerful and I’m not sure that there are enough passes to make a third receiver Fantasy relevant, but without a true TE, Thompkins could continue to see a good number of targets.
Cole Beasley, Dallas Cowboys
After two straight weeks without a catch, Beasley exploded on the scene again in Week 9 with another touchdown and a solid game. Before the dry spell, Beasley had at least four catches in each of the first five games of the season. Terrance Williams sucks something awful, so somehow Beasley appears to be the second best receiver in Dallas. Tony Romo should only miss one more game, so the stock of all Cowboys’ receivers are on the rise.
Garrett Celek, San Francisco 49ers
With Vernon Davis being traded to Denver, Celek is now the starting tight end for San Francisco. He had just two catches in Week 9, but both were for touchdowns. The San Francisco passing game is extremely iffy, but the tight end position now is Celek’s, so if you are in desperate need for a fill in tight end, you might be able to catch lightning in a bottle against weaker defenses.
Quite the cast of characters in the Week 10 Stock Report, but hopefully that will help you as you progress this season.
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