This week’s Stock Report delves into the options available for your injured players. Speaking of injuries, does anyone know of a team that didn’t have any of their players injured on Sunday?
It seemed like players were going down at the cyclic rate. Not just any players, but multiple huge stars fell to injury and some will not be back this season. This week reminded me of the Red Wedding from the show Game of Thrones as many main characters suffered major injuries.
Fortunes of many Fantasy teams fell on Sunday, but they can be resurrected by way of the waiver wire this week. With the rash of injury comes a flood of opportunity, as the stock of many players just went through the roof.
The following running backs, receivers, and tight end all need to be considered immediately. Follow me on Twitter @fightingchance.
Let’s get to the Week 9 Stock Report.
Week 9 Stock Report
DeAngelo Williams, Pittsburgh Steelers
LeVeon Bell is going to miss the rest of the year with his knee injury and that leaves Williams to be the primary back. While Bell was suspended earlier this season, Williams was a huge Fantasy success and I would expect him to be that again now that he will be the starter for the remainder of 2015. Put the house and the car down in order to secure DeAngelo Williams on your team for the rest of the season.
Jeremy Langford, Chicago Bears
Matt Forte is going to miss some time with a knee injury and that is going to press Langford into service. He is fast, strong and has the ability to make a Forte-like impact in Week 9 and beyond. If you are a Forte owner, you need to put some serious consideration into putting a big chunk of change down to get Langford.
David Cobb, Tennessee Titans
Cobb was one of the darlings of the preseason and looked like he had a starting job locked up before an injury to his calf placed him on the PUP list. Cobb looks to be active this week and while I’m not advocating starting him, in deeper leagues you need to grab Cobb now as a starting running back down the stretch. No one has been able to run the ball for Tennessee so far this season, but Cobb gives them the best chance for success in the last two months of the year.
Kamar Aiken and Chris Givens, Baltimore Ravens
Steve Smith Sr. is now done for the season with an Achilles injury and that makes Aiken their top receiver. Rookie Breshad Perriman could make an impact when he is healthy, however. I really like Chris Givens as well, but now you have to focus on Aiken. He should be good for at least five catches and 75 yards per game going forward.
Malcom Floyd and Dontrelle Inman, San Diego Chargers
Floyd has never been a favorite of mine, but with Keenan Allen out for the season due to a lacerated kidney, he has the opportunity to make some noise opposite Stevie Johnson. He scored two touchdowns on Sunday and will have added value for the rest of the season. On a lower level, Inman could see more targets as the third receiver.
Marquess Wilson, Chicago Bears
Eddie Royal is hurt (AGAIN), and although the majority of the targets will go to Alshon Jeffery and Martellus Bennett, things could break so Wilson will have a Fantasy impact. He had a couple of strong games earlier in the season when both Jeffery and Royal were out and with Jeffery’s injury history, there’s nothing wrong with having Wilson on your bench.
Vernon Davis, Denver Broncos
After spending his entire career in San Francisco, the 49ers have traded Davis to the Denver Broncos for a couple of late picks. Davis has been a far cry from what he is capable of, but I still think the talent is there. Now that he has a much better offense around him, can he have a Fantasy impact? I think it could get him into the low-end starting options, but I don’t see him having an impact like Julius Thomas did in Denver over the past few years.
Best of luck this week and I’ll see you back in Week 10 for the latest Stock Report.
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