Not all records are created equal.
Some are personal; some are team records, and others have stood over time during the long history of the NFL.
Yet every year records fall.
This year has seen its share, but does that mean you should acquire those players?
Not necessarily. Let’s take a look at a few of them.
Week 9 Stock Report
Stock Up: Quarterbacks
Derek Carr, QB, Oakland Raiders
I admit it, I underestimated Carr. I did not expect him to ever throw for over 500 yards in a game this year, but he did just that last week establishing a new Raider record. This is impressive given the likes of Rich Gannon, Jim Plunkett, Ken Stabler, and others that have been under center.
Part of what makes him so good is that he might have one of the best set of receivers out there. Amari Cooper keeps getting better and Michael Crabtree is already a stud despite his draft position this year. But I probably don’t need to waste space talking about them. But even Carr’s third receiver, Seth Roberts, the unheralded “underdog” is a pretty good receiver…
One of the things I love about Roberts is that he always seems to be bringing the ball into his body like a receiver should, a skill too many receivers don’t have. Of course that’s just one of the many arguments to keeping Carr. I can also give you over 2,300 and 17 reasons why you should keep Carr. I am sure you are smart enough to figure out what those numbers represent.
While most are smart enough to figure that out, how many of you are shrewd enough to realize that you can probably sell high on Carr? Perhaps trade him to the Aaron Rodgers owner? I absolutely would. The Raiders have yet to beat a team with a winning record. Look at the upcoming slate for Carr; he faces a Denver team that allows the fewest Fantasy points to quarterbacks and then they get a bye. During the Fantasy playoffs in Week 14 and 15, he faces Kansas City and San Diego, both in the top-half of the league in Fantasy points allowed to QBs.
And if you’re selling Carr, maybe trade him for another QB, perhaps Tommy Terrific…
Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots
Brady is a sure-fire hall of famer. Which is why I was surprised when I learned that despite all his accomplishments, he never had four games in a row with passer ratings above 120 until last week.
Admitedly, it’s kind of a stupid “record” but everyone was predicting the “Brady and the Pats Revenge Tour: the Sequel.” It hasn’t happened as Brady is averaging “only” three touchdowns a game. But the stat above supports how well Brady has been since his return and I expect him to only get better. And that is why I would buy Brady if you could.
Brady is only the 21st ranked Fantasy QB overall. He’s actually under pace for his usual per game stats and with the 49ers, Ravens, and Jets twice (giving up the sixth most Fantasy points to quarterbacks) coming up on the schedule, including the latter two during the Fantasy playoffs, I would try and buy now.
Let’s switch to a different position….
Stock Up: Running backs
Jay Ajayi, RB, Miami Dolphins
Ajayi has been an inferno lately and I am still in awe of what Ajayi did, putting together two 200-plus yard games back-to-back, joining only Earl Campbell, Ricky Williams, and OJ Simpson and with that record. What’s even more impressive is he is the first to have done it since 2002, which was before the pass-heavy offenses of today. Even if he goes belly up for the rest of his career, Ajayi can tell his grandkids about that record.
Yes, you should buy Ajayi, but his trade value seems to be all over the place. Just looking at trades made on Yahoo in the last 24 hours, Ajayi has been traded for as little as Blake Bortles or Mike Wallace and as much as Odell Beckham Jr and Theo Riddick. The most common trade, however, seems to be for a quality receiver. Ajayi has been traded straight up for Stefon Diggs, Brandin Cooks, Emmanuel Sanders, or Kelvin Benjamin. That seems about right to me.
Let’s talk about a player who hasn’t done it yet but could obtain an unthinkable record….
Darren Sproles, RB, Philadelphia Eagles
The Fantasy Football god that is LaDanian Tomlinson never did it. Tomlinson achieved either mark in three seasons but not once did he rush for over 5 YPC and over 10 yards per catch in the same season. But Sproles is on pace to do so. Marshall Faulk, Emmitt Smith, Barry Sanders, Thurmon Thomas—they never did it. Yes, the great Walter Payton did it one season but he had only 27 receptions total. Sproles already has 22 receptions this year. And when Sweetness is one of the few whose company you are in, that’s pretty good company!
Sproles was actually available in a surprisingly large number of leagues, but there’s a very high chance he’s on someone’s roster now. Maybe talk up the fact that he is only the 28th best RB right now or show his owner this recent tweet:
Pederson said Ryan Mathews is “still the guy. We’ve got to get him going.”
— Reuben Frank (@RoobCSN) November 2, 2016
And hope that his owner doesn’t realize that Sproles has played 113 more snaps overall and out-snapped Mathews 62 to 8 in Week 8. Maybe Sproles doesn’t find himself in elite company, but he should find a way onto your Fantasy roster.
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